Motivation Monday

FYI: Lots of writing in my post today :)  Yay, reading!!

Hi! I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine wasn’t too shabby! Unfortunately, we did not end up going to Byron Bay on Sunday as planned. Friends informed us that there was some huge racing event, which meant the highway coming home would have been a nightmare. So, we’re holding off for another sunny weekend- there will be many :)

On Saturday, I attended the Brisbane Fitness & Health Expo with my friend Karen. We made our way around the booths, grilling fitness industry reps to try to get a handle on how everything Personal Training (me) and Athletic Therapy (her) works here in Australia. It was super informative and helpful, plus we got lots of free samples along the way!

Michelle Bridges gave a presentation shortly after we arrived.

If you’re unaware, she’s basically the Jillian Michaels of Australia (hosts the Aussie equivalent to The Biggest Loser). At 42, she’s in such incredible shape. Although it was definitely not the greatest motivational speech I’ve ever heard, she did say a few things that I thought were interesting and noteworthy:

1) Your body is PERFECT- it will respond exactly how you program it to. 

By this, she was referring to the fact that whatever we do to our bodies (via nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress, etc) our body will react perfectly to how we decide to treat it. Not many adults are simply “lucky”. No one gets fit without effort. No one becomes overweight and out of shape by accident. We have the ability to choose how to treat our body, and in response, it will react perfectly to the decisions we make for it. It’s in our own control!

2) Putting your health first is actually one of the most selfless acts that you can do.

So many people, especially mothers, put the needs (health and otherwise) of everyone else before their own. Michelle compared this to a situation on an airplane when you are required to put on your oxygen mask before helping those around you. Why? Without taking care of yourself first, how are you supposed to put forth your very best effort to help those around you? When you are fit and healthy, you are able to accomplish so much more on a daily basis, and feel that much better doing it!

3) Your Excuses become Truths.

  • I don’t have time to work out.
  • Healthy food is too expensive.
  • I’ll look ridiculous participating in that fitness class.
  • I’m a night owl and can’t fall asleep before midnight.
  • I’m way too tired to workout after a long day at the office.
  • Water is so boring to have to drink it all day long.
  • My kids/significant other hate healthy food, so this limits our diet.

Every excuse you make is basically a roadblock to the goals and hopes that you have for yourself. The more you tell yourself you can’t accomplish something because of ________, it becomes more and more a truth.
Look at those examples I just gave you. I know I’ve used a lot of them in the past (and still do from time to time), but every one of them is avoidable. We can eliminate these road blocks by planning “alternative routes”.
Last year, I was finding it sooo hard to work out at the end of the day. A full day teaching 11 & 12 year olds can be rewarding, but extremely draining. So, I began setting my alarm for 4:45am and started working out in the morning. In order to do this, I had to go to bed earlier. I also had to prepare my food in advance. It wasn’t easy waking up that early, but definitely easier than dragging my butt to the gym at 7pm. It was completely worth the effort to drop my previous excuses for skipping out on the gym, and find ways around them.

So that was Michelle’s speech in a nutshell. Nothing about doing the perfect squat. No mention of calories and fat and carbohydrate intake. Just a whole lot of motivating, which was a nice change.

I know I always like a little motivation every now and then (actually…all the time)! Pinterest is always great for that. Here are a few that I’ve pinned as inspiration:

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Aaaand, I could keep going…the quotes are endless! Wherever it is that you find your motivation, find it and find it often! :)
Oh, and some musical motivation for the treadmill this week (always necessary):
Florence + Calvin =  I Could Run/Walk/Spin Forever!!!

Florence & The Machine feat. Calvin Harris: Spectrum (Say My Name)

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