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New Years’ Reflection

6 Jan

I’m torn today. You see, I didn’t specifically make a New Years Resolution for fitness this year. I made other resolutions, mainly to get better at staying in touch with friends spread around the world. I want to be clear though, that doesn’t mean I don’t have fitness goals. It does mean I didn’t wait until New Years Eve to make those goals, and it certainly means I don’t want it to take all of 2015 to accomplish my current goals.

To me, I want a lifetime of continuous goals and resolutions. I can say I want to be healthier in 2015 but, what does that even mean? I want to eat healthier, sure. I want to work out more, always. But none of those have a real measurement of success. I think that’s why I don’t like New Years Fitness Resolutions. They tend to be so broad that they’re almost impossible to track or so specific that it shouldn’t take you all year to accomplish, then what?

It seems to be taken as a given that people won’t maintain their resolutions, in large part because resolutions are made in lists and in such broad terms. So here’s my challenge to you. Make your fitness goals but set a timeline and a measurement of success. Then when you accomplish those goals, add on new ones. Keep moving forward, even into 2016. Don’t stop just because you make awesome progress into this year’s resolution. Certainly don’t give up when March comes around and you aren’t a completely new person. Long-term fitness has to be a lifestyle choice, and that doesn’t go away when next NYE rolls around.

Be Inspired Every Day

Be Inspired Every Day

In the spirit of my workout goals mentioned in my November post, I have been adding weight lifting back into my workouts. I’ve been having some issues getting my physical therapy covered so it’s been slower progress than I was hoping but I’m starting to find a happy balance between my PT exercises and other workout styles. I’ve been writing down my workouts but not making the time to post them (Which reminds me, one of my other goals is to post twice a week.)

Today was leg day at the gym…

Warmed up with PT exercises and planks

2 x Walking lunges (down and back length of the gym)

2 x side shuffles (down and back length of the gym)

2 x walking lunges to backward run (lunge down, backwards run back)

2 x 20 squats

3 x 12 single leg deadlifts (I had to switch to normal straight leg deadlifts because of my back but shoot for the single leg)

3 x Super-set:

  • 12 quad pull-ins on medicine ball
  • 12 hamstring curls on medicine ball

We finished with stretching and some core work.

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Don’t Be That Girl!

30 Dec

As we head into the time of New Years’ Resolutions, I thought it would be appropriate to re-post some tips and advice for the gym… enjoy!

Don’t Be That Girl!.

Progress

24 Nov

It has been a long time since I posted any progress pictures so I figured today was as good as any. If for nothing else than to prove I have still been doing some workouts. Not where I want to be but I figure this is the best way to stay accountable 🙂

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Changing It Up

8 Oct

A friend of mine recently signed up to be a Beachbody coach and inspired me to try the T25 program. I’ve been wanting to find something that hubby and I can do together so it needed to be around 30 minutes– I will absolutely not getting up any earlier than 0400 to workout. Even if we don’t get in every workout together it’s a nice option so we don’t have to spend even less time together just to get workouts in. I did one workout yesterday but I’m holding off on judgement until I do a few more. Don’t worry though, I’m still planning on lifting twice a week. I want to find a happy balance and other workouts I enjoy now that my focus isn’t only working towards a fitness competition.

I also just ordered my second outfit from Fabletics. It definitely won’t be a monthly occurrence- they have good prices but not that good! This time I got capri pants and a top with a built in bra. I’m much happier with the sports bra this time around so I do think I just ordered the wrong size last time.

fableticsOnce again I am happy with the overall outfit. The top is great for lifting- not so much for yoga or inverted poses and the pants fit pretty well. Due to some personal insecurities (hey, we all have them) I don’t know if I’ll order capris again but for this outfit and with longer tops I’m liking them. I love the colors.

I always find new workout clothes super motivating so they’re a great fitness “reward” for myself. Do you find fun workout clothes motivating or just a necessary purchase?

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FitFluential Announcement

12 Sep

I just got home from work so this post will be short and sweet. I am so excited to announce that I’ve been approved as a FitFluential Ambassador!

FitFluential Is Fitness Found

I am really excited for the opportunity to expand my blog and hopefully reach and inspire more people. Plus, I always love a good product review 🙂

Happy Wednesday

25 Jun

Tell me something happy! I had to get up way too early this morning and, while I fought it, I finally had to take a nap this afternoon. It meant I wasn’t as productive as I wanted to be I felt much better after some R&R and wanted to share some “happy”.

We’re re-doing the kitchen and we’re definitely not as far along as I had hoped but it is looking the way I want it to so that’s a happy thought. AND even more happy we leave for Italy soon! So after a nap, a Blogilates workout, and plenty of reasons to be happy I’m feeling pretty good.

It’s easy to get caught up in our to-do lists or negative things going on but I firmly believe there’s little that a workout and a good cup of coffee can’t fix. So, what’s your happy today?

ImageJudd Furlong Photography

Finally back to the gym

21 Jun

Since I was getting back to work I wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing too much too soon with my back. Unfortunately that meant taking some time off the gym but yesterday I finally got back to it! It was only a 30 min. workout but I woke up today feeling sore and accomplished. If you make the most of your time, 30-45 min is all you need. My “gym buddy” had done legs the day before so we did back and shoulders.

Here’s the workout:

  • 30 sec walking planks x2
  • 30 sec side plank/side

3 sets of 12:

  • Machine rows
  • lat pull downs

3 sets of 20:

  • bicep curls
  • skull crushers

ImageScott Traczyk Photography

I work the next two days so today was a light day with physical therapy exercises and stretching. Trying to be smart about all this but it’s hard sometimes.