I came to a realization today.
That I am extremely motivated by setting schedules and routines for myself.
Sure, I can say to myself “I’ll just go to the gym tonight after work,” all willy nilly. And as much as I truly want to work out that day, once “after work” comes along, “heading home for a glass of wine, delicious dinner and sitting in front of the TV with the family” sounds a hell of a lot better.
I love working out, but more than anything, I love finding new ways to switch it up and keep my workouts interesting. And there are so many options out there right now, it is so hard to even stick to one kind of workout. I want to take a Barre Class, Dance Class, BodyPump, Crossfit, Zumba, Ariel Silks, Bootcamp class. I mean the list can go on and on.
But what I realized is, I can write a list of all of the things I want to do, but until I set those times and dates in my calendar, they are just another goal in the distance with no timeline set to it.
Tonight I started writing out my training schedule for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon I am planning to run in Savannah this year.
And when I finished writing up my training schedule in my calendar, I felt more motivated than ever!
There is something about writing something down that makes it feel permanent. A real goal. Call me old fashioned, but I love my daily planner and couldn’t go a year without it. Do you know how many times I looked at my training schedule on my iPhone app? Probably a million. But it didn’t become real to me until I took the time to write down the entire 12 week training program in my planner.
I’m already thinking about how to plan my day around my scheduled run, and on the scheduled cross-training days, what awesome new class or exercise I am going to do that day.
For the next 12 weeks I am committed. I am committed to fitness as a goal. I am committed to running 13.1 miles in a new place, a city I have never been to before. I am committed to sticking to a plan. To running my daily goals and to trying new things. For the next 12 weeks, I am unstoppable. Because I have a plan and a goal.
And I am not someone who takes challenges lightly. I am someone who is ready take on this challenge head on and not stop until it’s complete… the right way.
So, here’s to new challenges. To the next 12 weeks. And to completing a longtime fitness goal of mine that has finally made its way to ink and paper on this 2014 calendar.
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