1) I download a new CD or motivational speaker to my iPod monthly. I always listen to something while I workout. I recently downloaded a new app called the Village Church. Matt Chandler is nothing short of INCREDIBLE. If anything is worth your time, listen to The Beautiful Design. It will rock your world. Chandler’s style of “in your face, NO BS” preaching seriously amps me up. I LOVE IT! It’s perfect to listen to while I train. It helps me focus, refreshes my mind and reminds me of my greater purpose. (Thank you Beth and Alyse for this recommendation. Love you gals! )
2) I schedule my workouts. I make the workout a part of my work day/ “job”. I had to retrain my thinking and told myself that I don’t get “off work” until my workout is done. I always find time to workout REGARDLESS of my emotions. Don’t let your emotions run your life friends! I aim for 5-6 days a week. Even if it means walking for 20 minutes, I have made a promise to myself to MOVE it or never lose it. I (like you) am fighting the voice in my head that says, “You don’t have time.” What I don’t have time for is a hospital visit!
A little background on what has been going on with my training: My lower body routines have been (for lack of a better term) bad. I tore a gluteus muscle a few months ago. This puts a huge damper on my training. My legs and low back is where the majority of my power and force comes from for lifting. Simply stated and a lil’ fyi: Legs are your biggest metabolism booster. Unfortunately, my lower body has been out of commission for eight weeks, and the weight has been slowly creeping on. FAT IS SUCH A CREEPER!
You know what though, oh well! It’s part of life. I still feel great. I can still move. I can jog a little and I’m blessed with a great shape. I love my body. However, I am deceived just like many other woman into thinking I have to have a “magic number” for my weight. I know LOTS of women who fall prey to this type of thinking. STOP THAT! It’s a lie straight from hell and it’s one of the many ways the enemy deceives us. If you are able to move and exercise, you are blessed. Period! I have to remind myself of this daily. As long as I am moving and doing light leg exercises to slowly rebuild my rump muscles, it will all be good. Taking it easy is WAY better than a long-term serious injury.
3) I am checking in with a trainer. That’s right. The trainer has a trainer. I totally value the service. (And no, it’s not my husband) I didn’t go into this field because I wanted to have a rock hard body. I chose this career because I truly believe I am a part of something great. I am proud to have a career centered on wellness and I take pleasure in encouraging others to reach their highest potential. Now, with being involved in competitive sports for over a decade and being a trainer for five years, I know how to workout according to my goals. I have good form and I understand a decent amount about nutrition. However, I am an open book. I am ALWAYS interesting in learning new things. The main reason I am going is the ACCOUNTABILITY. I NEED someone to look me in the eye, speak truth and say, “Come on girl. You can do better.” The former athlete in me comes alive when I hear these words. I NEVER back down from a challenge.
4) I am trying NEW healthy recipes I haven’t had time to get around to. (Now that I have a little more time do kill due to my injury)
My nutrition is…ah…. ok. Working out and eating healthy really do go hand in hand. If I have a hard workout, I will eat excellent. If I can’t workout, I become discouraged and my nutrition suffers. So! I have to fight this twisted mindset and I also encourage my clients to fight against this mentality. Some of my latest experiments have been:
A) Learning to bake with rhubarb. I have NEVER cooked with it before. I made BOMB strawberry rhubarb muffins with coconut flour, oatmeal flour, almond milk, cage free eggs, stevia, raw honey and protein powder. They were SO moist and probably one of the best things I’ve ever made in my life.
B) Cauliflower bread as a substitute for pizza dough
C) Over night oatmeal
D) Experimenting with my NEW mandolin to make zucchini noodles.
E) Cabbage noodles. OH YES. Bye-bye extra carbs.
I know it sounds weird, but introducing new ways of cooking and eating is very motivating. I also LOVE surprising my husband with new, healthy recipes I discover. Whatever works, right?!
5) I have a workout buddy. Actually, buddies….
I have two gals I try to train with weekly. One gal pal I train with for fun! She literally distracts me from a tough workout. I usually lead the workout, but it’s nice to have her by my side and focus more on our friendship rather than the fitness. But hey, the workout gets done, and it gets done well.
My other friend (dear Lord) she could be a trainer if she wanted to be. She is amazing and she PUSHES me! I NEED THIS! I CRAVE THIS! I LOVE TO BE LEAD like this and you need a person like this too. There is nothing better than when she says, “Alright girl, we’re gonna do 20.” Once 20 reps hits, I’m dead. Then she says, “I know you have 20 more. COME ON GIRL! Let’s see what you’re made out of!!!” I freaking love it. Many times I will seek her out and try and make our schedules work. Many times, I can’t get a workout in with her until 9pm. BUT…that’s what sacrifice is all about. If you TRULY love yourself, you will sacrifice your time and your energy. If you want to change your lifestyle, you NEED a fitness peer(s). It’s crucial to have mentors or fitness professionals to walk along side you during this journey. It’s not easy, but it sure as H*** is worth it.
Finally, I talk to God about my desire to be re-motivated for my fitness. I talk to him as often as I can about this particular subject. He’s my best friend. He knows the desires of my heart and he wants to honor anything and everything that points back to His glory. God wants me well. If I pray according to his will (which a sound mind, body and soul is definitely in line with God’s will) He will honor that in his time and in his own unique way of course. He wants all of us well. However, it’s our CHOICE day in and day out to make the small changes and sacrifices to better lives.