Last week, I was fortunate to enjoy a few days of warm weather. This served as a clear reminder that soon spring would be upon us with summer not far behind. Our layers and baggy clothing will be replaced with tank tops, shorts and bathing suits. Knowing this is coming, we've got to get ready!
|Inspiration from my Pinterest Fitness Board|
Here's how it's going to work. First I identify my goals. For the sake of this discussion, I will identify goals not as an end result, but a series of actions that I will take on a regular basis that will bring me the results I want. In the case of having a healthy, fit body, "my goals" will be around how consistently I work out. Consistent workouts + healthy eating = healthier body. So if I don't do these things, there's no point in me setting a "goal" for losing X number of pounds. I say that I'm committed to consistent physical exercise. But at times, things get in the way of me doing what I said I would do. If I continue to allow these obstacles, I can predict what my results will look like 90 days from now. I'll be wishing I had instead of being glad it did.
They say the hardest part about working out is going to work out. Meaning, if I can get past the mental struggle that happens occurs when I think to myself "do I have enough time to work out today." Then I would be just fine. If I took out that obstacle of having to make a decision, I could improve my likelihood of working out on a daily basis. One thing I've been practicing is how to increase my desire to go work out. I do this by pairing the physical activity (which I don't love) with something that brings me immense joy. While I'm exercising, I visualize (daydream) about everything I want to do, have and to be. I imagine myself frolicking on the beach feeling comfortable in my body. I daydream about intentions I want to manifest in my life. I think about things I've wanted in the past that have already materialized. This practice makes me feel extremely good. Actually, it gives me something to look forward to while I'm working out. And if what they say is true about visualization and law of attraction, then I'm also bringing more good things into my life. It's a win-win!
Another thing I will do differently is to set a work out time and commit. That way I'm not trying to fit a workout in. It'll be scheduled a head of time. I'm really excited about the visualizing while working out, thing. Using this technique I went from dreading my time on the treadmill to smiling to myself as I secretly plot my most perfect future.
Want more inspiration? Be sure to check out other Fitness Friday posts from KLP of Saving our Strands, Ebony of Longing for Length and Britt of Oneand20.