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I'll be the first to admit, sometimes it's really hard to get motivated. The couch is so comfy. The tub of ice cream in the freezer beckons. It's too windy outside. Or too hot. Or too cold. Or too late. Or too early. Or too tiring. Or too boring.
Here are three ways that I get motivated--three ways that I am able to get myself off the couch, into a pair of sneakers and onto the jogging path, despite the [insert valid-but-not-good-enough excuse here].
Motivator No. 1: Sign up for an event
Here's the #1 way I get motivated: find a local fitness event, sign up, and, most importantly, PAY THE FEE. What I lack in motivation with regard to fitness, I make up for with regard to money. There's just something about charging $35 for a 5K that makes me guilty about not training.
Even better, sign up for an event with a group of friends, create a team name, choose a theme song, and make matching bedazzled shirts. A couple of girlfriends and I are running a 5K in Camarillo this fall and we're blinging out team t-shirts. Oh yes. There are very few places you can still wear bedazzled clothing these days and one of them is at a race (see also: Vegas, bachelorette parties). Seriously, nobody cares what you are wearing (hundreds of men in spandex bodysuits make this point at races around the country). Bedazzling motivates me.
Motivator No. 2: Post a goal on the Internet
There's nothing quite like telling the world wide web that you are going to do something to get you off the couch and down to the gym. When I made my 30 Before 30 list a year ago, I put on that list an intention to run a 5K. And then, for ten months, I ignored the fact that I wrote down that goal. But, as the deadline grew increasingly close, I realized that I didn't want to be the kind of person who could meet goals requiring the eating of ice cream and drinking of beers, but who could not get it together to run a measly three miles. So I pulled my running shoes out from the farthest corner of my closet and started to train.
On numerous occasions, between gasps for breath at mile three, I announced to my husband that I was only "doing this for the list." Publicizing a goal is a fantastic motivator. And, so, on my 31 Before 31? Run a faster 5K.
Motivator No 3: Make Mini-Goals
I'm definitely an instant gratification kind-of gal. I want to put a sticker on a chart for doing a great job today; I have a much more difficult time sticking to a fitness goal where the reward is six months or a year in the future. So, I break things down into small, easy to manage tasks. Last week, I didn't drink any calorie-laden beverages. This week, I'm sticking to the no calorie-laden beverages (thank goodness for Crystal Light Pure Fitness!) and adding a rule that I can't eat after 8 PM. I've committed to walking for thirty minutes, five times this week. I'm keeping track of my weekly goals at Ze Pahmp You Ahp Challenge, where I check in with weekly reports on my weekly objectives. Remember: weekly mini-goals can add up long-term success, except that you get to give yourself a shiny star sticker this week, rather than waiting for some distant end result.
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