Motivational Workout Pointers

Need to motivation to start working out again? I was recently talking with Vanessa about how entirely unmotivated I become (and stay!) about developing a workout routine. Her words really helped me, and I encourage you to read them and get moving! Vanessa has an awesome blog, Fitfoodiemomlife, and I’m so happy we could have her posting here today!
By Vanessa G.
Exercising is one of those things that I absolutely LOVE! And when I say that I am definitely not over exaggerating.
Putting in a good workout is something for this mama and I definitely need an avenue to escape every single day. I’m a fulltime mama (is there any other kind?) and I literally chase little feet, wipe dirty chins, wash peanut buttery fingers, and change poopy diapers all day long. I rarely have a chance to just breathe or sit down and when I do sit down it’s usually playing with my son. In fact, my son is the one who motivates me to workout. That little chubby 15 month old doesn’t even know it but he’s the one who literally kicks me in the butt every single morning. Many times I want to pull the covers over my head, throw the alarm clock out of the room, and go right back to sleep. But then I think, “I want to be a healthy mommy! I want my son to make healthy decisions!” And so I always get up and grab my shoes and kick butt in the garage.
I understand that not everyone grew up with a daily exercise regimen and so I have a few pointers and maybe motivational key points that might help you begin to move that beautiful body of yours!
  •  “I’m not a morning person!” This is perfectly okay and please, DO NOT beat yourself up for not getting out of bed before 7, or 8 or maybe even 9 (if you can sleep past 9am, please email me because I want to know your mama trick!). You don’t have to workout first thing in the morning, just start out with a walk or after brushing your teeth in the morning and evening time push yourself to do a 15-30 second plank. Those basic moves will kick start your body.
  •   “It’s too late. I will never be thin again!” MYTH! MYTH! MYTH! You can do absolutely anything you want as long as the mind is up for the change. Just by walking 20-30 minutes a day you will train your body to do some extra moving and you might be amazed to see how good it feels! Not everyone can start off with a high intensity workout. Start slow and gradually increase your activity. Don’t ever tell yourself you can’t because you better darn right believer you can!
  •   “Cardio is boring and too hard!” I agree. Cardio sucks! Try mixing up your workout routine if the thought of having to do cardio discourages you from even trying. Maybe do a high intense move (burpees, jumping jacks, high knees, lateral jumps, etc.) for 30 seconds and then move to the weights for 10 reps. This up and down heart rate interval training is super beneficial to weight loss.
  • “I get bored!” Okay, I can understand that. So maybe think of a friend or another mom who is in the same boat as you. Reach out to her and start a workout routine together. Doing this will force you to stick to your commitment because the other mama has a schedule to follow too!
I listed a few of the excuses most people seem to have (I’ve thought them before too!) but it’s now time to kick yourself in the butt and run after what you want most. If you want those slim legs or if the muffin top bothers you, then stop complaining about it and actually do something about it. You can’t complain about your issues if you never work against them. I know it’s so easy to tell yourself you’ll just do it tomorrow. Because who doesn’t have a baby who wakes up during the night? Or who doesn’t deal with the annoying bladder that screams in your face at 3am—just another one of the changes that occur after birth. I know. I get it all. But not doing anything for you actually discourages you more than you realize and moving your body 20-30 minutes every day will do lots for your mama brain!

Get moving mama. No workout will ever be a regret!

vanessa
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Vanessa is a mommy blogger, wife to a Naval Officer, and a mother to her one-year-old son. She loves everything fitness and health related and also enjoys cooking and baking. Motherhood is by far her most favorite and challenging journey and life task she has ever taken upon herself, but she would never trade it for anything in the world. Vanessa loves family, coffee, Jesus, traveling and good conversations.  
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How I find motivation (when feeling unmotivated)

Being a wife and mother to the most important of two (well, 1.5)men, takes a lot of energy and time. By the end of the day, I’m usually exhausted, both physically and mentally.

I wish I could say every task on the ‘To Do list’ is accomplished, but that’s not being honest, or realistic.

After the day is finished, there’s always a few things that you end up missing: a load of laundry in the dryer, forgetting to pick up onions for tomorrow’s stew, and then there’s the dinner dishes that need to go in the dishwasher…

It’s easy to want to ignore some chores when you’re overwhelmed, or just plain tired from all the other stuff you do every day.

And raising a child is hard work enough – I rarely have time for anything extra. And when I do, I find myself playing games with my son, because this really is more important than mopping.

I’ll even admit that I have a few projects lying around that range between nearly completed to ‘haven’t – even – started’ and it’s usually because by the time I remember them, I’m just done. Done with the day, or totally lack the motivation to work on them.

But, here’s a few tips that do help me build up the necessary motivation to hack it out, and get it all done. Starting with…

Checklists
I am a big checklist person. Somehow, seeing things on paper, keeps everything in a very cut-and-dry perspective for me. Just making a list of everything you want to accomplish for the day, keeps you on track and it won’t matter if you forget anything. You can always go back to the list. Best part? If something isn’t crossed off, you just move it to the next list.

I write two lists for the day; My ‘Must Do’ and my ‘To Do’. The ‘Must Do’ is pretty self explanatory, it’s the things I have to get done that day. Laundry, mop the floors, go to the store…you know, those everyday tasks. Then I have my ‘To Do’ where I list those extra projects that I need to have the time set aside for, and opportunity. Printing wedding pictures for our frames (I still have three to fill). Replacing the elastics in a few Flip Cloth Diaper covers. Painting my toenails. Basically things I want to do, and need the reminder to help me remember to do them. If I can get one extra project a day crossed off that list, it’s a good day. And I only start that list when my ‘Must Do’ is at a point of completion. It’s my motivation to get the ‘Must Do’ list done – I’ll be able to paint my toenails! I can work on that scrapbook I’ve been wanting to start. I can do something both fun, and that needs to be done. Even if I only get around to finishing one thing on that list, it’s my motivation to finish all the necessary tasks of the day first. Kinda like my own, “Do your homework before you play videogames.”

One at a time…
The checklist also keeps me from feeling overwhelmed throughout the day. It’s daunting to think of everything that needs to get done in one day – suddenly once naptime hits, snuggling with the baby and watching Grey’s Anatomy seems a lot more appealing than vacuuming. It’s a lot less stressful to focus on one task at a time, and I personally get a lot more done when I can say, “For now, we do the floors. Ok, floors are done-now I can start on the breakfast bar.” I don’t even think about anything else on the lists, or look at the massive pile of towels on the laundry room floor. I’m not focusing on that – I’m focused on the breakfast bar.

Browse for inspiration
Yes, this seems counter-productive, but it really can motivate you. When I browse Pinterest for organization and decoration ideas for the closet, I’m reminded that first, before I can do anything new, I have to do something with the piles of folded laundry on the floor. Installing hooks on the cabinet doors for my pots and lids are a great idea-and will force me to pull everything out to prepare for it. When I want to recreate a flower bed by my front door, it will require pulling all the weeds before planting the flowers. I think it helps to see a picture of completion that I can think of and work towards, when doing unappealing tasks like cleaning the garage. We have a storage closet under our stairs that has now become the “stuff away area for everything we don’t want to look at. It needs to be gone through, so I’m looking at a lot of new ways to organize everything in there, and how to turn some of the clutter into something useful. So while I don’t even want to think about going in and decluttering, I know I have a stack of wire baskets that could be put to better use, and a great bathroom deco/organizer idea. The baskets are in the back of the closet, so I’m forced to finish the cleaning task before the fun part. It’s all in perspective… and at the end of the day, if I don’t get around to it…

It’s ok to leave for another day…
If you absolutely have to, just abandon the lists for a little bit-snuggle with the baby, or play on the floor with the toddler. Call a friend! Take a few minutes to recharge so when you do tackle chores and projects again, you’ll feel more energized. If you don’t get around to it, it will be there tomorrow. The goal is to find motivation, and if you really aren’t up for it today, the worst you can do is overwhelm yourself so much that you can’t do anything tomorrow. So don’t stress!

This is just how I find motivation to get me through the days when I really don’t feel like doing much. How do you find motivation when feeling completely unmotivated? Share below!

How I Find Motivation (When Feeling Completely Unmotivated!)

Jealousy: The Good & Bad

Everyone’s Journey in the Pursuit of Happiness, is different; with varying pitfalls, highs, and obstacles. I can say with confidence that after 28 years, I’m a pretty happy person. I can’t say that for others I know, but at least I can about my journey.

It’s an unfortunate fact, but some people will always be jealous of you. Maybe their journey is a rockier road. Or it’s not turning out as well as they thought. But some people are always looking in someone else’s lane.

Now, there’s good jealousy and bad jealousy. The Good kind of jealousy can motivate you. Push you to be a better person. It can inspire you to reach your goals. And then there’s the Bad kind. This is the type of jealousy that can occur at any time, over any little thing; and usually it’s within the person least expected to be jealous of someone else. But that’s because things aren’t always what they seem.

I used to envy some of my girlfriends, For their husbands, families, houses, wardrobe…you know, the basic stuff one can be envious over. Until I really started working on my own journey. Once I met my husband, all that melted away. Now I had a goal worth investing in; our family, our house (my own wardrobe, but you get the picture). That’s the Good kind of jealousy. And there’s nothing really wrong with that if you can use it as a motivator.

But sadly, there’s some people that will look at your success as not only their failure, but a personal curse. I think everyone has an idea of this type of person: They can’t stand for anyone to be on top, but them. Always quick to remind you of setbacks, harsh realities, and even your past. Whatever it takes to steal the spotlight. I’m genuinely happy for people I know that are doing well in their life. Sadly, not everyone is like this.

So what can you do about it?

I try to be as understanding as possible with someone who is like that. It’s the only way I can not only tolerate their feelings, but try to inadvertently help them at the same time. For instance: my friend’s who poke at me for being skinny. Well, none of them are my size-actually, quite heavier. Yes, it’s childish to comment on someone’s weight, no matter what it is. And that’s what I remind myself-along with the possibility that maybe they just make rude jokes because they are struggling with their own issues, and that’s how they deal. It’s easier to attempt an understanding and shrug it off, rather than to get angry about it.

There’s really nothing you can do about it but shrug it off. Keep doing you. Like I said before, some use jealously as a healthy motivator. It’s not your fault that it’s turned into something bad. And it shouldn’t keep you from completing your journey to happiness. And maybe one day, after seeing you still happy and content with your life goals, whomever is exuding that negative jealousy towards you, can turn it into a motivator instead. By continuing on your journey without allowing them to slow you down, you are giving them the best inspiration possible, to change their lives.

The worst thing you can do, is let the inevitable (jealous people) stop you from achieving.

mexico