Last updated on February 6th, 2017 at 03:13 am
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I suggest either writing down your short-term goals and long-term goals. The first goals I achieved were losing 20 lbs in 6 months and to fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes before returning to work. Currently, my goal is to work towards running a 5 km run with an average pace of 5 min/km and to be able to run 10 Km. My long-term goal is to train myself to run a half marathon. Reaching goals is empowering and motivating to keep pushing harder.
Sign up for a challenge
One way I keep motivated is by signing up for charity and non-charity runs. In May of this year I challenged myself with a race called Mudd, Sweat and Tears, a 5 Km obstacle race. You can review my post and video about the event here. I liked this race because it wasn’t just about running. This race challenged me physically and mentally. I really felt proud of myself for doing this one.
In September, I’ve signed myself and my twin for a 5 KM run called Run for the Grapes, which runs in conjunction with the local wine festival, and it also happens to be around our birthday, so we will be doing a bit of celebrating with wine as well. For this race, my sister and I will be competing with each other, may the best twin win. 🙂 This is the race we have worked towards a pace of 5 min/km. Lets see if we can achieve that goal!
Also, in October, I will be joining a team of co-workers to run in the CIBC run for the Cure. See my post about worthy cause here. This run will be more fun since it will be a team building experience. I’m planning some fun fundraising projects as well! This race won’t be about me, but about raising money for a worth cause!
Recruit a friend
I’m lucky to have an identical twin sister who shares the same interests as I do, but not everyone is lucky enough to have a twin, however, you might be blessed with a supporting husband or very close friends with common interests. If you don’t, I suggest joining a group and find new friends with similar interests. While on maternity leave, I joined a group led a Public Health Unit which discussed health for mothers and babies, and our little group of mommies became fast friends since we had lots in common. Perhaps by joining a fitness class or a running club, you will meet like minded individuals.
My twin sister and I are very competitive (see us race in a 100 m dash in my post here). Even though we live far apart, we keep up with each other’s progress through our iPhone apps such as Adidas miCoach, Nike Running, and Nike Training Club. We set up goals together, for example, we are trying to cut down our average race pace for a 5Km to 5min/km. We share with each other our successes and failures as well as encourage each other, usually by text message. Perhaps, in a few years from now, we will work our way up to running that half marathon together!
I can’t forget my supporting husband either. When I did the P90X3 program, I did it with him. That was very important for my success and motivation. If he hadn’t been on board with me to do the program, I don’t know if I would have seen the same success. We supported each by not buying junk food and eating clean together. We ensure that we both had at least 30 minutes a day to complete our workouts. Since he is more knowledgeable about health and fitness, it was nice to get advice on proper nutrition, form and which weights to use. We built some good habits together and encourage each other to keep up with those habits.
Journal your experience
I blog! That’s why I’m here. I find writing and sharing about my successes, discouragements, inspiration helps to keep me motivated. Some people might want to keep a diary instead of a publicly viewed blog. I keep records of my measurements, weight, photos of what I looked like before I started, during and after (see my before and after photos here). I can look back and see where I was, and how much I have progressed on my journey.