Post-Honeymoon Fitness State

So, the problem of the workout. First of all, when starting something new, it isn’t hard to maintain your enthusiasm and pep for the first two weeks. It’s the post-honeymoon stage in your fitness trek that causes you to question if your relationship with your workout is really necessary. I mean, is it time to divorce him? After all, what’s he providing to you???  Okay…so maybe the health levels are better and your cardio is allowing you to run harder, faster, longer, and stronger! But the sweat…the tears… the extra hour/two hours out of your day with no physical results!!!

I’m just whining is all. I guess I’m losing my momentum and I’m having difficulty keeping up my enthusiasm for training/working out. This week alone, I’ve managed to forgo several workouts…yup, when I got back on the treadmill, I definitely felt the effects. It was hard to run. My stamina was low. And my enthusiasm….ha! down the drain!!!

So, here’s some ideas for all you who are dealing w/ this stage (it’s worked for me before, and will continue to work):

1) Get a competition on! Whether it be in your own brain or an actual competition b/t you and other people, this will help you continue aim for your goals. My sister recently lost 15 pounds and her success is pushing me towards mine since we’ve always had a competition to see who looks better…You know, sibling rivalry. With a competition, you push yourself further and are able to complete more of your fitness goals. That extra mile becomes necessary to go further!

2)Workout songs!!! Hello! Have you ever tried to workout to sappy love songs? Let me tell you, you break down and end up crying your workout away. So get those beat-boxing, heart-pumping, lung-jumping tunes! Current personal faves are ‘Not Afraid’ by Eminem, Kat Deluna (some great rhythmed songs) and Pitbull. I’m not going to lie, I’ve gotten so pumped by a song that I’ve fallen off the treadmill from dancing!

3)Fitness Pictures! Make a computer file or use an actual notebook to save pictures of people who have attained a level of fitness which you want to reach. Thus whenever you’re reaching for that candybar, look at the pictures and understand that by crippling your diet or reverting back to unhealthy patterns of eating, you’re only causing yourself to fail. So get those pictures of perfect abs, sculpted thighs, and toned arms!!!

Do any of you guys have tips when dealing with this stage. I’m obviously struggling, so help me out with some ideas!

Adios!

The Call of SSSSSsssugar.

My story isn’t original. In fact, most of us have experienced this or know people who go through this struggle. In high school I was always active by playing sports – quite the athlete, if I may say so myself. You know, volleyball all four years, swimming, skiing, biking, and so on. While I always ate a lot, I could easily control my weight just by how active I was. Yet it wasn’t until college that my unhealthy eating habits struck hard.

Despite going to a private college which has the largest contiguous land area in America (Berry College), and where walking from my dorm to class was about a 1/2 mile walk. (Trust me, I despised it! Not only that, but the deer stared at you!!!) Yet despite all the activity, I still managed to gain the dreaded ‘FRESHMEN 15’!!! The availability of fresh pizza and daily sugar cookies had me hooked, lined, and sunk! Yet when I came home for the summer, I knew I could loose the weight since my family ate fairly healthy but our portion sizes were out of control. Overall, I managed to lose 10 lbs and keep the extra 5lbs. Then I decided to take off a semester and got a temp job….  Oh dear, the real world struck hard! In my despair, I turned to the daily treats offered by the company and soon the ‘lost 10 lbs’ were found and let me tell you…I gave them a good home! Well, back to college and I only have one semester left till graduation. Yet I’m technically 10 pounds overweight, hold an addiction to coffee, and struggling to get loose the extra 20 pounds I had gained throughout my college experience.

The issue? I’m slightly enamored with my lovely white pasta and sugar! Ok, so the pasta hasn’t been the huge issue, rather it’s the CALL OF WHITE SUGAR!!! Yum! I can write an ode to it.  For instance, despite eating healthy for the last two weeks, my sister baked a delicious key lime pie yesterday. As there are currently 4 people living in the house it would be divided into quarters. Yet somehow I ate half of the pie…and there is still a quarter left. (Midnight snack anyone?)

So I’m going on a trek…a mission…a goal – and kicking my bad habits to the curb in order to be healthy and fit! Weight loss isn’t necessarily my goal, rather knowing what is going in my body is clean and pure.

Thus, I want to hear what people’s food weaknesses are and how you are kicking them! Is it through detox? Cleaning out your fridge? How do you do it when others in the house continue to eat the same while you’re trying to change? Let’s hear it!!

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