Simple Tricks To Inspire A Workout

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 26, 2010

Good morning!

It’s Day 2 of the Oakville Organic Farmer’s Market

This morning, I had something that lured me out from underneath the covers at 5:30am…


I mixed up the VOO last night and then threw a frozen banana in the processor for a minute or two this AM.

But it wasn’t just any frozen banana…


It was a frozen banana stuffed with peanut butter!

Last night I spread a layer of peanut butter in between the banana before putting it in the freezer. So in the morning all I did was toss the banana into the processor and go!

Instant Peanut Butter Banana Soft Serve.


If you are a Banana soft serve fan, you must try it with peanut butter! I have tried it with peanut and cashew butter, and I think I prefer peanut. Has anyone tried it with almond butter? I need to buy some almond butter as I have been out for ages now.

With one of the last cherries!


I need to pick up more cherries today. I heard that the market is expected to have a lot more farmer’s and produce this week, so that is very exciting! Last week the pickings were a bit slim. I had a couple readers come up to me last Saturday and tell me that they bought out all the garlic scapes! :lol:


It’s supposed to rain today, so I am hoping that it doesn’t scare everyone off. :ermm:


Simple Tricks To Inspire A Workout

Last night, I managed to get outside for a speedy workout. I was going to skip my workout and do it today after the market, but I visualized how nice it would be to come home from the market today and not have a workout looming over my head.

This simple visualization trick was all it took to motivate me to get out there. I told myself I could have a fun reward of relaxing on the couch with a movie after the market today. That sounded really nice to me!

I was supposed to do a brick workout, but I compromised and just decided on a quick run because I didn’t have much time on my hands.

The run:

  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Time: 25:37 mins
  • Avg pace: 8:32 min/mile
  • Max pace: 6:20 min/mile (sprinting last 400 metres)
  • Avg heart rate: 157 bpm
  • Max heart rate: 183 bpm


Mile splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:39
  • Mile 2: 8:48
  • Mile 3: 8:10


It was an awesome finish to the run…I am loving the strong finishes lately. It really makes the run seem much more satisfying when I go out with a bang like in a race.

My experience last night made me think about other tricks I have used to get myself motivated to workout.

Here are some of the tricks/strategies I have used in the past:

1) Visualize yourself working out and enjoying it, having the time of your life, smiling, rocking out to music. Now picture how amazing you feel afterwards!

2) Lay your clothing out. If working out early in the morning, lay out your workout clothes directly beside your bed. Or better yet, sleep in your workout clothes! I used to do this for really early workouts when I was commuting 2 hours into work.

3) Reward your hard work! Pick an activity that you could enjoy after your workout. Maybe it is a night out at the movies, lying on the couch for a couple hours just reading a good book, or trying out a new restaurant that just opened up.

4) Wear workout clothes that you love. If you feel good in what you are wearing you won’t have any excuses like, ‘Oh I don’t want to be seen in this at the gym’. Dress for success.

5) Make a workout piggy bank. For every workout you do, add a specified amount of money into the bank (e.g., $1, $5, etc). You can make certain workouts worth more money, so for example if you have a challenging long run or 90 minute hot yoga class you can make it worth $10. Pop the money in the piggy bank or jar after each workout and at the end of the month take the money and paint the town red!

6) Find a workout buddy. Make a date with your buddy and mark it in the calendar. It’s never a good feeling bailing on a friend so you will be more likely to stick to your workout dates than if you were flying solo. I have experienced this with Eric…when we plan to go for a swim on a certain day, it is really hard to back out once we have made the plan!

7) Use the 5 minute rule. If all else fails, tell yourself that all you have to do today is 5 mins of whatever exercise you had planned. 5 mins of running, swimming, biking, yoga, walking, etc. Whenever I tell myself this, I always end up doing more because the endorphins kick in and it just feels good to be sweating and moving.

8) Compromise. As I did last night, I compromised with myself. I knew I didn’t have time for a brick workout so I said I could just do a shorter run instead.

9) Keep a journal and write down how you feel after each workout. Re-read the entries when you are feeling unmotivated for a quick pick me up.

What about you? Do you use any of the above tricks? Do you have any tricks of your own to add to the list?

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Allison @ Food For Healing June 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm

so yummy, i’ll have to try the banana soft serve with peanut butter for sure


Jackie (Peaces of Earth) June 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Great workout tricks!! I am going to try that 5 min one. :) I also love the visualization. I do that a lot!!


kelly June 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Love the tips!! I am always motivated by thinking of how nice it will be to have my work out done and over with :)

I also love that you made your VOO in a measuring cup!


Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble June 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Good idea to keep a workout piggy bank. Just need to keep money in my actual bank account first… LOL!


Daniel June 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm

The 5-minute trick is pretty neat and I think I’ll work in some of the other ones too. I always do a workout regardless but I should really learn to do more that I enjoy instead of “forcing” myself to do an activity I don’t want to do!

I make my own almond butter at home and I mixed some of it with frozen banana, soy milk and a bit of yogurt for a topping on my pancakes this morning, I love the sweet taste of almonds so it was fantastic! I need to try peanut butter with the bananas though!


heather June 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I do the reverse of your money trick–for every workout I skip, I donate $5 to charity. Obviously I make exceptions for injury and illness, but sheer laziness gets no excuses. I’ve heard that financial incentives work the best when trying to get someone to work out, and they’ve definitely worked for me–I almost never pass on a workout now (and when I do, at least some good still comes from it!).

When I was in college, what worked really well for me was to plan exercise into my day. I’d schedule one class from 9-10, then nothing else until noon or one o’clock. Once I was on campus, I didn’t want to bother going home just for a few hours, so there was nothing else to do in that window except workout or study (and when those are my two options, I’d pick working out first any day!). Setting up my schedule so that it was easier to work out than not work out was really important to establishing a regular workout routine for me–I easily worked out 5 days a week back then.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Wow donating $5 to charity is a wonderful idea!


maren June 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

i ALWAYS add almond butter or peanut butter to my banana soft serve! it is just so much better than plain, and now i can’t have it without! also good to then top it with melted dark chocolate!


Rachel June 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Hi Angela! Just wanted to say I love your site and I bought garlic scapes today at our farmer’s market! Can’t wait to try that pesto you’ve been talking about! Hope sells were good at the market today. I linked your site on my new blog.


meandchew June 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I’ve tried almond butter in my banana soft serve and it’s fantastic!!


Vickie E June 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Yum! What a good idea with the nut butter and banana. I’m definitely trying that with almond butter, cause thats my fav! I’m also loving your workout inspiration tricks! Thanks!


Jolene ( June 26, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Those tips would all work for me!!! I am going to put them in action whenever I am dreading a workout this summer – especially the 5 minute rule. Whenever I start working out, I am happy that I did … it is just the problem of getting started.


Mary June 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Great work out strat’s Ange! I will def save a copy of that list for when I need that extra little puch ;)


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Superb tips Ang! I need to get off my bum and work out again after my mini vacation!


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' June 28, 2010 at 1:05 am

So smart to freeze the peanut butter INTO the banana! Sounds like a great time-saver!

I actually tried almond butter in my banana soft-serve last week, and I couldn’t really taste it… maybe because it was unsalted? I kinda felt like it was a waste of my almond butter! Peanut butter definitely adds more flavor, so that’s my preference from now on!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

hmm was your PB raw? Mine is roasted..


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' June 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm

My almond butter is raw, but the peanut butter I use is roasted, too. I’ve actually never tried raw peanuts or peanut butter, but I really love the flavor of the roasted version!


Ed June 28, 2010 at 3:21 am

Great tips! Thanks!


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