A Little Lunchtime Motivation

Today’s lunch was remodeled leftovers from last week.  I froze the remaining Chicken Taco Chili last week and today I grabbed some of it to make a form of nachos. 

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I was nervous that freezing the beans and then reheating them would make them mushy and gross, but everything seemed to retain their texture and taste so this lunch was a winner.  A few people in the office came sniffing by the kitchen when I was warming up the chili which I took to be a positive sign Smile.

When I arrived at work today, I found a little Tupperware full of cookies that my co-worker, Brianne had brought to share!  I can’t imagine a better surprise on my desk (except maybe a cocktail from my boss).  Brianne and I share a passion for Pinterest which is where she found this tasty treat.

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Please excuse my terrible nails, I promise to paint them tonight! 

These cookies were so good that I had to hide the rest from myself. They were Nutella brown butter chocolate chip cookies topped with sea salt- talk about salty and sweet!  If you want to make them yourself, here is the recipe.  Warning: Brianne said that these were a little labor intensive so you will want to make sure that you give yourself enough time to do all the steps.

I saw an article on Glamour’s website called, How to Convince Yourself to Work Out When You So Don’t Want To.  After reading about all the different ways that the contributors have to motivate themselves, it got me thinking about what works for me.

    • I will have a sense of accomplishment all day long
    • I don’t have to dread doing it later
    • I can have a post-work cocktail or meet friends for happy hour
    • I won’t feel so guilty
    • I will be in a much better mood
    • Little things don’t bother me as much when I’ve worn myself out with a good sweat
    • I only like to shower after I workout so I will get to be clean
    • Starting my day with a workout leads to healthier choices all day
    • I can reward myself with lounging later
    • All other forms of exercise that come later are a bonus
    • I love having workout trends where I can see how many days in a row I’ve worked out

When I am in a healthier groove, it is easier to listen to those reasons and ignored all the little voices that are telling me to get back in bed.  There are always a million reasons to do something or to not do that very same thing, but the more consistent I am, the more I find myself making the better choices.

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Question:

What are the different ways that you “sabotage” yourself from working out?

What are the most effective ways of motivating yourself to get your sweat on?

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