Wake up and kick ass

Not gonna lie, I’m usually an “ugh, it’s Monday, pass me alllllll the caffeine” kind of gal, but I’m trying something new this week. I woke up on this Monday morning and decided to kick some ass today.

First of all, I have this awesome blog post coming at you bright and early! I RARELY get my blog posts up early in the day. #winning already!

Second, it’s the beginning of October, the month of all things pumpkin and the start of some of the busiest months of the year and the perfect time to set some monthly goals.

Personal Goal: Wake up earli(er) than normal. On a day when I don’t have to go into work (MWF), I’m usually rolling out of bed at 6:40a.m., making the kids’ sandwiches and then heading out for my 1.5-2 hr trek of driving them to school and getting back home. SO, instead, I’m going to get up at 6am on those days and sip some coffee (from my Bialetti that I brought out of retirement yesterday and wondered why I ever stopped using) while I browse and see what’s happening online.

Business Goal: Work hard at getting my Beautycounter business off the ground. I’m going to share share share about how our beauty care industry needs a major overhaul and how what we put on our skin matters. You can clicky that link over there 👉🏼 in the sidebar (the Never list) to see all the awesome products we offer. If you want to try some in person, I can hook you up!

Health Goal: EAT BETTER. I’m tired of burning 600+ calories 3-4 times a week and seeing zero physical results. The scale hasn’t budged, but more importantly, my measurements haven’t changed one teeny tiny bit. I am no doubt stronger, healthier, and overall more fit than I was 5 months ago and that’s nothing to take lightly, but I would love to be a little leaner. I’m just eating too damn much and all the wrong things. I’m going to be more intentional in my eating and think more about what I’m putting in my mouth.

Mental Goal: More yoga & meditation. I plan to follow a 30 day yoga program (not sure which one yet) and add some actual studio classes in as well. One per week is the goal.

This week is going to be hectic with a lot of appointments and meetings after school, but I’m gonna rock it!

Awesome mug up there ^^^ can be found here. *not sponsored*

Monday Morning Ramblings

Seriously ya’ll, my weekend flew by.

I wanted to get my tree taken down, but here I am on Monday, with the tree still up!  It WILL get taken down this week danggit!

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I am trying to get more organized.  It’s one of my New Years goals (goals that I need to post so I can visualize and make them happen, but yeah, still need to get that written up).  I bought a cute new planner.  Nothing special, but it’s a place to write out my important dates so I can see them all laid out.  I have tried and tried to get with the digital planning, but I need to write it out, with a pen & paper and actually SEE it.  My husband does not understand because he’s such a digital planner type of guy, but it not only helps me remember things, but it motivates me to stay on track.

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I also started Shaun T’s T25 workout by Beachbody last week.  **our living room has been converted to the exercise room so that’s why the table is moved in the photo above**  Today starts week 2!  My hubby is doing it with me so that is helping me stay accountable.  But last night I wrote out my workout calendar for the month and hung it by my desk.  I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me.  It’s just so cute and structured.  I love seeing it all written out and planned!

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Now if I could get on track with my eating and meal planning, I’d be golden!  That is on the agenda for this week.  Over the weekend, we had a birthday party, it was rainy and gloomy, my teen was doing a 31-page extra credit history packet (that I cursed her under my breath for because if her grade was better she wouldn’t have to spend hours trying to bring it up with EC!) and also working on a science fair board.  Ugh.  And now it’s Monday and my precious weekend is over.

*sigh*

Oh well….it does no good to complain about it now, does it?  Just gotta pull on the big girl panties and get on with the week!

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As a parting note, I read this quote today and I really (like super really) loved it.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. ~ Mark Twain

I’m not sure I would have fully grasped it before going to France last year, but as much as traveling gives me anxiety and as much as I love my comforts of home and long for them while I’m away, there was something really special about experiencing the way other people live.  I don’t want to stay in my one corner of the earth for my entire life.

Workouts at Home…GIT-R-DONE!

Let’s be honest.  I straight-up loathe home workouts.

It’s hard to get motivated to do a workout when I’m surrounded by things that seem more pressing…laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc

But, it takes a lot longer to go to the gym (factoring in drive time & workout). Especially when all I want (or have time for) is a quick 30 min.

So, while I’d rather sweat it out with weights in the gym, sometimes an at-home workout is all I can fit it.

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Whether you have 5 min, 10 min or 20 min, these no-treadmill, mini workouts from Fitness Mag will suit your needs perfectly!

Yoga + Crossfit?  Sounds awesome!

Indoor Cardio Crusher – intervals

Full-Body Circuit workout from PopSugar

7 min HIIT – the link is for a pretty printable version, but this workout was originally posted by ACSM and there’s actually an iphone app for it!

Pressed for time?  This 4 min cardio workout will get your heart rate up quick.

These hotel workouts are kinda intense (I can tell b/c she’s in insane shape and she is huffing & puffing, which means I’d be practically dying), but it’s nice that they’re short.

Week 2, complete…sorta :: checking in

Soooo,

my week two wasn’t so awesome.

someecards.com - Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat

I didn’t give up on my goal, but I sure as heck slashed the other 3 tires this weekend.

Things were going pretty poorly throughout the week because I hadn’t planned my meals/workouts, but over the weekend, I really fell apart.

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!  ~ Benjamin Franklin

The only thing I consistently did was to get my water in.  I drank at least 48oz of water a day.

I was following through on my exercise daily, but on Saturday I spent over half the day out of the house, the place was a mess, I ate horribly, we were all a tad on the cranky side and all I wanted to do was curl up in my sweats and be a couch potato for the rest of the night.  Sunday was better feeling wise, but we were again, out of the house for a better part of the day and I just didn’t have the energy to work out when we got back.  I should have done it earlier in the day, but I was in a groove of getting dishes & laundry done and I didn’t want to lose my momentum.

Okay, now that we got that out of the way.  I’m getting up and brushing myself off!  On to week 3!

I am not off to a good start…tile demolition this morning in the master bath, no water this morning due to the tile demo, hubby with a headache and kids home from school…but I’m determined to do better this week!  I’m going to get some kind of plan together tonight hopefully so that I’m not winging it every day.

My exercise totals for last week were 5 days, 226 min and 1514 calories burned.

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Upside, I burned 1500 calories…downside, I probably ate a surplus of 1500 calories!

*sigh* C’est la vie, I suppose.

*Cheers* to a better week!

7 days and counting…

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Woot!  We made it through week 1!

Giving myself a virtual pat on the back because I…

  • drank 48-72oz of pure water per day
  • kept track of what I was putting in my mouth with the exception of Sunday (my free day).  They weren’t always good choices and I had several days this week that made me want to throw healthy eating out the window, but I did practice a little self control
  • made 3 dinners at home, only had breakfast out once (Sunday) and ate lunch at home several days
  • did some form of exercise every.single.day giving me a weekly total of 309 min of physical activity and 2,067 calories burned

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar

Need to do better…

  • cleaning up my messes in the kitchen.  When it’s a mess already, it’s hard to get motivated to make it a bigger mess.
  • planning and sticking to it.  I plan out my days, but then I don’t follow the schedule and I end up cramming exercise in where I can and many daily chores fall through the cracks.

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A few observations from the week…

going from not enough water to a good amount, flushed mucho toxins out via my pores.  On day 3 I started breaking out like crazy on my face and considering I had eaten pretty well at that point I was sure that it was all the water I was drinking.  People online say they’ve had the same reaction.

cooking dinner (and breakfast/lunch) creates a huge mess that seems to be never ending.  As soon as I make a dent, I create more mess and my sink is even fuller than it was!

Not eating out or pre-packaged foods makes it hard to count calories.  I’m not too focused on a specific caloric goal per day, but I am trying to be more cognizant of what is going in my mouth and making your own meals from scratch makes it take even longer to input your calories.  Thankfully myfitnesspal has a nifty little recipe calculator that helps ease my pain slightly.

Remember in my first post about the challenge, I mentioned I was going to use the Lift app.  Well, not having used it before and only hearing about it from my hubby, I mistakenly thought it was just a workout app.  It’s actually an app to help you create good, healthy/productive habits, break unhealthy habits or just anything you want to remember to do on a daily basis.  There are a tone of different goals you can “check-in” with every day such as, taking a vitamin, brushing your teeth (not sure who needs an app to remember that one, but whatevs), getting up on time, inbox zero, spend time with my kids, etc.  Other people can “like” your check-in’s and the app will tell you how long of a streak you have going each day.  If checking in and getting “props” for your check-in’s isn’t enough motivation, you could even promise yourself a reward when you hit a 30 day streak or if it’s something really challenging, a 7 day streak.  My hubs is currently on his 89th day of exercising every day.  On day 100, he’s going to celebrate with a work friend by going out to lunch!  How fun is that?!

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Your turn!  Feel free to check in with your weekly accomplishments and what (if anything) you’d like to improve on.  You can comment, message me or just make a note to yourself.

Don’t be too hard on yourself, but be real.  Give yourself props for doing the things you did well and acknowledge what you fell short on, but then brush yourself off and get ready for week 2!

Successful People :: Monday Motivation

12 things successful people do differently.

Hmmm….Maybe this is why I haven’t been particularly successful.  I think I do the opposite of all of these things.  I’m particularly bad at numbers 2, 3 & 5.  :o/

My husband, on the other hand, can pretty much put a check mark next to each one.  Thank goodness I was successful in picking a life partner!

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And because Happy & Successful aren’t always one in the same…

12 Things Happy People Do Differently

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Say What?! :: Monday Motivation

What’s more motivating that a 74yo CrossFitting grandma?  Check out this article I read in Fitness Magazine this past weekend.  If this isn’t motivating, I don’t know what is!

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Reading stories like that really impress me, but they also light a little fire under me and make me want to go workout.  So on that note…check out this awesome Booty Blaster Workout from FitnessRx Mag.  I’m printing it out and putting it on my gym to-do list pronto!

4×15 (each leg) diagonal lunges
4×15 (each leg) weighted bench step-ups
4×15 leg curls
4×15 jump squats
4×15 (each leg) cable kickbacks
4×15 deadlifts
4×15 weighted sumo squats
*Rest 30 seconds after each set…also make sure weight is challenging but you can maintain correct form

Monday (err..Tuesday) Motivation

Yeah, yeah…I know it’s not Monday.  We had a 4 day weekend and it threw me all off.  Soooo, since it’s the first day of the school week, I’m choosing to post it anyway.

Cuz it’s my blog and I make the rules…that’s why!  😉

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If you hate working out or being active…try something new and different to spice up your routine.

Maybe you’ll find a form of exercise you love and maybe you won’t.  Maybe there isn’t anything that you don’t have to give yourself a pep talk to do, but maybe you’ll find something that requires less of a pep talk to get you going.

I don’t hate working out…

But I don’t love it either.

I’m naturally more of a chill type of person.  I’d much rather read or play a game or chat, than be active.

I do, however, love being fit.  I love the way I feel when I’ve finished a workout.  If I’m hitting the weights, I love the way I feel while I’m lifting.  I love feeling strong.  I love to be able to do things that others can’t do (not because I’m special, but because I’ve worked hard to get there).  But, whether I’m going for a walk/run, riding my bike, going to the gym, whatever….deciding I’m going to do it and then actually getting out the door, is the hardest part.

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I’ve been in kind of a rut.  I’ve lost my motivation and I’m trying to get it back.  In doing so, I have finally started trying different forms of exercise that I’ve wanted to try for years.  Last month, I tried dance fitness because I love to dance and the thought of learning dance routines to current pop songs was pretty much as good as it gets for me.  There is a local place called Dance Trance.  I always see their posts on FB and it looks like they have a blast.  A Groupon deal for a one month pass came up so I figured it was now or never!  The atmosphere was great and the class was a lot of fun, but the location isn’t very convenient to me and I didn’t end up making it to very many classes that month, so I decided to stick with my Just Dance for the Wii for my dance fitness.

Next up…Yoga!  I’ve done a little bit of yoga, but I wanted to try it at an actual yoga studio instead of at home with a dvd or at the gym.  I was browsing yoga studios close to me and saw that one had a 4 week beginner series starting up.

Yesterday was my first class and I have to say, I could definitely see myself being a yoga fanatic.

Once you start limbering up more and learn the poses so that you can flow easily from one pose to another I can see it being extremely therapeutic.  I left class yesterday feeling loose and relaxed.  I can’t wait for my next class!

Since that is a whole week away, I’ll be hitting the gym until then.

Monday Motivation

Just a PSA about the stupid scale and how you shouldn’t let it affect your mind or mood. I don’t actually weigh myself all that often.  However, I weighed myself last Friday and the week before, for a Lose 13 in 13 challenge I’m doing on FB.  I don’t have 13 to lose, but it’s going to be great for the support and motivation.

Anywho…back to the scale…when I weighed myself, my numbers were 121.4 and 121.8. I had been maintaining at 118lbs for the last year, so 121 was a little higher than I’d like.  I usually don’t fret too much because I know how much weight fluctuates and I’ve been feeling bloated and blah lately, but the same number 2 weeks in a row was starting to get to me. I thought maybe I did actually gain those couple of lbs that I was in denial about.

Well, I was feeling saucy on Saturday and wanted to weigh again just to see what it said.  Surprisingly, it said 120.4lbs…a 1.4lb difference and I didn’t do anything different in that 24hrs. Nothing! I was relieved because I was starting to believe that number I was seeing, but I was reminded yet again, that that scale is nothing but a mindf!&% (excuse my language, but this was the first word to come to mind and I could not for the life of me think of a better word to accurately describe what the scale does to your head).

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Listen up…your weight fluctuates…especially if you’re a woman. Maybe you’re retaining water…maybe your replacing fat with muscle, maybe your body is trying to figure out what the heck you’re doing to it and holding on to all your fat & calories until it figures it out…maybe (I know it sounds crazy) you’re not eating enough calories for your body. My weight is usually up when my muscles are sore as well.

Whatever the reason, please don’t let the scale screw with your head.  Definitely weigh yourself so that you have a starting point (maybe once a week, but not everyday…screws with your head), but I suggest measuring as a more accurate success meter.  I usually just measure my waist, hips and thighs because at this stage, those are my areas of concern, but if you have a lot to lose, measure your arms, chest and neck too.

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just keep swimming…just keep swimming…just keep swimming…

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Off the wagon…

Hmmm, let’s see how many things I can drop the ball on…eating healthy, 365 project, LiveFit, one hundred push ups, running, sugar consumption…I’m sure there are more, but these are the ones I can think of right now.  I’d say I’ve fallen a bit off the wagon.

It’s a new day though.  I’m gonna pick myself up, dust myself off and do better.  I had already decided to let go of LiveFit.  I wanted to train for a run and I didn’t want such a regimented weight training workout.  Plus, being summer time, I’m not able to get to the gym much.  I also think I’ve pretty much screwed my 366.  Miss a couple days…no biggie.  Miss a week or two…no biggie.  Miss more days than I can count…366 officially dead.

Alrighty then, enough about how much I suck.  How about let’s move on, make new goals and focus on what I’ve been doing lately that makes me happy!

New goals…

start my 100 push ups over again.

continue my race training (thanks to having a race deadline that makes me stick to running even if I’ve slacked in my training slightly)

eat healthier and get back on a gym schedule

detox on sugar AGAIN!

Things that I’ve done lately that make me happy…

Ran a 5k with my whole family (daddy too, he’s just not in the pic).  It was my 9yo’s first 5k ever and he did awesome!

Swam with dolphins…

Had a fun day with the kids at the water park

Got a new bathing suit and quite possibly have a little bit of abs showing through (although that was before dropping the ball and you’d be surprised at how fast that tummy bloats when you stop being good!).

Got the first week of school behind us and I’ve been doing well making lunches so far…

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s only been a week, but I’m focusing on the good here!  Hello!  No debbie downers, got it?!

How about you all…have you screwed up lately?  Slacked on your training?  Haven’t been eating as healthy as you should have been?  You are not alone!

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