Posts tagged with "motivation"

Week of Workouts {July 26 - Aug. 1}

Posted August 2, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 8 more

Although this week wasn't much better than last week, I did manage to squeeze in a couple of my own workouts outside of the fitness classes I teach.

My struggle is still getting up in the morning before work to workout. Since I teach all of my classes in the evenings, the morning is the only time I have to exercise. And when my alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. every morning, can you guess what I do? Snooze. Snooze. Snooze. Off.

I don't want to discredit the workouts I get when I teach. I work hard in my classes, especially Piloxing. I leave that class dripping in sweat. But I definitely need to add in some of my own strength training, cardio and yoga.

I had a heart to heart with the BF and told him I needed a bit of motivation. I convinced him to join the August Fresh Air Fitness Challenge through FitFluential with me. We will workout outside for at least 30 minutes every day this month! I'm excited to to get out of my comfort zone a bit with my workouts. 

Our Aug. 1 workout was just a 30 minute run, but it felt pretty brutal. Since it got hot, I haven't been running a whole lot. So this challenge will be good for me.

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My Goals for Fall

Posted September 25, 2014 in Fall, goals, motivation and 7 more

When the seasons change, I like to take a little time to set some intentions for the new season. It's the perfect time to reevaluate the goals you've already set or even set some new goals.

At first, I was sad to see summer go. But I realized that fall is full of new opportunities, a chance to wear clothes I haven't seen in ages (cozy sweaters!) and a way to switch up my meals (hello, butternut squash soup, apple crisp and pumpkin everything!).

Here are my goals for fall...

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October Goals

Posted October 7, 2014 in October, goals, motivation and 12 more

I'm a chronic goal setter. I set daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and even life goals. 

I feel like I function better when I'm working towards something. It makes me more productive, and there's nothing better than that feeling of accomplishing a goal!

But lately, I've been making my usual goal lists and then...nothing. The day or week will come and go and my list remains with no checks next to my goals. 

Then I read a post about goals written by a blogger I met at FitBloggin. Brooke Not on a Diet creates daily, weekly and monthly goals each month and decides on a reward if she meets her goals. I totally love this idea, and I know it will help motivate me to get going on my goals!

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November Goals Review + December Goals

Posted December 2, 2014 in goals, goal setting, Fall and 12 more

For the past few months, I've been setting daily, weekly and monthly goals to help me reach my bigger goals, and I've been sharing how I've been doing.

I hope you enjoy reading these posts. I always think it's interesting to see how people are working on themselves. I want to give you a glimpse into my successes and things I need to work on, but also inspire you to take time to set your own goals. I truly believe goal setting is key to becoming your best self!

Click here to find out how I did with my October goals.

November was better. I did well with two of my daily goals and a few of my weekly goals. My monthly goals...not so much.

Here's how I did...

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Spring Fitness Apparel Upgrade

Posted April 1, 2015 in fitness clothing, fitness, shopping and 5 more

Happy First Day of April!!

I love April because it really starts to feel like spring and my birthday is in exactly one month from today! Woo hoo! I LOVE birthdays.

I've totally had the itch to update my wardrobe since the weather started to warm up. I mentioned it last week, in my How to Update Your Wardrobe for Spring post. I haven't gone through my closet yet, but it's on my spring to do list!

In addition to updating my day-to-day wardrobe for spring, I also like to change things up with my workout wardrobe when the seasons change. Warmer weather means more outdoor workouts and wearing tank tops and shorts! It's time to put away the long leggings and cool weather workout gear!

Purchasing a few new pieces for your workout wardrobe can also keep you motivated or reenergize you to work toward your fitness goals! I've said it before, looking good on the outside makes you feel good on the inside. Even though you'll be covered in sweat, feeling good in what you're wearing to workout is important! When I like my workout clothes and feel good in them, I actually want to workout!

Today I'm sharing some of my spring workout picks.

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Running Mantras To Get You Through Your Next Run

Posted April 30, 2015 in running, half-marathon, half-marathon training and 6 more

Since my next half-marathon is just a few days away, I wanted to share some running mantras that help get me through my runs.

Long distance running requires more mental strength than physical strength. That's actually why I love running half-marathons. In my daily life or in my regular workouts, I don't have to dig down to find that deep inner strength.

Running has been the only thing that has ever pushed me to have to talk myself into continuing when I feel like my body is giving up. You have to use your mental strength to push through physical barriers.

It's a pretty amazing thing.

So what do I tell myself when my hamstrings are burning, my knees are aching and my feet don't feel like they can take another step?

Here are my favorite running mantras...

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Staying motivated to workout with Sweat Pink and prAna

Posted August 10, 2015 in Sweat Pink, prAna, fitness and 6 more

This week, Sweat Pink is teaming up with prAna for their #1MillionMinutes challenge.

The Sweat Pink community is working to achieve #1MillionMinutes of movement this summer. The challenge began on June 21, and I've been tracking my minutes of activity since then. I've been participating in some of their daily Instagram challenges, and posting Sweat Pink's fun Mad-Lib-style post prompts (see here and here).

Today, I have another fun Mad-Lib-esque post for you...

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Books to Inspire You in the New Year

Posted January 1, 2016 in new year, books, reading and 6 more


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Last year, I set a goal to read 12 books...one book a month. I'm usually a novel reader, but I made a point to read a few books that would help me learn and grow. 

I ended up falling in love with personal development books! I felt so inspired while reading them, and they forced me to look within myself more.

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My Favorite Podcasts {for inspiration and motivation}

Posted August 24, 2016 in podcasts, healthy living, holistic health and 10 more

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I love listening to podcasts in the morning when I'm applying my make up and doing my hair (by doing my hair, I mean letting it air dry and spraying sea salt spray on it). 

Most of the podcasts that I listen to have some kind of inspirational theme, so it helps me start my day on a positive note. 

But I also love listening to podcasts on long drives, during walks or when I'm doing boring data entry-type stuff at work. I love that I'm able to listen to interviews with inspiring people or just learn about something new. 

While I mostly listen to holistic wellness podcasts, I did get REALLY into Serial. I couldn't stop listening. I would go on walks at work so I could keep listening. I listened to both seasons, and was obsessed. Like, so obsessed that I listened to and read all the supplemental stuff on the Serial website. So if you haven't listened to Serial, you probably should.

While I had a brief obsession with a real-life crime podcast, I mostly listen to inspirational podcasts. So I thought I would share my favorites with you! 

{By the way, one of my dreams is to have my own podcast!} 

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5 Tips for Creating Consistency with Your Workouts

Posted September 7, 2016 in workout, fitness, workout motivation and 6 more

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The body loves consistency. 

When we feed our bodies nourishing foods throughout each day, our bodies stay healthy and we have vitality and energy. When we move our bodies every day, we are strong and full of energy.

So if being consistent makes us feel so freakin good, why is it so hard? 

A full schedule, stress at work, stress at home, family responsibilities, the list goes on and on. We often think of all the reasons why we can't do something rather than trying to figure out how to make it work. 

Besides helping you lose or maintain weight, consistent exercise helps improve your mood, boosts your energy, promotes sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, boosts creativity, strengthens your heart, protects your vision, helps build confidence, strengthens bones, makes you look younger, improves brain health and adds years to your life. 

Unfortunately, you're not going to experience those amazing benefits by going to the gym once every few weeks! 

To help you create consistency with your workouts, here are four simple tips:

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