Shifting Gears and Staying Motivated

November is upon us!

I’ve become interested in sleeping away the afternoon, indulging in homemade chocolate chip cookies, and parking myself on the couch for the whole weekend.

Needless to say, my motivation has chosen to go into hibernation.

It all started about a month ago. I began battling with knee issues, forced rest days, and in the end, was given a recommendation to discontinue long distance running until the spring.

So, I did what anyone would do when they’re told to stop doing something that they love. I stopped everything active-like and spent an entire week bumming around the house feeling sorry for myself and being downright negative.

But feeling sorry for yourself has some major drawbacks, one being that you’re not too fun to be around. I’m pretty sure even Lexy was avoiding me for a couple of days there.

After a week of self pity, enough was enough. I knew I had to snap out of it and decided to look to my past successes to push forward.

Completing my first half marathon in August was one of my biggest successes, and the greatest gift I’ve ever given myself. During the race I found a sense of pride, strength, and confidence in myself that I’ve never experienced.

Knowing that I had this power in me, and that I had done this before, was just the ticket I needed to get back on track.

When did you experience your power? How have you made it work for you?

Understanding first hand that it’s good to set my heart after something, I came up with a list of goals…

  • build strength
  • regain confidence
  • try something new
  • challenge myself
  • be part of something bigger than myself
  • make myself accountable for my progress

and then tried to figure out how I was going to accomplish them.

3 days later, I was nervously standing in a huge warehouse looking gym preparing for my first CrossFit class.


What’s CrossFit?

Wikipedia says it best:

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning brand that combines weightlifting, sprinting, gymnastics, powerlifting, kettlebell training, plyometrics, rowing, and medicine ball training. CrossFit contends that a healthy, fit person requires proficiency in each of ten general physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy.

The first session was intense. It was a raw, unadulterated, as hard as your little heart will go, workout. The intensity during the first 10 minutes of the session was higher than anything I’d ever experienced! The second, third, forth, and fifth sessions have been just as amazing.

Everything is challenging, I’m already seeing progress, and there are so many things I can improve on. I’m confident that shifting gears was exactly what I needed to get excited about my health goals again.

So, here’s how I’ll be adding the sessions into my weekly routine –









AM Spin class 10 minute run Body rock Vinyasa yoga Spin class    10 minute run 10min row, 30min elliptical, 40min strength
OFF Crossfit Spin class
PM Crossfit Body rock Body rock Body rock


Although there isn’t a lot of running, I’m hopeful that each exercise will help to build my body for a great 2012 running season. And who knows, maybe this will lead me to something I like even more than running!

How do you build your motivation?

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  1. I’ve been doing CrossFit for close to two years now and I love it! I hope you enjoy it…it’s definitely a great way to challenge yourself :)

  2. I’m soo going through the same thing right now …its not due to injury but i’m just at a stand still and I think jut in this past week alone i’ve gained 5lbs, talk about binge emotional eating. your workout ethic inspired me and im going to start getting myself back to being healthy and how i was!! thanks so much for the inspiration!! xxTor

  3. Truthfully? I look at pictures of myself when I was 135 pounds heavier…I know I never want to go there again so I look at the way I was and it puts me back in my place.

    I also change up my workouts everyday…It’s too easy to get into a slump, especially in the holiday season!

    • That’s great inspiration, Katie! Sounds like you’ve worked really, really hard to get to where you are today :)

  4. You inspire me girl!!! I love that you view your August race as such a life amazing accomplishment!! I have my first 8k race in Whistler this Saturday and I can barely run that!! LOL!

    I think you’re a strong lady and I love your goal setting and mindset! We’d have a lot to talk about over coffee one day ;)


    • 8k is awesome! I bet you’re so stoked! Good luck :) Yes, one day when I’m in Vancouver, we will have to meet for tea or grub at the Naam!

  5. I’m starting my winter fitness plan now. I’m going to try something new (barefoot running) and incorporate yoga into my existing routine of running and going to a personal trainer 2x/week.

    What I need to work on most is eating right. With the colder weather and darker days, my body wants to go into hibernate mode. I’m going to fight like crazy to not let it sink in this year!

  6. I’ve been interested in crossfit for a while but haven’t found a place around me. I’m so excited to hear about it though, I’ve heard its the ultimate way to get in shape. Good for you for taking charge of your health!

  7. I’ve been wanting to try CrossFit too but I’ve been a bit of chicken! :) I’ve been in a bit of a workout rut lately and have really wanted to take some new classes to shake things up a bit. I think I’m going to just have to get over my silly fears and try it!

    P.S. Your snow photos are beautiful!!! Though I’m sure you are less than thrilled about it snowling already! :)