I have a love/hate relationship with fitness. I mean, I KNOW it’s good for me to eat healthily and exercise regularly… it’s just my default position is reclined on the couch with my Kindle and some marshmallows.
I did an awesome job last year (sparked by a DietBet) where I lost about 15 pounds and was super-dooper proud of myself. However, I kind of hibernated over the winter and gained back some of that weight.
Remember this old post, My 11 Steps for Restarting an Exercise Program, it was THAT.
Now that the weather is warm again, I’ve started running a bit more. And by “a bit more” I really mean, at all. For the past couple months I’ve been going to a nearby park and running 2 -3 miles each weekend. And I actually enjoy it, too.
So, I’ve decided (again) that I’m going to make a plan to get fit. And I’m hoping that by posting it, I can hold myself accountable.
Here’s my plan:
In order to stick with something that works for me long-term, I’m planning on just a few little changes. More veggies, less crap. A friend of mine is a Beachbody coach, so I’ve decided to try replacing my typical breakfast with one of their shakes in the morning. I’m trying out their variety pack this week so I can figure out which flavor to order and then I’ll commit to 30 days of morning shakes. I’ll let you know how that goes!
I like to run, so I’m going to do more of it. Seems pretty simple, but finding the time can be pretty difficult. I’ve gotten pretty good at running once each weekend, so now I need to add in one morning that I can do a run before work.
I really like running 5k’s so I signed up for a few that sound fun: the Baltimore Crab 5k, the Baltimore Women’s Classic, and The Diva 5k Run. I’m also planning to pack my running clothes the next time we go to the beach and do a little boardwalk running.
My BIG goal is that my siblings and I have decided to do the Baltimore Relay Marathon in October and registered for the event last night. Since there are four of us, it works out perfectly that the marathon is divided in to four parts. I’ll be running the first leg of the relay, which is 5.7 miles. So yeah, I’d better start running more often so I can get that far without passing out!
This past weekend I accomplished a mini-goal of running four miles, which is the longest distance I’ve run in 6+ years!
That’s it. My one-two punch of getting fit. I plan to keep myself motivated with cute running clothes and great running mixes on my iPod. Wish me luck
How do you keep motivated when starting a new fitness program? Do you have any awesome dance-songs that I should add to my running mix?