Fitness Junkie

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I’ve been splurging on alcohol, sleepless nights, watching movies and eating junk for the last 2 weeks.  Needless to say, I need motivation and a good kick in the ass to get moving and it starts today. I picked up the July/August 2008 issue of Muscle & Fitness HERS yesterday for a kick start.  I love this magazine … no endless pages of advertising, the content of each article gets right to the point and there are great practical suggestions to motivate and activate a fitness plan of attack no matter what stage you are in.  It targets both the couch potato as well as the seasoned fitness athlete. 

Did you know that it takes 3 weeks of journalling to see results in your workouts, nutrition regimen and mood? 

“Too many times people will quit after a few days, or they’ll skip the days when they have ice cream because they don’t want to see it written down and feel guilty” states Kelli Calabrese, a Texas based trainer and co-author of Feminine, Firm & Fit (2004).  Getting organized and commiting to journalling is key.  But it won’t help you if you just keep track of your time and workouts in the gym.  Recording your mood, the intensity of your workouts as well as your nutritional intake and psychological state are important in helping you identify what made one day great and another day crap.  There is an excellent example of a daily journal entry in the magazine that hits all areas of health, from training and nutrition to stress and sleep management.  Check it out. 

Another great example of a fitness plan and journal that I found is Erin Biro’s Fitness Training Journal.  In preparation for the FitnessLicious Summer Body Challenge, not only does she identify her fitness, nutrition and activity plans, she also recorded her known obstacles and tricks to stay on track. 

So it starts today.  The first day of summer.  Stay’n on Track is where you will find my log of dates I am aiming for as well as my thoughts, activities and daily struggles as I prepare for a busy summer ahead.  Be sure to check here regularly and feel free to send any comments, suggestions and questions my way.  Every form of feedback from other fitness junkies are truly welcome.