I’m lucky to have lived in California for the past 11 years. The best thing about living here is the weather. Growing up in Ohio it is easy to workout in seasons because the cold weather is demotivating, at least it was to me. I have always loved to workout but my problem has consistently been motivation. One thing that I have always wanted to do was to run a 5K but my cardio is just not up to par.
When I was a stay at home mom with my boys I started the Couch to 5K running program. It is an amazing application that really helps build your stamina so you can work your way up to slowly. There is a basic version that does not allow you to add music to the background or the pro version to add music. I opted for the pro version because music is always so motivating. I can set my Pandora app to run and still get the alarms to walk and run from C25K.
Since returning to work almost a year ago my fitness has really fell to the wayside and I’m paying for it. My energy levels are low and although the scale says I’m losing weight I feel less firm is particular areas like my midsection.
I know how important it is to take care of myself especially with the stress of my job. I have to start taking that time. I am lucky to have a supportive husband by my own “mom guilt” stops me from taking that 20 to 30 minutes for myself. I know it is better for me to take that time but I need that motivation.
Because I still have not started the Trouble Spot Solution and every weekend I’m beating myself up, I have to come up with an alternative. I walk during lunch about four days a week so I’m not completely lazy but I need to do so much more in order to reach my goals. I am going to start the C25K program again and before the end of this year I will run a 5K. Putting it on here and tracking my progress will make me more accountable.
Both of these programs – Fit Yummy Mummy and Couch to 5K – are three day a week programs. I have done them simultaneously in the past so I know it is possible. The difference between the programs is Fit Yummy Mummy focuses on lifting weights and high intensity interval training to focus on fat loss while Couch to 5K is steady state cardio for endurance.
My plan is to write down my goals and keep them posted in my kitchen, on my desk, and in a notebook to track my progress. I will create a weekly schedule and stick to it. I will always stay positive and know that life happens so sometimes things may get in the way but it is my own actions that create or impair progress. Before pictures and stats have been taken so there’s nothing left but to do it.
What are your tips for staying motivated?