Motivation Monday

Happy Monday!!! Did you have rough weekend? Maybe ate a little too much? How about sat a little too much? That’s okay. Don’t worry!  We’re going to hit the restart button and start new. So get moving, eat cleaner and healthier than you did yesterday and remember to have a some quiet time to reboot at the end of the day.  Cheers!

I love Mondays! I love the fresh start, a clean slate and the motivation that swirls around it.  Hope your day is a great as mine will be.

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Motivation Monday

Happy Monday!!! Did you have rough weekend? Maybe ate a little too much? How about sat a little too much? That’s okay. Don’t worry!  We’re going to hit the restart button and start new. So get moving, eat cleaner and healthier than you did yesterday and remember to have a some quiet time to reboot at the end of the day.  Cheers!

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Reason #10 Why You Should Do A Marathon

Reason #10 why you should do a marathon.……………

It keeps you accountable!!

Let’s face it, when you run a marathon, you’re going to tell EVERYONE!  Even before you’ve laced up your shoes to run, you’ve already told all 500 friends on Facebook that you’re going to be tackling a marathon in the next 18 weeks. By the time you’ve told everyone you have now become locked in to do it. You can’t back out!  What will everyone think? (Okay in all seriousness who the crap cares what people think but still, you know you’ll be thinking it).

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Accountability is one of the best ways to reach your goal. By signing up for an event (ie. marathon, even better the 2013 Dallas Marathon) you have now mentally taken yourself to a whole new level of accountability. Any time there is an ultimate goal involved, especially one with a finishing date, we as humans tend lock sights into the upcoming goals and the Terminator-like focus comes out in us.  Nothing stops us until we’ve crossed either a physical finishing line or the proverbial one. Also by signing up for a marathon, it not only helps keep you accountable to yourself but to others as well, like your friends and family .

Going at goals alone can sometimes be a recipe for disaster. Without any type of support base, on those cold winter mornings when the sun hasn’t come out yet, staying in bed will be a whole lot easier than going running for 12 miles. So find a buddy that will keep you motivated and pumped to finish a goal. Having good friends and family to support you will carry you a lot further than if you go at it alone.

So whats it going to be, another day without a goal or another day filled with many many miles? So what it going to be? Remember…………..

The only way to cross this finish line is how? TO SIGN UP FOR A MARATHON!!

So what are you waiting for?!!?

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Motivation Monday

Hello Monday!!  Welcome to Motivation Monday, where we get the week started right!  Positive thoughts with positive habits equals a recipe for success!

Remember: Something is ALWAYS better than nothing.  You don’t have to run a marathon or even a 5k but definitely go for a walk. Do good and be good! Motivation is a hard, hard thing to keep up. Within seconds a negative comment can ruin the day or a slip of momentary judgement sends all good intentions to the wind and we feel instantly defeated. DON’T!!!  You and I are not perfect. We will have moments where our judgment failed us, we will eat a fun size Snickers and like it!  It doesn’t mean we’re defeated. It was just a moment, and there will MILLIONS more just like them. Give yourself a little breathing room to make mistakes but the defining moment in it all is when you continue on doing what you know is right.  Those are the better and more defining moments in your journey. We as humans are not perfect so why do you expect so much of yourself? It’s okay to expect great things from yourself and it’s okay to give yourself a stern lecture but don’t stop fighting the good fight and don’t become your worst enemy.  Love yourself and be kind to yourself.

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12 Days Left & I’m A Headcase!

12 days left!

 

12 days!!

Physically I’m holding up. No shin pain, very very minimum hip soreness, hamstrings and calves are great. I’m not achy. Quads are staying healthy. I’m physically good.  Next go around I probably should do non-weight bearing back exercises to help strengthen to go along with ab exercises but overall I would give myself a B+ (always room for improvement!).
 So what is going on in my head right now…………..
“OH MY GOSH!!!”
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Okay seriously, at this point I’m feeling:
*Apprehensive
*Anxious
*Nervous
*Excited
*Mental Exhaustion
*Irritability
It’s all natural to feel this way and I know that I’m ready. I know that I got this and that I’ll finish. I’m mentally tough and physically. I’ve beat this body over the last 12 weeks into submission. It knows that at 5 a.m. September 1st  that it will run 26.2 miles and like it!!
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I’m also starting to taper. No it’s not a new craft project, it’s where my mileage is cutting back so my body can store up energy and repair itself for the big day.  I also have to cut back on my calories. Since I won’t be running as many miles in the next 12 days I have to scale back on the calories so I won’t gain weight going into my marathon.  What does that look like for me? Going from 2000 calories to 1650.  I don’ t mind. It’s also a great way for my body to get the signal that I can’t eat as much after my 12 days is up. Once this round of marathon training is done I’ll need to scale back on my eating or otherwise I’ll eat us all out of house and home!! I’m such an eater.
OMG! I love food!! Anyways………..
With all the stuff going through my head (Am I ready, did I run enough, will I fall as flat as a pancake on my face from not training enough) just a barrage of different thoughts but I’m actually okay. Nervous but okay. Anxious but okay.
I’ve told myself if I can complete this marathon in the time that I want to finish (or just finish) then I’m going to be okay.I’ll be okay anyways but I NEED this marathon. I need this finish. If I can do this (which I know I can because quitting is not an option) it’s like a universal sign that I’m going to be okay. That anything from that moment on is just chump change. It’s like a letter from God saying “Brandy, you’re going to be okay.” Crazy, I know but it’s the best way I can describe it.
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Have you ever needed something so badly you felt like your life depended on it?
I know my life doesn’t depend on this. I know the world will not stop turning. In my little world, in the spec of dust that I am in this universe, it matters to me.
I didn’t mean to go into all that!!  Whew!  Serisously, the mindset going into these type of events will make you a little crazy. Some people are just all like “Whatever” but not me. I’m all headcase, need a xanax stat! Maybe instead of Pounds to Miles I should be The Headcase Runner.
Okay kids, till next time!
Cheers!
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Don’t Let Your Mind Rule Your Matter

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I’m a mentally challenged  runner.  I spend 90% of my training runs training my brain rather than my legs or at least most days it feels that way.  I hear the negative, loud chatter  “This is hard.”  ” Why is she running so much faster than you?” “Are we really going to do this again?” ” I can quit and nobody would know.” “Can I just go back to bed.”  “You know, most people don’t take this long to do this.” “This is hard.” My gray matter is my weakest muscle in my whole body.

Here’s an example of why listening to your gray matter is not always a good idea  and how perception can be skewed and unreliable:

This morning I had to do only 4 miles at 11:54 pace.  So I thought I’ll just stay in my neighborhood and knock this out. I started about 6 A.M., the sun wasn’t completely up yet.  Keep in mind  that last week was “recovery” week so the longest run I had to do was 6 miles, so I’m using fresh legs. I also slept great the night before, had a pre-run snack and hydrated. I took care of all personal business so there was no reason not to have a good run. My Garmin was charged and ready to go. Everything was just like it should be.

I walk out the front door  do my .10 mile walk (yes I’m just that OCD that I know the mileage in my neighborhood) and I take off running. No sprints just an easy jog if you want to call it that. IMMEDIATELY I feel the heat just hanging in the air. Already my elbows and knees are sweating (it’s always the first thing to start sweating on me). I’m now getting close to the end of my first mile but I’m struggling because all I can feel is the heat hanging in the air. It honestly feels like someone has  the dryer vent blowing on me. Then at that moment I SMELL someones dryer going . I typically love the early morning smells and rituals coming from homes. I smell peoples breakfast being cooked, occasionally I smell the dryers being turned on with the Downy dryer smell.  It’s something I typically love but being that I’m hot as hell right that second and I don’t me like sexy hot but hot nasty sweat smell hot, smelling the dryer smells just makes me even more miserable. There’s no breeze, the sun is inching up and I’m miserable.

At this point I want to quit, stop, and go home. It’s not fun. I’m miserable. My body feels heavy.

Turning point…………….

I took a short walk break. I had to do something because I was falling apart and then I looked at my watch  and saw that I was clocking in a 11:15 average pace (reminder: I’m suppose to be doing 11:54 pace). So a light bulb goes off (and I’m still walking) I’m not hurting. I’m not “falling apart”. I’m fine. My mind is miserable and wants to go home but my body is fine. My legs don’t hurt, my breathing isn’t really that bad I’m just digging myself into a mental grave of doom and gloom.

My body is fine. My legs, shoulders, back, hips all feel okay. Nothing hurts.

Perception………..

My perception before looking at my watch was that I was running really slow compared to my other runs. My perception was I doing a horrible job. My perception was  I was going to have a horrible outcome to this run.

Finish……………..

So I continued to run.  I’m still not a happy camper but I’m better than I was.  At this point in the run I still had 1.5 miles to go. So I kept my mind focused on my legs and I turned off the negative chatter. Yes I still felt the heat just hanging over me but I tuned it out. The good news is my legs were functioning just fine, my breathing and heart rate felt fine.  Time to finish this roller coaster of emotions run.

Outcome…………

Here’s what the final outcome looked like number wise

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And here’s what today’s run look like with past runs……………..

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So if you look at my past 4 mile run, today’s run was not bad at all.

My point is, don’t let your mind tell you that something is bad and you don’t feel good and your doing horrible. Evaluate and question the situation. Are you REALLY hurting? Are you REALLY going that slow?

I bet your doing just fine. NOW SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP AND DO IT AGAIN!

 

Are You Encouraging or Being Encouraged

Encourage: a : to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope : heartenb : to attempt to persuade : urge (source: Meriam-Webster)

Where are you in life? Is your glass half full or half empty? What about your nearest and dearest friend? Is her glass half full or half empty?  Maybe your without a job, divorced, overweight, credit cards are maxed out or maybe your none of these things. Maybe you know someone who is going through all or some of these things. Either way, I bet you know someone who needs encouraging or maybe you do!

So many times we go through things (hard things) and it becomes difficult to see the other side of things. We lose our focus, we eat to find comfort, drink to find comfort or shop to find comfort. We forget to leave bed because the day is just too hard or take a shower. We lose our encouragement. Sometimes we pull away from people because seeing people in this discouraged state is too hard and it’s hard to see people in this state.

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This is when we need encouragement. I’m no expert by any means but I feel like I’ve had my fair share of experience. I’m not going to rehash it because those times need to be in the past. Reliving it won’t do any good but I can say I’ve come out on the other side for better. Thankfully along the way I had friends and family that pushed me to look at the better side of things. That helped me and encouraged me as I went along.  If any of you are reading this, there are not enough thank you’s to express my gratitude. That’s why from time to time you’ll see pictures with words of encouragement because I believe that you never know when the right picture, words, friends, or whatever will show up. I don’t know if something I post will ever lift anyone up but I’ll keep posting them just to give myself peace of mind. I also believe that encouraging others I’m also reaping the rewards of it myself.  It’s a two for one deal!!

Life is hard. There is no manual on how to get through it and sometimes the forest is not as thick as it seems. We just get bogged down in the smallest details and it turns in the ant hill into the mountain. We do this dieting. We get so bogged down in eating the right foods we forget that just eating less or adding a veggie or two to our day makes a world of difference. Swapping an apple for a candy bar is a big thing some days. Don’t diminish that. Celebrate it!  We all need to find little things in our day to celebrate to encourage ourselves. If exercising is not your thing and then you go for a walk, celebrate it!  Something is better than nothing.

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We get so caught up in what we don’t have, what we don’t do, what we can’t do that we miss all the beautiful things in our lives. Maybe you do have less money than last year, but there’s got to be a sliver of silver lining in there. Maybe you’re getting more time with your children or you’re seeing your spouse more often.  There’s more to life than money. Yes, it does make life easier but sometimes it comes with a price and your willing to pay that price?

So I hope you have a great day and I hope that you enjoy your day.  Be sure to encourage someone so that you can get some of that encouragement as well.

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My Word

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but I have a word that has become my “mantra” I guess you could say. It’s …….

It came to me unofficially somewhere along the way after I started my self imposed challenge. It stuck and its now the official Word. I have a private Pinterest board labeled “Committed” and I have a bookmark folder on my browser labeled “Committed.” I even have a label on the right called “Committed.” It was my word long before I think I realized it. It just kind of came to be! 

 I’m committed to changing and keeping a promise to myself. Too many times when the journey got tough I would reason with myself why I should quit, justify it and then quit with a clear conscience. You have no idea how many times since my teen years I’ve done this. I could list all the opportunities I’ve wasted away because of this.  No more. I’m committed.

Secondly in church we have a series called “Change Your Story”.


 Although I’m sure preacher man didn’t have any of this in mind but I realize that essentially that’s what I’m doing. I’m changing my story. Things will get tough. Mentally and physically. However I’m changing my story by staying committed to the challenge. In getting close to May 11th. I can’t wait to see what my final results will be. And it won’t stop there. Life is about looking forward and evolving. It’s okay to remember and reminisce but staying stuck in the past is not good. Living in the past is not okay. We were meant to move forward, grow and experience. 

To get there I just have to keep bathing in the daily motivational shower (and eat right and workout).  Yes I have days where I’m tired, and  small self-doubts try creeping in but I have to refuse it. I have to keep reminding myself what lies ahead of me. 

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Daily Dose of Motivation

Inspre….Motivate

in·spire  (n-spr)
v. in·spiredin·spir·ingin·spires
v.tr.

1. To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence.
2. To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion: hymns that inspire the congregation; an artist who was inspired by Impressionism.
3.

a. To stimulate to action; motivate: a sales force that was inspired by the prospect of a bonus.
b. To affect or touch: The falling leaves inspired her with sadness.
4. To draw forth; elicit or arouse: a teacher who inspired admiration and respect.
5. To be the cause or source of; bring about: an invention that inspired many imitations.
6. To draw in (air) by inhaling.
7. Archaic

a. To breathe on.
b. To breathe life into.
v.intr.

1. To stimulate energies, ideals, or reverence: a leader who inspires by example.
2. To inhale.
mo·ti·vate  (mt-vt)

tr.v. mo·ti·vat·edmo·ti·vat·ingmo·ti·vates

To provide with an incentive; move to action; impel.

Are You Saying "I’m Tired"

73 days till my final weigh in. 73 short days. Heck, we’re already past the last Friday of February! Time flies when you have a goal in sight!  I’m also in a peculiar place.  I’m 27 pounds down. YAY!  Which is not a good bragging right BECAUSE that means I gained 27 pounds in less than a year. I would say somewhere between March of 2012 and November 11, 2012. 27 pounds!! Whaaaaat?!?! I know, I know.

So that means I’m right back to my original fighting weight. Which is great but I still have a total of 33 pounds to lose. My goal by May 11, 2013 is to have lost 23 more pounds from now. That leaves me with the infamous last 10 stubborn pounds to lose after May 11th.  This  past Friday’s weigh in showed that the weight loss train stalled out leaving me with not a loss or a gain (whew). I knew it would by Tuesday. I didn’t feel energetic all week. In fact, I was semi funky feeling. Going through the motions I guess you can say. Not butt  kicking by any means.

In fact, even till today I’ve been tired. Very sleepy feeling. Just blah.  Sunday I slept in, Monday I slept in AND Tuesday. This morning I realized “Oh no!! Old Brandy is creeping back!” So at 4:45 a.m. this morning, I threw on my gym clothes and flew out the door. I did my gym time, went grocery shopping, came home and continued with the full speed ahead mentality.  It’s so easy to get in the “I’m tired” phase and Monday turns into Tuesday and 6 months later and two larger pants sizes you’re still saying “I’m tired.”  You/I have to force yourself to do something. To move forward. To be active. To be alive. Staying in bed ALL THE TIME IS NOT A LIFESTYLE!!  You can choose to be tired and lifeless are you can do something. 
We were not created to lay around, eat Cheetos and watch Honey Boo Boo all day. (P.S. I despise reality TV and I despise that show along with Jersey Shore and many others)  We were meant to live, experience, see and do. 

PSA:
Watching E TV and watching others live a fake, made up, so call wonderful life is not doing you any good. In fact, your craving a life that is fake by watching reality TV.  GET UP AND LIVE YOUR OWN FABULOUS LIFE!! Turn off the TV. JUST TURN IT OFF!!
That also can be extended to internet, Facebook, movies, books. Too much of one thing is never good. We have to live a present, active life. 

Whew, moving on. 

73 days. I know I’ll be a better version of myself in 73 days. So I’m creating a two 30 day plans to keep myself motivated and going. First plan starting March 4th.  Mondays are always a great day to hit the start (or restart) button. 30days after that I’ll take a short less planned break and then continue with  plan #2.  

I’m so excited!! If nothing else, be sure to check back in 73 days. Good stuff is happening!

Cheers!  

Weigh In Friday

92 days out till my “Final” weigh in. I’ve given myself a 6 month goal starting November 11, 2012 to turn this body around. I was (still am) overweight, unhappy, unmotivated, bored, tired and any other negative adjective you can think of. But with 92 days to go I’m 23 pounds down with a total goal of 60 pounds to lose. I’m excited about getting up of a morning. I’m happy, lighter, energetic, inspired and most important, determined.  2013, I will lose 60 pounds. Let’s revisit that……….

2013, I will lose 60 pounds. 

Wanna hear it again?

2013, I will lose 60 pounds.

In fact, not only will I lose it, I refuse to find it ever again. I refuse to revisit that place in my life ever again.

I’ve got 92 days to make a dent in  this number. I only have 37 pounds to go.

If  you don’t believe me, mark your calendar and be back here May 11th. I’ll show you!

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What’s Working So Far

16 pounds gone as of today.  I started seriously and fighting mad on the 11th of November, 2012 giving myself till May 11, 2013 to make some serious changes in my weight.  
**Oh and to the person who called me fat, making me insanely mad, thanks. Even though it was rude of you, thanks for pushing me over the cliff to do something.***
So what’s my secret? It’s no secret it’s just a lot hard work (exercise) and counting calories. When I get to my daily allowance, I’m done. 
*Daily exercise- I use a BodyMedia to make sure I’m at least burning a 1,000 calories a day. If you can get one I highly recommend it. It’s a like a GPS for your weight loss. It takes all the guess work out of my numbers!! LOVE IT! 
*Counting calories- You can find my daily eats at MY FITNESS PAL.COM  I highly recommend it as well. Can we say FREE? Oh, and the thing I love about it also, is that it has bar code scanner!  Makes life easier. 
*I also weigh all my food!  
*I research restaurants before we go out. I PLAN!!  Fail to plan, plan to fail. 
*Daily doses of motivation and accountability.  Facebook, Tumblr and other blogs keep me excited and my spirits high. And then ultimately if there is good numbers on the scale that helps the drive.  
My diet has been the challenge. I know so many people, including myself, that get bogged down not knowing what to eat or not eat but so far, I haven’t given up bread, pasta, sweet treats or anything. I just count calories. If I want the cookies, I have to ask myself, how bad do I want them? I still eat out but not as often. I like cooking my food so I know exactly what’s going in it.  Basically, I try to not over think it and make it complicated.  
So to summarize:
  • Exercise
  • Count calories
  • Plan 
  • Motivate 
If I can do it, I know you can. 

Queen of Excuses And Reasoning

Yes, I am she. I am the Queen of Excuses and Reasoning. I can talk my way out of anything and in my mind, it’s okay. Too lazy to workout…….. “Oh I don’t want to over do it.” Haven’t been running…… “Life just gets in the way sometime.” Yep, I can justify just about anything.

However, it’s done me no good and the same will happen to you, if you let it. I have ran 6 marathons. Every time (and I do mean EVERY TIME) I have finished one I stop running for an over extended period of time. I justify my reasons in my mind and then I agree with them with all my heart! Then I spend hours beating myself up because “I’m just so slow.” “Gosh I wish I ran faster.” “Gosh, I wish I weighed less.”

Really?!?! Could I be any more  of a whiner?

I have no one to blame but myself. There are a few constants in life and one of them is, whether it’s raining, snowing, your cat died, you’ve lost your job, there’s no money in the bank………….running and workouts will be there. Period. Doesn’t matter. You/I make the decisions and you can decide to put your shoes on and get a workout in or you cannot. 2012 I let the wrong decisions shape my life (temporarily). I am my own downfall.  I allowed myself to be slow, overweight, negative, temperamental, distant, and lazy. I’m done. Finished. I’m done with the boring and stale thing I called life. You can do the same (for a small fee of $9.99 a month, but wait there’s more!!…………….okay sorry I couldn’t resist! There’s no fee. I just had to say that!)

So how can you avoid this downfall?

1. Get your workouts in early. The earlier the better. If you get done before you ever start the rest of your day, no excuses can keep you from it. If I skip my workouts early in the morning I have all day to talk myself out of it. If I do it first thing, Sleepy Brandy typically has about about 5 minutes (you know, get out bed, toilet and pick out clothes to wear) of serious convincing and typically that never happens.
2. Lay out your clothes the night before if your a early bird. Decreases the chance of saying “Oh I can’t find my pants, must be an omen that I’m not suppose to go!”
3.If your not an early bird, schedule the time and make it mandatory you do it. NO EXCUSES!!! Excuses is what kills our motivation and our goals.

***You have to decide how bad you want it. Every time you stop and decide to start back, it gets harder and harder. I know, I’m in the thick of it!! I’m living it right now and I hate it!  Why suffer? Why not make the decision and reap the rewards day after day. For example, so many people don’t worry about their diets until the holidays, then when the holidays get here, they’re all like “Oh my gosh I can’t enjoy food at the party because I’ll really won’t fit in my jeans.” But if your mindful year round, the holidays won’t be such a headache on your diet!

One more point, just remind yourself if the warm bed feels great in the morning, that’s fine but it will be there  tonight!!  How do you want to live your life? Do you want to tell your grandchildren, “Aww man, I lived life to the fullest. I slept in and snuggled the heck out of that pillow!!”  or do you want to say, “Aww man, I would be up at the crack of down and I hammered out those miles long before the sun came up!” What kind of life is it that we worship our bed so much that we miss out on life? How boring?!****

4.  Keep your clothes with you for the scheduled appointments. If you don’t have them with you or if you have to go home to get them that really helps the Excuse Monster out big time.
5.  Positive talk and motivation. It’s like Zig Ziglar has said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing-that’s why we recommend it daily.” Keep motivating yourself and keep talking positive  What we say and think effects us! (Duh!) If we constantly say “We can’t”, guess what? You won’t!  We clutter our minds with junk and negativity to the point that the possible seems impossible.  A constant dosage of motivation and positives will do world of good for anyone!
6. If you need a workout partner find one. It helps with the accountability.  I’m a loner. I like the solitude of running. But that’s me. That’s why I have this blog and my Facebook page. That’s my accountability tool. I know if I post it, I’ll eventually come across someone who is following that will ask, “How’s the diet going?” or “How’s the training going?” I love being able to say it’s going great rather than saying it’s not going at all.  I love it!!

I hope  this helps. I hope that my self-imposed hardships (not purposefully) will help you avoid the downfalls that “could” await you. Trust me they are avoidable.  You can choose to live everyday to the fullest and reap the rewards of an excuse free life or you can fall into the trap of excuses. Trust me, I’ve been there and done that, it’s hell getting out.

Whether you’ve made New Year’s resolution or your just making changes, I hope that you get there. You deserve it.  I hope that you become your own motivational story.I hope that we can all look back at our lives and say, ” It wasn’t perfect but I left nothing on the table.I lived life to my fullest.” That is my wish for you.

Cheers!

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