One of the turning points for me was when I realized I should work out for my health, not to look hot. When I only cared about being skinny, I ended up sabotaging myself. I was too focused on short-term benefits, and when they didn’t instantly materialized, I would binge. Very counterproductive.
Now, I make food and exercise decisions based on long-term goals. When I’m tired, I usually think, "Going to the gym is good for my heart/will give me energy/makes me happy." I think of my body as a vessel to move me places and run races and do fun things, just not something pretty to look at.
But sometimes…. sometimes "health" just won’t get me too lift weights. 🙂 Every now and then it IS helpful to think about the aesthetic benefits of working out! Tonight at the gym, I really didn’t feel up to doing arm strength training, but I just closed my eyes and thought about wearing my strapless wedding dress…. and that was enough to motivate me to do tricep dips, bicep curls, and dual pulley rows!
I also did 30 minutes on the elliptical machine. I was really chugging, and my heart rate was MUCH higher than normal! Woo hoo!
Here are my statistics:
- Duration: 43 minutes
- Average Heart Rate: 141 bpm
- Maximum Heart Rate: 171 bpm
- Calories Burned: 300
Dinner and Other Eats
I was craaaaaaaaaving a warm slice of bread with dinner.
I tried to balance out the load of carbs with some grilled tilapia and stir-fried yellow and green peppers.
"One of these things is not like the ooooother…." 🙂
Around 3:00, I ate the M&Ms in the sample favor box I showed you earlier. 🙂
Around 2:30, I had two crackers and a wedge of Laughing Cow.
And around 1:00, I had yogurt + granola… of course. 🙂
So, what motivates YOU to work out?? Different things work for different people, so I’m curious to hear your thoughts!
PS – Does anyone else hate Heba on The Biggest Loser? She is such a biatch!
Hooray for HEALTHY motivation!! :0)
What motivates me to workout = how I feel when it’s done (energized, strong, healthy, balanced, calm/stress-free).