Lately we’ve tended toward addressing one question really thoroughly for Viewer Mail.
(yeah Im dragging you into it, People, when we all know it’s me. you’ll have that.)
As my mailbox fills and people begin to mutiny I thought this week we’d plow through a few questions and, if you’d be so kind, when you comment you can address one or two or ALL.
(translation: my answers are merely launching pads for discussion. as we’ve previously established had I not 800 other day jobs I could ramble forever)
MizFit, Ive read your blog for a litle while now and watched your video on consistency with your workouts and here’s my question: how do you stay motivated?!
This email was a little like last week’s floundering question in that my initial reaction was far different from the answer Im about to give.
At first I wanted to launch into a diatribe about gathering accountablilty partners in your goals, setting yourself up for success & packing workout clothes the night before, making long term and short term goals/rewards—————then in HIIT (rimshot!) me.
The email asked how *I* stay motivated not how one could stay motivated.
My answer? not a popular one but mine none the less: I just do it.
A long time ago (hmmm, let’s say not immediately after college but before graduate school) I realized that part of being a grown up is doing shit I didnt like (yes. I said it. no strikeout.)
As an adult we do, in fact, have a number of MUSTS in our lives which are non-negotiable (work, taxes etc) & you know what? for me working out is simply that.
It’s not an choice (& yes Im painting with a broad bush here but you get the idea. of course I take time off.).
By virtue of the fact Im a daughter, sister, mother, wife, and friend there are people to whom Im obligated to keep myself healthy, fit and balanced.
That was my motivation to start and once I realized that it became part of my life.
During the week working out is simply part of my IM A GROWN ASS WOMAN & THIS IS WHAT I HAVE TO DO list. Next to grocery shopping, laundry and work.
As I used to tell my clients (again, broad brush yada yada yada we can, indeed, find things we love): I dont recall asking if you liked this—-just asking you to do it.
see? I told you it wasnt popular but it is, indeed, my motivation-source. It’s like broccoli. Sure some days I ADORE my veggies and am totally in the mood for them, but other days Im not. Five days out of seven, whether Im in the mood or not, I eat my broccoli (read: do my cardio. weights? the OREOS of MizFits diet)
I was wondering if I could get some advice on hiring a personal trainer. I do not want to join a gym as I have a mini gym at home but I would like to hire a personal trainer to help me use all of the equipment that I have. I have heard that many personal trainer like to preach about what to eat, counting calories and all thatjazz. As someone who is really trying to eat intuitively, I am not interested in that. I am really just interested in developing a workout schedule and routine that works for me. What questions do I ask in the hiring process to ensure that I am not going to get someone that fits my needs.
GREAT QUESTION and, in my opinion, a simple answer. First, go here and read all about how to know if youve found a good trainer (and by all I definitely mean the comments as well). That will answer some of your questions.
Now, when I was a trainer I have to admit that Id have loved to receive your phone call. While I was happy to chat with people about food and calories—my passion was the roots & wings of teaching and emancipating. I adored going to people’s homes, showing them how to use the equipment they had, perhaps coming back for one more session as a form “check up” and then not returning for a few months (when they were ready for a new routine).
Id hope that all you’d need to say is PRECISELY what you said in your email (explain what you want) and the trainer’s response will tell you exactly what you need to know. Does s/he hear you or immediately launch into a “that’s great, but I can also…” type answer?
When I worked in people’s homes I still offered a complimentary consultation. I’d urge you to inquire about this as well. NOTHING will answer all your spoken & unspoken questions better than a face-to-face meeting.
I was hoping that you lovely folks could help me out. I’m having issues with eating healthier and working at a university where there are so many bad (yet yummy) food choices to be made. We have a pizza stand (where it’s really good), chic-fil-a (yummy waffle fries), oriental and a hot sub place with the best fries imagineable (see my french fry problem?). We have healthier choices too, but they’re not as good and let’s face it, they don’t pay grad students the millions we deserve 🙂 I’ve been eating frozen meals and soup, which I know are not all that great for you (sodium, preservatives, etc.). What do you do (if you go to work and pack a lunch) or what good ideas could you suggest? I still want to do lower carb, but it’s more trying to get rid of bad carbs. So, I’ll have enriched bread, no sugar added peaches (or apple sauce), etc.
This email is one I receive often in many forms (I actually loved this phrasing when I saw it on a blog so I asked if I mightcould use it as representative).
We discussed it here (what’s that you say? ad nauseum?) so definitely read those suggestions/reader comments there first. I also wanted to use the question because with so many new members of the Bumbling Band I know all you * new* peeps have a ton of great ideas to share, yes?
I gave most of mine there—but have found a new love whose tubes have helped me through many an ImFrigginFamishedAllTheSudden time.
(and yes. Im so smitten with Barney Butter that they’re coming soon for a testdrive creation & a freebie. keep yer collective eyes peeled.)
Miz, do you REALLY go to fast food places? or do you go and not eat. I dont believe it.
I do. Perhaps far too often but the Toddler Tornado loves the Yogurt Parfait at McDonalds and I figure there are worse things she could eat (please to yell at me below).
And I eat (not cheaply, but I eat). A couple of grilled chicken breasts (I finally have one place that will KEEP the bun so it isnt wasted) tossed on a salad typically. I know that it isnt the (fingerquotes) best (unFQ) chicken out there——but this is all about living as I can, well, FOR LIFE!
I did get a tad longer than planned so Im gonna wrap this up here and let you jump in.
PLEASE to hit us all up in the comments with anything.
your thoughts on motivation. help in selecting a personal trainer. your tips for healthy eating on the go. your please for MizFit to be less verbose. whatever you got—throw it our way.