Six Week Challenge: Setting goals and sticking to them.

We all have numerous goals we want to achieve in our life, some big and some small. It can sometimes get overwhelming when we think about everything we want to accomplish. So why not break these goals down into smaller attainable goals that can be accomplished in six weeks. This is why I am following Nerd Fitness in their six week challenge.

This challenge consists of setting realistic goals you want to achieve within the next six weeks and holding yourself accountable. You choose no more then three health and fitness goals and one “level up life goal”. A level up life goal is something you want to achieve that is unrelated to health and fitness. For example, my goals for the next six weeks are: go to the gym at least four days a week, attend one fitness class a week, run a 5K, and complete the first unit in the online course I am currently enrolled in.

I took the challenge one step further by creating charts for both Dylan and I to keep track of our progress. I took our goals and broke them down into weekly and overall. Each time we complete a goal we check off the corresponding box. I placed these charts somewhere we would see them everyday: the fridge. I also placed a pen on the chart so there was no excuse for us not keeping track of everything. Placing the charts in such a public area helps us remain accountable to the goals we’ve set. I can see if Dylan isn’t keeping up with his goals and he can see if I’m not keeping up with mine. This way we are not only accountable for ourselves but each other.

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The main thing to remember is to set goals that are attainable. Don’t set a goal of losing 50 lbs, running a marathon when you’ve never run before, or something outlandish, when you know realistically it probably wont happen. Figure out what you want to accomplish in six weeks, write it down, and most importantly stick to it! The only person you hurt by not sticking to your goals is yourself. For more information on the Nerd Fitness six week challenge click here.

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A new pair of shoes is sometimes all you need.

I often find that my motivation can be up and down. Some days I am super motivated and ready to take on the world and other days I just want to sit on the couch and do nothing. It can be the simplest thing that motivates me again. This time it was shoes!

My birthday just passed on Thursday and as a gift from my parents I got a new pair of running shoes. Now I am not normally the type of girl to go crazy over a new pair of shoes but I love these runners! They are Adidas ClimaCool in black and pink. They’re extremely comfortable and I love the look of them. As soon as I put them on I wanted to go and flaunt them at the gym. Now even though this was semi-vain motivation, it was still motivation! It got my butt in gear and got me to the gym to do a much needed workout.

So whether you find your motivation in a pair of shoes, a magazine, video, or somewhere else, it doesn’t matter. As long as you stay motivated and constantly strive for self improvement.

My Fitness Pal

Since February I have dropped 30 pounds which I am extremely proud of! One of the best tools I have utilized throughout this journey is My Fitness Pal. It is honestly the easiest way to count calories. I downloaded the app for my iPhone and use is everyday without fail. Being able to scan the┬ábar code of an item you’re consuming makes it really easy to keep track of everything. It is also a great way to hold yourself accountable for what you are eating. I haven’t really taken advantage of the online components since I always use it through my phone, but the online community seems great! If you would like to add me to your My Fitness Pal account please feel free to do so: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/jaelle4

*I started using My Fitness Pal after I had already lost 6lbs so the counter will always be off.