Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Don't Wait For Motivation!

Ok, have I mentioned that upping my activity this quickly is not easy? Did I mention the wall I hit on Sunday, when I had NO motivation to do anything, let alone lift, cardio, and my usual Sunday food prep? No? I didn't mention that I'm back on Aleve twice a day, and icing my knees when I get home from the gym? Huh. How'd I let that slip past me? :-)

Yeah. It's hard. I'm doing it, but it's hard. I'm doing everything I can to keep my knees healthy, and I'm pushing onward. That wall I spoke of that I hit Sunday... it was weird. I just hit full stop. Didn't want to do anything. And here was my opportunity to practice what I preach... Don't wait for motivation - push forward and let it catch up to you. If you wait for motivation, you will wait forever.

I pushed through, moved forward. I did everything I needed to, and yesterday still felt that wall. So I pushed through, moved forward. I did everything I needed to do (seeing a recurring theme here?), and when I woke this morning, I was ready to go. Motivation was back. I had an awesome & challenging yoga class this morning (Thanks Abbie!!), and I followed it up with a 20 minute cardio session (light intervals). After my workday, I'll head back to the gym for another 30 minutes of cardio followed by dinner.

My cooler is packed and on track. Including dinner (though it's not pictured) my total intake today is 1443 calories and right-on my ratio goal: 38% protein, 33% carbs, 29% fat.  Even with the extra activity, I'm not feeling deprived or hungry (so far). We'll see how that holds up as the week progresses. I am 9 days away from the Arnold, and determined to look my best :-)

And what you see is...
Breakfast -
   Oatmeal w/protein powder, ground flax, cinnamon plus half a grapefruit.
Snack 1 - 3 oz grilled chicken breast, 1 cup sliced raw red/orange/yellow peppers 
 -   4 oz tilapia, 1/2 cup black beans with pico de gallo (fresh, homemade), 1 cup steamed green beans  and the 2nd half of my grapefruit.  
Snack 2 -
 2 hard boiled eggs, apple   
 (not pictured) - 4 ounces pork tenderloin, 2 cups steamed broccoli w/ coconut oil, 1 cup sliced cucumber in vinegar.

***NOTE: Coolers for Bill  - Chelle's breakfast burrito,  2 hard boiled eggs, apple, string cheese, and a healthier granola bar (has 12g sugar, but it's all natural). 


  1. What type of cardio do you do that's easy on your knees? I have one that gives me trouble, so I do a lot of walking and do weights with my trainer, but I need to step up my cardio in order to jump start the weight loss.

  2. Hi Becky!
    I use the elliptical trainer. It's no-impact, but with the right tunes, I can get into a "running" rhythm. The elliptical is a fabulous tool for bad knees. The only other thing that doesn't hurt my knee(s) is the recumbent bike. I'm hoping to progress to the treadmill (speed walking) next week, but I'll see how it goes.

  3. Thanks Chelle! Do you normally do just 30 minutes, or is that because you're doing 2x per day? Maybe I should ask what you did in the process of losing your weight?

  4. When I was beginning, I had to work my way up to 20 minutes, 3x/week. It took me awhile, lol! As I progressed, I bumped it up to 30 minutes 3-5x/week and pretty much stuck with that ever since.

  5. what a great point! don't wait for motivation! so true!!! thanks Chelle... and would love to vote for your blog.. it is awesome!!! thanks