Workout Update & Motivation

I’ve been really upset and depressed lately that I didn’t get to do Ragnar. I know, that sounds so trivial, but being overweight and seeing all my friends on Facebook talk about how they’ve been doing all these races and how they did Ragnar and how much fun it was, has really had me depressed. So, lately, my back has been feeling ok. The herniated disc hasn’t been giving me any pain, etc. So, last night, I really didn’t feel like doing a normal Beachbody workout, so I decided to go down to my apartment gym and try & run/walk on the treadmill.

Treadmill

Well, that lasted about 13 minutes/0.9 miles and then the treadmill BROKE!!! If you look at the picture I took, you can tell the treadmill already has issues and needs to be serviced. The belt isn’t centered, therefore it skips (if that’s the right word to use). But at 0.9 miles, the treadmill just shut down. It was like someone went and unplugged it, but it wasn’t unplugged. So…off I went to the elliptical trainer.

Elliptical

I was able to make it so when I was on the elliptical I was keeping the same pace I was as if I were on the treadmill. I normally am not a fan of the elliptical, but I didn’t really have a choice last night. I was sweating bullets and got a decent workout in. But, the GUESS WHAT? My feet did NOT fall asleep during my workout last night. I ended up going 3.07 miles and my feet didn’t fall asleep AT ALL. You know what that means, right? That means the epidural shot in my back and the physical therapy for my herniated disc are working. Yay!!!! I will take it easy, but I’m going to start running again.

I think I needed this break from running to give myself some perspective. When I tried running earlier this year, it was all about my pace and how fast I was running etc. Last night, I didn’t care how fast I was running or anything. I was just glad to be out there doing it.

While I was on the elliptical, I texted my husband to send me some motivation and here are some of my favorite motivation pictures I got from him:

 

I think my favorite is the giraffe/lion one!

Do you have a favorite motivational poster you’d like to share?

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Words of Motivation

The other day as I was scrolling through Facebook, Active.com had a post about 20 motivational quotes to get you moving.  You can read the entire article here. I love a good quote. So, I thought I’d post some of my favorites from the article and then include a couple of my personal favorites that I’ve found elsewhere.

“A lot of times people look at the negative  side of what they feel they can’t do. I always  look on the positive  side of what I can do.” – Chuck Norris, martial artist & actor

“It’s never too late — never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” – Jane Fonda, fitness personality, fashion model & actress

“Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor, politician & professional bodybuilder

“Don’t say ‘I can’t.’ Say ‘I presently struggle with.'” – Tony Horton, creator of the P90X workout program.

“The body only profits a little from exercising, but the spirit profits a lot.” – Billy Blanks, creator of the Tae Bo fitness system

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement

“If you have a body, you are an athlete.” – Bill Bowerman, former University of Oregon track & field coach

“It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi, legendary professional football coach

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan, six-time NBA Champion

“With drive and a bit of talent, you can move mountains.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, actor & former professional wrestler


Now, here are some of my personal favorites:

“I am stronger than this challenge, and this challenge is making me even stronger.” – Unknown (tattooed on my arm)

“…Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells ‘CAN’T’, but you don’t listen. You just push  harder. And then you hear the voice whisper ‘can’. And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.”

And last but not least…

“You ain’t gonna believe this, but you used to fit right here (taps on the inside of his hand). I’d hold you up to say to your mother, ‘This kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.’ And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you, every day was like a privilege. Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life. Don’t forget to visit your mother.” – Rocky Balboa

Do you have any favorite motivational quotes you’d like to share?

Big Race Coming Up

I think I’ve reached official “Idiot” status. Because of how hectic everything has been at home, I haven’t been consistent with my workouts. I’ve been struggling with motivation as well.

The other day I was chatting on Facebook with one of my friends & she asked if I was doing the Frontrunner 100k at the end of April. I told her I wasn’t in enough shape to do it because of everything going on at home. She said she wasn’t either, but she wanted to sign up for it to give her some motivation. I asked her how much it cost & she said that if I wanted to do it with her, she would pay my registration.

To help with her motivation and to help with my motivation I said let’s do it!!! So, in about 2 months, I’m going to be riding my bike 62 miles!!! It’s been a long time since I’ve rode my bike that far. Last time I rode my bike that far was when I was training for my 1/2 Ironman last year and I rode 60+ miles on my bike trainer in my bedroom. Because I haven’t worked out in a while, I’m going in to this to just have fun. I’m NOT racing it.

I do know that the course is a nice course though. I’ll be riding my bike from Salt Lake City to Ogden along a trail next to the railroad tracks. The course is fairly flat. There are a few hills, but nothing major.

I’m excited, but at the same time I’m wondering what I’ve gotten myself in to. Lol.

Have you ever done a century ride?

In Search of Motivation – 2014 Races

My life has just been crazy busy lately. It’s nice, but on the same hand, I don’t like it. I’ve also been lacking in motivation lately too. Now that I’ve become my own personal trainer, I feel like I don’t have to be held accountable, ya know? So, I’ve been really slacking. Knowing I haven’t had any races to train for hasn’t been helping either.

So, what am I going to do about it? Well, today I signed up for the Utah State Triathlon Championship Half Iron distance race on Sept 13. It isn’t an Ironman sanctioned event, but it is USAT sanctioned. Unfortunately, I can’t afford an actual Ironman this year. I realize the race isn’t until Sept 2014, and training won’t start until May 2014, but hopefully it’ll help me get my butt in gear. It does make me a little nervous though. I’ve searched online for free training plans and I found this training plan that I’m going to use to get ready for the 70.3. It differs from the training plan I had when I had a coach and he trained me for my first 1/2 Ironman. It just…I don’t know…makes me nervous. Have you ever used a free training plan you’ve found online?

I also signed up to be part of a triathlon team too. I am now a member of the Salt Lake Tri Club. They’ve taken a little bit of a break due to the holidays, but after the holidays, they are going to be meeting I think twice a week or once a week or something for group workouts. I’m SUPER excited!!!

I also started Masters Swim too. I went to one Masters swim class on 12/23, but then Christmas came and I haven’t been since. Starting this Monday, I’ll be going to Masters Swim more. At Masters, they have different swimming lanes for different speeds. I automatically put myself in the slow lane. I haven’t been as fast as I used to be because I haven’t been doing weights, etc.,  but about 1/3 of the way through the swim, the lady in the next lane over turned to me and said “You’re not as slow as you think you are…” That helped my motivation a little bit. Hopefully if I keep going, I’ll start to see a little bit of improvement.

What else am I going to do? Well, lately, my drink of choice has been Diet Mt Dew. I know, I know…I need to lay off the soda. Caffeine is my go-to for energy. I struggle sleeping at night, so caffeine helps get me through the day. Well, starting tomorrow…no more soda. I will replace soda with coffee. The boyfriend and I got this nifty little coffee maker that makes 1 cup of coffee at a time. It takes up less counter space too. I’m definitely going to try it out tomorrow.

What else am I going to do? I need to get back in the habit of doing my weights & core workout. I don’t remember the last time I did weights. It’s been a while. I can tell too. Parts of my body are getting flabby again from the weight loss and my skin isn’t as tight and toned. 😦 Gotta change that!

Now that I’ve signed up for 1 race, there’s a kagillion more races I want to sign up for, but my pocketbook won’t let me. Hopefully I can find some extra money to sign up for more races.

What do you do to get motivated? Do you have any races planned for 2014 yet?

What Keeps You Motivated?

I got an email the other day from my cousin asking me for help in motivation with workouts. My cousin said she doesn’t mind working out, but it’s just getting to the gym that makes it tough.

First thing I thought of when she asked about motivation was my friend on Twitter Motivate Your Ass. He’s a rock star athlete. But, his name just says it all, doesn’t it?

When I first started working out and training for triathlons, I know this might sound weird, but what kept me motivated to going to the gym twice a day, 7 days a week was the fact that I paid $40 for the triathlon and I didn’t want to be a failure. To me, $40 is A LOT of money. I wanted to get my monies worth. Plus, once the weight started coming off, the thing that kept me motivated, and still does, is the fear of being fat again.

Even now, there are days I struggle with motivation. There are days I absolutely have ZERO motivation, but know I need to get to the gym. One thing that helps is knowing that I will be a better athlete for going to the gym. I always tell myself the only way I will get better is if I get this workout in. Plus, I know once I get done with the workout, I won’t regret it.

Bad workout

Another thing that motivates me is if I know I’ll see a friend at the gym or if I have someone to workout with. If you can find a workout partner, that helps A LOT. It keeps you accountable. I LOVE knowing I’ll see Nick at the gym or if I have a friend to ride up Emigration Canyon with me. It makes it less overwhelming if you’ve got a buddy with you.

Another tip I could give is find something you enjoy. Whether it is Zumba, step aerobics, weight lifting, running, biking, swimming, jump roping, walking, it doesn’t matter. If you enjoy it, you’ll make time to go to the gym to do the workout. Granted, it’s going to take time still to get to the point where you enjoy it, but it’ll come. Have patience (I know, easier said than done). When I first started working out, I didn’t mind swimming, I didn’t mind biking, but I absolutely DREADED running. It sucked!!! It took me a while until I started seeing significant progress that I started to enjoy it. It probably took me 2 or 3 months to start to enjoy running.

Last but not least, one trick I use to keep me motivated is a reward system. I’m absolutely TERRIBLE at getting up early to get a workout in before work. I like my sleep. One thing that helps me is I have Rob that helps me get up in the morning. His tactic is “you’ll regret it if you don’t get it done in the morning”. Haha! Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. Plus, I know if I get my workout done in the morning, I get to have more of a free evening and don’t have to cram my entire workout in to the evening. I usually use the tactic of if I get all of my swim workouts done in the morning in a week, then I can buy myself a new purse/ice cream/treat on the weekend.

What keeps you motivated?

Bribing Myself

I don’t know what it’s going to take, but I’ve got to figure out a way to get up early to do my swimming on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I usually run on those days too, so if I leave my swimming until the evening, combine that with running and sometimes doing my weights and core workout, I have time for nothing else.

I’ve had people tell me to sleep in my workout clothes or my swim suit and that helps to get you up and out of bed. Not I. My swim suit is just as comfortable as pajamas. Haha!

I’ve had people tell me that just the satisfaction of knowing their workout is done for the day helps them get up early to get it done. Not me. I would rather sleep. Sleep is a precious thing to me.

I don’t really have anybody to go swimming with to keep me accountable, so that doesn’t work either. For instance, Tuesday mornings, I have spinning class at Salt Lake Running Co, taught by my coach. I almost always make it to that class (unless my roommate is parked behind me) because I don’t want to have to text my coach and say “Hey, sorry I’m not going to make it”, you know? If I had something like that for my swimming, I’m sure that would help. But I don’t.

One thing I’ve found that helps a little, so I’m back to trying it is bribing myself. I know that sounds silly, but at this point, I’m willing to try whatever. This week I’ve told myself that if I get all of my swims done in the morning, then this weekend I can go buy myself a new pair of cute shoes for work or a new purse.

Ooooh, I could bribe myself with pie!
Ooooh, I could bribe myself with pie!

So far, it’s working. I got up Monday morning and got my swim in before work. I went to the store Monday night and saw a really cute shirt on clearance for $3 and I almost bought it, but I’m using that as an incentive as well to get my swim workouts done in the morning. I saw some DVD’s I wanted to buy too, but I’m holding that against me too until I get all my swim workouts done in the morning this week.

What does it take for you to get your workouts done in the morning?

Putting Myself Out There

Ever since I started my journey 3 years ago in losing weight and after I competed in my first triathlon and found my passion for it, the only other thing I’ve wanted to do is share my story. So, the first thing I did was start a blog. I originally started my blog on Blogspot, but last year I changed to WordPress.

Anywho, once I started my blog, I didn’t know how else to put myself out there. All I’ve wanted to do is share my story and show people that if I can do it, then they can do it.

Well, last week, I got a surprising message in my Facebook messages. My friend Benny Raskin, who is a bartender at Keys on Main, also does freelance writing in the sports section for the Salt Lake Tribune. Benny messaged me saying that they wanted to write an article about my triathlons and weight loss!!!! My first thought was holy crap, are you serious? So, I gave Benny my phone # and he passed it on to the powers that be.

I thought this would be kind of a long drawn out process, but the next day I got a call from the writer at the newspaper. We met later that night and had coffee and talked. Then, 3 days later, the photographer came out and took pictures. Then 4 days later, my article appeared on their website!!

I’m SO excited that I’m finally getting my story out there. I hope I can inspire people with this article. I hope my story reaches someone who is at the end of their rope and that I can give them that last chance of hope. I’ve already had some friends tell me that I should write a book. I would absolutely LOVE to write a book. My only issue is, I don’t know where to even start!

If you would like to read my article and see the pictures, you can read it here: My Article. Happy reading friends!