Thursday, November 4, 2010

Motivation Needed!

So....I need to lose weight.
I just don't have the right motivation. There's days I will workout like a madwoman, and days I could care less.
Like...last night, I was sitting on my butt scrapbooking, watching Hellcats (never have watched it before, first time) and it's a bunch of cheerleaders walking around in their sports bras and spankies. THAT gave me motivation. I would love to be able to do that, not that I ever would...
Then the other days (which are most of the days) I feel like, I could never, ever get back to the way I looked in high school. So I don't even try.
Sweets are such a temptation for me. I feel like there are ALWAYS desserts around me. And, lucky me, I am in charge of filling the candy bowl at work, so I sit next to tempting candy all. day. long.

Some people don't realize how much weight I've gained, either that, or they just straight up lie to my face, haha. Grandma Carrie was just visiting last weekend, and everytime I see her, she always make a comment about how tiny I am...she's so sweet, but she's either lying or she's blind. I'm gonna go for blind, cuz I doubt she'd ever lie.

ANYWAY.....does anybody have anything that's super motivating for you?? what do you do???
Be a good friend and help me out!!!!!

I've been thinking, working out in the morning is probably better than waiting til night time. I need to work on that.
"Early to bed,
Early to rise,
Makes a woman Healthy,
and Wealthy, and Wise!"
I found this article on a random website...not sure how legit it is, but it sounds good!
Rise and shine, my friend, because training in the morning definitely has its benefits. Let's start with the obvious ones.
First of all, training in the morning will free up the rest of your day, allowing you to focus on work and enjoy your evening activities.
By completing your workout early in the morning, you're also guaranteeing that you'll actually do it. My point is, after a long painful day at work, it's easier to make excuses or other plans in order to skip a workout. In the morning, your body and mind are fresh and ready to rock 'n' roll. Just remember that being disciplined is the key to staying fit, so start losing your snoozing habits.
As you may know, exercise increases mental acuity. By training in the morning, you'll wake up faster and be mentally alert at the crack of dawn. It'll also give you time to plan your day effectively before getting to work.
In addition, a good morning workout provides that rush of adrenaline and a sense of accomplishment that will stick with you throughout the day.
Finally, have you ever noticed how healthy you feel after a workout? And how you become turned off by greasy, unhealthy food? That said, training in the morning will force you to start watching what you eat from the first meal of the day. It will help regulate your appetite and set a "healthy mindset."
So do morning workouts burn more fat?
Enough fluff already. I know that all you really care about is whether morning training will help you shed pounds quicker. The answer is "yes," morning training has been proven efficient for weight loss.
The reason is simple: Training in the morning will help "jump-start" your metabolism and keep it elevated for up to 24 hours, thus burning more calories throughout the day.
Again, don't expect miracles. Training in the morning alone won't make you thin overnight. You'll need to carry out a good training routine, maintain a healthy, low-fat diet, and acquire good sleeping habits.
More specifically, the key to losing weight is to carry out a cardiovascular routine first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If you're feeling a little weak, sip a small cup of black coffee or a glass of orange juice. It will help you get started.
Now, here's why cardio training in the morning is a great way to blast fat:
Your levels of muscle and liver glycogen (also called stored carbohydrates) are normally very low when you wake up first thing in the morning. With depleted glycogen and lower blood sugar, you'll give your body the perfect environment to burnfat instead of carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates or glycogen are your body's primary and preferred source of energy. When they're low, your body will tap into your secondary energy reserve, which is your body fat. The idea here is similar to when the engine taps into the car's reserve tank because it's low on fuel.
Obviously, your body is way more complex than your car's gas tank. It always burns up a combination of carbohydrates and fat. However, the less carbohydrates you have, the more fat your body will burn.
Are you convinced yet? If so, great -- but expect an adjustment period. The same way you're jet-lagged after an overseas trip or drowsy when you suddenly have to switch from the graveyard shift to a regular 9 to 5 shift, training in the morning will require some lag time.
Normally, it should take approximately three weeks for your body to fully adjust to the time change. You'll start feeling fully energized; you'll wake up more easily and will generally be more alert.
Now all you need is a louder alarm clock to help you get up those first few weeks. Before you know it, you'll be a lean, mean, morning machine. Good luck and keep on pumpin'.
So, after I read this article, I read a different article, saying that you should workout at 4 or 5 in the afternoon, cuz that is when the average persons energy is at its you'll do better?
who knows. I know I do better workingout in the evenings, but like the first article says...I'll most likely do it if I make the commitment in the mornings.
Okay, this is the longest blog post EVER. so i'll be done now.


  1. Annika I love this post! You are awesome! I wish I had motivation for you. I'm in the same boat and I never have the motivation to keep it up after 3 or 4 really goo days. You'd think my missionary would be enough motivation for me to kick into gear but so far it's a lot of plans and no execution. Good luck and thanks you for the article!

  2. Lucky for you I just read an article that said weight gain is be expected in newlyweds. So as long as you don't continue to gain, you'll be fine :) But if you have any extra money lying around *tax return* I vote getting a personal trainer, even if Brett could be yours, it's not the same. Or come running with me :) haha

  3. If you find the trick let me know! I've been battling with it for 9 years now! (is that how long I've been married?) So anyways I'm trying to take it just one day at a time. DO my best to be active and work out and that's about all I can do! At least I can say I did something instead of nothing. Besides... YOUR NOT FAT!

  4. You are EXACTLY where I was. Believe me I felt the EXACT same way. I even ended up trying tons of different workouts and none stuck. I tried the gym, tried P90X, and didn't either stick with it or like the results - until I started Physique 57 and it's the ONE workout I look forward to doing. Seriously, I've never had something that keeps me so motivated to keep going. The results are quick, and the videos are wonderful. Just google it and you can find out more.

    I do it either first thing in the morning and I've done it a few times at night when morning didn't work out and I have loved doing it both ways. Seriously, this is my FAVORITE workout EVER!

  5. The best workout is the one you will do. I try not to give myself a cetain time of day because then if for some reason I have to miss it I will just skip that day rather than do it later that day. The article you posted doesn't cite any research so I wouldn't take it as too credible unless you could find the research to back it up. It is true that you would be more energized during the day but your sleeping habits will improve if you exercise, period. You know, you can call and ask me some questions sister! I would love to help! The best way to stay motivated is to do something you love.