When You’re Already Sweaty, Keep GOING!

It’s been far to long since I’ve posted a great motivational quote over here! I like to use this one in my indoor cycling classes when things start to get tough just after the half way point, usually at the point when the sweat starts to drop off my riders. Print this out, make it your phone background, take it to the gym with you! Just remember, those glutes are going to be sore tomorrow either way, finish those last 20 seconds, you’ll be glad you did!

Fitness Motivation Quote

 

One Choice.

Every day we’re faced with choices and one at a time they will shape the reality of our day. Will you choose take-out for lunch or will you stick to your pre-packed lunch? The key to finding success in weight loss is to take the journey one choice at a time, each one hopefully leading you closer to your big goal. Do we always make the perfect/right choice? Nope – and that’s OK, as long as we make more “right” choices than “wrong” choices along our way we’ll be just fine.

Dreams Become Reality quote

Looking back my weight loss journey started with ONE CHOICE and over the past 2 years those choices have helped me build the solid foundation to my end goal. Have I made poor or wrong choices along the way, you betcha, but by taking this journey ONE CHOICE at a time I’ve been able to keep pushing forward.

Simply put, just because you make a less than stellar snack or meal choice or skip a workout doesn’t mean all your efforts are washed away. Every time your faced with a new choice it’s an opportunity to get just that little bit closer to you goals and dreams.

Dreams Become Reality One Choice at a Time.

Motivational Quotes: Mountains & Muscle

It’s been a while since I shared a motivation quote with you! While getting lost in the Internets the other day I came across this quote and thought it was fantastic. I hope you find the same inspiration from it.

inspirational fitness quote

Lately I’ve been reflecting on my weight loss journey as I approach my 2 year fitaversary and perhaps that’s why I connected with this quote. When you’re just starting your journey it truly can seem like climbing a mountain, however we’re often told that it makes things easier if we break it down into small goals. I have lost almost 130-140lbs from my heaviest weight – knowing you need to lose over 100lbs is enough to deter some people, but if you slowly chip away at that mountain eventually hit become a hill and if you keep going, keep chipping away that hill will turn into a flat road. It may have some twists and turns – as do all things in life – but ultimately you’ll get there and yes the road will need regular maintainence to keep cracks and pot holes from forming but it’s much easier than having to start chipping away at that mountain all over again!

Learning To Fly

It’s taken me a few days to collect my thoughts on this and how to go about processing it so I hope all the words garbled below make sense and are able to help you if you’re ever in a similar situation. Here we go.

BACKGROUND:
I’ve been fortunate enough to have a trainer helping me along most of my journey, weather it be group training or one-on-one sessions. I started my journey working with Danielle and then when I joined my gym I started training with Rob (whom I had known for years before – he knew me at my worst and now at my best). Both helped instill a love of fitness in me and I feel like I learned from the best and their motivation and teachings are what’s kept me on track and motivated this journey. This summer Rob was there to offer encouragement and give me the push I needed to get my teaching certification – I knew deep down I wanted to do it but having someone you look up to enourage you to take the step makes it much easier.

THE STORY:
Tuesday nights I usually head to bed around 930 as I have a 530am wake-up. Just after 930 I see a message from Rob…

I’ve got some news & I don’t want to blindside you in the morning. I’ve decided to take on a new career. It gets me back to my roots & most importantly, provides a steady paycheque for my family. We will talk more about you moving forward in the morning. I hope you understand as you were one of the people that made this a VERY hard decision. See you in the morning.

Tears start to flow and immediately I’m feeling scared and unsure of even how to feel. Was I being over dramatic? Was I affraid to fail with out his help? What if? What if? But mostly I think it was shock and just not knowing how to feel. It feels like your best friend telling you their moving across the country (see I’m being dramatic again!) – you get the point.

After thinking about it for a few days I think my initial rection was fear. Fear of the unknown. I shed some tears and then tossed and turned for a few hours before finally falling asleep. Yes, I was/am sad that he is leaving, but more that that I am happy for him and his family. I realized the things that were making me cry were not him leaving (okay a little), but the fact that I would soon have to use all the tools I’ve learned over the past 2 years and fly on my own – FEAR. That being said, I know I’m never truly alone as I have an amazing support system at my gym (**waves**hi – friends!), on this blog and at home.

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I believe things happen for a reason and try and find the best in the situation whatever it may be. If you ever find yourself in this situation of a trainer/mentor finding a new path, do not let it become an excuse for you. Yes they may have been a major part of your success, however, YOUR success is just that, YOURS. They become part of your team, a big piece of your tool kit but it’s ultimately about how you choose to use those tools that determines your success.

Rob has suggested who he feels is the best match for me and I’m looking forward to building a new relationship and finishing out my remaining sessions. I’m excited to see how this person approaches training and learn some new things. Afterall, there is no point in stressing about these things as we all know stress hinders weight loss my friends! Onwards and upwards, of course with PASSION & PURPOSE as Rob would say.

I hope all these garbled thoughts make sense – thanks for reading.

**I’ve published this post after discussing it with Rob and he agreed to me writing it.**

Body & Mind

We all have those days, those moments where we feel like our bodies can’t do what we’re asking of them. It started as I adjusted my bike for my ride tonight – I just felt off and could feel the excuses come flooding in – even when I was about to take a class that I love – that I’m making a career out of. Thankfully I’ve been on this journey for a while now and I can recognize these thoughts and deal with them before they take over. You must practice body over mind and know that your mind will quit before your body will.

mind body connection

I set a distance goal of at least 21 miles tonight and that’s where I kept my focus – on the miles and as I watched them add up I felt the competitior inside me light up. I was the only one in this race but I was determined to win. The tension on my bike may not have been set as high as it normally is but is it what my body could handle in that moment and it drove me to my goal.

This is why I’ve always been a fan of group exercise, you feel part of something even when you’re working on your own. Last week at this same time I skipped this class and thought I’d ride the spin bike in the main gym area and go over my routine. As I rode through I knew I wasn’t working as hard yet felt like if I rode as hard as I do in spin class – funny faces and all – that people would wonder what was wrong with me. I held back and my workout suffered because of it. When you’re in a class all those people have made a decision to commit that hour of their day to working as hard as they can – you’re part of the pack. When working out solo there is no one to push you harder than you will push yourself, no one to make sure you stick out the 60 minutes, no one to crush the “I cants”.

Becoming A Morning Person

If you know me offline you’d know I’ve never been a morning person. There really wasn’t much I was willing to wake up earlier than 7am for. Thankfully I was blessed with kids who inherited my love for sleep and now sleep until at least 7am most days. However, since they both are in school full time now the schedule has changed a bit around here and I’m trying to fit everything in. I now have my days free to spend in the office so I’m trying to make the most of those so I can have evenings and weekends to spend with them. Unfortunately this means my mid-day workouts needed to find a new home and the only open spot was BEFORE 7am. So the question was just how bad do I want this? Apparently pretty bad as I’m now slowly transitioning to the 5 – 530am wake-up calls (depending on the day) to get to the gym, workout, and be home before they wake up so I can prepare lunches and get them off to school.

Rise & Grind

It’s not been easy, but I’m finding I feel better throughout the day and often by the time the afternoon has rolled around I forget I even worked out that morning – until I go to walk up the stairs and am quickly reminded! In the final push to my birthday goal I’m going to be fitting in some two-a-days to really kick the last few pounds away. Mornings are personal training (happy birthday gift to me!), and then evenings will be cardio, usually cycling or running/stepmill. Tuesday nights are also the standing dance party in this house where we have a before bed living room dance party with the Just Dance 2014 game on the wii. The kids have a blast and burn off a little energy before bed. My dancing skills are slowly improving – I won’t be anyone’s backup dancer any time soon!

So far I have 3 super early wake-up’s each week and 2 some what early ones – you’ve gotta start somewhere right? When you set the alarm tonight, ask yourself “How bad do I want this?”, it will make your wake up that much easier!