five more minutes.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on July 19, 2011

in It's the Little Things

I had a lovely time catching up with Amy tonight!  I’ve known her since college when we were in the advertising and public relations program together, and have stayed friends since.  We’ve gotten in the habit of meeting up at Starbucks, albeit not too often, unfortunately.  I kept my drink on the small size and went with a tall (instead of my usual more than I actually need venti) and had a soy caramel Frappucino.  I rarely get Frapps any more, but they’re so good!

I stopped by the library before heading out towards Starbucks to return a ton of books that are due this week.  Seven, actually, and there’s still more at home.  While I was there, I grabbed the first book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series…you know, since I just read the last book in the series, I thought I’d catch up!

Books, coffee, and catching up with a friend make for a fabulous evening.  It’s the little things.

By the time we left, it was close to 7 pm, so I headed for home rather than the Y.  I needed some food!  I cooked up a package of Trader Joe’s garlic basil pasta and mixed it with a can of diced tomatoes, some olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

I had two bowls before it was said and done.  One serving of pasta is just not enough!  Bring on the carbs, baby!

After dinner, a glass of wine, and a round of Jeopardy, I had to do some packing since I’m house/dog sitting again for a few days.  I was really tempted to not work out at all, but brought my yoga mat and a Bob Harper DVD to do instead of heading back downtown.

It was SO HARD!  I wanted to quit after, oh, ten minutes.  I did the “just do five more minutes” game with myself and next thing I knew, it was over!  I was really proud of myself for sticking with it (and only going into child’s pose a couple of times!), even if I was a sweaty, tired mess by the end.

Telling myself to stick with a workout for five more minutes is the perfect way to break through when I’m struggling to finish.  I’ve found that if I just keep going for five more minutes, I can usually break through the barrier.  Sometimes it’s a matter of five more minutes two or three times, but just focusing on that smaller segment of time can make all the difference in the world!

How do you motivate yourself to stick with a workout and not quit?

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Kaitlin July 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Awesome job sticking with it! Sidenote: at the bottom of this post is a link to your post “sometimes I crave the weirdest things” with a picture of poptarts. Totally salivating for poptarts right now!! 🙂

mindy @ just a one girl revolution. July 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

Ooo…that does sound really good!

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