Motivation

Fallen off the Wagon? Don’t Give Up!

Hello, world!

Life is full steam ahead! I’ve been doing PIIT28 round 2, and I can tell my stamina and strength are improving! I don’t always make it through all 4 rounds (mainly because I’m hungry and want to make dinner, lol) but I can tell some moves are getting easier to do. I’m on day 36 and I did something crazy this morning- I woke up early and went for a run. What?? Who am I? I just felt this urge to start the morning with a run so why not? And thankfully I don’t feel too tired to do my PIIT workout later, so I might start running in the morning on a daily basis.

Again, I stress the “who am I”? I’ve never been a morning person, and I’ve never enjoyed running (when you live in a hot humid place like I do, you wouldn’t like it either!), but I can tell that after over a month of incorporating excercise to my routine, it’s become a craving. I want to be active, I want to push my stamina. I’m telling you, it wasn’t easy getting to this point and it probably won’t be easygoing from here.

I hear it all the time- “I got to day 3 and then life got in the way and I haven’t worked out in like 4 days and I’m so disappointed that I’ll have to start over! How do I get the motivation to do this again?” Well wait, hold up right there. Who said you had to start over? We’re our own worst enemy, and here’s the perfect example of that. I’ll be open and honest- I didn’t complete PIIT28 round 1 in 28 days, and I definitely won’t complete round 2 in 28 days, but does that counteract all the hard work and progress I made? Absolutely Β not! Does getting my favorite dessert a couple times completely destroy the 28 Day Reset? No!

We’re human. We make mistakes. We have cravings, we get sick, unexpected events happen, and therefore we have to change our plans. We’re not robots. No one expects you to be the perfect parent, friend, sibling, fitness nut. Being perfect isn’t possible, and when you keep expecting that of yourself, you end up going crazy. I see it all the time in tv, movies, and my own life. I do have very high expectations of myself, and sometimes I mess up or don’t meet that expectation. It can take a lot to turn your thinking around from beating yourself up to just moving forward.

Keep moving forward.

(That’s what my next tattoo will be- keep moving forward)

The truth is, when we expect perfection from ourselves, we hold ourselves back. We really are our own worst enemy. No one else is yelling at you except yourself in most cases, and ask yourself, does anything productive come from that? 99% of the time the answer is no. So why not try something else- let’s be our own cheerleader. Let’s recognize that on Sunday I had a chicken parm sub for lunch, but today I’m having a turkey, hummus, and spinach pita for lunch. Let’s recognize that I took 2 rest days, but then kicked butt with a double workout. I kept going, and that shows more strength in my opinion.

Go Rachel go!

Let’s celebrate the little things. What did you do recently that made you proud? Did you wake up a little earlier than usual? Did you try something new? Did you start working out again after a hiatus? Let’s celebrate eachother!

Peace and love!

Motivation

Finding Your Support Structure

Hello, world!

Man, March has brought on so many wonderful changes! It’s like a whirlwind, but I love it! With an upcoming dance competition nearing (it’s next week!), I have gotten back on my full time health plan! That means exercising every day and making good food choices to make sure I am in tip top shape for the competition! It’s amazing what a couple of weeks can do to change your body! With each day I keep this up, the easier it is for these good choices to become a preferred habit!

On top of that, my mom has made some HUGE changes in her life! She has always tried this health plan and that, but now she has found one and is sticking to it! I actually got to go to the gym with her today, which I have never been able to do in the past! It’s so inspirational to see her make these giant changes and how they have already significantly improved her health! I’m so proud!

Now what is the secret ingredient behind making permanent lifestyle changes? Of course you must make the change for YOU and no one else, but once you have decided on this change, you must establish your support structure in order to succeed. A support structure looks like a house:

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  • Floors: The floor, plumbing, and wood beam skeleton of the house make up the basic and fundamental piece of the structure. This person is behind you every step of the way, no matter what, and is always supporting you. In my life, this piece of the support structure is my boyfriend. Whenever I start a new health plan or make a change in my life, he is right there telling me that I can do it. Just like the flooring is always below your feet, this part of the support structure is always there for you, and is absolutely essential (I mean, how could you live in a house without plumbing? That would stink… [sorry for the bad pun]).
  • Walls: The walls surrounding the house represent the person who is making the same or similar changes in their life. This person is right there with you, pushing you to try a new workout, make spaghetti squash for the first time, go to a yoga studio, and ultimately helping to remind you of the new commitment you have made. These people are your confidants, and the ones you won’t get mad at when they suggest you skip the trip to Burger King. They share in the difficulties, successes, and long term happiness. The walls in my support structure come from my best friend, who pushes me to work harder to achieve more. Just like walls are required to keep a house up, the same goes for keeping the support structure stable and helpful to you.
  • Roof: The roof of a house protects you from the wind, rain, and other elements. This person offers support like the flooring and walls, but also isn’t afraid to protect you from bad decisions. They let you know when they are worried, you have fallen off the path, or need to try something new. Sometimes it is hard to hear the facts, but it is essential. Mistakes lead to bigger and better changes, and this person helps illuminate that because they care and want to see you succeed. My roof would have to be my mom, and I think many can relate to that. She has more years and different insights into things, and everything she says comes from a place of love. Your roof will keep you going and guide you in the right direction.

When put together, the 3 parts to the support structure create the ultimate energy source for your changes. No matter what happens or how you are feeling, there is someone to aid you and cheer you on. When you need positive affirmation, there’s your floor. When you want to share experiences gain motivation, there are your walls. When you need guidance, there’s your roof. When people know your goals, you are even more likely to follow through and make the goals become real. No major lifestyle change is possible without a support structure!

Who are the important people that make up your support structure? I would love to hear about them in the comments! Let’s go out there and change our lifestyles together!

Peace and love!

Motivation

What’s Your Motivation?

Hello World!

I’m on day 2 of my June Nutrition Challenge (I was too eager to wait until June 1st!), and I am loving it! I didn’t think eating lots of veggies and lean protein would fill me up, but it did! I found myself scarfing down my meals and really enjoying them- when the body gets what it needs, it definitely lets you know! I had energy all day, my blood sugar didn’t drop, and I can already tell that my body looks leaner! It just goes to show how magical food really is! Check out my previous post on the June Nutrition Challenge and join me in making a change this month, even if it’s a smaller one- every step forward, no matter how big, is still a step forward!

With all of these changes in my life recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about what keeps me going. What is my motivation? Why do I want to be healthy so badly? What wakes me up at 8 AM to go running, even when I’m still tired? There is a two-fold answer to these questions, and I feel everyone else does too. There are two types of motivation: surface level, and deeper level. The surface level motivators are the changes we can feel and see, like wanting to lose weight, get an inner thigh gap, run 5 miles, etc. The surface level motivators are the goals we want to attain, and therefore we want to push forward to achieve them. Underneath all of that, we have deeper level motivators. They aren’t the goals we want to achieve necessarily, but the reason why we have goals. For example, my surface level motivators are to have an inner thigh gap and maintain a perfect waist (nice curves, flat stomach, no love handles). My deeper level motivator is my Grammy. She had too many health problems to count, including Alzheimer’s, and she ultimately passed away after having a stroke. The whole process of seeing her body wither away and slowly become more and more in pain was incredibly difficult for me. I felt like many of her woes would never have existed if she stayed active and continued to eat a healthy diet. Doctors and books and articles constantly recommend diet and exercise to avoid the many life-threatening diseases, and I 100% believe this. What we put in our bodies is what we get out of it. That is my deeper level motivator. I want to lead a healthy lifestyle, so that I may live a long, happy life with my future husband, children, grandchildren, friends, and family.

I know this post is more serious than my past ones, but motivation is such an important aspect of life. Knowing exactly what motivates you will help keep you on track when you want to give up and eat chicken fingers and fries, or skip a workout. And motivation doesn’t just pertain to health. Realizing what your motivation is for all aspects of life will make progress towards success and happiness even easier.

So what is your motivation? What are your surface and deeper level motivators? I would love to hear what they are. πŸ™‚

Peace and love!