motivation monday

It’s Motivation Monday!  If all goes according to plan, I should be landing from Brazil a few hours after this is posted.  If you have actually received 4 posts from me in the time I’ve been gone, I probably deserve some kind of medal.  This technology-fearing blog newbie is coming a long way ;).

I’ve been having some exciting conversations with Gold’s Gym lately, and the manager mentioned that February 18th (tomorrow!) is the “Fitness Cliff.”  What does this mean?  It means that this is the day after which most people “fall off the cliff” of their New Year’s Resolutions related to fitness.  So today, I want to remind you to think about why you decided (through a Resolution or otherwise) to make working out a part of your life, and inspire you to continue to do so. feel great about yourself - fb 12.7.13(picture source from Pinterest – the site listed on the image doesn’t seem to exist anymore)

In the article, Gold’s mentions a few tips for keeping up your resolution, including telling everyone you know, getting on a long-term program, and joining a fun new class.  I like all of these tips, but I’ll add one more … remember how great you feel after a wonderful workout.  It’s not always easy, but it IS worth it.  worth it - blog 2.17.14(picture source)

So get out there, and enjoy!  Gold’s Gym is opening its doors for FREE tomorrow, so whether it’s there or anywhere else, I hope you continue to get in your exercise this week! feeling after a workout - blog 2.17.14(picture source)

So tell me in the comments … How do you stick to your fitness goals?  Does now feel like about the time that motivation may be lagging?  Catch me up – did anything exciting happen to you while I was gone?  Feel free to link up to your exciting posts!

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  1. Karen on February 17, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Nope. Thanks to YOU – Megan- I am working harder and meeting my goals better than ever. I’ve learned sooooooo much about healthy eating, now it’s further commitment to taking the time to prepare and cook and focus.
    Just Do It !!!!
    Btw, I’m on the elliptical as I type.

    • Megan Lyons on February 18, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      You’re doing great, Mom! Taking time to prepare and cook can feel overwhelming at first, but it is so worth it (and fun!). Keep it up!

  2. Davida @ The Healthy Maven on February 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Ah I never knew about the fitness cliff! Makes sense though cause the winter blues are kicking in full force. I sort of had a lull with exercise these last few weeks but I’m starting to get back back on the wagon.

    Welcome home Meg! Can’t wait to hear about your trip!
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    • Megan Lyons on February 18, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      Yes, I think this is the point where people are just sick and tired of the winter and end up moping inside rather than getting outside (or to the gym) to work out. Glad you’re back on the wagon!

  3. Michael Anderson on February 17, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Glad you guys had a great trip and can’t wait to read it all – your posts all went up perfectly!

    For me it is about hitting that routine and making it a priority – yesterday (Sunday) Lisa went into work after noon, and I had to hit the gourmet shop and tea store with my younger son to get stuff for his birthday tea party this week, and I had to finishing writing up my review ‘self evaluation’ for work and some other work stuff …

    In other words, it is one of those days where there is so much life going on it is easy to drop the workout. But I didn’t. After we got home and put stuff away I got dressed and headed out. I had time for a long run, second shower and was almost done with my work stuff as Lisa came home.

    And if that fails I can say to myself – you ran in -20 wind chills and -15 air temps … what is your excuse TODAY?!? 🙂
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    • Megan Lyons on February 18, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Good for you for getting in your run despite a busy day! You’re a great example of just getting it done despite obstacles! And WOW … -20 is cold. I think I only ran in that extreme coldness once or twice while in Chicago, and it was worth it but took a bit of convincing to get myself out there!! Way to go!

  4. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on February 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I have actually had to refocus how I look at my goals, running, and workouts. My work schedule now is all over the place and some days I work sun up to sun down and others not as much. I have refocused at looking at my workouts ONE day at a time and focusing on the quality of the workout not so much the quantity. This has been a big change. In the next few weeks i am going to start back up my training with running and I look forward to it, but I am loving that I am able to refocus the way that I look at my workouts! It makes it easier and allows me to cut myself some slack.
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    • Megan Lyons on February 18, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Good for you, Sara! A lot of times, a short (even 15-20 minutes!), intense workout is better than a longer, slow, easy/ steady-state cardio. Glad you’re cutting yourself the slack you need!

  5. Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness on February 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    My motivation right now is through the roof! I have Tony Horton and P90X3 to thank for that. Which works out great because my true love is running and way too much of that has been on the treadmill lately.

    Love the quotes.
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    • Megan Lyons on February 18, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      That’s AWESOME, Jill! Have been thinking about trying P90X3 or T25 after my marathon. I loved the original P90X and like a lot of the other Beachbody programs!

  6. Tonya@healthy, Fit, and Frugal on February 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

    ha ha I like their play on words with fitness cliff. I NEED exercise so I never have a problem staying motivated with exercise. In fact it’s still driving me nuts I can’t do everything I want to do because of my sore calf. But for me food has always been up and down as far as motivation. Right now I’m REALLY trying to stick with whole foods as much as possible, and a few less carbs.

    • Megan Lyons on February 18, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      So sorry your calf is still bugging you :(. It’s funny how some people are super motivated with food but not exercise and vice versa. I guess I tend to go in waves with both, but generally feel motivated by how good I feel when I’m giving my body what it needs, like you mention!

  7. […] be posting a recap of my trip this weekend, so stay tuned!  Did you get to check out my two Motivation Monday posts, Jillienne’s guest post on marathon training with a group, and Caroline’s […]

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