My Fitness Motivation Technique

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Two months ago, I made a decision that will change the rest of my life.  I made the decision to get healthy.  That means fewer carbs and more cardio.  I started a tai chi class twice a week and do cardio at home on my own 3-5 days a week.  It's only been two months, but I feel great.  The pounds are starting to come off, and my body feels so much better.  I have more energy now, so I don't need that afternoon can of soda.  I swapped my diet caffeine filled soda for NestlĂ©® Pure Life®, and I don't even miss the caffeine.  

Even though I am starting to see results, I still struggle with motivation.  I know I feel better after I work out, and I know I'm starting to look better, but some days I just do not want to do it.  After years of behavioral therapy with my son, I realized that a reward system may help.  Just because I'm an adult doesn't mean that a reward won't motivate me or that I shouldn't use one.  Keep reading to learn my fitness motivation technique.


Fitness Motivation Technique


When you reward yourself for doing something that you don't necessary want to do but have to do, it's important to have a good motivator.  This should be something that you don't normally have access to.  It should also be something that you want more than your desire to avoid the activity that you need to do, in this case working out.  It should also be something that is attainable in a reasonable amount of time.  For example, you may want to buy a new wardrobe when you meet your goal.  This is completely understandable, but it could take you months or years to reach your goal, so it's not a good motivator.  

I chose getting a pedicure for my reward.  I can get one for about $30 plus tip, so I decided to save $1 for each workout.  I can get a pedicure every 4-6 weeks at the rate that I'm going, which is short-term and my desire for the reward is high.  Pedicures are a treat for me.  I don't normally get them, but I love having them.  

Since I have to make all the things pretty, I couldn't use just any container to save my motivational money in.  I found this mini paint can style container to use.  I like that it's clear so I can see my progress.  I put in dollars, but you could put in marbles or something else to represent dollars, as long as you can see your progress.


I used my die cutter and vinyl to put one of my favorite sayings on the container: Goal Digger.  That's what I am.  I have a goal, and I'm going to do whatever it takes to meet it.  I've done it before, and I'll do it again.  

Transferring vinyl to a surface looks difficult, but it's really easy.  After I cut out the vinyl, I attached a clear transfer paper to the vinyl  I peeled off the backing and pressed it on the container.  I used a ruler to measure to make sure it was straight, then I pressed it down and peeled off the transfer paper.



I wanted my container to be see through, but I wanted a little more decoration.  I used my several styles of purple ribbon to decorate the handle.  Now I have a cute container to keep my money in after I work out, and by seeing my progress, I can stay motivated to keep working out.



If you want to make your own with your die cutter, you can download the Goal Digger SVG file here.  
goal digger free svg file

Getting Healthy


Along with working out, I'm also trying to eat fewer carbs.  I haven't made drastic changes in my diet, but I did give up pasta and bread.  Honestly, I don't miss it too much.  I also stay hydrated with Nestle Pure Life water.  We have well water and live surrounded by commercial farms that use chemicals, so I don't like drinking our water at home.  I've noticed that my kids want juice and soda to drink unless I have water bottles, so I make sure we never run out of Nestle Pure Life.  I know I feel sluggish and my skin doesn't look as good if I don't drink enough water each day.


Right now, Walmart has Nestle Pure Life in a 35-pack for the same price as the 32 pack, so you get three free bottles.  If the 35-pack of Nestle Pure Life is not available in your local Walmart, please ask a store manager about getting the product in your area.  Nestle Pure Life is also getting new packaging, so be on the lookout for that in May.  Nestle Pure Life is available in the 24-pack online, so be sure to go to the store for the 35-pack.  

Our well water isn't terrible, but it still doesn't have the best taste.  Nestle Pure Life has a 12-step filtering process for great taste.  They also add a unique blend of minerals to their water.

I just hit my goal of $35 saved for 35 workouts so I can get my pedicure next week.  I can't wait to get my feet ready for summer!



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