After nearly two years of working toward bettering my health and meeting my goal weight- not there yet, but trying like hell – I’m becoming pretty good at knowing when I need something new to keep me going in the right direction. This is especially true when I’m headed toward a big bag of Doritos which is clearly the wrong direction. Albeit a tasty direction of cheesy goodness, but the wrong one just the same.
Since I’m a big fan of retail therapy, one of my big motivators when I find myself lacking in the fitness department will usually involve shopping of some kind. I know what you’re thinking, “wait, you reward yourself when you’re about to suck and stop working hard?” Yep, that’s the general idea. I buy something that will help keep me motivated though, like a new pair of workout capris or more recently, new running shoes. Maybe it’s just me, but I love the feeling of cutting the tags off a new purchase and getting to wear it out.
After my last 5k, I was in the market for new shoes since I had been getting shin splints pretty badly and to my dismay my favorite Nike’s had seen better days. A few weekends ago, I took a trip to Fit2Run with my 20% off coupon- mama loves a good deal- and picked these little ladies out. They are the Brooks Women’s Adrenaline GTS 14 in an obnoxiously loud color pink and since they had teal mixed in I couldn’t resist. (Fun fact, I am a sucker for anything teal, from wedding colors to living room walls!) Every run I have done in the last few weeks has been a little more exciting knowing I get to wear these in and how much better my legs feel because of them is a huge plus! Highly recommend these if you are in the market for new running shoes.
Now, the much bigger motivator I’ve taken on is signing up for the 60 Day Summer Slim Down Challenge at Gold’s gym. (What’s funny, is everything about that sentence sounds like it’s coming from someone else, never thought I’d be this person.) Basically, I paid a fee to sign up and for the next 2 months I’m in a “friendly” competition with other women to lose weight/get in shape. The Challenge involves a pretty strict set of nutrition guidelines and boot camps about 4 times a week with a bunch of cardio in between. Let me just say, I feel and most likely look like a crazed animal during these workouts and can barely walk up the 2 flights of stairs at my job afterward. BUT I think this is going to keep me motivated and help me to take things to the next level. I’m two weeks in and I’m already noticing a difference in my endurance and my body. Hoping this keeps me on track and at the end of the challenge I’ll be closer to my goal!
I know we all need a little motivation and if I’ve learned anything during my journey to better health it’s that nobody and nothing is going to motivate you more than yourself. You have to want it and the job of reminding yourself how badly you want it is yours and yours alone and for me it isn’t always easy. I’m not saying it doesn’t help to have an amazing support group to help cheer you on or have an event coming up to help push you toward meeting your goals. I just think it’s important to recognize that at the end of the day, you are the one who has the power to decide to keep going, take a break or give up. I’ve made all three of those decisions at some point but this time, I’m telling myself I’m in it to win it. (Insert overly used hashtag #cantstopwontstop.)
So find out what motivates you and keep it in mind when you’re running a little low on enthusiasm. Sometimes we need a little something to help get our butts off the couch when all we’d rather be doing is binge watching Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black. I’d love to hear from you so leave a comment below if you have any questions or want to share some of your motivation tips or what you do to keep things interesting! This staying healthy stuff isn’t easy! Just trying to keep it interesting and avoid getting bored or burnt out!