gallamore west: Motivation for Healthy Living {30 Day Shred}

Friday, January 11, 2013

Motivation for Healthy Living {30 Day Shred}

Want some motivation to get in shape and eat healthier safely and quickly?  

Me too, but this time instead of sitting around just thinking about it like I sometimes do, I'm getting off my butt and doing something about it!  My sweet and oh so hilarious friend Jen {at Four Marrs and One Venus} started a Facebook group for friends doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred DVD, and I jumped on board.  This is my #1 motivator to stick with it and drop the pounds... a group of fun, motivating friends who are all in this together! 

But I'm a really visual person and I like to SEE my results for any project I take on right away.  If I'm working hard, but the scale isn't rewarding me with a lower number, I tend to get discouraged and start eating a Snickers bar or something.  Patience is a virtue that sadly I was not blessed with... sigh.  So I made a couple of visual motivators to help me along my 30 Day Shred adventure. 

To see my progress every day, I printed out this free printable calendar from The Tomkat Studio.  You can download it here.  Every day that I do the 30 Day Shred DVD, I give myself a sticker.  I also give myself a gold star for the days that I eat right & drink lots of water,  Why yes, I was indeed a 2nd grade Teacher in my former life. {Today was Day One of my 30 Day Shred so I'm going to give myself TWO good stickers because I did my Shred and I've been eating like a sugar-free rabbit today.}

I also made this fun visual from recycled baby food jars {I had a couple extra from this project... Math wasn't my strongest subject}.  I saw something similar floating around Pinterest a couple of years ago with big glass jars & little marbles. 

Since I don't have all that much I want to lose, I want to see a bigger impact with each and every one of the 12 pounds I'm going to lose so I chose little jars with crayons.

Thirdly, here's  a picture of me today... I'll skip the full body shot in a bikini because that may cause some eye damage or something.  I do love my Snickers after all.  My hair's a mess, but I see chubby cheeks and arms here.  And I'm not talking about the cute cheeks on that baby boy :)

And lastly, I asked my husband if he would pay me $10 for every pound I lose so that I can buy a pair of nice, new jeans at the end of the 30 days and he said yes... maybe a little too quickly, but I'll let that go :)  Having four babies {the last two of them within 19 months of each other} has definitely moved things to places I never imagined they'd go!  So here's a link to the butt I'd like to have the jeans I want to buy with the money that I will earn in 30 Days.  {I only buy my fancy jeans when they're half price, just in case it appears that I'm off on math again!}

What about you?
What motivates you to get moving?


p.s.  Telling YOU... putting it out there like this... that's a huge motivator too.  I drafted this blog post a few days was Day Five of my 30 Day Shred and I've moved TWO crayons to the lost jar so far!!


Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space said...

I love the visual motivation! I need to do something like that too, but I'm seriously sitting here racking my brain trying to think of something that I can put into a jar that my boys won't want to steal lol! :)

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Oh you know I am jumping up and down on this post! Yes I am!! OK- cutie- I love the "visual" motivators you made.. you got me thinking over here- I LOVE the fact that we {ok we don't have to} check in w/ the group to say we "did it for the day" - helps me just stop being lazy and do it! Ya Know- and hello hot mama with those pants! I am asking bryan the same question tonight- yes I am- good thinking!! Keep Shreddin' mama!!

Julia P F said...

Must. Have. Those. Jeans.

Lisa DeLuna said...

What a great idea! I am so going to this. I have that DVD too. Thank you for the motivation :)

Jenny@NorthwestLovelies said...

Love your motivators!! Sticker charts help me too. :) And those jeans?? So cute!!

Aimee @ said...

i am so so so proud of you girl! thanks for all of your encouragement!

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

You go girl!!! Good luck!! And SUPER cute jeans!! Summer here we come!! :)

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Lauren said...

Such a great way to visualize a goal! I'd love it if you would come share at the Funday Sunday link party that is open over at! Hope to see you there!

Chrissy said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I have a new Pinterest Power party and would love to have you share this and any other projects you may have if you have a chance!!


Kerry @ Made For Real said...

That's great - kudos to you !!

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