02-05-2015

Day 1 of Morning Exercise

And probably the only day this week…maybe I’ll do it again next week ;)

But yeah, I woke up at 6:30 today to run before work…probably not a big deal to most of you but I’m SO not a morning person and never workout in the AM because I feel like a zombie. 6:30 probably isn’t even that early to some of you (I know some people are up at 4:30 am to workout) but it’s early for me. My usual wake up time before work is 7:30 AM and even then I snooze for 10 minutes before dragging myself out of bed.

Today I made myself just get up and go. I had my stuff packed already for the day so I just had to pack my oatmeal and snacks for the day. I thought, I can go and run for 30 minutes, that’s all I need to do.

So what motivated this change? A great article I read yesterday, The Brutally Honest 6 Reasons You’re Still Overfat, which I quoted on my Instagram (pardon the language):

 

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It’s a longer read but worth it, especially if you need a kick in the butt. He talks about people making excuses (well, my coworkers brought in donuts so I ate a few) as opposed to owning it (I chose to eat donuts). While I know it’s my own fault my nutrition isn’t as good as it should be, I know that I’ve been guilty of making excuses before, especially the likes of “Well, I worked out for an hour so I can eat this cookie.”

He also talks about sacrifice…and if you really want something, you’ll suck it up and make a sacrifice to get there. My sacrifice today was that extra hour of sleep. I want to lose a few of the extra pounds that I have gained, and I need to take charge and do it as opposed to bi*ching and moaning about getting up early, or being too tired to run, etc. I’m soooo guilty of making excuses when I’m tired…just yesterday I skipped the gym because I was tired after a bad night’s sleep. Then I got home and read this post and was like, ugh…should have just gone to the gym!

Here are a few other points I liked from the article:

  • “This applies not just to fat loss but also to the rest of your health and fitness goals. If you blame yourself – success. If you blame everything else – no success. Period.”
  • “Life isn’t fair. Life is hard. You will get out of it what you put into it. And when you decide to make real changes, when you make a commitment to yourself to make a difference, YOU HAD BETTER STICK TO IT.”

  • “‘Treats’ are something out of the ordinary. If it happens more than once a month it is no longer out of the ordinary. Stop saying treat. You aren’t having a treat.”
  • It is awesome to have targets and goals. In fact it is imperative to have targets and goals. But those are simply markers, stepping stones, to the ultimate goals, which should be health and fitness until the day you die.”
  • It is either a workout you have to do or a celebration of the amazing gift your healthy body is.”

Some people don’t like this kind of in your face motivation but I love it. Sometimes I just need that kick in the butt and reminder that I’m lucky to be healthy and even able to exercise…so why complain about doing it?

Now, I can’t promise I will be regularly waking up at 6:30 am to run, but I’m going to try at least ONCE next week to do it again. I feel great right now sitting at work, and more energized than I ever feel in the mornings when I get here. Will I be more tired later though? I guess I’ll find out :)

Do you exercise in the mornings? What tips do you have for me for dragging myself out from under my warm covers?

What kind of stuff motivates you? Do you like the aggressive, in your face approach?

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01-20-2014

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! Hopefully extra happy Monday because you have off work today?

Today’s quote is inspirational and humorous…we could all use a little Monday humor sometimes!

Be happy today! Even if you woke up feeling stressed, tired, worried…try to change your perception and be happy. Some days I wake up feeling cranky, but need to remind myself of how great it is to be waking up, and have another day.

I saw this quote somewhere, and now of course can’t find it, but it was basically about this guy who would circle one day each month in his calendar, and right “Best day ever” on it. When that day came, he would live the day trying to fulfill “best day ever.” I thought it was cute and clever-a good way to not let life get in the way of being happy, at least once a month.

How did you wake up feeling today?

Do you have off work? What will you do with your free day?

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01-13-2014

Motivational Monday!

Another new week! I’m back at work today after 3 weeks off since I work at a college. As much as I love sleeping however late I want, it’ll be good to have some structure back.

Anyway, I found this motivating quote on one of my favorite runner’s Instagrams (@meretherunner14):

This really resonated with me because sometimes I worry that I’m not doing the same things others my age are doing. I am trying out some things because it is the perfect time for ME to do so. Others may not approve or understand, but I need to remember this quote when I doubt myself.

Don’t write your story according to how others are living their life. You don’t know their situation, if they are happy or not, or what their own goals are. Follow your own dreams and ignore what others may say!

Have you ever pursued something and someone else wasn’t supportive? How did you handle that situation?

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01-06-2014

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! It’s pretty gross where I am at (rain, will turn to ice later and a high of 5). How about where you are?

I have been seeing so many people on Instagram getting after their goals despite bad weather. Whether that’s running outside, or going to the gym, you inspire me! Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to take a hiatus from your goals. It’s cold outside, but I love all of you who don’t let that stop you.

I also applaud those who are working out in their own homes. Maybe you don’t have a gym membership, or just don’t feel like driving in the freezing weather, but you are still dedicated enough to get it done. That’s what I’m about to do actually…a quick HIIT workout in my living room :)

How have you been staying healthy this winter? What’s your favorite way to exercise?

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10-28-2013

Motivational Monday!

October is over already…my friend and I were talking about New Year’s dresses the other day…where is time going??? I don’t want it to be 2014!

Anyway, last week, I found this quote on Instagram on a fellow runner’s account (@blonde_bun_runner). I totally could relate:

This can relate to anyone. How often do you get caught up with worrying and stressing out? We don’t even realize how much we worry sometimes. I saw this and immediately related it to my marathon training. I haven’t had the best last 3 weeks of running and I’m really nervous. Then I saw this and thought, I’m running a marathon. I have the ability to RUN, period. I have an able body, and 2 legs that will take me through 26.2 miles (hopefully). Time doesn’t matter. I should be thankful for the opportunity…because there are many people out there who wish they could walk or run. Something I need to remember whenever I start worrying this week…

What are you currently worrying about? How will you change your point of view on this and instead of thankful? Tell me in the comments!

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08-15-2013

Total Body Burn!

Here’s a new workout for you…you can do it at home, or you can add weight if you want to make it tougher. Strength and cardio combined, with some abs as a finisher. Remember to always do a warm-up before starting a workout.

Let me know if you try it out!

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07-01-2013

Motivational Monday!

It’s crazy raining here in NJ currently! I actually ran this morning, and it’s a good thing I didn’t leave later because otherwise I would have been caught in a thunderstorm. I will recap on that run later today.

Here’s a quote I found that I absolutely love:

It’s just cute and inspirational at the same time. I was “bold” today by actually getting up at 7 when my alarm went off to go for a run. I technically could have slept until 9:30 because I don’t have work until 11, and I almost stayed in bed but I dragged myself out and went for an easy 3 miler which felt great!

PS- In case you missed it, last week I did a roundup on my favorite healthy recipes…check it out!

What kind of “motivational quotes” inspire you or speak to you? Do you like just text or an image too? I’m a fan of both!

 

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06-17-2013

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! New week…new opportunity to get after your goals.

I mentioned in my marathon training post that I will be doing a new training plan…and I’m terrified! No, seriously, as I was reading about this plan, I had a knot in my stomach of nervousness. But I knew it was the right thing to try…so now I’m scared…and excited at the same time.

I found this quote and really found it relevant:

il_fullxfull.249645986Whatever it is your pursuing this week, it may scare you, but it’s worth it in the end. My goals will be lifting 3x this week, running 2-3x, and eating healthy all week AND into the weekend (unlike this past weekend). But still nothing has scared me more than starting this new marathon training plan in 2 weeks. Will I be able to do it? Will I finish NYC Marathon in under 5 hours, which was my original goal in 2011 before everything went wrong? Will I get sick of running along the way? I hope not…

What scares you currently? How are you “saddling up?”

 

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