Friday, April 23, 2010

Staying Light, Running and Finding Motivation

Let's All Lighten Up
I must say that I am happy to hear that some of you took my "lighten up" challenge. It's one that I am going to continue to take each day. Just pick something that might be stressing me out unnecessarily and finding a way to lighten up about it. For example, normally had I forgotten to make my oatmeal, that would have sent me over the edge the next morning when I discovered my MUST HAVE breakfast was MIA. Instead, I opted for an alternative: low-sugar instant oatmeal with the addition of bananas and peanut butter.

And now a confession, I actually took the easy option again this morning and added in peanut butter and apples with cinnamon. The world seriously didn't stop because I did not have my steel cut oats with protein powder, cinnamon and blueberries. In fact, it was sort of nice having a little change up. Hmmm, who'd have thunk it?

Running on Friday
Speaking of this morning, I set the alarm again for a morning run. When I stood up, however, I knew that really wasn't going to happen. Can someone say DOMS? Holy deadlifts. My hamstrings are officially fried, along with my chest, and triceps. My arms don't want to bend the right direction in order to wash or fix my hair. Those high reps totally got me I do believe.

Anyway, Jason and I had really planned on doing 4 miles today. So, I went ahead and went into work extra early (6:30 am - ouch early) so that we could try for a longer run at lunch. We managed 4.2 miles at an easy pace so it felt good, almost enjoyable, almost. My legs could not have moved too much faster to be honest. The run did help loosen them up, but they tightened up again fairly quickly after we were done. I finished out the day smelling of "eau d'athlete" (aka Tiger Balm).

Finding Motivation (In Lieu of Dinner/Recipe)
On Fridays I almost always get my post out early, long before dinner. Today, nothing new. So dinner will be recapped tomorrow. It'll likely be pizza. I mean, it is Pizza Friday and all. Why fix what ain't broke right? But who knows, maybe I'll shock everyone and post that we made something else. Guess you'll just have to check back huh? ;-)

Since I won't be posting about dinner or a new fantastic recipe, I thought I'd address a question I get a lot. How do you stay so motivated? I can imagine, from reading my blog, that I am the most motivated person in the world. In all honesty, I have no idea what keeps me going other than the fact that working out is purely part of what I do. It's just as routine as waking up and going to work. Seriously, it's just what I do. I don't typically have to give myself pep talks or focus on inspirational quotes, songs, stories, etc. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Do what you must is what I say. 

Now, with that being said, there are days when I just flat out don't feel like working out just as one might flat out not want to go to work. But I suck it up, and do it knowing that 9 times out of 10 I'll feel sooo much better just getting started on the workout. I do try to listen to my body now and recognize the difference between "must take a break" and "just stop whining and do it." 

While I wish I could say that I just get uber excited about working out every single time, I'm not going to lie. I don't just get school girl giddy about it. There are definitely days that I look forward to workouts and days I don't. But when I don't really want to do it, I think about how ticked I'm going to be with myself for being lazy (unless of course it's a must take a break kind of day). 

I always feel so much stronger and empowered after I get it done. I'm constantly amazed at what the body is capable of to be honest. Maybe part of my motivation is the internal drive I have to always do better too. So perhaps it's a motivator I just don't recognize out loud. 

How do you feel about exercise? Do you have to constantly find a source of motivation or is it just what you do?