I love Instagram. It is by far my favorite social media platform. I mainly use Facebook to keep in touch with family (I deleted almost 1800 "friends/acquaintances" not too long ago) and news. Husband and I follow several news pages and often refer to them in conversation. Then I just recently completely deleted my Twitter, LinkedIn and MySpace. MySpace for obvious reasons. I mean, who uses it anymore? LinkedIn because I was tired of former coworkers stalking my page. And Twitter because I never used it. I tried my hand at SnapChat for all of 5 minutes. Didn't like it, so I promptly deleted it.
But Instagram I use daily. It is where I met my coach-turned-friend Jenna Fail. She alone has been life changing since she has been the a main point of my motivation in working out the past year. If you are on Instagram and want a daily dose of motivation and wit, then follow her now. Here's her Instagram page.
Not too long ago I read a post by someone, and I apologize but I cannot think of who it was, that was talking about how they kickstarted accomplishing their weight loss goals. This person has a couple hundred pounds to lose and is documenting their journey on social media. But, instead of setting super unrealistic goals, you know the kind I'm talking about, the ones where you feel defeated before you even begin working on them? She set her sights on smaller goals at first.
She started out small. Her first week goal was to get up every morning at 5 a.m. That was the time she was going to start working out, but instead of jumping in too fast and getting overwhelmed quickly, she wanted to prove to herself that she could get up at 5 a.m. So every day for 7 days, she got up at 5 a.m. Did she workout? No. But that was not her goal. After 7 days of getting up at 7 a.m. every day, she accomplished her first goal.
Her second goal was to get up at 5 a.m., and get dressed for her workout. Do this for one week. Does it sound silly perhaps? Yes, a little bit. But, for the next 7 days she got up at 5 a.m. and got dressed for her workout. Boom, second goal completed.
Her third goal will probably sound the silliest. During her third week she was going to get up at 5 a.m., get dressed for her workout and drive to the gym. Yes, just drive to the gym; not go into the gym. But, you know what, she did that for 7 days straight. Goal number three, done!
You see, she treated her goals like the alphabet game you so often play in the car on family road trips. On my picnic at the park I'm taking an apple and a banana. On my picnic at the park I'm taking an apple, a banana and a cantaloupe.
She knew that she did not want to bite off more than she could chew, so she set little goals for herself. Then each week that she accomplished her goal, she was motivated a little bit more.
Too often we get to the end of the year and then set these unrealistic goals for ourselves for the new upcoming year. These can be fitness related, personal, finance, etc. How can you expect to run a marathon one year if you haven't ran more than a mile in the past year? That would be an unrealistic goal. But to set your goal at wanting to get into running and to run a 5K or 10K, etc., that would be a more realistic goal.
Below are my top three ways to kickstart your goals.
You have no idea how amazing I feel after setting a goal in May to work out 15 times. That equaled five times in three weeks. I set my goal, had my workouts planned and knew that no matter what, I was going to the gym 15 times. Yes, I hit some bumps along the way such as meetings that ran long causing me to miss my lunch workout, but I adjusted my schedule accordingly. I switched my off day. Boom, no harm no foul. Workout was still completed.
My end celebration was going on a 5-day babymoon with my husband. It was so great on the final Friday workout to know that I set a goal of 15 workouts for myself, completely rocked them all, and was able to celebrate accordingly.
This month I have set my goal of working out 21 times and running in one 5K. So far, I have worked out 5 times, and the 5K is tonight!
Yes, I do have long-term master goals, but they are sort of on the back-burner while Mark is still warming up for his arrival in August. Once he is born and I have the go ahead from my doctor to start training again, I am going to set my small monthly goals that I have grown to love, but I also want to personally think about some longer term fitness related goals.
What types of goals do you have? And how do you make sure you achieve them?
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!