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19 ways to get motivated for fitness

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Not sure about anyone else but I'm seriously lacking in motivation lately. Thursday through Monday, when I know my fellow Amazons (BLC19) are counting on me, things pick up BUT the other days it's an internal struggle to get to the gym or out on the pathways for some exercise. Imagine my delight when my GoodLife email came today. Here are the main points of the article, I'm going to post the link at the bottom so you can check it out if you want. There's some good points.

If you’re just starting out, the following suggestions will help:

Set a goal – any project or plan without goal will be a struggle
Develop a plan to reach your goal – this is a must no matter what activity you enjoy
Start small – if you are just starting set realistic goals
Set interval goals and reward small short term accomplishments
Create rewards that are pleasurable and away from your exercise
Change routines and change often
Develop a competition with yourself or a partner and relate back to rewards
Chart progress so you can monitor and remember successes

If you are already exercising, try these tips to keep it up:

Remember good days
Remember the feeling of success and your pleasure rewards
Focus on the big picture
Withdraw during your routine
Stay grounded but dream big
Join a team or league if you are motivated by others and in a team or league sport
Know what your urges are to quit and be aware of them
Continue to mix things up
Visualize your success
If you get lost with mixing it up – get a coach
Forget but expect bad days – remember no matter how poorly you perform or how bad your workout is do not quit it is not an option……. just walk away and think about a past success

Most of all remember: if it was that easy everyone would do it!

Get up, get started and don’t give up!

If you’ve already started, find enjoyment and just keep pushing on!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CARILOUIE 6/23/2012 10:07AM

    love these ideas!

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GAYEMC 6/22/2012 9:02PM

    Since DH was diagnosed with cancerr last month, I've been struggling with motivation also. I cling to my BLC Rangers for some normalcy. Thanx for the suggestions, good stuff I can use.

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 6/22/2012 2:41PM

    Thanks for the reminders. I need them.

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BILLALEX70 6/22/2012 5:24AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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GLASSART43 6/21/2012 10:50PM

    Great article, Penny. I think my motivation would be "sparked" if I changed my routine and mixed things up -- I know I'm in a rut.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 6/21/2012 8:01PM

    Thankyou, I needed to read this today!!

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JENNNY135 6/21/2012 7:25PM

    Thanks for the motivation, saved the article.

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BOBBYD31 6/21/2012 7:22PM

    good advice!

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Race photos - Millarville

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Received from the race director on Friday: "If you're new to this newsletter, the course has a net loss of altitude from start to finish.
The highest point on the course is at roughly KM 3.5 and loses 69 metres in altitude to the finish line from there.
The course is undulating, meaning those 69 metres will be hard fought in some places. A hill of roughly 1.1 KM duration at roughly KM 14.5 - after a 3 KM downhill jaunt - will probably be your toughest challenge.
From roughly KM 6.2 through to the finish line, you will be on urban pathway or roadway under a "progressive road closure," meaning little or no vehicle traffic.
There is one half kilometre stretch through Turner Valley where you will be running on the right hand side of the road. Obey the instructions of the course marshalls.
The good news is there has been no manure spreading on the fields along the course this year!!! It was pretty pungent last year at KM 16.2."

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MARGARITTM 6/25/2012 12:42PM

    Nice job on the race!

Thanks for the photos - so nice!

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PKCTTS 6/21/2012 10:57PM

    Sounds like quite the course. Thanks for the pics and congrats on the time!

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CHRISTINA791 6/19/2012 3:01PM

    Very cool! My great grandma used to live in Black Diamond, and I used to love exploring the area. I can imagine it would make a good running venue.

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LKEITHO 6/18/2012 9:24AM

    Nice to see the pictures of the Turner Valley area. I haven't been in that area for years, but used to be there regularly for work back in the day. Thanks for sharing the pictures, and congratulations on the run!

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BILLALEX70 6/18/2012 9:15AM

    Love the bling, oh wait, that's roo!

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CASSIOEPIA 6/18/2012 12:30AM

    emoticon emoticon

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JENNNY135 6/17/2012 11:53PM

    Right on, you looking great after the race and your daughter is eyeing that medal. You better watch

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FITLIKENIC 6/17/2012 10:54PM

    Beautiful area to run in! Love Turner Valley/ Millarville :-)

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/17/2012 10:06PM

    Congrats on an awesome run! Roo is getting so big.

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BLACKROSE_222 6/17/2012 9:54PM

    Looks great Penny - I was too busy to book this one, but I was close by! Out near High River, for a Barn Dance at a friends place. LOL - they were actually complaining about the Half, as they had to go into Turner Valley to sell some meat that day.

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    Beautiful!! Nice job!!!

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GAYEMC 6/17/2012 8:34PM

    Looks pretty, glad it didn't smell bad. Roo is just too cute!

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BETH0720 6/17/2012 7:29PM

    Looks like a great race! Hopefully I can join you next year!

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A-STRONGER-ME 6/17/2012 7:04PM

    A race through the country. Good stuff!!

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 6/17/2012 6:31PM

    Looks like a nice run! I will never give up wanting to be one of those people who signs up for runs. Just not at this season :(

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Millarville Run to the Farmers' Market

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My run today was an awesome one. My running buddy walked a little more than planned as she was dealing with a groin injury BUT we still finished in 2:28. My "A" goal was to finish but I really, really wanted to finish in less than 2:30 - AND I DID IT.

I'm so very tired tonight. I'm up too late because my neighbour is a moron and, apparently, hard of hearing because his music is very, very loud right now and it's after 11 o'clock. By-laws say he should have had it turned down long ago.

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CASSIOEPIA 6/17/2012 9:45AM

    Congratulations on your great time, and I think the theme of the race is perfect!

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A-STRONGER-ME 6/17/2012 5:26AM

    CONGRATS Penny, I am so proud!! Cannot wait to see pics!

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Laughter - Day 1 - reflection

Friday, June 15, 2012

I did everything on the list today except the cardio exercise and stay in calorie range. I went 256 over which, with all the BF I've been doing lately, isn't that bad but Spark still doesn't count my nursing. SO! 110 points for me today. I can accept that. The worrier in me kept thinking that I'd go for a run or a bike ride or something and hurt myself. I have a race tomorrow! I can't let that happen. emoticon
Better day tomorrow for certain!

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GAYEMC 6/16/2012 9:41PM

    Run well! And then tell us about it.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/16/2012 5:52AM

    Have a great race!

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An "L" for Friday

Friday, June 15, 2012

My cousin posted this on Facebook and I just had to share:

Late one night a drunk guy is showing some friends around his brand new apartment. The last stop is the bedroom, where a big brass gong sits next to the bed.
"What's that gong for?" the friend asks him.
"It's not a gong," the drunk replies. "It's a talking clock."
"How does it work?"
The guys picks up a hammer, gives the gong an ear-shattering pound, and steps back.
Suddenly, someone on the otherside of the wall screams, "For God's sake, you's 3:30 in the morning!"

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GAYEMC 6/16/2012 9:40PM

    OK, I had a good laugh.

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BOBBYD31 6/15/2012 10:21PM

    that is a funny

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DEEJ4FITNESS 6/15/2012 6:47PM

    LOL, a good one!

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