Stepping It Up For September

Last week at Weight Watchers we were discussing the benefits of physical activity and exercise on one’s weight loss progress as well as their overall health and wellbeing. I asked my members to look back at their activity accomplishments over the summer and look ahead to some new activity goals for the fall.

I feel great about all that I have accomplished this summer, and generally all that I have done with exercise since joining Weight Watchers 4 years ago.

I was never an athletic person. NEVER. I was the overachiever in junior high and high school with a 90% average, which could have been 95% if my gym mark hadn’t brought me down. When I was in musical theatre school I started in pre-beginner ballet, jazz and tap. Um, how can you be a pre beginner anything? Once you’ve have 1 class you’re no longer a “pre” beginner. You’re a beginner from that point forward! And seeing as though I had taken some dance in my life I was never really a pre-beginner!

Anyway, you get where I’m going with this?

Given my history, I feel incredibly proud of all that I’ve done since losing weight, especially when I look back at all that I achieved this summer.

Activity Milestones this summer:

With all of that behind me, I’m looking to ramp it up even more for the fall and I couldn’t be more excited!

My Goals for the Fall

  • Work my ass off with my trainer – Yes, I’ve hired a personal trainer. So far I’ve had two workouts with Cory and I’m absolutely loving it! I am looking for results and am giving my all. I’ve taken some before pictures, and can’t wait to share my progress with you
  • More FIT CHICKS – I love those girls! I’ll be posting next week about the pedometer challenge that is coming up on September 13
  • My first 5k RUN – On October 3rd I’ll be doing the Run for the Cure with my FIT CHICKS ladies!!

Need Some Motivation?

My biggest piece of advice when it comes to physical activity is to find something you love to do. Getting out of bed/off the couch/to the class/gym is always the hardest part. When you find that thing that you love to do, it makes it so much easier to just get out and do it! Try walking, running, swimming, horseback riding, karate, dancing, boot camp, yoga, pilates, cycling, softball, t-ball, zumba, kayaking – whatever makes you happy! You’ll be that much more motivated to go when you’re about to do something that you actually enjoy. My perspective on activity totally changed when I started taking bellydancing and zumba! Since then I’ve rejoined the gym so that I can take more classes, done boot camp and have found a lot of enjoyment in exercising – my way! I love the current balance I have of my trainer, boot camp, dance/zumba/LesMills classes because I enjoy all of it and I like the accountability of showing up to class/PT session.

I also like to keep track of my physical activity. I haven’t made an activity calendar in awhile, but if you like that idea, check out Heather’s! There’s something really satisfying about giving yourself that little sticker each day you work out!! Lately I’ve just been putting stickers on my normal wall calendar and that has been working like a charm. For September I’m going for 24. So far I have 5 including today – yay!

Having goals keeps the every-so-important motivation going. Goals can really help push you along in your journey and keep you focused on the task at hand. When losing weight, activity goals can realign your focus away from the scale and can allow you to see progress, even if the scale isn’t moving. When maintaining, goals give you perspective and direction. Goals of all shapes and sizes are integral to success, and while you’re at it, make them juicy and exciting! I’m so excited to hear about everything you’re going to accomplish this fall!

"It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before…to test your limits…to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
~Anaïs Nin

With all of this in mind, what are your activity goals for the fall?



puddingtummy said...

My goal is to try to run a PR in a half marathon at the end of November. Not sure I'll succeed as it's a hilly course, but I'm going to give a go. Even if I don't get a PR I'll still be pleased though just for running it, I haven't run a half marathon in about 2 years! x

challenges2010 said...

I use goals too to keep my physical activity going. My goals are to run a sub 2 hour HM at the Canada Army Run on the 19th and to run my first marathon Oct.10th!

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I was just about to ask about your Goal Calendars bc I do miss them. They were always so colorful.

RescuingLisa said...

Hi Ashley,

I've been following your blog for some time now - looks like you had an amazing summer!

I'm inspired by your goals and your passion for fitness and nutrition - you rock!


Tina said...

I just wrote about this today for my 30 Days of Self Love movement on my blog! Then I stumbled across your blog through BlogHer. I certainly agree that we need to remember all the progress we have made and that exercise is for health and to feel good...not only to look good. Great post.

If you're interested my post is here -