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Remember how it feels to be done.

Man, this week has been relentless.  I was still battling the sinus infection and then I got pink eye.  So gross. I thought only 3rd graders got pink eye? Jeez Louise.

I was feeling really run-down (no pun intended, ha) last night, so I decided to sleep in this morning and push my workout to the afternoon. I *though*t that sleeping an extra hour would  help me to wake up refreshed and feeling better.

When the alarm went off at 5, I sluggishly hopped in the shower and began getting ready for work.  It felt SO WEIRD not to run.  It is so funny how acclimated my body has become to running first thing in the morning.  Not moving this morning felt as weird as not showering or not brushing my teeth- it just felt off.  I felt this way all day- like I never quite woke up.

By the time I got home, I was ready to just run my mile and call it quits for the day.  For me, the problem with working out in the afternoon is that I have the entire day to talk myself out of it.

My training schedule had me doing 3 miles today- which is NBDl- but my motivation was just really lacking. It is so funny how the little workouts are the ones that sometimes get to me. As I contemplated blowing off my training run, I thought to myself,

“Remember how it feels to be done.”

3 miles – 27 minutes- and it would feel so good to be DONE- knowing I had a good workout and did not blow it off. I knew that I would regret not completing my run.

So, I laced up my shoes and decided to run fast- shake it out- and have fun.  This, I thought, is what running is all about- a chance to clear my mind and remind myself that I am strong.

I grabbed my Garmin,turned up my tunes, and was out the door- feeling tired strong and determined.

When I stepped out the door, I was greeted by a cool breeze and sunny skies.  Perfect. Smiling, I began.  This was going to be a good run.

Until I started running down the street, into the wind. Seriously, that “little” cool breeze that greeted me when I walked out the door turned into a beastly freezing wall, which was trying to get me to quit. And, it was doing a good job.

Again, I thought- Remember how it feels to be done. Just keep going. Lock and load.  Almost there.  You can do it.  I was channeling all of the motivational catch phrases that I see on signs while running a race. This “positive self-talk” was both motivating and incredibly annoying.

Since I was running an up-and-back, I was convinced that I would be rewarded for my battle with the wind on the way back.  I thought that when I turned around, the wind would be at my back and it would help to propel me forward. With a wind like that pushing me, I could run like a track star.

Until I turned around.

I was still fighting that beastly wind.  How is that possible? I felt like a weird old person who talks about “walking uphill both ways” to school.  How can the wind be against me both ways?

Despite wanting to quit- I pushed against that wind- dreaming of how nice it would be to walk through my front door.

27 minutes later, I opened my front door- sweating, with numb hands, wind-blown hair, and the biggest smile on my face.

I was done- and it felt GOOD.

 

What motivates you to workout?

Would you rather run in the cold, wind, or rain?

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Consistency.

For the past 2 years, I have been in the habit of waking up at 4 am to do my run/workout before work.  It was hard at first, but now it is just “what I do”- part of my routine.  It is so nice to be done my workout for the day before 5 am.  SO NICE.

I would be lying, however, if I said that it was easy to wake up every morning.  Sometimes I am just tired, my bed is so warm, and I am so tempted to push my run off until later in the day. And, sometimes I do.

Today was one of those days where I woke up and was contemplating pushing my run off until this evening.  As I was laying in my bed deciding what I wanted to do, I checked my email and found this quote from Runner’s World:

Consistency requires discipline.  Force yourself out the door.

Thank you, Runner’s World.  This was exactly the kick in the butt that I needed to get up and get my 6 miles in before work.  I am so glad that I did.  Like I wrote on Facebook- it hurt so good.

I have been thinking a lot about the quote from Runner’s World and about being consistent.  What I realize is that my marathon is not just 26.2 miles on June 15th.  No, my marathon will be the sum of all the training runs, short and long.  It is the consistency of my training schedule and the discipline within me that will get me to the starting line.

I lost 30 lbs nearly 11 years ago and have kept it off through diet and exercise.  Yes, consistency is key- but so is discipline.  Here are some of the things that have helped me to stay consistent and disciplined:

  • Track what I eat.  Yes, I write down everything that I consume each day.  Following WW has helped me to develop this habit, and honestly, I don’t even think about it anymore.  It is just something I always do.  This helps me to stay accountable and to make sure that I am not overeating.  That is not to say that I do not mess up- duh, I love to eat and sometimes can’t even remember all of the things I shove in my pie hole during a party or at a restaurant.  However, about 90% of the time, I track.  It helps.
  • Plan ahead.  It helps me to pack my lunch and plan my meals the night before so that I have a general idea of what I am eating and if I want to save my points for a special occasion.  Since I pack my lunch and snacks, I am not tempted to eat fattening food from the school cafeteria or on my way home from work.
  • Plan my workouts and write them in on my calendar.  One of the things that I absolutely love about training for a race is that there is a training plan to follow.  I love having my workouts planned out for me and love crossing them off of my calendar.  Even when I am not training for a race, I will plan my weekly workouts at the beginning of the week. This helps me to stay accountable.  By having it on my calendar- it becomes a priority in my day.  Also, it is more difficult to flake on a workout that is already planned out for me.
  • Work out first thing in the morning.  Once my workout is finished, I do not have the time to talk myself out of doing it.  If something unexpected comes up in the evening, it does not interfere with my workout plan.
  • Prep the night before.  This is key.  My mornings are crazy, and I have to be out the door by 6:30 am.  In order to get everything done I make sure that lunches are packed, my outfit is picked out, and things are picked up before I go to bed.  I lay everything out so that it is ready to go in the morning.  I usually sleep in my workout clothes (shorts and tank top), so that I can literally just roll out of bed and get to gettin!
  • Get back on the horse. I am never perfect.  I mess up.  I sleep in. I overeat. In the past 11 years, I have gained back some of the weight that I lost and have taken breaks from running.  However, when I have set backs, I get back on the horse.  This has been hard for me, but I have learned to accept failure and MOVE ON.  Gained 15 lbs? Ok- get back to WW, track, run, and it will come back off. Seriously, move on.  This has been one of the most valuable lessons.  Yes, consistency requires discipline.

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Last night we had a meeting at church at 6:30, so I knew dinner had to be quick.  I looked in the freezer and saw that we had cooked chicken breasts (score), so I decided to sauté the chicken with peppers and onions and make chicken fajitas.

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Beeker and I had them with salsa and sour cream. I decided to cut my tortilla in quarters so that they took me longer to eat.  I eat so fast that I sometimes don’t realize I am full! Cutting up my food helps me slow down the truck.

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This morning after my run, I refueled with pumpkin oatmeal, coffee, and a giant cup of water.

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Lunch will be my standard crock pot vegetables and greek yogurt. I wonder if I will ever get sick of my mini crock pot? I love it so much.

What helps to get you out the door?

How do you stay consistent with your exercise and diet?

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