Then what happened in Year 2?
12-14 months into this routine, something changed. I started to feel the exercise commitment in the diary like a ‘work’ commitment, not something that I enjoyed.
I decided to reframe how I saw exercise. I began to look at it like a reward, something pleasurable to look forward to as a result of battling through a busy day.
I stopped putting it in the diary, because by then, I already knew when the classes were and I’d work hard in the lead up to make sure I get out on time for the class, which is now a reward for being efficient with my time use.
But in order to get to this step, I needed the structure of the first year, because it established a framework for me to fit exercise in. And with that I was able to see the results in Year 1, which made it easier to move onto the psychological shift in Year 2.