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What’s your motivation?

Posted Oct 17 2011 2:52pm

Hey everyone!  How’s your Monday been treating you?  I will be 100% honest here…even though I woke up very happy to get back to my weekly routine, Monday has knocked the wind out of me.  I’m tired!  And I went to bed fairly early last night.

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I think my fatigue is due to a number of factors:

  • I’m teaching more during the week (4 times last week and 4 times this week!)
  • regardless of the increase in teaching I’m doing, I’m still hitting the gym 6 days a week and still doing my regular workouts
  • I think the full moon is messing my shtuff up
  • Weekends are no longer for relaxation…they’ve gotten so busy lately!

I’m hoping this PM cup of coffee will snap me out of this fog…we have a birthday party to attend tonight…yes, tonight!  I guess this is what happens when your child starts having a social life…you end up with one too! Winking smile

This morning, I made it to the gym to take Step, and did some cardio on the treadmill to clear my mind a bit…not sure exactly how many calories I burned because my HRM was acting dumb.

As I was on the treadmill, I thought about how my motivation has changed over the course of my journey.

My motivation at first was to lose the baby weight…

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We all know that’s how it started.  My svelte, pre-kids figure ballooned to twice its size after having babies.  I didn’t want to be that way anymore, so I made changes to my lifestyle.

Afterwards, my motivation was to train for my half marathon .

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During all this, my motivation has always been to stay sane…

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Its no secret that exercising has made me a better mom.  I’m healthier, both mentally and physically.

Now, while I don’t have any goals to lose more weight/size or train for any races, I still continue to exercise daily.  Why?

  • Exercise makes me feel alive; confident.
  • I am loving the non-scale victories: increasing weight in strength classes, seeing muscle definition where it wasn’t before, being able to hold a plank for 2 minutes, busting out push-ups like its nothing, being able to do more burpees than my husband in CSI class. Winking smile
  • Sanity.  Did I mention sanity?  I’m not being facetious, but I do not know how people DON’T work out…like AT ALL.  How are they happy, sane? Endorphins are no joke…go get some!
  • I feel young.  I’m 33, and yes, while I have felt a little tired lately, my body feels great.  I don’t have any more problems moving around then I did when I was 23…hell, I think I may even be able to move around better now. Winking smile

How about you all?  What motivates you to get out of bed and work out?  Do people think you’re crazy? Winking smile

Have a great day, everyone!

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