The Only Thing Holding You Back is You

by Jillian on March 28, 2012 · 11 comments

So, I think you all know by now that Sundays are usually my fun-day. I take the day off from the gym, Joe and I are usually always off from work, and I enjoy a few drinks and some “cheat meals”. Well, somehow Monday has turned into a rest day too. Even though I eat well, I somehow don’t make it to the gym because I find myself wrapped up in “catching up on life” stuff, like laundry, studying, grocery shopping, errands, cooking, cleaning, etc.

After two rest days, I had all intentions of waking up early to go to the gym before work on Tuesday. I snoozed for 2.5 hours. TWO POINT FIVE HOURS! Who does that? I got myself in a huge slump just by simply not forcing myself to get to the gym even for 30 minutes, in 3 days. Tuesday ended up being a 12 hour day, and what did I do? I came home and demolished the rest of this:


It’s like a vicious cycle once you start eating unhealthy and stop exercising. But, it only takes one workout and one healthy meal to remind you how good it feels!

This morning Joe woke up at 7am and I pretty much just wanted to cry because by the time I got home and to bed it was after 1am. I slept for a little while longer while he went to the gym, and eventually got up, made coffee and breakfast, and read some blogs. Before I knew it, I felt more than ready to go to the gym. Earlier, I thought I was going to end up skipping again, but I had no excuse! Lately, I’ve just been lazy and I need to make a change! Maybe I am just bored with my workouts, I don’t know, but something has to motivate me! Maybe I need to take some more classes with Harley!



LOL. Thanks to Rebecca for sending me these pictures from the event. I have to laugh at myself in this picture. I’m stretching out after doing a super long plank hold. I look like I’m being tortured, right? I felt like it!

Anyway, I went to the gym today and did the most hodge podge workout I’ve probably ever done in my life.

  • 1 mile warm up: .25 @ 3.0, 75 @ 7.0
  • circuit: repeat from top to bottom 3x with 1 minute break in between
    • assisted pull ups
    • front shoulder raises
    • push ups
    • assisted chin ups
    • lateral shoulder raises
    • pushups
  • 1 mile @ 7.5
  • triceps: repeat top to bottom 4x, short break in between (30 seconds-ish)
    • triceps straight bar push downs
    • dips
  • bicep curls
  • 1 mile @ 8.0
  • lower abs
    • hanging leg raises
    • v-ups
  • back extensions
  • stability ball sit ups
  • barbell lateral bends & oblique twists
  • rope pull machine (remember this?)


See? What the hell was that? I felt like I was just walking around the gym doing whatever random thing came to my head. Whatever it was, I felt so good after and it reminded me of the quote, ‘I never regret a workout’. As lazy as I felt the last few days and as hard as it was to bring myself to the gym, I always feel great afterwards. I had no good excuse to miss Monday and Tuesday and honestly, it was just making me MORE tired by not going. I end up putting myself in a mood where I don’t feel like going to work, or doing anything! It’s not good. I get so much energy after a workout and it gets me through my day!

I think one thing that did help today was having coffee and breakfast and giving myself some time to wake up before the gym. This also allows me to have more meals before going in to work. One before the gym, one after the gym (which was lunch, and I am so not used to eating “lunch food” after the gym but rather a protein shake/cereal), and then one more meal before work at around 2:30. Usually I am only able to fit in two, and then I don’t get to eat again until 10 or 11pm.

I’m hoping that trying this new schedule out will help with my motivation! Julie’s post today really resonated with me. I do know what I need to do to make a change for the better, but I am always making excuses to myself. I know that I need to adjust my sleeping schedule/pattern and probably allow some more “wake up” time instead of just hopping right out of bed and working out immediately.

  • Are there changes in your life that you know you need to make, but can’t figure out why you are putting it off? I really thought about this the other day. Give yourself just 5 minutes to think about it and I promise you’ll quickly realize that the only thing holding you back is you!
  • What are you favorite back, chest, shoulder, bicep, and/or tricep exercise(s)? One or all!? I want to know! I feel like I’ve been repetitive lately and want to try out some new moves.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marilyn March 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I didn’t go to the gym yesterday because I had to take my car in to get checked. Today, the plumber is here all day fixing a leak, so I didn’t go again. Want to get back on my schedule tomorrow. I don’t feel bad missing one day, but any more after that makes me feel lazy.


2 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List March 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

This entire post, all I wanted to know was….is that Ben and Jerry’s any good?!?!


3 Jillian March 29, 2012 at 12:18 am



4 Chels R. March 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Awesome workout girlie! I like the workout top you are wearing. The ben & jerry’s greek fro yo looks dangerously good!


5 Lauren March 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Haha, sounds like a crazy good workout! No wonder you demolished those fro-yo’s! :)


6 Caitlin March 28, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I love the title of this post – totally feeling it lately! My eating has been ALL over the place recently – lots of sugar, and it’s all because of me! Time to stop making excuses and start to make some changes :)


7 janetha March 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I love the photos! You are so fit. And that fro yo is so addicting…


8 Lisa March 30, 2012 at 12:01 am

You ended up having a good workout even though you had no plan! I have plans for a workout tomorrow, but I feel so sick today. I may just attempt one, I guess I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see how I feel


9 Emily @ I'd Rather Walk May 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I NEED to get a new job, since my current one is making me miserable, but I can’t seem to force myself to step out of my comfort zone and take that extra step. It’s like I need a literal kick in the butt or something :-/


10 Jillian May 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I feel the same way, so I totally understand! Sometimes talking with others and hearing their success stories boosts motivation! :)


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