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A New Attitude

I already forgot about that race that shall not be mentioned. Amazing what a few days and a lot of beer can do. Thanks, beer.

I’m already formulating a plan for my next race in January. I’d tell you what that plan is but then I won’t follow through because, well, I’m a quitter. That’s why part of this new plan (that I will tell you about) involves an attitude adjustment.

Once my mental state goes downhill, it’s over for me. I can’t get it back. I read all these blog posts about how people tough it out and dig deep during a race, and I wish that was me, but it’s not. This basically means that I’m the least competitive person you’ll ever meet because I give up so easily. I find it really easy to stop caring.

So if you like to beat your friends in races – or in anything really – I’m the girl you want to hang around. I’d be like the old lady that Finnick carried on his back in Catching Fire, except I’d be completely able to walk and 30 years younger.

If I was a dog, I’d be this dog.

So, goal #1: Attitude adjustment

I’ve had several people tell me that I get inside of my head too much when I race. Not sure how I’m going to go about fixing that but I guess I have a month to figure it out. So here’s to not being a poopy pants anymore. Also, here’s to not actually pooping my pants anymore. Why not go for two goals?

I’m already excited about my next race, so I think that helps. Plus, you know my attitude is starting to change when this doesn’t get me down:

stats

Pretty sweet place there.

What do you do to keep up your morale during a race? (If you tell me you repeat mantras, I’m going to delete your comment. haha. Just kidding. Maybe.)

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That Running Thing

Hey, I just remembered this is a running blog. So, let’s talk about that and how I’m not doing it.

First, nothing for Mother’s Day and now you’re rude?

It’s been two months since the “month of races.” Which means it’s been two months since I’ve done any significant running. If you’re new around these parts, I ran 2 marathons, 4 half marathons, a 10k, and a 5k within 5 months. Four of those races were in March, so I guess you can say a little burn out happened and is still happening.

Instead of running, I’m doing a lot of Crossfit, strength training, and spin, which I love. But I used to love running too. The thing is, I think about running all.the.time. And it pisses me off that I don’t want to do it.

During the one or two days a week that I don’t already have a workout planned, I try to psych myself up for running. THIS is going to be the night that I run and it’s going to be awesome and I’m going to love it all over again. But that doesn’t happen.

Tuesday was one of those nights. I went to the gym. I ran 6.2 miles at a 9:37 pace and…nothing. I mean, it felt good to sweat and be active of course but I didn’t love it and usually I do. So I think I need to be more active in getting my mojo back instead of waiting for it to come to me.

I posted a comment on the Fitfluential Running Facebook page to get some ideas and this girl gave me a good suggestion there. So I came up with this plan:

1. I’m going running with my group Saturday morning. I haven’t seen them in a long time and I miss them. I know it’s nothing crazy, but I think seeing my peeps will pep me up.

2. I’m going to sign up for my running group again this summer.

I wasn’t going to sign up this year and I still have no intention of running with them every week (or even every month) but I want the option to be there. I’m not training for anything, so if I don’t run with them much, at least the money is going to my local running store.

3. I’m going to sign up for a local 5k so I have a race to look forward to.

I don’t like 5ks. I don’t like them even more in the summer in Florida. But I do love speed work, so I can get my speed work on for fun and maybe bust out a PR on an actual timed course. I’m over PRing in 5ks that don’t have official timing.

So that’s the plan. We’ll see if it gets me out of my funk.

Yes. It’s over. You can come out now.

 

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Friday Motivation

I was supposed to leave work 40 minutes ago, but it’s storming so hard here in Orlando that there is no way I wouldn’t get soaked just opening the front door. So, I’m doing what I do best – reading entertainment news. That’s when I ran across this.

Looky who lost 40lbs and looks amazing!

Hill, who lost the weight through diet and exercise, started his body transformation earlier this year because he “thought it was important to be healthier,” he told the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s not fun,” he said of his efforts. “I wouldn’t say it’s the most fun endeavor I’ve ever took on in my life — but it’s important. And I’m enjoying it. If I eat something unhealthy now, I kind of feel a little weird and my body hurts.” (source)

Would you have recognized Jonah Hill?

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The Motivation Post

Every now and then, I’ll get a comment from someone about how motivated I am when it comes to working out. But the thing is, I don’t necessarily feel motivated. I just feel like it’s part of my every day life – kinda like my addiction to TV, bad jokes, and thought bubbles.

Basically, I do it because it makes me feel good, so I don’t think about it much – until now. So, here are the things that keep me motivated enough that I don’t have to think about motivation.

1. Scheduling Workouts

At the end of each month, I schedule my workouts for the coming month with my personal trainer. I make sure to schedule them around my marathon training and around any plans I may already have set.

I pay for all the sessions up front, so they are set in stone unless there is some type of unforeseen circumstance. There are times when a scheduled work out rolls around and I don’t want to do it. But that’s why I have a schedule to begin with. So I’m kept accountable and I show up.

Oh, and I don’t view a last minute happy hour as an unforeseen circumstance. I schedule all my social activities that arise later on around my workouts.

2. Working Out with a Friend

There’s a reason I work out with personal trainers. There is NO WAY I would do weight training on my own. I could run all day long by myself, but when it comes to weights, if someone isn’t there making me do it…I won’t.

If you can’t afford a personal trainer, find a friend. They keep you accountable and more likely to stick to your schedule. I used to get frustrated by all the money I put toward personal training each month. But then I discovered it’s a big part of my motivation. It’s for my health and that’s never a bad thing. Plus, this money used to go to dive bars every weekend not so long ago. I’d rather that money go toward improving how I look and feel about myself than to a bunch of drinks that will make me gain weight.

3. Surrounding Yourself with Like-minded People

I like being around other people that are active. Working out with my hubs is 100 times better than working out by myself. Running a race with a friend is so much more fun than running a race without one. And meeting my running group at 5am on Saturday morning to run 15 miles is way better than running 15 miles by myself just so I can sleep in.

People who have the same interests keep you motivated.

4. I’ll Never Forget I Used to Look Like This

I won’t lie. It scares the crap out of me to ever look like this again. Mostly the hair. And that tank top. Oh yeah, the weight too.

Get a crappy picture of yourself and post it on the fridge for some motivation to pass up that late night ice cream. (Psst…Hi Lisa!)

5. Reading Success Stories

One thing I like to do is browse the Health page on MSN. They always have success stories. I love the before and after ones where someone has totally overhauled their life and lost a ton of weight. If that person can lose 100 lbs, I can get my ass off the couch and do something active for 30 minutes a day.

5. Getting Compliments and Seeing Results

When I first joined Weight Watchers and lost 26lbs, I couldn’t believe how many people complimented me. It made me want to keep doing what I was doing. It felt great. Once those compliments start coming in, be it for weight loss, or finally doing your first non-girly push-up, it keeps you going.

6. Keeping a Routine

The more I work out, the more I want to work out. Getting into a workout routine is amazing like that. Even on vacation, I try to plan workouts because I feel so much better when I do.

In the past, when I’ve taken a few weeks off from working out, I have no desire to get back into it. If any of you out there are in a workout rut where you just can’t get back on the wagon, set a workout schedule for 2 weeks. Make sure it’s one that works for you and your current schedule. If you don’t normally get up and work out in the morning, you’re not going to magically start loving it.

Set a schedule for whatever activity you like that you can stick to for two weeks, and after those two weeks, you will feel motivated to do more. It always works for me.

7. Buying Something New

Everyone has bad days. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and think everything in my closet looks terrible on me and I feel like a cow. Some days you eat more than you want to and the scale isn’t where you want it to be. Well, that happens to everyone and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. When those days are at their worst for me, I do my hair like I’m going out on a Friday night – even if I’m staying in the house. Good hair always makes me feel better even if my muffin top is covering my belt that day.

Another thing that helps me is buying a new shirt. Wearing something new always makes me feel better. (Note: This does not work for pants. Get the SHIRT.)  For everyone that says they can’t afford new clothes, there’s a cute $4.99 shirt at Ross waiting for you.

Not that Ross.

8. Getting Off the Couch

Stop sitting on the couch and feeling sorry for yourself. Do something active. It’s not too late. Vacuum, stretch, walk around your neighborhood, go for a run, jog in place, do some jumping jacks, ride a bike, go to spin class, do sit ups during commercials,  see how many lunges you can do in a minute. Do something. If my 73 year old mom can walk around downtown San Diego with me for 8 hours, you can get off the couch.

(Oh, and isn’t my niece adorable? Yep. She is.)

What are your motivation tips?

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