Monday Motivation on a Tuesday

I was quite exhausted and sleepy yesterday after a very active and fun weekend, so I didn’t remember to do a “Monday Motivation” post, which I’ve decided is something I’d like to keep doing on a weekly basis. To say I’m going through a rough patch life- and career-wise right now is putting it lightly. I feel like so many thing are up in the air and I’m a bit lost. I also am coming to terms with the fact that the somewhat planned trajectory I had envisioned for the next 2 years is not going to happen the way I anticipated. With all of these emotions and uncertainties in my head, it’s been extremely difficult to find motivation to get back to what I consider to be normal. When I don’t have a clear cut goal in my head (either long- or short-term), it’s hard to know where to start and what to do.

What better time to throw some motivation out there…

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Remember. Look for the positives, look at all I have to be thankful for and excited about.

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Don’t stop. Keep my momentum and let it be my guide.
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So go out, and do the things you know you want to do. Don’t let others tell you that you are wrong.

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Successive approximation to achieve my goals. It cannot all happen at once.
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Thursday Thoughts (What You Taught Me) 6/20/13

1. A week ago today my mentor passed away unexpectedly and very suddenly. The next few months are going to be hard. Who am I kidding? This is tough. Period. And it will never be quite right without him. He was a trusted friend, an advisor, and a support for me both personally and academically. I feel somewhat abandoned and lost right now. Sometimes I feel like he was the only person who really believed in me, more than myself even.

2. I feel like I’m slowly getting back to work since all that has happened last week. It’s not the same. But I go through the motions and sometimes I feel normal.

3. Life is precious. Live every moment. Don’t look down at your phone all of the time and be in another world, be in the moment, always.

4. Listen and learn from those around you. Especially the people you are close to. They have many, many important words of wisdom to share.

5. Try and think and DO with abandon. Never let someone tell you that you aren’t enough. You are.

6. Be patient. Don’t be in such a hurry. Everything will come in time and never a moment too late.

7. Laugh. Tell jokes, even if they seem silly. It’s good for the heart and soul.

8. Never start a meeting in too much of a business-like manner. Give the other person time to settle in, ask them about their day, ask them about their hobbies. Break the ice, then get down to business. There’s time enough for that, and it makes any meeting more comfortable.

9. Put stuff back where you got it from. No one will ever be able to use something if it’s not put back in its rightful place.

10. Know who to talk to when you need something. Know who holds the key to getting what you want and most importantly, know how to ask. It will get you far in this life.

11. Questions are not meant as an attack. Questions are usually merely asked in order to gain more information. Novel idea, right?

12. Don’t go too fast. Maintain a pace you’re comfortable with and that you can do until you’re 80 years old.

13. Respect the past. Acknowledge it and learn from it. And never forget what those who came before have done and what they have contributed to this world.

I hope I live up to all that you believed I could be.

Over the Hump

Over the hump of this week and I must say today was the first day I’ve felt *almost* normal in an entire week. I got some work done this afternoon and didn’t feel the need to rush home and crash on my couch. I actually had a good deal of energy today, so even though we did a brick workout (spin-run-spin-run) at F360 this morning, I decided to venture to a PM Spin/TRX class to get some strength work in. REST day tomorrow!!

I must say that going to rough experiences lately has reminded me how important it is to reach out to others. And I’ve been reminded of how many amazing, wonderful and loving friends I have. Every day I get a text from someone, near and far away, that just wants me to know they care about me and that they are there for me. It feels pretty amazing, and it causing me to come out of my shell just a little more each day.

I need to remember that reaching out to others is key in making people feel loved and cared for and comforted. I will return the favor, because everyone goes through a time in their life when support is needed.

To end on a positive note, here’s a list of things I’m excited for in the coming days:

1. Baseball game tomorrow night with my dad. Free food and beer provided by his law firm 🙂

2. It’s almost Friday, which means this week is over and another one is on it’s way. I need a new week to get myself back to normal.

3. I’ve got my usual Saturday bike ride planned for this weekend. Always at the top of my list!

4.  Getting out of my comfort zone in the next several days/week. I’m going to work on myself for a while, and work really hard at it.

Rainy Tuesday

It’s a rainy Tuesday morning around here. The rain woke me up at about 3am, thunder and lightning, the who shebang. I still slept really well last night. I needed it. I also am glad and thankful to get back to my routine. I did my usual 5:30am workout (weights + HIIT cardio). My left knee was feeling funky last night, probably from no rest day this weekend, so I kept the cardio to the elliptical, which always helps.

I definitely try to listen to my body these days. Yesterday, I only stayed on campus til about 12, when I decided I was too tired and emotionally exhausted to stay the entire day. So I came home, ate lunch, and laid/napped on the couch for the next 4 hours. I woke up feeling a bit better. Sometimes, your body nudges you, sometimes your body screams at you to slow down and take a break. Yesterday was the latter.

I saw this post yesterday, and considering the direction my life is taking currently, I was intrigued and had to read it and subsequently email it to myself.

I found this quote to be exceptionally striking:

“I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can, to have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question.” –Rainer Maria Rilke

I have so many questions, fears, and worries at the present time. So much is unknown to me and so many things I do not have the slightest idea how I’m going to achieve. I remind myself to have patience. To live each day at a time, and do not push myself further than I am currently able. I know that I need to live the questions right now and ride out this experience. Does not make this any easier though.

Thursday Thoughts 6/13/13

1. Life is too short. Ya know those times when you’re in a hurry and you can’t seem to get out of the door fast enough? Slow down. Enjoy the moment. Let that friend ramble. Listen to what someone is saying. Live in the moment, because it might be the last one like it.

2. In limbo. I feel like I’m in sort of a “waiting limbo” on quite a few very serious things right now. I’m horrible at waiting. If anything, these tough times are teaching me to be a more patient person. And teaching me to be thankful for days when time seems to pass more slowly than others. That’s one more day I get.

3. This one is easier said than done, but fear is futile. And most of the time extremely counterproductive. You can’t fear what comes next, or you miss out on the present moment. And that, is something to be afraid of.

4. Appreciate the people in your life. Even when you disagree, go through a rough patch or when they’re in a bad mood. Appreciate them.

5. Be thankful. I don’t say how grateful I am quite enough. Don’t just assume you’re appreciative, say it, everyday. People notice.

Monday Motivation

Even though Monday is basically over, I still needed to start this week off on the right foot. There are some personal things going on right now that have been taking up a lot of mental and physical energy and time, which is why I’m not writing as much. As I think about it, it’s probably during these times that I would benefit from writing the most, if only to get my thoughts out of my head for a little while.

Regardless, I wanted to share a few thoughts/quotes/images that are inspiring and motivating me on this glorious summer Monday…

1. I always find myself saying this during tough workouts! It’s so true, and it really puts things into perspective. Even when it has nothing to do with working out, when things get tough don’t quit, it won’t last forever and you’ll be stronger for sticking with it. motivation1

 

2. My mom and I talked a lot this weekend about how everyone has a role to play in life. It may not seem very obvious when you’re in the middle of difficult circumstances, but if you just step back a moment and try to see outside of yourself, you realize how true it is. What might seem like a pointless situation really does have a purpose and if you can’t see it, then look harder. Learn from everything, because, why not?

3. I aim to work on my attitude right now. I say I’m “stressed”, “busy”, “spent”…WAY too much. It’s not good for me, it’s not good for the people around me. The more I say those words, the more true they become. And I want to remember that.

 

 

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4. My dog. How would I ever get by without his sweet cuddles? He’s the best way to start and end each day. No matter what happens in between.
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Currently

Stole this idea from a few other bloggers because it seems like fun, and I think it will be interesting to look back on this post in a few months and see how things may change or stay the same…

Current Books

Do journal articles count? Haha..just kidding, kind of. I’ve been trying to finish David Nutt’s book, Drugs Without the Hot Air for the past few months. It’s a slow read, but it’s informative and pertains to my professional interests.

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Current Music

I’m loving all sorts of “poppy” stuff right now, namely, things that are great workout songs. My “Recently Added” songs include:

#thatPOWER (feat. Justin Bieber)- will.i.am

Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)- Robin Thicke

Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)- Daft Punk

Current Guilty Pleasure

Trash TV. Lately, when I get home from work and want to do something mindless for a little while, I will watch any and every Real Housewives show that Bravo will provide…

Current Nail Color

Au naturel over here. Though,  I impulse-bought some silver/dark grey at CVS this weekend, so I think that’s next in the line up.

Current Drink

Hmm…I’ve been really into margaritas lately.Maybe it’s the hot weather,                                                              but margaritas have sounded good pretty much every time I’ve thought about it!

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Current Food

Still loving me some Creamy Dreamy Protein Custard Oats–I’ve seriously been eating them every morning. They are the perfect combination of foods that is tasty and satisfying!!

Current Favorite Show

Game of Thrones, obviously–But I’m getting really nervous about the season finale that is next week…some crazy shit went down last night and I’m still just a bit traumatized.

Current Wish List

New running/workout shoes. Since I love my Brooks Ravennas, I’d love to have some in this color…

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Current Needs

More time to ride my bike! I feel like I’ve been living for weekend rides lately, and my goal this summer is to try to work more weekday rides into my schedule.

Current Indulgence

Honestly, I haven’t been doing a lot of “indulging” lately. And writing this makes me realize that the most I’ve indulged in food-wise lately has been Mexican food–chips and dip. Spending is basically non-existent in these parts…my grocery bill is the highest withdrawal from my bank account ha. So, I’m going to “indulge” in some birthday cake tonight with friends and family!

Current Blessing

My parents. I don’t know where I would be without them. They keep me sane, put up with me when I’m a bitch, and help me in every way possible. I am so lucky.

Current Outfit

I started writing this post when I was wearing scrubs at school earlier, but not, I’m home, wearing flip flops, jeans, and a comfy v-neck shirt from Old Navy. Minimal make-up and hair in a pony tail. THIS is my style 🙂

Current Excitement

Celebrating the guy’s birthday tonight! I’m making us a nice dinner for two, then family and friends are joining us for dessert–birthday CAKE!

On My Fitness Philosophy

I’ve been around the world and back when it comes to exercise and being fit. There have been times when I didn’t know how to use a gym, when I thought running would make me thin, when I fell in love with Spinning, when I wanted to be a fitness instructor, when I thought low weights and high reps were the key to toning up…

And much more. And I’m only 25! In the past year, I can honestly say that I’ve come to a place I never thought I would be when it came to fitness. I workout a lot, I will admit that. But I love it, and 95% of the time, I know when enough is enough, when I need to take a break and I don’t beat myself up about it. Don’t get me wrong, I would be devastated if I had to take a large amount of time off, but I also know that life is not predictable and things happen that are outside of our control. I also know that after time off from working out, I come back stronger and more motivated than ever. (A lot of things in life are like that I think)

A little over a year ago I started going to a training studio that focused on TRX workouts and spinning. If you aren’t familiar with TRX suspension training, it’s high intensity full body workout that basically only requires your body weight and these nifty straps that attach to the ceiling. It is the most fun workout I have ever tried. For more information, I suggest watching a YouTube video about TRX.

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Anyways, this place and this type of workout has changed the way I view fitness and the way that I workout. I’ve learned how to get the most “bang for my buck” exertion-wise, as well as how to break outside of my comfort zones in a smart way that shows improvement.

The way I knew this had changed my fitness life was when I started seeing improvements in my workouts that I did on my own. It’s one thing to make strides when you have an instructor guiding you and other class participants pushing along with you, but pushing your limits by yourself is a challenging thing. I think you have to learn what if feels like with the help of a trainer/instructor before you truly “get” what a hard workout really is.

I’m the happiest I’ve ever been with my health and fitness level. I took up cycling (which I’m planning on writing about) because of the people I met at this studio and it’s an exciting new endeavor that I would have thought to be crazy a few years ago.

I guess I wanted to write this post to document how I’m feeling in this moment in time. I’m amazed at how far I’ve come health-wise, and I am excited to get to move my body and gain strength as I see more results. I’ve learned to enjoy more things in moderation, break outside of my old comfort zone and become much more confident as a person.

I was a healthy person a year ago. But today, a year later, I’m at a place I didn’t know existed–physically and mentally. You never know until you try.

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