"What keeps you motivated?"
And, my answer is a myriad of things...but most recently, it's been my gym peeps.
I've been seeing the ninja twice a week for personal training for the last 13 months, and I believe I have only called off one session due to illness. There was that accountability, i.e. someone waiting for me to show up, warm up, train, and then do some cardio after - but he also works at the Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre most mornings, so if I were not to show up...he'd notice. My own health and fitness is ultimately my responsibility, but it's nice to have someone else at the gym that knows what I want, and how I am going about getting what I want (because he's most likely told me what to do and when to do it and designed the circuit training, weigh routines, and cardio combinations that I am doing). So, what has changed lately? Well, I have continued with the personal training, and ninjas are extremely motivational as I wish to be one some day, but it's the other people that have become involved in my workout routine who are inspiring me to push harder.
Enter, my friends in fitness. Whether it's Skylar, Barb, Dawn, Dana or anyone else at the front desk of the Crystal Pool, or Michele (one L) on the treadmill around 9AM most days, or her mother Doris with a pool noodle, or Kombucha Geoff sweating up a storm on the spin bike and then a yoga mat, or kickboxing Nathan on the bag, roaming the halls, or giving pointers in the weight room, or anyone, for that matter, that has stopped to talk health 'n' fitness with me, run next to me on a treadmill while egging me on, or high-fived me after a session on the big ropes, these people are my new community...my extended support system...my fitness ninjas. People who make time each day at the gym for themselves, for self care, and in turn give me strength to do the same.
I will tout the praises of having a personal trainer (Jonathan Carpenter of MIJO Sport), a yoga teacher (Taryn Strong of Anahata Moon Yoga), spin instructors that make me push harder than I ever thought possible (Mary-Kay and Teresa of Quadra Sport & Fitness), and every other expert that I see on a regular basis to challenge me physically, but it's also the comradery that I feel with people in the same boat as I. Yes, I'm talking about the workout buddies. Namely, Jacqueline and Troy at the moment.
I have about 10 pounds to lose before I reach yet another goal I set...weighing 137 pounds (remember, I like odd numbers!) Yes, folks, it's the last 10 pounds. And it's always good to stack the odds in your favour, right? So not only do I have a lot of sport professionals involved, but I have some die-hard workout neophytes in my corner as well. We're all in the similar situations when you break it down. We want to lose weight by eating clean and exercising. Are these guys going to pry the Doritos out of my hot little hands after I lose my inhibitions after a girls' night? No, that's all on me. Are they going to notice if I'm not at the gym when I say I'm going to be? Yes. Am I going to make plans to meet them regularly so we can walk, run, bike, stair-climb, box, kick, elliptical, burpee, lift, circuit and cross-train together? You betcha. And, should you find a workout buddy or two to inspire you? If you're in it for the long haul, then yes, yes you should!