Do the Work!
From LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels
Monday, May 23, 2011
Do the Work!
I love when I see people getting excited about doing the work that will help them reach their goals! Most people have no real concept of how strong they are or what their potential is. My workouts are tough because I know you’re strong enough to do them! (And of course, because they have to be to work!) I set out to kick your butt, knowing that you’ll only get stronger — and the stronger you get physically, the stronger you will become in every other way. Here’s what one member has to say on my Message Boards about doing my program’s hard work.
"I’ve lost 37 pounds so far, and have 73 more to go…and yeah, sometimes it CAN be like, ‘UGH!!!! How much LONGER do I have to count calories, use measuring cups for my food, and work out twice a day and work out HARDER (‘cause it takes more work to burn the same number of calories when you’re lighter…DARNED physics!!!) and REALLY, why does 2 minutes of jumping jacks during circuits seem like an ETERNITY?’
But…the number one question to ask…IS IT WORTH IT to keep going…?
That is only an answer YOU can give, because if you don’t remember why it’s worth it…well, kinda hard to be motivated for something not worth it :) I’ll also tell you that I’m pretty darn sure YOU ARE worth it, but that’s all that mental work (yes, the mental stuff is the hardest for me…sigh.) You just have to convince YOURSELF that you are and remember why calories in (food)/calories out (workin’ out) is only 2/3 of the equation. You’ve gotta get that other third workin’ :)
List all the reasons WHY you want to be at your goal weight…and go wild here. The smallest, most minute, selfish, vain things imaginable are totally allowed! Take several copies on several index cards and keep them with you. Read them when stopped in traffic, in the morning, when you’re about to eat half a cheesecake, when you just don’t want to work out.
Also, start going out of your comfort zone with exercise stuff. Do something different even if you think you’ll hate it — TRY IT!!!! You might be surprised :) Get involved in group stuff, join a class, a walking group, drag a buddy into doing something physical with you and start hanging out with people that are like what YOU want to be like (something I’ve just discovered…that my mom WAS right…you are who you hang with.) So if you hang with people not interested in the things you are trying to be interested in, it’s time to expand your circle to fit in people that are all about health and nutrition and exercises and all that good stuff.” – GypsyEyedGirl
Smoothie Recipe Highlight: Blueberry-Date Smoothie →
man. yesterday i was having some crazy butter-sugar-concoction cravings. i warded them off for the day (yay) and as i went to bed, resolved to whip up some yummy sweet smoothie for myself in the morning.
initially i had planned to make the banana-date smoothie that i think i have somewhere highlighted in another post here, but alas, no bananas are to be found at my house at the time. and so, i came up with the blueberry-date smoothie instead.
its 133 calories for one serving (the recipe makes 2)— instead of the two tablespoons of honey the link calls for, i used one tablespoon of honey and three deglet-noor dates (the smaller ones). (DATES ARE MY MAGIC SMOOTHIE INGREDIENT NOW!) and as usual, used soy milk instead of skim milk, and non-fat plain yogurt instead of yucky refined sugar filled low-fat vanilla as in the recipe. in my culinary opinion the tartness of plain yogurt goes well with the blueberries anyway… so yeah ignore all the weightwatcher whiners in the comments of the link because we aren’t following the same recipe anyway…
My next endeavor is to dust off our ice cream maker and try out these smoothies in ice cream form. I’ll let y’all know how it goes :)
btw- my smoothies turned out even brighter and bluer than the picture! SO DELICIOUS with the eyes and the mouth.
For those who want to skip the link altogether and just check out my transcendant recipe:
Makes two 8-ounce servings
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 deglet noor dates
- Place all ingredients in the jar of a blender, and process until smooth. Serve immediately in tall glasses.