Motivation TUESDAY!

Posted: September 11, 2012 in Music, Quotes, S&S Tips&Tricks, S&S Workouts

BABY PUSHUP! Such a perfect pushup/plank position. Just sayin’.

Yep, I’m running on a delayed schedule these days thanks to new classes! I’m learning to balance it all. But hey, it’s fun. I love it.

So. Back to school. No more holidays until Halloween. Time to find that routine and stick to it. Whether or not you’ll admit it, a routine feels good. It’s nice to have a plan. A plan can be comfy. It keeps you on track. What’s your plan? Do you have one for your family? What about yourself? What’s your diet plan? Exercise plan? You-time plan? Lots of questions, but lots of important ones. You can’t be your best you without having a plan for yourself — what do you need to be your best?

For me, I need exercise. Even before it became my job, I needed it. I also need fruit. And peanut butter. And good, wholesome foods.

For Your Diet Plan

  • Include more veggies in your diet. Of all food to eat, you should eat the most of these dudes. Low in calories, high in vitamins and minerals.
  • Include more fruits. Try having a piece at each meal, or as your snacks.
  • Cut back on starchy carbs. This means breads, pasta, cereal, and potatoes. Good in moderation, these bad boys don’t pack as much nutritional goodness as the two previous groups.
  • Cut way back on sugars and processed foods. These guys scream YIKES! for your body. Don’t dabble much in this area. It’s dangerous. And addictive.
  • Cut back on meats and add more clean, whole proteins. I’m talkin’ about decreasing the steaks, burgers, chicken, pork, and sausage meals, and increasing your consumption of unsalted nuts, eggs, and avocados. You swap some saturated fats and processing gross-ness for more pure, real, okay fats.
  • More water, no pop. More tea, less coffee with creamer.
  • Watch your dairy intake, too. Close to 60% of adults can’t process dairy the way we think we can….

For Your Exercise Plan

  • Instead of aiming for a certain number of hours in the gym, aim for a certain number of days and make the most out of 30 minutes while you’re there.
  • The latest talk in the health and fitness industry is not about how much activity you do, but how little you spend stationary. So pace as you talk on the phone, do calf raises while you cook, do crunches during commercial breaks, have a random pushup contest with a family member, use the printer upstairs at work, take laps around the parking lots, don’t use the escalator, etc.
  • When in doubt rock your body weight: squats, lunges, jumping jacks, jump-rope-less jump rope, pushups, situps, tricep dips, and planks.
  • Aim for 30-60 minutes of activity a day. At least. Yes, you can do it. Everything adds up.

Now…. Here’s some more to get you through all that!

Songs
“Salty Dog” by Flogging Molly
“The Whole World” by Outkast
“Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet

Quotes
“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” –Deepak Chopra
“You may delay, but time will not.” –Benjamin Franklin
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan

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