This is sponsored content from BlogHer and Crystal Light Pure Fitness.
My inspiration comes from many different sources, depending on exactly what I’m doing. For example, my husband inspires me to keep plugging away at my dream of being a successful–and busy–writer. My kids inspire me to attempt to live in the moment. Who inspires me to reach my fitness goals?
Well, that has changed over time. I was never “into” fitness as a youngster, and didn’t start thinking about it too much until my twenties, when I began taking aerobics classes. I absolutely adored Mary, one of my instructors. (I’ve written about her on Suburban Scrawl.) She gave a great class that was always fun. Her personality was bubbly, she was friendly, and she always took some time before and after class to chat. At that time in my life, Mary inspired me to continue my new workout habits.
When I moved away from that town and came here, I found another favorite group fitness instructor, who eventually became a very close friend. She was as inspiring to me as Mary, and because she was a friend, I always felt like I would miss out on something if I skipped workouts, so I just…didn’t. When we hung out together outside of the club, I always found myself eating a little bit healthier because she had great habits in that area too.
Eventually, I became an instructor myself and felt empowered to attempt to inspire others. I am blessed to have really great people in my classes, and some of them have said things to me that I used to say to my favorite instructors, things about how happy they were to see me, how they didn’t really feel like coming in that day but knew that I’d be there and would make it fun…things like that. I always try to emulate my favorite qualities from instructors I’ve loved in the past, to try to pay it forward a little bit.
Since I became an instructor (okay, and since I run around, totally crazed all the time), I don’t have the time to take classes from others anymore, and I have to look elsewhere for inspiration when it comes to my own goals. It’s been hard; most workouts that are outside of the classes I teach, take place at home. I have used our Bowflex, punching bag, DVDs, and of course I walk my dog. If you follow Suburban Scrawl, you’ll know that I’m doing the Couch to 5K training so I can participate in the Blogher 5K this August. I’ve been inspired heavily by three ladies during this process: Jen (who is always striving to live a healthier, more fit life up in Vancouver), Liz (who just ran her first 5K and did great!), and my virtual workout partner Michelle (who will do the Blogher 5K with me!). Although I think that healthy habits like eating right, exercising, and drinking more water (either plain water or, ahem, water enhanced with Crystal Light Pure Fitness drink mix) require a certain amount of inspiration-from-within, it’s always nice to look up to others who can help take the motivation to a higher level, you know?
So who helps or inspires you in your fitness habits? Here’s how you can tell me about him, her, or them, and win:
I’m giving away a $100 Visa gift card as part of this review program, sponsored by Blogher and Crystal Light Pure Fitness. You’ve got three ways to answer; please note that a separate comment must be left for each of them (include your e-mail address, too!):
1. Leave a comment telling me who helps or inspires YOU to reach YOUR fitness goals.
2. Tweet about this contest and leave a comment with a link to the tweet.
3. Follow this blog publicly with Google Connect, and leave a comment telling me that you just started following. If you already follow, leave me a comment telling me that!
I will be awarding the $100 Visa gift card at the end of this campaign, to a winner chosen using random.org. If I don’t get a response from you within one week of my e-mail to you, I will have to choose another winner.
You also need to get yourself over to the BlogHer.com Crystal Light Pure Fitness exclusive offers page, because there you will find links to the other participating bloggers’ posts (and you can enter THEIR $100 Visa Gift Card giveaways, too!), and you can also enter to win $1000!