Archives for category: Fitness

Two weeks ago March 21 2013

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Believe in myself March 21 2013

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Start to be great March 21 2013

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One workout

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4 percent March 21 2013

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Defeated is optional March 21 2013

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Boot Camp November 6  2012

I haven’t been feeling very motivated so far this week to workout. I don’t know what it is, but just thinking of having to get out of my warm bed to do a workout just makes me want to roll over and fall asleep again.

But I ended up getting up both yesterday and today to workout. Sure, it would be nice to sleep in for another hour, but it’s also pretty fun to be able to check off today’s workout.

Knowing that I have somewhere to be accountable and actually write down if I’ve gotten the day’s workout in has been working wonders for me. I don’t know what it is exactly, but it definitely makes me want to get it done. I totally understand now why people record their workouts – whether it’s online or in a notebook.

Have you tried doing it before? Does it motivate you to get moving?

Boot Camp October 24 2012

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I’ve signed up to do Tina Reale’s Best Body Boot Camp again. I did her first round last spring and really enjoyed myself, so I thought I’d give it another go.

Monday’s workout left my legs feeling sore – it was definitely the squats that did me in. Even though I’m sore I’m still having fun so far. Knowing that it’s a new workout every day is getting my motivated to do it.

Monday night we got a ton of snow, so my workout on Tuesday was shovelling the driveway. 45 minutes later it was finally done. Even though it was cold outside, I was still sweating.

This morning’s workout looks like it’s going to be a tough one. I’m going to do a couple of the modifications Tina suggests to make it a little easier.

What’s your motivation to workout today?

Nothing Worth H aving Comes Easy June 23 2012

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Someone I hadn’t seen for awhile messaged me on Facebook me to ask what my secret was to losing weight. We were at a function together, and at first she said she didn’t recognize me when she first saw me. She wanted to know what my secret was – what program I was on, what workout I was doing, what pill I was taking.

The truth is, there is no secret. It’s common sense. I eat less and move more. There’s no secret food, workout, or pill. It’s not hard, but people always seem to want to take the easy way out instead of putting in the hard work (I’m definitely guilty of that myself).

I think the whole diet industry in general is pretty good proof that none of it works. If it was as easy as taking a pill or doing the “right” workout, everyone would be thin. There’s no shortcut for losing weight. It’s about putting in the effort to get your workouts in and preparing healthy food.

Why would losing weight be different from anything else in life? It takes lots of studying to get A’s in school. Getting a promotion at work requires hard work and proving you’re up to it. Everything worth getting takes effort, getting in shape is no different.

Part of it is also educating yourself. It means listening to people who know what they’re talking about when it comes to nutrition and fitness. It means not buying into the hype of the latest trendy thing – whether it’s a shake, a workout that requires minimal effort, or a pill. It’s about listening to science rather than marketing.

A couple years ago during a job interview I was asked one thing that I was proud of myself for. My answer was losing weight. A good chunk of the rest of our conversation was her trying to figure out my “secret”. I kept trying to tell her there wasn’t one, that I had just changed the way I ate and moved, but she didn’t want to believe me.

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Today I realized that I’ve been running for over a month now. I’m so proud of myself. I know that probably seems stupid, but I am. It makes me happy.

Then I started thinking about how I don’t really consider myself a “runner” or an “athlete”. I just don’t. I’ve never really been into sports or anything except for being on the basketball team in grade 7. But that was a long time ago. I feel like I have so much history not doing anything active that I have to almost earn calling myself a runner.

But then I thought that maybe I should go easier on myself. For the last month I’ve been getting up at 6 am to run 3 or 4 times a week. I’ve kept on running when I was tired and sweaty and it felt like my legs wouldn’t be able to take one more step. I’ve felt fast and strong when I’ve finished runs. Those are all things that runners do.

So I’ve decided that I’m now a runner. I’m claiming my title.