Week 4! And halfway through my 6 week Monday Motivation Blog Series. Say whaaat?
Though I gotta be honest, last week was probably my worst yet. I wasn’t feeling the greatest and made several modifications in the food department. Like as in, pizza instead of salmon for dinner and Chick-fil-a nuggets for lunch instead of a rice cake and turkey kind of modifications. (–>Insert face palm emoji!)
I also only got in 3 out of 6 workouts!! Bad, bad, bad. But one of those was my 3 mile run so I’m still feeling good with my progress there as I work towards that 10K.
As much as I am disappointed in myself for slacking, I’m not going to dwell on the negatives. I realize I had a super crap week, but today I’m starting fresh. I also understand that if I want to hit the goals that I have aligned for myself, I really can’t keep having these slip ups. Yeah, its okay once I’m finally where I want to be, but the bottom line is that I’m not there now, and it’s going to be even harder to get there if I keep loosing focus. So yeah…not starting over, but pushing the reset button and putting myself back in check.
This week I thought I’d share a couple of key things that help motivate me to workout.
1- Good tunes! This is so important. Even if I’m just doing a home workout, I will turn down the talking and crank up my own music. I will definitely push myself harder to a song with a good beat. I just updated my run playlist through Amazon Music and here is a little sampling of my current tracks. Disclaimer- don’t judge me by my music and the explicit lyrics. 😉
2- Cute Workout Clothes! Old Navy is pretty much my go-to for workout and active-wear. Their stuff is super cute and affordable. I also like the Calia by Carrie Underwood line, but don’t really splurge on the full price stuff. Though I do search those sale racks at Dicks for that brand all the time!
3- Investing in a Good Pair of Shoes! This could probably fall into the category above, but there are just too many cute shoe options available these days. Obviously the look is the least important feature to comfort, stability, cushioning, etc….but it’s an added bonus if they are pretty, right?! I’m due for a new pair, or two, and these are a few I’ve been eyeing!
4- Reward Yo’ Self. I shared with you last week that I purchased my first pair of cutoff shorts for the first time in like 10 years. Thank you Loft for having a sale! I literally have them hanging on my closest door so I will see them every damn day. Not only were they a reward for hard work, they are also now a daily reminder to get my workout in and what my long-term goal is—to fit in those bad boys! I should probably move them to the fridge to stop my ass from eating things I shouldn’t be! Ugh. But seriously, I bought them a size down, at the size I want to be, so if I don’t stay focused, then I won’t get my reward.
But whether it’s clothes, or an ice cream cone, you have to celebrate your progress! Even a pat on the back to celebrate those milestones. You deserve it girl!
5- Having an Accountability Partner. I have two close girlfriends that I keep check in’s with and will occasionally workout together, but also have my husband. We don’t have a double stroller so we take turns going for runs without the kids and he’ll sometimes join me for a workout at home, but we are for the most part checking in with each other daily to stay accountable. Didn’t work out so well for us last week though! Ha. There are tons of groups on Facebook that you can join into as well. Sometimes it’s just nice to hear what other people are doing to help keep you on track.
Workout Plan for Week 4. Well first off, I need to workout…unlike last week! 😉 I’m sticking to this 10K for Beginners Plan and will be moving on to the next week which includes a 4 mile run–EEEK! I also signed the hubs and I up for a 5K on the 21st of this month so I’m looking forward to that and seeing how my speed and endurance compare to our last race in November!
Meal Plan for Week 4:
- Granola w/ banana and almond milk
- Avocado toast with 2 eggs
- PB & Banana on toast
- Tuna salad w/ Wasa crackers
- Rice cake with guacamole, 2 turkey slices, and one slice of bacon (my new go to lunch!)
- Grapes, nuts, cheese
- Protein Shake w/ almond milk. I’ve been drinking this kind and really like the taste!
M- Parmesan garlic spaghetti squash with artichokes, chicken, and olives
T- Honey cilantro lime salmon w/ brown rice and brussels sprouts
W- Slow cooker pulled pork w/ roasted potatoes
Th- Grilled chicken and veggies
F- Grilled Chicken Caesar salads
S- Dinner out
Circling back to these goals for the week. Wish me luck friends!
- Try to finish workout in by 2pm, and if not, just do the damn workout when I can!
- Go to the gym for at least one HIIT or Spin class this week.
- Take 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar each day.
- Drink at least 90 ounces of water per day.
- Limit myself to 2 cups of coffee per day.
- Stop eating by 7pm.
- No alcohol until the weekend.
- Workout ALL 6 DAYS!
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep.
What do you do to hold yourself accountable? I’d love to hear your tips!