Do you love the feeling of a new school year as much as I do? It always feels like a new beginning to me, and I use the opportunity to review how I’m doing on my goals that I set at the first of the year and plan what I’m going to do to finish the year out strong.
I’ve been slacking all summer and I can feel it, so I’m feeling super motivated to get back on track with my fitness and healthy eating.
I always recommend that my support group members come up with ways to measure their progress besides the scale. One of the ways I like best is to mark off the days I workout on a calendar. When it’s mostly filled up by the end of the month, I know that I’ve made progress whether the scale says so or not.
Each month I make a fitness calendar to share with my readers. It’s available in a full-size sheet below. I also have an A5 size available for my bullet journal friends!
How to use the calendar:
1) Decide on a minimum exercise goal. This should be something you feel you can do, no matter what. My personal minimum is 3 times a week for 15 minutes, but the majority of the time, I exercise 5 or 6 days for 30 minutes to an hour. But if I get in at least the minimum, I know I’ll keep up the exercise habit.
2) Each day you exercise, mark it off on the calendar. You can simply put a checkmark, or write details about your workout. I like recording what workout I did and tracking my time and mileage when I run.
3) Come up with a small goal to focus on each week. This doesn’t necessarily have to be an exercise goal. Some examples: Drink water, do something I love every day, eat breakfast first thing in the morning, read a personal development book, etc.
4) Come up with a reward for completing your minimum exercise goal for the entire month, and write it in the Reward circle, or reward yourself each week–it’s up to you!
Want more accountability?
It’s also not too late to join my September Fitness Challenge support group! I have a great group of ladies who are gearing up to make themselves a priority this month. I’d love to have you join us!
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