Taught an hour spin class in the morning (I used these new songs).
30 minute interval workout on a spinning bike at the gym
Okay, before we chat cool tees and workout motivation, here are some highlights of yesterday’s eats.
Toasted banana nut Quest Bar in the morning on the way to the gym.
The boys and I ran a few errands yesterday and one of the stops was the “squash store” (Sprouts) for some overpriced kabocha squash. I just got a couple (I really need to figure out how to grow my own to save some cash), but did my sweet roasted kabocha squash up in style with some PB2, NuttZo and a half of a cut up chocolate chip cookie dough Quest Bar. Yep, that’s right two in one day.
I also had some chocolate zeggs on the side. Andrew said if I post a recipe for those I might lose some readers though, so I’ll hold off for a bit on that one.
It was rather fun to eat squash with the tiniest fork ever.
You should try it.
Side note- I have this weird thing with utensils. Certain ones for certain foods, and certain ones that I am very possessive about. I don’t like it when other people use them. I can’t help it. It’s a problem, I know.
I also made a new Paleo friendly turkey basil loaf last night, but after Andrew described it as “very dry” and said he could barely swallow it, I decided to hold off on showing you that too.
So, Tuesday was the first day in a long time that I actually felt like kicking my own booty with a workout. Sure, I kick my booty when I’m also doing it for other people who come to my classes, but sometimes there’s so much talking and instructing involved that I forget how hard I’m working.
I’ve kind of been feeling “blah” with my workouts since the whole injury thing. I’ve just been trying to get cross training workouts in, do the time without pain, not really pushing myself too hard, etc.
Tuesday was different. I finally felt like I really wanted to work hard. I wanted to beat myself up a bit with a workout. It was a good feeling.
Truth is, I wish I had it every day, but that’s just not reality for me and I’m guessing it probably isn’t for you either. Sometimes it takes someone telling you exactly what to do. Other times you just have to find the motivation and “fire” inside you somewhere.
Speaking of, this video never gets old. I just watched it twice this morning. Serious motivation.
Here’s some things I’ve been thinking about with working it out and how to give yourself a little extra motivation under different circumstances.
First of all. Dress the part. Seriously.
New workout clothes, new shoes, whatever. It helps. Especially if your workout clothes have a little extra motivation printed on them. Ha.
I’ve been sporting these new Reebok PWR Shirts lately that I’m in love with.
When I put on some nicer clothes, even if I’m just going to the gym and then back home, I swear it helps me want to work a little harder. I think bright colors and motivational words help too.
This PWR Love Fit Tee is bright and fun for the hotter weather we’ve been having.
I’m usually not one to wear short sleeves as I prefer tank tops when I work out (might have something to do with my problem of sweating profusely).
But, I love this shirt. It’s super comfortable, light weight and just fits really well when I’m moving all around and such. I feel like I can wear it to work out and then out and about and still be presentable.
See, last week I even wore it to our open gym time.
Had to show those other mamas I love fitness, right.
Here are some other specifics about this awesome tee that is part of the ReebokONE Apparel collection.
Fun, bold & sexy mixed with technical features brings the ultimate graphic tee to women. Super soft poly spandex construction with 4-way stretch is flexible and lightweight, perfect for any workout or hanging out.
- 96% Polyester / 4% Elastane
- Slim fit – wears close to your body making it ideal for high-performance exercise
- PlayDry technology moves moisture and aids in ventilation
- Engineered armholes are built to move with you, not get in the way
- Flatlock stitching to reduce rub and irritation
STUFT Daddy even said I was “all done up” when I was wearing it the other day. Funny stuff.
It’s nice to try to inspire others when I teach classes too.
How funny would it be if I showed up to teach a class with a shirt that said “I hate fitness” or something. That’s just not okay.
The other shirt I received from Reebok was the PWR Short Sleeve V-Neck.
It’s my favorite one. It lives up to the high quality Reebok standards with the comfort level and the PlayDry technology. It has a little extra motivation built in too.
If you don’t feel like working it out or pushing yourself a little harder with “1 More” under your arm pit, I just don’t know what to say.
Just so you can see the full effect and see how it could easily be pulled off to impress some people at the gym or even layered over a tank to run errands, here you go.
Um, so yeah, Tuesday was long and I was sweaty from teaching classes the majority of the day, but I kept using my Action Wipes and putting on different Reebok outfits and shoes throughout the day hoping that no one could really tell.
Not sure if my little plan worked, but it sure made me feel better.
I may or may not have also worn that blue long sleeve tee yesterday again. Shhh…….
Oh, and heck yes I whipped out my shoes with a few motivational words on them too.
So here’s just a few motivational workout tips to leave you with:
Get uncomfortable. (I tell my classes this ALL the time. You should be uncomfortable when you’re working hard.)
If you’re comfortable in your workout routine or doing your leisurely cardio, it’s time to change things up. Push yourself just a little bit harder. You’ll be so glad you did.
Try something new. Try something that makes you nervous. Maybe it’s a new class, maybe it’s a new machine or a heavier weights. Just do it.
Make yourself a priority and don’t make excuses. Sure, it’s easy to make excuses why you can’t work fit in a work out or work a little bit harder at the gym, but talk yourself up. Try to kick your own booty. It’s kind of fun.
And just for a little extra motivation for you all I want to give you one of these new cool Reebok PWR tees.
They are awesome and we need to share their awesomeness.
How cool is that?
All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment here.
Tell me one way you motivate yourself or one thing you’re going to do to get out of your comfort zone in the next week.
Feel free to tweet and tag @Reebok and @stuftmama and use the hashtag #livewithfire for an additional entry. Just leave a comment here letting me know you did.
Giveaway will be open until 8 PM PST Saturday night, June 1st. Winner will be randomly selected and announced in Sunday’s blog post. Open to US residents only.
*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions (and love of all Reebok clothes) are my own.