Category Archive : motivation

Motivation Monday Shocker: Exercising Feels Good!

Prepare to be shocked.

Exercise makes you feel good!

One of the side effects of my new drugs are headaches. Piercing, mind numbing, bang your head against the wall headaches. Over the weekend, I took a couple days off from running as I was absolutely knocked down by these headaches. Last night I rebelled against them and jumped on the treadmill. It hurt, but I gritted my teeth through the first 10 minutes and low and behold… my headache started to ease. Sure, it may be a coincidence, but it seemed to work. Even if it is a fluke, it sure makes a good excuse to get some exercise in!

Despite my stagnant weight loss, I am PROUD of how much exercise I have been able to do over the past month. Running has helped me ward off illness, build muscle, build endurance (I’m about to start week 5 of Couch to 5K and finding it to be pretty cake), reduce stress and overall feel better. I’ll be picking up my copy of LifeTime Fitness At Home on Wednesday (perfect timing before Thanksgiving!) which features four workouts and nutritional content based on our in-club classes and Healthy Way of Life philosophy. While I am of course enjoying my running program, I would also like to shake it up on off days with these workouts.

I always tend to fall apart in my healthy journey around the holidays. Too much temptation. Too many parties. Too busy to workout. I always throw in the towel and just vow to re-start in the new year.

Not this year.

This is the year the I fight temptation. This is the year I continue to workout instead of quitting.

Are you going to stick to your plan over the holidays or throw in the towel? 

Motivation Monday: The Gym Daycare

Not sure where this cute kid’s center is but it is not at my club! 

For 3 years I have avoided the child center at the gym. Many of my mom friends both on and offline have mentioned their kiddos becoming sick after spending time in the gym’s child center and it always freaked me out. I mean, he gets enough germs going to his regular daycare and now I want to shove him into more? I don’t think so. Not to mention, the poor kid is in daycare 9 hours a a day Monday through Friday. The guilt of putting him into yet another one was too much to bear.

Until a week ago.

One of the other daycare moms sent me a note on Facebook asking if I would be interested in bringing Jackson to the child care at the gym to play with his best bud. They were recently split up into different rooms at daycare and I know they miss playing with each other terribly, so how could I say no? I figured after 3 years, what could happen!

I’ll tell you what happened. Strep happened.

Of course I cannot 100% confirm that he picked it up from the child care center at the gym, but there have been no reports of strep at his regular daycare- they ALWAYS post these illness outbreak announcements on the door as if a warning to say, “Guess what? You’ll have to stay home with your sick kid soon!” He hasn’t been anywhere or around anyone else who has been exposed so I could only make the assumption that he got it from the gym.

Being our first time with him having strep, I can definitely say I am not a fan. Poor kiddo had a fever of 102-103, couldn’t (and didn’t want to) eat anything and he wanted to snuggle. All day. Okay, okay… I’ll confess, the snuggling part was wonderful. It is the part that all moms love. Even though he was insanely miserable, he was snuggled up on my lap in the recliner, his little arms around my neck. I felt needed. With a preschooler, I feel like I spend more time disciplining and teaching and get very little time for snuggling. I soaked up every second of it because I’m sure tonight, he will tell me he wants to sit by himself in HIS chair.

He is feeling better but he is still home today with his daddy having what is I’m sure a grand time. When I called to check in, daddy was teaching the kid how to play the Wii. Yikes. What was I thinking leaving them home together?? I’m kidding of course. My husband is wonderful with him. Frankly, as I sit here working my ass off all day, I find myself being insanely jealous of their skip day.

With that said, will I bring him back to the gym? Maybe to go swimming or when he’s old enough to play on the computers, play outside on the giant playground or use the climbing wall I’ll consider it. Or, until he’s old enough to not care or notice whether or not we spend time together. For now, it is more important for me to spend my time WITH him considering we only get a couple of hours together a night. Yes, that means I will have challenges finding the time for a workout, but that is my issue. Not my kid’s.

My goal this week is to find the time to get my workouts in despite the whole lack of hours in the day thing. What is your goal this week?

You’re The Boss Of You

I love today’s WeightWatchers meeting topic:

You’re The Boss of You: It’s your weight-loss journey- take control. 

I’ve had myself a pretty good pity party the last couple of weeks. I have known all along that post surgery, I might run into some weight loss barriers. Specifically, being on hormone therapy. Say it with me: bloating, water weight and by far the worst? The hunger. I haven’t felt hunger like this since I was pregnant (and yes I am aware of all the irony in the fact that my hormone therapy masks pregnancy symptoms even though I can’t get pregnant ever again. Ha ha. Funny joke.).

I needed the kick in the ass I got from my meeting today, confronting my barriers head on. REMINDING myself why I started in the first place.

I realize that my body has and will go through some changes. Let me tell you… this whole hunger thing? Like a bottomless, empty feeling. No matter how much I eat, I still feel as though I’m starving. It is the strangest thing ever. I’m trying to stay on plan choosing fruits and vegetables but I get so hungry and desperate, I just about grab anything that happens to be right there. I have no idea how to make that stop, so I’ve decided this week on plan, I am going to focus on some heavy duty protein. Eggs. Lean meats. Weirdly, the only thing that fills the emptiness in my stomach is Diet Coke.

Another thing I need to start doing is working out. I’ve struggled post-op. While my pain has decreased to next to nothing, the hormonal portion of recovery is doing a number on me. Cramps. Headaches. You name it, I’ve got it. I’d love to power through it, but when you have already been out of the loop, it is hard to get started up again when you feel great let alone crappy. TODAY is a new day though. I need to let go of my running ambition until the spring. It is starting to get dark out too early, the kid has had a horrific time going to bed at night and I am not a fan of the treadmill at this time. I need to be re-inspired. I’m thinking it is time to restart the EA Sports 9 week challenge on the Kinect. Something different and fun and will help build up my strength and endurance.

A point that hit home with me in my WW meeting today:
The Opportunity: It’s hard to stop the cycle of thoughts like “I never” and “I can’t.”
OWN IT: Spin the negative self talk into a positive. Instead of saying “I never” say “I WILL”

I’m going to power through this rough patch. I’m not going to let it be an excuse to fail.