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What do you want?

That may have sounded snide or rude, but I certainly didn’t mean for it to be rude.

What I mean is…have you thought about it lately? What do you want? What are your goals? Why do you want to be healthy? Thinking about your WHY is very helpful in keeping your motivation. Making that your North Star can help you when you stray. When you don’t feel like working out. Or when you don’t feel like eating a healthier lunch.

So think about it for a minute.

Why do you want to be healthy and fit?

My hubby and me in Ireland

Is it to set a good example for your kids?
Is it so you can be around to see your grandkids grow up?
Maybe you just want to feel better?
Or perhaps you want to fit back in those old jeans?

Now that your reason. Write it down. Put it everywhere. Your bathroom mirror, your smart phone, your screen saver. Tell your significant other, your coworkers. The more people you tell and the more places you put it, the more likely it is that you’ll stay focused more often. Tell yourself every day why you want this. You may just find yourself making more and more decisions in line with that.

For me, my reason for wanting to be healthy is because I want to be able to enjoy my family and my friends and to continue to be able to travel and enjoy myself. I want to look and feel good and not having any physical or health problem stand in my way. That’s what keeps me going when I don’t feel like it. Now that the habit of working out and eating well is engrained in my life, I really do enjoy it and look forward to it. But some days, I still don’t wanna…for some reason. And that’s when I revisit my WHY.

So tell me, why do YOU want to be healthy and fit?  Share below, please!

Some of my whys:

With my hubby and his parents, enjoying the NC State Fair

My mom and me celebrating New Year Eve

Team Penguin! Wonderful friends, Amy, Troy, My hubby & me about to run a fun 5k

Besties: Christina and Kathy and me, celebrating a great friend's birthday

My wonderful hubby, me, and our baby enjoying the beach in fall

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Tips to keep workouts on track (and keep you more motivated!)

I think I am asked at least once a day how I stay motivated. How I don’t get bored with my workouts. How I even know what I “should” be doing every day for my workout.

So, I thought I’d give you a couple of my tips here in case you were wondering about those things too. I hope it helps you!

First, I make a workout schedule using a blank calendar every month. Yes, a month at a time! I find this extremely motivating and obviously it helps me keep on track and never wonder what I should do. By having it laid out there, there’s no wondering, and wondering leads to NOT doing, in my experience. After each workout I complete I put a check mark on that day. That’s the motivational part for me. If I miss a workout, that day gets a big, fat X. I don’t like seeing those, so I’m very likely to just do my workout even if I’m feeling a little lazy that day.

(By the way, my deal with myself if I don’t ‘feel’ like working out is that I’ll just DO it for 5 minutes. If I still want to quit, I will. But that never happens once the blood gets flowing…because then I’m pumped and feeling good, so I finish it)

Here’s a pic of my actual schedule for this month just so you can get an idea. 🙂

I print out a blank template from a site like http://www.calendarlabs.com/printable-calendar.php and then fill in the days according.

For my current schedule, it’s a hybrid of Chalean Extreme and Brazil Butt Lift. I used the two pre-made schedules with those programs and blended them to work for me.

Another thing that keeps me motivated is, frankly, the fact that it’s a habit now. The feeling I get when I workout (that endorphin kick!) And of course the results I’ve seen are extremely motivating, it makes me want to keep going. So. If you’re brand new to a workout…my advice is to make a schedule, use check marks, stars, x marks, etc to visually reward yourself. Keep a picture that motivates you nearby (maybe on your bathroom mirror?). This could be an old picture of you looking great, maybe a picture of an outfit you want to fit into. Or maybe a picture of the beach you’re going to this summer. Maybe it’s a picture of your kids. Whatever it is, make it something that reminds you of WHY you want to be fit and healthy. Once you get into the habit and start feeling and looking better, I suspect your motivation will come from that.

I hope these ideas help or at least help you think of something else that may work for you. I’d love to know, what do YOU do that keeps you on track and motivated?

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