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 dictionary.com:
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?
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!
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!
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.
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. 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.
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.
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!
In other news, I think I am overtraining!
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*
*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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