Committing.

As I reflect on my fitness and health journey, as well as continue to share my progress in my challenge groups, I thought it would be fun (and appropriate with New Years coming up) to talk about how “commitment” has helped me see fitness in a new light.

Back in the days of my running I created a plan and I stuck to it. Life was a bit simpler then.. I was in school/newly graduated.. Didn’t have a baby.. For part of it I was single and had no one to report to or check in with, it was just me myself and I.. and then when Matthias and I got back together we both were very committed to our fitness goals and didn’t mind each other spending time on them.

Slowly life started to shift (as it always does), and I started to lose my running Mojo after completing a marathon. I wanted to try other things, but I didn’t really know what, and I didn’t really have a plan. I spent a year enjoying crossfit, and then another year enjoying yoga, but again with no plan keeping focused – no goals I was working towards.

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Pre-Marathon “Glow”

At THAT point in my life, that is exactly what I needed. I had been so focused on structure for so long that I needed NO structure. That also left my level of fitness at the lowest it had been in a while, I was feeling softer and a bit more fluffy, but I wasn’t too concerned about it.

I really dropped off the commitment train when I went through my first trimester of pregnancy, and for some time after that I struggled. I wasn’t in super good shape so I didn’t feel confident to start a workout program, so I kept up with light activity plus spinning once or twice a week.

Fast forward to Quinn. And all the emotional stuff that came along with that transition and I was truly grasping for anything to help me feel like “me” again. So I took the plunge and committed myself to 90 days Turbo Fire.

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1 Month Postpartum

Beachbody recommends doing some form of Personal Development every day, and I must say, this has been so important for me. I’m always looking to grow and improve so PD aligns perfectly with my values. I’ve been reading, listening to podcasts, and watching webinars and videos on Youtube.

There is one thing in particular that stuck out to me that helped solidify my commitment. I was watching a Webinar and the person speaking talking about how she looked at getting in her workout as a part of her job. As a health and fitness coach you need to lead by example. Looking at your workout as a part of your job means you have to show up. Period. If I didn’t show up to my nursing shifts I’d lose my job. If I don’t show up for my workouts I won’t be building a successful business.

So what about those folks who don’t work in the fitness industry?

Think of it this way – It’s your job to show up for your family every day. Now most days, that is a good thing, but lets be honest here, not every day is sunshine and rainbows. Those days are the ones you especially want to be on your A-game. Working out can help you feel like a better and happier YOU. You need to show up for your family and lead by example. If fitness and healthy living becomes a part of your values and you believe it is something important it will be a lot easier for you to commit to your goals.

Now that I have completed two programs – Turbo Fire and the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I am setting my sights on my next program – The Masters Hammer & Chisel (releasing TODAY!).

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As far as my goals for the New Year – I’m planning to run the Woody’s 1/2 marathon, so I will be creating a training plan for that and going from there, probably early February is when I will start to train :)

In summary:

  • Think of a way to incorporate Fitness/Healthy Living as a part of a JOB you have to do
  • Find ways to work on YOU every day – podcasts, health articles, books, educational videos
  • Set realistic goals, if your goal is to not have structure, that is okay too :)
  • Write it down! I find that if I have a plan written down or if I schedule my workout into my day I am much more likely to follow through with it.
  • Accept where you are today in the journey, its exactly where you need to be right now, don’t worry about tomorrow or yesterday, focus on what you can do today and what you have control over right now

Progress!

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May 15th, 2015

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August 10th, 2015

Not too shabby! The shorts used to be too tight on me, but they fit perfect now. The bottom picture is my official “Before” picture for TurboFire. Excited to see what kind of results I can get.

It’s great because even though my program hasn’t arrived yet I can still start it because of my access to Beachbody on Demand! They have a ton of full length programs (All the P90X’s, Insanity, Asylum, TurboFire, ext..) available plus nutrition guides and corresponding workout calendars. They also have sneak peak workouts of their new programs so you can try them before you buy them. The cost is very reasonable too. $2.99 (USD – P.S. why does our Canadian dollar suck so bad right now?!) a week billed quarterly.  So about $40 every 3 months. That’s the equivalent of my beloved Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte people. :)

Day 29; My Fave Thing and Turbo Fire

My Fave Thing: Feeling like a Crossfit Lady Beast.

I am contemplating doing the Turbo Fire program. I have sporadically done the workouts here and there and I love them. Chalene Johnson is so motivational, the music is pumpin, and the class energy is always high. Not to mention the Abs 10 is totally killer. You’d think 10 minutes wouldn’t be that bad but Man oh Man..

I also really love the HIIT workouts. They are HARD and leave me in a total state of sweat by the end.

I own all of the products needed to do the program (a resistance band and an ankle band), and really, if I brought these things with me to Europe (plus my laptop) I could do the program while we are on the honeymoon. It would be an easy and affordable way to stay fit. I was just hoping to not take the lap top, so that is a bit of a draw back.

The other major drawback? Well… I wont lie. I am awful at following through with structured plans. Remember that time I tried to do Insanity and got only one week in before I got bored? Oops. Or all those semi-followed running plans?

When I first got in to working out structure was awesome for me because I had no idea what I was doing. I started with running plans and then fell in love with other things related to fitness as well. That is when all my structure went to shit because I kind of thrive when I just do what I want each day. Motivation really isn’t lacking to get out and move my bod.

Specifically… Crossfit and Lifting. 2 Things I am pretty in to right now. I try to make it to CF at least twice a week and to my Gym 2-3 times per week. I am all about “getting my moneys worth” and I don’t want to jeopardize that with a structured plan.

So, Turbo Fire would work well for the 3 weeks I am in Europe because it would have no competition with other forms of Exercise.

But what happens when I get back to Canada? How do I balance Turbo Fire with Crossfit and Training for my Next Half Marathon? (Yeah, I am totes running the R&R Las Vegas in November! Holla.) I just don’t have enough time to do all three things at the same time.

I’d love to hear you weigh in on the matter and your suggestions for balancing training programs.