THE Jog Blog – 11

Tina’s Moment of Gratitude:

One small box of Smarties from Halloween in the bottom of my purse…desperate times call for desperate measures! (Damn you PMS)

Tina’s Inner Buddha:

Today is an opportunity. (So simple but true!)

Tina’s Favorite Workout This Week:

Speed Training!  It’s fantastic!

This week the gym was full of people embarking on their New Year’s Resolutions.  I wish all those people would succeed in their goals of getting in better shape but the reality is most will not.  According to articles I read from Wikipedia, Stephen Shapiro and the research he did, as well as other newspaper and magazine articles around this topic, the numbers are grim. Although the percentages vary slightly, basically 3 out of 4 people will NOT complete their New Year’s Resolution, and in fact they will turn it into a negative of having ‘failed’.

Yuck!  How can you be in the quarter percent that will SUCCEED?

You have to have a plan. 

It’s not just about making the goal and committing to the goal, it’s also about planning that goal.  There’s a saying, ‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. It’s true; you must have a PLAN OF ACTION in order to reach your final goal otherwise your good intentions are leading you no where.

Here are a couple tips to get you started:

  1. GIVE YOUR GOAL A COMPLETION DATE.  You must have a final destination date to look towards, otherwise, you can’t plan your time accurately.
  2. BREAK YOUR GOAL INTO SMALLER GOALS.  I had a goal of 40k on my 40th birthday.  I broke that down into 4 smaller goals so that the final goal didn’t seem so overwhelming. I still do this today with other goals.
  3. CREATE A MOTTO FOR YOURSELF.  I gave myself the motto, “No option to fail”.  It wiped out every excuse I ever tried to give myself. 
  4. MAKE YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE. Find supportive, loving friends or family who will motivate you when you don’t feel like it and applaud you when you succeed. 
  5. SCHEDULE YOUR GOAL INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE. If your goal is exercise, you must schedule it into your day just like you would dropping kids off at daycare, going to the doctor, or taking the kids to soccer.  It has to become a priority and part of your routine that is NON NEGOTIABLE.

Those are just a couple things to get you started.  I’ll give you more tips as the months go on.  The bottom line is: 

If you aren’t truly committed to this goal and you don’t have a plan of action, then you will not complete your goal. It must be a priority. 

YOU must be a PRIORITY.

I have a new Ezine Article all around this topic…let me help you keep those goals!

Here are some of my jogging journal entries:

January 2, 2011 – JOG 14K

I was blessed to jog with Jody from Leap Fit today.  It was later in the day, which I was a little nervous about. My stomach doesn’t really like late afternoon or evening jogs but I was ok.  The sunset was spectacular and the air was chilly but so fresh. 

Now I’m tired and a wee bit sore. It’s a good feeling to be physically tired because you jogged your butt off earlier that day.  It feels good, real good!

January 3, 2011 – REST

January 4, 2011 – CROSS TRAINING

I started my cross training with a good stretch to warm up, then I got into the lunges, squats, push ups, plank exercises and exercises that work with the resistance band.  I know it sounds crazy, but it feels so good to feel every muscle working; knowing I am making myself stronger and ultimately faster too.  Tomorrow I begin my speed workout; I can’t wait!

January 5, 2011 – SPEED TRAINING (Run at 80% max speed for 2 min/rest 2 min)

I LOVE speed training!  There’s something about running as fast as you can that turns me on.  It’s empowering. 

I ran on the treadmill today.  I cranked it up for two minutes and ran full out, then slowed it to a walk for two minutes and repeated that for five kilometers. I feel great.  I love the effect jogging gives me.  STRENGTH.  CLARITY. POWER. CONNECTION.  It’s a blessed way to live.

Off to see Benita at Ocean Wellness today.  I need a slight adjustment but I think it’s due to needing new shoes.  Must get new shoes.

PLEASE NOTE:  I wasn’t able to do speed when I first started jogging.  When I began jogging I jogged at a slow pace for one minute and walked for four minutes for a total of fifteen minutes.  If you are starting out, BRAVO!  Keep at it because it will change your life!

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