Can we be real for a moment? I want to talk about commitment but not on the relationship front (we all know how my last 2 relationships have been ????♀️). No, I want to talk about the relationship you have with your health and fitness knowing full well that these tips could help you in other areas of your life, as awell.
When it comes to health and fitness success, there’s more to the equation than just figuring out what to eat.
A quick internet search will who you that the interwebs are stocked with about 827,387,023 meal plans (approximately).
And working out isn’t rocket science either. Unless you’re a serious athlete, you generally have an idea of what kinds of activities your body responds well to.
You want the real issue? It’s all about commitment.
How to do the thing, then keep doing the thing.
Once you find the meal plan, how do you keep using it? How do you shop appropriately and KEEP shopping appropriately? How you hit play every single day? How do you print out that calendar and actually stick with it?
And let’s cut the fluff and get REALLY tough here. You know full well we all need those big sister pep talks from time to time.
Some of us have an unstable dating relationship with our health and fitness.
We want to be serial daters and move from one thing to the next, making excuses for why it’s not “working out” and why everything else is keeping us from meeting our goals.
Well friends, it’s time to put a ring on it. Let’s stop making excuses and start talking about our commitment issues. I’m going to show you how to finally commit and crush your total fitness goals.
And don’t worry, I’ll be there every step of the way. Consider me your wingman and emotional support when the relationship gets rocky. ?
If you’re committing to a program, set up a timeline and reward yourself along the way.
Let’s say you want to crush a 60 day workout challenge. You’ve tried three times before this but you’ve never quite hit that 60 day mark.
This time, establish how often you want to reward yourself then go out and actually buy those gifts. Do this BEFORE the challenge. Wrap them up in your favorite wrapping paper (Star Trek wrapping paper from last Christmas? Heck yes!), write little love notes, then fill in your calendar to open one on days 7, 21, 30, 45, and 60.
These can be cool headbands to hold up your hair while you jam to Piyo, those fancy pairs of steampunk or Tigger leggings you’ve been wanting, or a sampler pack of Shakeology (strawberry, vanilla, chocolate? I can’t decide!).
By buying yourself gifts, you’re investing in your success. You’ve told yourself, “I AM going to do this and I will be rewarded when I meet my goals.” PLUS, you’ll have some awesome swag to look forward to when you meet your mark.
** skip a day of the challenge? Don’t sweat it. Hop back on that goal crushing train and continue to reward yourself for sticking to it.
What’s more satisfying than ripping a page off a countdown calendar?! Okay, pulling that plastic, protective sheet off some new electronics is pretty fun too. But I REALLY love ripping some paper off the wall (and seeing that number go down).
If you don’t have a countdown calendar, you can use fun shaped tabs or sticky notes and line them up on a door you pass through often.
On a few of them (not all) write yourself fun notes of encouragement or inspirational quotes. Each time you complete a workout AND clean eating, rip off the sticky note and add it to your calendar for each day.
By adding the sticky notes and tabs to your calendar, you are tracking your progress and seeing an actual visual representation of the progress you are making. Look at you, you fitness warrior.
Share Your Journey
Take a friend with you on this fitness journey. If you decide to start 22 Minute Hard Corps, make a plan to show up in your living room at 10:00 each morning (or whichever time woks best for you both). Take turns bringing breakfast or coffee. If you are meeting up virtually, take turns sharing a motivational quote or devotional. You’ll be much more likely to show up if you know someone is counting on you.
If you don’t know someone who wants to do the program with you, remember - virtual friends count! Message me here to connect. Give someone permission to check on your progress and see if you are on track. Bonus points if they can tell it like it is AND you’re open to constructive feedback.
Find or Wear Something That’s a Reminder of Your Journey
Explore your motivations for embarking on this journey in the first place.
Do you want to be a healthy example for your family? Is there a 5k you want to sign up for at the end of the month?
Once you connect with your “why” then find a physical representation or token of that motivation. Here are a few examples. Feel free to get creative.
Schedule Your Workout
It’s 8pm, you barely made it through the door after a long day of appointments, grocery shopping, and vet visits before collapsing on your big, comfy couch. So you kick up your feet, turn on Doctor Who reruns, then realize . . . you forgot to workout. At this point, you could pop in that workout DVD or pull up Beachbody on Demand but you’re just too tired.
You can beat this by planning your workouts or select your specific workouts and then adding them to your calendar. Make sure you schedule time in each day so that you do this automatically, like clockwork.
This will remove that pesky “should I workout today?” thought or those late-night guilt trips.
So there you have it
This is your new game plan to commit and KEEP committing to your health and fitness relationship. Because after all, a commitment to your health is a commitment to yourself.
And you DESERVE to feel that love.
If you need additional support, I am here for you. Join my FB group here, where I walk you through challenges, share funny life moments, and help ignite motivation and inspirations for your personal journey.
And remember, you can do this.
I am Christian Straightedge Christ follower, an Army Brat, an ex-milso, founder and CEO of FitnessAnyaMind, a sofa CEO, a nomad, a fur baby mom, and a mindset builder. I enjoy nature, reading, music, cooking, and taking care of those whom I love.