Babymoon Guest Post: Erin’s Music = Motivation

Tina and I are currently living it up in San Diego on our babymoon (a.k.a. the last vacation a couple goes on before they turn into a trio). Since Erin graciously agreed to do a guest post for us back in October 2010 for our honeymoon, it was only fitting that I bug her politely ask her again to take over the reins and take care of the place while we’re incommunicado. Erin has long been one of my favorite bloggers, blogging with humor, bravado, and honesty. Erin’s blog was the VERY first blog that I posted a comment to back when I got into healthy blogging, and she was the very first person to leave a comment here at Stellar Path (prior, even, to its current incarnation). Thanks Erin!

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Hi, Stellar Path readers! While Jeremy and Tina are off on their babymoon, I am going to take over Jeremy’s blog for the day. I blog about my life in general over at This Nebraska Life. I still report on my weight loss, but I don’t feel pressured to JUST talk about that!

Today, I wanted to talk about music. First and foremost, music is a very important part of my life. I grew up in a very music-oriented family. Several of my uncles have been in or currently play in bands. One of my cousins moved to California to pursue her dreams in musical theatre. I have another cousin who is the bassist for a Christian rock band. I grew up singing and playing every instrument I could get my hands on. Theatre was never a major interest, but I once portrayed Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!

But of course, I was skinnier then. Now, before you go thinking that I am beating myself up, I am not. I was always a chubster, but looking back, compared to where I’m at now… (shaking my head)

At my heaviest, I was in the 300 range and I started my weight loss journey in 2009. In 2010, I had lost about 75 pounds and was weighing in at about 227. After
that, “something came undone” and I ballooned back to 260 in late 2011. Currently, I am down to 244 and that number can keep on falling, as far as I’m concerned!

I still struggle with motivation, though. I love to run and I love to lift, but I’ve been definitely slacking in that area. Part of it is laziness, yes. Part of it is that I haven’t created the habit yet. That said, I am trying to create the habit. I went to the gym last night with a new playlist.

I felt like I had more energy, more vigor and more POWER as I worked out. I ran on the track, I walked on the track, but I also LIFTED for the first time in almost a year. It felt sooo good. I am sore as hell today, but I would rather be sore than full of regret over skipping another workout.

As I left the Y last night, I thought that maybe my new playlist was the reason behind my increased vigor. It was the mental boost I had needed. Yessir, it was. I was bored with my old playlist. It was great music, really it was. But I think I needed the change. It will certainly be interesting to see how long I use this playlist before I get bored again. Hopefully next time, I will notice it before the motivation dissipates.

Any songs I should consider for my next playlist? What motivates you in the gym?

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  • http://www.hblewett.com/blog Hanlie

    Hi Erin, nice to meet you.

    I couldn’t imagine a life without music! And yes, it’s a great motivator and mood enhancer. Nickelback is great for workout music, as is Journey, but you will be amazed at how good it feels to work out to Kid Rock! I kid you not.
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    • http://thisnebraskalife.wordpress.com Erin

      Hi Hanlie! Nice to meet you as well!

      Kid Rock is awesome. Bawitdaba is awesome for sprints on the elliptical!
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  • Claire

    It was a great post. You know you should exercise, but some days it’s tough to get moving: not enough time, too tired, no energy. Counteract those excuses by discovering what motivates you, and use these strategies to develop and maintain an active lifestyle. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Chucky

    And yes, it’s a great motivator and mood enhancer. Nickelback is great for workout music, as is Journey, but you will be amazed at how good it feels to work out to Kid Rock! Thanks for posting.
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  • Avery Roman

    I know and believe,It is possible to motivation by music. Because music, love, inspiration,life are closely related. Thanks for nice post.
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    In order to do such certain work, it is good to have a motivation. Music provides a good motivator in order to be inspired in doing some certain things.
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  • Heidi Noelles

    When I am at the gym my great motivator is music, and also when I am jogging. And therefore just like you guys I cannot imagine a world where there is no music. Everything will be dull and boring.
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  • http://mumsgotta.com/ Laura

    This appears to be very specific to a class. It would be nice if we knew which class it was. I know that one resource I look to for Motivational information is
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