Monday Motivation: Courage

I’m not gonna lie, I had been dreading this weekend for a while.  ONLY because I felt like it was jam-packed with things and that I wouldn’t have any time to breathe, but you know what?  I had such a good weekend that I feel bad that I dreaded it in the first place!  We had our friends’ Nicole & Pete’s wedding on Friday night, a huge Greek dance with 30 of my family members on Saturday night, and we ran the Oaktoberfest 5k race at the Y yesterday.  And we ended up having more downtime than I thought we would.  In fact, I even took a NAP on Saturday afternoon for the first time in what felt like years.  So I feel rested despite all the busyness and fun stuff!

Nicole & Pete's Wedding

Greek Dance

Oaktoberfest 5k

Monday Motivation: Courage

Last week I stumbled upon another little quote I want to share with you guys today:

“Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”

This is so true.  Courage doesn’t always have to mean trying the most popular group exercise class, running a half marathon, or eating perfectly in any given week.  It doesn’t have to mean having the guts to go sky diving or rock climbing.  It just means the ability to do something that maybe scares you a little.  And maybe what scares you is trying.  Whatever that is for you this week, just try.  Have the courage to take the first step.  To be okay with baby steps.  Or maybe it’s taking your last step in the direction you want to go in.  No matter how big or how small, have the courage to not get down on yourself, to not give up, and to keep trucking away no matter what obstacles or challenges you face.

Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

Last week it felt like I had an extra good week of workouts, which was much-needed after my extra snacky week last week!

Sunday
2 mile run + push tempo strength sets

Monday
30 minutes of elliptical intervals + pull tempo strength sets

Tuesday
1 hour of Kickboxing, followed by teaching my Interval Training class.  We did about 60% of the exercises traveling across the floor style, followed by about 20 minutes of floor work.  I said I wasn’t going to do as much of the working out as I was teaching, but I lied. 

Wednesday
Tried out a new studio and new class!  I love, love, LOVED my experience at FitHouse and can’t wait to recap it for you guys this week.

FitHouse

Thursday
Taught this stations workout in my class… everyone rocked it!  I used Thursday as my rest day and only taught since I was so sore from my workouts earlier in the week.

Stations Class

Stations Class

Friday
Ran a light three miles in the morning, followed by some core work.  I didn’t want to be too sore for the race I ran this weekend!

Saturday
Greek dancing, all night.  I’m not joking, this is not a cop-out for my rest day – Greek dancing is a serious cardio workout – we were all drenched, my calves were tight, and my shoulders felt the burn from holding my arms up for so long!

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Ran the Oaktoberfest 5k… recapping that tomorrow!
  • Monday:  Since my legs are dead and my hips are super tight, I’m planning to do an upper body focused workout.  With rowing! Does anyone have any good rowing workouts they’d like to share?
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day!
  • Wednesday:  Either a rest day or I’m going to try to make it to a cycle class
  • Thursday:  My 6am class
  • Friday: Workout TBD… suggestions?
  • Saturday:  Rest day

What are you going to face with courage this week?

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2 thoughts on “Monday Motivation: Courage

  1. The thoughts on motivation and courage really hit home with me. Life’s obstacles can seem overwhelming but facing them one day at a time can pull you though. In fitness every baby step or accomplishment works wonders. With a recent injury I was forced into refocusing my fitness routine and to my surprise, it’s ok! Adding the Fall into Fitness challenge into our home routine for my husband and I has done so much in changing the direction of our workouts. We have discovered some strengths we never new existed!! Thanks for the motivation and inspiration.

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  2. Hi Athena,

    It was great seeing you and Tim again. I really like the group photo from the dance. Could you send it to me please?

    Thanks and love,

    Aunt Tina

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