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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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After the Storm Part II

Well it’s Part I for you all here but I had to post on my other blog first because I am still writing and do have a book that will be out in the Christmas in the Mountains segment late November early December. My leading lady has talked herself into trouble. See the cover below:

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Anyway, with the storm gone and the power finally back on I am without the Internet at home. I miss it a little but I am also glad it’s gone. One, it saves me money not to have to keep it on. Two, it allows me to focus on my writing work and my knitting. I’m even coming up with new recipes…maybe I’ll write another cookbook.  (Lulu, Amazon, Create Space.)

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Basically, with the Internet gone and my only time to use it is when I leave the house to get to a place where it’s free for me I will not be on here much. I’ll try to write up blogs to schedule and chat about new workouts and things of that sort. I’ll still be around, just not as much as before.

Thanks to all of you who are still with me. Say hi and I will respond once I’m back on the Internet.

xx

Capri Montgomery

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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Not Always The Bad Guy

I have always put thought into my dreams–even the ones with the aliens–because they really do mean something. A lot of the time it’s more about something going on with me that I am clearly avoiding in my waking hours and my subconscious will not let me avoid it while I sleep.

Last night was not any different than other dreams in that I could understand what it meant for me. Of course I was mid morning workout while the thoughts were going through my mind. Once again, my dream represented my reality in so many ways; unfortunately I was still lost on the wrong side of town when I woke up so I don’t know if I found my way home.

In real life, when I was lost on the wrong side of town–literally, not metaphorically speaking, there was a really nice guy in the car with the rest of his gang members who told me how to get to the street I was looking for–thus proving judging people by their not so noble and honest career choice really isn’t a good thing. Sometimes the “bad” guys aren’t as bad as everybody else says they are.

For Sunday morning beyond the dream world, I was able to get forty minutes of jog/run around room time in, twenty minutes of yoga, and some additional stretching after. I actually managed to get a little deeper with my splits today. I managed to be only about an inch and a half off my bed on the right leg and three inches or slightly under on my left leg. I’m more flexible with my right and more stable with my left. I already knew this but doing a full split has never been something I could do and I’m working on it now.

Have you had one of those moments where you really look at yourself, your life, your accomplishments or your mistakes and found motivation to keep going?

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July is a New Month

I am trying to keep reminding myself of my own mantra ~ “If you keep stopping you’ll never get there.”

This is on my mind because my cello practice time has been practically nonexistent this year and I need to change that.

Writing is back on, working out has never stopped, but cello needs some serious TLC. Here’s hoping the last half of this year will get me back on top of this cello love thing.

I hope everybody is having a good, productive and happy year. If you’re not, don’t worry; the year is not over yet and tomorrow is always a new day with no mistakes in it–yet.

Happy July

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10 Days Five Pounds

Okay, the thing is the women doing this 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse thing by the book have lost 10-14 pounds in 10 days but I only want to lose five pounds–ten is okay, but not what I want. Anyway, I do not have the book and am not going to be able to buy it anytime soon but I can create my own for a while and see how it goes. I drink smoothies every day anyway, and I work out every day, but I have taken my cold turkey no candy and store bought sweets year long way of life and literally fell off of that when I had to buy candy for my mom so if her blood sugar level drops and she starts to shake she will have something quick on her to use. Um…my mom likes candy so this was a lot of trips to the store and I did end up getting candy for me too. So I fell off the “no candy” wagon but I was okay with that.

All of that being said I have also, gone back to being a pescetarian because my mom cooked something for me and I came home to her hard work so I ate and while it made me a little sick the first day I have pretty much been eating it off and on since. I was a vegetarian for a long time so I have to readjust my food again. I felt healthier as a full on vegetarian so I might go back to that and cut the seafood out again, but I shall have to wait to see.

Anyway, I watched this video regarding the green smoothie cleanse and I’m sharing because it’s from last year (I think) and her part about the gas is funny but it is also a good warning in case you decide to do this by the book. I am going to try to make up my own version but I have had crap for breakfast today so today would not be a good day to start off the ten day count.

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Side Note: The library might have the book so you can check there if you cannot afford to splurge on the book right now.