True life: I am a goal-digger, not to be confused with Kanye West’s song about money hungry ladies. Whether it’s losing 10 pounds, saving more money or teaching my dog new tricks. I am all about setting goals and putting plans in place to reach them.
I’m getting married in June and my 2014 health goals can be summed up in six words: “Operation Don’t Be a Fat Bride.” While my immediate goal is to feel beautiful, strong and confident on my wedding day, I am also hoping to learn to LOVE exercise along the way.
I’ve worked out fairly consistently since I was in high school but I don’t do it to clear my head or because I enjoy it. Heck no. I work out so I can fit into my jeans and not feel guilty when I drink a latte! Right now a particular white dress is what gets me out of bed for a 6 a.m. workout but I still struggle to stay motivated some times.
Here are things that I’ve done that have really helped me stay on track towards reaching my goals.
My 5 tips:
Find something that you love. I saw great results working out with a personal trainer, but I never really looked forward to my appointments. Plus it’s spendy – like serious dough! So I switched it up. I bid adieu to my personal trainer and joined The Fitness Lab, a gym that specializes in group circuit training sessions. These hour-long classes push me to my limits physically and mentally and I love every sweaty minute of it! I actually find myself looking forward to my workouts for the first time in a very long time.
Tell people about it. I’m not suggesting peppering Facebook with gym-selfies and pictures of your green smoothies, but loop in your support system. Tell your partner that you’d like to make it a point to get to the gym 4 times a week or your lunch buddy that you’d like to start swapping out that daily burger for a salad. Give them permission to call you on it when you get off track or better yet, get them on board too! The camaraderie makes it easier to stay on track when you’re having an off day.
Get your co-workers involved. If you’re like me you spend more time at work than you do anywhere else so what better place to connect with a community of wellness-focused individuals to help me stay on track? I started organizing monthly fitness challenges at work to help keep myself and my coworkers motivated. So far we have tackled 30 day squat, plank and crunch challenges! We find ourselves squeezing in squats in between meetings or walking (instead of driving) to lunch – all the little things really do add up!
Get a FitBit. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve checked my FitBit at the end of a long day to see that I’m only at 5,000 steps, half way towards my 10,000 step goal. Maybe it’s my competitive spirit, but nothing is more motivating than the congratulatory buzz from my FitBit when I hit 10,000 steps, so I usually end up lacing up my shoes and going for a quick run. No one ever regrets a workout.
Sign-up for a local race. Once I’ve signed-up and paid registration fees for a race not completing the race is pretty much like throwing away money. Signing up for races throughout the year keeps me motivated to train plus the endorphins and hype that you feel on race day is second to none! Plus there are tons of really fun races with great perks – free hot chocolate after a run? Yes, please!
These things help keep me motivated towards reaching my goals, but motivation isn’t a one size fits all solution. You have to find what works best for you. If you have other ideas, I’d love to hear them, so please share in the comments below!
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Whitney Haggerson is a California native who is learning to love the Pacific Northwest in all its fleece-y glory. She is on a quest to learn to love exercise rather than doing so as a means of offsetting her peanut butter addiction. Whitney works as an Internal Consultant for LifeWise and lives in Green Lake with her soon-to-be husband and their chocolate Lab.