Wow. Today was a wake-up call. Tried on bathing suits…not happy. Then I realized I am going to Spain to relax on the beach in said bathing suits in ELEVEN DAYS! Yikes, that is scary.

So: time to get serious.

I did really well today about eating healthy and made some homemade granola to munch on this week. Then I ran/walked, played outside with the child I take care of, Yannick, for about 3 hours, did 50 push-ups, danced a bit (always my favorite work-out), and vacuumed the whole house. All in all, I think I did pretty well.

Now I just have to repeat for the next 11 days before I go to Spain and hope that I look semi-decent in my new bathing suit! Ohhhh that is depressing to have to say. I used to be one of those people that would get annoyed when people would talk about how they have to get in shape for “bathing suit season”. Then I grew up and became one of them.

One thing I struggle with a lot is that I am one of those people who needs instant gratification. I’ve probably touched on the fact that I’m not a patient person…well, that includes exercise, too. I tend to slack off a bit when I don’t see results right away, which I know is extremely unreasonable. It takes time to see differences and changes if you are exercising and dieting the healthy and correct way. I just need to get my brain to realize this and not be so greedy, wanting instant changes to suddenly appear.

But now I am not allowed any more slacking. Time to buckle down – summer is a-knockin’.

How are you getting ready for bathing suit season?


Motivation Hide-and-Seek

After eating healthy while on vacation, finding my motivation again after vacation is one of the challenges I’m facing right now. My body and brain get in vacation mode and then don’t want to switch back to real life. So I figure that if I write it in a post, it will help me to find motivation again. Tomorrow, I am going to be more productive, run, and eat well.

I will post again tomorrow about running and how I ate so that it will make me do it. For me, after I have one good day, my motivation returns and it’s easy to live every day healthy. It’s just the first day after vacation that is difficult.

In addition to posting about it as my motivation, I will also have to go bathing suit shopping at some point this weekend for my upcoming trips to Spain and Croatia. If nothing else gets me motivated, the first bathing suit session after winter should do the trick nicely.

Until tomorrow…

Why Can’t Life be a Musical?

Usually, when I go to the gym, I read a book on my iPad while doing the elliptical, treadmill, or exercise bike. I find that the time goes by faster and I work out longer while reading rather than if I was listening to music. However, at the gym here in Germany, the treadmills don’t have a handy little stand to put my iPad on, so I am forced to listen to music while walking/running.

Now, I say forced…don’t get me wrong. I love music. I love listening to music in the car, while I’m cleaning, when I’m going to sleep, and basically anytime that there is too much quiet. But the thing about listening to music is that I want to dance. And sometimes I can’t control my legs or arms from spontaneously busting a dance move while on the middle of the treadmill. It just happens. I don’t even think about it. It’s like how we say “like” when speaking. We don’t mean to say it… it just comes out involuntarily.

So this morning I was at the gym on the treadmill, and I’m loving my gym playlist right now (below). I’m walking and walking, getting faster and faster, and my head starts to move a bit…then my shoulders…then I realize what’s going on and shake my head to clear it before I start walking normally again. But all I can think about is how much I want to just dance to the music! That’d be a much better workout than the treadmill. (Later, when I got home, I definitely turned on the playlist again and danced.) This is why I need a Zumba class here.

What I want to know is, dancing is so acceptable in bars/clubs…why is it not acceptable in the middle of the gym or while walking down the street like on Glee, Rent, or Singin’ in the Rain? Hm? Why can’t we live in a musical?

My awesome dance moves.

Do other people have similar problems? Or is it just me?

My Current Gym Playlist

We R Who We R – Ke$ha

Peacock – Katy Perry

Ai Se Eu Te Pego – Michel Telo

Dog Days are Over – Florence & The Machine

We Found Love – Rihanna

On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez ft. Pit Bull

Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

Gypsy – Shakira

We Are Young – Fun.

Danza Kuduro – Don Omar & Lucenzo

Young, Wild, & Free – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa