Big deal time: I've been in the gym for 20 minutes 3 times a week for the last two weeks. The last time I took my running shoes out of my car was Memorial Day weekend. They still had dust from Color Me Rad coming off of them!
As I've mentioned before, I find it very difficult to maintain a regular workout schedule in the summer because I'm so against spending time in a gym. I like to get out and run on actual sidewalks. But the heat and humidity and afternoon rain makes it nearly impossible to stick to a regular schedule. I get very anxious when I spend too much time indoors (think reverse seasonal affective disorder), but I just can't get outdoors as much as I need to during the summer. It's a vicious cycle.
I finally sucked it up and visited the awesome gym at my complex (one of the things that sold me on moving here) and just started running again. Actually, it was more like a fast walk…but still, I just did it. And I kept doing it.
I doubt this will last into the semester, but I'm trying while I can. Twenty minutes, three times a week. It's completely doable. Next time I'm also adding in some strength training.
PS: I'm running 1.25 miles in under 20 minutes, which is pretty awesome for someone my size. The faster I'm running by late September, the faster I can reach free girl scout cookies.