Being motivated is definitely fitness for the mind! There are days and/or weeks that can really knock you off your game and shake you a little bit.  That's how my life has been in the past 2 weeks. Work has not been fun and life has completely taken a U-turn.  

Did I let that define who I am?

Well. . .of course I did. . .for a couple of days (I'm human)! Maybe more but one thing I refused to do is let life pull me down.  I started to put a list of things together that I knew would help me get through this tough time in my life.  I've had rough patches before and didn't take action.  Now, I am taking action and refusing to let anything or anyone bring me down.

Here is my list that I have been following and it's working. . .

  1. Get out and help others. By taking the focus off of myself and focusing on someone else's needs makes me feel good from the inside out.
  2. I registered for a 5K.  I am excited to run again and this is a great JUMP START to a nice summer running season!
  3. Surround myself with good friends and family.  People who will keep the conversation positive, funny and free from judgement.  
  4. Play good music very LOUD. . .DAILY.  I LOVE music and I LOVE RockMyRun mixes.  It just makes the day go by with a little pep in your step!
  5. Even though being a fitness instructor is part of my job, it doesn't feel like it.  My participants and I have a love/hate relationship! We love seeing each other but hate the pain of a GOOD WORKOUT! LOL! They always put a smile on my face.

So, that's my short list of things that's keeping me going.  What will your list look like?

Nicol Hodges

Nicol Hodges aka "Nic" is fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) and product designer living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned her 400m state ranking 3 years in a row. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8-Big 12 Track and Field titles and a championship title. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local and national running events.