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Working Out Has Not Been Working Out For Me: My Journey Through My New Year’s Resolution

Working out is a very common New Year’s resolution for many. Whether it be to get that summer body, to lose weight or to just be healthy in general, gyms at the start of each year become full with determined individuals. Honestly, every year I say that I’ll work out to get my dream body that I already know I’ll give up in the near future. I get determined for a few weeks, and all of a sudden this motivation just drops. So far, working out has not been working out for me in 2021.

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Now that it’s been a few weeks into January, I really think about how far I could’ve been into my weight loss journey if I had continued exercising consistently throughout quarantine in 2020. At the beginning of quarantine, I followed different workout videos on YouTube. Then two weeks later, I stopped because I got lazy. In April, I tried to restart my progress, but again I quit after a mere four days. Finally, in December during winter break, I tried working out again at home but quit soon after. As you can see, my routine has not made any progress.

One of the reasons why I quit so easily when working out is because I don’t see instant results. Obviously I know that it’ll take some time before I see progress in my body, but there’s just that nagging feeling that makes me anxious and impatient to see some sort of change. So when I don’t see that change after a few days of working out, I easily lose my determination and return to my unhealthy habits. 

Every day I’ve been telling myself, “I’ll start tomorrow!” At this point, I know I won’t do anything tomorrow and that I’m lying to myself. I know that I can make the time to work out if I organize my schedule and actually do my assignments early instead of waiting until the last minute. Yet, I procrastinate and use that as my reason to delay working out when I had ample time to finish earlier. What’s the point in waiting for tomorrow? Why not start today? These two questions have been swirling in my mind whenever I watch workout videos for a few minutes and never actually get out of my bed to do them. It’s so easy to tell myself that I’ll start the next day and keep disillusioning myself to think that I’ll make the time to exercise in the future. If I keep holding on to this false hope, I’ll never start and regret it. 

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So, I’ve finally come to a decision: 2021 is my year. I will be consistent with working out, and I will be confident in myself. The next step is to also maintain a consistent schedule so that I can make time to exercise. Rather than procrastinating and studying last minute, I’ll plan out my schedule a week ahead so that I can prioritize school and work but still have time for myself. I’ll need to keep reminding myself that it’s okay to make mistakes. Sure, I might have a cheat day, but that doesn’t mean I need to give up on my journey altogether. Yes, there will be times where I might not be in the mood to exercise, but that’s also okay. I can pick up on where I left off when I feel better. Lastly, it’s okay to not see instant progress – it takes time. It may be 2021, but I’ll be thankful in 2022 when I look back upon my progress.

Jamie Vu

UCLA '23

Jamie is a second year student at UCLA. She loves to listen to music and enjoys going to concerts and listening to artists live. During her free time, she likes to go out and explore.
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