I’ve tried before to get in to a healthy and consistent routine and failed miserably because I lacked motivation and direction. I’ve always maintained some loose plan and regime, but nothing that I’ve been truly happy with. Part of the problem is that I have never set myself goals nor set a plan for what I would like to achieve each week. As the old saying goes ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail’. This has certainly been the case for me and after it happening one too many times, I am ready to get my bum in to gear.
My goals are as follows:
1. I may have mentioned last year that I was following a program called Tone it up. The website offers a daily workout plan both for running and toning that you can complete from the comfort of your own home. They also offer nutrition plans, but I prefer to stick to my own meal plans; adjusting where needed. My goal with Tone it up is to complete the work out at least five times a week. Once I get in to a good routine with working out, I might consider a gym membership but for now, this is enough.
2. Run. I love to run, I love hearing my runners hit the pavement. I love getting lost in my own thoughts while I am running. Do you think this has been enough to get me out running often? No. I want to run at least three times a week and clock up about 15km a week. I’ll slowly work up the number of km’s I run a week, practice makes perfect and all that.
3. Drink lots of water! This should be a given and for the most part, it is. I should be drinking at least 2L a day. I’m usually pretty good if I’m at work but weekends I forget to drink water. Yes, I know..how do I forget water? I have no idea.
4. Go to yoga once a week. Having completed two actual yoga classes (and many online ones), I am really feeling the benefits for my body and mind. If something makes you feel good, then you should stick with it, don’t you think?
5. Let myself rest. One of my biggest problems is that I go for a run and try to force myself to go again the next day. When my muscles ache and I run two days in a row, they take longer to heal and I fall off the bandwagon pretty quickly. I need to space out workouts so I can give my body time to recover. You’d think I’d have learnt better by now and I suppose I have but it took me long enough.
Andddd..that’s it. I won’t overwhelm myself with goals just yet. Everyone knows goals are easier said than done.
What are your goals?
Do you have tips for staying motivated?