sweetness & fitness mantras

“Hi my little Sweet Pea!” – my mom

“Have a good day Sugar Plum” – friend

“Hello Sweetness” – yoga teacher

“Good morning mi Amor” – fiancé

“Sambody Sexikowski!” – girlfriend (She gifted me a few magazine subscriptions to that name. haha) 😀

“<3 YFA” – YFN

Don’t you love sweet little nicknames?  I do ;D

ANYWAY.

Was just thinking about how sweet positive thoughts can keep you going.  Like mantras when you’re working out. Do you have any mantras you use while running?

Here’s what pops into my head when I’m trying to stay in the work-out mindset:

Random Thoughts:

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming” I mean isn’t Finding Nemo inspiring?

“You’ve got this. ___ miles/minutes done and ___  miles/minutes left.”  Calculating how far I’ve gone or what I have left to do pushes me.

“You had a big breakfast- let’s burn it off. OR You’ve got a yummy meal waiting for you!” Ok yea sometimes I think about what I ate for fuel or what I want to eat after my workout.  Who doesn’t?

“Just to that tree. Just to that street.  Just to that car.” Continually naming and achieving small milestones while running encourages stamina.  When I’m tired and don’t think I can run one more mile, breaking it up into , “ok that tree, ok just this stop sign” makes the total distance more attainable.

Faster, Stronger, Relaxer” Repeating this mantra to myself has been a great motivator.  Yea, I know relaxer isn’t a word.  But I read this mantra in a workout magazine and it stuck.   It rhymes and it’s exactly what I need to think about when I’m feeling tired and need that extra push.

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Other Tips:

Make a playlist that makes you dance and sing! A great playlist will keep me going and pump me up!! I will sing out loud and dance along if I’m really having fun.

Wear comfortable clothes for the weather conditions of the day.  Dress for the weather! When you feel comfortable, you work harder.  When you aren’t overheating or freezing, your workout is easier to complete.  When I get a new workout shirt or outfit, I want to put them on and head out the door!

Find a workout buddy!  This is still on my to-do list.  Attending workout classes are a huge part of my fitness regime.  Without them, it’s hard for me to stay motivated!

Have fun! Love your workout or you’ll start hating exercise.

How do you stay motivated? Any mantras that you love?

Speed it Up Running Playlist- Feb 2014

I just don’t understand how some people do it.  How do they go out for a long run without any music?  I’m so conditioned to have headphones in my ears.   Don’t get me wrong, I don’t buy the newest fitness gadgets every year or need the best running gear….I wish I could afford that!

My ipod is about 6 years old.  6 years old?!?! That sounds crazy.  My fiance gave it to me for my birthday a few months after we started dating…….awwww.  Can you believe that I haven’t broken it by now?! 😉

When I go for a run, I’ll get out to clear my head and I NEED some jams blasting in my ears.

Ok so that’s not completely true.  I went for a short run with a friend the other day and I didn’t listen to music.  It was great and challenging!  Holding a conversation and keeping pace with a running buddy is hard work!

Wow this post is already so random.

Basically, it’s simple math.

Sammy – music = a run is not going to happen.

Sammy + music = moderate to decent run.

Sammy + new playlist = better, faster, longer run ====> happier Sammy

How do I find new music?

  • I love sifting through playlists from other bloggers! Share the motivation!
  • I’ll Shazam something I hear on the radio or check out the top singles in Itunes.
  • ANNNNDD at work I’ve been known to stand outside the door of the yoga studio and Shazam a song that I like.  Dork. Yes, I know.
  • Also,  I just read that Jennifer Aniston took Jimmy Fallon’s History of Rap skit and made a playlist with those songs.  Great idea.  I will be doing that.

THEN, I buy the singles on Itunes.

My current playlist is actually labeled “new songs” on my ipod…..but let’s change that to Speed It Up Running playlist.  It’s gotten me through a few recent 5 mile runs…so I’ll call that speedin’ in up….almost time to train for the next half marathon, don’t ya think?

Don’t worry, I have PLENTY of other songs that I’ve loved and that have gotten me pumped up for a run!  I’ll be sure to share those with ya 🙂

 

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Did any of your favorites make the cut?

What songs motivate you? Anything new that you’re loving or do you jam out to old school?