Keeping on Track
Thursday, January 06, 2011
I've realized the secret to keeping me motivated is to have a strict schedule I stick to. By having a schedule and being able to mark off each day's accomplishments I know that I'm doing well and that I should keep it up. That's one of the things I really like about this site is that it helps me keep track of everything I am doing and the areas I need to work harder on. The recommended 30 minutes 3 times a week is just not enough for me. I need more not because I'm trying to lose weight faster than normal (although that would be awesome) or because I'm trying to do too much which I'll never be able to sustain. In fact I'm doing it because this keeps me on track. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I run. I'm working on the C25K program and at my current level I'm doing 2 miles. That is 6 miles a week which takes about 1/2 hour each time making the 90 recommended per week. Come on that's nothing! So of course I also have my 3 days per week of strength training which is Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Well that doesn't seem to be much either but that's okay I have my secret weapon. The Xbox Your Shape Fitness game for the Kinect!. Five days per week I do a 15 minute cardio workout and 15 to 20 minutes of Tai Chi. This is after my run or my strength training depending on the day. I have found that having a goal each day that I can check off gives me a sense of accomplishment and helps to keep me motivated and on track. Each item is a small goal that leads to the completion of my bigger goals. Not only that but I love running and the Kinect is super fun so each day's workouts are fun like a game. The only problem I've found so far is that I don't feel like I'm really working. I know I'm working out and I know I'm burning calories and I sweat and can feel my muscles working but I don't FEEL like it is "work". I wonder if its possible to lose weigh and have fun at the same time. I guess I'll see.