Struggling w/ consistency

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    Brandon Williams
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    Hey Joe & Bryce. This post is long winded so I apologize. (I’m also not sure if it’s a question or just a way for me to vent) This may sound like me cranking on the excuse machine but I need some advice. I am a first year medical student and my only hobby is lifting weights. This is the first time in my life that I have struggled w/ consistency in the gym w/o being injured. I know others have been able to train while in medical school so it’s a lame excuse but priority-wise I have to choose studying/passing classes over training. I’m also a father, so with my busy school schedule I also obviously need to spend time w/ my daughter and wife over training. However, lifting weights is so important for my mental health so I need to find time to do it more consistently. I’m trying to do a push/pull lower once per week but even that has been hard. My stress is high, my sleep is shit, and I spend so much time away from the gym I don’t even know how to progress weight/ reps b/c I am getting weaker due to inconsistency. My free time is so limited and my gym is 30 mins away so that certainly doesn’t help taking an extra hour drive every time I lift. Any advice on how I should approach being more consistent/progressing when the circumstances don’t quite allow me to progress very much?

    #130637
    Jacqui Schlosser
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    I know you didn’t ask for my guidance, so feel free to ignore.
    It sounds like you have a fuck ton on your plate right now. Family should be a priority, school/work should be a priority, so should sleep, eating, etc. But taking care of yourself MUST be the first. You can pour from an empty pitcher.
    Get/borrow/buy/thrift some weights and a TRX. Carve out 45 min a day (somehow) to workout at home. Do push-ups with your daughter on your back. Have her sit on your feet while doing sit-ups do a burpee competition with her. She will win (let her) and always remember how much fun beating you was.
    Give yourself some grace. You can’t do it all. There is a season for every thing. (You should be hearing ‘Season of Love’ playing in your head at this point) This season is hustling to get though school and be present for your family. Your daughter will never be this age again.

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    athi sundarchandar
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    I know you didn’t ask for my guidance, so feel free to ignore.
    It sounds like you have a fuck ton on your plate right now. Family should be a priority, school/work should be a priority, so should sleep, eating, etc. But taking care of yourself MUST be the first. You can pour from an empty pitcher.
    Get/borrow/buy/thrift some weights and a TRX. Carve out 45 min a day (somehow) to workout at home. Do push-ups with your daughter on your back. Have her sit on your feet while doing sit-ups do a burpee competition with her. She will win (let her) and always remember how much fun beating you was.
    Give yourself some grace. You can’t do it all. There is a season for every thing. (You should be hearing ‘Season of Love’ playing in your head at this point) This season is hustling to get though school and be present for your family. Your daughter will never be this age again.

    Yup second this…
    I’m a medical student myself, and even though i don’t have as much on my plate ,I can honestly say that during times of high stress I just drop working out (even though I have a home gym) cuz I don’t want that additional stressor on my body(cuz even though i love training and have sometimes done 2 a day training , training is a stressor on the body) and just added in some cardio to keep active…

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    Joe
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    #239195
    Joe
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    I know you didn’t ask for my guidance, so feel free to ignore.
    It sounds like you have a fuck ton on your plate right now. Family should be a priority, school/work should be a priority, so should sleep, eating, etc. But taking care of yourself MUST be the first. You can pour from an empty pitcher.
    Get/borrow/buy/thrift some weights and a TRX. Carve out 45 min a day (somehow) to workout at home. Do push-ups with your daughter on your back. Have her sit on your feet while doing sit-ups do a burpee competition with her. She will win (let her) and always remember how much fun beating you was.
    Give yourself some grace. You can’t do it all. There is a season for every thing. (You should be hearing ‘Season of Love’ playing in your head at this point) This season is hustling to get though school and be present for your family. Your daughter will never be this age again.

    Brilliant answer 👏👏👏

    #239569
    BrianNixon
    Participant

    Love all the supportive responses in here 👍🏼👍🏼 Brandon, I’m proud of you for putting your wife and daughter first. I never met my biological father, I have no idea how that would have impacted my life but I know a Father’s presence makes a huge impression. Hang in there, it sounds like your priorities are in order, perhaps this storm just needs to pass and allow you to get settled into this new rhythm of life.

    #240977
    athi sundarchandar
    Participant

    Bro this is so fucking motivational…
    I think I gotta cut out my screen time too💯

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