Workout Motivation

Yesterday I went to the gym at lunch. Yes, in 100* weather. I tried to come up with all sorts of excuses NOT to go but they all failed. J was going and since we work near one another, we often go together. So I sucked it up, grabbed my bag and went.

After I got back, someone at work asked me about my exercise routine and habits. And I have no problem being honest – I don’t work out because I like to. I work out because I have to. Because if I don’t, I can’t partake in “Pop Tart Friday” (I have Pop Tarts for breakfast every Friday morning). Because if I don’t, I can’t eat with reckless abandon (not that I can now, but I’d have to be even more careful if I don’t work out). Because if I don’t, I have to be okay with having cellulite – and I’m not. So I work out. Trust me, I wish I loved it. Hell, I wish I even liked it! Instead, it’s more of a love-hate relationship. I love the results but hate the work/effort. I don’t like sweating either so running has to ideally be done in front of a fan.

Ironically, I came home and was trying to catch up on my Google Reader (which will apparently always have 1,000+ unread items) when I came across a post from Gina at Fitnessista. She was responding to a reader’s request about always finding motivation to work out and eat well. Such appropriate timing!

I recently bought an iPhone and downloaded a food/fitness app: “My Fitness Pal” (they have apps for iPhone, Droid, Blackberry. Plus you can log via the website). It allows me to log my weight, food and exercise. I have a sweet tooth and let it get beyond out of control recently. This app has gotten me a bit back on track with my eating. It helps me to monitor what I eat and watch my calories/sugar intake.

But, as with Fitnessista‘s reader’s request, I have a difficult time always staying motivated to work out. She gave some great suggestions for how to get out of the unmotivated slump which I’ll have to keep in mind next time I get in an unmotivated mood.

What are your tips and tricks for staying motivated to work out and eat well?



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2 responses to “Workout Motivation

  1. Katherina

    Hey! I love reading your blog and that it comes to my gmail 🙂 Also, I saw those bachelorette party pics on fb and you look great and it looked so fun! As far as workout motivation goes, I, like you, need to work out or else I won’t be able to eat what I want to. I try to plan each week of when I can work out and normally give myself off Mondays (because when I come home from work, I watch the bachelorette with my mom lol) and fridays if I am doing social after work. That way my goal is to work out 5 days a week and I normally stick to it. It helps having an elliptical in my house so I will tell myself I can only watch Mad Men DVDs if I’m on the elliptical. So that all pretty much works. and I do look forward to my weight training and spin classes normally.Also, this is a little vain, but since I’ve lost weight, I really like how my body looks so sometimes I’ll be in bra and underwear and look in the mirror and that motivates me to stay looking that way lol. That’s so great Jason goes to the gym with you! I hope when I get married, my husband will work out with me.

  2. having fun workout routines definitely helps! not doing the same boring thing each time. seeing results and noticing that you are getting stronger- that makes you want to keep going back for more.
    I make workout charts so that each day i know what i have to do for the week.. and at the end of the day if i missed my workout (which doesn;t really happen-i’m one of those annoying people that love working out) then i can’t give myself a little smiley face on the chart and it ruins my week of smiley faces 🙂

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