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I Don’t Feel Like it!

How to keep motivated when you’re tired, stressed and cranky

Yes, this happens to me. It’s OK to admit you don’t feel like exercising. There are days when I have clients, articles to write, companies to visit and a dog to walk. I get up at 5 am and don’t finish until 8pm. Would YOU want to make time to work out on days like this? But, for the most part, I do. Why? Well, I’m a little neurotic, but keeping motivated isn’t always easy—for anybody. However, there are ways to re-wire your thinking to get your butt in there. After all, you always feel better when you’re finished, don’t you?

1. Change your reason for exercise.
Executives, especially women execs, tend to make losing weight their main priority. That kind of thinking can cause us to be hard on ourselves if this doesn’t happen easily. And if you’re over 40, you just don’t lose weight as easily as you used to. Then there’s the stress eating and eating out of frustration–it becomes a vicious cycle. Instead of exercising to “lose weight,” do it to reduce stress, have time to yourself and increase your mood. You’ll get the bonus of improved muscle tone and heart health. The scale will move eventually, but taking the onus off the specific outcome of weight loss, will reduce the related stress.

2. Learn how to fit exercise into your life-Take “weight loss” off the table, as I said above, and just work on fitting an exercise schedule into your daily routine for at least 6 months. Even if it’s doing some push-ups next to your desk, taking the stairs, going to the gym just twice a week and walking during lunches twice a week. Do it and stick to it. That alone will be your own positive reinforcement as the weeks go on.

3. NOW work on your menu-Keeping a workout schedule is a big step. That alone will take 4-6 weeks. (Yeah, that 21 day thing has proven not to work. It takes a little longer.) Having that tackled will make it easier to take the next steps to change your eating habits. Make one small change per week. Week one, have a few salads instead of sandwiches for lunch (without croutons!). Week two, stop letting yourself have ice cream every night after dinner. You get the idea. Before you know it, the weight will really start falling off and since your exercise has been toning your body all this time, you’ll really see amazing changes in your body. But not if you cheat! Give yourself one day per week to have that ice cream or that slice of pizza. Otherwise, keep your healthy habits going. That’s what will truly make a difference.

And since you’re easing up on your frozen treats and spicy splurges, try this dish, which gives you a sweet, smoky and spicy all in one dish! Plus, it makes enough that you can take leftovers to work the next day!

Pork Taco with Pineapple Salsa

Pomegranate Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
Serves 6
Prep Time: 20 min plus overnight marinating
Cook time: 20 minutes

Nutritional Breakdown per Serving:
Calories: 300 Fat: 7gr
Sat fat: 2g Cholesterol: 90mg
Sodium: 489 Carbs: 19g
Fiber: 3gr Sugars: 10gr
Protein: 40gr

1 pinch sea salt
2 pkgs Stevia
1/4C pomegranate seeds, crushed and minced
1 tbsp white pepper
10 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsps fresh thyme leaves
6 tbsps fresh cilantro leaves
1/8C extra virgin olive oil
2 ½ lbs pork tenderloin, fat removed and cut into bite sized pieces
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
12 oz fresh pineapple cut into slices
1 red onion, chopped
4 plum tomatoes or 2 large heirloom tomatoes, chopped
3 tbsps mint, chopped
1 med jalapeno, chopped (depending on desired heat)
Juice of 1 lime

Opt: whole grain tortillas

• -In a blender or food processor, puree sea salt, stevia, pomegranate seeds, white pepper, garlic, thyme, ½ the cilantro and oil until smooth.
• -In a large freezer bag, combine pork and puree.
• Close bag and shake until pork is coated. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 12 hours.
• When ready to cook, in a large covered nonstick saucepan over medium heat, add pork and marinade and cook until browned all over. Take off the flame and cover.
• Over a grill or in the broiler, using oil spray, grill pineapple, about 2 minutes on each side. Take of heat and cut into bite sized pieces. Optional: if you don’t have a grill, you can add bite sized pieces of the pineapple to the sauté pan for 3 minutes, along with the onions and tomatoes, below.
• In another large sauté pan, over medium heat, add grapeseed oil and sauté onions and tomatoes for 6 minutes or until all are soft. Take off heat and let cool for 20 minutes.
• Transfer to a large bowl.
• Stir in mint, jalapeno and lime juice.
• Transfer pork to a platter and allow guests or family to make their own tacos. Add sour cream or fat free Greek yogurt for an added taste sensation.

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