Good morning & happy Monday! If you haven’t read last weeks Chicago Marathon update… surprise! I’m not running the marathon this year. You can find out why if you check out the post 😉
Before I get to today’s Weekly Workouts post, I wanted to talk a little bit about being consistent. Consistency is something I have been struggling with the last few years and I don’t really have a “good” reason why. Sometimes you just fall off the wagon – whatever wagon you’re on – and it’s hard to get back on! And that can really suck and just make you feel like sh*t.
Consistency is something I’ve been struggling with because I expect to see results instantly. When I first really started to work out and eat healthy, I saw results quickly (I lost 20 pounds in my second semester of freshman year). Now that I’m a little bit older, it’s crazy for me to expect to have that kind of progress so quickly. I mean, right? But even knowing that, it’s still disheartening for me to put in all of this effort with minimal progress.
But that’s where consistency comes in. No, I won’t see a big change overnight or even in a month. But with consistent effort and making healthier choices, I will become a healthier person over time. I just need to focus on chipping away at my goals bit by bit rather than expecting to drop 10 pounds in a month or to get my mile time down to 9 minutes after a few weeks of consistent training. Consistency > motivation.
And while it’s great to have big goals (like, yeah I really do want to get my mile time back down to 9 minutes – or less!), it’s even more helpful to have smaller goals within those goals. By creating smaller goals, you’re more likely to stay consistent. And consistency is the name of the game, isn’t it?
What are you currently chipping away at? Share your goals with me. Here are some of mine:
- I’d like to get my mile time to 9 minutes but I’m currently focusing on sub-11 minute miles.
- I want to lose around 25 pounds and my “smaller” goal is to lose the next 5.
- I also have some other goals that are not related to this blog (good grades, buying a condo, etc)
- Monday: 3 miles + gym workout
- Tuesday: 3 miles + Nike Training Club workout
- Wednesday: No workout
- Thursday: 3 miles
- Friday: 2.5 miles + Nike Training Club workout
- Saturday: Nike Training Club workout
- Sunday: 5 miles
See! I was pretty consistent with my workouts last week! I even did strength training 4(!!) times.
Have a great Monday, everyone!
PS: Matt got to register for Boston on Friday! Now we just have to wait for his race verification to come through 🤞🏼