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Motivation Monday…a little more

By September 24, 201215 Comments

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Happy Motivation Monday!

Pushing yourself a little more every day to achieve your goals is a great way to challenge yourself enough to see major changes in your body. Every workout push yourself a little bit harder.

This morning I ran through the mountains of North Carolina. I headed into some trails near out hotel (Biltmore) and got completely lost. I wasn’t smart going in alone, without a phone or a map – it was just me and God. I was about 40 minutes into my run when I realized I didn’t know how to get out.

I started to panic a little because I was getting fatigued but thought, I am totally fine to keep going for another 20 minutes of hard running. I’ve pushed myself harder, was a lot more tired and have run longer distances….just keep going, don’t quit!

I came to a clearing and saw the Inn through a huge open field…I ran through very long grass but kept up my speed until I got to the hotel on top of the mountain.

WHAT A WORKOUT! I was so happy that I kept pushing myself, that I overcame my own fear and trusted in my training!

Everyone has had those moments when they wanted to give up. What is your experience and how did you overcome?

See also: Motivation Monday – Only You Can Make it Happen


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  • Stefanie says:

    Thanks! I love this. I used to try to get lost on my runs, when I had the time. Now it seems like I run the same route to stick with my daily schedule and it gets boring. I need to mix it up more. I have a random question…How much fat is too much. I eat nuts as one of my snacks (about 1/4 cup and sometimes 1/2 cup). I guess I got in a nut rut too! I want to make sure I am not going overboard. The rest of my diet consits of veggies, protein and the occasional fruit. I am 90-95% paleo. Thank you!

  • DomiD says:

    I pushed through a session at gym today after wanting to give up, would love to go out for a run.

    @Stefanie Im about 80% paleo and found that nuts (almonds/macadamia) really just made me feel as though I had increased my belly fat. I was having about 30gr a day. I have stopped that now and only have every other day and my skin and body is doing better for it. I get my good fats from avocado – 1/2 a day and flax seed powder plus omega 3 supplements. The rest of my diet is also tons of protein, veggies, some fruit and then protein shakes (not paleo). I also sometimes have oats as well as yoghurt – obv those are not paleo but find my body can handle it once or twice a week and I like to have oats on heavy leg days at gym otherwise I have sweet potato as my carb.I have found that you should really go with what works for your body.

  • fya says:

    I pushed my self hard yesterday. I did FBL after 3 weeks of restarting exercise coz I want to lose fat that I’ve accumulated in 3 months of not being active. It was crazy! Day 1 workout – all those leg exercise left me huffing & puffin. I am happy to be able to do all the lunges & squats yesterday. I guess ‘muscle memory’ is still good. I was completely tired after the workout but very proud of my self.


    Hi Flavia,

    How many runs do you usually do per week? (Can you please also specify duration and what intensity, ie., average heart rate)?

    The reason I ask is that I love to run however I don’t want to compromise losing lean muscle because of too much cardio…..just trying to find the right balance!

    Kind Regards
    Nic 🙂

    • Stefanie says:

      I would like to know this too. I have cut back to once or twice a week and cross fit or curvalicious for 5 days. How much cardio is too mich but howuch is too little? Thanks!

    • Flavia says:

      Hey Nicole and Stefanie,

      This varies from week to week totally depending on how much time I have. I try to get in 3, 30 minute HIIT sessions per week. On a good week I will also include a 40 minute longer “slow” type cardio like running.

      You know that you are doing “too much” when your body is fatigued, doesn’t recover well or takes longer to recover, or when you lose motivation to workout. “Too little” is when you aren’t meeting your weight loss goal when everything else is dialed in!

  • Sarah says:

    Last nights work out was intense. We sprint from one side of the gym do a lift of some sort or an excercise then sprint back and do the same thing at the other end. Last night we added extra workouts/lifts at the end of the sprints. I was ready to give up after the fourth round. We always do ten. I just kept telling myself you will see no results if you do not keep pushing yourself. At times I thought I was going to pass out or vomit, lol, but in the end I’m so glad I stuck with the entire thing and pushed myself. It feels good to know you can accomplish what you thought you couldn’t. I even snuck in a quick ab routine at the end! Push yourself to get the results you want. That’s the only way anything works! 🙂

  • Lori/Souper17 says:

    “Everyone has had those moments when they wanted to give up”…I’ve had more than one….lol. I find there are different kinds of these moments, some are mental, physical and even emotional but I can honestly say each time I push through I always feel empowered and so happy I did.

    There were many days early in the Curvalicious plan that I was physically challenged with the exercise moves and didn’t think I would ever get the proper form down or would be able to do the 10 reps it would recommend that you do…but I was so determined and found every week I was getting stronger and more in control of the moves that it made me look forward to the workouts just wanting to see how far I came along from the last time I did the workout.

    More recently, I’m challenged by learning to do pull-ups. My first time doing it unassisted I physically didn’t have the strength and mentally I had in my head, “I just can’t do this and I don’t think I’ll ever have the strength to pull myself up.” But I was determined and I went back and watched the video with Flavia instructing on how to do negatives and kept thinking to myself I really want to do this and I’m going to do it eventually if I keep trying. Well, I’m in my third week, no I can’t do a pull-up, but I’m making progress and my negatives have improved in that little amount of time. I continue to be challenged physically but mentally I want to be able to pull my body up that I know in time I will do this…it’s so empowering!

    Emotionally, there are so many days I feel guilt when I have a heavy work load and I make the decision to take a lunch hour to workout…I fight with myself to go and let go of the guilt knowing my focus will be so much better when I return and my productivity will actually increase…and it does!

    Giving up would actually be easy…sticking to a program and working through these moments is challenging but I find it’s worth all the effort because I love the benefits!!!

  • Katelyn says:

    HELP!! I recently purchased several of your programs and am beginning musclicious today. The musclicious calculator indicates for 125 lb female 131 GRAMS of protein Daily…please verify..I would like to know how many ounces of protein for 125lb perday using musclicious calculator as 131 grams = 4 ounces total which is obviously an error?? please advise asap as I look foward to getting started. Thank you!

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