Thursday, October 17, 2013

The thing about exercise...

...is 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?
 
 
 

13 comments:

  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!

    -Caitlyn

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

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  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.
    x

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  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 http://www.twohundredsitups.com/. 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.

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  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


    xo
    Alanna

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

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

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

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  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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  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)



    ALSO, TOTES GLAD THAT YOU ARE A CONVERT!!! YAYYYYYY.


    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.

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  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).

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