Monday is here which means it’s the start of a NEW week. I thought it might be a good day for some extra motivation to kick the week off the right way. Thankfully I haven’t struggled too much with motivation lately. The opposite was true for the months of November and December. I’m glad those months are behind me! Those two months were probably my biggest/longest struggle since I started this whole journey….and MAN have I gotten weak.
Have you ever experienced the following?:
You’ve been working out for a while, maybe several months or so, and you KNOW you’ve gained some strength, built some muscle, lost a little weight, etc.? But then you slack off a bit…and the workouts become fewer and far between and you don’t necessarily think it’s having that big of an impact on you? It’s funny how once you start up again, you realize how weak you’ve gotten and how strong you really were before your “break”? I hate that feeling!
Right now I’m dealing with the frustrations that you experience when you first start working out. The muscle soreness, the fatigue, the wanting to go to bed at 6pm…the running out of breath a lot faster than you used to…the tears that flow because you’re frustrated that you aren’t where you used to be….the tears that flow because you feel so weak… You know…things like that. Grrrrrrrr.
The good news is that even though you will lose your strength and stamina when you start working out less, it’ll also come back to you pretty quickly when you start to be as active as you were before.
I guess the lesson I’m trying to get out here is to NOT QUIT. Slowing down is better than quitting. Anything is better than quitting.
I’ve kept up with my Combat schedule but decided to do a workout with my husband this weekend. We decided to try and attack the Deck of Cards workout that Bob Harper did on Biggest Loser last week. Truthfully, it attacked us.
Bob Harper’s Deck of Cards Workout (Biggest Loser 1.14.2013)
- Deck of Cards
- Stop watch/Timer (optional)
- Assign each “suit” a specific exercise move (could be anything!)
- Draw one card and complete the assigned exercise move – the number of reps you do will be whatever is on the card that you draw. J, Q & K’s are 10 and Aces are 11.
- Draw another card and repeat.
- Continue going through the cards until you’ve gone through the entire deck.
*Try to get through the deck as fast as you can but NEVER sacrifice proper form. Ex. Don’t do 10 crappy push-ups that could potentially cause injury. Slow down or modify moves if you need to!
Some Extra Monday Motivation!
and in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. :
Have Make it a great Monday!!!