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Top 5 Motivation Sparks (Or how I trick myself into a workout)

Top 5 Motivation Sparks (Or how I trick myself into a workout)

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Because the “OMG I am dying to work out” feeling doesn’t come naturally on some days, we have to find ways to light the fire to get going. Here are my top 5 sparks (okay tricks!): I promise my inner kid a treat after (wine!) I schedule to work out with a friend (fun, fun! And accountability!) I promise myself it can be very short; like 10 minutes (it never is!) I recall the post workout FEELING (endorphins, achievement, happiness, accomplishment!) I pinch my stomach (nuff said!) How do you get yourself...

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Top 5 Running Mantras – Plus 1

Top 5 Running Mantras – Plus 1

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A lot of running is mental so having a powerful mantra to repeat during a hard race or long run is helpful to keep the mind distracted from thinking negative thoughts. Here are my top 5: 1. I’m fit, tight, lean, light, full of energy, full of might 2. I got this 3. Count to 10 over and over 4. I win, I win, I win, I win 5. Left, left, left, right, left And sometimes I will just sing “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.” But that’s just because it makes me laugh!! What is your favorite running mantra?   Photo courtesy of That Girl Crystal and licensed through Creative Commons...

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The “Why” Exercise

The “Why” Exercise

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Once you determine what you want, you can keep yourself motivated by understanding the underlying WHY you want it.  One way to do this is to continue to ask yourself “why” you want the something at least 4-5 times until you get to the core.  You will feel it when you hit it! I found this to actually be pretty challenging to do and it took me a long time.  But the insight has been invaluable.  Now, if it even looks like I am going to begin waffling in motivation…all I need to do is recall my “why.”  With that one word, it is powerful enough to create action! Here is one of my WHY exercises:  I picked running because it is harder for me to get motivated to run than do strength training (believe it or not)! Why do you want to run? Because it makes me feel good Why? Because I feel like I accomplished something Why? Because I crave the feeling of accomplishment Why? Because it makes me feel proud Why? Feeling proud and accomplished gives me confidence I felt a powerful “ah ha” moment as soon as I got to the word “confidence.”  It is what I have been missing my entire life.  At the root of why I do anything is because I am seeking that feeling of confidence.  Being fit, fast, thin, successful…. All of these goals lead to that feeling of confidence. What is your one powerful word that represents your...

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What’s Stopping You

What’s Stopping You

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I believe there are two key reasons that are at the root of why year after year we are still resolving to “exercise more” and “get in shape” but continue to miss the mark. Lack of motivation and accountability. I firmly believe it is not a gap in knowledge people are missing as to why being fit and healthy is important. We know why we should exercise and many of us know how to exercise. It would be redundant to keep recapping the benefits of being fit, healthy and looking good. They may be “motivating” reasons to do so at the time you read about them, but not enough to create sustained action. But in the face of so much research and marketing and how to’s and gym memberships, etc., exactly why is it many of us do not consistently exercise? My instinct is that it boils down to an inability to get motivated to take the first step and lack of accountability. So with that in mind, I am beginning a research mission to uncover why and then offer up tips and/or ideas on how to get and stay motivated and what the role of accountability is in sticking to the goals we set. My goal? Empowerment.     Photo courtesy of Jessica Tam and licensed under...

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GRR Update

GRR Update

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The Gate River Run race was awesome this weekend. Unquestionably the most fun and fastest one yet. Great friends, perfect weather…nothing about this day was bad!!!  I finished in the top 10% overall and in my age group.  I have hit a PR in every new distance since January and I attribute that to the running plan a friend put me on back in November last year. Many thanks to  Brian L. for coaching me and being my inspiration to kick it up a notch! Which brings me to the point of the post….it’s important to spend at least some of your time running and training with people ahead of you fitness wise. I’m better because I have been pushed and as a result, my body has been forced to adapt. I may never catch up with some of running friends, but after this weekend, I am so inspired to keep trying! Who do you know that you could run/ workout with who could help you take it to the next...

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