Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tough It Out Tuesday - The Secret Edition

I could write an introduction paragraph OR I could just get to the point and save us all some time. I'll take a vote. All in favorite of me skipping the intro paragraph do absolutely nothing..
Great. Moving on then.

It's Tuesday. If you don't know what that means then get your shit together.

The "rules" are simple -
1. On Tuesdays write a post about anything fitness, weight loss, healthy living, etc. etc. and link up with Allie and I.
2. This isn't strict or heavily structured. Allie and I really just wanted a mutual place to motivate each other and everyone else who drops by!
3. The main, big, huge purpose of this link up is to motivate and encourage others. I would really love it if you'd take the time to click around the links listed below and give some words of encouragement to everyone else. Maybe even let them know that they aren't alone in their journey. Sometimes that's all someone needs.

I spent a really long time trying to decide what I was going to talk about in this post. Let me be clear, I'm coming off of a fantastic weekend as far as my self-confidence goes. It started on Thursday night when I was trying on old dresses in my closet and the dresses were fitting better than they did the first time! One dress was even loose!

Then Friday morning I had to run to Target for a few things and saw that they were having a jeans sale. Ugh, so of course I had to quickly try on some jeans. I grabbed my usual size since I was in a hurry and went in the dressing room and would you look at that! They were too big. Too. Big. I had to go down a size. Then I sent this text to my mom and sister.

Freaking out just a wee bit.

Then I spent the rest of the weekend at a Mary Kay Career Conference. That could have been the perfect opportunity to take a small break from my plan, but I didn't even consider it! I was motivated as hell!! I happily ordered salads and drank a crap ton of water! Took the stairs instead of the escalator! In heels!

side note: raw onions are yucky

This all got me thinking about something.
I've seen it before on weight loss blogs and such.
Someone always asks someone else "What's the secret?"
Everyone always responds with some hooplah like "there is no secret! It's just a hard work and dedication" and lalala.
Well guys, I'm here to let the cat out of the bag. Do you really want to know what the secret is?!
Seeing and feeling the progress of my hard work motivated me more than anything else ever has, ever. I got such a small taste of my goal and I became addicted to it. Finally knowing and seeing that my 5am gym time and my broccoli meals has started to do something and change my body.. Holy shit, YOU GUYS! I've become addicted to that feeling.

So, do I have an end game in mind? Obviously. I mean, of course I know where I want to eventually "end up". But along the way I've created more and more "check points" for myself. That's the secret.
Let yourself taste victory.
Let yourself feel some kind of accomplishment.
Let yourself win.
Let yourself find that feeling and use it to keep going.  
That is the secret.

Just thought I'd let you guys in on that, since apparently no one else will tell you.

OH OH OH.. Speaking of working out.
Starting TODAY I'm doing the #1800MinuteChallenge with Erin.
I'll mostly be posting about it on Instagram and you can follow me here.
I encourage EVERYONE and their brother (and mother) (and father and sister too) to join this challenge!
Read all about it right here and seriously.. Do it. 
This is a very doable challenge!

Now even though I've been a bad blogger, I mean seriously.. I've sucked. I'm going to read ALL the link-ups today. I promise.
So link-up with Allie and I below so I can stalk you!

The Best Of Intentions


  1. You're right! Progress is a great motivator! It's hard to stay motivated with nothing seems to be working, but then when you see progress and see your hard work paying off it makes you want to keep going!

    I'm doing the 1800minutechallenge too!

  2. Yeah girl! Progress and persistence are your secret weapons! You don't want to throw away all of your hard work now, do you?? No!

    Keep it up. Stairs in heels - call me impressed :)

  3. Spot on! Seeing how far you've come when you feel like giving up lets you know that all your hard work has led to results, the results you set out to see in the beginning. How could you NOT keep going when you're able to see how far you've come already!? :) congrats on all the wins this week!

  4. First - CONGRATULATIONS!! :) You are lookin hott girl
    Now, I totally agree with you - progress makes a difference! People have to put in enough work to SEE progress and then they're motivated to keep at it :)

  5. super pumped that you're re-motivated and seeing progress :)

  6. Love this post! Everything you said really is "the secret." You just have to figure it out and see it for yourself. Love this! And let me tell you how proud I am of you for dropping a size at Target! Go girl!

  7. I was just coming to find the image and information for the link up. Instead, I got distracted and joined the 1800 minute challenge. Thanks for giving me another motivation space!! Now I'm off to finish writing my post for the link-up. :)

  8. Progress is the BEST motivator! I experienced that this weekend as well. I also joined the #1800minutechallenge. I am excited to keep up with everyone's progress!

    P.S. Those dresses are super cute!

  9. WAHOOOOOO! I am so glad that you are down A SIZE!!!! I cannot wait til i can get back into some old jeans

  10. Trying on clothes that are too big is the BEST FEELING EVER.

  11. your outfits are adorbs. and also that salad looks so delicious. and yes im that asshole who LIKES salad.

  12. Seeing progress is definitely the best motivation for me- keep up the good work!!

  13. You hit the nail on the head. Once you start progressing there is no way you want to stop.

  14. YES YES YES! The best thing is seeing the progress you're making and girl... YOU ARE MAKING PROGRESS! You look amazing <3

  15. I like this post! And I love your blog! Followed you here and on Bloglovin as well. I hope you'd check my blog too and follow-back. :)


  16. I would definitely agree that progress helps motivate you like no other! The hardest part is sticking with it until you see some progress though. You're looking great! So happy you're seeing the hard work pay off. Keep it up.

  17. Whooo for NSV!!! Those outfits are adorable!!! Awesome job!!!


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