I’m all for motivation. When I started my blog I had a “Motivational Monday” post. I also have a Pinterest board full of quotes. Most of them are for exercise and eating healthy but not all of them. I’ll be honest, I’ve never gone right to the gym because I read a quote that motivated me out of my funk. Never.
This isn’t going to be a downer of a post. Quite the opposite. I’m actually proud to say that I’ve begun my fourth week of consistently going to the gym! Quotes didn’t get me there either. Putting on my shoes and walking out the door did. I wasn’t always “motivated” to go because I was tired or busy. But I went.
One of my fitness goals is to do 10 unassisted pull-ups. I’m at 3. One way I practice is to use a band to assist me. I find it to be more effective than the assisted pull up machine. And really the only way to practice them is to do them. Another piece of equipment that I’ve fallen in love with is the barbell. I used to be so intimidated by that one bar. I don’t even know what I was intimidated about either. Using the bar for the first time was another instance where I told myself to just “do it.” I don’t need to tell myself that anymore because I look forward to it whenever it’s chest day.
Barbell at Everfit at Roberts. One day I’ll get 25lbers on there
The band at Everfit at Roberts
One more thing that I’ve been on point with is my “diet.” Another fitness goal of mine is to gain muscle and for that to happen I need to eat. A lot. I’ve been messing around with different variations of protein pancakes and when I get it right, I’ll post the recipe. I’ve also been eating a lot of eggs. A lot.
6 egg whites + 2 whole eggs + dill+ tomatoes + goat cheese
I feel really good about my consistency. It was so much easier when I had a trainer But I’m on a roll…
Aside from the fitness stuff, I’ve been getting a lot done around the house. In my last post, I shared the roman shades my mom and I made for my kitchen. I finally got around to taking some “after” pictures of the kitchen make-over! Here we go…
Original oak cabinets
Painted cabinets, old stove, old paint on walls, old floor
New stove, new paint on walls, new floor, new hardware
Old paint and floor (the green is painters tape)
New paint and floor
I still have a long “to do” list but I’m happy to have the kitchen mostly finished. Like I said, I would like to add more artwork and install crown molding but that will come in time.
If there is one thing to take away from my ramblings, it’s to just do it. Ok, maybe one thing to take away from Nike. It’s true though. Quotes are great and if they do help you, even better! But don’t feel bad if they don’t work. Sometimes you need to just get up and put one foot in front of the other. Don’t forget to be fabulous as you do it xoxo