Sunday, February 14, 2010

What gets you going?

Another burning question...What motivates you to get going (and keep going) on your fitness goals?

I've tried here and there to get in better shape in the past few years, but have just never found the proper motivation/reward system. I'm not in bad shape, which is probably part of my lack of dedication to the issue, but I know I could be in better shape. I'm not over weight, but my strength and stamina are severely lacking. As is brought to my attention at every lesson I take with my horse. My trainer makes fun of me, big time. And I don't blame her one little bit. I'd make fun of me too, probably have made fun of people doing similar pathetic kicks in the past. I know I'm pathetic, I just don't have the strength in my legs to do much about it! And usually run out of breath trying.

Despite my weaknesses, Midori was still coming along in leaps and bounds. Her spins were getting more correct, we had a decently reliable flying lead change, her stops were getting better, we had switched to a bridle and were doing really well one handed. I was very pleased!

I was still considering getting a new horse though because Midori just wasn't where she needed to be so I could go play with the big kids this year. After some considering the situation and talking to my trainer about my options and Midori's potential, I decided that putting her in training for a month was my best option. She has potential and the trainer was confident that she could at least get her to a point that I could be competitive at the entry level, which is what I planned to do anyways. So off to training Midori went.

But that still left the issue of my being a weanie. I certainly didn't want to waste that money on training because I couldn't kick and I could definitely see Midori flipping me the hoof after her experiences with the trainer, who has about 10 inches and probably 60 pounds on me. Not to mention riding horses all day 6 days a week. So I decided to put myself "in training" as well. But I knew I needed to figure out some sort of reward/motivation and way of tracking my workouts so I could see what I was accomplishing.

This is what I came up with...


Gold stars. And ya know what? It's working! My goal is a minimum of 3 gold stars a week, totaling 12 for the month of February. So far I'm doing pretty darn good.

It is so satisfying and fun (in a totally pathetic, easily amused kinda way) to get done with my workout and go stick a star on the calendar. The calendar is in the kitchen so I see it often and it's a really good feeling to walk by and see lots of gold stars...


Yes, that is a Twilight calendar. Surprised? I didn't think so.

Anywho, at the end of the month if I stick to it and reach my goal I plan to reward myself with...something. I haven't quite decided what yet, but I'm leaning towards a mini shopping spree. I do love me some new clothes!

Besides the gold stars and looming shopping spree, the best reward that is surprising me at just two weeks in, is a visible improvement in the muscle tone of my legs. Definitely helps the motivation factor! And my stamina at my lessons. My trainer didn't even tease me at my last lesson! I even got my horse to grunt a time or two when I kicked her after she was naughty. Wohoo!

I think I'm liking this gold star thing! Hopefully I can stick with it for a while!

What gets you motivated? Do you post SI swimsuit models on the fridge and treadmill? Hang the bikini that you WILL get into this year where you see it all the time? Do you just have super duper self control and can stay motivated without little tricks?

6 comments:

jrosey said...

Um...super duper self control? NOOO!!! The only thing that motivates me to get in shape is sunshine! ;) Well, maybe that's not the only thing. My day to day life motivates me too, I guess. Riding, keeping up with my dogs, yard work...gotta be in (somewhat) good shape to really do well and enjoy all of those activities! I love your gold star idea! How genius! And if you need a shopping partner...pick me, pick me!!! I was just assessing my absolutely pathetic wardrobe and considering nominating myself for "What Not to Wear". So I could use some serious shopping time. ;) Way to go on your fitness goals!

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

I'm trying to maintain my weight loss and get in shape (cardio and weights) - I started posting about every Wed. almost 4 weeks ago and so far so good --- I report my gains and my losses -- it seems to help... It doesn't matter what it is as long as we find something that motivates us...

Mom said...

Mornin Darlin... The gold stars brought back sweet memories of my two lil cuties so excited & motivated by the reward of a star on the callendar. I love it.You warm my heart. I guess my body just screams at me...get out & move! Garden, go for a walk, it fills my spirit. Love you, Mom

odessa said...

I want gold stars!!! My motivation comes from my co-workers-runners, joggers, bicyclists...it's sickening! Last winter we even had cross country skiers in the parking lot! Specifically my co-worker Carla who is 50something and has the rockin body of a 16 year old. She has me doing 8min abs, I haven't progressed to the 8min buns. No more cheeseburgers for lunch, salad bar for me. We are to "that" age now that we can't just eat whatever we want without it showing up. I'm determined to not have my horizontal racing stripe on my belly this summer.

Koontz said...

Motivation is always the hard part for me! LOL! But, since this new job cut 50 lbs off me, I figured I better keep it going. My motivation is kinda different I guess. ALl I do is find some songs that get me all excited, make me feel like jumping around, whatever you want to call it. Then, I put them on a playlist and turn it on, and go to town. I kind of cheat. THey play on my drive home, and when I get home I'm still a little amped, so I go to town. Planning ahead, making a schedule, none of that ever works for me. I have to enjoy it. So, I just play on my moods, I guess you could say

sanjeet said...

The gold stars brought back sweet memories of my two lil cuties so excited
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