Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Motivation Issues

Hello blog world! I’ll be totally honest, I have been completely immersed in school projects for the past two days and will continue to be until Friday. I’m really going to try hard to keep getting a daily post up, but unfortunately the blog usually takes a back seat to school work when I’m approaching deadlines. However, I do have some recent eats and a couple of workouts that I wanted to share with you, so let’s get to it!



Steak and noodles (prepared by Eric when I was at his apartment this weekend)


Everything Bagelwich with hummus, feta, turkey and spinach (you must try this combo!)


Mom’s homemade white chicken chili (this is my all time favorite soup that she makes, but pumpkin chili is a close second)


And what good is chili without homemade corn bread?!


And lastly, a new oatmeal recipe that I’m currently working on perfecting. Take two is tomorrow!


I know it looks like a bowl of cream of wheat, but I swear there’s oatmeal in there! I’m working on my “voluminous oats” skills. In other words, getting the largest amount of food for the smallest amount of calories Winking smile.


I know that I didn’t post a lot last week, and one of the reasons that bothers me is because I didn’t get to write about any of the new workouts that I came up with! I love reading other people’s workout ideas so I hope that by sharing mine, some of you might be inspired to switch up your routine and try something new Smile. Here are a few recent workouts that I’ve done:

Chest, triceps, and shoulders

Perform one set of each of the following exercises right in a row without resting in between (circuit style). Rest for 30 sec to one minute before repeating the circuit two more times.

  • Lying dumbbell presses: 12 reps
  • Overhead tricep extension: 15 reps
  • Lateral raises: 15 reps
  • Incline dumbbell flyes: 12 reps
  • Bent over tricep extension: 12 reps
  • Front raises: 15 reps

This upper body circuit had my arms trembling when I was done, and boy did I feel the burn the next day! If you can repeat the circuit three times in a row without resting in between sets, that’s awesome! However, my arms are so shaky after one set that I need a short break before I can lift the weight again.


Here’s another circuit for ya! These are my current favorite leg exercises that I’ve been doing for the past few weeks, and it just makes the time go by so much faster when I cut out the rest periods and do them in a circuit. I started this workout with 30 minutes of cardio (15 min elliptical and 15 min Stairmaster) and then repeated the following circuit three times. With this circuit I did not rest between sets.

  • Step-ups: 12 reps (each leg)
  • Leg press: 12 reps
  • Calf raises (using leg press machine): 20 reps
  • Seated leg curls: 25 reps
  • Hip adductor: 20 reps


I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that while I love doing cardio, I hate doing the same thing for a long period of time. That’s why on cardio days (45 min steady state cardio) I tend to divide my time between two or three machines. When I feel like using the treadmill on cardio days, I also like to mix it up from just the standard running or incline walking. There are tons of awesome treadmill workouts out there (you can see some of my favorites here, here and here). However, sometimes all you need is a simple little change and it makes the time go by that much faster on that dreaded machine. Here’s what I did last week to complete the last 25 minutes of a cardio workout:

  • 3 minutes @ 4.0
  • 8 minutes @ 6.0
  • 3 minutes @ 4.0
  • 8 minutes @ 5.5
  • 3 minutes @ 4.0

Man, I’m still so much slower than I used to be! Looking at my old treadmill workouts that I just posted reminds me just how much more in shape I used to be (for me) last spring. I’ve really got to work on that!

Motivation Issues

Actually, while we’re on the topic of being out of shape, I just wanted to point out that this weekend while I was at my Kappa Psi conference I had an “oh-my-gosh you can really tell that I’ve gained weight” moment when I saw some pictures of me. Now, I just want to point out that I am by no means forgetting how far I’ve come or that I’ve lost a lot of weight, but some of that weight has crept back on over the summer (about twelve pounds to be exact). It may not be as obvious to other people, but I can certainly see a difference between pictures taken recently and those taken in the spring. Remember my confession post that I wrote over the summer? Well, the weight I mentioned gaining in that post is still here. Honestly, I am at the exact same weight that I was at one year ago, which would be fine if I was at my goal weight or “happy weight,” but I’m not.


Like I said, I’m still proud of everything I’ve accomplished, but I think it’s important to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin and right now I’m not and I know that I’m not doing everything I can. I feel like my weight loss this year has been one step forward, three steps back. Even when I was doing really well with my calorie counting last week, after about five days things just went downhill. I’m not really sure what it’s going to take to get my motivation back in full swing again, or to at least make it last for longer than a few days. Any and all suggestions are welcome!

Well, as much as I would love to just sit here and complain all night, it’s not going to change anything. Besides that, school is calling my name and I have lots of work to do. Sorry to be a little bit of a downer tonight, but sometimes we all have nights like that!

Catch ya’ll later Open-mouthed smile.


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