Why does everyone expect to always be motivated to workout, eat healthy, and live a mindful wholesome lifestyle?
When I mention to someone that I'm training for a marathon they first ask how far that is, and second they say, "OMG that's crazy, how do you motivate yourself to run that far?"... I usually don't think into it to much, until now.
I realized I don't really have motivation to run that far. I'm not competitive by any means so signing up for something and needing to accomplish it isn't really a "motivating" factor and I'm not that motivated to just go out and run 26.2 miles, but i do it anyway.
I run because I can.
I run because at the end of the day, getting a run in feels complete.
I run to feel the breeze, to taste the salty sweat running down my face, to feel my body get stronger, to take in the fresh air.
I run because it's who I am.
There is no amount of motivation that can get my ass up at the crack of dawn to eat, pack my things, and drive out to a bike path to run for 3 hours in the cold.. there has to be more to it...and there is.
At the end of the day when you go to bed you should be able to look on the mirror, exhausted, yet relaxed, and know that you did something for yourself today, you bettered yourself, you respected your body, you fed your desire to be whole and you nurtured your soul.
It didn't happen after my first run... or my second or third. I don't know when it happened, but one day when I woke up to run it wasn't motivation lacing up my sneakers, it was just me.
There Will Never Be Another You.
Why are we so quick to downplay our personal achievments!?...
"You look great today"
"O, no i don't i'm a mess, this old top? This hair?"
"You can run a mile without stopping? How exciting!"
"O please, it's only one mile, i'm so slow anyway, i barely make it to the end."
Why can't we just be happy for ourselves and accept compliments, acknowledge our accomplishments, and promote ourselves as the bad ass achievers we are?!
Do we celebrate only the big birthdays...30,40, 50 etc. Or do we celebrate every birthday in between?? There will always be someone who runs faster, lifts heavier, dresses nicer... but there will never be another you. YOU accomplishing your first mile or YOU rocking a badass outfit will never be something someone else can take away.
Once we start acknowledging our accomplishments, whether it be at the gym, at work or in our social life, we will be able to really break away from what holds us back and continue to accomplish. Each time bigger and better things will be done and the positive energy and encouragement that we begin to accept along the way will only fuel our success even more.
Why are we afraid of our own fat???
Rumor has it I have cellulite on my legs. Most people do. Some people have a lot. Some a little. I have yet to meet anyone with none. What people don't seem to realize is fat is not a bad thing! Male or female, fat fills us out, gives us curves,insulates us, and give your body some personality!
People are so afraid of their own fat because:
"CONFIDENCE STARTS WITH YOU,
While running yesterday down a busy road I thought about my fat, i thought about my legs jiggling as cars fly by. I thought about my cellulite peaking out every time i took a step, each dinple waving at oncoming traffic while hissing at me to run harder. Luckily i also thought about how much i dont give a shit what people driving by in their cars think of my fat, my cellulite, or my leg giggle. Maybe they think i need longer shorts? Maybe i should stick to less traveled side roads and tame my cellulite and it's unruly ways. MAYBE.... maybe i dont give a shit. My legs are powerful and muscular and kick serious ass. My legs carry my dimply ass through mile after mile never once judging. We need to start silencing those that bring us down... even if it is ourselves. If you notice not once did i say anyone actually told me i had fat, or mentioned my cellulite, or explained their feeling ls regarding the length of my shorts. Odds are no one ever will, why? Because im confident.
Im happy in my skin and im ok with my jiggle. No one would dare come up to a confident lady rocking her running shorts and think that there is any room for them to say somthing negative. It's all in your own head. No one can knock you down unless you let them.
Im a work in progress like anyone else, but if you always wait until your "confident" in your body to start enjoying somthing, like running shorts on a hot day... you are missing out! Confidence starts with you, and it starts today!
So you're trying to watch what you're eating. Keep the calories down, sugar under control. That mindset...great! The execution... not so great.
People are so afraid to actully eat good filling foods that they continue to stick with diet breads, "light" drinks, sugarless desserts, and their body ends up craving it all even more.
DO NOT BE AFRAID OF FOOD!
Breakfast is the perfect example, you want to get started on a heathy note, get your metabolism going, and feel full and satisfied for the morning. Coffee and light toast won't cut it... Above I have my vegan pancakes (don't worry they're non vegan taste approved) that i "veganized" from a martha stewart recipe! They are amazing with some crushed strawberries too!
Now according to the recipe that's 2 tbsp of sugar for 8 pancakes, roughly 3g of sugar added to each pancake. Hell yes!!!! Personally I dont believe in counting natural sugars (the bananas) so that really isn't bad at all. Just add some protein, either substitute some flour with protein powder or add something on the side and you have a filling satisfying breakfast! Obviously this one may take a little extra time and I only use as a weekend breakfast option unless it's made in advance! Any other good recipes I should know about? Comment!