Motivation Day 1

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This was so very true…for the last two days actually. So when I saw this when looking for motivation to get in the gym I knew I had to use it for day 1.

That’s right. I’m going to post each day for the next 8 days with a short and sweet motivational picture or quote. I’m hoping they will help someone else as much as I hope they will help me.

In fact because I want to receive this motivation too, I started following my own blog. What?! Can you believe that I wasn’t following my own blog?? I think it’s quite similar to liking your own picture after posting on FB. Of course you like it. Why else would you post it?

With my blog, I read and reread each post before publishing. So I never thought I needed to follow it. But when I decided to start posting these bits of motivation to help with working out. I realized that receiving it via email might help me just a bit more. So there you go. I gained another follower in the process. lol

Upcoming Race

I haven’t done many races this year. I tend to do at least one a year, sometimes more. The most I have done in one year was 9. Wow! That was a busy and expensive year. lol This year I believe I have done two so far but both have been for a friend. Neither of which had I intended to run in or did I register for myself.

Next weekend I will be running in the first race that I have registered in this year.

Run Like a Girl 5k & Lil' Girls Fun Run

If all goes as planned it will be the first of 5 races before the year ends. Let’s just say I have finally gotten motivated. Strangely enough that is exactly why I am writing this post right now. Because I am not feeling motivated at all to go to the gym.

I started off strong last week. I went to the gym last Friday night, went for a lengthy walk, 5.66 miles, with a friend on Saturday and returned to the gym Sunday – Tuesday. However, I have not made it back since. Wednesday there was threat of a storm, Thursday I did not feel well and tonight I am simply being lazy.

Including tomorrow there will be 8 days prior to next weekend’s race. I am going to do my best to go to the gym every day. I love doing races but I also love doing well, for me, at races. I doubt I will ever come in first in my age group. I doubt I will ever beat all of my friends. But if I can do well for myself then I am proud of what I have accomplished. If I do not train for a race and must walk more than run because of it then I become ashamed of myself and it takes part of the fun out of it. You would think this would be motivation enough to get in and stay in the gym.

Stay in the gym. That is the real problem. I love working out. I really do. I feel so good after. I am full of energy. I love the sweat. I love the way my face is flushed after a good work out. I love seeing if I can go longer, faster or lift more. I love just about everything about it….except the getting to the gym part. This is where I need the most help. Once I get there I’m good.

Quite often I will go to the gym and do well. But only for a short period of time. Before long months will go by without me stepping foot in a gym or working out in any way. I would like for fitness to become a regular part of my life. Right now it is so temporary.

I know many of you might be right here with me. You lack the motivation as well. Many others will say just do it. You want to do it so do it.

It is as easy as that and yet at the same time it’s not. Some will know what I mean.

If any of you have any suggestions on how to get in and stay in the gym, I welcome them. I’ll keep you updated on any that I might learn of along the way.

Fingers crossed I will make it in to the gym tomorrow!

WW Week 16 Recap

This week was the first week where I gained. Yes, there was that one time I weighed in and technically my weight had gone up. But remember I had gone to an evening meeting that week and believe it was water weight, etc. Had I weighed in that morning I do not believe the number would have been the same. This week, however, that is not the case. I gained.

It was only a pound. I’m ok with it. It was my low week and the three days leading up to the day I weighed in I made decisions that were maybe not the best. Therefore I know what led to the weight gain and can learn from it.

Thursday:

There had been pizza at work the day before. I didn’t eat any of the pizza because I know that it is high in points and had brought my lunch. So I stayed away. But on Thursday, there were leftovers and I had had a very low point breakfast. Meaning I could afford the points.

I remember thinking to myself. Should I eat this? Probably not. Can I afford to eat this? Yes I can. Am I actually going to eat this pizza? Yes!

And so I did.

Eating the pizza is not necessarily a bad thing. Eating it after I had already eaten the lunch that I brought to work, essentially then eating 2 lunches in the same day, was.

Friday:

Also at work, there is a cafe downstairs. I have certain items off the menu that I feel are perfectly acceptable for me to eat and stay within my daily points should I not bring my lunch that day. Each day though, they will have a special of the day. I tend to stay away from ordering the special because it’s a lot of food and usually not something that would be within my daily points.

I had a few extra points on Friday and felt that I could afford to do so this day. So I ordered the special which was a tenderloin sandwich.

Sandwich meaning bread and tenderloin meaning fried. Yep, it was a lot of points. I estimated 19 points. I only ate the sandwich though. No fries. Unfortunately the sandwich wasn’t as good as I had hoped it to be and probably would have been better off just having fries for lunch. lol

Saturday:

There is a bakery here in town – Fervere Bakery. They have this menu item that people go nuts over called a Cheese Slipper. I had heard about the Cheese Slipper but had never had one. They only serve them on Saturday evenings at 6pm. And only during the summer months. For 2 1/2 years I had known of these delicious pieces of bread and cheese and for 2 1/2 years I had not made the effort to try one.

When I saw on FB Saturday afternoon that there were only two more Saturday’s that the Cheese Slippers would be offered I knew I had to get one. I didn’t want another summer to slip by and have to wait until next year.

BTW this was on my 30 by the 30th list but didn’t do it in July because it’s bread and cheese and I really wanted to get my 25# charm on my birthday. So going last Saturday was kind of two birds one stone. I was able to mark if off my list and I wouldn’t have to wait until next summer. Yay!

These Cheese Slippers are somewhat of an event. The bakery is closed and is only reopened for a short time. People start waiting in line more than an hour prior to the doors opening. I got there exactly one hour prior to 6pm and there were already several people waiting in line. People bring lawn chairs and even adult beverages for while they wait. It really is something.

So what is a Cheese Slipper? It’s Ciabatta bread stuffed with cheese then topped with various ingredients. There are usually 3-4 options to choose from. One is their classic, this is what I got, and is topped with an egg and chives. Last Saturday, they also had Tomato & Basil, Eggplant with Feta and Roasted Poblano with Corn.

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The egg option is always available. The others will change from week to week. It was good. It was huge though! I couldn’t eat all of it. Next time I go, and I will go back, I would like to try one of the other options and I hope that there is someone with me so that maybe we could share.

There is nothing wrong with any of the decisions that I made. I should be able to and can enjoy these food items. I’m human. I can’t deny myself all the time. But eating such foods three days in a row…now that was probably not the best. Quite honestly, it can lead to forming the poor eating habits I am trying so hard to change.

So I know why I gained last week. I ate a lot of bread, cheese and fried food. It will happen though. And it’s only a pound. I feel very confident that I will lose it and more this week.

Also, I have a fitness plan in place for the remainder of August. I have a race Sunday the 27th and need to get in shape for it. Honestly I should have started training for it over a month ago. Two weeks is better than nothing though.

I’ve started lifting weights and running on the treadmill. I plan to lift two days a week on Sundays and on Wednesdays. This will give me a couple days in between for my muscles to recover. I am not sure how many days I will run but am hoping to increase my distance over the next couple of weeks. My plan is each day I am at the gym to either lift or do 30 minutes on the elliptical and to also run on the treadmill. I have started with 1 mile and would like to increase my distance by increments of a 1/2 mile leading up to the day of the race.

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It’s always nice to have a plan but it’s the follow thru that really counts. So far I have done well. Fingers crossed that I continue to do so!

Thief!

Mr. Trixie stole my fudgsicle today!

I couldn’t believe it. He’s never done anything like this before. But he sure has now. In fact he did it 3 times!

The first time I was shocked.

The second time I didn’t think he would do it again.

The third was so that I could get a picture since I didn’t either of the first 2 times. Lol

Crazy cat!