How to Reach Your Fitness Goals

Good morning friends! Did you watch the Superbowl last night?  Can I confess something?  I didn’t watch much- it was just on in the background.  Are you horrified?!  Are we still friends? I hope so.  Instead, I was finishing this post, addressing Jordan’s birthday invites, and getting ready for the week ahead.
I wanted to be on my game since we’re starting Week 1 of Get Fit Done!  If you haven’t joined us already, it’s not too late.  You can get the Get Fit Done Guide here. And if you aren’t ready to join just yet, but still want to do a fitness challenge, try one of my FREE 30-day challenges.
Today’s post is for anyone that has fitness goals, or any important goal for that matter.

HOW TO REACH YOUR FITNESS GOALS

If you’re like most people, you start off the year strong with your best intentions to get in better shape, eat healthy and exercise, but a few weeks in, life starts to take over and the actions required to reach those goals gets lost in the day-to-day hustle.

THE KEY TO SUCCESS IS KNOWING WHY YOU SET THOSE GOALS

We know the initial excitement and motivation to get going usually fades, so it’s important to remember WHY you set those fitness goals in the first place.
For me, I want to feel strong and healthy and have lots of energy to keep up with my young kids.  I want to be able to run and jump and not be limited by aches and pains associated with aging.  Heck, I’ll be 44 this month and ain’t getting any younger! My 8 year-old son loves to play soccer with me outside and teach me drills.  I don’t want to have to tell him, “I can’t play, I’m too tired/sore/not strong enough.”  No! I want to give him a run for his money! Show him mom can play too! 😉
Lookie, he got braces! 🙂
And then there’s Jordan, the feistiest, most energetic almost 3 year-old you’ve ever met.  She will literally take my hand and pull me off the couch to go play with her.  I can’t be dragging!
Toddler motorized carShe loves her early birthday present
I KNOW in my head and heart that when I make exercise a part of my day, I’m going to feel better, be less stressed/anxious, more patient with my kids and make better food choices.  Then, my body will have the positive benefit of becoming more fit and lean and I’ll feel more confident in my own skin.
I also know that intense exercise has helped me through some pretty dark times in my life.  I lost my Dad when he was way too young and then became the main caretaker for my Mom. I started to feel down after Jordan was born until I got outside and got moving again.  My dear Grandma passed last year.
Take Care of You
I’m going through difficult life transitions even now. But that’s okay, because I know God always gets me through.  And I don’t take it for granted that he gave me (and you!) the physical ability to exercise as a way to get that stress out!  #praise Going for a big run, jamming out to music while lifting weights or doing a HIIT or spin class lets me clear my mind while reenergizing my body and soul.
My WHY for exercising is also that I want to build my self-confidence. One way to build confidence is by keeping the promises you make to yourself.  When you make a commitment to exercise 20 minutes a day, then don’t do it, you feel bad about yourself.
But, on the other hand, when you fulfill that commitment to yourself, you feel amazing and your confidence buids.  You feel more positive and that radiates from your core. I’m sure you felt that if you did our previous free 30-day challenges right?!

REFER TO YOUR WHY EVERYDAY

If you have a strong why and constantly refer to that reason, it will be much easier to make the uncomfortable choices that will get you closer to your fitness goals.

TAKE ACTION

One thing is guaranteed, we aren’t always going to FEEL like exercising or choosing the healthy food option, but if you consistently TAKE ACTION and make those smart choices, your body will absolutely change and you’ll start seeing and feeling the results you want.
Success is achieved when you take action to reach those goals.  Even if it’s small actions.  As long as those actions are consistent, they’ll add up!
Then, that momentum and those habits will build on themselves and eventually it will become just a part of your regular day and who you are.

MY FITNESS GOALS FOR 2019

My goal is to get back to making exercise a part of my daily routine. Back when we were doing the fitness challenges I committed to doing 20 minutes of exercise or daily movement and it was truly transformative.  Below are my Top 3 fitness goals, and how I plan to accomplish them.

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Goal #1: Get back to daily exercise

How to Accomplish: Follow the GFD Guide and schedule my workouts on Sunday.
I’m starting Week 1 of the Get Fit Done plan today and have committed to completing all four weeks.  I love that the workouts are all plotted out so I don’t have to think about what to do.  Just follow the Guide!
And, I can do them at home, so there’s no excuse about, I didn’t have time to get to the gym.

Goal #2: be intentional about my eating & eat less junk

How to Accomplish:  Follow the GFD plan, grocery shop on Saturday, meal prep on Sunday.
I already did my Saturday grocery shopping and am ready to go for the week! And the Meal Plan allows for little treats, so I won’t feel deprived.
Get Fit Done Meal Prep

Goal #3: get physically stronger

How to Accomplish:  Work the GFD Guide & Do the Pushup Challenge

I can tell that I’ve lost strength from taking time off working out at the end of the year.  The pushup challenge is simple, effective, and everyone is welcome to join in.
After you warm up, time yourself and see how many pushups you can do in 60 seconds. Start with regular pushups on your toes, then when your form gets sloppy, drop onto your knees and keep doing.  Count how many of each you did. At the beginning of each week, time yourself again and be amazed at how many more pushups you can do!
Share your results using #GFDpushupchallenge
Get Fit Done Push Up Challenge

I bought these weights at Target over the weekend.  I like these because they felt good in my hand and weren’t too big to hold if that makes sense.  Some weights have a very big handle that’s hard to hold for smaller hands.  I got them in 8, 10 and 12 pound set, but you should get whatever weights you’re comfortable with.

And for a good quality yoga mat, I got this 6mm mat and love the thickness of it!   I’ll be working out on my bamboo floors and they’re very hard, so I wanted something with more durable cushion to it.

GET FIT DONE WITH ME AND THE ENTIRE GFD COMMUNITY

You already have everything inside of you to make your goals a reality.  You are so much stronger than you think!  But, it does help to have friends hold you accountable, so definitely join our Get Fit Done VIP Facebook group (everyone is welcome) to connect with other amazing women who have similar lifestyle goals.
I’ll be working my way through the entire 4-week GFD Guide and sharing updates on Stories and Facebook along the way.  We’d love to have you join us!

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I hope this post encouraged you to give your goals another chance and to remember why you set them in the first place.  But most importantly, I hope you start taking action today to get one step closer!

Have a fantastic week friends!

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6 Comments

  1. February 4, 2019 / 6:38 am

    I’m starting your GFD today and I am soooooo excited! I loved printing out the shopping list and taking it to the grocery store yesterday, it made shopping a breeze. I love the food plan too and of course the exercises. Just what I needed!
    xo,
    Kellyann
    http://www.thisblondesshoppingbag.com

  2. Dawn
    February 4, 2019 / 9:06 am

    Thank you so much for your encouragement! I’ve been the reader who has the best intentions but finds other things crowding out my fitness/health goals. After eating too much queso last night while watching the Superbowl, I went to bed thinking, I need to take better care of me and show my family that it’s important to put health first.
    And then there’s the photo of you and your Grandma – how sweet. I was very close to my grandmother as well and have so many fond memories of her. I keep her memory alive by sharing stories with my kiddos. I don’t remember seeing a photo of you as a child before so I didn’t realize that you and Jordan are twins! It’s amazing! God has blessed you with such a sweet family and blessed them with you! Thanks for all you do!!

    • Megan
      Author
      February 4, 2019 / 11:22 am

      I’m sure that’s all of us sometimes. Good news is, today is a new day! And it’s never too late to start maki g changes. 😉

  3. Sandra
    February 5, 2019 / 10:26 am

    So excited to start this challenge. I’ll try to join in tomorrow (Wed), as I’ve been sick with a cold for these past few days.
    A quick question on your meal planning. Do you make yourself a separate meal from your family/hubbie, or do they eat what you are eating? Just curious what others are doing. You’ve done a beautiful job on the e-book, very user friendly and the pictures are so helpful and the meal planning looks like it will be easily achievable. Take Care!

    • Megan
      Author
      February 5, 2019 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks so much Sandra! I’m lucky that only James I have to make a separate meal for. 😉

  4. Donna
    February 6, 2019 / 12:37 pm

    I am so sorry to hear you are going through some hard times. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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