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Workout Inspiration

I never know where my workout inspiration’s going to come from. Sometimes it’s from one of the blogs I follow, sometimes from a friend, sometimes it comes from the too-small clothes in my closet, and sometimes from some random place.

Tonight I was inspired to work out by our company’s CFO, Tony. My son’s a personal trainer with a golf specialty so he does a lot of training at local golf clubs. He recently started training my company’s CFO – which is highly entertaining for me because I get to hear both sides of the story!

I can tell they are enjoying working together. Tony tells everyone at work that my son is killing him, and my son tells me to check on Tony to see if he’s alive after a grueling session. 🙂

Tonight Tony stopped by to say he is feeling more energized and productive, thanks to his workouts. That was great in itself, but then he went on to tell me about his recent accomplishment. He was excited and I was excited for him! In just a few short weeks, he’s now able to do something he couldn’t do before. Success!

Tony’s enthusiasm stuck with me, and when I got home this evening – tired and just wanting to sit down – I remembered Tony’s accomplishment. And more than his accomplishment, I remembered his enthusiasm. I want to feel that enthusiasm too! I want that feeling of accomplishment. So I allowed myself 20 minutes to sit on the couch with the dogs crawling on me, and then I got off the couch and got to work!

I did some work on my heavy bag, used my resistance band in several different ways, did a short wall sit (should have held it longer) and went back to the heavy bag for some more work. For not wanting to work out, I did a decent job!

Tomorrow maybe I’ll be my own inspiration. If not, I don’t need to look far to find some!

What inspires you?

 

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I Whooshed!!

I whooshed my bo tonight! I’m SO excited!

At first I wasn’t sure I heard a whoosh, but I did it again and then I knew. I’d finally done it! And not just once. I did it several times. For real. It wasn’t just my imagination. Some of the other students heard it too! 😉

I’ve had the toughest time getting my bo to whoosh. Everyone around me has been whooshing for a long time, but I was only able to get a slight whisper. The only whooshes I’d made were me saying Whoosh. 😀 I’ve been trying for 2 years!

Honestly, I’d given up on ever hearing a real whoosh from my bo, so tonight was really fun for me. Hooray for those little breakthroughs, even if they take 2 years to happen. It was worth the wait!

 

My Own Personal Trainers

Lots of athletes would  be thrilled to have their very own personal trainer. I have three! My son is a trainer specializing in working with golfers, and I’ve also got two four-legged trainers. They’re furry and adorable, and SO helpful when I work out!Riley and Romeo

My family got Riley, our spaniel, for me because I thought having a dog would get my butt off the couch and outside walking. I was right! Riley has gotten used to nightly walks, which is great when I get home by 8 p.m. and not so great when I don’t get home until 10-ish. We’ve taken some late walks!

What I didn’t realize when I got Riley was how um, encouraging he’d be during my workouts! He stares at me when I’m on the elliptical, puts his face between mine and the mat when I’m doing push ups, and tries to climb up in my lap when I’m doing wall sits. His extra 40 pounds makes those wall sits even more of a challenge!

Nap time!

Training Mom is exhausting. Time for a nap!

Now Riley has an assistant. My son got a puppy on Valentine’s Day. Romeo doesn’t quite have it down yet, but he’s learning fast. Tonight I was trying to hold side planks while Romeo licked my face. And licked. And licked. Lucky me – I had to do both sides, so my face is really clean!

I texted my son: There should be bonus points for holding side planks while your puppy licks my face!
Son: That’s the bonus for working out. Duh!

Yes, duh!  🙂

Heard on the Mat…Belt Test

From last night’s belt test…

Kyoshi: What happens if you forget something during your kata or self defense?
Me: Keep going and make it look bad-ass!
Kyoshi, after an eye roll: Just do SOMETHING!

I like my answer better.  😉

What a difference…

I went to the Hombu for Hanshi’s classes tonight. I’m happy to report my bad attitude did not attend with me. 🙂

I led warm-ups for the Family Open class and, oh gee – I must have forgotten to have everyone do push-ups!  <wink! wink!>

I learned a new kata in Brown & Black Belt class, which was encouraging, then got some focused attention from Hanshi on my newest bo kata in Weapons class.

Overall, it was a great night of classes and I’m feeling pretty good.

What a difference a day makes!

Motivation – A Numbers Game?

I really didn’t feel like working out today, but class was cancelled last Thursday due to weather, and we don’t have classes this week either. I can go to the hombu, but not until Wednesday, which is too long between workouts for me.

After much procrastination (I could go pro if procrastination were a sport), I finally got my butt off the couch, put on some pink workout clothes and my “Suck it up, Cupcake” headband, and headed downstairs.

I alternate between leg and upper body workouts. Today was leg day and after 15 minutes of the elliptical and a little stretching, I got to work on my list. Regardless of the workout, there are always what The Pretty One calls Finishers – and those, not the upper body or leg exercises, are what kill me. Oh, those dreaded burpees, push ups, crunches, planks and leg lifts!

I do OK on things that have numbers — sets, reps, etc. I can do 3 sets of 15, try to exceed the number of burpees I did in my last workout, talk myself into doing a set number of push ups, or crunch my abs 100+ times in various ways. I think having a specific goal helps me here.

Suck it up, Cupcake headbandSometimes I have to push myself to meet or exceed my numbers and when that’s necessary I’ve noticed I use the encouragement / cajoling I’ve heard from my coaches and instructors. “Finish strong!” “Only a few more.” “Come on – you can do this!” It may sound silly but it works. I hear those words of encouragement, say them to myself, and I can do a few more reps or one more set. I even say them out loud, so maybe it’s a good thing I’m working out by myself!

I struggle most with exercises that are timed, the ones you hold until exhaustion like planks and wall sits. I have a terrible time with wall sits in particular because there’s nobody around to encourage me, and I give in to my shaking legs way too easily.

I do what I can to distract myself – watch TV, pet the dog (since he’s in my lap for wall sits anyway), or do kata in my head. I can only do kata that I know fairly well – new katas frustrate me and that’s not good when I’m struggling. This is when I could really use a coach. Not just the voices in my head, but a voice in front of my face telling me not to give up.

In the absence of constant coaching, which is impossible, I guess this Cupcake just needs to Suck it Up and figure out a way to go just a little bit longer than is comfortable. Maybe I can play the numbers game here, too – by setting small goals of adding 5-10 seconds each time until I work up to a decent interval. If the numbers work to motivate me with the sets and specific numbers, it should work with the wall sits and planks too, right?

How do you motivate yourself when you’re working out alone? To get through the parts of the workout that are toughest for you – especially when you just don’t feel like it? If you have any ideas or suggestions of what works for you, I’d appreciate hearing them!