TRAINING ALONE? 5 Ways to Stay Motivated...

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Training alone is not always the best way to accomplish your fitness goals but sometimes, it's the only way.

I work a 9-5 job. I am part of a soccer carpool. My daughter is active with school and church events and I am the driver. I believe in cooking real food every night and I volunteer in my community 2-3 times a month. I'm busy and I love it! Funny thing...I have a goal to make the National Duathlon team in my age division and in order to do that I HAVE to train.  Every time I try and find a group I can join, it's never on a day or time I can make it. So, I am on my own but I have found ways to stay motivated and not give up. Check it out!

SET A REALISTIC GOAL

Whether you are trying to lose weight, run your first 5k/marathon or break a bad habit, make sure it is something you can actually accomplish and visualize the end result. Many times we set goals that are too hard to reach and we give up before we even get started. Remember, baby steps can result in big results. 

FOLLOW A PLAN

Remember, a goal without a plan is just a wish.  A good plan, great work ethic and consistency will result in greatness. Society glorifies the end result and rarely shows the grind that comes before it. Find a plan that fits your lifestyle/schedule and stick to it.  

WRITE IT DOWN & STICK IT IN YOUR FACE

Get a black marker, a sticky note and find a mirror you use daily and STICK IT!  I have about 5 stickies on my bathroom mirror that I look at EVERY MORNING and NIGHT while brushing my teeth. It helps me stay focus and remind me what I need to do the next day to get closer to my goals. Typing it on your computer or phone, to me, doesn't have the same effect as writing it down and seeing it in your own handwriting. 

SHARE YOUR GOAL W/MOTIVATING PEOPLE

If you share it, they will ask (if you build it they will come...). No matter how big or small your goal, share it with motivating and trustworthy people. Why? They will ask you, from time to time, how things are going. One of the worse feelings in the world is saying you haven't done anything or you missed a workout and you lied. The questions keep you accountable.

TEST YOURSELF ONCE A MONTH

This is when you HAVE to cut out time to actually be with other people. LOL! Find a group that is working toward the same goals you are working towards and join them. Whether it is just conversation or you actually workout with them. You can measure where you are physically and mentally, make a couple of tweaks in your planning, if you need to and be ready to meet with them again next month. 

GOOD LUCK with your TRAINING! Email me with any questions you may have with your plan.