I have found that goal setting is the best way to keep you motivated and to push yourself above what you think your limits are. We all have goals deep down inside of us that we want to achieve, yet sometimes we are afraid to admit them. For instance, I have always wanted to be able to run a half marathon. That goal seemed nearly impossible a few months ago considering I could not even run a mile. I dissected my large goal and put it into smaller goals to eventually reach the big one. Don’t try to do it all at once or you might burn out very fast. My first goal was to run a 5k, then a 10k, and work my way up to a half marathon.
Along the way of reaching these goals I created a “motivation board”. This can be anything you want it to be, let your creativity fly! Mine is a literal white board filled with my goals, quotes and workouts. Each day I write down what workout I did and it keeps me motivated to see all the hard work I put in. I found cool quotes and wrote them on sticky notes and stuck those up as well. I put my boot camp schedule on it so that I never loose sight of what times I have the opportunity to workout. I also just put up my first 5k registration papers that I will be doing this Wednesday! I stuck this motivation board where I can see it right when I get up each morning. It reminds me on a daily basis to keep putting in the hard work. If you’re lucky like me your spouse, boyfriend or friends might write a motivating thought on it also.
You can also set rewards for yourself to keep you motivated! I like to reward myself with new workout clothes to keep me feeling and looking good! That way when I go buy them I don’t feel guilty because I know that I earned it.