Tag Archives: motivation

Baby, it’s cold outside

22 Jan

This sweet lyric about cold weather isn’t exactly what came to mind when I woke up to this:

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My reaction was more like this: nooo @#$%^!  Seeing 5* with a “bitter wind chill warning” calling for temps that feel like -15 made me want to pull the covers over my head for the rest of the day.

After a short internal battle, I got my butt out of bed for the fitmixer Boot Camp Day 9 workout.  Here are some reasons why I am loving this boot camp so far:

1. The workouts are always different.  I feel sore in new muscles everyday.

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2.  I’ve already dropped three pounds.

3.  The way I eat is changing – I feel full from less calories and I’m less tempted by foods that aren’t as good for me.

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4.  The online community is great.  Everyone is so encouraging and motivating.

5.  I look forward to working out because it’s a new routine.  I even put a half marathon on my calendar and started taking a spin class!

I cannot speak highly enough of the program so far.  It’s also awesome that every workout can be done at home.  I am really glad I decided to do it!

Off to do some schoolwork… hope everyone is having a great day!

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Resisting Change

26 Jul

Last night as I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep, it suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks:  I’ll be starting law school orientation in less than one month.  I’ve honestly been freaking out about that long before now, but when I started to think about it last night it became incredibly real.

Part of me is excited for this new phase of my life, while part of me is strongly resisting the change and wants things to stay the way they are.  Why do we seem to do this?  New things are usually exciting and rewarding, but as creatures of habit we are often content to continue on the path we are familiar with.

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If we want to continue to grow and leave our mark on the world, we need to accept new challenges and dive headfirst into life’s new endeavors.  Since this can be difficult, these are the things I try to remember:

  • Everything happens for a reason.  It’s a corny saying, but I truly believe in it.  No matter what gets thrown at you along the way, it all turns out how it’s supposed to.
  • I’ve gotten through other changes in the past.  This isn’t the first change in my life and it won’t be the last.  It’s important to remember what you learned from past experiences and keep that knowledge in mind moving forward.  Reflecting on the past can motivate you to work toward the future.
  • I can always turn to family and friends.  When I feel scared and overwhelmed, it can be easy to forget how much support I have behind me.  Opening up to the people I care about always pushes me forward.  A reassuring talk or a lunch date to take my mind off things can usually do the trick.

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Change is a part of life and most often, it makes us stronger.  If everything stayed the same, life would be so boring and we would never grow as individuals.

So go out there and make the best of a new part of your life, seek your dream job, explore your options and get after whatever it is that inspires you.  Even if it scares you, you might get something you’ve always wanted.

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Scared to be Sedentary

10 Jul

Hi friends!

How was everyone’s Monday?

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My Monday wasn’t bad at all, but sometimes you just have to complain about that dreaded first day of the week!

I spent today working at my dad’s office.  While working in an office is certainly challenging and thrilling for your mind and brain, I’m realizing more and more how terrible it is for your body.  Eight or more hours spent sitting, hunched over papers or staring at a computer screen?  Not exactly the way we were meant to live.

During the day I do my best to take breaks and walk around, even if its just by getting up to stretch and go to the restroom or fill up my water bottle.  But even when I’m mindful of that, it’s still really hard to move enough.  Two weeks ago I purchased a FitBit (it’s literally the coolest thing ever, I’ll post a review eventually!) and today when I was leaving the office around 5:00 p.m., it informed me that I had barely taken 3,000 steps for the day.  My goal is 10,000 steps per day so I was seriously falling short.

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I knew I’d make up for it with an evening run (I’d rather exercise for one hour a day than be dead, thank you!), but I couldn’t help but think about an article I read recently: “Even with exercise, long periods spent sedentary are deemed a health risk.”  So even if I go to the gym every day and get outside for some runs, it doesn’t matter!?

Well, it certainly still matters, but according to this article:

“Sedentary behavior — sitting for long periods of time — is distinct from physical activity and has been shown to be a health risk in itself. Meeting the guidelines for physical activity does not make up for a sedentary lifestyle,” the ACSM said in the first recent overhaul of its comprehensive recommendations.

Great.  This information should really encourage all of us to get moving more!  It’s not always easy, but according to this article even short breaks (1-2 minutes) to move around every 30 to 60 minutes can help.

Quite honestly, this information is what drove me out the door for a run at 7:00 p.m..  I seriously lose motivation to workout as the day goes on, and this post-dinner run was sounding super unappealing.

I walked for one minute to start, then I told myself I only had to run two minutes before I could walk again.  I was totally feeling an easy walk/run combo just to get through it and get home.  But after those two minutes I was feeling good and I didn’t stop to walk again until after 2.5 miles!  The whole workout was a fairly slow jog with some frequent walking breaks in miles 3 and 4, but I was able to cover 4 miles in just over 41 minutes.

I’ll take that!

Schweaty post- run selfie. Gotta have it!

Even though I dreaded every minute of that run before I set out, once I was on the road with the evening sun on my face and Ja Rule Pandora station in my ears (don’t hate) I was feeling good.  And I felt even better once it was over and I was back in my driveway.

Always true.

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Time for bed over here!  I’m planning to wake up early tomorrow morning to get a workout in before work so I don’t have a repeat of today’s “to run or not to run” debate after dinner time.  See you tomorrow with a new bread baking victory to share!

Some questions for the night:

  • Do you have a sedentary job or lifestyle?  What are your tricks for moving more?
  • Do you lose motivation to workout as it gets later in the day?