I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

My friends are the best.

They make silly faces with me in public.

They assist me when I want to canoe in a man-made lake.

They “Colleen’s had too much to drink” dance with me.

They don’t mind that I have no shame.

And they motivate me! Today I was g-chatting with my friend Ashley and we were both half-complaining that we didn’t want to work out this afternoon.

I was tired. She had been having a rough day. But we both got off around the same time and I said “I’ll work out if you work out.” And that was it. Even though she’s in Philly and I’m in Fairfax, it was all I needed to get my butt into gear.

When I got home, I thought about not working out. I thought about having a bowl of cereal instead, even though I wasn’t hungry. I even said out loud to no one but myself “I just don’t feel like it.”

Let’s be serious, the fact that I was complaining out loud to myself was alarming. I knew Ashley was going to go to the gym, but I would have felt like such an ass if I told her I just didn’t feel like it.

And no one enjoys feeling like a jackass ;)

So I popped in P90X and managed a sweaty workout. I feel better than I did when I got home this afternoon. I felt sluggish and bored after work. Now I don’t! I’m so thankful I had Ashley to motivate me :)

Now it’s time for dinner! :) Catch you all tomorrow!

Let’s chat –

Who motivates you?

Do you like to workout with a friend or by yourself? I’d much rather workout by myself any day!

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23 Responses to I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

  1. Ashley says:

    I will have to be corny and say that you and Ms. Whitley motivate me the most. I read your blog and remember no I said no carbs, put the noodles down! haha! But it works! Losing the lbs. and counting!

    • Colleen says:

      You’re too nice to me :) I can’t believe you’re stilllll not eating carbs!! I would have jumped off a bridge months ago! :)

  2. I’m with you — I’d so much rather work out by myself! It’s seriously the best me time of my day!

  3. I’d much rather workout by myself! My boyfriend motivates me to workout because he loves it so much and those good vibes get transferred over to me :)

  4. I like to work out by myself! Me time :)

  5. After work I always need a little motivation to work out. I’m definitely one to work out by myself.

  6. Friends are the best… and I’m totally loving your nail polish in the first pic :D

    What motivates me is trying to remember how good I always feel after I get some exercise in. And I’d much rather work out by myself… I like to march to the beat of my own drum…

    • Colleen says:

      Good point! I always feel so much better afterwards, too! And thanks – I’m actually wearing that nail polish right now! :)

  7. Lori says:

    I like running with other people! I still pop my headphones in so I get some alone time. When the LCs would go for group runs and when I run with Phillip, it seems to push everyone just a little harder :)

  8. Jamie says:

    And this just made me miss you a bajillion times more than I already do!

    • Colleen says:

      Uh. I wept while looking through pictures of us. Tell my sweet Grum to get better so you can come up here this weekend!

  9. I love working out with friends! Like you said it’s a great motivator and it switches up your workout!

  10. Gina says:

    Depends on what kind of workout, but company is always nice :)

  11. The BLOG WORLD motivates me! And mahhh friends:) I love that mine embrace my lack of boundaries/no shame attitude. It makes nights like those waaaay more fun!

  12. I will go to the gym with friends or family, but I always end up working out by myself. I don’t like to talk when I’m all sweaty and gross…I get too self-conscious!

  13. I love my best friends too – they know I’m crazy but they still keep coming back! :)

  14. I do that SAME thing with Anastasia. We motivate each other from miles and miles away. And make each other feel better when one skips a day. ;) I do like having a workout buddy, though!

  15. Colleen, I love that you post hilarious photos of you and your friends on your blog. It always makes my day. I like to work out with Anna but it doesn’t always happen that way blerg.

  16. I enjoy working out alone…but I like the motivation of having a partner. Even if we head to the gym together and split up once we get there.

  17. Good music motivates me when i’m not feeling a workout. Well, and a fresh stack of magazines never hurt either!

  18. Jill Mace says:

    When I first stared my weight loss journey- my daughter motivated me. After all, I was her role model. I certainly didn’t want to pass all my bad habits onto my most precious gift! It has taken me years to get to what I am about to say next- but I motivate me now. I have had a shift in thinking and now the motivation comes from within me. I am very new to this feeling-so I am not really sure what it means, but I think it is going to be important to my journey!!!!

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