I think I had a motivation epiphany this weekend. It started with a bunch of great workouts. There was a Crossfit abs workout on Friday. It wasn’t very hard but it hurt to laugh for 2 days afterwards, so I’m thinking it did its job.
Saturday morning, I stuck to my first goal and actually ran!
I did 10 miles with my group and it felt really good. We took several walk breaks so I’m pretty much loving my pace. Especially since this was my first big run in 2 months.
It was so good to see everyone again. I mean, it instantly put me in a better mood. We ran an extremely pretty trail in Lake Mary that I’ve never run before, so I was annoyed I didn’t bring my phone so I could take a few pictures. I got to run with my pace twin, Brad, and we talked races, running, and getting fat on vacation. It was good times. The best part? One of our pace leaders kept asking random runners not in our group if they “would like our fluids.” Definitely not embarrassing.
After the run, hubs and I went to Crossfit. We did 4 sets of:
- 50 jump ropes
- 25 Wall balls (14lb ball for me)
- 25 Slam balls (15lb ball)
That took me 25 minutes and was a serious cardio workout. Ass = kicked. Everything hurt on Sunday but I still managed to go to a really hard spin class anyway because I’m a glutton for punishment.
So about that motivation epiphany. I think it has partly to do with my run and seeing my running friends and partly to do with a 4-part HBO documentary series that hubs and I started watching called Weight of the Nation. ( <—- that’s the trailer) It’s available free online. (We don’t have HBO.)
Weight of the Nation focuses on the obesity epidemic. I’m not going to get preachy on you. That’s not my thing. But I wanted to share the few things that stood out to me and turned around my crap-ass mind set lately on my fitness, eating, and goal setting.
1. When you make a goal, instead of telling yourself “I would like to lose 10lbs,” tell yourself “I will lose 10lbs.” So basically, put yourself in the mind-set for success. It’s such a simple thing but it’s true. You can’t make a change without knowing you’ll succeed.
2. The documentary showed an autopsied heart of someone who was of normal weight and one of someone who was obese. The heart of the obese person literally looked like it had 2 melted pieces of cheese covering it. It was a layer of ALL fat. It was disgusting and appalling and just another reason why physical activity so important.
3. If you have 2 women of the same height and weight, and one of those women was that size all her life and the other woman got that way by losing weight, the woman who lost weight will have to consume 20% less calories to maintain the same weight as the woman who was that way her whole life.
I wish they went more into the explanation of why that’s true, but it makes sense since it’s easy to take weight off but it’s a bitch to keep it off. It made me sad too because I’m in that weight loss category. I guess it just reenforces the fact that having healthy eating habits is a lifestyle change and not a diet.
Hubs and I have only watched the first 2 parts so far but it really does get you thinking. Check it out if you need some motivation to get back to your goals. I don’t normally find motivation in these types of documentaries. I mean, Super Size Me made me want to eat more nuggets. But this one has clicked with me so far and I’m looking forward to watching the next two parts.