Thursday, October 17, 2013

The thing about exercise... that it's really hard. 
Clever, I know.
But I'm getting my ass kicked on a daily basis by Jillian Michaels and not even five months ago, I didn't exercise. At all. 
So I'm kind of new to this whole being fit thing. 
The thing I want to know is what do you think about while exercising? 
Nothing? Just straight focus on the push-up you're doing? Is it just "PAIN, PAIN, SO MUCH PAIN?"
Or do you try to pump yourself up?
Sometimes when I'm on my 500th* jumping jack, I try to remember all those dumb phrases they put on motivational posters, but usually the best I can come up with is, "yeah, go you!" and "you can do this!" while I picture a mountain or some nature scene.
Other times, I kind of sing along to my exercise playlist ("I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fiiiiire!"), but then I think that's probably just wasting valuable breath.

And then other times, it's nothing but, "oh god, I'm dying. It's done. I'm dead."

Some people aren't a fan of Jillian Michaels' style--you know the yelling, gruffness, whatever adjective you want to insert. But I don't make a habit of watching Biggest Loser so I don't really see her yelling in people's faces. On her workout DVDs, she's pretty much just instructional with the occasional, "keep working! This is when it counts!"

But you know what? I much prefer her style. I can't handle someone yelling positive crap like, "You've got this! Not much longer! You're so amazing!" Ugh, go away. Why are you talking to me?

It's just a distraction. 
Besides I listen to Katy Perry for motivation. No one does it better than her. 
So what do you tell yourself to keep going? 
*no, I don't actually do 500 jumping jacks. Unless we add up the days. Happy?


  1. I feel like this is totally something I could have wrote! I do Jillian Michaels DVD's, like the fact there isn't all the positive crap the whole time, and I am not so great at the whole 'fit' thing! But I personally blast an upbeat playlist through the whole thing, at times I feel like it helps time go by faster!


  2. Katy Perry is my motivational homegirl. Go, you for keeping at Jillian Michaels!

  3. I absolutely hate those airy fairy you're so awesome girly girls they have on dvds. Really not my thing at all. I'm like you much more of a tell me what to do then be quiet kinda girl.
    Jillian is amazing, I find her very motivational without being annoying.

  4. I don't do DVDs or anything like that. I do have a yoga recording that's just instructions and helps me remember the order of the poses, but for working out, I sort of wing it and that works for me. I've found following routines helpful in the past - things like When I follow those, I think numbers, haha. Music seems to make me keep at it longer, but I can also be a little weird about having noise in the first place so that's not always something I use. Besides, it distracts me from counting. :p When I do yoga, I try not to think at all. And when I work out for fun, I'm usually thinking about gymnastics.

  5. lol this is awesome! I totally went through a Jillian Michaels phase, woman is a beast.

    Since then I've discovered/decided that I absolutely hate 98% of forms of exercise, but I have found something that I love doing here in Houston. It's a class so that's basically what motivates me to keep going because there is a real person expecting you to keep up and then a bunch of other people doing it as well. I used to go to the gym and I would just walk on the treadmill for an hour because I was too lazy to run lol not very effective


  6. Music really does help so much! I'm pretty sure Katy Perry and Beyonce are the only motivation I need to hear.

  7. Haha, yeah that's me half the time too!

  8. Thanks, Kayli! I feel like the majority of what Katy Perry releases were just made for exercise playlists.

  9. Hahah, yes they are so annoying! I like that Jillian just tells you want to do and how to do it and then tells you not to stop periodically.

  10. Haha yeah I do just find myself counting a lot. I don't do yoga often, but I always found it a little hard to clear my mind--I'd try to, but then I think I would be too conscious of trying to not think of anything. Good for you for being able to wing it--I think I'd do a half-assed routine if I left it up to me!

  11. Haha! I can see how going to a class would keep you on track. I feel like if I had a gym membership, I'd be (hopefully) pretty good about going since I'd be paying for it, but there's just something I like about exercising in the privacy of my own living room. I bet I'd get a better workout in front of live people though since I wouldn't want to be the fool taking breaks every 5 seconds!

  12. You know me, boo, I'm working it out with Jill-Jill on the regular!! SHE IS MY WOMAN. I'm actually going to get my work out on in just a while with her (as soon as my dinner cereal goes down, and aren't I amazing for eating cereal as dinner,. yup)


    I usually tell myself a few choice lines from Invictus likeeeee....
    I am the master of my fate,
    I am the captain of my soul

    Because if we are honest my fitness journey has been totally crazy and worth it. I'm a fitness junkie and you know it, so it doesn't take much to get me fired up when all I want to do is drop dead. And yes, nobody does it better than Katy Perry!!! Part Of Me is PERFECT for fast runs when all I want to do is throw up and cry...and not even in that order.

  13. Hahah! I'm definitely going to start repeating those lines in my head. Master of my fate, bitches! I'm so glad I switched from the Skinny Bitches to her. I can already tell my stomach is looking better.

    And it's okay that you ate cereal for dinner as long as it was Frosted Flakes (don't pretend there's anything better).