Friday, April 12, 2013


I've been doing pretty good since determining my Starting Point earlier this month.

It's had me thinking - once you are ready to start and you've done a couple of classes, what's your strategy?

Just because you make it through a couple of Zumba classes doesn't mean you can then go run a marathon.  Doesn't mean you can complete a triathlon.  Doesn't mean you can cycle 50 miles.

But it does mean you can set a goal and figure out what steps you need to take to get there.

Want to run?  Start with a program designed for people who've never been runners like Couch to 5K.  There are all kinds of apps and podcasts and blogs geared towards helping you navigate Couch to 5K.  The great thing is that you can repeat weeks for as long as you feel that you need to do so.  Pick a 5K a few months from now and set it as a goal.

Want to bike?  Step one - get a bike!  Step two - go ride!  Start small and keep riding.  Ride a couple of miles a few times a week for one week.  Then ride 5 miles a few times each week.  Then do a couple of 10 mile rides.  Hit the Monon Trail on a Saturday morning and go for a nice ride on a great path with friends.  Sign up for a fun ride like The Girlfriend Ride and set it as a goal.

Want to swim?  Not much of a swimmer?  Take a class!  Go to your local Y or swim club and find out about swim lessons for adults.

Set mini goals along the way.  Celebrate when you completely run an entire mile.  Celebrate when you ride 10 miles.  Celebrate when you swim 10 laps.

Share your goals and ask friends to hold you accountable.  Let people know that if you complain about not wanting to do your workout, they need to encourage you to go ahead and do it.  Invite friends to celebrate with you when you reach your milestones and especially when you reach your goal!

Form a team!  Get friends and fmaily to join you on your mission.  Challenge each other, run and walk together, meet up for exercise classes together.  There is strength in numbers!

What is your strategy to achieve your goal?

My personal goal is weight loss.  I need to eat healthier and be more active.  My strategy is to find group exercise classes that work with my schedule.  I am also doing The Girlfriend Ride in June, walking the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and will complete the Fishers Freedom Festival 5K.  Losing weight first will help me achieve longer term goals of getting back to running and more seriously riding long distances.

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