At the age of 40, I can honestly say that I am in the best shape of my adult life. I have finally found the right combination of nutrition and exercise that allows me to maintain, and when I want to lose a couple pounds or increase muscle or tone a bit more, I know just what to tweak to get there. But everyone hasn't hit this point, and I know this because I have so many friends that ask me what my secret is. They tell me they want me to train them, they want to know my "diet" and they want to know how I have so much willpower.
There is not one "diet", there is not one type of workout, and there are definitely no magic pills!! Every person is different, every person's body reacts to food and exercise in a different way. What works for me, may not work for you! But everyone must have a certain amount of motivation and/or willpower to start making the change!
It all starts with motivation for me. I mean really, without motivation, I just wouldn't tie up the old shoelaces and head out for that run while on vacation, I might sleep an extra half hour instaed of getting up to run... you get the point. I can't pinpoint one thing that motivates me, but I can boil it down to a few things.... I like the way I feel when I eat well, I like the way I feel when I fit into my clothes, I like the way I feel when my husband says "nice pipes", lol......And when mama feels good, every one's life is a bit better! Ha! I have found after several years of tweaking what I eat and how I work out, that I am finally at a point where I eat because it is fuel for my body, not for comfort. And when I eat something fried, or super sweet, or just too big of a portion, I physically don't feel well..... I'm not saying I don't indulge, believe me, I do, But I don't do it every day, because it makes me not feel well! I have also learned the right combination of cardio and weights and how many days/minutes my body needs to just maintain.
I have fallen in love with the workouts at a local boot camp facility in my home town. Because of the budget, I only go 3 days a week, and I go religiously on those three days, unless there are family situations that cause me to have to miss. But on the other 4 days, I really do have to make myself throw on my shoes and go for a run. I absolutely love running, don't get me wrong, it's the getting out of bed or braving the FL heat, that is the hard part!..Once I am out there, it is truly my happy place.... I find that it helps if I go early in the AM, recruit a running partner to hold me accountable and have a really good playlist on my phone!
Right now, I have no playlist and my music is all over the place..... My last run skipped from the Celtic Women (very slow) to Alvin and the Chipmunks(don't ask- my kids are now 12 and 14) to country to Motown..... This is just unacceptable. I have been telling myself to make a playlist forever, and I never think about it when I am near my computer...... But my view of the sunrise was spectacular......
So tell me bloggy friends, what motivates you in life? What are your favorite types of workouts? Do you do boot camp, run, yoga?? And most importantly, What are your top 3 workout songs?? Mama needs a good upbeat playlist.... like yesterday!!!!