I rode the Struggle Bus most of my life. My personal bus stopped most frequently at pizza places; greasy spoons; taco shops; coffee joints; and sometimes it let me off at parties with a buffet table line-up suitable for hours of grazing. A few years ago, the bus started having trouble. It was sputtering; taking a little longer to move; and, honestly, it just wasn’t the party bus it used to be.
So I hopped off.
I got out the map, and said. “I’m going to do this.” Sayonara, Struggle Bus. Have fun at the junk yard, where you belong. When I looked at the map – I saw a lot of options. I could go anywhere. But, mindless driving doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, does it? It wastes time and resources. And, when you’re 30, it’s no time for dilly-dallying. When you’re on a mission, it’s better to plan; to be able to mark your route; to be able to track your progress. You know, in case you get lost, you’ll have a good trail of breadcrumbs to get back on the right road.
I’m sure you’re picking up what I’m putting down, here. When it comes to your health and fitness journey, it’s better to make a plan for yourself instead of flailing around willy-nilly. Progress takes determination; perseverance and TIME. Unless you have access to a time-traveling DeLorean, you’re going to have to be patient. I want to share my top five tips for ditching the struggle bus and taking your own route to health and fitness.
- Get a Plan – think about the workouts you truly enjoy. Circuit Training? Group Fitness? Power Walking/Running? Zumba? Boxing? Tennis? Crossfit? You do not have to join a gym. I had the most fitness success by working out in my element, at home. I’ve not been a gym member for about five years. Enjoy a particular trainer’s style? You have many options and zero excuses.
- Track and Carry Out the Plan – You can use a notebook; a paper-bound fitness journal; a heart-rate monitor/tracker/watch; or an online tracker like MyFitnessPal or LoseIt. Be sure to write down every workout and every thing you eat. EVERYTHING (even the oopsies).
- Get an Accountability Partner – Even if you aren’t doing the exact same workouts; have the same fitness goals; or same struggles, having that person who is willing to dog you when you’re being lazy and cheer you on when you’re crushing goals, is what you need! If you don’t have someone in your life who will do that, there are plenty of fitness groups online where you can find someone.
- Stay Motivated – Sometimes this means giving yourself mini (or big) prizes when goals are met; sometimes it’s listening to motivational speakers or reading a book. Sometimes it’s selfies. I’m serious. If you track your progress, with pictures, from the beginning you can SEE how far you’ve come and that’s serious motivation.
- Get Back Up – Do you know how many times I’ve had to get back up? More than I can count. No matter how many times you slip-up; lose track; get distracted; JUST. KEEP. MOVING. You can do this. As long as you’re still breathing, it’s not too late.
Good luck, friends!! <3