Today was one of those days that I had a long list of things I wanted to do before a certain time, and it just didn’t happen. I ended up messing around with my blog longer than I had planned this morning (like my new background? 😉 ) and that meant I didn’t get the other ten things I wanted to do finished. Noon rolled around, and I still hadn’t done my workout, but I was starving. I usually always try to fit in my workout before lunch, but today it just wasn’t happenin’. So I had a yummy lunch of oatmeal (for some reason I am just really diggin’ oatmeal today) mixed with a ton of fruit, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and some vanilla soymilk. I included a half of banana, half of a peach, and some strawberries to the fruit medley. It hit the spot!
Fruit Medley Oatmeal
1/2 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons sweetener (honey, sugar, brown sugar, Splenda, Truvia)
1/2 cup vanilla soymilk
Slice up bite size pieces of the fruit and place in a bowl with the dry oatmeal. Cook oatmeal with fruit in it according to directions (on stovetop or microwave). Add cinnamon, sweetener, and soymilk and mix all together. Makes 1 serving.
I promised myself after I let my food digest a little that I would make sure I did my workout. So I did some laundry and cleaned the house a bit before deciding that it was time to get my workout on. Except there was a
minor major problem. I had absolutely NO motivation to workout today. I’ve realized that whenever I wait to do my workout until after lunch, my motivation goes out the window. But I promised myself I’d do it, so with a little self talk, I managed to get moving. I found a great strength training circuit workout awhile back that I’d been wanting to try, so I decided on that. On a couple good notes: 1) It ended up being a great workout! A little motivating self-talk goes a long way! 2) I thought that I could turn my lack of motivation today into a great discussion topic for my blog…
A facebook friend of mine recently had on her status, “How do YOU get motivated to exercise?” This really made me ponder this question. What motivates me to exercise? I suppose it’s been a way of life for me. I’ve always been involved in sports and have always been active. I also realized in college that it helped keep my stress and anxiety levels down. And another thing, I love food. I recognized that if I keep my activity levels up, I can still “have my cake and eat it too”. I wouldn’t say I have a slow metabolism, but I’m definitely not one of those “skinny girls”. Never have been, never will be. I’ve accepted it. But I do make it a priority to stay within a weight that is healthy for me. And I believe I do that by eating healthy with the occasional indulgence, along with daily exercise. However, I would say the biggest thing that motivates me to exercise is thinking of how I’ll feel when I’m finished. I love that feeling when you’ve finished a hard workout, your energy is up, and you’re on that “high”. It’s the feeling of doing something good for yourself and your body loving you for it.
People come with all different fitness backgrounds, personalities, interests, and metabolisms, so it makes sense as to why there’d be a variety of responses to this question. Some people just LOVE to run, while others cringe when they even think of running. Others stay active because they have to work harder to stay within their “healthy weight”, whereas others stay active because they simply enjoy it.
So now comes the BIG QUESTION OF THE DAY:
- How do YOU get motivated to exercise? (Discuss away my friends! Don’t hesitate to leave your thoughts in a comment!)
Stay tuned for tomorrow, and I’ll give you some of my own personal tips and suggestions on how to get motivated to exercise! 🙂