Thursday, December 11, 2008

My motivation for hitting the gym

Last week I was looking for something that would get me to the gym and keep me going back. The following are the things that make my trip to the gym a little more enjoyable.
I don't actually have this yet but it is on my Christmas wish list! I have plenty of water bottles but I really want one that is easier to drink out of on the treadmill.
One of my favorite gym items! The music at my gym is TERRIBLE. When the right song comes on it just puts you in the grove.
I love my polar heart rate monitor. This has really made me take my workouts to the next level. They are a little pricey but it was worth every penny. It has a strap that goes around your chest so it keeps a constant read. It also links to the machines at the gym so I have a constant read of my heart rate. I am no longer able to get on a machine and coast like I see so many people doing. I also love it for Weight Watchers because it tells me how many calories I have burned.
I love to read these while I am working out. I find that I get sucked in and it makes my workouts go so much faster. You can always seem to find them at the gym but I recently broke down and got a subscription. It also kills two birds with one stone because I always feel behind on reading my pile of magazines but now I am working out and making my reading pile smaller at the same time! One of my guilty pleasures.

I have hips like this girl's but it is so fun to see my stomach develop more definition and turn into this!
My husband told me this morning that when I work out a few times it is like me dieting for a month. He can tell that much of a difference in the way I look.
I must say though that diet and exercise go hand in hand. If you are only able to do one I would encourage diet. They say that diet is 80% of losing weight. It is just too easy to think oh I worked out today so I can eat whatever I want now. Two pieces of pizza will cancel out an hour long hard workout.
I would love to see what keeps you motivated so that we can all motivate one another, Don't forget to let me know!


LyndsAU said...

Man we should SO workout together. I looove reading US while I workout. I have a subscription. i can run or elliptical forever when I am reading that :) And I have to have my ipod. A song will come on and I will up my running to a full on sprint til it's over :)
What kind of waterbottle is that? I need one :) and I need one of those heart monitors too :) thanks for sharing. i love your blog it's def inspiring to me :)

Mrs. Cup said...

That water bottle is amazing! I LOVE mine!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

I want that water bottle. I have to wear my headphones when working out as well. If I don't have the right beat I am worthless.

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I want that waterbottle...what kind is it?

NewlywedCentral said...

O.M.G. -- Seriously... those models could make a chicken want to work out! I need motivation... January 1st is when I'll get my butt in gear :)

Texan Couture said...

that Is a cute water bottle I need a new one for the gym, where is it from?

Abbie said...

I have been having such a hard time getting motivated to work out lately. I don't know if it's the long drive in the snow cutting back my time I would usually spend at the gym or something else, but something has got to change! I feel like I've fallen off the cycle of going, and now it's going to be harder to get back into it!

(And I too love reading the mags at the gym! It's great because someone usually leaves a US Weekly or People, which I don't usually buy.)

The Shabby Princess said...

Ok, so, I must just tell you how motivating this post is for me right now. I usually go to the gym on my lunch break because I don't have time after work and am not a morning person. Lunchtime works great for me. Well, lately work has been insane. Insane I tell you! I don't even take a lunch break and then am working until 7:30 or so (lovely). So, today, as I found out again, that nope, no lunch break today, I realized that I can still control my weight loss and eat better. And still lose weight. So, thank you for the reminder that diet is important too!!

Prissy Southern Prep said...

I LOVE your blog, it is SO inspiring. Maybe you will be able to help with this, what is the new "momentum" plan on WW? I am so confused by it! You are doing great, keep it up!!