Motivating Myself to Work Out at Home

Boston, here I come!

Today is the day I go back up to Boston to settle in for second semester. I’m pumped and nervous at the same time. I’m definitely not as nervous as I was going into first semester (for obvious reasons), but I still get anxious about new schedules and professors, but the unknown is what makes life thrilling, right?

My last day at home was productive again! It started with a delicious and filling breakfast of course. I ended up making Amanda’s oatmeal cookie dough smoothie (plus spinach blended in) — not a new one, but certainly a great one.


with Greek yogurt on the side for dippin’!

What do you think of THAT green color greeting you in the morning!?

After picking up my laptop (fitted with a brand new hard drive, hooray!) from the Apple Store, mom and I spent some last girl time together at the nail salon. I’m going to miss my parents.

Then it was time to come home and do some moves, which was butt-kicking at its finest.

full body supersets workout

Some of the exercises that may be unfamiliar: bench sitswalking pushups, (Bulgarian) split squatsin and out abscrab toe toucheslow jacksmodified V-ups

I used my ratchet, makeshift 25# “sandbag” (a canvas bag filled with a bunch of little free weights) and a 10# dumbbell for some of the exercises. Also, I did this while watching Aly Raisman’s documentary, which was very motivational. Some days are harder than others to motivate myself to work out when I’m at home, and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that:

a) I don’t have a workout buddy.

b) I currently don’t go to a gym when I’m staying at home.

c) I don’t go to fitness classes, a CrossFit box, etc. where there is a community of people pushing one another during the workout.

I’m not complaining in the slightest bit— I have an awesome healthy living blogger community (and Instagram) to help me get moving when I’m feeling in a slump, and I tend to be intrinsically motivated.

However, it’s not quite the same as working out with other people. Thus, I turned on Aly Raisman’s documentary because it was almost like I was working hard with someone. Actually, it was probably more that I was just plain inspired by her. Sometimes I might even put on another workout video on Youtube, even if it’s not the workout I’m doing. I just like the fact that someone else is sweating next to me…virtually.

I’M WEIRD, I KNOW. Many times I am indeed normal and I just blast some good pump up music.

I guess that’s another reason I’m looking forward to going back to Boston. There are runners everywhere and there’s always energy at the gym!

Moving on… Lunch tasted extra delicious after this workout. I found some leftover banana pancakes in the fridge, so I had three of those with sunflower seed butter and half a sliced banana. Accompaniments were two eggs with sriracha and veggies with hummus.


Breakfast for lunch

I cooked last night too! It was salmon— my favorite fish to eat and one of the only non-breakfast foods I can cook decently. Mom bought a gigantic filet o’ salmon from Sam’s Club, so I cut that into portions and gave the fish a massage with a combo of garlic salt, cracked black pepper, spicy brown mustard, honey, lemon juice, and parsley.

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Baked at 400F in our toaster oven for 9 minutes. That probably sounds like our fish was still sushi-raw, but the smaller space in the toaster oven speeds up the cooking time, and we like our salmon “medium-rare.” It’s 10x more tender that way!

And as a “sending-off celebration” in Pop’s words, we ate this ice cream extravaganza that I created:


Vanilla bean ice cream topped with banana slices, pomegranate arils, and graham cracker crumbs


Yum yum yum yummm (sung to the Tums tune.)

Catch ya in Boston! The start of school means that posts will probably be on the back burner. Bear with me, I love you all and I want to blog as often as I can 🙂

So tell me: How do you motivate yourself to work out at home/when you’re by yourself? 


13 thoughts on “Motivating Myself to Work Out at Home

  1. Banana slices, pomegranate arils, and graham cracker crumbs sound like the perfect yogurt toppings, too! I’ve been inspired 🙂 I’ve actually never de-seeded a pomegranate, but I want to try it.
    Safe trails back to school, Alison!

  2. Your dad is adorable:)
    Have a safe trip up to Boston!! You’ll get back into the swing of things in no time!👍
    I like taking classes! I have such a hard time motivating myself…plus it’s just more fun with other people..most times any ways 😉

  3. I’ve been adding greens to my morning smoothies lately as well, and I SWEAR even just looking at the thing makes me feel more energized :loo: But I feel ya on the lack of workout motivation… it can be hard, especially in the winter when it’s cold and dark and all you want to do is curl up on the couch. But I find the hardest part is actually starting, so I always tell myself that I only need to do 10 minutes, and then I can stop if I hate it. Never ends up happening — I feel better as soon as I start moving.

  4. That picture of you and your dad is so cute!
    How I motivate myself to work out at home? … can I get an easier question???! Honestly, I have the hardest time with that. Not because I absolutely needed others around but rather a designated workout space. My living room is where I blog, eat, read, … well, hang out. There isn’t that exercise motivation wafting through the air if you know what I mean. I hope I can find a way to work out at home one day, though.
    On a last note : Have a great start of your next semester!

  5. Confession.

    I know who Aly Raisman is as I used to commentate gymnastics lololol. No joke, I can name all those skills and remember thinking that she had so much pressure leading up to the games and what happened? She did.

    Anyway back on topic, but at home workouts are the worst. I legit can never do them. Ever. I need to go to the gym.

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