As I write this, it’s 3pm and I’m craving a milkshake. The I-can-taste-it-smell-it-see-it-in-my-mind kind of craving. The struggle is real, folks.
So what’s stopping me from taking a break and going to devour this coveted treat? My alarm clock that went off at 5am this morning.
That’s right – I remembered that as of January 1st, my alarm clock goes off an hour earlier 5 days a week so that I can get my bum out of bed and exercise. Yes, I jumped on the workout resolution bandwagon this year, and a month and half into it I’ve stuck with it pretty well (much longer than in past attempts – doesn’t that earn me a milkshake? No? Fine.).
I’m not exactly sure what made me decide that 2015 was going to be my year to get fit, but in that moment I decided that my goal wasn’t to be skinnier, or to look better in clothes, etc. – my goal was to be a stronger version of me, and a healthier mom and wife for my family.
But let’s be honest – the thought of buying a new wardrobe of workout clothes and shoes is SO.MUCH.FUN and a big motivating factor to tackle a new workout routine. I wanted the brightest, most obnoxious running shoes I could find. And who doesn’t want yoga pants and running leggings in every color, for every day of the week? Sadly, I had a budget (hello financial fitness resolution!) and that’s where my love of Goodwill shopping came in.
After deciding the smart splurge was on a good pair of running shoes, I set out to find my new wardrobe at a couple of our local Goodwill stores (our new Short Pump store and our Ironbridge store). Yes, a bit of a plug here, but I have to brag about my awesome finds, including a Nike zip-up and some adorable Danskin pants. All total I purchased six pairs of workout pants, a lightweight jacket and a fleece for around $35.
So, enough about my journey. Let’s talk about you – the mom (or just really busy woman) – and the realities of fitting any type of exercise into an already busy schedule.
The first decision you have to make is that you’re willing to take time for you. Even if it’s only 30 minutes a day, it’s your time to focus on yourself (and hopefully tune out all the usual craziness!) Did you know that taking just 30 minutes a day can be good for your heart AND help you shed pounds? Check out this recent study from the American Heart Association.
Second, keep in mind that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and weight loss/toning/running a marathon takes time, too, so don’t give up too quickly! (This is one of my favorite visual reminders, and I’ve printed it and have it posted in the corner of my bathroom mirror!) Whether it’s a saying, a new dress, or a pic of your once-svelte self, hang on to that motivation and don’t lose sight of your goals!
Lastly, don’t make it complicated. Easy workouts can be just as effective as complex ones, and you’re more likely to stick with a routine (and increase your level of difficulty) if you start out simple. I’ve found that workout apps on my phone/iPad are great, as well as some quick visuals from Pinterest. Some of my favorite apps are Sworkit, Daily Workout, and Yoga Studio. These are all super easy to follow, and have varying levels of difficulty so as you progress you can increase your difficulty. And, if you’re like me and need to be held accountable, some great tracking apps are MapMyFitness and MyFitnessPal.
What’s motivating you to get up and move this year? Whatever it is, I hope you’ll join me on this journey in 2015!