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Defining Motivation

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Motivation is key. Without it our workouts don't get done. With it, we reach our goals with grace. So how do we get motivated and stay motivated. Everyone is a little different.

Take me for example. In the beginning, my motivation to work is see that number on the scale go down. Now, I don't care so much about that but rather how I feel after I consistently work out. I feel less stressed and have less depression episodes.

Putting that aside, the gym motivates me which is crazy because I need motivation to get to the gym. Right?

Well, I work at a local Y. Members really motivate and inspire me. They come in everyday after work before going home to their families. They give it their all after a hard day of work. Sometimes it is close to 2 hours.

Wait, did I say inspire? What exactly does inspire mean anyhow? People constantly tell me this. Or people say, "If you can do it, maybe I can, too."

But, what does the word inspire actually mean?

According to

inĚspire   [in-spahyuhr]
1. to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
2. to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
3. to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
4. to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
5. to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.

So, basically I motivate others to work out and change their healthy lifestyle? Awesome!

Even friends that do not need to change their lifestyle, apparently I inspire them as well. I wonder to do what... to reach for the stars?

What does inspire or motivate mean to you?

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XRSIZE18 2/20/2012 1:03AM

    This is great. I think my biggest motivation right now is to inspire people to change their lives, too! You've already been voted a SP motivator, so it just goes to show you how much you DO inspire people. Thanks for spreading your spark!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/19/2012 2:02PM

  Hi Savannah........
Great Blog!!! Very well said.......

"What does inspire or motivate mean to me?" When I hear stories like yours, I cannot help but feel inspired and motivated. You are a real person with a real story of how you overcame so much to get to where you are today. YOU inspire and motivate me.


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1CRAZYDOG 2/19/2012 9:07AM

    You said it all beautifully!!!!!! I'm glad to see that you DO motivate and inspire, because, my dear, YOU DO!!! And good for you.

Proud of you and all you've accomplished.

I have to agree with you for sure. Initially the motivation was to see that # on the scale move ever downward. NOW being in maintenance, it is exactly what you say . . . that feeling after putting effort into a workout . . . proud, exhilerated, POOPED, happy and just plain good!


Keep that spark lit.

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/19/2012 12:25AM

    What a great read!

I find inspirational through individuals who show a true and sincere care to influence my thoughts, words and deeds for the better. Even when the blunt truth hurts, it can be a major motivator when presented with kindness. This may be done through a powerful writing or by simply being a great role model.

My greatest inspiration and motivation come from the inspired word of God and how God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (with a host of angels and saints), has an active role in my life.

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Bring on the Marathon.. in say 5 months!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I know some people do not believe in God. But, I believe in God. Sometimes He helps us in life but we don't give thanks to him. But, why not?

Anyhow, onto my simple story.

In the last week, I have been struggling with overtraining symptoms. I really want to train for my first full marathon but I was running into obstacles. Literally. When I finally had it all figured out, it gets changed.

That happened today.

I am supposed to co-lead step aerobics. Today, I got pulled out of my step aerobics lab to help assess the freshmen's fitness levels. Granted, not my passion.

But, it solves the issue of training. I can do take some time to rest and than train hard core for my half and full marathons.

In addition to this, I want to say: Happy Valentine's Day.

Before you groan, yes, YOU! I want you to take this special day and do something nice for YOU. How often do you do that? This may mean taking 10 minutes. Or getting a massage. Or getting yourself your flowers.

In fact, that is what I did. I don't need a guy to buy ME flowers. I am special and know it. I will celebrate it with myself. A guy does not deem my value. I do.

Because V-day sometimes brings us down, I decided to buy roses for a couple friends. If no other Valentine's Day tomorrow they will know they ARE special! Today I gave them the flowers and were able to make their day happy. It was a gift for me in itself.

So, in summary, I am back to training and do something nice for YOU! You are special!

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MYLADY4 2/14/2012 10:27PM

    Good for you on realizing that no man can determine your happiness. That was also really nice of you to give friends flowers. I am sure they appreciated it.

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KKINNEA 2/14/2012 11:58AM

    Nice!! Love it.

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NATPLUMMER 2/14/2012 11:42AM

    Glad it's working out for your marathon training.
You are very special!!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/14/2012 9:44AM

    He does open windows when it seems the doors have been shut!!



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EJOY-EVELYN 2/14/2012 1:18AM

    So glad to hear things are coming together and that your faith and joy for your active role in life can truly make a difference. While we can appreciate others in our lives, I agree that being dependent on them for our joy is not a requirement, but a bonus and blessing when an element of joy is enjoyed. Happy Valentine's Day, dear! I already strive to take at least 15 minutes out of my day to do something uplifting just for me. WooHoo!

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TYKXBOY 2/14/2012 12:58AM

    Things happens for a reason. Good luck with your training. You'll do great.

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/14/2012 12:38AM

    Hurray for the solution to the overtraining, even if it's not doing something that is your favorite! Happy Valentine's Day to you, too; I'm glad you are doing something that brings joy to you. You deserve joy, because you bring it to others.


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Get Lucky HM Training Bump

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I really do have some of the best Y members at my work. Let me tell you about one of them.

He is mid-50s and has a girl friend in Ohio. In fact, he is all sad that they haven't been able to Skype. Honestly, it's kinda cute. Especially since he's like 'I don't care.' Yeah, right. That is why you are grumpy about it, lol. Anyhow, nearly every time he comes in we talk about his girlfriend, and running. In fact, last spring when I was training for my first half marathon he gave me advice nearly every week. It was nice to talk out my anxieties.

Well, I have a half marathon coming up. It is on March 17th, St. Patrick's Day. That is about a month. I am nervous. Last week, my longest run was 6 miles. And, than I had to take a week due to overtraining. So, I have enough time to train for it.

Anyhow, I didn't notice I was nervous and anxious about it until this member asked about it. He calmed me with reminding me that I could always walk. Yes, yes, I could.

I am trying to remember my last half marathon. I walked more than I wanted to and my time was 3:05. I can do this. Also, during my training last time, I had to have a break about this time so maybe my body needs a mid-point break.

Also, I am back up to 161.8 from 160.4 yesterday. This morning I told my scale "You lie." I literally said it out loud and put away. Considering about putting it away for my training. That means no scale until June 16th. Not sure if I can do that!

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KKINNEA 2/14/2012 12:14PM

    I think it's smart to ditch the scale in this case.

What pace are you looking to hold for Get Lucky? My marathon LSD training pace (until I go to training class this week and get told differently :]) is 11:45 mins/mile. If you want to hold around that, let's definitely plan to get together and run together - I'll be happy to pace you!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/13/2012 6:03PM

  Hi Savannah........
You are at a stage in your fitness and training now, that you know how to listen to your body. You will know what to do to make sure it is working in a healthy way.
You are also building muscle which weighs more.......I would hide the scale until you are finished with the marathon.
Take care.

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/12/2012 10:01PM

    I have great confidence that it will all come together because you'll adjust accordingly for just where you need to be. Hope you can find some joy along the way to that "eye on the prize."

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SEAJESS 2/12/2012 5:31PM

    Hey, girlfriend, I KNOW you can do it if you keep your eyes on the prize ~ finishing with enjoyment ~ and don't let desire cause you to push yourself beyond sensible limits.

And I would totally support you in putting the scale away. An experienced Spark runner told me it was not realistic to expect to lose weight while training for a (half or) marathon. I have actually gained a few pounds. Other reading I've done on the subject encourages runners to lose weight BEFORE beginning training (just because it's more efficient to be moving a lighter body) but says forget about trying to do that when you're training. You need the nutrition (as well as the sleep) components as much as the miles.

So as long as you are getting the balance and level of nutrients you need, the scale is irrelevant. Why should we look at it if it makes us feel rotten?

For someone on her first go round I sure do have alot of opinions!

Including that you will ROCK your half! (Oh yes you will!)

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NATPLUMMER 2/12/2012 4:24PM

    You'll do great on the half...and yes, you can walk.
I'd banish that scale for a while if I were you.

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MYLADY4 2/12/2012 2:11PM

    Yep, my thought exactly about the 1/2. I can always walk but you can do it.

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LOOOKINGOOD 2/12/2012 2:05PM

    You can do it! Remember how AWESOME that finish line looks, remember that last push of energy to run it in!!! You can do this!!!!!


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1CRAZYDOG 2/12/2012 1:01PM

    Awwww . . . reminds me of when Jason lived in NY and I in IL. There was no skype back then! Telephone calls at least once/day!

As SHERYL says, nothing is written in stone! Go with the flow. If you need to walk, walk!

As for the scale, well . . . you know the drill!


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SHERYLDS 2/12/2012 11:57AM

    Nothing is written in stone.... do what you need to do.

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Updates: Overtraining, weight, PT

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Finally! These legs are feeling better. Yesterday, I stood for my 6-hour shift without my knees or calves hurting. My quads are a bit tinge sore this morning. With some extra sleep this weekend and resting from exercise, I should be able to go back to training with two days of required rest during the week. emoticon

With the recent weight gain, I decided one of my goals this month would be to get under 160 again. Today I weighed in at 160.4. emoticon Yes, I know it isn't under 160 but it's close. From talking to my friend, I realized my maintenance range is 150-160. That is what I want to consistently weigh. When I am over 160, for me, that is when I need to get down to business again.

Like I said earlier, I worked yesterday. During my shift, one of the personal trainers was cold to me. He usually is real chatty. Part of me knew this would happen but it stings that I am right. Basically, my ex-trainer/friend told me that he talked to me to other personal trainers. Apparently, besides the breach of confidentiality he didn't think how this would effect me. I work at the same place as these trainers. It really hurts to receive this level of disrespect for me as a friend and client. Putting my emotions aside, as part of my job members ask me if I would recommend him. How can I recommend him after this?

Because of this, I learned that training is more than just knowing exercises or even results. It's keep confidentiality. It's being a listener. It's someone they can trust. I'm learning I could be a great personal trainer.

Today, I am focusing on legs feeling better, getting my weight back on track, working on internships, and going to work this afternoon. They always cheer me up! In fact, a couple members I have on Facebook asked me when I will be at the Y next. I'm missed! Aww!

P.S. I wish I was better at titles.

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PATRICIAANN46 2/13/2012 5:56PM

  Hi Savannah........
Unfortunately, no matter what job you have, most of the time, you are working with human beings who aren't always professional. You will learn something about what NOT to do from quite a few of them, and along the way will perfect your social skills along with your physical skills in training. It is all a learning experience and it sounds like you are learning a lot at a young age.
I wish you the best in sorting it all out.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/11/2012 9:42PM

    Well, you have gained an important insight into your weight balance! It is great to know where you feel best weightwise.

AS for the breach of confidentiality . . . well, that would upset me too. Can't undo that, but I sure wouldn't be telling anything that I didn't want to be repeated! Hard lesson to learn. **SIGH**

Stay strong!!!


PS. Was gone to IL all day (taxes and visited my folks. The taxes . . . ouch! Had a wonderful visit w/my parents, though!)

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HDHAWK 2/11/2012 2:07PM

    I'm sorry you are being treated this way at work by a "friend". I wouldn't allow him to damage your reputation. You'll make a great trainer because you work so hard at it!

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    You're going to make a great trainer! Wish you were at my Y...I could use a good kick in the butt. :)

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/11/2012 1:00PM

    Any chance he may have referred to circumstances of a client without disclosing the person? I only say this because sometimes, even pastors need a pastor but use hypotheticals in order to not breech confidentialities . . . then again, this is becoming a major reason for the releasing of people from their contract . . . or as Donald Trump would say, "You're fired!"

Sounds like he may have missed the class on ethical behavior. This personal trainer (a colleague of yours, since you are both personal trainers) should understand, whether you chose to remind him or not, that this is unethical. That's a battle you have to decide whether it is worth getting further involved in. This also means being careful how you talk about someone behind their back . . . if it is only to murmur, grumble, and complain, then perhaps little good is served. My best to you in making the decisions that best meets the needs of your working relationships.

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Welcome back, Spark!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Today life went back to normal. It is so nice to have my spark back. Until I had it back, I didn't realize it was gone. During the 3 weeks, I was working with my previous trainer, I gained 6#, if not more. emoticon

I weighed myself yesterday but didn't dare today. I went out to Applebee's late last night and had buffalo wings and fries and dessert! I ended up going to bed with a full tummy. I woke up a bad upset tummy and a rock in it's place. I didn't feel better until noon.

But, I survived.

I guess it's a good thing. It was a good reminder that when I eat like crap, I feel like crap. I ran into a friend today at the gym and mentioned how I have been gaining weight. She mentioned that sometimes we need a vacation from our lifestyle. She has lost a significant amount of weight as well. I think that is what part of this month has been for me. A healthy lifestyle vacation. At some point, like most vacations, you want to go back to how things were. I am ready to clean up again.

In fact, tonight I am going out to eat with a friend. Yesterday he suggested a place that is known for serving healthy food. I jumped on it! He suggested changing it but I insisted we keep the restaurant. I already have picked out what I want. Salmon salad with red pepper vignette! emoticon

In other news, I think I am overtraining! emoticon

My calves have been sore on low activity days. For example, today I taught step aerobics for 30 minutes and biked 10 minutes and did the arc trainer for 5 minutes. My calves are sore as if I had a long run.

I know the solution to overtraining is rest. Okay, great! But, I have physical responsibilities that I have committed to.

Monday: Step aerobics

Tuesday: Run x-amount of miles*, Track and field class, water safety instructor class (we swim), run for life (run 3 miles)

Wednesday: Step aerobics

Thursday: Track and field class, run x-amount of miles*

Friday: Step aerobics

Saturday: Long run*

Sunday: Rest
*means this when I run for marathon training

I cannot drop step aerobics, track and field nor water safety classes. These are all courses I need to graduate. I really do not want to NOT train for the full marathon. I already paid. I cannot switch to a half marathon. It's lottery for entry for that half marathon.

Currently, I am thinking of skipping the run for tomorrow and starting to add in two days of rest, one on Sunday and one on Wednesday, after the most intense days. If I do this, I would be resting in place of cross training.

Another thought is doing the long run mileage on Tuesdays minus 3 miles. I think otherwise I might be doing two long distance days.

Anyhow, that is what's going on with me with the drama behind me!

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ERLYWA 2/11/2012 3:11PM

    Love your quote "When we eat like crap we FEEL like crap." So simple, and yet we all struggle with it!

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LISAINMS 2/9/2012 4:04PM

    I'm starting to become an expert on overtraining it has hit me so many times now. I think the calf soreness may be due to the step class. That's new for you isn't it?

MWF you have a 30 min step class? I think that is fine. And if you knock off the "after" activities it makes for active recovery days from your Tues & Thurs heavy days.
Tues is a problem. You are stuck with your two classes, but those are probably not so intense. Instead of running X-miles plus the other activities, add extra miles after your Run for Life 3 miles to equal whatever X is for the day.
Thurs is ok with the 1 class plus X miles.
Fri- If you are not teaching this class I would consider dropping it and making this a rest day before your long run.
Sun (full rest)

You can pull out of overtraining without full rest, but it takes much longer and you have to make cutbacks to do that. If you aren't experienceing full symptoms, you may just be overreaching (rather than overtraining) and that will clear up with a lighter load within a few weeks. You didn't mention any other symptoms besides the calf soreness so I don't know?

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    you might try not doing other activities on the step aerobics days, even just 15 more minutes could be enough to seriously wear your muscles out. and seriously after 30 minutes of SA do you really NEED more activity? especially with how the rest of your week looks?

Hope you can get it sorted and get your rest days in!

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MYLADY4 2/9/2012 10:42AM

    Sounds like a plan.

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NATPLUMMER 2/9/2012 9:20AM

    Yay for getting your Spark back!!
Try getting the two rest days and see how that goes. Maybe for a couple of weeks anyway to rest your body a little.

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PATRICIAANN46 2/8/2012 9:56PM

  Hi Savannah........
Welcome back..........It sounds like you have everything under control. You DO need to fit those days of rest in though so that you don't injure yourself. And I think you are right about the vacation. I liked what you said about wanting to come back to the way things were.......great analogy. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/8/2012 7:47PM

    She's got her mojo back! YAHOO!!!!! Glad, glad, glad for you. Isn't it weird how you can be de-sparked and not know it til you get RE-sparked!

Well, hope supper tonight is good.

Thanks for the kind mote on my blog. I so appreciate it.

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    Sounds like you have it all under control girl, keep it simple sweetie! Fulfill your responsibilities first, but don't give up on your marathon dreams either. You will find a way to make it work.

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/8/2012 5:28PM

    Glad you found your Spark again! Dr Oz encourages us to shake up our eating once a week . . . last week he called Saturday Cheaterday for a group of people losing weight. After most of them chose to cheat with more or their former comfort foods, he then began to teach them how to cheat a little healthier.

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