Workout Negotiations + PBJ Balls

All day yesterday I kept thinking about how I’d rather just read on the elliptical after training my last client than going to the spin class I’d planned on going to. I don’t have these days often – days where I just don’t wanna do my workout – especially when it’s spin. Usually I’ll take it as a sign that my body needs a rest. But I can tell the difference. It was just me not wanting to go get all sweaty and get home a half hour later and then have to make dinner. It was me having all day to come up with a good reason to skip my workout, which is actually one of the main reasons I workout in the morning. Less thinky, more auto-pilot.

I’z be lazy sometimes.


Honestly? Since these kind of days rarely happen for me, my laziness usually wins. I usually end up skipping or modifying my workout when I feel this way. I know, not very motivational, Paige. Not very “you’ll never regret a workout” of me. I a BUT! Last night, I won – me the motivated, do-it-anyway Paige won.   Or at least I negotiated.


I said to myself, Paige, go to spin, give it your all, and then you won’t have to cook dinner. You can have Moe’s instead. Deal, self! Winking smile


Chicken burrito in a whole grain burrito. Yums. And you know what? Spin class was pretty darn awesome. Aside from the fact that I hated the sports bra I was wearing (it’s too loose! I need to remember to only wear it when I’m planning on training others – not myself) it went great. My energy was UP, and I even had some fun.


Sometimes we do need that rest that we ask for, but sometimes we also just need to get over our laziness, not think about it, and just GO. Just DO it.

Before I just WENT to spin class, I chowed down on a snack – a couple PBJ balls!



And they’re so yummy, I want to share the recipe with you Smile


PBJ Energy Balls

1/3 c. roasted peanuts

1/3 c. dried cherries (or other berries)

1/3 c. peanut butter

2 tbsp. jam

1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)

1/4 tsp. sea salt

Put the peanuts in a food processor and pulse until they become crumb-like. Add the dried cherries and pulse a few more times to incorporate into the mix. Add the rest of the ingredients, and pulse until it clumps together and forms a big ball. Roll into 1 inch balls, and stick them in the fridge for 30 minutes.

And since I’m skipping out on What I Ate Wednesday this week, here’s some yummy eats and treats from the past few days.

Stuffed turkey burgers with leftover ground turkey:


I just put a small handful of mexican cheese and jalapenos in the middles, and then seasoned with Mexican spices, but it made them SO good.


BIG protein pancake with a topping of yogurt + cottage cheese + maple syrup + PB2



Salmon salad – a frozen, marinated (wild caught & Alaskan) salmon that I get in a big package from Sam’s atop a bed of greens, tomatoes, guac, and goat cheese (plus triscuits and peaches)


Of course.


And today’s breakfast – wrap it up!


In this breakfast wrap: 1 sliced banana + cottage cheese mixed with jam, PB2, and protein powder. Sounds weird, right? It’s not. It’s awesome. Don’t knock it til you try it Winking smile I’ll probably eat it on my way to client #2’s homefront.

All right, time to get this Wednesday show on the road! It’s gonna be a busy one!

Have a happy day Smile

PS – I am truly enjoying reading all your comments on my break up letter! Sounds like we all have a thing or two we need to let go of, right? Also, you have until Saturday to keep the entries coming for the Fitmixer giveaway!

Have you had any workout motivation troubles this week?

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  1. I’d say you negotiated that out perfectly.. I mean moe’s for going to spin class.. brilliant!!!
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  2. I’m actually having a morning like that now (totally unmotivated to work out). I’m also a personal trainer and am active 6-7 days a week so I know one day off won’t hurt me but I have to make sure it’s me really needing a rest vs. me not wanting to work out!

    I’m still unsure which one it is, but luckily it’s only 7:30 a.m. so I have a bit of time to figure it out :)
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  3. Ugh…workout motivations issues suck. I was so not in the mood to do 400m repeats yesterday after work. I find that putting on my workout clothes helps. Once I put on that “uniform”, wipe the makeup off my face, and put up my hair, I’m a little bit more motivated. Not much, but a bit more. haha
    Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian recently posted..WIAW #22: The Return of Oats {What I Ate Wednesday}My Profile

  4. sometimes you just need to give yourself something to look forward to post workout! I love making mexican turkey burgers and putting the cheese in the burgers!
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  5. Since I started following a 10k training plan, I actually look forward to the running days – so strange for me! I negotiated the stretch/strengthen and off days around my schedule, though. :)
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  6. I’m a morning workout girl…there is no negotiation time and total auto pilot! If it gets late in the day, too many other things get in the way and then I get tired. I’m definitely a morning person to an annoying degree for even me! Great job getting that workout in! Love that smile on your face!
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  7. Wow, I could definitely use those PB energy balls (and that turkey burger) right about now!
    Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie recently posted..Things That Make Me HappyMy Profile

  8. YAY you for getting past the “I don’t wannnnnnna” vibe and just going for it. Sometimes it truly IS your body calling for rest like you said, but other days it’s just plain “don’t wanna syndrome” haha. I’m glad you got ‘er done…and negotiated with yourself about dinner. It looks yummy…so do those pbj bites. YUM!!
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  9. Heck yes! I haven’t just been having workout troubles – I’m having everything troubles. This slooooow week is dragging for me, so my motivation for just about everything has taken a nose dive.
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  10. i’ve had trouble getting motivated this week. i’ve been trying to catch up on sleep after working 2 jobs for the last 10 weeks. hopefully i’m getting motivated today thought. that’s the plan at least.

    those pb&j bites look tasty! i’m adding them to my list of things to make!!
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  11. I love that recipe! I will definitely be trying it out! I admit too sometimes I fall suspect to lack of motivation with my workouts! That is one of the things I love about CrossFit! Once I’m there I have no choice but to push myself!
    Danielle (@CleanFoodCreativeFitness) recently posted..What I Ate WednesdayMy Profile

  12. That’s partially why I try to work out in the morning, too. No time to create excuses! Those pb+j balls look excellent, too!
    Megan (Braise The Roof) recently posted..Potato Zucchini FlatbreadMy Profile

  13. I was definitely feeling a lack of motivation for my workout this morning. But, I reminded myself that I had today and tomorrow’s workout, then I’m taking a deload week to relax. Knowing I have an off week coming up is definitely motivating me to get through the rest of my workouts. :-)
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  14. Does the fruit need to be dried fruit for it to mix well or could you use fresh?

    • I’d probably say dried fruit. If you try fresh, I’d eliminate the jam. You can probably use any dried fruit you have on hand though!

  15. I’ve definitely ran an extra mile or two for a cookie. Moe’s is a good trade-off, too. I see no issues with that. :)
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  16. I agree – when I start feeling like skipping a workout I normally like, then it usually means it’s time for a rest day. But I love that negotiation you made with yourself 😉

  17. I have been too lazy to workout lately… I need to just get up and do something!! I don’t know why I have lost all my motivation. Maybe my body just needed the rest?? :)
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  18. I’m always making deals with myself. Usually, I think it’s a good way to challenge yourself. Those energy bites look yummy….I’m going to give that recipe a try. I have a similiar one with sunflower seeds and dates that is wonderful. It’s here if you want to check it out. I’m going to have to give that cottage cheese concoction a try too.
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  19. I seem to have to negotiate with myself a lot lately. Usually I manage to do the workout, but not always.

    Those PBJ balls look awesome. I’m so going to make them!
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  20. I can’t wait to make those PB&J energy bites! Yum!
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  21. I definitely want to try the pb & j balls… love that the ingredient list is pretty simple!
    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake recently posted..WIAW – Week 25My Profile

  22. The PB&J bites look amazing, as do your turkey burgers!! I’m drooling over here :)
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  23. Hi Paige,

    This really reminds me of the fact that I make a lot of excuses for myself when I need to do some of my work-outs. But great incentive with that burrito! I wish I knew how to make one at home.
    Mariella Lombardi recently posted..Reinvent Your Diet for Type 2 DiabetesMy Profile

  24. bahh that was me yesterday too! except i lost – and then i just came home and ate breakfast and messed around on the computer instead – i should have just stayed in bed and slept 2 extra hours!

  25. Hahaha love the deal you made with yourself! I can totally see myself doing the same thing! I’ll have to get the ol food processor out and try those balls. Delish!
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  26. good for you negotiating your workout! I love the terms you decided on 😉 the pb&j balls look amazing – I definitely need to make these!
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  27. Just pinned the PB&J balls, those looks amazing!
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