When it comes to motivating myself to workout, it’s always an uphill battle. I can always come up with far too many excuses as to why I don’t have time to fit exercise into my day. It’s actually quite sad because I know that after I get in a workout, I always feel great. But getting myself to that point is work.
In the past, I’ve tried to motivate myself with weight loss. But that’s never done much for me as I seem to falter when the scale never budges. And I have to say, that if you are aiming for weight loss, ditch the scale. It’s not always a good judge of what you are really accomplishing as there are so many reasons for it fluctuating – muscle weighing more than fat, water gain, etc.
But what I have found really great success with is challenging myself healthy. Oh how I love a good goal! Give me something to shoot for and I stick with it.
I first set off to “conquer” the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. For those of you that have done any of Jillian’s workouts, you know they are tough! I didn’t want to miss a day and it grew into this “undefeated season” mentality where I knew if I missed just one, I wouldn’t have the momentum like I did before it. The toughest days were when I was at a conference. I had to workout via laptop in my hotel room. But I completed the challenge and I felt great!
Next, I set out to cross something off my “bucket list” and that was running a 5K race. I have terrible knees so this had been something that I started training for and then failed, started and failed and…well, you get the drift. But my body was stronger after finishing the 30 Day Shred and even though I had just overcome a battle with bronchitis, I still forced myself to not give up on race day. I ran the race in decent time and I can’t even begin to tell you the feeling of accomplishment that day!
I’m now on to a new challenge. I’m keeping it secret for now as I’ll share it in a future posting. But signing up for my next challenge has got me back into the swing of making sure my days revolve around getting in some much needed exercise.
So if you are like me and struggle with allowing yourself time to workout, sign-up for your own challenge and see if you can’t challenge yourself healthy, too!