Day 2994 – What It Takes To Finally Have A Breakthrough

I blogged about the power of consistency last week, and a new method I’m trying – the “don’t break the chain.” Basically, you do something every day and it creates momentum and you don’t want to miss a day and “break the chain.” I’ve also been very motivated by the little steps every day approach. I created a new checklist for 5 areas I want to work on – writing, working out, reading a book on book publishing, FINALLY finishing Tools Of The Titans, and building a Pinterest Profile for this blog.

This morning’s workout was a PR for pushups in a minute. I told Bret about it as well as saying, oh hey, I’ve done a workout every day for the past 18 days. Now, disclaimer, some days a “workout” is purposeful stretching, or how many of X can I do in a minute, but I’d rather do a minute every day instead of my previous – workout a few times a week, miss two weeks, etc. This is the longest stretch I have been consistent….ever. My longest previously was 12 days, and that was only this year. Bret always says, you can go too fast, but you can never go too slow with working out. I’m glad I finally listened to this great advice!

I’m a big believer in keeping track of certain things so you can look back and see how far you’ve come. I’m already at 6 days with my new “small steps” additions. I’m making progress through two books that I’ve been meaning to read, and I’m taking steps on Pinterest. It’s SO nice to feel like all of the important things are complete by 7/8 a.m. before I even begin my other work.

What about you? What motivates you to actually hit your goals?

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Day 1404 – You Have To Have Goals And A Way To Measure Them

A few days ago, I was chatting with Bret and my sister about how far I had run since I’ve used RunKeeper and I said I have completed over 2,000 miles! It got me thinking how cool it is that I have so much history tracked. As I was preparing for this blog, I took a screen shot of my success…I was a little off on the miles….

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Soooo, I’ve run 186 miles and burned over 20,000 calories….oops! But still, it’s really great to see that success! Baltimore is 186 miles away from NYC. AWESOME to think I’ve run that far! Now, this covers about 2 years of running…but still! It was really encouraging to me to see what I’ve done in the past. I encourage you to find a tracker for whatever your goal is! There are tons of apps out there!

Day 1295 – My Workout Secrets Or Confessions Of A Personal Trainer’s Wife

As you know, my husband is now a personal trainer. It’s been an exciting journey so far, with him starting his business. I love giving him advice and being there for him. As I said the other day, I have a love/hate relationship with his business. He is a personal trainer, which leads someone to think…the wife HAS to look good! So I have been VERY mindful of my actions in terms of what I eat and how often I workout.

I also mentioned in the post above that I would give tips and that’s what I’m going to do now!

First, check out my Pinterest board on this topic. There are some AWESOME workouts there and some I will mention here.

One thing that I think makes a difference is I drink a LOT of water! I have a cup that I got on the last day I was in Vegas for the Wedding MBA in 2011.

Enter water mug stage left:

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To the capacity, it fits 4 cups of water. Which is 32 ounces of water. They say you should have 64 ounces of water. I normally fill it to about 2 1/2-3 cups of water. If I set this crazy mug on my desk, I will drink it dry in about 30-60 minutes. Now, this is just me. You might need a different container. Or you might need to add a little lemon or other flavor. But I LOVE my skull mug. I’ll normally refill it a few times a day. Water is HUGE in your lifestyle change. Funny story, when I bought this mug, it was filled with a margarita. 🙂

Ok, important note here…..”lifestyle change.” It’s not a diet. It’s not about working out every day. It’s all in how you view things.

Now, I actually work out almost every day. I’ve been doing a lot of the workouts I’ve pinned in the board above. So the last few days have looked like this….

Monday – 4 minute workout (actually EIGHT! minute workout!)
Tuesday – All-over abs workout
Wednesday – All over body workout
Thursday – Countdown workout
Friday – Treadmill workout – self-made – 1 mile, 11:17 mins. Basically, I would do about 8.0-6.0 then 3.0 on “breaks” every 30-60 seconds.

It’s funny, at first I thought, shesh, I can’t work out every day! But that’s exactly what I’ve been doing!

These little Pinterest workouts have been so awesome! They’re fast, they’re changing up everyday….which I think is key….what works best for you, and going with it.

And here we are, kind of working out together…

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