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You're Only One Workout Away From a Good Mood

Saturday, March 02, 2013

I had a difficult morning. I don't really care much for weekends. They are very boring and all I do is sit around a crappy house because my boyfriend won't go anywhere or do anything. I like my job and my coworkers so I'm in a rather better mood Mondays through Fridays. I woke up this morning feeling very cranky and down, and moped around all day. And didn't eat so great... as in, a cinnamon roll for breakfast and ice cream for lunch. Nice, huh? emoticon

I've also been getting into this bad habit of not working out if I don't "feel like it". For a really, really long time I always "felt like" working out so if I didn't feel like it, I didn't do it, because it was not often and I thought I was just listening to my body. But lately I have been having trouble getting motivated and for the past few weeks I have had to push myself out the door when I really don't especially want to. And you know what? I am always glad I did!

Today was one of those days... I was sad, I ate poorly, and at 5PM I really just wanted to take a nap, but... I got dressed... I got my Oxygen magazine that I found a workout in... and I opened the door... and I went outside... and I warmed up... and I worked out.

And of course, I do feel better.

It was a pyramid workout switching between pushups and bent-over rows, then squats and deadlifts. So it went like this:

1 pushups, 1 row
2 pushups, 2 rows
3 pushups, 3 rows... until I got to 12 reps of each.

Then the same:

1 squat, 1 deadlift
2 squats, 2 deadlifts
3 squats, 3 deadlifts... until I got to 12 reps of each.

It wasn't the hardest workout I have ever done but I feel much better for it and I got 1450 points on Fitocracy for it emoticon Still not quite sure how the point system works but I've learned that a good workout for me is around 1,000 points, give or take. It's fun just to plug in the workout and see my points, LOL. I feel like a little lab rat pushing a lever for a reward emoticon

There is a sign outside the gym I drive past every day that says "You're only one workout away from a good mood." It's true. Give it a chance, even if you don't "feel like it".

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    Hmmm... I love weekends: even when the boy is busy, away, or whatever, I still end up doing my thing. Of course, I have too many hobbies to fit them all into the weekdays! Were you around here, I'd totally suggest you come climbing with me on Sundays :) 2 hours of climbing and you're starved and elated :)
    1744 days ago
    Hmm I might have to look at Fitocracy.

    I have no workout motivation on weekends.. But I am very active on my weekends cleaning running errands working on wedding crafts. I was soo happy yesterday when my Fiance' suggested a walk.. It was a great break I needed and reminded me to take time for working on on Weekends
    1746 days ago
    Is there NOTHING he will do? Can you convince him to go bowling or ice skating or something? Even dancing in the house?

    Way to stick to it and make yourself workout! You are awesome!
    1747 days ago
    OMG I can completely relate to that today. It was so cold, so gray, so depressing out today...I was supposed to go running but I've been pushing the workouts kind of hard lately and was sooooo tired and with my hypersensitivity to cold I just could NOT work up the nerve to go outside. Even though I'd put on my workout clothes right after breakfast. Even though I had a specific running path already planned out. Even though I had my shoes on and laced. I just felt EXHAUSTED and after hours of fighting it, I just decided to take today as a complete rest day. Not even yoga or anything. I just couldn't face the idea of doing any exercise! There are some hormonal reasons for that at the moment, but still. It made me feel bad. So eventually I at least went out shopping just to get out of the house and get a few groceries and see if I could find a new bedspread at a little shopping mall nearby that I haven't been to...and when I got home, I had convinced myself that I had enough energy to at least get on my stationary bike at a gentle pace. So I did...and I felt better after! So high fives to both of us! :)
    1747 days ago
    It sounds like you turned your crappy day into a good one. Congrats!
    1747 days ago
    Glad you found your mojo!

    My favorite reminder saying is, "I never regret working out, but I always regret NOT working out!"

    Cinnamon rolls and ice cream for your first 2 meals of the day?!?! Really?!?!? What is up with THAT?!?!?
    1748 days ago
    This is true EVERY time for me! In fact, I feel like I get my best workouts in when I really don't want to go and am cranky about it. Congrats!
    1748 days ago
    That is so true. Thank you for sharing the message from the sign. It's a good reminder of how you will feel if you just make yourself get out there and do it!
    1748 days ago
    Very True!! emoticon emoticon
    1748 days ago
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