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!

Health Challenge

Spring to Summer Fitness Challenge!

Hello, world!

With Spring Break and Summer and other swimsuit-needs fast approaching, I came up with a brilliant idea! It’s this time of year that many wish to becoming “swimsuit ready”, and contemplate going to the gym, eating healthy, etc, but often don’t know where to start, or start out at an extreme and burn out really quickly. Even a lot of programs that are “for beginners” are still a little too challenging and daunting for some. This is where my idea for the Spring to Summer Fitness Challenge began!

In order to increase your likelihood for succeeding, whether it be a nutrition or fitness plan, you need to start small and work your way up. Making a whole bunch of changes all at one time can lead to burnout rather than long term change. It’s like learning a new language- you can’t just jump into Advanced French if you don’t even know how to say “hello”; you’ll get overwhelmed! You start at French 101. The same concept applies here!

With that, I’ve devised a 3 part plan that is aimed towards people who do not exercise regularly as the ultimate gateway into fitness and long term change! It is designed for those who may have a hard time getting started on a fitness routine, or are so incredibly busy that there is no time to even think about working out. So if you’re a hardcore fitness fanatic who runs 5 miles every morning just as a warmup, this may not be geared for you, however it can be a great addition to what you already do! This is also wonderful for those who used to work out all the time, but may have fallen off track for awhile (like me, I was sick off and on for a bit) and need to ease back into it.

Are you ready? I know you are! Here’s how the challenge will work:

  • Part 1: March 1-31, quick daily workout (approx. 15 minutes), and a weekly food challenge
  • Part 2: April 1-30, up the intensity/length of the workouts from part 1, plus the weekly food challenge!
  • Part 3: May 1-31, higher intensity/length from part 2, plus the weekly food challenge!

On the day before, I will post the workout calendar and weekly food challenge here to my website so you all can be ready for day 1 to start! So to make sure you don’t miss out, follow my blog so you’ll receive email updates!

With that, I challenge you to 1) follow my blog so you’ll be notified by email when I post those calendars 2) invite a friend to do the challenge with you 3) HAVE FUN! This will be your opening journey towards life long change!

Keep your eyes peeled on February 28 for the Part 1 Calendar!

Peace and love!