Fitness

My Blonde Moment (yeah, I have them)

For this week’s Wellness Wednesday I selected to share my healthy living goals. Goals come in all sizes and degree of difficulty. No goal is to small if it moves you toward the bigger picture. With that in mind, I’ve decided on two new goals for 2015.

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First, lets start with my blonde moment which relates directly to my first goal. I’ve made the goal previously to workout consistently. I used to do that and I also used to work 8-4, which was a perfect work schedule for me. But the evil day job (EDJ for short) switched my hours to 9-5 and my consistency went down the tubes (okay, fine, I can’t blame the EDJ entirely for that but it’s worth a shot, right?). My goal was to workout every other day but on Tuesdays and Wednesdays it is impossible for me to workout at night (and no, I don’t do morning workouts). I struggled, I was frustrated, I was at a loss of what to do because I wasn’t meeting my goal.

Fast-forward to last night when I face-palmed my forehead and said, “duh”. My “week” doesn’t have to begin on Monday and I don’t need to workout every other day if I switch up the workouts (cardio, toning, stretch, repeat). Ugh, what a blonde moment.

My workout schedule will be this – Thursday to Monday, alternating workouts on those days. Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be my rest days. Don’t even ask how long it’s taken me to figure this out. 🙂

Goal #2 is to drink more water on the weekends. I do drink water during the day at the EDJ but on the weekends? Not so much and I do feel the effects of being dehydrated by Sunday night. So water will be my first choice of beverage come Saturday and Sunday.

There you have it, my two goals for this year. They’re easily attainable but pack a punch if I succeed each week.

I’d love to know what your healthy goal(s) are for 2015. And be sure to check out the Wellness Wednesday link-up.

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Simply motivated with some tips for success

For the first Wellness Wednesday, hosted by Scoops of Joy and Cute Coconut, I’ve decided to answer the question – What motivates you the most to start living a healthier lifestyle? But I do have to tweak it a bit. I’m answering the question – what motivates you the most to continue living a healthier lifestyle?

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The biggest motivator for me is actually very simple. I don’t want to be forced to sit by on a beautiful day because my body is riddled with aches and pains and medical conditions that were preventable and not be able to take a walk just because I chose not to make healthy choices. Wow, that was a long sentence. 🙂

Short and sweet and the truth.  But sometimes we all need a little extra motivation, a little extra kick-in-the-butt, a little pep talk. Here’s 5 tips to help keep you motivated on those days when you just need a little extra push.

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Now it’s your turn? What is motivating you to lead a healthier lifestyle? Do you have a favorite tip for staying motivated?

DVD Review, Fitness

Burlesque by Jazzercise

I was in the mood for something different, you know to shake up my routine of weights and the treadmill, when I came across Burlesque by Jazzercise. It certainly is different from my regular workouts and a heck of a lot of fun. By the time this workout was finished, my inner showgirl was front and center. And I was a little sweaty too. 🙂

Title: Burlesque by jazzercise

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Type of Workout: Aerobics

Fitness Level
: Intermediate

Equipment Needed
: None

Total Running Time: 45 Minutes

Workouts: Three total, Burlesque Sexy Sculpt,44 minutes, Quick Fit workout, 20 minutes and Booty Blast, 10 minutes

Release Date: 2012

Burlesque by Jazzercise combines sassy, sexy and flirty dance movements to create one fierce and fun cardio workout. These showgirl-inspired moves will have you feeling confident as you pop your booty and strut your way across your living room. Warning, your inner vixen will come out but that’s okay, because she’s going to be burning some serious calories. The music is fun, the choreography isn’t too complicated. If you aren’t familiar with dance workouts you may want to preview the workout before actually doing it. If you like to dance this may be a good workout for you. Just be prepared to shake your groove thing. 🙂

Fitness

Spring Into Fit

Can you feel spring in the air yet? If you can, lucky you. Me? Not so much. The days are longer and we lost an hour of sleep over the weekend but there still is snow piled up and a serious chill in the air. But that doesn’t mean winter will last forever. Spring will be here soon which means bye-bye to layers of clothes and hello to baring a little skin (or maybe more if you wear one of those cropped tops).

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I admit, I lost a little motivation over the past few weeks. I’ve been distracted because of volunteer work that has turned out to be significantly more work that originally expected. It hasn’t been unusual for me to spend up to two hours an evening a few times a week working on the project. Add in my full-time job, taking care of our home and there isn’t much time or energy left for anything else. But working out does make me feel better and I do have more energy. And with spring coming I’m highly motivated to spend a little time in my yoga pants doing some squats.

Having been feeling uninspired over the past few weeks I got to thinking about how to spring back into fitness. Find motivation that will sustain me through the coming weeks.

1. Show Up

Half the battle is just getting there. Whether it’s to your treadmill, your favorite running trail or to the gym, once you’re there you’ll workout. What choice will you have? You may start running on empty but once those enphorphins start kicking in you’ll be rockin’ your workout. And you’re be so proud of yourself. I’ll keep reminding myself of this.

2. Change What You Do

Changing up your workouts not only forces your body to adapt to new movements but it keeps it fun. I have a collection of workout dvds so I’ll just grab 3-4 dvds (kickboxing, aero-tone, dance, barre) and mix it up all week long.

3. Mark The Date

Try marking your workout days in your calendar. When I do this I find that I schedule other things around my workout and not the other way around. I found when I stopped doing this my workouts fell down to the bottom of the list. Not a good thing.

4. Get a Buddy

Find a workout buddy that has similar goals and you’ll find accountability. And also you may find a little competitive spirit that may push you on the hard days. Right now there is no one in my life who wants to make fitness a priority so I’ll turn to other bloggers and make them my workout buddies. 🙂

5. Pick a Dress

Rather than putting a number on the scale, pick a dress or a pair of jeans you want to be in by summer. For me, I’ve decided that I want to wear a pair of colored jeans (a fun color like red or green or aqua) but I want to be down a size before I wear them. Having this type of goal is highly motivating for me, so pick your goal.

These five tips will definitely help keep me motivated over the next few weeks and hopefully by summer I’ll be fitting into my goal jeans. Maybe you’ll find a tip or two that will jumpstart your Spring fitness. Or, maybe you have a tip that will help me or others. When you slack on workouts, what motivates you to get back into your routine?

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The Monday Sweat Report

I hope everyone a great weekend and now it’s time to get down to business. Recapping my workouts from last week.

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Sunday – no workout
Monday – 30 minutes on treadmill, 20 minutes lower body toning
Tuesday – 20 minutes on treadmill
Wednesday – no workout
Thursday– no workout
Friday – 30 minutes on treadmill, 20 minutes upper body toning
Saturday– no workout
Sunday – no workout

I am finding that I really do like combining cardio with a toning session and my ultimate goal is to do this at least four times a week with a wildcard dvd workout on Sunday.  Aside from my treadmill we do have an exercise bike set-up but I’m not sure if I like it. Right now, I prefer the treadmill to the bike but I really like the potential for a ton of calories to be burned on the bike. Though, last week there was a segment on cycling and the effects on our legs. Since I had to leave for work I couldn’t watch the segment. I am pear-shaped and the last thing I want is BIGGER legs. I want toned legs. Defined legs. Not bigger. Nooo. Then again, it’s not like I’ll be on the bike 4-5 a week. Nooo.

I may give the bike another chance. After all, it’s right there in front of the TV. It’s a shame to waste such a prime location. 🙂

Is there any workout that you’re not in LOVE with that you do because it’s a good calorie burner for you?

Debra

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The Monday Sweat Report

With my goal to complete 3-4 workouts a week I thought I would keep myself accountable by posting my previous week’s workouts.

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Sunday – no workout
Monday – 40 minutes on treadmill
Tuesday – no workout
Wednesday – no workout
Thursday– 30 minutes on the treadmill & 20 minutes strength training
Friday – no workout
Saturday– no workout
Sunday – Bootcamp dvd

Now in black and white my week wasn’t so great. I’d allowed other things to keep me from doing the workouts I’d wanted to do when I wanted to do them. One of the biggest obstacles was tackling the membership duties for a group I’m volunteering for. I spent Thursday and Friday night, about five hours in total, making sense of the whole renewal process. Now that I’ve done that I am able to manage it in smaller time amounts. January is membership renewal for over 200 members. I’ve also decided that my workout will happen right after I come home. I did that Thursday night and even though I my mind really wanted me to head to computer I headed to the treadmill.

So for this week my arriving back home will go like this: greet dogs, take coat off, drop tote bag, head upstairs, change into workout clothes, get on treadmill, walk then grab some weights, strength train and then shower. Only after all that occurs will there be dinner and anything else I need to get done will get done.

Essentially I’m going to behave as if I am going to a gym straight from work and not allow anything in the house to distract me. Not even the pups. I’ll grab them, take them with me to the treadmill so at least we’re all three together for the 40 minutes.

Fingers-crossed for this week. I intend my next week’s Monday Sweat Report to be a whole lot better.

How to you fit your workouts into your day?

Debra

Fitness

Fitness Inspiration For a New Year

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It’s that time of year, resolutions, goals and big plans are decided upon. Look anywhere on the internet and you’ll find lists and really cool graphics proclaiming your favorite blogger’s resolutions and/or goals for the new year. I came across some of those posts and I thought I’d take this time to share some of them with you. I found these blogger’s New Year posts to be very inspiring. And at the bottom of this post you’ll find my goals for 2014.

Joi, Rx Fitness Lady, is starting her second 90 day challenge for the New Year. She completed her first 90 day challenge on Christmas day. For her first challenge she set an attainable goal (which I love) and that was to add breakfast and snacks to her meal plan. I think we tend to focus on the number of pounds to lose, the workouts and how our jeans fit which leads us to lose sight of the fact that we need to properly fuel our bodies to achieve our fitness goals. Check out her post at her blog to find out what her new goal is for this new challenge.

Nelli, Brooklyn Active Mama, shared her Fitness Bucket List 2014. What a great idea! Check out her list to see if there are any activities you’d like to try. I found 3 things on her list I also want to do. Pole dancing, Crossfit and a Kickboxing class. Love the list.

Jenn, Comeback Momma, reminded us how important positive self-talk to our well-being is. She also took a moment to reflect on 2013. She had a great year. And it seems like 2014 will be equally as awesome.

Carli, Real Into, shared her one word resolution for 2014. I never thought about choosing one word to guide me for the new year. It’s interesting and fresh. After all, we’ve been making resolutions and setting goals for decades. I’ll have to think of my one word for 2014. Check out her post to find out her #onewordresolution

Barbara, My Fashion Forward Blog, shares some tips for what to wear and NOT to wear to the gym. Perfect timing, right? Have a look at her suggestions.

I wish these bloggers all the best with there goals/resolutions for 2014. And I wish you the best with your goals/resolutions for this new year. I guess I should share my goals for 2014. This time around I’m not setting concrete goals. I am going to make working out consistently my number one priority for this year, 3-4 times a week. If you’d like to post a comment with one or more of your resolutions/goals for this year please do. 🙂

Debra

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Reality TV, Pilates & Getting It All Done

Big post title, huh? Well, it’s going to be that kind of post… and week I think. Lets begin with Sunday, which was spent waiting for the cold front to arrive to break our heatwave. While it wasn’t the best weather day, it was a great night for television. The new season of Real Housewives of New Jersey (yes, one of my guilty pleasures) premiered and on the new episode of Resale Royalty Rachel Zoe made an appearance. On a side note, I read that her own reality show was canceled. Say it ain’t so, Ms. Zoe. What was missing from Sunday night was Betsey Johnson’s show. Bummer. That would have made Sunday night an awesome night of reality TV. But I guess it wasn’t that bad.

Moving onto Monday and Pilates class. I’ve started weekly classes again and I managed to talk a friend into going with me. I love the class and the teacher. And the most awesome news is that I will be taking reformer classes over the summer. I’m so grinning from ear to ear. I’m so psyched.

I’ll also be going to some local gyms over the next few weeks because my friend (who went to Pilates class with me) is looking for a new gym so she’s getting passes so that we can try the different classes and checkout what else they offer.

This means I’m going to be super busy and I need to figure out a way to get everything done. Hmmm. I guess I’m lucky since what I’m trying to pencil in and fit into my schedule are things I want to do and that are fun. I guess that it will all work out and somehow the laundry will get done and the dogs get walked. That is one of the things I do not want to compromise on, the dogs need their daily exercise. And they need to get out. Stuck inside all day, the little pups do need to get out and burn off their energy, just like us.

So, what’s on your agenda for this week and when your to-do list gets over-crowded how do you get it all done?