Honestly What is Motivation?

Okay, anyone that works out regularly can tell you this: relying on motivation is not real. Being motivated to work out every single day is a complete myth. Go find your favorite fitness Instagram account…go ahead….I’ll wait. Got it? Okay, let me tell ya something–they’re not always motivated. Hell, they’re probably not even motivated half the time.

If you want to be in a routine exercising routine, you cannot rely on being motivated to go work out every single time. It won’t happen.

So, how do you consistantly work out then? Well, I’ve got a few tips and tricks I can share with you. 🙂

Let’s compare working out to something mandatory that you do, like say, taking a shower. If everyone waited until they had the motivation to shower every time they needed to shower, we would all smell a lot worse. Showering is just something you do every day. Same with brushing your teeth and eating dinner–you just do it. Now, apply that same mentality to working out. Make it just a part of your daily routine. It’s definitely easier said than done, but trust me, once you’re in the routine of doing it and it becomes a solid part of your day, you will love yourself for it.

Another trick is to make sure you do take rest days and you don’t push yourself too hard. You can’t do a killer workout every single day of the week, your body will not handle it well. I shoot to workout about 5 days of the week, and I usually do something relative active the other two days. This gives my body time to rest and recoup after my more vigorous workouts. I tried working out every single day for a while, and I noticed that the intensity of my workouts started going down. My body was not able to perform at the level I was used to, and although that was discouraging, I realized that in order to improve, I needed to rest. My body needed rest. I’ve since come to a place where I have a very good balance of exercise and rest. I see improvements in myself more when I have a healthier routine. (Unsurprising, right?)

Now, I’m not some insane fitness nut, there are plenty of days where I come home from work, lay in bed, and a massive wave of exhaustion hits me. This insane urge to nap just swallows me. I know if I just avoided laying on my bed, it probably wouldn’t happen, but after a long day of work, sometimes I just need it. So, I allow myself to veg out for a bit. I get home at around 5:20, so I’ll tell myself “you can lay here until 6:00, then you get up and work out.” Weirdly enough, it works. If I give myself time to just completely zone out and be on my phone, take a quick nap, or do whatever, then I find it easier to get up and smash out a workout afterwards. You’ve got to give your mind time to rest. Mind and body go hand in hand, so if one is exhausted, the other will reflect.

So yeah, motivation is crap. Don’t rely on it for anything. It’s a scam! Prioritise working out and in time, you’ll get into a routine. That’s when you’ll start feeling the results as much as seeing them. You’ll notice “wow, the last time I did this workout, it was way harder.” Because if you’re working out regularly, you’ll be able to notice changes much easier.

My fitness journey has had its ups and downs, but I’m learning so much along the way. Hopefully you’ve found some help in this blog, because I truly enjoyed writing it.

xx – A

P.S. My next blog will be about my take on healthy and balanced eating, so stay tuned xx

Enjoy this vid of me ~ dying ~ doing burpees. (Sorry there’s no sound, I didn’t want everyone to listen to me wheezing.)

Fun, Fitness, Friday!

Wow, it seems like lately Fridays have been the only days I have time to blog. That’s kind of a bummer since I was posting two a week for a while. The lack of blogs is a result of me taking on more responsibilities though–I wanted to keep myself busier. (It’s working…I’m slammed.)

So today feels like a great day to do a fitness blog since I haven’t done one in a while, but I want to do a little life update. Quite a few things have transpired over the past week, and I’m quite excited about the weeks to come!
Two weeks from today, myself and a few of my closest friends will be taking off on a ROAD TRIP! We’re going to Destin, Florida for a few days to celebrate my birthday and the Fourth of July, and I could not be more excited. I’m already trying to buy more bikinis so I’m fully prepared, LOL. If anyone has been to Destin before and has recommendations of activities to do or sights to see, let me know! I’m going to be spending the next few days doing some research to hopefully get some solid plans locked down ASAP. (Gotta utilize the free time I have at work while I can, amiright?)
Another update, the volleyball team  I talked about in my last blog is officially locked and loaded. And yes, our team name is the Clever Beaches. It won the vote!! (I also pushed for it, whoops!) So we’re going to have two more practices for the coming two Tuesdays and our first game in on July 10! I’m hoping to kick some booty and have some fun. 🙂 It’ll be great. (I also think this is a pretty great resume booster.)
So that’s pretty much everything significant that happened over the last week.
On to fitness!

So if you weren’t aware or hadn’t read about it in any of my previous blogs, I joined a workout group called Keep It Cleaner, or KIC. This program has been absolutely amazing, and I could not speak more highly of it. I’m not going to go into a big long explanation about it, so read the blog I wrote about it and come back here if you need to. (LOL.) It’s really a fun group and everyone is so supportive and empowering. (I figured it was time to update y’all on my progress now that it’s been going on for a while.)
I first started this program on April 16, so I’ve been doing it for about 2 months now, and holy crap, you guys. It’s been amazing. I do a KIC workout 4-5 times a week, and I’m usually pretty active the other days of the week. The workouts are fast and fun, and they really motivate you to push yourself.
Aside from my physical health being at such a great level right now, my mental health is probably the best it’s been in a long time. A long time. I’ve never felt more confident in myself mentally and physically. I do everything with so much more gusto than I ever have. I decide I want to do something, and I make it happen. I’ve taken more leadership roles, I’ve fostered new friendships, I’ve developed healthier eating habits just because.
And to think, I’ve only been doing this program for two months. I can’t even imagine where I’ll be in another two months! Like crap! I almost have a 6-pack already and I haven’t had one of those in years, and I’ve always been fit.

I want to say that this program has been my saving grace, but I also have to give some credit to myself. This program didn’t do the work for me; it gave me the tools to succeed, but I did that myself. I held myself accountable and I have been holding myself accountable. I’m proud of how far I’ve come, and I can’t wait to see where I go from here. 🙂

Also, I got an iPhone x, so my photos are officially going to be so much better. I’ve never loved a phone more than I have this one!!
(Thanks, momma for the early bday prezzie.)

Happy Friday!

xx – A

Friday!

Hey y’all! (Wow that sounds so Texan.)

It’s Friday…obviously! And I’m in a STELLAR mood. So, what better way to make use of this amazing mood than to blog amiright? I’ve been slacking lately because work has been insanely busy, but I love it. I love being busy and productive and making money. I usually try to do a “Things I Love Friday” but that’s not going to be the case this week. This week’s blog is going to be much less structured than that….whoops! I’m in too great of a mood to restrict myself with like a blog “formula.”

Anyways, back to my great mood. I want to take this mood and try to share it. (Does that even make sense?) I just want everyone to feel the amazing feelings I’m feeling today. I feel empowered, happy, at peace, and just all-around amazing. There’s a few reasons that led to this, but they’re not important.
If anyone is having a less-than-stellar day/week/month, whatever, I feel you! I’ve had bad days too. So flipping many of them. They suck. But you gotta work work work work work (like Beyonce) to get past them. So, it’s basically the weekend. This weekend, I want you to do something nice for yourself. No matter how busy you might be, spend a little time doing something for you and only you. It’ll help ground you and make you feel better if you’re feeling overwhelmed or something.
Also, spend some time with the people you love, whether it be friends, family, or both. Put your phone down, be present. Get in that quality time. You won’t regret it. xx

Okay, topic change! (I know, whiplash much?) I want to talk about work now! As I mentioned previously, work has been super busy! One of my team members went out on maternity leave last Friday, so starting this week, the remaining 4 members of the team had to pick up a ton of extra work. You see, each of our 5 team members (myself included) has a portion of the United States that they’re responsible for. (I’ve got Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and a few more states.) BUT, since my team member is out, the work I’m responsible for has definitely increased. It’s been a challenge, but I absolutely love challenges so like, bring it! This added workload on top of my new part-time blogging job has given me so much more workplace satisfaction. I love being busy!

Speaking of being busy, I’m getting together a league sand volleyball team. So I’ll be the team captain to “The Clever Beaches”! Okay so we haven’t actually all agreed on that team name yet. (The guys aren’t fans.) But I’ll be team cap and it’s going to make Tuesday nights super amazing. Plus my legs are going to get even more ripped because being the tallest girl on the team automatically means I’ll be front row spiking and blocking a lot. Another challenge…bring it!

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BUT Y’ALL. The biggest thing I’m loving this Friday (there’s that “Things I Love Friday”  reference) is that I have officially started saving for my next relocation. I have never planned on staying in San Antonio forever, and I think I’ve finally decided on my future home–FLORIDA! I’m still torn between a few cities, but I’m leaning towards the Tampa area. Also my best friend is interested in going with me, so that would actually be goals. I’d finally be out of Texas….a dream come true! I put away $500 into a savings account the other day, and I hope to have roughly $3k in savings by the end of the year. (Definitely achievable because I’m a frugal little child.) So yeah, that’s the plan.

So there ya have it….a very sloppy and unstructured “Things I Love Friday” blog. I hope I didn’t bore y’all too much. Hopefully I can get back into more regular blog posting with actual themes soon, but things have been chaotic.

Have an amazing Friday!

xx – A

 

Memorial Day

Okay, who else has had a relatively chaotic week? The short week resulting from the long weekend is great, don’t get me wrong, but there’s just so much to cram into a smaller period of time. It’s sort of overwhelming at times. I feel like I’m literally behind on everything because I’m missing that whole extra day. (I know I can’t be the only one that feels this way.)

For Memorial Day weekend, I went home to the coast to spend some much needed time with friends and family. Pool day at a friends on Saturday, beach day on Sunday, then pool day at my house on Monday. It was busy. (That’s not even including activities in the evenings.) There were some ups and some downs, but altogether it was a great weekend. I even got to play tennis for the first time in 8 months!!! I missed it so much!!! Having the extra time to be home was really nice and it wasn’t such a stressful trip. Usually I have very little time to do anything so my time is like, blocked off, and maintaining that schedule gets exhausting.
Also, I didn’t really take many pictures this weekend–mostly videos. So here’s just 3 random pics because why not? xx

 

This week, everything has been chaotic. Oh, one update though: YA GIRL IS OFFICIALLY A PAID FREELANCE BLOGGER. Yep, you read that right. All this blogging is finally getting me somewhere. It’s not like a big deal, and I’m not going to be “raking in the dough” or whatever, but it’s still pretty dope. 🙂 I love writing (as I’m sure y’all know), so getting to do it for money? That’s like an actual dream come true.
But anyways, back to this week. Since the week is shorter and we’re trying to close out the month of May at work, things have been insane. On top of that, a member of my team is going out on maternity leave starting Monday, so I’m picking up a lot of her markets while she’s out. I know this makes very little sense, because let’s be real, no one’s jobs make sense to anyone but the person doing the job, but just know it’s chaos.

This weekend will actually be relatively calm though, and I am grateful for that. At least, it should be calm. It’s only Friday….things could change in an instant. We have our iHeart Corporate Cup on Saturday morning–7 am call time–so that’s gonna be fun. (No sarcasm there; we get free beer and food all day.) I’m hoping all the dodgeball practicing we’ve done pays off and we do well. Who knows?!

Anyways, there’s the update on my life. There’s not really a theme on this blog, but I wasn’t really feeling any theme in particular. Next week I’m going to do a fitness-related blog though, so stay tuned for that. I’ll include some vids from this weekend below (one from each day of the weekend), so watch them if ya want!

xx – A

P.S. #NoFilter on my featured image, the weather/water was just that beautiful. (Also featuring one of my favorite puppers.)

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Getaway

I had been feeling down lately, and of course, my mom presented the perfect solution–a weekend vacation. Her and my aunt were planning on going to Richmond, Virginia for the weekend, and about a week and a half in advance, my mom bought me a plane ticket so I could join them.

So, “what’s in Richmond, Virginia” you might ask? Well, for starters, amazing food, beautiful buildings, American history, lush greenery, and so much more.

Of course, I wasn’t aware of that when I agreed to go, but I love traveling to new places, and this was just that–a new place. I had never really been to anywhere on the East Coast other than a few Floridian cities and NYC…both very different places. I have never gotten to experience the “Original 13 Colonies” areas, if ya know what I mean.

I was so pleasantly surprised by how fun Richmond was! I don’t think I’d ever like actively seek out going there again, but don’t get me wrong–it was amazing!

I left work a bit early on Friday and didn’t land in Richmond until around midnight that night. I ubered to the house my mom and aunt were already at and holy crap. It was SO CUTE! I’m guessing the balcony wasn’t finished when they took the pictures (below), but it was when we were there so we had that additional super cute place to lounge.

So Saturday, we woke up early, at breakfast at the cutest coffee shop around the corner called the Early Bird Biscuit Co. It was amazing. The coffee rocked, the food rocked, and the service rocked. Afterwards, we made our way to a Catholic seminar that was the primary reason for my mom and aunt going to Richmond. It was surprisingly cool, but we didn’t stay the whole time and were only there from 9:30-11am or so. (It started at 9 and ended at noon.)
Afterwards, we made our way to Carytown and ate at Sen Organic Small Plate…it was a 10/10 meal. Actually, let me just be upfront with you–every meal we had was 10/10 (if not 11/10). After filling our bellies, we shopped around the quirky shops on Cary street. Despite the rain (yes it was raining. all day.), we had a blast. The rain actually kept us from like, overheating, because I’m sure we would have had it not been raining.
Naptime was at 5 pm, and dinner was at The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing. I tried my first East coast oysters, which was a big deal because I despise Gulf oysters. Turns out, I don’t hate all oysters, just ones from the Gulf that look like giant boogers. (Sorry not sorry.) Cocktails, mojitos, shrimp stuffed crab cakes, shrimp and grits, and bread budding were all had. All things had were amazing. That is all.

Y’all, if you’ve never gone on a segway tour of a city before, damnit, go on one next time you’re somewhere new! We went on one on Sunday morning from 10am-12pm and it was honestly one of the most fun things I’ve done in a long time. We got to see a ton of beautiful buildings and cover a ton of ground in such a short time. I highly recommend. It was beautiful and educational and the most fun ever.

Actually, that statement could be used to sum up the entirety of the weekend–beautiful, educational, and the most fun ever. Richmond did not disappoint, y’all.

I owe my mom and aunt so much for making this weekend such an amazing one–especially my mom. After all, she did drop the money randomly to pay for my flight and meals and ubers and whatnot to get there. I appreciate her and this trip so much. It was exactly what I needed. 🙂

P.S. Featured image is the view from our balcony.

xx – A

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