Go Ahead, Miss A Monday
It's Monday and I didn't go to the gym. I actually missed last Monday too. If you listen to the fitness experts online you'd think my week was ruined. If I don't workout on Monday then I won't workout all week. My week is going to suck. My gains will disappear tonight. I didn't have pics because I didn't workout so I'll never get Instagram famous and be able to buy a Ferrari. But seriously. It's kind of ridiculous when you think about it, right?
I wish posts like "never miss a Monday" would go away altogether. I'm not hating on those who are trying to motivate others, but it doesn't teach people to think for themselves. It also sets people up for unnecessary failure if you ask me. There was a time when I never let myself miss a Monday. In fact I rarely missed a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday either. I was lean enough to be considered "in good shape." I didn't have much else going on though and eventually that got old.
When you're trying to create a habit I think less attention paid to these hard and fast "rules" will serve you better. There is no magical formula and there certainly isn't any magical day. Sometimes Monday at the gym works out for me. And other times I wake up to 374 texts and by the time I look up from my computer the sun is about to set. Either way I can tell you my week isn't ruined or made perfect. It's a matter of perspective.
Here's the thing. If you love working out on Monday then you should do that. I get it. You feel it sets the right tone for your week. I have that same feeling about other things I do on Monday. Do it because it's the right thing for you.
If you feel stressed about getting to the gym on Monday because holy shit you have so many other things to do then sit it out or do some activity at home. This isn't an excuse to skip the gym everytime you feel "meh." It's just giving yourself a break to do what's right for you when the internet is screaming that you're wrong. Trust yourself to know better.