Before you read any further, I want you to think about the most important thing you want to accomplish – today, tomorrow, this month, this year, or even next year. Now think about the first little bit towards accomplishing that goal. Just the first minute, the first 30 seconds. Now pretend that getting started is the only thing that matters in the whole world.
What does getting started towards your goal look like? Because this is a fitness blog, from here on in I’m going to assume your goal is fitness, health or nutrition related, though the main message applies to any goal. A first step towards your goal could be creating a plan: a daily, weekly or even a monthly plan. Then after creating the plan the next step is to take one small action towards getting started.
Put your fitness clothes on and start working towards your goal or grab your car keys and head to the produce section of the grocery store.
Getting started towards a goal is never easy, and maintaining the motivation to keep working towards your goal is even harder. That’s why I’ve teamed up with my friend Rachel of Running Rachel to create a weekly linky on Mondays where we share our progress towards our goals and to share our plans for next week so that we can motivate each other. It could be a training plan, a meal plan or a savings plan. Whatever it is, JOIN US and share your progress and your plan for the next week in the #MotivateMe linkup!
Those of you that suffered through my training recaps from STWM will know that the only reason I was able to get through the training and to accomplish that goal was because of those recaps. Planning out my fitness for the week, and then sharing my progress with you kept me accountable. It’s that same accountability that Rachel and I want to pass along to you. Rachel is training for the Boston Marathon and has been sharing her weekly training plan on her blog too. We both use this technique because it works!
My small action towards my goal:
This week my small action towards my BIG GOAL was to start a swimming routine. I purchased a 10 visit swim pass at my local recreation centre, and met up with my friend Laura for a swim on Monday night. I love everything about triathlon except the whole getting wet and swimming laps in a pool to train for it part. Yuck! But making plans with a friend made it much more enjoyable and gave me motivation to start the training for Ironman. Registering last week was the first step, and now I’m taking action.
This week’s training recap:
Planned: Tabatas with a Twist FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + swimming with my friend Laura
Actual: Got up at o’dark thirty and busted out the Tabatas with a Twist FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout. Then after the kids went to bed I met Laura at our community pool. We were a bit late so only had time for a 25 min swim, but it was a better than nothing.
Planned: 2+2 Fierce Fighter Chick FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + 5k early am run.
Actual: The o’dark thirty run club in Milton got together again. Jason, Juliette and I braved the cold and had a nice 5k run. Later that night I did the 2+2 Fierce Fighter Chick FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout.
Planned: BodyPump + 10k run
Actual: Rest. I have a bad cough that I still can’t shake so I took the day to try and get better.
Planned: Dirty Thirty – Perfect Plyos FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + 8k run 3 x 1 mile @ 7:58/mile pace with 800m recovery jogs
Actual: Juliette, Jason and I did our speedwork together by running laps of my street. It’s almost exactly 800m (half a mile long). I couldn’t maintain the 7:58 pace though He bailed on the 5k tempo and ran another 3.5k on his own while I set off to run 5k at 5:15/km pace, followed by a 1.5k cool down. Later that night I did the 2+2 Dangerous Du FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout.
Planned: Fab & Focused Buff Babes FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout
Actual: Rest – I’ve been battling a coughsince the beginning of October, so I rested to try to get myself healthy.
Planned: 2+2 Dangerous Duo FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + 16k run
Actual: Almost a 10k run in between the girls hockey games. I didn’t have enough time for the full run, nor for my strength workout 🙁 Oh the joys of motherhood.
Planned: Total rest
Actual: Jason gave me his extra TRX Suspension Trainer Basic Kit + Door Anchor
so I had to take it on a 10 exercise test drive circuit: 60s work, 20s rest x 3 sets… Single leg squats, chest press, single leg balance lunges, back rows, hamstring curls, shoulder raises, hip abduction, bicep curls, plank holds, tricep presses.
And here’s this week’s training plan:
Monday: Tabatas with a Twist FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + swimming with my friend Laura
Tuesday: 2+2 Fierce Fighter Chick FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + 6k early am run
Thursday: Dirty Thirty – Perfect Plyos FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout + 8k tempo run @ 5:12/km pace
Friday: Fab & Focused Buff Babes FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 workout
Saturday: 16k run
I would love to read see your training recap and your training plan too, so join Rachel and I by joining the #MotivationMe linkup.
The rules are very simple:
- Every Monday share your fitness, nutrition plan etc by linking them up. All you will need is your post’s URL, and a photo you would like to attach.
- Posts that aren’t related will be deleted.
- In your post, please mention that you’re participating in #MotivateMe Monday link up, and link back to the hosts, Janice – Fitness Cheerleader at FitnessCheerleader.com, & Running Rachel at RunningRachel.com.
- Read what the other linkers, are sharing. Visit at least 2 other bloggers’ posts and share some support by commenting and engaging with each other. The more you support, the more support you will get back.