Monday, August 3, 2015

Motivation Monday: Taking time to celebrate

In life, and especially when it comes to fitness, we're constantly pushing toward a deadline or goal. It's easy to overlook an exciting milestone (holy cow, I just ran five miles!) when there's a bigger goal ahead (jeez, how am I ever going to get up to all 13.1 miles?).

It's critical to take time to celebrate steps along the way - it's motivating to recognize how far you've come! In the weight loss community, many people document their "non-scale victories", or NSVs - being able to do a new activity, zipping up an old pair of pants, resisting temptation. It's a great practice to include in your every life.

Today I'd like to celebrate The Z Beat's one-year anniversary! On Saturday, I posted this on Facebook:
Today is the 1-year anniversary of The Z Beat! It's been so fun connecting with you all. Feel free to leave a comment to tell me what you think of the blog.For fun, here's my first post (after the intro):
Posted by Jennifer Lauren on Saturday, August 1, 2015

I've really enjoyed using the blog as an opportunity to build deeper connections with like-minded friends from around the world and to go deeper into the fitness community than I had before. It's definitely helped me stay accountable to my goals and stay connected to my health-related interests. Over the last year, I've run two half marathons, taught Zumba for a week in Jamaica, and maintained a little weight loss (well, until this happened!). It's not often that we stop to acknowledge how far we've come, and we owe it to ourselves to do it more often!

Since I announced that I'm celebrating my blogiversary, a few of you have asked how you can support The Z Beat. Here's how to show the love!
  • Click! The more views the site gets, the more support I'm able to get to keep it going (aka, a few bucks - sometimes cents - here and there from ads and sponsored posts). That support is what allows me to do giveaways and bring you opportunities like discount codes. So, please don't be shy and click through to read posts when you can.
  • Share! If you like a post or topic, please click that share or retweet button. It's a huge help to getting the word out.
  • Chat! Feel free to respond in the comments section of each post or on Facebook. I read EVERY single response and it helps to know I'm not talking to myself. :)
  • Shop! If you're planning to buy something from the Zumba store, use my affiliate code thezbeat to get a 10% discount and to give a small percentage of your purchase cost to The Z Beat. It's a win-win!