Now that our new year has kicked into high gear, I wonder who is still hitting the gym like they vowed in their resolutions. I know I have been slacking. I mean, a new business start-up has no time to allow for a work out – right? I know… I have no excuse because I understand that fitting exercise into my weekly routine maintains that balance that I desperately need. I don’t know how I fit everything into my day, but I wouldn’t be anywhere without a daily plan. That nagging “To Do List” that guides me through life. And somehow, it all seems to get done even with the hour gym appointment.
If you’ve been reading my blogs, by now you know what an advocate I am for listing goals. They are the bane of my existence, but without them I never would have made it to where I am today. If you were to tell me five years ago that I would be living on the ocean in Southern California, helping people get organized, I don’t think I would have believed you. At that time, I was working with cancer patients, assisting with fundraising deadlines, and dreaming of something more (of what – I had no real idea).
I had abandoned the notion of making New Year’s resolutions behind years ago when I decided they weren’t really working for me. You know – the whole “The Birthday Ritual” idea came to mind, and the goal-setting had begun. That initial dream list had set into motion a whole life-changing experience.
Sticking to my workout routines were always at the top of my list, so in order to make it something that I would be disciplined at, I committed to a workout that I loved to do. You’ve probably heard of Turbo Jam – it’s one of those late-night infomercial systems. Most of my friends bought theirs the same way. I was immediately drawn to this & five years later I am still doing the same routines, only now they teach them in the local 24hr Fitness (Turbo Kick classes) Hallelujah!! Enter Chalene Johnson – the star of the Turbo series. She is my mentor!! I can’t say enough great things about this lady and the awesome pay-it-forward advice she has given me over the years. If you need some good motivation on setting your fitness goals, check out her Blog – she is truly one of a kind.
Believe me, I don’t commit to something unless there is some kind of payoff right from the start, so this one just really does it for me. It combines the cardio of kickboxing with the fun choreography of dance. I know isn’t for everybody but I have pretty much convinced everyone I know to try it and they have all become committed to it as well. I am getting my weekly gym goals established once again and pulling out my handy schedules, which I am to happy to share with you:
These are just basic guides to get me through the week & provide a little accountability. If I make a conscious effort to schedule in my workouts ahead of time, I have no excuses. Feel free to design your own guides with your specific routines off of this format & see where it takes you.
There is one thing that has always helped me to turn the resolutions I just couldn’t hold onto into real goals that worked, and that was my journal. It doesn’t have to be an expensive journal – just a basic notepad even does the trick. It is always good to stop every few weeks and re-evaluate. Ask yourself; What progress did I make? How do I feel? What can I improve & What is my reward for getting there? If you have weight to lose, these are some excellent questions that will help you plan where you want to be.
So tell me, what motivates you to reach your fitness goals? Do you have a system of accountability that has worked for you? And if you have lost that inspiration to stick to your goals, what is stopping you?