Finding Motivation

27 Jun

Since I’ve started putting my life on the internet, a few people have asked me why / how I work out so much. Well for one, I don’t think I work out that much. Compared to most working professionals, maybe – but compared to high school me, I feel like a slacker.

High school Jess worked out 6 days a week for pretty much the entire year. Whether it was soccer, cross country, swimming, or track – I was doing 1, maybe even 2 work-outs a day. Swim practices were either 2 or 2.5 hours during the week with a 3 hour practice every Saturday. But now I’m a “grown-up” (ugh) and I just don’t have the time that I used to – but I’d still love to be in the same great shape that I used to be in. Unfortunately, after 8 hours of sitting in an office – and another 2 hours of commuting, there are many days where I just want to go home, curl up on the couch, and eat a bag of Milano cookies relax.

So here are a few things that help me stay on track and hit the gym instead of hitting up Pepperidge Farms.

1. I work out for ME and me only.

  • When I was younger, I was always trying to look my best for someone else. Maybe if I do 5000 sit-ups a day and only eat carrots from here on out, that cute boy will notice me. Yeah, that’s bound to end tragically. Luckily I met the man of my dreams and I’m fairly certain that our relationship goes a bit deeper than looks. So if you think that achieving 6-pack abs is going to land you the man of your dreams, you’re wrong. Having confidence in yourself is probably a more sure-fire way to meet Mr. Right. So, nowadays I work out for myself – because I enjoy it – and because I feel better when my body gets a good work-out in.

2. I genuinely ENJOY my work-outs.


  • The name of my blog is not by mistake folks. I work out for the fun of it. Call me crazy, but I actually like working out. I get an amazing natural high after every run, ride, and swim I do. So for me, it’s not a big struggle to be active. But, if you don’t enjoy running, you’re certainly going to struggle with finding the motivation to run every day. If you dread spin class and think of excuses all day long, chances are you’ll talk yourself right out of it. You have to find an activity you enjoy. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. If everyone enjoyed the same things, this world would be really boring. Try Zumba or yoga or some high intensity aerobics until you find your niche. Then you’ll look forward to your workouts!

3. I look up to ATHLETES, not models
  • Sure, I watched the Miss America pageant last week. And I’ll gladly watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show every year. With a bag of Milano cookies in my hand, of course. Those girls do nothing to motivate me. Their pictures are all airbrushed and half of them look like they haven’t had a good meal in years. Plus, what do you think the chances are that they’re athletic enough to compete in a triathlon? Probably none. So pssh to them.

  • So who do I look up to? Personally, I love Chrissie Wellington. She’s a 3-time World IronMan champion who is famous not only for dominating the field of triathlons, but also for her contagious smile at every finish line. This girl loves her sport, loves the competition, and loves cheering on the other athletes as they all achieve their own personal goals. When completing a race that spans 140.6 miles, it’s fair to say that she doesn’t starve herself and she knows how to treat her body right. She’s my hero and an awesome role model.

4. I set goals for myself (in the form of races)


  • Now that I’ve signed myself up for some kind of race every weekend from now until 2012 (I only exaggerate a little), I pretty much have to work out if I don’t want to embarrass myself. I have my first triathlon coming up in August (!!!) and I want to rock it. I also have a half-marathon and a 65-mile bike ride thrown in there, so there are plenty of events motivating me to get out there and train. If you think you might want to try a new race – just sign up. Trust me, it will force you to get your shit together and train.

Monday Work-out: Run, Spin, Lift

  • Run 1.0 mile on the treadmill at 8.6 MPH (6:58 min/mile)
  • Spin
  • Warm-up
  • 1min seated climb, 30 sec standing run, 2 min seated climb, 30 sec standing run, 3 min seated climb, 30 sec standing run, 1 min sprint
  • 1 min hover, 30 sec seated, 2 min hover, 30 sec seated, 3 min hover, 30 sec seated
  • 4x [1 min jumps + 20 sec rest]
  • 45 sec intervals x [seated, standing, hover, jumps]
  • 1 min intervals x [sprint, seated, standing, hover]
  • Cool-down
  • Upper Body lifting

What motivates you?

Who inspires you?


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11 Responses to “Finding Motivation”

  1. In Sweetness and In Health June 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    Wow that’s awesome! I don’t know if I would have the endurance to do those races. Plus, running just upsets my stomach and hurts my knees. But, I am motivated to workout because I do really enjoy it! And I always feel so good afterward. Another inspiring thing is realizing how good it is for your body and health to exercise :).

    • Jessica Rose June 27, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

      Yeah… running definitely isn’t for everyone (and I’ve had my fair share of injuries so I guess it’s not always for me either) but there are so many other awesome workouts! Love it.

  2. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) June 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Love this, Jess! I have to workout for myself or I’d never do it, haha. I’m motivated because I feel absolutely horrible if I continuously miss workouts. I actually think working out is fun too! But only if I do the things I know I love. Forcing myself to run (or whatever it is I don’t like) when I don’t enjoy it never works!

    • Jessica Rose June 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

      I know what you mean about feeling horrendous. If I take the whole weekend off, I feel like I gained 357 pounds (obviously not true) ha but you just feel “off”

  3. maranierae June 27, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    You continue to impress me. Love the writing, motivation, reasons for working out and the actual workouts that you do. I look forward to running with you when I come visit Philly ❤

    • Jessica Rose June 28, 2011 at 8:28 am #

      Thanks Mar! I can’t wait for you to visit!! I know exactly where I’m taking you on our run. ha

  4. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers June 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Great post! I exercise frequently, but I wish I had the time to work out as much as I did in high school and college. Cross country practice followed by soccer practice? Bring it on!

    • Jessica Rose June 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

      For as busy as I thought I was in high school – I’d be pretty excited to have that much time for exercise again. Oh real life…

  5. Tara June 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    YES YES YES YES! I got into exercise because I found it fun. I feel like a lot of people exercise just because they are told to, but I don’t really think it can help people as much if they’re not finding it enjoyable. I absolutely love how you discuss idols — Chrisse Wellington is crazy. I love it. I wish I could do those things. You are also now officially my idol for signing up for a triathlon, something I really want to do but I’m really nervous about trying. I think that if I just signed up it would kick me into gear!

    • Jessica Rose June 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

      ha I LOVE your enthusiasm right here. Chrissie Wellington is crazy – she ran the marathon portion of her IronMan faster than any of the men in one of her wins. Insane! But I was in your shoes for the longest time with wanting to do a tri and just being too nervous to sign up. I’m really glad I finally went for it though – you should definitely go for it too 🙂

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