Thursday, December 18, 2014

Commit To Fit Update 12/18

It's our last week of the Commit to Fit challenge! For some reason I didn't realize it was only 3 weeks so man it flew by! Below is a little recap of how I did and thoughts moving forward.

Week 1 Goal: Get to 15k steps 3 days during the week.

Since I was at the meeting, I couldn't do actual workouts. But I walked a lot! I only went over 15k once, so I didn't rack up too many points that week.

We get scored on the following point scale:
  • Meet 100% of your goal – 5 points (per week)
  • Meet 50%-99% of your goal – 3 points (per week)
  • Less than 50% of goal – 1 point (per week)

Week 2 Goal: Do a gym workout at least 3 days during the week.

I was able to do all three of these because I was back to my normal routine. The early morning workouts before heading to the office are still fitting nicely into my schedule and I'm enjoying them!

What's cool is that Rennay gives tons of chances during the week for extra bonus points. It's fun to share our fitness pictures and updates on our social media sites and just by doing that you can gain extra points for that week!

I came in second place this week so I won a $5 gift card to a place of my choosing! I picked Petsmart because we keep them in business anyway.

 Week 3 Goal: Run 2 miles at least 3 times during the week.

I've got one in this week so far. So will do one tomorrow and Saturday morning to round out the goal! And that's the end of my first #CommitToFitChallenge!

I really liked participating in this challenge for several reasons:

  1. I just love Rennay. She's so helpful without being judgemental. She puts up with ALL of my dumb questions!
  2. It makes me feel like part of an intimate community that share a similar interest. Yes, we are "competing" with each other to win prizes each week and overall, but it's a supportive group nonetheless.
  3. It gives me a reason to stay on track. If I wasn't doing something like this, I might let a gym day slide and not worry about it. But with my goals, I'm determined to complete each and every one of them! Accountability at it's finest!

So here's the good news! Rennay is doing another #CommitToFit Challenge! This one will start us strong the week after Christmas and bring us all the way through January! (5 weeks). And one of the best parts about it.. IT'S FREE! So, why not join us! (There is also a paid version that gets you lots of extras, like training tips from Rennay and access to a tracking app! I recommend the paid since it's only $25! But if you can't swing it, free is available too!)

Click here to sign up for the challenge and enter your first week's goal. (You set new goals every Sunday). If you have any questions about how it all works, contact Rennay here.

Let me know if you're interested and if you sign up! (Rennay wants to keep track of where registrations come from.) I would love to have even more friends on board this time!

Monday, December 15, 2014

2014 Annual Meeting ~ Indian Wells, California

And just like that, another meeting under my belt! That makes 4 with my company! This one went swimmingly and we got great feedback all around. Which always gives me the push to continue to produce great events! Here's a little photo recap of the week in Indian Wells, California!

View from my guest room.

My fantastic boss and coworker. #DreamTeamMinusAFew 

We had the "road" brought it. It was actually astro-turf! 

The bar roofs resembled asphalt shingles!

Yellow calla lilies... my favorite!

Story about the pictures below....

The hotel hires this guy to come with this Harris Hawk to scare away the smaller yappy birds. Well when I saw the hawk flying around and the guy calling to it I got so excited. I have this weird fascination for predator birds. So naturally I bugged the guy to let me see him! Isn't he the coolest???

And yes, my body stance above shows how nervous I was to have him so close!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

United State of Pop 2014

Just a little video for your Saturday. I heard this the other day on my morning talk show and I was totally impressed. Maybe I'm late to the DJ Earthworm party, but I hadn't seen this before.

It's so well done and what a great way to wrap up the musical moments from 2014!

Have a great weekend! We are headed to Louisville for my friend, Dana's wedding!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Elusive Motivation

I would consider myself a pretty motivated person. I've always worked hard to do well in school, work, athletics, etc. Which is why it's so interesting to me that motivation can be something so hard to maintain. When it comes to fitness and health, my motivation seems to come and go in waves. Almost daily.

I admire those people who have, for years, been waking up, lacing up their shoes, and hitting the pavement or the gym. Like it's nothing. Like it's brushing their teeth or getting dressed.

Why does it come so easily to some but yet it's a constant struggle for (many) others?

The daily swing is what blows my mind the most. At 2pm I can be sitting at my desk feeling completely motivated. I'm ready to work out! I'm going over gym plans or running routes in my head. I'm cooking up a healthy meal in my mind and determined to skip anything sweet!

Then 5:00 hits. I drive home for 20 minutes. I walk in the door and the motivation is gone. Just disappeared. It might as well have been a unicorn riding a flying pig.

And then I realize I need to vacuum, and do laundry, and go through all those boxes sitting out in the living room. Oh and when was the last time the toilets were cleaned?

And instead of working out, or doing any chores around the house, or cooking a healthy meal, we drive through Chipotle (they need a drive thru) and plop our asses on the couch for the remainder of the evening watching Vanderpump Rules.

And in my mind is a promise of a better day tomorrow.

I'm not saying all days are like this. Obviously I'm not a complete hot mess. But I just don't get it. How can I go from riding the fitness train one minute to total couch potato the next? How does one hold on to the elusive quality that is motivation? How do you get to consistency?

I'm reading The Power of Habit (have been for a while - pick it up here and there). It's helping me understand how habits form and how you can develop the ones you want. But we all know it's not that simple. Even if I understand how to make fitness part of my habits, that doesn't mean I'll be able to do it successfully.

I don't know if I really have a point to this post. It's more of a stream of conscious. But I do know I will always continue with trial and error. Last year running worked for me for a while. This year I'm trying to hit the gym in the morning and it seems to be working. As my former boss would say, I'm just going to keep throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it sticks.

Instead of eating the entire bowl of spaghetti.

On the couch..