How to stay motivated

My co-workers, friends and even people I know online always ask me how I stay motivated. For me, it’s easy. I love being active. But I know everyone doesn’t.

Have you ever tried indoor rock climbing? It’s super fun, and a huge work out in itself. Don’t know what indoor rock climbing is like? Check out the video of me, doing a boulder problem back home in Newfoundland. Please note the video is quite old — it was in 2003 (!!!) so my digital camera wasn’t the best at shooting film back in the day.

It may take a while, but I say you need to find something you absolutely enjoy doing, and keep at it. If you hate running — don’t do it. Simple as that. Get creative, and find an activity that gets your body moving. Just watching those climbing videos just makes my finger tips sweaty, and want to chalk up and get back on the wall.

And another, for good measure ;)

Set small goals. Tell yourself you’ll work out “X” many times this week/this month. Once you achieve that goal, give yourself a treat — a movie date with your bestie or significant other, a new work out top, or maybe just a new mascara you’ve been eyeing. Be your own #MyBetter.

Speaking of mascara. Have you ever tried Make Up For Ever’s Smoky Lash? Look at those lashes it gives me. No, I’m not wearing falsies.

You’ll shortly find out that working out makes you feel good and will definitely boost your own self esteem and confidence. I think it’s easy to keep up something you’re truly passionate about, and have fun doing it, of course it’s hard work but that’s the fun part – creating these new goals to strive for. Or as Nike says…

Working out can improve the quality and even length of your life, just by taking care of your body. It doesn’t have to cost anything, just put the effort and time into it. Everyone goes through tough times, so being there to support and encourage your friends is essential.

As I post on my blog, you know I like to share my own stories, both failures as well as successes. I want you guys to be able to relate to me, to know that you’re not the only one with challenges. I started running again 3 weeks ago, but this time I have a Coach (Hi Steve!). I’ve never been so excited (and still somewhat anxious, but I’m trying to overcome that) to go our for a run once a week. I won’t lie, it’s still very difficult for me, especially with my breathing. but I’m learning to overcome the breathing issues — it’s mostly anxiousness and punch out some longer (such a relative term… 6km is long for me) distances.

I’m leaving everything open in the comments today. I want you to ask me any kind of questions, fitness related or not. Let it be an FAQ sort of thing, for anything you’ve ever wanted to ask me. Use the hash tag #FAQspiffykerms on twitter for your questions, please!

A great quote I found, then prettied up. I pinn’ed this a few months ago (and I guess no one found it interesting enough to re-pin, lol).

Go ahead and leave me a comment. Ask away. FAQ’s will finally be answered!

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Face Off Tennis at ACC

One quick thing before I get into my recap from last Friday night. I’m not getting e-mails lately, when the comments come in, so I apologize if you don’t get an e-mail reply when I comment underneath your comment! :(

Remember on Thursday and Friday of last week I said I’d be hanging out with Serena Williams? I was SO CLOSE to her at the Tennis match! Thanks to the tickets that Sport Chek supplied for me and my Boyfriend.

It was such a fun event, and I even got to sit next to one of my blog-friends Robyn!

Even though I knew nothing about Tennis, I still enjoyed it. It was aired live on TSN and definitely wasn’t as quiet as I would’ve thought it would be in watching a tennis match, in the Air Canada Centre.

We arrived about a half hour late, which wasn’t an issue since the beginning was just a few Canadian celebrities playing tennis for fun, against the elite players. Brad Smith, from The Bachelor Canada was there, along with Adrian Grenier, George Stroumboulopoulos, and Mark Cohon.

Caught Serena Williams mid-serve.

Aga Radwanska ended up winning the match. My Boyfriend told me she’s ranked 13th in the world!

The players made it so fun and entertaining to watch with their antics as it was a fun exhibition game, so it wasn’t as serious. The announcer made a few suggestions to Andy Roddick and Milos Raonic when they were serving the ball.  Milos was told to make fun of Andy’s serve, I think the funniest part was when Andy stuffed towels down the back of his shorts to imitate Serena Williams.

A lot of the girls were screaming out to Andy, to marry them. It was pretty funny, gotta say though — he is pretty hunky.

Here he is talking to the audience, no doubt saying something to make us all laugh.

That’s how close we were to the Tennis court. Ahhh! Thanks again to Sport Chek for the amazing opportunity to attend such a fun event!

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A night with Serena Williams

Serena Williams and I get to hang out tomorrow night.

Okay, we don’t really get to hang out … together per say. But we’re going to be in the same building at the same time. So there ya go.

I tend to unfortunately decline a lot of invitations to attend things in Toronto. Just because they’re on week nights and I live a good drive away and would never be able to make the event on time.

Side note: Morgan says I should move to Gotham City I mean, Toronto. Semi-inside joke that’ll now be everyone’s joke: I knew I was meeting up with Morgan one day last month, and I’d be getting back to my car after dark. But before I left my house, I asked her if she’d walk me to my car. I figured I’d get mugged or something being a single chick walkin’ somewhere on a weekend in the BIG CITY. She said … “It’s not Gotham City, Nancy. But I’ll be your Batman.” And so it stuck.

Okay back to my Serena Williams story.

When SportChek e-mailed me asking me to attend the Face Off Tennis match with them at the Air Canada Centre, I immediately ran to my Boss and asked her if I could work different hours on Friday so I could make it on time.

Ahhgg doesn’t it sound exciting?!

I gotta be honest. I know nothing about tennis. I was enrolled in a fancy tennis club at a young age, but I was really uncoordinated with the darn tootin’ ball and found it difficult. So I quit. Lol. My Boyfriend on the other hand, is joining me in Toronto tomorrow, to watch the match – and he’s played Tennis most of his life. So I know he’s going to enjoy it.

I’ll be sure to bring a camera to take some snaps, and I’m 100% certain I’ll be tweeting and Instagramming from the event!

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