In my last post, I wrote about my favorite non-fiction reads for 2013. While several of those picks were packed with Capital “I” Inspiration themselves, today I want to tell you about the inspiring websites, podcasts, and people I follow to keep my motivational engine humming.
I often hear from people that they were doing really well on their diet, new exercise program, healthy living lifestyle, and then got bored, lost their motivation, became uninspired, and went back to their old habits. I hear “I just can’t stay motivated!” over and over.
Well, I must tell you that as far as I know, no one stays motivated all the time! The trick is to keep working at it. Yes, of course! Like anything you are trying to learn, you have to practice and work at being and staying motivated and inspired! For instance, you must keep your Big Why out somewhere you will see it everyday. And crucially important, you also need to seek out and stay in regular contact with inspiring people who have similar goals as yours.
This is MY list of inspirational material for 2013. This stuff is like a Goal Bath and I bathe in it daily:
This podcast by vegan trainer and body builder, Thomas Tadlock, rocks my compression socks. I downloaded all of the episodes to my ipod and I listen while working out, hanging the laundry, and making dinner. Brainwash! Goal Bath! In these podcasts, Thomas interviews all the top names in vegan body building. He gets his subjects to spill all the minute details on exactly what they eat, including exact quantities, favorite home recipes and even precise meal timing. He also gets the straight dope on exactly what their workouts consist of down to sets and rep numbers. Listen to these and you will never again have to wonder “I wonder how he/she got those great results?” You will have ALL the info you need! Implementation, well… that’s another story.
Frank is a vegan strong man and a “fitness personality” so says his tag line. But all you need to know is that on Facebook page he regularly says things like this:
and does things like this:
(Oops, video won’t embed here. I put it at the bottom of the post, but don’t skip ahead even though that body is… uhn, just don’t skip!)
Sign up for Dr Gould’s daily emails on Emotional Eating and have things like this appear in your inbox:
Whether you are a vegan or not, the lowest level of membership in the Fuhrman forums is a gold mine of healthy living inspo! I pay $4/month and have read-only access to ALL of the forums, Ask the Dr questions, past webinars, newsletters and position papers, the recipe archives of thousands of recipes PLUS daily recipes sent to my inbox in case I am too lazy to actually go look any up. With this stuff coming to me daily, I couldn’t forget about healthy eating if I tried!
Uh, sorry if this is chuztpadik, but my entire sweaty, pumped, kale-eating existence is designed to motivate and inspire people! Hire me for a 4-month health program and not only will you have me all up in your bidness 24/7, but I will never let you be free of me ever again! Just kidding, that’s scary. But seriously, I design all of my programs with the intent of PERMANENT LIFESTYLE CHANGE and permanent is well, permanent. You won’t yo-yo after getting a serious, personal dose of some Emily!
For more passive inspiration, you can follow me at the following locations:
Facebook – amazing, fun, personal content, but FB is cracking down on unpaid advertising, so you likely won’t see what I’m posting unless you frequently click “like” on my posts! (Hint, hint: LIKE my damn posts people!)
Pinterest – I am like the Queen of Pinterest. I have 3,000 followers and have grown The Vegan Woman’s page to over 10,000! Sadly I can’t make an actual living as a professional pinner, but you can surely enjoy inspiration from my pinboards, particularly the one aptly named Mindset and Motivation.
Twitter – I suck at twitter, sorry. It’s for people with ADD, while I’m not even a capable multi-tasker. None-the-less, I am there, plugging away, sharing whatever content I think will be informative and inspirational.
My mailing list – currently neglected because I can’t decide what kind of content to provide that I don’t already provide in all these other places, BUT I will get on the ball, I promise.
My blog posts via email – you can sign up right there in the top right corner and blog posts will come to your email as they are published.
These are the food blogs I personally receive via email:
FatFreeVegan Blog – amazing recipes (not always fat free which is good by me) and great writing
OhSheGlows – the most original recipes ever and stunning photography
Healthy Girls Kitchen – Wendy reminds me of me and shares her kitchen and health adventures, warts and all.
Kathy’s Healthy, Happy Life – not always healthy, but often inspiring!
Fitness stuff I recommend (not necessarily vegan)
Precision Nutrition – interesting, well-researched and well-written fitness articles. I’m pretty sure they also have a free read-only membership forum level although I haven’t looked at it for years.
Tom Venuto – legendary, one of the greats, a published author with a yummy 6-pack. Buy his books, read his blogs, you have enough inspiration here to last a lifetime!
For some reason, wordpress wouldn’t let me post this video up by Frank’s section, so we’ll have to settle for this little bit of jaw-dropping awesomeness here at the end of the post. Ladies and gents, Frank Medrano, who eats only plants and can do all of this. (And if you listen to his podcast with Thomas Tadlock as mentioned above, you will know exactly what Frank eats and how he trains, woohoo!)
Go forth Inspired!