Pump It Up Workout

I have been pretty awful about actually getting to the gym lately, but luckily I have been able to utilize the fitness center in our building to compete my workouts. I’ve been doing a series of circuit workouts, followed by some cardio on the elliptical or stationary bike. The circuits are fun but challenging since each exercise rep only lasts 40 seconds, you can really push yourself. Plus you can do this routine at home!

Here’s what yesterday’s looked like:

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Sometimes I add in a couple of extra exercises to make it 10 rounds instead of eight. I might do jumping jacks, wall sit, or plank.

I like the workouts because you can adjust the exercise to your level of fitness. If you don’t want the impact on your knees from jump squats, then do regular squats. Do the push-ups on your knees if you need to. I actually have been doing the push-ups on my knees since I have my neck injury. Doing them on my toes causes the nerves in my elbows to start tingling. Do as many reps as you can during the 40 seconds no matter how you have to adjust the exercise, just keep moving! :)

Whatever type of fitness activity you are doing – just make sure you enjoy it! There is nothing worse than dreading a workout.

Happy hump day!

Question for you: What is your go to fitness routine when you don’t feel like working out at all?

Happy mid-year!

So I wanted to repost the New Year’s resolution post that I sent out in January. If you haven’t kept up with your resolution, there’s no better time than the present to start again – why not today?

Here are 10 resolutions that I think everyone should try to keep this upcoming year – anytime is a good time to start!

  1. Start taking better care of yourself. Eat cleaner and exercise more. You don’t have to be so strict you go crazy, but every small positive choice you make can pay off.
  2. Stop saying “I have to go to work.” You don’t have to do anything – you choose to. If you don’t like your job, than find something else. The money is not worth the negative impact the stress has on your body. Find a job that you look forward to going to every day.
  3. Get rid of negative people in your life. They’re a bummer to be around and let’s be honest, you dread seeing them anyway. If someone is constantly bringing you down, let him or her go.
  4. Take a trip to somewhere you’ve never been. Don’t wait for “someday.” Life is short – don’t wait until you’re too old to go to that place you’ve always wanted to go. Make plans and make it happen.
  5. Take a risk. Have a secret crush on that person at work – then ask them out. What’s the worst that could happen? Always wanted to try yoga but afraid of looking silly or doing something wrong? Who cares! Stop worrying about what everyone else thinks.
  6. Pay it forward. Buy the person’s coffee in line behind you, help a stranger, volunteer at a soup kitchen. Resist the urge to talk about it on your social feeds. True altruism is helping others without the expectation of compensation (directly or indirectly); ex: likes on your Facebook page.
  7. Shop locally. Consumers really do control the economy. Try to avoid chain restaurants and coffee shops. Try out a local boutique.
  8. Start being honest with yourself and everyone you know. If it’s just not working out with that guy, then tell him; no need to string someone a long for something you already know isn’t working out. Holding a grudge against someone and they have no idea? Get it off your chest – and if you can’t, then get them out of your life – see #3.
  9. Forgive. If someone has wronged you, then forgive them. You don’t have to forget about it, but be brave enough to let it go. You don’t have to keep them in your life either. If you can’t trust them, there’s no need to keep them around. But by forgiving them, you allow yourself to move on.
  10. Give yourself a break. Skipped the gym today because you were just too busy? Had dessert at dinner? So what – life goes on. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Tomorrow is another day to get things right.

Make 2014 a year to work on being a better person. No broad general resolutions like “get healthier.” But if you must have a broad, sweeping statement goal – BE NICER. You can thank me later.

A question for you: What goals do you have that you kept up with? 

My first Fix

The other day I received my first Stitch Fix! If you haven’t gotten a “Fix” yet, what are you waiting for? Using Stitch Fix is like having your own personal stylist – you tell them what you like and they pick items for you based on that. You get to decide when and how often you get your shipments. Each shipment contains five items.  I kept 3 out of the 5 items I received – I really like one of the others, but my legs just wouldn’t fit in those skinny jeans! I was blown away by the presentation of items also! Can’t wait for my next one.

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This was a top I normally wouldn’t have pulled off the rack, but it is just lovely on and I’m glad I got it. Don’t you just adore the selfie?

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Next time I’ll do a better job outlining each piece and take pics before I ship the others back!

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10 Day Challenge – One Picture of Yourself

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The final day of the 10-day challenge is finally here. And once again, I will admit, this was tough. I looked through a lot of pictures until I finally decided on this one.

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My original thought was to use my favorite picture from my wedding, but as I was sifting through old photos (actual hard copies), I came across this one and it made me chuckle. I was so happy – and silly. I remembered a time when I always didn’t take myself so seriously. It made me think about my life and how I got from this photo to where I am now: love, laughter, successes, regrets, heartbreak, wrongdoings, failures, family, and friends.

My life hasn’t been perfect, but it has been mine – the only one I get. Maybe I have regrets, maybe I wronged some people and now I have to live with those consequences, but I can’t go back and change anything. As much as I want to go back and relive some parts of my life, I can’t. I made my choices and now I have to live with them.

The funny thing about choices though, is that no matter what choice you make, it still moves your further down the path of life. I don’t like all my choices, but they got me here. And if one single one of them might have been different, who knows where I would be. I like where here is – wife, doggy mommy, loyal friend, runner, blogger, and Austinite. You see choices — good, bad, right, or wrong — are what shape us.

Don’t let your past dictate who you are, but let it be a part of who you become.

10 Day Challenge – Two Songs

10daychalOnly two days left in the 10-day challenge. I can’t believe I made it this far. I really thought I would get so stumped on some of these – although once again, the smaller numbers have been the harder ones. Two songs? How could I possibly pick only two songs? I love music and it means a lot to me – always has, so narrowing it down to two was pretty tough, but I think I made solid choices.

1. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

This is my favorite song so it was an obvious choice. I first saw the Boss in concert when I was 16 with my Dad at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Toward the end of the show I heard the drum roll intro to this song and all the lights in the previously dark stadium turned on. It was epic and a moment I will truly never forget.

 

2. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Ingrid Michaelson

Another obvious choice, this is my husband’s song and mine. I had some previous work on Ingrid’s, but had never heard this cover until a couple of years ago. Jon and I didn’t really have a “song” together, but when we were planning our wedding we figured we would need one. We tossed around a few ideas, but nothing felt right. Out of the blue, we were listening to a station on Pandora and this cover came on. It just felt right and we both agreed then it would be the perfect song for us. “Take my hand and take my whole life too; cause I can’t help, falling in love with you.”

What’s your favorite song of all time? Could you possibly even pick just one?

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