this week, read about how we are getting motivated all over again…sometimes it’s hard to stay on track, right?!

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joanie: bri left town and suddenly my workout stamina started to diminish. i’d get annoyed at how slow class felt like it was going or how long the teacher was making us hold a pose. i found myself wanting to be at home drinking a margarita instead of at yoga, which i let myself do for a week or so but then slowly forced myself to dropped the lazy act and started to work out again. this is where really comes in handy for two reasons – 1. i can try something new, and mix it up and 2. if i cancel with in 12 hour they charge me, which is a huge incentive. i’d rather spend that money on lunch then another hour of sleep. the first thing i notice that gets affected when i don’t work out is my sleep, i notice that i toss and turn so much more when i haven’t been getting my heart rate up enough. skipping the gym is also a serious mood killer, i’m much more on edge and stressed when i’m not active. both of those things are big motivators towards keeping myself healthy and active.

bri: so i must admit, i had a goal to work out a lot before my nicaragua trip, so after it was over i found it VERY hard to get back into the swing of things. (drinking & eating on my trip was fuuuuun) but i also know that i was feeling so much better about myself and i really wanted to keep that up. so, this week we are going to talk a little about GETTING OUT OF THE RUT. how do you do it? here’s a few ways i’m working my way back into the healthy thing…

1. the one thing that keeps me going is how much i love dance class. i always find myself smiling and just letting go off all the crap that’s been bothering me. so i am going to find more dance classes to try! i might even try a twerk shop soon, because that sounds hilarious and fun.

2. it really helps me if i sign up using an app ( charges you if you don’t cancel 12 hours before.) so you kinda get tricked into having to commit to the class. but in a good way! i would have skipped a lot more if there wasn’t a charge. if i plan out my week and sign up online for all my classes i end up going. especially if a friend is going with me!

3. a goal. turns out those work for me. so i am picking my friend’s 30th birthday at the beach in november as a new goal. trip motivations work!

4. this one is a little weird. but i went through my and looked at old photos of me from when i felt awesome. it sure didn’t hurt my motivation.

5. be easy on myself. i went from not working out at all, to working out 5-6 days a week! and then went on vacation. it’s hard to get back into it, but i don’t need to be so hard on myself about it. after all i am not on a diet, i am working on having a healthier lifestyle in general. i think after my classes this week i will be feeling much better!

6. and looking at  sure gets me in the mood to be healthy!

this week i am doing my normal workouts, a little cardio, a little bar method / pop physique, and hopefully a yoga class in there somewhere. now do tell me, what gets you motivated again?!

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joanie: i’ve been pan roasting a ton of vegetables a the beginning of the week (i like garlic, onion, sweet potato, and squash tossed with coconut oil, salt and pepper at 450 for 40 minutes) and eating them for lunch and dinner, with brown rice, over a salad, with eggs, etc. lots of fish, is great. i also found this that i haven’t tried yet but is on next weeks list.

bri: before i went on my trip, i was also pretty serious about what i was eating. i did that juice cleanse, i wasn’t drinking, and i steered clear of bread. is that sustainable for me? no, not really. actually not at all. i love food, it’s a huge part of my life. so what does the in between look like for people like me? how can we live a normal life with friends, social activities and still be healthy? you read in magazines celebrities saying they have only one cheat day a week. ONE? just doesn’t feel like i could live normally that way. so here’s my plan right now…workout at least 4 days a week. if i am going to splurge on food, don’t do it late at night. if i don’t workout that day, eat healthier. always eat breakfast (i always forget to) so that i’m not overeating later in the day. don’t stop drinking water because that really did help my skin and hunger cravings. drink alcohol when it’s necessary or special, not just because i’m used to it with friends. keep french fries away from me, because they are the devil and i will eat 5,000. and just try to stay on track, because the results make it worth it!



joanie:  focusing on just doing it. not overthinking it, not going through the list of reasons why but focusing on overcoming the mental battle and just moving!

bri: it was hard because i was getting so into the healthy living thing. i enjoyed the workouts and eating cleaner…and then i started to feel those feelings of despising it creep back in. and that’s a tough place to be…always dreading the next workout. but i also know it’s best if i just suck it up and make myself go this week, things will get easier. my friend and i made a pact to work out 4-5 days this week and next. and you gotta stick to those, right?

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    Shirsha says:

    I did a full month of walking 10,000 steps daily. I was walking for at least 30 minutes every working day + an hour of Zumba on Saturday and Sunday. I lost about 3 kgs by end of Week 3, but ended up gaining around 1.5 kgs by the end of week 4, despite no real change in diet. It kinda demotivated me, and I’ve avoided any exercise this past week. I am pushing myself to get back to exercising this weekend and reminding myself of the high I feel during / after my Zumba class, or the clarity that my walks bring. I hope that my efforts this time around make for more ever lasting good health!

    Y’all have seriously convinced me to try class pass! I looked at the options in my area. SO cool!

    yky499 says:

    i love your honesty.. food is definitely a part of my life and your mentality about the 1 cheat day feels so relatable LOL

    Carrie says:

    Love how you’re working on what works best for you…your attitude about balance is going to help keep you healthy in the long run. I’ve gone to extremes before to lose weight only to end up much heavier than I was before I even started dieting.

    I used to take hip-hop classes and they made me so happy as well….thanks for reminding me to get back into them! Have you considered getting a FitBit? I received one for Christmas and it’s pretty addicting getting those 10k steps in per day, especially when you’re competing against other friends. I’m usually a pig on vacation but when I went to NY in July, I told myself I could eat whatever (with intentions to eat in moderation) but I had to get those 10k in every day, even if it meant driving my family members crazy while walking the perimeter of my aunt’s backyard numerous times 😉 I ended up only gaining .5 lbs in 10 days…a HUGE win in my book when before, I’d gain about 5 lbs #ilovechickenwings Just a thought. PS can you tell from my novel I love these posts?!

    Amy says:

    I’m totally getting back into a workout routine after a vacation week last week as well. I couldn’t believe how quickly my lack of motivation came right back! It really is all mental – I feel great when I go but struggle to push myself out of bed and make it happen!

    ma-luxe says:

    You girl’s perseverance is super inspiring. I’ve been trying to stay committed with my sister to working out at least 3-4 times a week and know the feeling when you or your workout partner miss a couple days, or can’t make the entire week because of a trip, it IS hard to get back in the swing of things.

    I haven’t hit the feeling of despising my workout yet, but keeping going has been tough. You girls are totally rocking it though and have faith that you can make your goals!! I like these progress posts a lot!


    Emma says:

    You should try the Afro-funk dance class at Heartbeat House in Atwater– I’m by no means a skilled dancer but I leave feeling so happy!

    I read a great quote the other day that I think is really helpful in regards to motivation:

    “People say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

    Brittney G. says:

    Thanks for letting us follow along on your fitness journey, ladies! I (and many others, I can tell!) really enjoy these posts. And Joanie, I know all about that feeling when your workout-buddy leaves you to go it alone. I’ve been working out all summer with my sister, and now that school has started back for her it’s hard for us to get together at the same time and work out. I’ve had to actually motivate myself to get out there and just do it. I’m now using that time to see what I can do instead of trying to keep pace with her. I found out I can run a 10 minute mile. Pretty good for a newbie! We do get a long run/chat in together on Sunday afternoons, so that’s good. And Bri, you can totally do this. I know you can. I am the girl that deep in her heart of hearts wants nothing more than to go home after a day of designing, put on her jammies and watch Netflix, but now I know that what I love even more is how my stress is relieved after a good workout. I’m even running a couple of charity races in the next couple months. I figure I’ll stay motivated if I have something to train for! And I’m even trying to conquer my fear of birds by running at the geese-covered local park at least 4 times a week. It may not seem like much, but I feel like I’ve accomplished something great when I run a tenth of a mile with geese on the trail with me. Whew, after all that, I just want to say thank you for inspiring us to go out there and get active!

    Marie-Luise says:

    hi! as always, loving these posts and looking forward to them each week. something that stood out to me, because i am so so with you on the food thing, it sits so deep, i really, truly believe a good breakfast is key. i’ve been scrambling eggs with whatever veg i have in the fridge, always with some staples like GARLIC, chili and mushrooms. but even without any carbs on the side it fills you, energises you, and kicks that metabolism into gear, that’ll assist your body in working with whatever food you consume later in the day. i really noticed a big difference and on top of that, it lessens that awful GUILT that comes on the side of that prosciutto pizza, because let’s be honest, that’s the worst part.
    good luck and thanks for the motivation, this is the one i needed to read today! XXXX

    Libby says:

    Thank you for sharing and for being honest about your feelings of sometimes just being over it and dreading a work out. Glad to know I’m not the only one who gets discouraged!! I’m hoping to get back on the train myself tomorrow 🙂

    Inma says:

    I’m finding the honesty and consistency of these posts so motivating! Love that you keep it real – most people are tempted by fries and like to have a cocktail with friends, so being healthy and having a social life can be challenging. I am also reaching the conclusion that everyone needs a Bri and a Joanie in their life!

    Inma x

    Ellly says:

    Very inspiring! I made the lentils recipe and it was great. I brought it to a BBQ and everybody loved it.

    Heidi says:

    Instead of the one cheat day you could try the 80-20 rule. It goes like this: 80% of your meals/drinks should be healthy and 20% can be unhealty. That way you are abele to indulge evry day a little bit while the majority of your intake keeps you nourished and healthy.

    allysen says:

    I love your motivational tips to keep going. I’m currently in a rut. What always helps me are my workout buds, if I tell them I’ll be at a class, or schedule to workout with them, it makes me 10 times more likely to get my butt to the gym!

    I also tell myself that I never regret going to the gym, but I do regret NOT going!

    Meghan says:

    I’ve taken the twerkshop at the Sweat Spot! It’s a blast and it’s a serious, serious workout.

    Alicia says:

    Love this post series. Great motivation and refreshing to see someone not just magically become fit, but really look show the process (ups and downs). Would love to see more updates of the challenge!

    Moges says:

    Thanks for posting about the BR t-shirt, Kirk. What an iesirettnng project. You just picked up all sorts of ideas throughout your journey and it’s most iesirettnng to read how other people are displaying their acts of kindness, too. Thanks again for helping us to focus better and more often on those RAK!

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