Do you have fitness role models?

Something that has helped me really figure out what fitness means to me – how it fits into my life and integrates with everything else “I” am – is having fitness role models.  I’m lucky to have both “real life” women to look up to, as well as celebrities who I’ll never meet.

My “end game” fitness goal is to feel confident enough to step into the cage and have a few amateur MMA fights.  Meaning, right now, my fitness role models are the women at my gym who are already fighting MMA and Muay Thai.  Every time I see them/work with them I get a little motivation boost, and I’m so grateful.

So you’re a runner?  Next time you have a crazy speed-demon pass you (or even easier, running next to you on the treadmill), try to strike up a conversation (granted, if you only run outside it might be tough to talk while sprinting to match their pace for a quartermile, but YOU CAN DO IT!).  Sure, you can be inspired without actually knowing who s/he is, but trust me – you’ll benefit from getting to know them and they’re probably fabulously nice.

Weight-lifter?  Offer up a protein shake and become buddies with the the guy / gal who looks like they’re gearing up for an incredible hulk audition.  You get the idea.

Basically, please don’t limit your visual motivation to random photoshopped chicks / dudes off Tumblr (I like some fitspo enough as the next dieter, but it’s kind of like the carrot sticks of the motivation world… good in limited doses but without anything else in your diet you’ll turn orange).

My celebrity role models are the women of UFC/Strikeforce.  My favorites are Ronda Rousey (I couldn’t resist after she cut 17 lbs in one day to inspire her team and STILL won the TUF coaches challenge!) and Roxy Modafferi (amazing attitude!).

Are you lucky enough to have both “real” life and celebrity fitness role models?  Tell me about them!  Maybe I’ll be inspired :).

Quote of the day from Ronda Rousey:



Do you make your bed?

Making your bed is a great way to start the day:

*Since it alters the appearance of a room so dramatically, it starts your day with a feeling of accomplishment.

*It prevents dust and other ickies from hiding in the sheets (especially if you have pets!).

*It creates a useful space.  For laundry, lying and reading, or hanging out (seriously, I’ve noticed my boyfriend and I hang out and talk on the bed after work if it’s made, instead of jumping straight into TV/smartphone land).

*It increases the chances you’ll get enough sleep, since nothing is more inviting than a clean, made bed (I’ve definitely procrastinated about going to bed because I was too tired to deal with straightening out the sheets.  Go figure).

But if you do skip a day, you can always chalk it up to your war against dust mites. (though washing the sheets helps with that, too!)

Do you make your bed everyday?

Quote of the day from Helen Keller (an American deafblind author, political activist and lecturer, 1880 – 1968):

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

Do you drink enough water?

If you are very athletic, 8 cups of water per day is nowhere near enough – but just how much do we need?  While it’s more difficult to become overhydrated than underhydrated, both can severely impair performance (and of course lead to death, eek!)

There is a range of advice out there on the web, from drink only when you’re thirsty to drink 7-10 oz every 10 to 20 minutes while training.

I’ve made it a goal to focus on drinking more water (by carrying my Nalgene bottle around with me e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e), and I’m hopeful I’ll notice benefits in my performance.  I’m going to aim for 64 – 128 oz  /day based on this article which suggests .5 – 1 oz water per pound.

So far as how much to drink during training – the best advice seems to be to weigh yourself before and after training to see if you’re losing water (the goal being to maintain body weight).  I’m definitely going to give it a try!

Have you experimented with adjusting your fluid intake (throughout the day and/or during training)?  Did you notice a difference in your athletic performance, or other areas (besides having to pee a lot more!)?

Quote of the day from Anais Nin (French-born author known for her diaries and erotica, 1903 – 1977):

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

What genre is your life?

I once read (I think it was in Martha Beck’s Finding Your Own North Star) that anyone can tell their life story as a tragedy or a comedy, it all depends on what you choose to highlight.  I’m probably butchering the specifics, but the concept is powerful and has stuck with me for at least a decade.

Bad things happen to all of us – we get sick, we have fights, we lose jobs and loved ones.  When bad things happen, they absolutely suck and need to be acknowledged and worked through.   But, they don’t have to define our lives.  What defines our lives is up to us.

Personally, I’m trying to write my life as an adventure-comedy.  Bad things happen, and I do my best to acknowledge them, learn from them (if possible), and let them go; life is too short!

What genre have you chosen for your life?

Quote of the day from Amelia Earhart (aviation pioneer and author, 1897 – 1937):

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.

Do you listen to the radio?

Did you know that listening to the radio could make you happier than watching TV or trolling the internet?

That’s what was found by one 2011 study:

On average, when consuming radio, happiness & energy scores increase by 100% and 300% compared to when no media is being consumed,” the study found. But happiness increased most when that media was the radio.

Check it out.

When I had a car commute, I listened to the radio regularly.  But, I’ve fallen out of the habit since working from home.  One of my “lighter” goals is to listen to the radio more while doing things around the house instead of using the computer to tune into Netflix.

My primary motivation is I need to do a better job of keeping up with current events (i.e., I plan to listen to NPR!), but this study is certainly motivating!

Do you listen to the radio regularly?  Is it an important part of your life?

Quote of the day from Wayne Gretzky (former Canadian ice hockey player and coach, he played in the NHL from ’79 to ’99 and is the only NHL player to have totaled over 200 points in one season – and he did it four times):

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.