New Workout Moves

The joy of signing up for all these free magazines is that sometimes you get something you can actually use. The travel mags make sense because I am studying more of the adventure travel business thing now, and the workout ones make sense because I love to workout. Cosmopolitan really didn’t make sense, but it was free so I took it. This month I found something about The Wheelbarrow Plannk. If you haven’t heard about it then look it up and try it.

I would love to give the details but this isn’t mine and being a writer myself I hate when people steal my work and give people the entire story with the ending included. With this Wheel Barrow move it’s coming up on page 100 of the November 2017 Cosmopolitan. You might be able to find this at your local library just don’t rip the page out because somebody else might want to know too.

They have it listed as flat abs, glorious glutes and strong arms. Have fun and as always…

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Wrapped in Sweat

When you’re deep into your workout, sweating like what my mom calls a six shooter (whatever that means) do you have to run for water or do you keep your water on your body?

For me, since I get the heaviest of my workout done in my room I have gotten in the habit of leaving water on the footboard of my bed. Of course I cannot take in a glass because with my luck I’ll knock it over and it will shatter on the tile of my floor. Seeing as though I workout barefoot (much like I seem to cook all the time too—avoid the barefoot and in the kitchen thoughts; okay?) if I were unlucky enough to shatter a glass full of water on the floor I would be more likely to end up tracking blood all the way back to the bathroom or kitchen—depending on what I need and where it is. In avoiding glass I like to use my fitness water bottle—it’s not likely to break…but everything breaks so maybe if I knocked it off the footboard it just might but at least there wouldn’t be any glass to worry about.

Of course my water bottle is empty so I’m keeping the water in the glass on the dining room table. It’s close and I can factor in jogging to get it.

Anyway, with a great workout behind me for today I am craving another. Addicted to working out? No, of course not. I just love doing it and I’m out of my mind bored right now. I could write something, knit something or bake something other than the farm bread rising for the first twenty-four of the forty-eight hour rise time in the refrigerator but I kind of don’t want to do that either. I’d rather workout.

Have fun with your weekend and start of a new week. Don’t forget to work up a sweat and burn some calories while you’re at it.

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Like it or Love it?

This week the workout is coming in hard and fast. I keep telling myself to just spend the week doing dance workouts but jogging around my room feels so good I just can’t seem to stop. A little longer here. A little longer there. Yes, I love this type of workout. I have to say there is something about dripping with sweat during the workout and seeing it glisten on my skin after I’m finished cooling down and stretching that let’s me look and say, “you did that; do it again.” I love working out.

Do any of you have a workout that you like doing? That you love doing? I hope so. It’s more fun when you love it.

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I love working out. I have talked to people who hate it but that’s not me. I have always loved doing it even when I didn’t realize that’s what I was doing. Long walks, playing in the snow and bike riding in the summer were always fun to me.

Over the years I find that working out is more than just about keeping the body healthy; for me it’s about keeping my mind healthy too. I feel amazing after a hardcore workout. I can see the sweat glistening on my skin and still do the final stretches with a smile on my face.

No matter how bad my day or week is going working out seems to give me a calming breeze and somehow I’m able to put it all behind me and love the moment I’m in.

Coming down off being sick (a.k.a. still being sick at the time of workout) I managed to get a healthy dose of cardio plus toning. I feel great even while sick. I love working out.

What workouts do you do to keep moving and motivated?

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Scale It Up

I talk about doing the scale up thing for workouts but sometimes I think it’s good to change it up too. Sometimes in making changes you’ll find you have to scale up on the new techniques.

What’s next on my workout list? I don’t know. I told my mom as I was reading Shape that the lady talking about how meditation doesn’t work for her yet she feels so much better emotionally after an aerobic workout that I can understand her. I still suck at meditation. I’ve tried it but I think about a gazillion other things no matter how much I try not to. Put on my Godsmack’s Faceless CD in my room and I can hit the tile running, doing a bit of HIIT some days, pushups on Stand Alone, planks going for at least a one and a half minute hold each time and I feel so great when I’m done. It’s rare that I get bored with jogging around my room but I keep telling myself maybe I should find something else too.

Have I found anything else that makes me hit the showers feeling that alive after a workout? No. Not really. I finish off hot, dripping sweat, yet somehow feeling so amazingly great. If I hit the fifty minute mark instead of the forty or thirty I did the day before I feel even better.

It’s not like I hit the workout devoid of thought or anything. I just find myself thinking about running a marathon (one I know won’t happen because if my leg gives out the bed is softer than the concrete). I took my sickest days off but I’m ready to get back to it once I can stop coughing more than I sleep.

So what keeps you motivated during a workout? What inspires you to keep going, scale it up or change it up?

Whatever you like to do have fun, stay safe and above all else…

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Happy September

We are getting closer to Autumn and seasonal changes brings with it a change of clothes and for some a change of workouts. Will you be doing your usual workouts or will you be adding something new, going back to something old but something you had fun with?

I have gotten off my solid vegetarian path and I do notice a difference. I felt a lot better when I didn’t eat shrimp or fish and I am going to try to go back to not eating that. If I eat it I do not want to eat it more than once a week. I know some might say “it’s only seafood” but seafood is a meat. While only eating that pushes me into yet another food box with yet another title, it’s still meat. Not that I have something against people eating meat, but I feel better physically when I don’t eat it.

In other health news–I am one pound away from my goal of getting back to the weight I was before I gained the five pounds. I’m not tall so the additional weight on me is definitely noticeable and I didn’t really like that at all. I cannot really talk to anybody about it because they always give me the jab of “you don’t need,” or even the insults that come with having health and weight goals. The thing is, I never said I “need” to lose weight. I said I “want” to lose weight. I liked the me before the additional five pounds and I very much plan to get that last pound to go away (the healthy way of course).

I hope everybody has a great end of summer.

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Love in the Clouds

There are times when I can see the clouds from my window and I just see one that I have to go out and photograph. Of course one always leads to more than one but there is something relaxing about looking up at the peace in the clouds and watching which way they are moving.

Today isn’t a stormy day for us…yet…so most of the clouds had a hint of serenity. No matter your location if you can see the clouds you might just see something that captivates you no matter how boring, or hectic, the the day is.


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Another Day Fit

In regards to yesterday I checked all but two things off my to-do list but I’m still happy things got done and I came up with some new ideas for workouts and end of year activities I can try to make happen.

woman-304647_1280 (2) yoga againI’m more yoga than weights because, despite what some women say, I really do think women can be bulky depending on their body build. As I have said before, “bulky is relative” and while some people will flex their muscles kissing them and trying to profess of how women cannot be bulky I see their muscles as bulky and not as something I want for “my” body. It’s okay to see the world and the body different as humans are different and we will not all see things the same way.

I think I need to surround myself with women who like to workout. Men are okay too but women more so because I think we could connect more on some things, moves, etc. It would be nice to connect and make friends with people who love fitness so much they are willing to work for it.

Speaking of working out, I need to get off my butt and do my workout this morning.

Have a great weekend you all and as always…

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Live For Today

Me_blog1_webSitting here watching Archer cut the grass and flipping through Shape magazine while I should be knitting I looked at my To-Do list for the day and only saw one thing checked off—Irish. Somewhere my mind, not really at peace but not at war either, I saw the uncompleted list and I told myself, “yeah, if you wake up tomorrow you can do that”.

Yes, tomorrow is not promised to any soul and sometimes it’s okay to still put something off until tomorrow in order to enjoy today. I am learning this now. I’m still trying to live in the here and now because I’ve lived my entire life under some requirements of living how other people assured me it was how I was supposed to be and while tomorrow is not promised to anybody you should never live for the day because there is something selfish and unholy about that. You don’t grow up from the age of three into adulthood fed a line and easily change that. I guess as I get older I am trying to connect with me, and the  me I could have been knowing that I might not wake up tomorrow, but it’s okay because if I do then my to-do list will still be there waiting for me.

After Archer finishes cutting the grass—yes, I picked the name for the lawn mower after my mother asked me what we would name him since I keep saying “he” and now she does it too. I just like the name Archer for so many reasons so Archer was the first name that came to me.

IMG_0402_blog_webAfter Archer finishes doing what he does and then recharges himself I will go inside, get myself ready to bake the cookies I was too tired after a full day of cleaning gutters and doing yard work yesterday to do and I will check one more thing off the list. All the other stuff like editing a finished book or working on another short story I am thinking of adding to the winter season end of year book…well if I’m exhausted from kitchen and house cleaning then  if tomorrow comes for me I can do that tomorrow.

We all know tomorrow might not come to us but if you can, try to make the best of the day and if you wake up tomorrow be happy that you don’t have any regrets of the things that you missed while trying to live your life in a future you might never have.

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Sunday Updates

I’m excited because I leveled up in my Irish studies so I am on the step before the last level. I constantly say I haven’t learned much and my mother reminds me that I didn’t know anything when I started. I have learned; I guess I just thought by now I would know more. I don’t know anybody who speaks the language so it’s not as if I can talk with anybody in it.

In addition to leveling up with my language studies I finished the first draft to one of my books and worked on covers for other books. This is so much fun for me because I love the world of art.

All that goodness and I’m super excited about what?–The morning workout. I love working out so let’s just say working out is an art so I’m still in the same realm here ;).

Working out is such a great way to kick off any morning, but especially Sunday morning. Kicking the week off doing something healthy is another notch in “no excuses” wall that can, with hopes, keep the rest of the week on track too.

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