My name is Rika and I am the new face behind the FHC Front Desk.
Although it may sound cheesy, I joined this gym to help inspire and be inspired by people who are passionate about a healthy lifestyle. But I face my own struggles and challenges and have the ability to think of 1,000 or more reasons to NOT go to the gym or eat a cookie instead of an apple. I have finally reached the point where enough is enough and have decided to take action. For real this time. I mean it. Yes.
Now, I am not a certified nutritionist or a certified personal trainer, but I think we all know what is good for us and what is bad for us. Through the help of social networking and personal blogs and numerous Google searches, I have a rough idea of how I want to approach my journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
1. Let Everyone Know That You Are On A Health Mission
I'm taking my first step, right here, right now. I'm letting everyone know that I have a goal and I'm going to work hard for it. It's going to be tough at first and your friends are going to try to spoon feed you cake or tell you that it's okay to cheat for a day. However, most of the time, if you let them know in advance that you are working towards a healthier lifestyle, they will support you. You will then feel accountable of your goals and they will help you stay on track as well.
2. Continuously Have A Near Future Goal
This strategy works for me. If I tell myself that I am going to workout because I'm going to my friends wedding next year – it does not last. I start thinking that I still have 12 months or 365 days away, 365 DAYS AWAY – well, why should I start suffering now! So I wait until about a week before the wedding to suddenly eat more vegetables and run around the neighborhood and call it good. For some, the year approach works. But for Rika, not so much.
I'm going to Spring Training in 25 days to go cheer on the Mariners and I would like to have some confidence when I wear my shorts in Peoria, AZ. 25 days is more realistic than a 365 day goal for me. After March, I am going to shift my focus into strength building because I will be applying to become an EMT and we have to be able to carry people on backboards. Another short term goal. Just like that, I keep building short term goals so I'm continuously excited to workout and reach new goals. It could be a new dress you just bought and want to look better in it. It could be a short 5k coming around the corner.
3. Be Flexible
My biggest struggle is my schedule. I wake up, I cook breakfast, clean, get ready, study, go to work, go to school, come home, cook dinner, clean – and by that time, I want nothing more but my bed. I'm pretty sure everyone else feels the same way. Some have two jobs, full-time student, kids, you name it. The only time I make it to the gym is when I am caught up with my school work – which is never. You guessed it, so I never really make it to the gym. AND I WORK AT THE GYM. So we have to be flexible. If you can't make it to the gym, it's okay. Just try to do SOMETHING because SOMETHING is better than NOTHING (we've all heard that before).
I personally approach this problem by having a back-up plan. My priority is a gym workout. You get your cardio and strength exercise at the gym. But if I can't make it, I go straight to my pedometer and try my alternative plan – at least 10,000 daily steps. I'm not advertising or promoting iPhones but the new iPhone comes with a built-in pedometer. So I take a quick walk around the neighborhood or do house chores and it quickly racks up to 10,000 steps. If THAT doesn't work, don't quit yet! I try my best to cut calories and do a quick set of push-ups and sit-ups and relax/stretch/meditate. Meditation is important so don't beat yourself up for having to do Plan C! It's all beneficial!
So, I hope that you all enjoyed my very first post. I will be updating the status of my work-out frequently and would love any fitness advice that has worked for you guys or personal goals that you guys have reached. I will keep sharing my daily struggles and how I get over them.
I'm excited for this health journey and see you all at the gym!