Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What Is Your Workout Motivation? Plus, I Have A Question!

First things first, I hate exercising (before and during). But then afterwards, I'm like AMERICA... F YEA. I feel super legit... you know what I'm talking about? Well, because of the birth control that I've been on plus the other fertility medications here and there, my body isn't what is used to be. I am constantly hungry. I have zero to little control over the stomach growls in my belly. Anyways, I feel okay in my own skin, but I know the "right" thing to do is to lose weight. So, I was wondering how you find your motivation to workout continually? Eating 100% healthy isn't something that I'm ready to take on. After all, donuts are my favorite food. I would much rather work out for 13408 hours per day than give up an occasional donut or two. 

Le husband bought me new shoes this weekend. They are real pretty. Is this what motivation looks like?
Or what about a nice little inspirational quote?
Perhaps it's a picture of a stinking pretty body?
Maybe it's the perfect jam?
Orrrrr maybe it's pressure?
Here's the thing. I am not a foodie blogger, and that's why I never really write about what I eat. I don't necessarily eat the healthiest (unless you consider beans, rice, and a sweet treat healthy)... so right now I should primarily focus on exercise instead of eating clean. 

Also, serious question for my workout friends. I don't want to grow muscles or look physically defined... I just want to overall lose weight and tone up. Is cardio the best suggestion? I'm a walker (not the Walking Dead kind), and enjoy a good treadmill sesh. Is this even worth my while?

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  1. Doing intervals will really boost your metabolism. Since you say that you like the treadmill, I'd suggest using it. Maybe start and do the couch to 5K program (even though you aren't wanting to run a race---it's great interval training).
    Also, about growing muscles. Lifting weights rarely leads to women looking bulky, unless they eat for it. If you continue to eat the way you're eating, 9 times out of 9 times you're not going to look like a body builder--promise! BUT if you don't enjoy lifting, definitely stick with cardio.

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  2. Funny because I JUST read a post about motivating yourself to workout! :) I'm not perfect at working out for sure...I go weeks without it :-/ but normally how I feel is what motivates me. I start to feel crappy when I don't. I will say though...I am such a believer that you can't work off a bad diet...and that's not me judging...I just had pizza! But I think eating healthier can actually do more than working out a lot.

    ALSO...I haven't made it to the gym lately so I've been doing at home workouts like the ones that Tiffany at A Touch of Grace has posted about or a DVD.

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  3. I definitely say go with cardio! If you don't like running, walk at an incline. Find out what your target heart rate should be and try to keep it there for at least 20 mins. I will say though, if you do this and don't change what you eat at all, you probably won't see many changes because the food you are eating will just undo everything you just did at the gym. I'm like you and just won't ever be able to eat 100% healthy, but on days I work out, I at least watch more what I eat. My motivation for working out is having babies!! :) I want my body as healthy as I can get it before we decide to start trying for a baby. Let me know if you have any questions or want some more tips!!

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  4. Shoes are a great motivating factor.

    I would say you would want to mix weights [light ones] with cardio for the best effect. Try tempo walks [30 seconds fast, 30 seconds easy ] and then do some push ups, squats and abs too. Let me know if you have any more questions.

    And yes, to second what Sarah says, to really see a change you'll need to do some tweaks to the diet. Just try pretzels instead of chips and then carrots and hummus instead of pretzels. And LOTS OF WATER!

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  5. This made me laugh :) I am a pretty avid runner and I love yoga/pilates/barre, but I have days when I don't feel like it either. For me, remembering how I feel after a workout is amazing motivation. I picture of stormy my mind & body feels and how cleansing it feels to sweat it all out lol (gross, I know).
    When I'm really lazy, I go to the treadmil so I can watch tv. Otherwise, I think time passes more quickly outside.
    Intervals are the best for boosting metabolism and building endurance. I also love the 8 minute ab video on you tube and some quick push ups to get a little strength training in.
    Good luck!!

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  6. The best advice I can give as far as working out and losing weight is to try a multitude of different things and find something that you like best. Everyone will say eat clean, do weights with some light cardio, and yes that is the obvious best way to get in shape and lose weight. But I'm just like you, I know I will never eat 100% healthy. I love food, and the not so healthy kind. But small changes make a big difference. Like drinking only water or green tea. Smaller portions made a big difference for me, that's how I lost 20lbs before your wedding actually. ;) Try downloaded My Fitness Pal. That's what I just started using consistently this past week. It gives me a calorie intake goal for the day, and I can add any workouts to it also. So that way if I want to eat out, or have what I want, I can put that in there, and know that my next meal I should make a better decision to stay within my goal for the day. Also I have personally enjoyed the at home work out DVDs much more than going to the gym. At the gym I feel sort of lost, and also that people are judging me haha so I can feel silly and dumb in the privacy of my home.

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    1. Yea that's so true... I like the privacy... that way no one can see how goofy I look! I am going to try out a few different things and see what sticks :)

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  7. Oh girl, I hear ya! I could never "eat clean" lol! I love pasta, bread, & sweets wayyy too much ;-) If it weren't for running or a treadmill I wouldn't ever step foot in a gym :-D I agree, finding motivation is hard but you're right you don't have to give up foods that you love. Do you like to dance? Zumba is really fun. I actually sometimes find a Zumba-like video on YouTube, set it up on my iPad, & just play it on repeat for for 20-30 minutes in my bedroom. I'll share one with you on Facebook. Run 3 minutes, walk 1-2 minutes on the treadmill is a great way to build endurance & keep your heart rate up (which is what burns the most cals) Get it girl!

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  8. Honestly, I am most motivated by future pregnancy. I know that sounds silly, but I always hear women rave about how much better they feel during a pregnancy when they are able to workout and I've heard that recovery is much smoother as well. It isn't recommended (or so I've been told) to start a new workout regimen when you find out you're pregnant unless your body is conditioned to it prior to the pregnancy, so I want to make sure that it's something I'm already doing when that time comes. :)

    Jaelan is right; interval training is going to give you better results than any steady-state cardio. I'm no certified trainer, but there are a lot of credible websites to confirm as much. Alternate power walking with light jogging (30 seconds jogging, one minute walking, for example) for a total of thirty minutes. You can increase times for each, but the fluctuation in your heart rate is key for calorie burning!

    When it comes to healthy eating, I'm terrible with consistency. However, a few small changes will make a bigger difference than you might think. Ground turkey over ground beef, brown rice over white rice, etc. I'm also a big Starbucks addict and I found that making my own flavored coffee at home, sweetened with truvia and then poured over ice was a much healthier option!

    (I'm totally a donut girl, too!)

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    1. That makes so much sense. I didn't even think about fluctuating my heart rate, but I will totally be doing that. I did a Jillian Michaels DVD yesterday and it was totally changing my heart rate with every new activity! Thanks for your comment!

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  9. You just have to find something you like. You can look at all the pictures and quotes you want, but unless you WANT to work out, you'll never truly have that motivation. Spend the extra money on a class or boutique gym. It's more fun & you can't put a price on health. I started doing circuit training at a boxing gym and I still haven't skipped a workout because I "didn't feel like it". It's truly the only thing that has worked.Also, signing up for a race you NEED to train for (something bigger than a 5k sometimes) will get you up off the couch for fear of dying come race day :) Good luck! We are here for you!

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  10. Whenever I have a vacation or weekend away on the calendar I am motivated!! HAHA, because I know I want to binge eat on all the good foods while I am away I can't really afford to be up too many pounds just to gain more!!

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  11. Pure Barre helped me get in shape for my wedding. I can't say enough good things about it (although it is pricey). Also, once you get into the routine of working out, it gets easier. I had to all but give up working out due to summer school and can't wait to get back to it.

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  12. Everyone is different, but what worked for me? Finding something I loved and eating healthier. I went from hating workouts to now being ridiculously excited 3-4 times a week when it's time to meet with our trainer. I love bootcamp classes too. My husband now feels the same! I will never give up bad food, I enjoy it way too much. For me, I pretty much follow the 80/20 rule. Not on purpose, it's just what I do. During the week at work and at home I eat pretty well, a splurge here and there. On the weekend we eat out once or twice, I eat what I want. Cardio is going to best for weight loss, interval training is great. I fell in love with bootcamp because it was a good mix of cardio and weights, I wanted to be pushed and to tone up. You will only bulk up if you're specifically trying to. I have lost 45lbs and my body changed the most when I started adding weights to my workout. Just little workouts using 5-10 lb weights. If you ever have any questions at all, email me. I'm not an expert but I've been through it :)

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    1. Oh, and those shoes, amazing! I love them :)

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  13. HIIT and cardio, and lifting weights won't bulk you up, but will help you decrease fat. cardio will help you shed pounds, but you will look skinnier if you have some tone and definition.

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  14. Intervals and weights will get you in shape. Actually, anything more than you do currently will help get you in shape (NOT a criticism but personal experience talking!). Right now your focus does NOT need to be so much on losing weight, but on being in good physical fitness so you 1) have a healthy vessel for a little babe, and 2) can keep it up once you're pregnant :)

    My #1 tip over anything else - find something you enjoy (or at least don't DREAD) and be consistent!

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  15. LOVE the shoes! For me, it's about attitude. I don't wake up and say, "Oh, boo! I *have* to workout today." It's, "HELL YES I GET TO WORK OUT TODAY!" (All caps necessary.) Finding something you enjoy, like others have mentioned helps make this attitude shift. And as much as I hate to say it (and need to take my own advice to lose the last of my baby weight!), if you want to lose weight, 80% of it is diet. Because running for 2 hours (yes, that's a half-marathon distance) wont burn enough calories to nullify a cheeseburger from Ruby Tuesday. It's sadly true! Just do what you can, find an activity you enjoy, and know you're beautiful the way you are :)

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    1. You are so sweet, Paige!!! Thanks for your encouragement and inspiration!

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  16. They say it takes 20 times to make something a habit. I just need to get to the 20 times! ;) I've been walking, usually 2 miles a few times a week. I would love to get to the point that I do it every single day; it just hasn't happened yet. Just keep trying different things until you find something that you don't hate doing! :)

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  17. And then there's me over here going "pick up the weights"..... I loath running and I only do it about 2x's a week maybe 1.5 to 2 miles at a time. Interval training is going to be a good start. if you're going to use a treadmill do some HITs high intensity training, the incline and speed will be your friend and trust me you don't have to run to bust a sweat. You will not, I repeat will not get bulky if you add in some weight training and the magical thing about building muscle is it burns fat. If possible look to make small changes in your diet when and where possible, you will notice a difference quicker by making food changes in addition to finding a fitness program you like.

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  18. I hear treadmill dancing is a new thing...

    http://static2.businessinsider.com/~~/f?id=51895f72eab8ea4633000027

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    1. Interesting. Glad you mentioned that as an option. Are you going to make fun of me if I do it?

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  19. I feel your pain lady! I've been horrible at getting motivated lately. When I was more motivated to get toned for our wedding, I did the Jillian Michaels DVDs. They were only about 20 minutes long, but really effective because you're doing a mix of cardio with strength training (aka toning)! Good luck and let me know if you see my motivation anywhere while you're exercising :)

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