Vicky and Alf after they completed the Cultis Lake Triathlon in Sept. 2015.

Vicky and Alf after they completed the Cultis Lake Triathlon in Sept. 2015.

Living Well – Accomplish your fitness goals with a plan

Vicky Trill's monthly column on fitness, motivation and nutrition.

I’m not a gambler, but I’ve often used one of their sayings: “Put your money where your mouth is.”

I like it, the words remind us to get into action, to not be hypocritical and the words say, “prove it!”

Here we are just over a month into 2016 and I wonder how you are doing with your New Year’s resolutions?

Some of you just said to yourselves, “I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.” However, I’m not sure that’s a good thing. Isn’t it good to reflect on the past and then plan to better yourself at least once a year?

You have no doubt heard about my friend Wayne Little. You may hear words describing him like, “dedicated,” disciplined,” “amazing,” “inspirational,” and yes maybe even “fanatic.” Whatever adjective you use to describe him, you’ll have to admit, he knows how to “Put his money where his mouth is.”

Every year around this time I see some email or facebook post from Wayne outlining his fitness goals for the year combined with his plan for how he will realize those goals. Last year his goal was to complete the 100 km mountainous Death Race and to qualify for the Boston Marathon. He realized both of those goals.

Just last week, I read his public post describing his 2016 goals and his plan, and what I notice is that when he posts the goals, he also tells us which races he’s already signed up for.

Every new year Wayne asks me: “Which races have you signed up for this year?”

He reminds me that although I may have set a goal to run faster this year, I will not realize this goal unless I set concrete plans to do it. One of the best ways is to sign up for an event, so just last week I signed up for the April 24 half marathon at Boogie the Bridge, Kamloops. Now I will need to start training.

You can improve your health and fitness too. Join the club and learn to run a 5km or improve your stamina by training for a 10 km. Sign up now for a race and then put those shoes on and start training!

It is easy to say you will do this or that, but until you “Put your money where your mouth is,” it’s probably just “all talk.”

Vicky Trill