Taken right before my mat pilates class, in which I totally get my but kicked ^^
I always look forward to catching up on sleep during the weekends, but I also always book-up my weekends with things to do! I guess I’ll sleep when I’m dead.
How many of us ask ourselves the question, ” Should I workout today??” Most of the time, I answer with something like “sure…but later” and a lot of times I don’t end up going…oops. For January I really wanted to get a workout 3-4 times a week because it makes my whole body/mind/spirit feel better. So how did I conquer that question with a resounding “YES!”? Well, I didn’t ask it in the first place. Here’s what has helped me, and maybe it can help some of you:
Tell yourself the answer before asking the question. In fact, don’t ask yourself that question at all. Set a realistic short term goal like, workout 2 times a week (you can always add on from there). Stick to that goal like gum on a side walk. Then tell yourself, “I”m going to workout today because tomorrow I’m busy with _____.” Do that X amount of times during the week and you’ll not only meet your goal, but you’ll feel soooo good inside and out.
Switch up your workout. My pre-gym days were filled with running, lots of running, and the occasional rock climbing. I hated my workouts because I got sick of just running all the time! Now that I have a gym membership, I go to about 2 or 3 classes a week, and run at least once a week. Now I never get bored with my workouts.
Do it with someone. Austin and I love to do outdoorsy stuff together, and made a goal to workout 1-2 times a week together (yes I also count that as one of my workouts!). By “workout” we don’t always mean “go to the gym”. We switch it up with activities like playing tennis, going mountain biking, climbing…just about anything that gets us using our muscles.
My next problem: how will I get in a workout with babies and kids!? I have no idea. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
We found some amazing hills to bike around at Chino Hills State Park, you should try it out some time! It wasn’t too hard of a course, and I didn’t get too scared going down those hills. We rode for over two hours and were absolutely exhausted at the end of it. But, it was all worth it for that sunset! Thanks to a few answered prayers, we made it back to the car just before the last glimpse of light disappeared beyond the hills. Hope you’re enjoying a fun filled Christmas vacay too! I make it look so easy… HA well this was just the beginning!^^ We may have gotten a little lost… good thing GPS still works out here!
^^ that’s just one of a few hills I just had to hop off my bike and walk up… it was so steep!
I forgot to include my trusty phone, not pictured above b/c it was charging at time of photo shoot
Finally it’s the weekend! AKG will be officially finished with his first week of finals in graduate school. Everyone give him a cyber-hug. This weekend we’ll be hot-potting, sleeping in (except Sunday–darn 9AM church!), and watching the Hobbit!! And hopefully mailing out Christmas greeting cards.
Monday morning I read an article on the Huffington Post, and I’ve been thinking about it all week long: Why Your Purse Is Giving You Back Pain….And 11 Ways To Fix It. After reading it, I realized many things; I carry way too much in my purse (see pic above–I usually have a book in my bag as well), and I have horrible posture while carrying it! The author had some great suggestions to remedy the shoulder/back/neck pain that comes from carrying heavy bags, like don’t text while carrying a purse, “Sometimes it’s the double-duty of texting and looking down that causes the curve in your neck to get lost and get flat.” Another tip is to make sure your bag isn’t too long or too short, “You want to be able to swing your hips and your shoulders freely without being bumped by the bag.” <– This one sounds like a no brainer, but it makes a huge difference. I noticed that when I carry a purse, usually the arm not carrying the purse will swing, but not both. So I tried consciously swinging both arms and it really made a difference for my back! Switching up which shoulder carries the bag is a tip I already knew about, but something I don’t do often enough; it’s almost always over my right shoulder.
How heavy is your bag? What do you carry, that you think you don’t need in there? I’ve stopped carrying my book, and I need to do more dump-out-the-contents-of-my-purse-to-see-whats-in-there type of inspection, so I can find surprises like that blush colored Stila nail polish^^ I’ve been looking everywhere for (of course it would be in my purse). Hope that article will help lighten your load, as it (literally) did for me. Have a great weekend!
You guys, I just love fitness classes. It gets me out the door at different times of the day and makes me work my but off! The only class I’m still iffy about is my yoga class. Granted, I’ve only gone once since getting my gym membership a few weeks ago…but this teacher was sort of yelling at us. In a gentle-pushy-voice-sort-of-way. Like, “Reach, reach, reach, reeeaacchhh! You’re not reaching! You gotta reach!” I was thinking in my head, “What do you think we’re all doing!?” I just didn’t feel relaxed, and at the end of class I was ready to go. I think I’ll try a different teacher next week.
Have a great weekend! We’ll be spending ours with family and my cute baby nephew.
PS–My friend recommended a great app that you’re probably all using already…tracks your periods and ovulation, and other stuff. Just in case you wanted to track that sort of thing… (also find it on itunes)
Remember when I had a mini workout room in SF? And miles of breathtaking parks with enchanted Redwood forests (see above) to run through? Sadly, I no longer have either of those things. I found a nice running path last week, but there are no trees to shade me, and the sun just leaves me dripping in sweat. Not that I’m complaining about So Cal weather, because I love it! But when Austin’s school offered a huge discount for LA fitness, I went ahead and got my very first gym membership. Here’s to getting more workouts squeezed into my week!
PS-If you’re reading this at 8:30 am, I am most likely in my first ever cycling class…I hope I come out alive.