Running will do that.
IT’S #MOTIVATIONMONDAY BITCHESSSS
While this post isn’t about motivation, i still wanted to add a funny yet quirky e-card to spice your monday up! (We all know how much i love e-cards, or at least my Pinterest followers do! )
I have two separate topics i want to discuss tonight. Well, Maybe three if i get around to it
3. Secrets about dieting.
To begin… (Eh, i sound like my 4th grade essays)…Start over.
A couple of weeks ago, one of the other bloggers that i follow posted about inspiration. As much as i really wanted to do that post, after seeing hers, it felt wrong. LOL But today seems like a good day. Only because i’ve gotten my 4th, yes FOURTH comment from a fellow follower/coworker/friend who has enlightened me on the fact that i am their inspiration.
WHAT THE HELL? I thought to myself the first time the subject was brought to my attention. “I’m your inspiration?” You be trippin’ yo. It wasn’t until the third comment, that i actually felt…. Inspirational. (So cliche). Any who, I never really thought of myself as someone that people really paid attention to (Blog wise- Because we all know i get attention from everyone, i’m too loud to go un-noticed. LOL). I have my blog linked to my Facebook account and Twitter account- Ha yes i really have one. But I didn’t think that people actually continue to read what i wrote.
When i first started blogging, it was to get my mind off of things and find a hobby. It then followed into my Deployment diary (if you read earlier posts) for when Alex was on deployment in 2011. From then on, you can see where i begin a diet, end a diet, begin a diet and then, unfortunately, fail another diet. I was certain that since i’ve failed before, people would expect me to fail again and therefore, not follow a silly blog. WRONG.
It started out when i found out about the “stats” page. For all of you WordPress people, you know what that is. For those of you who do not, it’s an element on our blogs where we can see how many views we have gotten down to each little blog, the amount of comments, clicks, where the clicks came from and if they used a search engine to find my blog (by tags, of course). That must have been the coolest thing i’ve ever found on WordPress. I sort of became obsessed with it, checking it every time i posted something.
In the beginning of my journey, i monitored this religiously. It started off with 7-15 views ONLY when i posted. When i didn’t post, i had no views. I then began to blog more, as you can tell, my most talkative days are Mondays, i’m off of work and home alone. The more i blog, the more everyone sees this. Of course, thats how any blog works. But then my views started getting into the 30′s sometimes 50′s … But last week, they hit the high of 77 in 2 hours. I usually write my blog at night and since most of your are an hour a head (And my blog seems to be stuck on Florida time), it starts over each day. 77 views in 2 hours? Really, i’m not that interesting. Apparently i was though, my views turned into comments, followers and now i even get all these wonderful comments from my lovers back home filled with motivational words to keep me going. My views along with my 30+ likes on Facebook make me happy. Very very happy.
Last week’s posts apparently struck gold when it came to motivation. I received a bunch of texts, emails and messages about how how i’ve inspired people to get into shape and how it shows “Normal people like you and I can lose weight, instead of always seeing celebs or other people we don’t know”. That’s what it took for me to actually see that i was inspiring people and the text i got from my coworker reading ” You’re inspired me to start going to the gym and exercise more. Thank gal,. Hope you’re having a great day”, was the text that inspired me to write about how much you guys really mean to me. As you can tell, i’ve failed diets before and i still can fail it now. But it’s the motivation i get from writing how things are going and the response from you guys that keep me going. So thank you. From the bottom of my heart. <3 As much as you say that i’m your inspiration, you have no idea how much you inspire me.
But onto some funny things. ..
I’ve joined a running group. Rufftail Runners. Taken straight from their website’s about section:
Help get local shelter dogs out of their kennels, and running out in the sun, while racking up some sweet rewards for yourself (as if happy dogs and the karma recharge isn’t enough). Team Spiridon has teamed up with Hill Country Running Co. and Firecracker Dog in a program encouraging runners (and walkers) to take shelter dogs (and cats, if you really think you can make that work out…) out of the shelter environment to share some fresh air and exercise. The result: better-adjusted, healthier, and therefore, more adoptable dogs. And people.
Without sounding super cliche and cheesy, this has kind of changed my life. It’s amazing how happy a run with a new dog can be. We started off only a little distance. I promised myself we’d make it to the bridge and back. (I was a little uneasy with the high temperatures on how far we’d make it before giving the dog a heat stroke.) Once we got there, “Rock It”, the dog i was running just kept going. And so did i.
4 1/2 miles later (Yes some walking in between) we stopped for some water only to hear the words… “HEY GIRLY”, which i instantly recognized. It was my personal trainer. Super excited to see me, Sam was running with her dog Gracie. “I’m so excited to see you out here on your own doing your cardio”, she said. She knows i hated cardio in the gym. I quickly explained the program to her and watched her get so happy to see her former trainee still following her skills she passed on. After our quick chat, Rock It and i landed back at the adoption center. Signed her back in to the facility and brought her back to her kennel. After i got into her kennel with her, un-leased her and took her “Adopt me” vest off, we snuggled a bit and I left the cage. I looked back as i was leaving and her little tail was still wagging. IM SO HAPPY- is what i got from that.
The dog has inspired me to go back and keep running because now i have more than just a reason of not wanting to be fat. Now i know some dog is counting on me to get them out and exercised. Yippie. Oh and the leashes are super neat (And sponsored by RuffWear). They are leashes that clip on to your waist for hands free and easy running. Super safe and super reliable, they were given to the group once the Ruff Wear company found out about the program and wanted to give as much as they could!
Now this is a volunteer basis and you actually have a 2 hours training session before you can take any dog out. The training session is a $20 minimal donation and goes towards the APA (Austin Pets ALive) funds to help pay for all that they do. Our training session actually paid for a doggies heart-worm treatment
This is a popular kind of group and all sorts of cites have started catching on. So do you research.. Maybe your city has one!
Thanks to this program i’ve started from .5 miles to 4 1/2 very easily :) Besides, of course it’s easy when you have a dog pulling you
Last but not least, my rant about dieting.
Just so everyone knows. Dieting SUCKS. Esp if you do it wrong.
1. Count your calories
2. Cut the sugar
3. Be your own inspiration.
Yes there are days when i don’t count my calories but that is only because i know pretty much what i eat (caloric wise). I’ve cut the soda down to once a week from 4-5 drinks a day. And even though my favorite work out partner (Alex) doesn’t go to the gym sometimes, doesn’t mean that i dont. You can’t depend on someone else to get you into the gym. You have tog et off your butt and do it yourself.
Don’t worry about embarrassing yourself. Besides, if people really are staring at you in the gym, it’s THEIR work out that isn’t being maximized, not yours. So what if you use the machine wrong, everyone does it. You run a 12 minute mile? SO WHAT, mine is only 11. Oh it’s too hott outside to work out?… Good thing you have a living room.
I’ve always had a saying i use when people come to me for advise… “You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves”. It wasn’t until i used this exact quote on myself, that i changed my life.
I still eat pizza sometimes. I still have an occasional soda. THATS OKAY. And trust me, it only does nothing but hurt YOU. When i don’t drink enough water or have high sodium meals… I get chaffed legs from running because the salt is sweating from my pores and causing irritation. (You don’t chafe if you have an equal sodium-h20 levels.)
So get out there and help yourself. Inspire yourself. That’s when you’ll find that the motivation to inspire others.
I leave you with a picture of Rock It… My jog-a-dog from this morning. ..
x0x0. Good night loves <3