Saturday, May 04, 2013
A few of these are my quotes and statements, but the majority are ones I found on the internet and on SparkPeople's Motivation section. These have all been very encouraging and motivating to me. They remind me to keep trying, keep dreaming, and to never give up on my goals. I find that writing these on sticky notes, index cards, and on mirrors (with dry erase markers) helps me to remember them.
3 Simple Rules In Life
1. If you do not go after what you want, you'll never have it
2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no
3. If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place
-I can't or I won't?
-Can you do it today? Just today?
-Commit to just 10 minutes of exercise a day. It makes such a huge difference both mentally and physically. Plus, on most days, after 10 minutes you'll just want to keep going!
~Celebrate every victory no matter how small.
~Change doesn't happen overnight
~One day at time, one bite at a time, one step at a time
~More energy and confidence, better sleep, get sick less, less doctor bills and prescription bills, wear cuter clothes
~Distract yourself from temptations/cravings
~When you talk to yourself, ALWAYS be positive. Say things like I am ready to, I want to, I would love to, and CUT OUT comments like, I have to, I need to and I have got to. These latter comments make this one more burden you have added to your life.
~Giving up is not an option.
~Pick yourself up, and try, try, try again
~Forgive yourself. It's okay if you aren't perfect. You're human.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
A couple of years ago I started running on a treadmill about 4 days a week. At that time in my life running on a treadmill made sense to me and it worked for a little while. The gym was convenient since it was on my college campus, I could watch TV while working out (I didn't have a TV in my dorm), and I could socialize with friends and classmates. Eventually running in place did get boring and my only motivation became the TV. Luckily I was taking several fitness classes like Martial Arts, Kayaking, Racquetball, Tap Dance, and Aeorbic Walking so I did still exercise during those years.
Now that I've started running again I'm don't feel like a slave to the treadmill. I don't currently have a gym membership, but will get one soon so I can start taking Zumba, Pilates, and swimming classes. The only time I think about getting back on a treadmill now is when the weather is bad. Right now I forego TV time and listen to music when I run and sometimes I just listen to the birds singing around me. I actually enjoy running outside now and its more rewarding than being cooped up in a gym. I love that I can run and actually reach a destination (another street, neighborhood, park...) unlike a treadmill where you run in place and never get anywhere.
Being outdoors is freeing. Its refreshing to feel the sunshine, the cool breeze, see animals, flowers, and neighbors. I've become much more observant now that I run outside. I notice other people around me, pay more attention to cars and can determine which direction their coming from, and I've learned not to stress out every time a dog barks or runs up to me.
I'm excited to start this journey of running and see where it takes me! I'm looking for a 5K race to run in the next few months to get started and I'm looking forward to running the Cooper River Bridge Run next year!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I've finally gotten back in the groove of exercising again. The past month has been a great one for me and I've finally gotten in the habit of exercising! It feels so good to be exercising again!
It took alot of motivation, reading success stories, quotes, and ways to build healthy habits for me to get back on track. I've started to focus on the positive things in life and not dwell on the negative. This has helped me tremendously and instead of getting discouraged I keep on trying.
As soon as I get home from work, I change into my workout clothes, eat a small snack, and exercise. I used to come home, eat dinner, and watch TV. Now I exercise instead of watching TV right away. I really enjoy being able to walk and run outside in the nice cool weather. I brought my phone to listen to the radio, but it was actually more relaxing to listen to the birds and look at nature all around me. I've actually met several other people in my neighborhood who are walking too. After exercising, I feel energized, happier, confident, and more focused. I'm less likely to waste my time with meaningless activities (mostly TV and surfing the internet). I actually spend more time outside, and more time talking with friends and family. Its actually quite refreshing to take a break from technology and relax in nature.
I'm not looking forward to the dog days of summer, but I'm making the most of the nice weather while it lasts. I'm planning to join a gym in the next month, probably the YMCA since they have a pool, treadmill, and offer zumba, pilates, and yoga classes. It'll be nice to have a place to exercise when its raining, humid, or 100 degrees., since its no fun to be outside then.
Below are some of the quotes that inspire and motivate me.
"Remember, nothing changes if nothing changes"
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." ~Aristotle
Whether you think you can or you think you can't...either way, you are right! ~Henry Ford
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar (this one always makes me laugh!)
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