Hi friends! How’s the day going? I hope it’s off to a great start. We’re already having the best time in Tucson. I felt like we’ve had more visitors in the past 48 hours than we did the entire time we lived in San Diego hahah. Everyone came over Sunday night for dinner, dessert and cocktails, and then yesterday morning Kyle and Meg stopped by for coffee and breakfast, nana came over to play with Livi, my dad and stepmom came to visit, and then we walked over to Uncle E’s (our neighbor now!) for dinner with the fam and cousins.
Family right around the corner?!
I can already feel myself getting used to this.
As usual, Uncle E cooked a huge feast with so many delicious options.
(Roasted potatoes and corn, with grilled sausages, onions, pork chops, salmon, spaghetti squash, portobello mushrooms, zucchini and asparagus. Madre brought sweet potatoes, wine, and pie for dessert.)
We’re loving our temporary house (I’ll do some Facebook Lives from the new kitchen), and it feels good to already know what to expect and do instead of like we’re discovering everything for the first time. It feels gloriously familiar after a lot of unknown, and upcoming unknowns. Tucson is like my favorite Popsugar hoodie. I have other comfy hoodies, but always end up wearing this one. 😉
Today, I’m officially getting back in the swing of things. I took about 5 days off from working out -it was so hectic and then I finally felt like we could relax a little after the insanity- and can’t wait to catch a yoga class this week. I also want to go shake it at DJ Dance Cardio with Todd. I can already tell it will set my soul free; I need some sassy walking in my life.
So for today, I thought we could talk a little bit about finding motivation, especially after a baby, injury, or returning to the fitness game.
Here are some of the things I’ve found to help when you’re out of the routine and getting started again. It can be a little tricky when you’re home with a small baby, can’t remember the last time you bathed, and are wearing pajamas 24/7. If you’ve recovered from an injury or getting back in the game, it’s a matter of setting new patterns and habits.
Set a goal. Having a set goal or plan in place is so much more meaningful than trudging along without a destination. Determine some goals that you want to achieve (consistency is a great goal!! Strength train, practice yoga/Pilates, or complete cardio “x” times a week or “x” times a month), so you can brainstorm your plan to get there.
Think about how you’ll FEEL. I think it’s easy to get caught up in the vanity aspect of fitness, and I think when you do it in a reasonable way, it can be an effective form of short-term motivation. The real deal is to focus on long-term benefits of health, and also how amazing you’ll feel once you’re back in the game. Usually all I need is to think of the energy boost that’s headed my way, and it’s enough for me to lace up my sneakers, even if I’m just going for a walk around the neighborhood.
Do it the smart way. Don’t go balls to the wall and start a plan or make changes you know you can’t maintain for the long term. It’s an easy way to set yourself up for burnout, and *failure*, which can hinder future progress. If you feel like you’ve already failed, it’s that much harder to keep going. Don’t do anything you don’t want to do forever. If you can’t see yourself doing it for the long haul, reassess.
Find out what pushes your motivation buttons. For some people, a group community works wonders, or having someone to hold you accountable. Others feel more driven when they keep it to themselves. Find out if you need a buddy or someone to join you in your endeavors.
Reward yourself along the way. I’m a huge believer in setting up small rewards along the way. Strength train consecutively, 3x a week for an entire month? New tank top. Meet up with your running group for your training runs for a month? Massage. Hit a new PR with strength training, speed, or consistency?? Treat yourself to a new pair of sneakers or athletic gear. Pick out some ideas that work with your budget that you know would motivate you along the way.
So tell me friends: what motivates you? What’s something you do when you’re feeling blah or getting back into it?
For all of my friends who are expecting or have new babies, the revamped post baby bod and advanced plans will be available for pre-order next week! If you’re looking for extra support and encouragement for the new year, I have a fun surprise headed your way, too. (Plus we have Winter Shape Up to look forward to on the 23.)
Have an amazing day.
Looking for a workout you can do while traveling this week? Here ya go!