For starters, if you have goals and I mean serious goals, this could be your #1 driving factor. If you have set clear goals for yourself and are determined to meet them they should be the motivation you need. For me personally, a solid core/6-pack was my goal for the summer when 2014 began. Last week was a little off, my schedule was screwed up a bit and I just didn't feel like I had a great week of working out. To top things off, the first day of summer was on Saturday and I haven't hit my goal yet. I'm well on my way and I am very happy with the progress I have made this year but now it's crunch time. I've got a lot of work to do and I will get the job done!
But sometimes you take your goals for granted and you need even more motivation. A goal is something that doesn't exist except for in your own mind. You tell yourself that you'll achieve your goals but again those are just words. Sometimes you need a little extra bump. Perhaps you need to reward yourself. I did so in the form of some new shoes. It might seem trivial, even childish maybe but if it works it works.
Today's Workout & Diet
Dumbbell Deadlift : 60lb, 65lb, 70lb
Plate Raise: 45lb
Pull-ups: No extra weight
Hammers: 45lb DBs
Dips: No added weight
Pushups: no added weight
Today marks 3 out of the last 4 days having grilled chicken breast in some form or another! I freakin' love chicken. It's a great source of lean protein and you can basically eat it 1,000 ways. Most of the time I opt for the buffalo chicken or some sort of Asian sauce with veggies.
Breakfast: Unsweetened oatmeal with vanilla why, chia seeds, fresh blueberries, and honey
Snack #1: Protein granola bar and handful of almonds
Lunch: Big salad with 1 piece of chicken breast, olive oil/balsamic vin. dressing
Snack #2: Cheese stick and almonds
Dinner: Protein shake, buffalo chicken sandwich on 100%whole wheat with lettuce and a small salad
Snack #3: Giant Eagle Salsa(stuff is amazing!)
That's all for today. Tomorrow is a rest day. Have a great evening and a happy Tuesday! Until next time...