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It never fails. Every year in January, the fitness club where I work fills beyond capacity with new members. People with their shiny new Nikes and New Year’s resolutions flood the weight room. The regulars look down their noses at these newbies and mutter, “They’ll all be gone in a month.” Sadly, it’s pretty much true. By spring, the club turns into a ghost town.
Fitness can be really, really hard. Sticking with it…even harder. We push ourselves into it because we have to, not necessarily because we like it. And sometimes, it takes something like the New Year, a significant life change, or a big kick in the butt to get us to step back, take a deep breath, and remind ourselves of who we really want to be.
Now here we are at the start of a fresh new season. A perfect time to take that step back and evaluate ourselves. After all, we should never stop believing that we can change, adapt, and even create a new version. And if you were one of the January gym newbies who fell off the fitness wagon, should that define you and be the end of it? No! Pick yourself up, dust off those athletic shoes, and try again. Even a big failure beats the hell out of giving up. And with the holidays (and all their tasty treats) a few months ahead, it’s really the perfect time to make a fitness plan and set some goals.
So folks, I don’t want to get preachy and please don’t think me righteous about fitness. Because the truth is, this is my daily battle, too. Even as a fitness pro, Fit Stef fights with Lazy Stef every single day. But what I’ve come to learn in these struggles, and what makes Fit Stef win (most of the time) is this: a) Life is so much better in a fit body, and b) While I might hate STARTING a workout, I love how I love myself AFTER a workout.
James has started a 5k training program for newbies. The end goal of his program is running or walking a 5k anywhere in the US on Thanksgiving. There are hundreds of Thanksgiving 5k’s all over the US, and our family has a fun Thanksgiving morning tradition of running one every year.
Perhaps his 5k Thanksgiving challenge can be your fresh start. I’d love to train along with you as you follow his daily plans, and hear about your successes (and even help you with your struggles) along the way. Having a goal, or something to look ahead to, really does make a difference in starting a successful workout program. So! Here’s my personal invite to you to train along with us, no cost…everything at The Fit RV is always free. AND! We’ll even mail you a swanky Fit RV water bottle for completing it! If you do start his training program, since it’s already under way, go back to his Day 1 plan and start there. The first step: find a Thanksgiving 5k near you and sign your whole clan up. Once you’re committed by signing up, you’ll be amazed how motivated you’ll be.
Click here for 5k Challenge details!
And remember, no matter where you are in life, you absolutely, positively, DO have the power to change.
Hi Stef ~
Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice letter this morning 🙂 I love your take on making fall the time to get into the fitness spirit! I’ve been one of those January to Valentine’s Day gym newbies more times than I’d like to admit. I think starting a workout program that starts this time of year and isn’t associated with a “resolution” has a much better chance to stick. Great advice!
I did a Turkey Trot in Manchester, CT with my younger sister a few years back. It was a blast! Unfortunately, at this point I have no idea where our next project will be so I won’t be able to sign up right away (if at all) for one this year. But I’m totally interested in checking out the Training Schedule!
I’m on my way to go do that now.
Thanks again. 🙂
If I can wear a bonnet and skirt like the one in the picture, I think I could be motivated to do it!!!!