Fitness: Finding the motivation & staying focused!

At the beginning of this year, I decided that one of my fitness goals would be to run in a couple of 5k’s. I will be honest when I say that I haven’t accomplished that goal as of yet however I did walk in a 5K in May for the Sharon’s Walk/Run/Ride for Epilepsy. I am ashamed to admit that I was never a fan of walking considering I did a lot of it when I was in my teen years as that was my only method of getting from place to the other. I am so excited to tell you all that this Saturday, I am in participating in my first 5k which happens to be the infamous Color Run! I am so excited. I will be sure to post pictures when I get home.

Just like everyone else and their New Year resolutions, I started the year off great and I was exercising consistently. I have myself to blame for putting a stop to my fitness grind for a little while. Unfortunately recent events have proven that life really is too short. It is time for everyone to take their health more seriously and to make the appropriate lifestyle changes if needed.

Rewind back to a few months ago, I decided that I wasn’t going to allow myself to make any more excuses. I purchased a Fitbit so that I can start keeping track of my steps while walking, my sleeping patterns and overall fitness activities. I also have the Polar watch and chest strap to monitor my heart rate while exercising. My new motto: any workout is better than no workout. So with that said, for several weekends, before I went to sleep on each Saturday night, I put my workout clothes on my dresser, gathered my sneakers, Ipod, and sunglasses, and I went to sleep early.

I woke up at my usual 6 a.m., got dressed and by 8:30am I was parking my car at our nearby beach which is only about one mile from my house. I stretched for a few minutes and I started off by walking for about 15 minutes. I gradually started jogging and I made several landmark goals for myself. I would run by as many utility poles as I could and then I would walk for that same amount of time and then I would run further and walk again. I continued this pattern until I reached three miles. Each time, I would beat my time by a minute.

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Most recently, I ran on my treadmill and I was able to run consistently for more than a half mile at a time. I still walked intermittently but I pushed myself to run more. Overall, I remained in the same time range and I was okay with that. I have to say that I impressed myself when I realized that I did it just a little over 45 minutes. Each weekend, I felt great afterwards and was so happy that I accomplished what I set out to do. I am going to get back in the habit of getting on the treadmill and I will continue to improve on my strength, time and distance. It’s not easy to get back into a routine but I have a wonderful and motivating support system so that definitely makes it easy.

What are your favorite exercises / fitness methods? What motivates you? Do you lack motivation or support from others? I found the following great motivational quotes on Pinterest:

  • “You’ve always been beautiful. Now you’re just deciding to be healthier, fitter, faster and stronger. Remember that!”
  • “When you feel like quitting, think about why you started!“
  • “I’m doing this for me!”
  • “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.”
  • “Your fitness is 100% mental. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it.”

 

Tip: Look up fitness motivation on Pinterest, find a picture / quote that applies to you and set it as the wallpaper on your phone to serve as a constant reminder as to why you started this journey!

**Don’t forget, it is best to exercise when you are wearing the appropriate workout essentials (sports bras, running shorts, athletic pants, and the proper sneakers). If you are in need of some new workout clothes, make sure to check out my blog post which explains the best way to score some great deals on brand name workout apparel.

Leave me a comment and let me know what motivates you to work out? What are your favorite exercises / fitness routine?

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12 Comments

  1. October 21, 2015 / 9:36 AM

    You look great! I seriously wish I had motivation to get up in the morning and work out. I am more of an evening person lol

    • theblogginmamacita
      October 21, 2015 / 9:45 AM

      Aww thank you Shelby. I have found that leaving my clothes out and ready does help. I definitely cannot do it in the morning especially now that it’s getting colder where I live, my treadmill is in my sunroom and I enjoy having my hot cup of coffee each morning lol! I started a FB fitness motivation group “Get Fit & Be Feisty” I would love for you to join us!

  2. October 21, 2015 / 9:47 AM

    When my clothes start to get tight is my best form of motivation 😉 I love to walk in the mornings and do yoga at least once a week!

    • theblogginmamacita
      October 21, 2015 / 10:10 AM

      I’ve never cared for weighing myself on a scale because those numbers don’t do anything for me. I can tell when something is off by the way my clothes fit. I have started walking during my lunch break and getting on my treadmill at home at least three times a week. As long as we keep moving, it counts!

  3. October 21, 2015 / 11:29 AM

    I love that last quote! It reminds me of the saying that the hardest part about going to the gym is walking through the door. It’s so true! Our mental barrier and the excuses we come up with (too tired, too busy, etc.) are the hardest things to overcome. I’ve never worked out and regretted it, even if it meant something else didn’t get done that day. I’ve fallen out of my workout routine in the last month and a half, but I’m working on getting back into it. I’m a workout DVD fan and love dance workouts/different toning workouts. To help get back into my routine, I ordered two DVDs from one of my favorite fitness people so that I have something new to give me extra inspiration to get back into my workout routine. 🙂

    • theblogginmamacita
      October 21, 2015 / 11:33 AM

      That’s so awesome Crystal! I fight myself sometimes but then after I work out, I feel great. Can’t explain it and that’s when I regret trying to talk myself out of it. In my case, my gym is in my home. I have P90x and insanity and other workout equipment but actually doing it is what doesn’t happen lol! Well I made myself a promise and I’m going to keep it!

  4. October 21, 2015 / 12:42 PM

    The “I’m doing this for me” is definitely the most motivating one for me personally. As a momma there are so little things I do that are just for me, and fitness is one of them 🙂

    • theblogginmamacita
      October 21, 2015 / 2:51 PM

      That’s actually my favorite quote and is what keeps me going even when I don’t want to. When my son was younger, my exercise was chasing after him lol but now it’s my time to take care of myself. Let’s all motivate each other. I created a group on FB “Get Fit & Be Feisty” let me know if you’d like to join and I will send you the link. 😉

  5. October 22, 2015 / 12:23 PM

    By far my biggest motivation is the “urrgh” feeling I get when I don’t do anything active for a few days. If I feel my butt starting to become one with the couch, I know it’s time to get out there and get some exercise!

    • theblogginmamacita
      October 23, 2015 / 8:23 AM

      I know what you mean. I’m not even sure why I procrastinate working out because as I stated in my post, I feel great after I finish.

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