Every now and then I get a question from a friend, a comment on this blog or just in passing – and generally it goes something like this, ” Wow, you have two teen-aged girls, a full-time job and you manage to get to the gym almost every day, how do you do it?” Usually I just shrug and say I just get it done. I realized this week though, the truer answer is – its my hour. One hour a day I get to be fully in charge of what I do.
Sometimes its a little longer, sometimes its a little shorter – but that is my time. I think I deserve to carve one hour out of the day for me.
Break it down – figure 6-7 hours sleeping. 8-10 hours working. An hour getting the girls up and going in the morning. 3-4 hours juggling events and driving from place to place. That’s 18-22 hours of 24 accounted for. So one hour at the gym where I don’t have to check in on anyone, I can do what I want and reach my goals seems pretty fair.
And that’s the reason why I don’t use my phone at the gym – I am “off the grid,” or at least close to it. Through the magic of iOS in an emergency I can still be reached – but whatever the call or text is, it will wait until I’m done doing my thing for that one hour.
The reality is, that hour can vary. Some days it’s at five in the morning. Other days it’s at 11:30 in the morning – usually its somewhere in between. But it’s my one hour a day to not have to be accountable to anyone but myself.
That’s not bad thing. In anyone’s life in 2015 there is accountability to so many people and institutions. My girls have expectations of their father. My bosses (and I have several) have expectations. Although lesser – there are expectations from extended family and friends. But for one hour a day I can hold myself accountable.
Some days I push really hard. Other days it’s a lighter workout – but it’s my decision, for one hour a day. There are great people at my gym to answer questions and offer encouragement. There are great resources on-line to get motivation and new ideas.
The best advice I can offer – even if the gym isn’t your thing, take the hour. You deserve it, its yours. Go off the grid and be in the moment for yourself one hour a day.