So I’ve found it difficult lately to keep motivated…anyone with me?
I’m blame my work schedule for starters. It’s all over the place…and sometimes the last thing I want to do when I get home from work is go on a run or workout. Last week, for example, I worked the early morning shift…getting up at around 2am every day. Then, I get home from work, and pretty much want to sleep all day.
The weather this summer was ridiculous as well — who wants to run in the crazy hot weather we’ve experienced?!
With life moving 150 miles an hour, it’s so hard to keep on track with your fitness goals, and to keep the motivation you need to push on. So…let’s turn this blog post into an interactive post — I want to know what keeps you motivated and energized. What types of things do you think of or do to make sure you get your workouts in? And during your workouts and runs, what keep you going? It’s easy to stop or to walk to take a breather — so why keep running and pushing harder?
I run a 5K in less than four days — so I could use any advice you have… 🙂
Quick update on me: things are going well. I’ll admit I had bigger goals this summer that just didn’t come to fruition, and I wanted to run a lot more than I actually did. But I’m doing well, I’m still running, and most of all I feel and look healthier than I did when I started this journey in February. It’s been a great eight months!
Keep moving — and stay healthy!
I was reminded today that I haven’t updated my blog in a while — so I thought I’d check in to let you know what I’ve been up to.
It’s been a good summer — but crazy busy. I’m not sure the last time I’ve worked my normal work schedule, and just in general the summertime is a busy time. I’ve still been running, although not as much as I’ve wanted to to keep up with training for my next run. I don’t think I’ve really gone backwards, which is great — but I haven’t moved forward…just kind of stayed put. So I’m hoping to change that within the next few weeks and get back into more of a “routine.”
Eating healthy foods is also a challenge in the summertime…but I think I’ve done OK with that. A few weeks ago I did a week-long food program with the good folks at Fit Fresh Cuisine…inside my gym, Hybrid Fitness. It was a great way to sort of “reset” old, bad habits…and start seriously thinking about the bad foods we put into our bodies. It’s something I’m not absolutely perfect about…but at least it’s something I’m always thinking about.
I’m excited about signing up for a 5K in October with a few friends — we’re going to do the Color Me Rad 5K, supporting the Ronald McDonald House. And while it’s cool to be supporting a charity like that, the fact that you get covered in colors sounds crazy fun!! So I’m really looking forward to that…that’s on Oct. 13. I’m running with a few friends…but shoot me a message if you’re interested as well and we’ll get you part of our group! More info can be found here: http://www.colormerad.com/races/madison.html.
I hope you’ve all had an awesome summer…hard to believe it’s just about over. I’ll try to keep you updated a little more frequently than I have been…but thanks for continuing to follow me on this road to good health!
I start with a confession…I’ve been lazy as hell. Granted, I had a crazy busy week last week organizing the Gio’s Garden fundraiser — so I pretty much knew I was going to take the week off of running. That, and a busy weekend, made fitting a run in nearly impossible. But I had time Monday night and Tuesday morning to fit a run in — and I didn’t do it. I was tired. Blah, blah…excuses, excuses. I get back on the horse tomorrow after work — NO EXCUSES.
While I’ve taken some time off of running, that hasn’t stopped me from setting some goals. I really want to keep up with my running…I’ve made some awesome progress so far, there’s just no way I’m going to give up and throw away what I’ve done.
I haven’t signed up yet — but I’m at least committing on here that I’ll be doing the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest 5K in August. Seems like it would be a fun run — but at the same time, I think it will be pretty challenging. I’m told it has quite a few hills. I hate hills.
What’s next after that? This might be a crazy move, but I think I’m going to do the Haunted Hustle 10K in October. I have a hard time thinking I’ll be able to do 6.2 miles — I know how HARD 3.1 miles was. But at the same time, I think back to where I was in February when I started this journey…four months ago. I could barely run for a minute without having to stop to rest — and a week ago, I ran two miles straight.
I can do it.
Funny…I have exactly four months to get there…the Haunted Hustle is October 13.
After what was an incredibly busy weekend — I’ve now had a full 48 hours to digest and comprehend what had happened and what was accomplished. It feels great.
It was 8:30am on Saturday — hard to believe the moment was happening…the moment I had been preparing for since February. I was among thousands of people, crossing the starting line for the Komen Race for the Cure — I was actually starting my first ever 5K race. I was with a number of work friends — and of course, my friend Kim was beside my side the whole time. She had to be — she’s the one that got me to agree to do this months ago!! 🙂
I had set a goal for this run — of course I was going to finish it…but I wanted to at least run the first half of the 5K without having to stop for a break. I knew it was going to be a bit of a challenge, as I had only done 1.2 miles straight in the past. But…I pushed through it, skipped the water station at mile one, and we finally got to the 1.5 mile mark. Then, I had the urge to keep going. I said to Kim, “We’re at a mile and a half, but I think I can keep going….let’s see if we can push it to two miles.” And by god, I did it. We got through the water station at mile two, walked (briskly!) for a minute or so…then started the run again. I was so pumped.
That last mile was the hardest for me…I had to walk a couple of times for a quick 30 second breather…but Kim was awesome at pacing me, making sure I wasn’t running too fast. We got close to the finish line — I could see it and hear the spectators cheering — and I said, “Let’s pick it up, and let’s do this!” So I gave it all I had, and we booked it into the finish line….and what a feeling that was. We finished in 35:18 — not too bad for my first 5K. Kim set a goal for me to finish in under 36:00 — so we hit another goal!
It was very cool to be able to celebrate that moment with my friends who were there — and very cool that my parents surprised me at the finish line as a crossed. I was on Cloud 9 all weekend long…I still can’t believe I did it. I was that kid who dreaded the mile run in elementary school…and to think, I just did more than three of those. Cool stuff.
On top of that accomplishment, my good friends Ron and Charlotte officially opened up Gio’s Garden — the ribbon cutting was Sunday afternoon, and it was another very special moment. Myself and others have worked so hard to help our friends make this dream of theirs a reality — and it happened. I nearly lost it when they read the official mayoral proclamation, and then cut the ribbon — it was just so darn cool, and I’m so proud to be a part of the special group of people who made it a reality. Shameless plug for a good cause: Rock for Respite, the 3rd annual fundraiser for Gio’s Garden is this Friday night — I’ve organized this event each year…and it’s a great, fun night. More info here: www.giosgarden.org. Let me know if I can get you discounted tickets!
So what’s next? I’m going to try to get at least one run in this week — otherwise, I’m taking the next six days off. There’s way too much to do to get ready for Friday’s fundraiser. BUT…by the end of the week, I’ve also set a goal find my next race. It’ll probably be a 5K again…we’ll see. But there’s just no way I’m going to waste all that I’ve done and accomplished the last few months. In fact, I’m going to build on it. I have lots of goals I want to reach — and it’s a great feeling to have reached one BIG one.
THANK YOU to everyone who has been rooting me on, sharing motivating comments, “liking” my Facebook posts about this 5K adventure, etc. I thought about each and every one of you during my 5K run…it was my motivation to keep going. I knew folks were cheering for me, and I didn’t want to let you down. I didn’t want to let myself down either.
This week, I celebrate a few small things. I probably should give those “things” more credit than I do — while they’re small…to me, they’re pretty darn big.
For starters, one of those things I’m celebrating is the suit that I’m wearing at work today. It’s not a new suit…but it’s never been worn. I bought it three years ago because I really liked it…and thought I might be able squeeze into it. But no luck…I haven’t been able to wear it all three of the year’s I’ve owned it…I couldn’t even button up the jacket or the pants. But for some reason, I decided to hang on to it…just in case the day came that I could fit into it. Today is that day…pretty cool. 🙂
Another small thing I’m celebrating this week is a running milestone. As I’ve been training for this 5K, I’ve slowly worked my way up to be able to run comfortably. I’m getting there…but I still have a long way to go. However, when I went for my run on Monday…for the first time ever (yes, EVER)…I completed more than a mile of running without having to walk. For many…it’s not a big deal…a mile is nothing. But for this guy who remembers DREADING the mile run in grade school, this was a pretty big moment. I went a little bit farther on Tuesday.
(I took yesterday off, because after Orange Shoe Bootcamp Tuesday night…I was pretty much destroyed…)
I was asked this week, in regards to the upcoming 5K, if I plan on trying to run it ALL…or just finish it? My plan is to just finish it…and I’m totally OK with that. This is, after all, my first ever 5K run. But I’m going to push myself to run as much of it as I can, and taking short walking breaks when I need to. It’s fun, however, to think that I’ll be able to run the first third of the race with no problem at all.
It’s kind of cool to celebrate the small things — it’s great motivation to keep up with all the hard work!
Sorry for my absence the last few weeks…work has been nuts, bachelor parties have occurred (and were survived!), and life has just been very busy. But things have been going well — I thank everyone for asking me about this journey, and for keeping me on my toes.
As of today, there are just 18 left until my very first 5K…and that’s just crazy. I started this journey at the end of January with the goal to get to a point where I could actually run without exhaling my lungs, and maybe finish a 5K…and I started out thinking it was going to be a long, long trip and that it wasn’t going to be any fun. But time since then has just flown by — and while it’s been hard work, it’s awesome to know and feel that I’m so much healthier now than I was four months ago…and I find that’s I’m also so much more motivated. Today, for example…I worked the night shift and got into work at 1:30 P.M. I got an early start on my story, finished early, and had the opportunity to take a little bit longer of a dinner break. Instead of heading home and just sitting for an hour and grabbing some dinner — I went for a half hour run. Four months ago, I would have NEVER done that. It would have been just too easy to sit and relax. Now, I’m constantly thinking about moving and how I can be healthier.
Aside from the fact that I’ve got a 5K coming up, motivating me to work hard, my friends and family have been incredible…and most of them don’t even know it. The subtle compliments, the questions about my progress, etc. have been huge in keeping me going strong. I know people are rooting for me (even in a subtle way), and they’re watching me…they’ve seen some transformation and changes already, they’ve told me about it, and that’s enough motivation for me to keep going. One of the best feelings lately was on Sunday at Mother’s Day brunch — a random Channel 3 viewer came up to me and said I looked great, and to keep up whatever I was doing…that was pretty cool.
A friend of mine posted a comment here today that really hit home to me…and it’s worth repeating. Scott said “…remember we’re always our own worst critics, and focus on those positive signs, including the compliments, and use them as motivation. I have had my own journey in body-shaping (although my starting point was stick-thin, needing to gain, but also just as challenging). I found that compliments and feeling a difference in my clothes were great motivation even when the scale didn’t seem to be changing.”
Scott hit the nail on the head for me — I’m totally my own worst critic when it comes to everything: work, my fitness success, dating, writing, etc. But I think we can all learn from Scott’s advice when he says to focus on the positive, embrace compliments, and use it all as motivation. For me, the scale hasn’t been changing too much lately — and while that’s been frustrating, I’ve found motivation in the fact that I feel better, I see a change, my clothes fit better, and I know in my mind how much healthier I am.
Scott — thanks for the nice, powerful words…it was a big motivator for me and, I hope, for others out there as well.
Thanks for reading — keep moving!
P.S. — if any of you are interested in running with me, I’m doing the Susan G Komen 5K on June 2nd. It will be a great day, and it’s for a great cause — so I urge you to sign up and run!
Variety has been the key to my success.
I use the word “success” loosely…as a still have quite a ways to go to reach some of my goals…but I’ve seen some great results with all the stuff I’ve been doing. And I’ve also gotten some really nice compliments from folks, that they can notice I’ve dropped some weight…including my parents, some facebook friends, viewers, etc. To me, the results I’ve seen have been pretty subtle…my suits are much loser, I have to tighten my belt more, etc. But apparently I’ve trimmed down to the point where some folks have noticed it…and that’s pretty cool. Too many times, I think we focus too much on the scale — and it’s easy to get frustrated when it’s not moving down as fast as you want it to. But if you’re seeing OTHER results that are noticeable, you’re obviously doing something right.
I got a question from a facebook friend this morning — she asked, “What have you been doing?” Lots of stuff! Variety has been a huge part of why I’m able to mentally keep going… because I’m having fun. Yeah, it’s hard work…and it’s even harder when I’m working crazy work schedules (like this week and last week, filling in on the morning show and getting up at 2:30am). But I do it… and it feels good afterwards. I’ve been doing boxing workouts at 9Round, running, and doing some bootcamp classes. I got so caught up in some of the classes at 9Round that I put running sort of on the back burner for a few weeks. I was pleasantly surprised last Friday when I went for a run…that I ran longer than I ever had before, without having to rest/walk as much as I’ve had to in the past. That was neat, and more proof that everything I’m doing is helping to build endurance and get me in better shape. I was worried that I had wrecked my running training for my upcoming 5K in June — but I think I’m still doing well with that. I think my sweet new running shoes helped too!
Yes…they’re blue. And they’re bright. And they’re awesome. I bought them at Endurance House in Middleton — they took video of me running on a treadmill to see how my feet were landing…the staff there were very helpful, and helped me find this perfect pair.
My friends Mike Beringer and Nicole Faust recently introduced me to Orange Shoe Gym — they do FREE bootcamp classes on Saturday mornings in April. The classes are awesome…and I’m still feeling the effect of Saturday’s class today. I’m walking around like I’m an 80 year old man suffering from osteoporosis. But it’s like they say — it’s a good hurt — and I know I got one hell of a workout in.
Speaking of variety — I’ve been meaning to go to a bootcamp class at my “home gym” (Hybrid Fitness) for a LONG time…the schedules just don’t work well for me. I’m not a morning person…so 5am or 6am is just not reasonable. And then their 6pm classes aren’t late enough, as I’m usually on the air at that time. But with my morning work schedule this week, I’m able to go to their early evening classes…so I’m planning on hitting that up tonight with my roommate. That is, if I can walk. 🙂
Keep moving — and as always, thanks for reading!