Working Out: The Perks We Forget About

It’s so easy to stay in the negative when we aren’t in the shape we want to be in. We make excuses, we say it’s too hard, we complain of being so tired, depressed, and unenergetic. There’s NO WAY we could possibly committ to a daily workout, especially BEFORE we start our day.

But we forget (and so easily, too) how amazing it does feel to BE active and to STAY active.

People often say “I just ran out of motivation” and believe me, I used to say the same thing. Then I realized that waiting to do something or start something until you WANT to do it is never going to get you anywhere. If I only did things based on when I FELT like it, I’d never go to work, I’d never get out of bed before 9AM, I’d be completely and utterly unaccomplished and bored with myself.

We have to CREATE motivation, strength, and determination. These are outcomes of our own internal assessment and self growth.

Here are some things I started doing lately and the after effects:

  • I started drinking LOTS more water (close to 100 oz a day) and now I WANT to drink more water all the time, in fact, I’m thirstier
  • I started doing 5am cardio and now I go to bed on time WANTING to wake up and workout all over again
  • I started putting fuel into my body instead of sludge to merely keep me alive and now I CRAVE healthier food
  • I stopped drinking alcohol when I was depressed or had a rough day and instead I go on a walk or a run and guess what, I FEEL better
  • I never let myself go more than 2 days without working out, even when I’ve had bad food the same day, and now I find myself craving bad foods less!

I now SLEEP harder, think DEEPER, SEE further, and feel BETTER.

But why is it so easy to forget this when we dive into a plate of nachos Friday night and then somehow don’t come up for air again until Monday morning when we feel defeated, exhausted, and mentally drained from guilt?

We have to keep track of how things make us feel. We have to REMEMBER what makes us feel GOOD, what makes us feel ACCOMPLISHED, and sexy!

Trust me, there are perks to the hard work it takes to lose weight and get your body into shape. This is a continual journey for more than just abs, it keeps your brain active and alert and aids in the complete, all-encompassing joy that is your life.

Don’t give up! You GOT this! Get it!

A look into my early start today….

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8 Reasons to Get Your Head Back in the Game

I’ll be the first to admit that blogging keeps me honest. I’ve taken a little hiatus from my fitness ventures and it’s time to get back in the game. Don’t get wrong, I’ve still been working out, but not as hard, and my diet, hasn’t been as strict. I’m here to motivate myself but motivate you as well. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. But it also has a lot to do with your mindset. I truly believe that if your heart is not in something, you won’t be as successful. So here I am, letting you guys keep me accountable. Let’s look at 8 reasons to get back at it!

  1. You can start getting excited about food in a whole new way! And feel good about it! The fitness train has arrived and more and more people are blogging and talking about fun recipes and ways to still enjoy all the noms. Check out these great make-ahead breakfast ideas! And get yourself on Pinterest!
  2. It’s about time you made ____ _____’s jaw drop. Yes – you’re allowed to be vain. Fitness and health are important to keep our bodies and minds strong for the road ahead but there ain’t NOTHING wrong with rocking a hott body and getting others to notice 😉 My boyfriend gets back in 9 weeks and I am GOING to make his mouth hit the floor. Who do you want to impress?
  3. You’re tired of being…..tired. I’m just tooo tired to workout, I can’t sleep at night, I’m just not motivated. It’s probably because you need to get your butt in gear! Really! The more you move the more you’re going to want to move. Just do it! Today I didn’t want to workout and the minute I started running I was soo happy with myself and now I’m even more pumped for tomorrow!
  4. Because enough yesterdays could have equaled today. Let’s be honest. The longer you put anything off, the longer it’s going to take to get to where you want to be. Stop saying “I’ll start this when…” you don’t need a date or a wedding or Halloween or any event to get you to love your body. Love it now!
  5. You’re uncomfortable. We’ve all been there. Nothing fits the way we want it to. There’s only so many shirts we would actually wear out and shopping for pants or anything form-fitting is a nightmare! Is numerous moments with numerous cheeseburgers worth the feeling you’re having now? Think about the big picture. Think about how you want to FEEL beyond just how you want to look.
  6. You can be a role model. We all have friends we’d like to inspire, maybe you’re a parent and want to lead a good example for your kids, or we want to stay strong with our partner and make sure we both stay on track. Who ever it is, realize that YOUR actions and well-being effect a lot more people than just you. And the people who love and care about you want you to be healthy so you’re around for all the forevers!
  7. This mood has got to go! Feeling just bleh lately? Maybe sad, maybe irritable. I promise you that eating healthy and working out will solve 90 if not 120% of all of that. Take control of your life! You have a lot more say in it than you might have originally thought. Observe your emotions and your body and if you aren’t liking what they have to say, take action!
  8. You want a challenge. The biggest reward for losing weight, achieving fitness goals, getting healthy and creating new habits is that once you start to make progress you feel PROUD! Your confidence soars, everyone notices, you laugh more, and you get to get up every morning knowing you’re a straight up badass!