Posts Tagged ‘Motivation’

Hey Guys!

My internal alarm woke me this morning at 5:15 AM.  YIKES!  That’s early for this night owl!

Early Workout

I go to bed every night excited about the following day’s planned workout.  I’m even more excited to see my results at the end of the next 2-3 months.  If they’re anything like my brother’s results I’ll be ecstatic!  Most of us want to see the changes immediately.  I mean, like yesterday, “immediately”.  😉  It would be nice if it happened that way, but we all know that transformation comes with consistent hard work over time.  There’s no amount of wishing that’s going to get you to the finish line.  It takes effort, but it will be worth it!

I knew going into this that it wouldn’t be easy.  I mean, have you seen the Insanity infomercials?    The program is no joke! There are no limits to your success if you don’t allow failure to be an option though.


 I was worried about my knees at first, but made sure to buy a special mat that protects them during my jumps.  I also LISTEN to my body.  If something is bothering me I improvise the movements.  No need to be a hero!  It’s me against myself.  I know that I’m working hard and not taking any shortcuts.

Beat Her


I worked HARD this morning!  It all started with Insanity Cardio Power & Resistance followed by Les Mills Pump Challenge.


 Here are my  stats for each of the workouts:

Cals Burned

My arms are sore, but I’m feeling great!  I love getting my workout in first thing in the morning.  That way, there’s no added worry during the day about when I’ll fit it in or what obstacles might come up (working late, feeling lazy, emergencies, exhaustion, etc).

Now, I can just sit pretty at my desk and know that when I leave the office behind I have a full night ahead of me to enjoy with my man.  😉

Fave Dress

Have you been bringing it in your workouts?  What time of day do you like to workout?

Hope you’re having a great day!


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Hi My Sweets!

I currently pulled myself out of the whirlwind that I call my work life to take a short break and regroup myself.  The past few days have really flown because work has been INSANELY busy.  Hey, it’s better to get to take your break at 3 PM instead of no break at all, right?  Sometimes, I actually like to take my break later in the day.  By the time I get back to my desk the day is almost over and I’m motivated in knowing that I’ll be able to leave and go home (or go to kickboxing) soon. Smile

Speaking of motivation, I’ve been a little down in the dumps lately, even with all of the positive things beginning to happen right now.  I’m almost 100% certain is has to do with my coming birthday on Sunday.  When I turned 33 last year I truly believed that the coming year was going to have wonderful things in store for me.  I had plans for what I was going to do with myself (fitness competition, graduating from IIN with a full client list, possibly getting engaged, etc.)  While I did graduate from IIN most of the other things in my bucket list just didn’t happen.  Granted, there was an unexpected hurricane which took away our home, but the closer I’m getting to marking another year the more depressed I get knowing that I didn’t reach my goals.  I’m going into my 34th year with a very negative attitude which needs to change!  NOW!

I need to stop looking in my rearview mirror and start looking toward the present and future.  No should’ve, could’ve, would’ve is going to change anything that happened over the past year.  It’s time to take a look at what prevented me from reaching my goals over this past year so that I don’t make the same mistakes again and then move forward.  Only I am in control of today and my future.

On that note, I must make some things happen over at my desk.  I’ll also be making things happen at kickboxing tonight, but that’s 3 hours from now.  Work first and play later. Winking smile

Have a great day!


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Hi My Sweets!

Well, we’ve made it to 2013!  Happy New Year to you!!

I wish I could say that I woke up cheery and bright, ready to welcome in the new year.  Unfortunately, my day started with tears, but Rob did what he does best and got the tears to go away.  Smile

I tend to dwell on the past, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned more than once here on the blog.  I think that Carla said it best in one of her recent posts.  We have to “stop re-reading” and “start living life through the windshield instead of through our rearview mirror.”  I completely agree! 

I’m known in my family to live in the past, wishing I could have done X, Y and Z instead of A, B & C.  We can’t go back and fix things.  All we can do is learn from our mistakes and move forward, resolving not to make the same mistakes again.

I’ve been extremely ashamed of myself lately.  So ashamed that I’ve unintentionally been hunching over instead of walking straight.  Can you imagine?  I’ve always had great posture even if it was the result of being tortured for 4 years of marching band.  I guess I’m trying to make myself as small as I possibly can, but I obviously look ridiculous not standing tall and proud.  I’m MAD that I let myself get to this point after feeling so great about myself last February.  I was actually beginning to see abdominal muscles back then.  My legs looked the best they had ever looked….IN.MY.LIFE!  No more looking back though!!

Lately, I’ve pushing myself to be out in public.  Going to work and even being around family has been causing a lot of anxiety for me.  Let’s face it, at work people have bigger issues to deal with and friends and family love me for me, NOT what I look like.  However, if I could crawl into a dark corner and live the rest of my life out there I totally would.  What a sad way to think, right?  Well, NO MORE!

I have too much to live for, too much I should be thankful for and too much of a difference I can make in the world!  This sweetheart isn’t going to curl up in some dark corner and watch the rest of her life pass her by. I’m not going down without a fight, even if it’s the fight of my life! NO WAY!!

Over the past few years I haven’t made New Years Resolutions.  I don’t think that it should take a new year for you to make changes to be a better version of yourself.  Every day is a new opportunity for us to make changes. 

It just so happens that my ultimate low is coinciding with the new year.  Instead of making “resolutions” for 2013 I’m going to make some “commitments” to myself.


My Commitments To Myself:

  1. Be kind to myself.
  2. Take actions to be the healthiest ME possible (mind, body & spirit).
  3. Live in the moment, not in the past.
  4. Fully enjoy the experience in Nevis in February. 
  5. Have confidence in myself that I have the ability to make my life the way I want it to be.
  6. Stand TALL!  No more hunching over!!
  7. Learn to love myself, imperfections and all.


With these commitments, there has to be an action plan.  I’m not going to get from A to Z just by wishing, ya know?

Here’s The Plan:

  1. Every morning, wake up and think of at least 1 thing I have to look forward to that day.
  2. Every night, journal 3 good things that happened and/or that I was thankful for.
  3. Stretch Daily!
  4. Remember to check my posture.
  5. Find something that I’m passionate about and volunteer.
  6. Read at least 1 book per month.
  7. Keep up with current events.
  8. Start going back to church weekly.
  9. Make more dates with friends.
  10. Find a good therapist and begin to meet with her weekly.
  11. Make all necessary doctor appointments.
  12. Go to hot yoga at least 1x/week.
  13. Cardio at least 3x/week (finish the Couch to 5k program).
  14. Weights/Boot Camp 3-4x/week.
  15. Look in the mirror at least 1x/week and tell myself one thing I like about myself.
  16. Prep for the week (meals, work outfits, workout schedule, etc) on the weekend and the night before.
  17. Go to bed at a normal hour (11 PM at the very latest on week nights).
  18. Drink enough water daily.
  19. Take my vitamins daily.
  20. Eat enough throughout the day so I’m not starving at night (late night hours are when I have issues with my eating).
  21. Begin to write out my business plan.
  22. Blog consistently.
  23. Vlog weekly.
  24. Buy new clothes.
  25. Treat myself to a mani/pedi, waxing, haircut regularly.
  26. Organize our dungeon current living situation so that I don’t have as much anxiety living there.

What do you think?  Do my commitments and action plan seem reasonable?  Do you make resolutions every year?


Rob took starting pictures for me this morning….in my bikini.  I’m horrified!  There’s no way I’m stepping on a beach in Nevis looking this way!  I included steps in my action plan to allow me to be confident in my body (or at least more confident) by the time we get on that plane to paradise.

This is going to be the trip of a lifetime and I REFUSE to allow myself to overshadow the experience with negative thoughts!

This Saturday I’m going to post the starting pics along with my stats.  It’s ok, you can close your eyes if you want to.  I’m giving ya fair warning that it isn’t pretty. Winking smile

I know I don’t have much time until the trip.  We leave February 9th, so I only have just over a month to make changes.  I don’t have unrealistic expectations in my mind.  I know I’m not going to lose 30 lbs in 40 days.  That just won’t happen (Nor do I need to lose 30 lbs.  I’d like to lose about 20 by the summer).  That doesn’t mean I don’t start TODAY in making changes and going down the right path.

Do It Today

I’M in control of getting my body fit!It’s up to ME!

I Shape ME

I’ve made up my mind!

Change Your Mind

2013 is going to be my BEST year yet!!


A year from today, this morning’s tears will be a distant memory and I will wake up with a smile on my face knowing that I committed myself to being the best me I can be and that I didn’t let myself down.

Wishing you all the best in 2013 and always!


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Hey Guys!

Quickly checking in here today.  I had some technical difficulties yesterday and wasn’t able to post the Thursday Thoughts video I had recorded for you.  😦  I’m thinking about spiffing it up a bit and then setting it up to post next week.  What do you think?

Anyhow, it’s Friday!  FRIDAY!!

At times this week really dragged out, but at other moments it flew by.  Like, right now I can’t believe it’s after 2 PM and I still haven’t taken my lunch break.  Time really FLEW! 

I’ve been up since 5:15 AM and I’m proud to report that I got my booty to the gym and had an awesome workout.  That’s right, I’m kickin’ booty & takin’ names.  I’m talking about you, Miss Unmotivated!!

I have to tell you, it felt great to get in there and really lift.  I’ve lost a lot of strength, but I still consider myself a beast, at least compared to the other girls lifting at my gym.  I have a ways to go, but I’m on the right track and that’s the most important thing.  Right?  RIGHT!

Now, I just have to remember this awesome feeling whenever I want to rollover and pull the covers up over my head, when the alarm sounds at such an ungodly hour.  Rob has been saying that he wants to get back into a gym routine so maybe he’ll be my training partner, but I have a sneaky suspicion that he’ll be working out a bit later in the day than me.  He’s such a lucky guy getting to work from home most days.  Not fair!

Anyway, back to the grind, but less than three hours to go now.  Count ’em….1 – 2 – 3!!

I hope you’re having a Fantastic Friday and that a Wonderful Weekend is ahead for you!



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Hi Guys!

Another, dreary day here in NY.  It seems like the weather turned on us rather quickly.  Once it decided to make its change, the chill seemed to appear overnight.  The gloomy weather actually makes it seem not so bad to be sitting at work, because I don’t feel like I’m missing anything out on anything.  Obviously, I’d rather be home, bundled up under the covers reading. shopping online, or watching a movie, but a girl has to work, right? 😉

 Want to know the upside to having to work during the holiday yesterday?  No traffic!  I wish the roads could be like that every day!   Sometimes, I feel like I’ve driven through an obstacle course by the time I’ve made it to work and then back home.  Maybe it’s because I’m a CT girl living in a NY world.  The commute gets draining, but there aren’t any better options right now.

Anyway, I made it home lightning fast last night and hung out with Rob, joking around and talking about our day.  Yesterday was another rough one for me and I knew he was really putting the effort in to make me laugh.  He decided to treat me to takeout from my favorite restaurant where I always get the same dinner amongst the great variety of choices that they offer.  We then watched some tv and my eyelids quickly got heavy.  I think I totally drained myself with my bad mood yesterday.  I was out almost immediately when I finally headed to bed.  The next thing I knew it was morning.


Have you ever gotten into such a funk that you aren’t motivated to do anything?  That’s how I’m feeling right now.  I don’t know if it’s the weather lately, craziness at work or feeling out of control in general, but the depression is really wearing on me and I’m sure I’m not the only one it’s wearing on (poor Rob).  The lack of motivation has been impacting my workouts, even my beloved lifting! 

I was up at 5:30 AM this morning and totally should have gotten my tush to the gym.  I brought the garbage out to the curb, spoke with Rob as he was getting ready for work and then…..I went back under the covers. Not good!  I need to get back to my regular schedule and start to feel better about myself again.  I’ve NEVER walked out after a workout with regret, that’s for sure. 

Maybe the workouts will put me into a better mood.  I hope so!

The plan is to make it to the gym tomorrow morning.  Will you hold me to it?

Have a great day, my friends!


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Is anyone still out there????

 Hey Guys!  So sorry that I’ve been MIA for so long.  I think that everything with my grandmother (and other life stressors) put me over the edge for a while.  I was feeling really out of control in my life, extremely depressed and just kind of out of it.  You really wouldn’t have wanted me blogging and I honestly just didn’t have it in me.

 I know I’ve mentioned my disordered eating on here recently.  Let me tell you, it had such a strong hold over me during this past month or so.  I was scared to death that I wasn’t going to fit into my maid-of-honor dress this Saturday, for my sister’s wedding. 

I went for my fitting a few weeks ago and ended up in tears because the dress was snug.  The seamstress saw no issues, but all I saw was BIG, FAT, FAILURE” stamped across my forehead.  I was ashamed that I let ED get the best of me…again.

You eventually (at least I did) come to a point and acknowledge that the only person who can really pull you to safety is YOU

You must reach out for help and/or take steps to make things change.  I was in a horrible cycle and I needed to break it!  I could complain (more likely cry) to my Mom, Rob, and friends, but nothing was going to change until I took the reins to control this demon.

Guess what?  I’M BACK!!  I feel like a completely different person and that feels WONDERFUL!

 I ran out to CVS over the weekend to buy a journal and a planner.


 Yes, I was the kid who absolutely loved going back to school for nothing else other than a trip to Staples. 🙂 

Let me tell ya, I think I was in the notebook section of CVS for about 30 minutes looking for the perfect journal and planner.  I have a hard time making decisions.  Can you tell?

Part of my new routine is journaling, which I think has been helpful.  Sometimes I write my feelings and other times it might be a list of goals or motivational quotes.  I’m being my own cheerleader and it seems to be working.

I also might have a little secret up my sleeve.  Give me about a month and I’ll announce it to you.  I don’t want to be premature in saying anything.  There’s only one other person who knows my secret. 

Rob? Nope!  My Mom?  Nope!  That’s saying a lot!  They’ll find out when you do!

For now, I’m keeping things to myself because I feel like when I announce things I sometimes let others distract me and take me off of my path. 

Ok, have to run and do a little of this thing called work.  It pays the bills and all.  😉

Have a great day!


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Happy Friday, Friends!

Only a full, 8-hour workday is separating me from the weekend!  If the day moves as quickly as it did yesterday, freedom will be upon me before I know it!  Woo hoo!  Bring on the weekend!

Want to know what else is great about this Friday?  I have a date!  Well, probably not the kind of date that you’re thinking of….A blogger date!

You see, Rob is on a man adventure with my future brother-in-law and crew.  A lil thing called a bachelor party….in VEGAS!!  God, I’m scared for them.

So, Toni from Running, Loving, Living took pity on me was kind enough to set aside some time, away from her family, and hang out with the lonely blogger who lives a few towns over from her (aka ME).  A date at Starbucks it shall be! 🙂

I’m looking forward to it, Toni!  Can’t wait to meet ya!

 Now, for some Friday Fitness!!

Getting Back on Track Edition

If you remember, yesterday I was complaining about my gym and the lack of motivation that’s resulted from it.  This girly needs to get things back on track, especially since I’ll be squeezing into my maid-of-honor dress two short months from now. GAH!!

When my alarm sounded this morning, I forced myself to hop out of bed and drag myself to the torture chamber gym. 

Maybe people left early for the weekend.  Maybe they had a rough night out on Thursday.  Whatever the reason, I was a happy gal when I discovered that the gym was much less crowded than normal. 

Empty Lot

Empty Gym


This girl is not a huge fan of cardio; however, I do incorporate it into my weekly routine.  It’s obviously good for the heart and body.  It’s also a pretty great stress reliever, even if you don’t realize it at the time.

I try to vary my cardio (type, intensity & length) so that my body doesn’t get used to any one thing.  I do have to be careful, due to early onset arthritis in my knees.  It hasn’t been bothering me much lately (knock on wood), but I’m still careful not to push myself beyond my limits.  Always listen to your body.  It truly knows best!

Today, I did a quick 30 minutes of steady state cardio on the elliptical with a short cool down.  Steady state, doesn’t mean slow as molasses, at least in my world.  I push it, but at a pace I can stick to for the duration of my session.

After becoming a sweaty mess, I made my way into the lifting area.  I love, love, LOVE to lift!  I always make a deal with myself to get the cardio in first and then I reward myself with my lifting session.  I know all too well that if I lift first it would be way too easy for me to walk out without getting cardio in.

Today’s lifting session consisted of Shoulders, Glutes & Hamstrings divided into 4 Supersets.

I get a kick out of watching my muscles while I lift.  I also get a kick out of watching the guys wonder where this beast of a chick came from. 😉

By the end of the gym session I was pooped yet amped for the day to begin.  One of the best feelings, in my opinion, is the feeling of accomplishment before your day has really even begun.  Don’t ya think?

*With pumped up motivation, after my successful gym session, I decided to post fitness goals each Friday for the upcoming week.  Without further ado, here you go! 


Fitness Goals: Friday, June 15th – Thursday, June 21st

Friday, June 15th – 30 Minutes Steady State (SS) Cardio, Shoulders, Glutes & Hamstrings  – CHECK!

Saturday, June 16th – 30 Minutes Intervals, Back & Abs

Sunday, June 17th – 30 Minutes  SS Cardio & Chest

Monday, June 18th – 30 Minutes Intervals, Quads & Calves

Tuesday, June 19th – 30 Minutes SS Cardio, Arms & Abs

Wednesday, June 20th – 40 Minutes SS Cardio, Shoulders, Glutes & Hams

Thursday, June 21st – 35 Minutes Intervals, Back & Abs

*Note: Normally, I would have a rest day somewhere in there. My reason for not having one will follow in the very near future.


I made it home, showered up, blended my post workout shake, kissed Rob goodbye (please pray for him. LOL) and now am heading out to get this workday moving along.

Wishing you a great Friday and wonderful weekend ahead!


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