Monday, December 5, 2011

MMM: Making a Plan

I'm all about being organized and having a maybe wouldn't guess that if you walked into my apartment, but that's what I get for living with a boy. I like to plan my day hour-by-hour, I like to make to-do lists, I like to (attempt to) plan my meals weekly and I like to plan my weekly workouts.  The Motivate Me Monday topic was open for bloggers to choose any health or fitness related topic.  So sit back and enjoy these tips on how to keep yourself accountable for getting to the gym.

1. Write it on your calendar. I don't do it so much when I am not in training, unless I really get off track, but I like to write a rough guideline of what I'll be doing each day on my calendars.  For example, on my calendar today I wrote, "4 mile run, 60 minutes yoga, and 40 minutes strength training".  This is a rough guideline, I know that there can be a little wiggle room if I get sick or something like that.  However, having it in writing makes it more official.

2. Profess it on your blog or somewhere it's seen by others (aka the refrigerator). I like to write a weekly fitness plan on my blog.  It helps remind me of what I plan to do for that week and putting it out to the public holds me a little more accountable.  I mean nobody likes to say they are going to run 10 miles and not go out at all!  Some times your plan goes a little astray, but by keeping a record on your blog or somewhere public can help you see where you may have gone wrong or if you are burning out and need a little variety. Here is my fitness plan for this week:

Monday: 4 mile run + 60 min. yoga + 40 min. strength training
Tuesday: 50 min. cardio + boot camp
Wednesday: Boot camp + 40 min. run + 30 min. other cardio
Thursday: 50 min. cardio
Friday: 40 min strength training + 3 mile run
Saturday: Off
Sunday: 5 mile run

3. Include classes in your schedule. If you notice in my weekly fitness plan, I try to take a yoga class every Monday.  That is usually my only regular class I take, but I like to mix in a spin class or a Just Pump class to keep me motivated every once in a while.

4. Write monthly goals on something you see every day. I write my monthly goals on my planner, because I look at it everyday to see when I work and what appointments I have that day.  This month my goals are to do cardio 5 days a week, strength train 3 days a week and eat 7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  It has been proven that those who write their goals are more likely to accomplish them versus those who don't write them, so get writing!

5. Have a goal.  Having something like a race (ie; 5K, marathon, etc.) or an event (ie; wedding, class reunion, etc.) to keep you motivated and give you something to look forward to being in your best shape ever.


  1. These are great girl! I love how you write everything on your calendar!

  2. wow these are amazing tips. I love to do lists and crossing things off. I love to write everything down so I am surprised I don't do this. But I for sure want to now. Thanks for the motivation and for linking up to MMM

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

  3. looks like you have such a great schedule! you rock girl and give me so much motivation!!!

  4. @AmandaI'm OCD with my calendar lol! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  6. @Ty and WhittyDefinitely take some of the tips, they help keep you really organized and on track for us crazy list keepers :)

  7. This is such a great idea! Definitely a way to keep yourself accountable and seeing things on paper is always helpful. I am currently hosting a 12 month Healthier Crib and Family challenge over at my blog and each month I will randomly select a link up participant to win a health related prize. I would love if you could join us each month, you can link up as much as you want. Come over and help keep me accountable on my goals as well because I need all the help I can get!:)


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