Sunday, May 8, 2011

finding motivation

Happy Mother's Day! I hope all of you mommies out there are having the best day ever!

This evening I want to talk about finding motivation to workout. Lately, I feel like I just don't want to do it. I find myself making excuse upon excuse or telling myself "there's always tomorrow". Well, unfortunately, tomorrow keeps coming and I keep being a lazy piece (of you know what).

Working out ignites such an amazing feeling in me, but I just lack the discipline to actually get myself into the gym. Once I'm there, I'm good to go. One thing I do know is that when I do actually get into the gym, I'm happy. I feel proud of myself and I don't want the workout to end. When it finally does, I want to keep going. And then I skip 4 days because I'm "too busy" or "too tired", which results in me feeling like a loser.

Today me and BF spent about 2.5 hours in the gym. My workout looked a little something like this:

5 min. on eliptical
5 min. on bike
3 sets of seated calve raises @ 45lb., 55lb., 70lb.

Upper Body
3 sets of incline bench press @ 65lb., 70lb., 70lb.
3 sets of resistance bicep curls @ 50lb., 60lb, 70lb.
3 sets of resistance tricept push @ 50lb., 60lb., 70lb.
3 sets of row @ 60lb., 75lb., 75lb.
3 sets of bicep curls w/ dumbells @ 17.5lb., 20lb., 22.5lb.
2 sets of tricept curls w/ dumbells @ 15lb.

2 sets of sit ups using incline bench

.5 miles incline- 8 speed- 3.5
.5 miles incline- 1 speed- 6.5
.5 miles incline- 6 speed- 3.5
.5 miles incline- 1 speed- 6.6
.5 miles incline- 4 speed- 3.8
.5 miles incline- 0 speed- 7.0
.5 miles incline- 3 speed- 3.6

I looked like a hot, sweaty, nasty mess after this one, and I loved every minute of it! The nastier I look leaving the gym, the happier I am, because I know that I pushed myself!

Now- the one thing that I have never ever ever ever (idk if that's even enough evers) enjoyed, was running. I absolutely cannot stand the process of it, but I absolutely love the way it makes me feel when I'm done! Today, as I was hopping onto the treadmill, I looked up, and noticed a certain movie was on, and although I am not a fan of the movie, it was the perfect motivation I needed to bust my ass. What movie was it, you ask?

Step Up 2 The Streets. And of course, the scene that was playing the moment I see it? The infamous "it just so happened to start raining but we're gonna battle anyway because it will make for a good movie" scene. Of course, the acting is totally unreal and cheesey, but I do give the dancers credit because they are badass. I could never dance like that. I may or may not have tried before. Just don't tell anyone, k? So I'm watching this scene unfold, and it gets to this part:

THIS BITCH! Look at her body! NOT. FAIR. But, as jelly as I am... I used her hot bod as motivation and kept telling myself through my run that I'll never look like that unless I get my butt moving. So moving I got. Now... I just have to keep it up. And not stop.

My main fitness goals are to tone up my mid-section, my back, and my inner thighs. I can do that, right? Maybe one day I'll look a little something like this pretty lady:

NOT! Yikes... I could never. Just... um... okay I'll just stop right now before this gets a little out of hand.

So, the whole point of this post is to share with you that I have trouble finding motivation to keep pushing. I am constantly looking for ways to keep my head up, and keep going. Right now, my mantra is Never Quit, and Just keep going, and I'll look like "her". While I never want to be anybody other than me, a hot bod would be nice :-)

Question of the night:

Do you struggle finding motivation?

What helps you get/stay motivated to workout?


  1. Motivation is always my issue-especially since I never had to go to the gym or run to stay fit when I was younger. Being on 4 dance teams was my workout! I love to dance! Many, many of my friends were in all of the Step Up movies, Hairspray, You Got Served, toured with Britney, etc. Seeing them is my motivation since its what I love to do! Find a workout that you enjoy: hiking, swimming, dancing, soccer, volleyball, biking, got it girl! Keep at it!

  2. Motivation is hard for me as well, some may think that since im in a Military town it would be easy..Nope. It's hard for me when the person I live with is a video game junkie and even though he gets his PT in every morning at 5am he comes home and sits around..My family is full of triathletes and Im always kinda put on the chopping block to "Why arent you a think twig?" There's no motivation from them when they just call me fat all the time Lol. Between working, School and military stuff I just like to relax.. Im a lot like you though, There's always tomorrow..ahhg..
    Keep up the good work Sam, Im trying to get back into it as well Lol.

  3. What are you talking about?! You're beautiful!! I've tried to use "that girl" as motivation too, but then I just end up feeling let down - no matter how hard I worked out. I'm NEVER going to have abs, it's just not in the cards for me, you know? haha - so I try to find other sources of motivation other than "her." Keep at your work outs! That was an impressive one wrote about! I wish I had YOUR motivation. I'd never last that long in the gym! :)

  4. You're too sweet! Thank you for such kind words! Trust me girl... my motivation isn't all it's cracked up to be. I struggle every single day. Like right now... I'm sitting on my ass on the computer when I could be out running. Meh.. LOL! It also helps when the BF is there watching me... I gotta show off a little bit. Hehe! I'm still looking for other ways of motivation other than "her".

  5. I defintely struggle with motivation. I just signed up for a half marathon so I better find some motivation quick!

    I always tell myself I never regret a work out. I usually make a deal with myself to do 20 minutes and then I can stop but I usually keep going!