Thursday, February 21, 2013

New leaves and turning them over

So remember that one time that I made one of my goals for 2013 to get fit? And remember when I then went to the US for a month and ate a lot of fudge and Chipotle? And then when I spent a week and a bit dying of the plague flu when I got home?

Long story short, I didn't spend any a whole lot of time on this goal for the first chunk of the year. But after spending the weekend in a world of "OH GOD EVERYTHING HURTS SIX WEEKS WITHOUT GOING TO PUMP IS BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD", I figured that now was as good a time as any.

So I've signed up to MyFitnessPal, in the hopes that having to record what I eat will stop me from eating entire bags of lollies in a single sitting. Guilt is an excellent motivator, yo. And I'm endeavouring to do SOMETHING active every day.

I figure if I pretend I'm in training for when the Doctor turns up and says this...

...I'll have a higher chance of success than I would otherwise.

We'll see how it goes...

How do you guys stay motivated with the whole trying to eat healthy/exercise regularly thing?? Because seriously - I need suggestions.

K xx

8 comments:

  1. I work on small obtainable goals (I have a long list and try to focus on one or two at a time - right now it's a 75# squat snatch, and a handstand against the wall without assistance) rather than big goals. You can work out as much as you want and not be able to guarantee certain things - like a certain weight loss number, or dress size, but you CAN guarantee that when you do work out consistently you get healthier and stronger, more confident, and basically super heroish. So, try to set the goal that you are going to go to pump on certain days for the month of march. Write it on your mirror, in yoyr journal, on your blog, on your banana - whatever will make you feel accountable.

    PS sign up for fitocracy and it will tell you you're awesome every time you log a workout - and I'll give you props every time too!

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    1. Haha, something that tells you you're awesome when you work out sounds great! I've been working on increasing my weights at Pump again rather than being complacent and just sticking with the same weights. I've increased my back, chest and tricep weights, so I guess that's a good starting point!

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  2. I just made it part of my routine. Like hey, in the mornings I go to yoga. What would I do without that? I think it helps that I found "work out" that I really love.

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    1. It would help if the gym wasn't so far away. I mean, it's only 10 minutes on the tram. But I still have to take the tram there. Which means allowing extra time to get there, blah blah blah. But I've exercised every day in some form or another every day for the past 12 days, so hopefully it sticks as part of my routine!

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  3. I totally need to employ this "Basically run" philosophy when exercising. I mean, seriously. It's rather brilliant.

    A few weeks ago I started jumping rope. Bought skipping rope at Rebel Sport, and I do it either inside or out. Apparently you burn more calories in 15min by jumping rope than you do in a 45min powerwalk.

    I KNOW, RIGHT?!

    Anyway, it's going all right...but I need to get over my occasional laziness.

    I've also chucked on a few kilos which is annoying the shiz out of me, and I need to lose them and get back to my "optimal physique" or what have you.

    Also, this Chipotle needs to come here, like, yesterday.

    Or-- wait, maybe it's better that we don't have it.

    xx

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    1. Freaking Chipotle is the BOMB. I wish they'd come here. But at the same time I'm kind of glad I don't have to deal with the temptation!!

      Hmm, interesting! Maybe I need to break out my skipping rope in the next few days...
      xx

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  4. Using an app is quite helpful. I use Lose It, personally, but I know a lot of people who use MyFitness Pal and they really like it.

    The best way I've found to keep me on track with getting fit (both eating well and exercising) is by getting someone to do it with you. Example: my roommate and I got up at 5 to workout this morning. Had I been doing it by myself, I would've moaned, smacked snooze, and rolled back over when my alarm went off at 5, but since I knew my roommate was getting up too (and could hear her) it motivated me to get out of bed.

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    1. The benefit of MyFitnessPal is that it has Australian brands, where a lot of websites don't. It's a serious pain to have to create a new product every single time you want to enter what you had for lunch!

      And YES. I was doing SO much better when I was in Canberra and had someone else to go to the gym with. SIGH.

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