Motivation Monday: Wise words from Jillian

Just wanted to quickly share this from Jillian Michaels’ book Unlimited. I plan on doing a full post about the book soon, but for now- one of my favorite passages.


“The truth is, there are no rules. Period. Anything is possible if you have the knowledge and do the work
Lets be clear: wanting things and feeling worthy of a great life do not mean you think you are more deserving or better than everyone else. We are all deserving of happiness.”



I LOVE this so much. It really spoke to me when I read it the first time, and I’ve gone back to read it many times since. Having high expectations of ourselves is healthy. God wants us to have a happy and successful life. On that note, Happy Monday!


Motivation Monday: Lessons in spin class

I mentioned last week that I’m loving spin class lately (or studio cycle as it’s referred to on my gym schedule). I usually want to cry/puke at least once every time I go, but I also get an endorphin high like NO other. I think that’s what keeps me coming back for more. The calorie burn is so good and the dark room, big screens, pumped up instructor, and loud music make the class go by so fast!

it's a good dayLast week the instructor said something that really stuck with me. She was talking about enjoying now. Not waiting until the weekend or vacation or whatever. She said If you spend your days waiting for summer you miss out on some really beautiful rainstorms. And boy is she right. Lately I’ve been trying to soak up this beautiful summer that is right in front of me. The mountains are looking handsome this time of year, and having a view of them as I lay out at the pool at my gym is pure bliss. More and more I’ve been realizing that it’s the little things that really make life awesome- having my favorite lunch (chipotle burrito bowl), curling up with a book at night, sleeping with the window open and feeling the warm summer breeze…’s the simple things.


So even though today is Monday (the most dreadful day of the week),make it your mission to enjoy the little things today!



Motivation Monday: What motivates YOU?

Happy Monday! It felt like summer this weekend and I loved it….



While I did get my workouts in this weekend, it’s not always easy to get to the gym. Sometimes there are nagging thoughts in the back of my head saying oh hell no  “I don’t want to go today”. One way to move past this is ignore the negative thoughts and just get to the gym ASAP, but I also try and think of all of the positive reasons I should go workout…A few of mine are:

  • I will feel amazing after (and even during my workout)
  • I always feel the most confident while working out
  • I will be proud that I did it
  • I like the feeling of working toward a goal
  • I already have my gym bag packed…there is no reason to not go
  • It’s part of my May Challenge! (move everyday in May)
  • exercising helps my anxiety
  • I will feel worse later if I don’t do it

It’s also good to think to yourself “why don’t I feel like going?” If you’re tired, have a quick snack (or even some pre-workout). If you are feeling lazy, take a look at your favorite motivational quotes or IG accounts or Pinterest boards or think about what your long term goals are. If you aren’t feeling into your scheduled workout, hit up your favorite gym class.


So tell me, what motivates YOU?