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Motivation Monday – I hate to work out

I do.

It’s true.  I hate being tired and out of breath.  I hate being all sweat covered and stinky.  Sometimes the process of getting to the gym, even before The Babe, is long and often arduous journey here in MinneSNOWta.  So yes, I hate to work out.

I’d be lying if I said that I enjoyed it…but I would also be lying if I said that I was content to be jiggly forever.  So it comes down to which I hate more…

Being jiggly and lazy or being tired and covered in sweat.

If I had to choose a way to spend the day…I guess I’d rather be tired and covered in sweat.  At least I’d know that I accomplished something…right?  It’s been so long since I’ve had that “I can do anything…” feeling of power and pride after a workout that I have forgotten what it feels like.  I have been feeling a little gymtimidated…so that may have something to do with it.  That and the ridiculous winter we’ve had.  Last week 70s, this week snow?

But that is the great thing about the outside…


I have been doing a Motivation Monday for a while now, and I do it to help me set a good mood for the week.  When I worked, I worked at a job I hated, with people that were not nice.  This blog helped me stay positive, and now that I am a SAHM&W I use this blog as an outlet so much more.

I am looking forward to getting excited to work out again.  And now that MIT is underway, it will be a huge motivator for me to do the “homework” on our training schedules.  There are so many new Moms in our group, and first time runners, that there are lots of accountibilibuddies.  Also, part of my new role in the community, something I hope to be able to announce soon, is to encourage moms to get out and workout together in groups.  This time around I will be surrounded by women that are just doing this for the first time, and I will be able to share what worked for me, and what didn’t.

motivation state of mind

Getting motivated looks different for different people.  Some of us are motivated by the ever increasing size of our rears, some of us by the PR, others for the bling.  I can’t motivate you, but I can share what motivates me and perhaps it will inspire you.  Whatever your motivation is for getting out there on the roads, trails, or treadmills you found it and you’ve used it to do awesome things.

I think that it takes a special type of person to be a runner.  It’s not for everyone, and I think that is because it’s seen by spectators in races as a painful experience.  But it’s not.  It’s a bit surreal at times, it’s a battle of wills, and yes sometimes it’s painful.  But only in the body.  If you can get your mind to let go of what it’s putting the body through, it’s the most incredible experience.  Yes, I am talking about the “Runner’s High”.  If everyone ran, and everyone experienced the feeling of pride in themselves, and that sense of accomplishment at the end of a long run, that big race or even that jog around the block…well I think that the world would be a much happier place.

So what is my motivation for running?  The high?  The PR?  The Bling?


I run because I can.

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Motivation Monday – Tips for getting your workout in first thing in the Morning

I am not a big fan of a morning workout these days.  I used to be.  But these days I’ve got a baby that hogs the bed all night…so my sleep is not as restful as it once was.  So I decided to share some of my tried and true tips to getting up before the sun to get that workout done!

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1. Set your workout clothes out the night before.  Seriously…this makes a huge difference, especially if you share your bed with 2 big babies…getting ready in the dark is much easier if you have your stuff out!
2. Make your breakfast ahead of time.  Having those egg whites already peeled, and overnight oats in the fridge…grab and go baby, grab and GO!
3. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier, get up 15 minutes earlier everyday.  If getting up early is a struggle, and you feel like you are missing sleep, slowly start to readjust your sleeping schedule 15 minutes at a time.
4. Set your coffee pot to auto brew.  Hello…life saver some mornings.
5. Have a workout plan.  If you already know what you are going to do, say go to a 5:30 am hot yoga class (AHH-mazing let me tell you), or a 6am spin class…or even just run around the block before the kids get up; having a plan makes your morning laser focused.
6. Get an accountabili-buddy.  Knowing that you are supposed to meet someone, makes it hard to blow it off.  Get a buddy to meet you at the gym in the morning, or at your favorite running trail.
7. Do not hit snooze!  The first snooze leads to the third snooze…don’t do it!
8. Put your alarm on the other side of the room.  I one of those people that once I am out of bed, I am up.  So this one works really well for me.
9. Reward yourself for getting up by going to the gym.  My thought is that “Hey, I got up…yeah me!  I might as well not waste it…off I go!”
10. smile…you’re already up…so make the most of the day and go check out the sunrise!  Seriously…there is nothing like leaving the gym and seeing the sunrise.  I always feel like I have one up on the day when I get my workout in before the sun rises.  I start my day feeling super productive, and in an awesome mood.

morning person

Motivation Monday – keeping the momentum

My Dietbet ends this week.  It’s my first, and I think it’s a really cool way to motivate people to lose weight…I am not sure it’s for me.  I love short terms goals, and 6ish pounds over 4 weeks is a great short term goal…but I never really felt the fire under my butt.  Luckily, with the help of Isagenix I have been able to lose my 4% just focusing on my diet alone; because it’s been way too cold to pack up the Babe on a regular basis and get to the gym.

So I need to find another way to keep my momentum going, and that is to focus on my training.  And work out at home when it’s too cold to go out.  But now that it’s March…I really, really, reeeeeaaaallly…hope that this swirling polar vortex of death will leave for good and we can have spring soon.

But what kind of stuff can I do at home?

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Well lots of of things!  First off I have a few workout DVDs, even a Mom and Baby Yoga DVD.  And now that the Babe is nearly 15 pounds…she’s big enough to build some muscle just from holding her!  We also have a few dumbbells, a kettle bell and then there’s all the body weight exercises that I can handle!

Which brings me to some of my goals for this year, and that was to do the Ab & Squat challenges again each quarter this year.  And It’s March so I’ve only got a few weeks left of the first quarter of 2014!

So I am rolling out the new and improved Ab and squat challenges!  These are much more intense than the originals.  I will be starting this on Sunday to follow my calendar for training and I will post before and after photos to show my progress.  So be sure to check back everyday for the next workout!  This week I will be focusing on getting my at-home gym set up!

30 Day Abs


30 Day Squat

Winsday Wednesday – progress report

So we are 2 months into 2014 and I thought it was time for a progress report on my goals and rewards that I laid out in this post.

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I am not quite to the 20 lbs mark…but it’s so close that I am putting it up there anyway!  Because I know that I will hit it by the end of the month!

So far I’v earned:

  • A fitbit…check!
  • New shoes!
  • A spa day!

I so cannot wait to cash in my my rewards and keep going on this motivation train I’m on!

I know that I should post pictures…but I am waiting until after my Dietbet is done to do that…just another week or so on that!

Motivation Monday – Gymtimidation


I have a confession…

I am very intimidated at the gym.

And it’s not that I don’t know how to use the equipment, or anything like that.

Sometimes it’s just not that easy…

There are always so.many.people.  All the people are there, all the time.

It’s hard to plan a workout when I can’t do what I what, where I want.  I will admit…I miss my little gym.  I had just gotten comfortable lifting, just started to venture over the the “other” side of the gym…you know…with the weights, when I found out I was pregnant.  I loved what it was doing to my body, and I’ve missed it so much.  But the thought of going directly to the weights, solo…it scares the crap outta me!  Clearly I am out of my routine…and comfort zone here.

Smith Machine!I miss the community, the “Hey Krysty!” when I walk in.  I miss Rigby, the Anytime Fitness Plymouth Mascot, greeting me at the door.  I miss the smallness of it.  I poured a lot of sweat on that gym floor.  It was a few cardio machines, free weights, the squat rack, and some weight machines…and a usually empty studio.  Where I could HIIT it, cool down, or run sprints end to end and know that I was alone and that I was not being watched.  I could set up my circuits and know that they wouldn’t be disturbed, or anything taken.

But…I have The Babe, and they don’t have daycare.  I was very sad the day I realized I would have to give up my little gym.

So I have to get over this breakup and learn to embrace the bigness that is Lifetime.  I wouldn’t wish anyone to give up on their fitness goals, but I do look forward to seeing people taper off as resolutions wane.  But hopefully that means that they have just moved their workouts outdoors…like I will… when we see spring…

oh wait…

I hate snow

We’re never seeing spring. Ever.

How do I get over Gymtimidation?

After reading this post, I started to feel better about it.  But I was looking for some tips…some sort of tangible advice for getting more comfortable in the gym.  But alas…the only one who actually could give me advice…is me.  Because I’ve gone through this before.  So here is my advice from my former fit self to my currently out of shape self for getting over Gymtimidation:

Here goes…

  1. Smile and say “Hi” to people in the hall, the staff…and people who look a little lost.  Friendly faces are welcoming, and they will make me feel like I belong.
  2. Make an appointment with a personal trainer.  I got a free one when The Hubbs added me to his membership; but I haven’t used it yet.  This will help me get more familiar with the “other” side of the gym.  And be less intimidated about crossing over.
  3. Go to the gym more often.  Duh.
  4. Take a group class weekly.  This will help me see familiar faces on a consistent basis, leading to “Hey Krysty!”
  5. Focus.  Just focus on me, and what I am there to do.  Don’t worry about what other people think of you, and your current abilities.  They don’t know the whole story and if they want to play out a scenario that they think is true…then let them.

Have you ever been intimidated by the gym?  How did you overcome it?

Triday Friday – My new workout schedule

I have been working on my training over the last few weeks for my Virtual Ironman Boulder, and while I’ve gotten a few miles in, I really need to step it up!  But I wanted to dedicate at least 1 day a week to do all three events that are in an Ironman/Tri.  Obviously not the same thing here…but I will be squeezing these into the 2 hour time block I get for daycare for The Babe.

So finally here it is!

I have two sets here.  One is a Mini-Tri…meaning I am setting myself a 30 minute limit for each event, to swim, bike and run as far as possible.  The second set is for time, so I will be working on my speed here.  The plan is to alternate these every other week.  My goal in this is that by the second Mini-Tri set that I’ve beaten my distance from the previous set, and the same with the For Time set.  Again for the timed set I have 2 hours to complete it, well actually just under 2 hours taking into account the daycare dropping off and locker room trips.

Tri-day friday

This week’s workout might be tricky!  My parents are in town and we are very excited to see them!  I am hoping that I can squeeze this in right away in this morning before heading over to meet up with them.

Lucky them and luck us…they get to babysit and The Hubbs and I get to go see Jeremy Messersmith!  He’s a local musical genius and we really love his music.  I am really looking forward to it!

Mid-day Update…

I did not get to the gym this morning, thanks to the Snowmageddon of 2014.  And my parents are stuck at home because the state closed the roads.  I am not even sure that we will get to our concert today!

Motivation Monday – Finding your motivation

I’m finding myself struggling these days.  I blame the ridiculous weather here in Minnesota.  This has been by far, one of the worst winters I can recall in my 32 years in this universe.  We’ve seen over 40 days with temps below zero, not taking into account the windchill.  I know that I am one of those people that is affected by the grey skies, and blustery days…it puts me in a funk.  And it makes it really hard to get out of the house with The Babe.  So getting to the gym has been a big struggle these last few weeks.  I keep thinking “…it will be so much easier to do this in the spring”, “…once the weather warms up we can go outside and I can run”, “…Moms In Training starts in a few weeks, I’ll wait til then.”

I guess I am unconsciously waiting for it to be spring to get back on track.  And I’d rather get on with it now!  But with another swirling Polar Vortex upon us tonight it seems as though we will be in the house again tomorrow.

So I am realizing that I need to dig deep here.  I need to look within myself and pull out that motivation I need to get active and shake this winter off.  I need to remember where I started 2 years ago.  I set myself up for success.  I invested in some home gym equipment, and a few DVDs and started at home because the idea of going to the gym was really intimidating.  I had an honest conversation with myself about where I was at and where I wanted to be.  I stopped being mean to myself and started getting real.

It is totally within my power to change how I look and how I feel about it.  I can sit here all “woe is me” or I can stand up and get after it.  I’d rather not still be having this same conversation with myself in a month, or two months.  So I will look to those that inspire me.  Those that support, push and motivate me to be better, do better and work harder.



28 Day no spending challenge day 9

Are you ready to clean??

no spending


I’ve never been a neat freak, but I married one…so I guess I need to become one by osmosis.  Not that I am a slob, but clutter just doesn’t phase me the way that it does the Hubby.  However, now that I spend lots of time  nearly every waking moment at home, I notice it so much more!

So today we will be tackling some of the things that irk me the most. And I figured we could start with the task that I dread the most, which is always the bathroom.  Ugh.  I loathe cleaning the bathroom.  I always feel so accomplished when it’s done.  But we have 2, so I will feel doubly accomplished today!

I am also taking down the pack and play.  It’s been in the living room since The Babe was about 3 weeks old, and she won’t sleep in it.  It’s just become a clutter catcher, and I want my home gym stuff back in our living room where I can see it it can stare me in the face and remind me to use it.  We sold the bike over the summer, to the apartment complex actually, so it’s just some weights, a kettlebell and my yoga mats, but it will be a good reminder that I can do a lot in the 15 minutes that The Babe naps.

Later this week I’ll be getting to the nursery, which also is very, very cluttered right now.  With baby stuff that has been out grown, stuff not yet used, and my maternity clothes.  Plus I got ambitious and pulled out some of my regular clothes, only to find out that…HA…they are waaaaaaaaaaay too small yet.  So some of this needs to go back into storage, sold or donated.  I had started that process a few weeks back…but The Babe, she has a way of distracting me from important tasks with her hypnotic eyes…

Come play with me...hold me....LOVE ME!


Once the nursery is clean I will finally be able to share the cuteness of it!

But the main focus for today (see she has a way…) are the main living areas, bathrooms and our bedroom.

Diet Bet is ON!

I finally joined a dietbet, and obvi I am freaking out that it is with Olivia, and Hannah from Season 11 of The Biggest Loser.  These two ladies have been one of the biggest sources of inspiration and motivation for me over the last few years.  I’ve watched that season at least 10 times.


Monday was the weigh-in, and I was SHOCKED to see 154.8 on the scale.  I have lost 2.6 pounds in 2 days.  Only one of which I was able to work out.  I am beyond confident that I can lose 4% of my body weight in the next 28 days.  I’ve got momentum and I want to keep it going!



My progress in the last month has given me some serious motivation to keep at it and just get better.

And with nearly $15k in the pot for this one…I am so excited to do it and earn a little extra cash, and possibly some one-on-one health coaching from these two awesome ladies!  I want, I want, I want!!



So my 4% means that I need to lose 6.2 pounds in order to win.  This is going to be so much fun!



So here I go…goodbye mommy body…hello bikini body!!


Goals and rewards

Something that motivated me 2 years ago was a goal of looking smokin hot in a bikini in Vegas for our Anniversary Trip to UT, Las Vegas, and CA, and the rewards I planned along the way.  And I totally did drop his jaw in Vegas in September.  So I decided that I needed to do that again.  All with the goal of looking smokin hot in a bikini on the beach in FLORIDA!  I love road trips!  And it will be The Babe’s first!

California here we come!

We are taking a summer road trip to Panama City in June to visit The Hub’s younger sister Camilla, and meet his youngest brother there after he graduates!  I am so excited!  I’ve only been to FL once before, when I was 15.  I was chubby, going through that ugly phase and after seeing photos of myself after the fact I struggled with body image issues for a while.  I still struggle to this day…but having lost all that weight 2 years ago only to put it back on has made me realize that I need to change my way of thinking in order to change my body, and finish what I start.

And I’ve also committed to a Virtual Ironman, and I joined a Ragnar Team!  So I did alter my race calendar a bit to take into account the training program for the Ragnar.  I have wanted to do a Ragnar for a while now…ever since I heard what it was!  And I have taken the full marathon off the table this year.  If I do get to do it…I’d be really excited.  But I think this year needs to be different.  I tend to over-commit myself and want to do too much.  So I am picking a few things and focusing on them.

So here are my short-term goals and rewards (You can follow my progress to the left on My Fitness Pal!

5 pounds – My great start! Reward: A Fitbit Force (or Flex…I’m undecided).  To keep me motivated, and help me track all my hard work for the training needed for this year.  ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! 

15 pounds – My You-kick-butt Reward: New running shoes.  I know I will need them this year!  I looooooove my Mizuno Mushas.  They are the most amazing shoe I’ve ever met.  I must acquire more.

20 pounds – My Half-way there reward: A Spa day.  I have a gift card for a massage from Christmas from the Hubs.  So I will do a mani/pedi that day too and just reeeeeeelax.

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30 pounds – My Almost there reward – A race medal & bib rack…to remind myself of all of my awesome accomplishments.


40 pounds  - My Congrats baby you did it! Reward: A smokin hot bikini…and some new clothes!  To remind me that I will never need my “fat clothes” again.  Ever.  This is the goal I hope to achieve by the end of May…so that I get to take all of those cute clothes on the road with us!

I am excited about this journey and very much looking forward to the trip!