Ah, January. The post-holiday sads are around, the reality of life slowly starts hitting you again, and on top of all of that it’s cold and gray out. What does that make you want to do? Hit the couch with your fuzzy dog, blanket, warm drink, and silly sci-fi show on (hello, Lost Girl, welcome to my winter…If I start wearing huge amounts of black eyeliner, you know what to blame)
If you think I am complaining, well. You aren’t wrong exactly, but this is a post, thanks to my friends (Liz, very importantly, who got me to write this) who reminded me of the realities of January and not wanting to get your butt out in the cold. Meaning, that if you are feeling an inkling of what I am feeling, you are not alone! I am not alone! We are in this together! So, how do we get motivated in these trying times? Besides being melodramatic? Well, talking with your friends helps, but really your pep talk needs to come from your own jigglfying self, otherwise, your motivation is not real, and it will certainly not last. That motivation? It comes from YOU and the craziest part about it is? YOU are totally capable of anything and everything. The hardest part is just getting that butt of that comfy couch. I’m sorry if I sound like a motivational pin on your sister’s Fitness board on Pinterest, but there are so many kernels of truth in the cliche sappy crap, if we can only let our snarky guard down and do what’s best for us.
Some general tips that work to get me moving:
Finding something you LIKE. Strangely challenging?
- I have been having a harder time coming up with workouts for myself that don’t bore me to tears. (Hence the lack of workout posts… oops.) No matter, change it up a bit. I’ve been going back to my old friend Zuzka Light for some workouts she’s made, so I don’t have to THINK. Added benefit: she knows what she’s doing. Added benefit: I can’t make up workouts that are too easy and too short, because someone else is doing it. Finding something you look forward to, whether it’s my blog, her workouts, Bodyrock, pilates, running, trapeze, I dunno, anything that gets you moving is never a bad thing.
For the runners out there (or the people that only run for the sake of their dog:::: ME)
If its cold, put on a hat, its huge. Wear gloves, that’s huge. Bring kleenex. That’s huge. Maybe obvious to anyone that has ever walked for more than two minutes to their car, but man a run is so much more enjoyable when your miserableness is lessened. Also remember that once you are warm as you run, it starts to feel weirdly good, almost exhilarating, like you are being purified with air.
Be kind, it will help your abs
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t expect too much. Push yourself, try harder, try to improve, but don’t be so hard on yourself that you prevent yourself from wanting to get back to it tomorrow.
Build a habit
Something I read last year, or maybe the year before, I’m old – it takes three weeks to build a habit (at least a good one). And about, oh, a day, to destroy it. So keep at it trying and trying, just keep a routine.
Make it a lifestyle
After it’s a habit, think of it as a lifestyle. I try not to feel bad if I don’t get to exercising, because I have determined that this is a lifestyle choice and not a thing that will disappear overnight because I decided to not do it one, two, three, even more days. Just because you have an oops and don’t do it, does NOT mean you are never going to be able to do it routinely again. Just determine that you will, and… you will. Pretty simple.
And finally: Just do it
Marketing genius Mr. Dan Wieden knew, whether he understood it or not (I think he probably did), a very simple, yet important thing for anyone of any level doing something athletic… You just gotta do it. (And really, at work too, but that’s an aside.) Once you start doing that workout, you’ve already won. A. You’re doing it. B. You’ve gotten off the couch and C. Any exercise is better than none. And if you do HIIT like me, by the time you realize you’re just doing it, you’re halfway through and sweating hard and feeling like you could squat jump over the universe and into the TARDIS as it goes through the time warp.
And if that’s not a motivating image made for a motivational poster, I give up.
Here are some select photos of our recent trip to Paris! It was a lovely time, a lovely birthday. It started off in Versailles and ended in Paris.
Entry to Versailles
Aaron in front of Versailles
Marie Antoinette’s Room
Hall of Mirrors
Market in Versailles
View from our hotel room, hotel room
Cute houses of Versailles
Scooters were huge in Versailles, enough to chain up apparently.
Kid on scooter – French kids are so cute
It’s all right dude, I’d be covering my face too.
Louvre – Me, Aaron, Luca
Inside out museum
Beautiful music in the metro
Steampunk metro station
Notre Dame with river
Christmas market at Champs -Elysees
Cured meats at the Christmas market
Weird mice diorama
Delicious hot wine
You can kind of see the Arc de Triomphe
Tools made out of chocolate
Rainbow of macaroons
Last dinner in Paris. Delicious.
Christmas decorations on the street our hotel was on
Entrance to our hotel
Lobby of hotel
I have a lot to be thankful for… I won’t get in to some big list, but Aaron, my family and friends, and Starbuck are at the top. Being happy and healthy is right after… I’m so lucky to be able to work out like I do. Lucky to have a job that not only pays the bills, but that I like. Thankful to be going to Paris in just a couple weeks! Lots of things to be thankful for. Hope everyone has a love-filled day.
Also I’m sorry sorry sorry about the huge gap in posts. I do have some lined up and done though… ! One workout already shot here at my parents – that photo above being an outtake. So this time you’ll get to see pretty stuff in the background and not my fireplace.
Today I won’t be doing any workouts with exercises, just took Starbuck for a run, which she enjoyed greatly. And I enjoyed way more than normal because of the lovely device called a Gentle Leader. If your dog is a puller, this is a MUST BUY. They are not kidding when they say it changes their behavior in ten minutes. Cheapest effective training tool ev.er. Thanks to Carol for extolling its virtues to me!
Tomorrow I will be doing a yoga pilates class with my sister. I will report back on it on my site I am starting, fitnesslocally, as well as here. I want people in the Atlanta area to find the workout that’s best for them. I’m excited about these new developments, as well as some new nerdy themed workouts to come… I’m super duper excited about these (of course).
Starbuck is thinking here: Hurry. the frack. up. Mom.
This has nothing to do with anything, but I am just so excited about the movie coming out this month, I had to post this. Also, the song sounds really perfect for the feel of the story. Love!
Don’t worry, Seneca Crane, I already have my tickets!
Hopefully this will stay up:
And a clip came out today!
Which I realize now… is a nerdy title. Hey, you wanted this, though, right, when you decided to go to the Fit NERD girl page?
Here are some songs that pump me up, (in addition to these) which I realize is a personal thing. I am on a temporary hiatus/protest from working out to my go-to girl whose music got me going. Point to who guesses to who that might be! It’s really not that hard.
This will likely get you moving, whatever your tastes, and has the requisite build when you need a push.
And here is some nostalgia that quickly turned into nerdiness. Learn to love it!:
I used to run to this at the Y in London and they played just this song, another of Kylie’s songs, and a Snow Patrol song on their version of MTV there. I wasn’t complaining. At least they a) played music and b) it tended to be music I liked. Sigh, I do miss that gym. And London. Anyway, this song could get me through those last few minutes:
Speaking of Britishness. I am a serious anglophile and part of the name of this blog IS nerd, so I have no given myself reason to post this…
It IS motivating if you imagine the Daleks or the Cybermen chasing after you… or creepier, the Silence:
More music to come later! I promise it won’t always go in this direction….
What kind of music do you guys work out to? Usually I like to listen to music with a strong and fast beat. Sometimes, though, a slower song can motivate me just as much. Recently when I run or walk I have been listening to First Aid Kit’s latest album. The music and lyrics inspire me.
Still, sometimes you want a really driving song. No pun intended!
This is just too cute
Fit nerd does not mean I am already fit, guys… Just a goal. Also Fitness Nerd was taken. Also, nerd does not denote “expertise” on fitness, but describes me personally. Let’s just say my boyfriend and I named our dog Starbuck, and not after coffee. Still here? OK.
This is what I hope to be the beginning of my online fitness journey that will theoretically grow to include a community of people with a similar goal. To be healthy, fit, and stay sane. Along with that, will be miscellaneous other things that might have to do with Starbuck-esque items, which may mean the dog or more nerdy pursuits.