Workout Wednesday

I know you heard this many, many, times, about how exercising or physical activity can not only improve your health but reduce the risk of developing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Turns out the so-called experts are correct not only does exercising and physical activity have immediate and long-term health benefits it can also improve your quality of life.

However, in the same breath, those so-called experts do not give you a remedy on how to stay focused or motivated. Even if one hires a personal trainer, doesn’t mean a person will stay motivated. You know if someone doesn’t want to do something they will find every excuse in the book not to do something. Am I right?

What is one to do? If you are anything like me, you buy things like toys like a Fitbit to keep you motivated. (Gotta tell ya, I’ve been a proud owner since December 2016, and yet this sparkling toy doesn’t keep me motivated). I’ve downloaded apps and even joined the gym. All of which were sparkling and exciting in the beginning, but as soon as I see myself making some progress, it’s game over!

Which converts from a well trimmed midsection back to what I worked so hard to get rid of.

So I learned my lesson. What was the lesson? It’s ok to celebrate, but don’t make a holiday out of it. Rewards are good, they actually increase my chances of continuing with my exercise routine. How? Think of it as a carrot on the end of a stick. Knowing that I can reward myself for doing well, I will set my reward for the next great achievement and work towards that reward. Make sense?

On that premise alone, I’ve returned to my workout regimen, (Its been 17 days now), and I’m already seeing great results. It’s like my mama used to say, “Nothing beats a failure but a try. “And I’m sure you’re familiar with, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”) And most importantly, “Don’t Give Up!”

You Got This!

Move Forward Friday

Motivational Friday

The weekend is upon us, which means most of us will be out and about running errands, doing laundry and/or cleaning house.  Don’t forget to add your exercise regime to the mix.  Especially those of you who just began working out-remember its easy to skip a day, but it is hard to get back on track.  I will be continuing my workout throughout the weekend right along side  you, because I’m afraid of losing my momentum.  😉

I know its the weekend, go ahead sleep in, but make sure when you get up that you put yourself first.  Doing what’s best for you, should be the only motivation you need.

Until tomorrow,

Lois

 

Me, Myself, and I

I must confess that during the holidays, I completely neglected my workout regime.  Why?  Because I’m greedy. LOL!  I love the holidays because of all the variety of delicious foods that are available, or that I cook. 

Now that I’ve returned to my workout regime, I realize that I never should had stopped.  My stopping was just an excuse to go off my regime and now I must retrain my body all over again.  Not to mention that if I had continued my regime, I would not have gained so much weight. Just before the holidays I was down to 195lbs and when I stepped on the scale (talking scale) on New Year’s day I was shock to hear that I was at 204.4lbs.  I swear heard the woman’s voice on my scale clear her throat. 😉 So it’s back to the ole drawing board.

This time around I’ve convinced my wife, Joanne to jump on the bandwagon and we’ve been walking around our apartment complex twice in the morning and I have also been utilizing my Pilates machine along with a couple of other exercises, (75 sit-ups 25 full sit-ups, 25 crunches, 25 bicycle side to side, 10 push up and 25 leg lifts).

I know that this journey is not going to be easy, because it is way easier to find an excuse not to exercise.  So I have to keep telling myself that, I am doing this for ME, and I can do it MYSELF, for I am important and it needs to be done.

And if that doesn’t work try this for Motivation (see below)

Be proud of yourself

 

This is my Runtastic Pro, accomplishment for today:

Lois just finished a Runtastic walking of 0.93 mi in 47m 45s

https://www.runtastic.com/sport-sessions/1110808846