It's no secret that I've consistently struggled to meet my fitness goals this year.
I'm aware of the importance of wellness, and yet, each month I've fallen short of meeting my goals. So, what's my problem? It's never been a priority.
Despite having a number of insecurities, I've been fortunate that body image has never been one of them. In fact, I've sometimes had the opposite problem. Even at my heaviest, I've never seen myself as overweight. I've embraced my curves and have always managed to find clothing that has made me look and feel great.
While acknowledging our uniqueness and loving the body that we were born with is important, we are countering that self-love by constantly overeating, living a sedentary lifestyle, and carrying around extra weight.
I know that I've always felt better, both physically and mentally, when I've treated my body right.
My non-chalent attitude about my lifestyle choices was shoved into the spotlight on Monday morning at my annual physical. For the first time in my life, the doctor mentioned my weight gain with a concerned tone.
Over the past year, my weight has sky rocketed to almost 164 pounds, and at just under 5'3″, my body mass index (BMI) is currently at 29.5.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, 25.0-29.9 is considered overweight for adults at my height. 30.0 and above is considered obese!
Note: I've shared these details solely for the purpose of holding myself accountable. Every body is completely different and you should consult with your doctor before beginning any new wellness regimen or weight loss program.
In June, I posed the question, How Much is Physical Fitness Worth To You? And as it turns out, it's worth quite a bit to many of you.
It's important to me too. Really. Wellness was one of my main motivating factors in quitting my overly demanding job. And my doctor's suggestions have been incessantly on my mind.
Now that I've got a significant amount of free time, I've been doing well, but I wanted to make sure that I would stay the course. Enter: Pact.
Admittedly, I haven't been the most vigilant with fitness apps in the past. Typically, I'll try them out of a few days, diligently log information, but ultimately lose motivation without having any accountability.
I've been using Pact (not an affiliate link) for about a week so far, and surprise, not losing money is a great motivator!
I've committed to five workouts a week with a $5 fine for each missed day. And guess what? I haven't missed my goal yet. Even better, I'm paid for sticking with it! Last week, I completed my goal and earned $1.40. Nice!
I like Pact's ability to integrate with several other apps including Fitkeeper, Runkeeper, and Fitbit. Any gym workout, run, bike ride over 30 minutes, or 10,000 steps in a day counts toward your Pact. Pact also offers two other wellness categories: tracking your food and eating fruits and vegetables.
One Day At a Time
Can I promise that I'll never fall off the wagon again? Definitely not. But it's important to keep trying, no matter how many times that I've failed. Like so many worthwhile things in life, wellness is hard work, but will always be worth fighting for.
Readers: What motivates you to stay fit? Would you consider using Pact?