Monday Motivation **November 20, 2017

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This is so my theme right now. Brandon and I have had pizza hut three weeks in a row and my stomach is so over it. It is time for a revamp. Planning is key more than ever for me, I am on day shift now and nobody wants to get up early to make lunch so prep is huge. We are also looking for a HOUSE!!!!!!! Which means some days I am driving the hour towards him to look at houses in our price range then at the end of the night driving back since I have to be at work by 7am so I need to plan, plan, plan. Hopefully in a few short months I will have my own kitchen to work in! I will keep you posted.

Not gonna lie, winter has hit here in Oregon and that means rain, lots and lots of rain and it is cold rain which has seriously deterred me from running this week. I need a working treadmill really bad for Oregon winters. Hopefully we can get one in the new house.

Hope you have a great week!!!!

How are you with winter running?

Monday Motivation **November 6, 2017

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Happy Monday!!!

Since we are talking motivation, how do you motivate yourself?

I was talking to a really great friend yesterday (Hi Amber!!!!) about motivating yourself to work out. She told me she had the couch-2-5k app already on her phone but just needed to use it.

Here are some ways I motivate myself (and boy are these going to come in handy as the temperature drops and the rain moves in here in the Pacific Northwest this winter).

I have talked about motivation before sort of in a reward system way post workout but now lets talk about how to get yourself out there in the first place.

Clothes– If I am running before work I put my workout clothes on as soon as I wake up so that I would actually have to change out of them to get ready to work, who changes out of clean workout clothes? I still get to have a lazy morning but this way I am ready to walk out the door when its time to workout, no excuses. I do the same thing when I get home from work on days I am going to workout after work. I come home and change straight into my workout clothes and walk back out the door. No sitting down or resting or giving myself the opportunity to say I don’t want to do it.

Buddy/partner– Have a workout partner, either someone you run with, check in with or actually training for the same race with (even if you don’t live near each other). Have to check in with someone and either say sorry I am not meeting you today or sorry I didn’t run today…..simply because I didn’t want to, doesn’t feel great and is great motivation to get your but out there.

Blog– Why not start a blog about your fitness journey? It keeps you accountable to an online community. If you do let me know so I can follow you!!!

Book on tape, playlist, TV show- I keep a specific book on audible that I can only listen to while I run (obviously it is something I super want to listen to) this helps motivate me to get out there so I can hear what happens in the book! And I know one of my favorite bloggers HungryRunnerGirl watches “This is Us” while she runs on the treadmill.

Challenge someone– my boyfriend and I have a challenge every month through Garmin to see who can run the most miles. If he gets too far ahead of me it really motivates me to get out there and get some miles in, on the flip side if I am in the lead it motivates me even more to keep going so I can widen the lead!

Talk about motivation did anyone watch the New York marathon yesterday! I didn’t get to watch the whole thing because I was at work but I watched the clips of the male and female winners cross the finish line and MAN what motivation!!! First American female winner in 40 years!! with an unofficial time of 2 HOURS 26 minutes and 53 seconds………….holy crap, that is faster than my half marathon time!!! And the men’s time, top man finished in 2 hours 10 minutes and 53 seconds. Wow.

 

How do you motivate yourself when you don’t want to work out?

Did anyone watch the whole marathon?

Anybody else really want to sign up for a race now?

I certainly do!!!

Ariana’s travel tips

 

  1. plan, plan, plan- I know some people like to fly by the seat of their pants and that is great but in some cases you need to plan. If you are not on a budget then you might have a little more room to play with this but if you are on a budget, as I always am, planning is your best friend. Also if you only have a limited amount of time planning ahead can save you hours of wasted time standing in line.
  2. research- Groupon is international if you didn’t know. For most places if you do a little research you can find inexpensive skip the line passes, semi-guided tours, activities and so much more at reduced costs and it definitely saves you on those hours in line.
    1. planning and research also help you squeeze in as much as possible in a short time period. For example we are packing Venice into a day and a half then on our last day in Venice which would have been a 3/4 day anyways we are instead taking the train and spending a few hours each in Verona, Florence and Pisa before laying our heads down in our AirBnB accommodations in Rome.
  3. Think outside the box when it comes to lodging- you don’t have to stay in a nice hotel to feel luxurious when traveling. If you once again research you can find nice places for a lot less expensive. I have stayed in some seriously nice hostels and and used AirBnB several times when I have travelled. If you are traveling with friends AirBnB is a great choice. We have accommodations in the heart of Venice, Rome and Barcelona through AirBnB that are less than $150/night,  whole apartment in each place, split the cost between everyone and you are looking at $20-30/night for each person in a nice place. and having and entire apartment means you have a kitchen so you can hit the market and make a few meals to save some money. You are still eating locally!!!
  4. Do a few things that aren’t overrun by tourists- on my first morning in Venice after some coffee and a pastry I plan on walking the opposite direction of the crowds and will continue to do this. That is how I will explore Venice, going the opposite direction of the crowds (obviously do a little research on places you should avoid and use common sense, if you turn down a street and it feels sketchy, backtrack quickly).
  5. Safety!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- Be safe, research the places you are going, know the areas to avoid, know the laws and customs. Pay attention to the dress code. If something or someone doesn’t feel right get out of that situation and place ASAP. Think before you act. If you are alone, don’t get so drunk that you are impaired. That movie TAKEN with Liam Neeson is a fun thriller but it is also real, people are kidnapped and murdered every day, enjoy your vacation but be smart and be aware.
  6. common sense should see you through-if you wouldn’t do it at home don’t do it abroad. Again take 10 minutes and learn about the place that your are going, I would sunbath topless in Ibiza, I would cover all tattoos and most skin in the middle east, different place different experience.
  7. Check in. Give someone at least a vague itinerary of where you will be and when you will be there and when you will be home so someone will know if you don’t arrive. Try and check in at least ever 72 hours (I tend to check in at least once every 24 hours) you can find a free or very cheap internet café almost anywhere. And most cell phones have international coverage if you check. It will cost me $.55 every day to send 1 text message to my mom and get one back from her both acknowledging we know I am alive. $.55/day is not much to ensure piece of mind.
  8. Be a dork. Take selfies and make stupid faces and journal and take videos. Who cares what the people around you think, in 5, 10, 15 years you are going to be so glad you can look back on those memories.
  9. Be respectful. It may not be your culture, religion or favorite food but it is theirs. You wouldn’t want someone to bad mouth your way of life so don’t do that to anyone else. You don’t have to believe in it or even accept it but don’t be mean about it. Step to the side, quietly leave the church, discreetly bow out of the ceremony, say thank you and try the tiniest bite you can manage.
  10. lastly HAVE FUN!!!!! You may never be back, you may never experience something like this again so drink it all in. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and truly live this experience.