I’m Working On Becoming More Positive – You Should Too

I'm Working On Becoming More Positive - You Should TooI am really motivated to write a post about becoming more positive and optimistic because frankly, I’ve been a pretty negative person over the past couple of the years.

I’m not trying to have a pity party but I have gone through times when I questioned why certain things happened to me. I’m sure everyone goes through a period of time thinking that though. We are all faced with horrible events more than we should but I am learning to be more thankful for when these kinds of things happen to me.

It gets you nowhere.

One thing I’ve learned about being negative and pessimistic: It gets you nowhere. The only thing you get out of complaining and being angry is wasted time on making all of these bad feelings.

I’ve learned over the years that I’ve put so much time into being negative about things that I sometimes have no control over. I would get mad and ask, “Why me?” all the time.

When my dad passed away, I was always asking why I had to be dealt with these cards.

I’m stronger.

Everything that has happened to me has made me so much stronger.

I did lose my father at 14 years old, but I also did have a great father for 14 years who taught me plenty of things. He was amazing and couldn’t have been anymore awesome.

I had someone in my family who was really mean to me and told me they never wanted to see nor talk to me again, but I learned exactly how NOT to talk to my future children.

I look back and I get angry about myself for waiting a couple years to start school, BUT then again, I would’ve went into school with the totally wrong mindset and would’ve ended up switching majors halfway through school. I was given time that allowed me to gain much experience working with special needs children and adults.

I realized I don’t ever want to work a job in the corporate world nor work in a cubicle 9-5.

I am who I am because of my past.

Being put through certain events in my life has grown me into the kind of person I am today. Sometimes I can’t help but be angry with the way things worked out in my life, but instead of wasting time about that I simply move on.

This is so cliché to say, but life is so short and I am beginning to realize this. I’ve wasted SO much time being a negative sour pus and I’m really sick of wasting time and energy into something that isn’t helping me.

Everyday seems like a challenge on not complaining and not saying any negative things, but I love that I am instead putting energy into trying to be more positive and optimistic about my life.

Exercise and eating healthy really helps me with feeling better about the day. I have also started practicing yoga which helps tremendously as well. Being in college and working to take care of myself can become quite stressful at times, but all I have to do is stay in check with things and be thankful for everything I have.

What are things you do to remain positive through tough times?

 

Image via Flickr by purplesherbet

How To Get Yourself To Workout When You Don’t Want To

How To Get Yourself To Workout When You Don't Want ToI was running earlier today and I was thinking about how the couple of days before I didn’t get that great of a workout in each day. I started brainstorming different ways to get myself motivated and inspired and how I could help others out with this issue as well.

Have somewhere to run to.

The other day when I came home, I realized I still had my Redbox movies and did not return them. I was already at home and did not want to go anywhere else so I decided to return them the next day.

When I woke up the next day, I decided to run to the closest Redbox instead. It was only 1.2 miles away, but I ran nonstop and it motivated me even more to know that I had a stopping point ahead.

Whenever I run aimlessly, I feel like I get tired or bored easier. Knowing that I had to return these movies as soon as possible before getting fine motivated me even more! So instead of driving to a place nearby, why not just use it as a workout and run to wherever you need to go? Living in the suburbs of Chicago has made it so much easier to get around transportation wise.

Look for motivation.

Another old trick of mine for when I don’t want to workout or eat healthy: I simply look at Instagram and old pictures of myself. Looking at old pictures of myself motivates me and lets me realize how far I’ve come in my journey.

Even though I look and feel healthier now, it doesn’t mean that it’s a stopping point to give up and eat whatever I want and as much of it as I want. I also LOVE looking at Instagram for motivational/inspirational pictures. I can hashtag anything I want and also follow all of the top bikini competitors.

A lot of these girls educate me on so many tips and facts about nutrition and workouts. I am saving so much money from hiring a pro or coach to tell me some of these things.

Another quick tip: create a inspirational/motivational board with all of your favorite fitness models and quotes! Waking up to this everyday in easy view to see will keep you feeling rejuvenated and set to do more.

Get your heart pumping.

Another quick way to get motivated to workout: hop in the shower and turn on COLD water. Whenever I do this it gets my heart pumping and I’m pretty much ready to jet off outside for a run or a session to lift some weights.

Have a plan.

Last but not least, have a plan printed out and in easy view. A quick and cheap way to stay on track is having a poster board (doesn’t matter what size) made into a calendar of the month.

You can write out what workouts you’re supposed to do each day. Whenever there is an actual visual in front of you of what you have to do, it makes it a lot easier to stick with it. You can cross out each day and the workout you completed and whichever days you don’t complete will be left empty.

This creates a great visual to see how much you are working out and if you are doing enough.

How do you get yourself to workout on days you really don’t want to get out of bed?

What motivates you to get up and going?

 

Image via Flickr by Chris Florence

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