I spent the weekend haphazardly helping my sister clean out her room and pack up her stuff to send her off to the University of La Verne to finish off her college career. It mostly ended up with me sifting through all baby and family photos and her putting stuff into luggage.
I always enjoy reminiscing about old times, but then again it almost makes me sad because everything is so different now. I’m so happy for her to go off to college. She’s swimming for their team, basically because she is a total bad ass. Girl has abs for days.
Through all the chaos of packing and moving, I didn’t get much time to sit down and evaluate my goals and how I want to go about achieving them. I stated what I wanted to achieve this year and the coming months, but let’s talk about the game plan.
I decided right now for me, I want to be strong. I have a new found love for the gym and weights are my new best friend.
I’ve been researching weight routines and how to involve the right amount of cardio. I’m basically looking into interval and sprint cardio. I’m using Lee Labrada’s 12 week weight challenge as a guideline. It’s great, I print it out, drag my mother to the gym and we pump some iron.
There are many ways to live a healthy life style, its determining what your goals are that decide what type of exercise you should be doing. My main goal is to be strong. Although I was a distance runner and as fun as that was, I really want to be able to hold a one arm handstand on a kettle bell. So, I need to lift some weights. A good friend of mine wants to run a marathon in June, so she’s going to be adding a lot more cardio to her routine. We’re essentially switching places so it’s great we can help each other out.
Something that really helped me with getting started with exercise on the daily again is motivational pictures and sayings all over my room.
A little blurry, but its positive quotes and the all known rockin Gwen Stefani
I printed out a ton of Reasons to be Fit pictures and made collages in my room, bathroom and even pinned them around the house. Every time I read them I am reminded of why I want to be fit, why I want to go for a run and why I want to go lift weights.
I always struggle with the fact that I know I want something, but am always in fear that I will fail so I don’t even try. Well I recognize that. Now that I don’t have a team and great friends to carry me through the ride, I have to do this on my own.
Whatever it takes to get there, make sure you do all the little things that work for you. Some of us are motivated in different ways and need a little more to get ourselves out there. Trust me once you get over the hump of the “first day” training feeling…its smooth sailing from there and it feels great. Just make sure you don’t get back there ;)
Day 1 Jan 7
2 x 12 1x as many as you can (always about 20 reps)
Bent over dumbell rows
Standing barbell curls
Alternate dumbell curls
and 30 mins on the bike for cardio..I was doing intervals of easy and hard
Day 2 Jan 8
2 x 12 1 x as many as you can
Seated Dumbell Press
Dumbell Lateral Extensions
I could definitely feel my arms shaking today. It was a great workout.
I am going to make sure I am blogging on the daily. That way I can keep better track of how I feel for each workout. I always seem to forget the details once the day has passed.
What do you do to keep yourself motivated?