Those of you going back to school or work or being at home without the kids today…Happy first day back! Today is an exciting or scary or emotional day for you and I just wanna say I’m thinking about you!
I thought today would be a good day to talk about motivation. Why? Because more than this is a pep talk for you guys, I am pep talking myself. Motivation has been a struggle for me these days. It has been challenging to make it in the gym and get a workout in, even though I’m a trainer and really enjoy working out. It has also been challenging for me to choose to make healthy choices at meals, or limit my desserts, or whatever. I just want to be honest and vulnerable with you guys here that it happens to everybody, even fitness professionals. And if it doesn’t happen to you, you’re just not human.
This is all part of the journey, friends. The obstacles and barriers, the ups and downs, the twists and turns. A journey worth traveling rarely goes in a straight line in the direction we want to.
My current journey is the process and ups & downs of repairing a broken metabolism from years of under-eating and over-exercising. Maybe your journey includes the ups & downs of having a baby (or 2, or 3), or tragic circumstances that leaving you feeling broken and hopeless. Maybe you’re just not as energized as normal and it’s hard. I get it…I’m with you.
Here are just a few tips I have to help with motivation to get your fitness on…and just so you know, I am completely preaching to myself these days:
- Re-establish your “why,” and own it. We have to remind ourselves over and over why we’re doing what we’re doing, or else as humans we simply forget it. We need vision, we need pep talks, we need to know who we are in order to keep on trucking along. I will say it over and over, figure out your why and put it on sticky notes on your bathroom mirror, in your car, in your purse, wherever. Ultimately that’s what will push you to your hardest.
- Give yourself permission to work on yourself. Maybe you’re someone who pours out and gives to others. You’re a mom, a wife, a husband, a friend, an employee, a caretaker…whatever it is, those things can weigh on us and we believe we cannot be a good xyz if we take time for ourselves. Just get that mentality out of your head. Remember that in order to help others you have to make sure you are in a position of strength, mental clarity, energy, and ability to give to those you are responsible for. Make those people your why and remember each effort to improve your health ultimately helps them, too.
- Remember how you feel after a workout. You know the saying….You only regret a workout you didn’t do. It’s so true! No matter how I feel going into a workout, I always finish feeling so amazing and happy, and it’s completely worth it. I find when I think about that feeling rather than my current feelings, it’s easier to take a step towards the gym. Just take a step and get there. The rest will fall into place.
- Find a good plan and follow it. Sometimes we are just sick of trying to come up with a plan of what to do when we get to the gym. If we have someone tell us what to do then we can do it and work our booties off. For a good plan, look into point number 6… That’s a good place to start. Then maybe look into bodybuilding.com for different workouts depending on your goals. I also have tried and like Gym Jones workouts plans, even though you have to pay for them. Whatever it is, let someone else decide that for you so you can use all your brain power and energy to crush it.
- Find accountability and establish good rewards/consequences. Get a buddy in on your lifestyle changes with you and make it someone who is not going to be a softie and let you get away with things. Give yourself good rewards for hard working weeks, and also give yourself some consequences for a little bit of slacking. This means you’re not alone in the journey and there is someone there challenging you as well.
- Put some skin in the game. Yes, I mean spend money on your health. I know that we are all cheap and want to use our money for fancy lattes and expensive workout clothes (that we don’t actually workout in) rather than a trainer or GOOD gym membership, but that money is so worth it. I’m not talking about the $10 a month gym where you walk in and have no idea what you’re doing. Invest in some personal training. Go to a gym where you will get attention and someone will tell you exactly what to do. Yes, you may be spending more but when you spend the money, you are much more likely and motivated to go.
- Realize that motivation is just a feeling. It’s an emotion just like being sad or happy or mad. At the end of the day, a feeling is not going to carry you through. To make health decisions based on how we feel is the same as choosing whether or not to accomplish our responsibilities based on how happy we are…it just doesn’t work that way. We have to choose to look past the feeling of motivation and choose to be consistent despite our feelings, because it’s worth it.
Wooo….even writing these out and reading them a few times is helping me get amped up a bit! I’m hoping you are encouraged to move forward this morning in whatever way!
Please reply to this post and let me know what your game plan is this week!
Speaking of finding a trainer or a gym that’s going to actually help you (tip #6 ^) , I would love to invite you to consider personal training with me this fall as we kick off the school year. There’s no better time than now! If you live in Waco, you could also attend our group classes at Entire Fitness because we actually help you get stronger and fit! Contact me for more info on either of these options!
I made this frittata on a whim because I decided I wanted to help my husband with his breakfasts in the morning. Now, before you go on thinking I’m some kind of awesome super-wife, think again. I usually never make my husband’s breakfasts in the morning…in fact, I will even make myself a full balanced breakfast and leave him to figure something else out on his own. Poor guy! I thought maybe this frittata would help him have some more nutritious breakfasts, especially after his workouts. I literally just used leftover ingredients in my fridge and thought the combination was awesome! The sweet plantains with the salty bacon is a winning combo for sure. Try it out on your spouse this week!
Bacon Sweet Plantain Frittata
Makes 4 servings
- 4 pieces of bacon
- 1 sweet plantain (you know it’s sweet because the outside is dark, almost black. Don’t use a green one!)
- 1 1/2 cups spinach, chopped
- 8 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk or cream (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
- Crumbled goat cheese for topping (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. While oven is heating up, heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add bacon slices. While bacon is cooking, peel and chop the plantain.
- Cook bacon on each side for about 4-5 minutes, or until bacon is cooked through and fairly crispy. Remove from pan and set on a plate lined with a paper towel, to help drain the excess grease on the bacon slices.
- Keep the bacon grease in the pan, and keeping the heat on medium, add the plantain pieces to the pan. Continue to stir and cook for about 4 minutes, or until the outside of the plantain pieces are browned and crispy. Remove from pan and place on paper towel-lined plate.
- Chop the bacon pieces once they’ve cooled. Grab a baking pan (I used an 8″x8″ pan) and grease it with oil of your choice. Place bacon pieces, plantains, and chopped spinach at the bottom of the pan and spread evenly.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk or cream, and spices until yolks are broken and smooth, and all ingredients are well incorporated. Pour egg mixture into the pan over the bacon, plantains, and spinach.
- If you want, sprinkle a good amount of goat cheese on top of the egg mixture. Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes or until the center of the frittata is firmed. Remove and let cool before packaging or serving. Enjoy!