What motivates you to work out?
Last week, I got an email from my YMCA*. They are doing a 6 week program called Holiday Kick-Off. You sign up and if you work out three times a week between now and December 20, you get a free long sleeved t-shirt.
I am currently not at a weight that I'm happy with. It's not horrible, but it's not where I'd like to be. And I'll be the first to admit that I fear gaining weight over the next month and half as the holidays approach (hello PECAN PIE! I love you!). I decided to sign up for this program, not because I want the t-shirt, but because it's a great motivator to get my butt to the gym.
This was week one and today was my third trip of the week and I'm feeling great. I'm even considering throwing in a fourth day on Saturday. I'm feeling a little crazy, but I'm liking it (I typically go anywhere between 0-2 times a week). I've done two days of cardio and strength, and last night I did Zumba (which b-t-dubs, I could write a whole post on my love and laughter behind Zumba).
And the best motivator of all...they have put all the participants on "teams" and they have our teams listed on posters in the main hall of the gym. At the end of each week they will mark by your name whether or not you got your three workouts in for the week. That right there is an even bigger motivator. Now if I don't go to the gym, the whole world knows about it (and by the whole world, I really mean the gym members who walk down that hall). I don't want to be that kind of team member! And I don't want a big fat ugly red X by name if I don't meet my goal!
So here we go...let's hope that come January I'll have a VERY cool t-shirt to wear with pride and to share on the ol' blog.
*FYI...I love the Y here...love, love, love it! It is such a nice facility and they have the best staff. If you live in Hampton Roads and you're looking for a gym, I highly recommend the Y!