After a Memorial Day Weekend full of hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, chips (sour cream & onion ridges… mmmm) and cookies, I woke up this morning at 7:15 with the mindset of kicking it really hard at the gym. The only thing was, I felt super groggy and kind of sick with an itchy throat. The cause of said shitty feeling? My allergies. Why, why, why won’t they go away? I made my ceremonial cup of coffee none the less, and sat down to watch today’s bodyrock routine.
As I watched the hosts sweat their asses off, I thought to myself, “Eh, that looks kinda hard, maybe I won’t workout today.” And then I immediately talked myself off the ledge. Don’t do it Mel!!!
I know myself by now, and there are two key things I need to keep in mind when trying to maximize my health & fitness:
1. Focus on an upcoming event I want to be in shape for. For me, it’s not just enough to want to be in shape. I’ll go to them gym 3x a week with that goal in mind, and eat okay, but I won’t be at my best. I need to be driven by the thought of how I want to feel at an exact future event. For example, last year I went on a cruise with my family, and that was a great motivator for me to say no to cookies–or really, just eat less cookies . So this morning I focused on Bonnaroo. Dave and I are going to that 3 day music festival in only a week, and I plan on being a hippie in my shorts & bikini top the whole time.
2. Implement the 5 minute rule when working out. Like I mentioned earlier, I was very close to calling it quits this morning. But the 5 minute rule says this: get into your workout routine anyway, and give it 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, your heartrate will be up a bit, and the “feel good” feeling will start to kick in. If it doesn’t, and you still feel like this is not a good day to workout, then by all means, save it for tomorrow. Today I did just that–jumped on the treadmill for a warmup and after only 3 minutes starting feeling good. I ended up seeing my workout through to completion. Yeya.
Here’s my 12 minute workout for today, with reps included under each exercise:
After the workout, I made a nice healthy egg scramble. Cookies be damned.
- 2 eggs
- ~ 1.5 cups of chopped kale
- 6 grape tomatoes, halfed
- 2 mini yellow peppers, sliced
- lil bit of sliced yellow onion
- salt, pep, oregano
I’m lovin’ these little peppers lately. Not sure if it’s because they taste good, because their colorful, or because they’re really, really, cute:
How do you keep yourself motivated to workout and eat healthy?