This isn’t a Janathon exercise update because I thought I’d tell you some things I have been thinking about…they are relevant and interesting things I promise… not just musings about why dragons have such a bad reputation or why I only like the idea of a dog…
After all what’s the point of having an exercise blog if I can’t tell you all some stuff. Even if it might secretly be about dragons…
It isn’t about dragons I promise!
I have recently heard in real life and seen on social media, a lot of questions about motivation. More specifically questions about finding and maintaining motivation to exercise. I have thought a lot about the answer and the basic answer is that relying on motivation is not going to work. Motivation for everyone comes and goes. It is a fleeting thing that is impossible to quantify and impossible to really define as it is different for everyone. I am not going to tell you how to become motivated, or give you any “tips and tricks” because 9 times out of 10 those types of posts prove to be either a rehash of the same old stuff or patronising. What I am going to do is tell you what worked for me.
As I said, For me, there no point in relying on motivation. I can’t imagine anyone, not even Usain Bolt or Serena Williams can be motivated to work out and train 100% of the time! Even the most dedicated sportsmen and women must have days where they just can’t be bothered. The real question is how do you make yourself work out anyway, on those days where you just want to stay indoors and eat blue cake, how do you make yourself get out there and run or lift or yoga or anything!
The answer for me is to find my why. The reason I am doing all of this. The thing that when I do it makes all the hard work and grumpy workouts worthwhile! This thing should be a positive thing. Negative whys never stick for the long term. Working out through fear of being fat/bad/whatever is not going to put you in a good frame of mind and will reinforce negative thought patterns and eventually behaviour patterns.
In case you didn’t already know, my why is dancing. I think the whole “Project Fit Enough to Dance in a Mask” title may have given that away…but I am telling you anyway :-p
I am telling you because by extension that means I am telling me. the more i exercise, the better I dance. When I do cardio, I dance better. When I run, I dance better. The better I dance the happier I am so why wouldn’t I work towards being better at it 😀
My other why, is that lifting heavy things makes me feel like a superhero. Feeling like a superhero is awesome and there is really no downside to feeling awesome! that and feeling like a superhero is one step closer to becoming a superhero, which is my ultimate goal. After all, why wait for some other superhero to come along and rescue you when you can be one yourself… that way there is always one around when you need one. 😀
So, if you think you want to do exercise then find a “why” that inspires you!! Whether it is “Because I want to run/swim/etc in the Olympics” or “because I want to be able to run about after my idea dog, or my dragon!”
This is my idea dog, he is great, he lives in my head and is always cute and I never have to pick up any poo!
This was yesterday…
I did exercise but I forgot to tell you about it… so here it is…
I went to he gym…again 🙂 and I have come to the conclusion that Sunday evening is my least favourite time in the gym so far. It is full of chatters and gigglers which is fine for them but off putting (to say the least) for everyone else!
Luckily I ignored them and got in with a pretty awesome upper body workout 😊😊
Benchpress/ incline benchpress/ chest flys/barbell row/ seated row/ assisted pull up… not too shabby really!
95kg 95kg 95kg
Woohoo woohoo woohoo woohoo 😁😁😁😁
In case you didn’t guess from that I am happy… I did a 95kg deadlift this afternoon 😊😊😊 I haven’t lifted this heavy in over a year and I lived it so much!! Total superhero lifting day 😊😊
I danced in the gym after I lifted it…which confused a couple of people… the Saturday evening people in the gym don’t know me as well as the weekday morning people 😂😂
(Yoga will be later 😊)
Today I gymmed…(yes I know that isn’t a verb…but I am going with it) I went before work with my friend Sarah and we lifted stuf op and put it down and I actually went on a treadmill and did an inclined walk…
Yes…voluntarily on a treadmill… this is very rare!!
Somewhat later there was dancing… at which I forgot quite a few dances but then remembered them and took no photos…
Still lots of fun 😊 and awesome comic book leggings put in an appearance!!
I didn’t dance in my fluffy slippers by the way… just took the photo to show you my awesome leggings 😊😊
Day 9 started as is customary for a Tuesday, with an early morning PT session 🙂 it was pretty awesome…I got to do squats which is always good!!
Janathon day 9 finished with day 8 Of Yoga True from Yoga with Adriene 😊which was lovely and stretchy and completed before midnight!!
Mia cat wasn’t involved…she just looked very sweet!!
Here are some more cats, I don’t want the other two to feel left out after all!
for any of you worried about Peter and Zofia’s encounter with Otter security, here is the conclusion of their report!
“You There!! Stop!! What are you two doing out after curfew!?!
Zsofia and I exchanged startled glances. Security Otters? Curfews? What was going on here! It would certainly explain the darness and quietness of the Holt but raised far more questions. However, even I could see that stopping to ask this fellow what was going on was probably a bad idea and we would be better off attempting to talk our way out of it.
I was desperately trying to come up with a plausible excuse that didn’t involve starting a sentence with, “hi, we are from the past…” or “So, when is this and who are you?” I’ll be honest, I was failing. Luckily Zsofia was somewhat quicker on the uptake. She was suddenly a whole lot closer than I expected and lent her head against mine, she started to explain that we were on an assignation. I don’t…
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Yoga True day 6 done before midnight!! Woohoo! I also walked around a it more than I did yesterday so that is good too!! It has been a relatively restful weekend…which is good once in a while 😊
Yoga is hard…even short seemingly simple things are hard… I wasn’t as calm as I should have been today and may have sworn a little… but I enjoyed it (the yoga… not the swearing…)
Yesterday I decided to do yoga earlier… today I completely failed at that and did it at quarter past midnight again…
Still I did it and that is what counts 😊😊
What’s more I even felt better doing it…I managed to press up from the floor to plank without having to go on my knees and crawl about and I lowered down to the floor without just flopping!! Woohoo progress!!
The Otters have done it!! They have travelled in time…but what does this mean for Otterkind!!
Good day chaps! I am pleased to report that some semblance of order has been restored around here after the last weeks festivities. I have managed to tame the chaos in my office, I had some assistance from young Lucas, his mother made him help out to teach him not to break into peoples offices and wreak havoc. To be honest I am not sure he was particularly helpful, the chronology of the reports may be a little hit or miss for a little while. He had more regard for neat piles than organisation. Nevertheless I have a functional office chair and some passable snacks so things are looking up. Most importantly, I have found that marvellous report from Peter and Zofia. I think it is best if I leave the report in young Paddlefoot’s words, he has a bit of a way with them and knows some really good…
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Apparently I got ahead of myself yesterday and labelled day 4 as day 5… oh well it is rectified now 😂
The real day 5 started early in the gym with a deficit deadlift/squat superset and 3 sets on the leg press, short workout again but effective!
The day ended with yoga at midnight… again! I really need to get organised and do this earlier in the evening!!
Anyway… day 4 of Yoga True (the days don’t sync as there was a day 0 in the yoga series…I am finding this more confusing than I should!! Today’s yoga was floor yoga which was nice… and, as usual, not as easy as you think it is going to be!!
I particularly felt the hip bridges (the one Adriene is doing in that picture… these hurt much more if you have done squats and deadlifts earlier in the day!!
Still all done now and time to sleep before I drop off while typing!!