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My Fitness Realization

I had a fitness realization today. The past week or so I’ve been sticking mainly to cardio workouts. I love my TurboFire and Combat worksouts (AKA – punching and kicking shit)

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I’ve also been short of time with the holidays and family birthday’s etc – I like that I can feel like I get a kick ass sweaty workout in within the time constraints of a busy day. While ideally I would also like to be lifting weights as well (AKA zeheavyshit) I’ve got some tweaks in a few places currently. I know that overuse will definitely inflame said tweaks and put me out of the workout game totally.

Heading into this week thus far, I’m still sticking with cardio based workouts, and the last two days I’ve finished off with a few minutes of PiYo. It was today when I realized that during that short PiYo workout that I was huffing and puffing – partially because I had just finished a short burst over heart pumping cardio, but also because I was being challenged.

PiYo is somewhat a challenge for me because I spent so long shirking actively stretching and resting my body during my weight loss journey. Trust me, this wasn’t on purpose one of those annoying “in hindsight” kinda deals. But it’s been something I’ve been struggling with this last year – finding that balance of: exercise, rest, and active rest.

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So this is my current challenge for myself. Work the shit outta that Piyo, and get better at it. Keep in mind that challenges aren’t always about loosing a certain number of pounds – it’s about addressing what’s standing in your way and taking it on. Big or small, currently I’ve decided that this is going to be mine.

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Honesty and Fitness Motivation

While my blog has become a place where I share recipes, and sometimes reviews on products – it continually remains a very personal place for me.

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Because that makes total sense eh? I guess what I mean is that I strive to be as honest about my journey of loosing half of myself – I don’t plan on losing myself or voice as my blog and my physical person may go through changes.

That being said, when there are times (and posts) that I reiterate something to myself and in turn to my readers – sometimes something magical happens. It resonates with people. Seriously, there isn’t a day goes by that I’m not thankful and amazed that people respond to this little section of the interwebs that is all mine.

Proof of this lies in something I wrote up for myself one day when I wasn’t feeling the greatest about my fitness/workouts. It was last year when I was remind myself how much I loved something Chalene Johnson says at the end of one of her workout DVDs.

“One workout at at time. One day at a time. One meal at a time.”

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See all those repins? Seriously, just makes me feel good. You know what’s even better than that?! Finding myself on peoples “motivation” and “inspiration” boards.

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What Fitness Is To Me

Today has been eventful, yet uneventful all in one. That’s totally nonsensical, yet it’s pretty accurate of how I’m feeling tonight. Yesterday I was completely drained physically and emotionally. So come an early beadtime – I passed out in some weird position in my bed while watching Bravo and all the Bobby Pins still in my hair.

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Yes, those same bobby pins stayed in my hair all day today. No, the hair didn’t get washed; maybe it will tonight …. or not.

I was hoping after yesterday’s tiring day that some rest would leave me feeling awesome and ready to kick ass today. But it didn’t. I had a great workout in my head planned, but realized as I got into the day that my body wasn’t in align with my head.

I’m proud to say that I did get an hour of yoga in and a few minutes stretching after that. And it’s one of those deals where while it wasn’t what I wanted to do, and had planned to do – it was what my body was telling me it needed.

After realizing I was having that mind and body conflict like I do a lot of times, I took a second to reflect on what fitness means to me. To me fitness will always be:

  • A lifelong journey
  • Not a competition with others (hell I have enough of my own ME vs ME shit going on)
  • and learning (because I’m not so good at this one) to honor my body NOT my ego, or my head!

So while my workout was a little more uneventful than planned, my hair didn’t get washed, I’m choosing not to focus so much tonight on what didn’t get done and take a few minutes to reflect on that things I did get done.

  • My family is fed
  • I got a workout in to restore and make myself stronger in the long run
  • I designed some things
  • I did some research
  • I blogged (even with a bullet-ed list!)


Boom

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Working Out While You Are Sick

My whole household has been battling a cold the last several days. If you have kids, you understand what I mean one person just cant be sick. You share space, you share germs. No matter how much hand washing or squirting of hand sanitizer seems to be going down.

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Although, because of my son’s severe eczema, hand sanitizer isn’t something that’s around in my house (too harsh oh his skin). But doesn’t mean I don’t consider it, heavily, I mean like I just finished watching hoarders considering it. Something about this time of year and the change of season always get us in this house.

But despite feeling icky the past few days, I have managed to feel well enough to exercise. I know some of you may think that’s insane, but depending on the severity of your illness and the intensity of your workout; exercising while feeling under the weather actually has it’s benefits.

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If you ask most trainers, and some doctors – a general rule of thumb in deciding whether you should workout while your sick is:

If your illness is above the neck, IE: a head cold – you are fine to go ahead and workout.

But I think there are also a few other things to consider before hitting the treadmill, the gym, or your living room floor (if you’re like me and workout at home).

I would probably forego the workout if the following applies:

  • Even if your sickness is “above the neck” do you feel well enough to workout? No? Cool, rest instead!
  • Do you have a temperature? I would generally advise against a formal “workout” if you have a temperature – you will put your body which is trying to repair itself, under more stress and may take you longer to get well.
  • Are you ill enough to be on medications prescribed by a doctor? If you are, rest.

If you’re on the fence and feel like you may be able to get through a workout after you take some over-the-counter drugs,  skip it! Of course you’ll feel better after your good ol’friend Dayquil kicks in! You’d be doing yourself more harm than good.

Now if you do feel well enough to get moving keep this in mind:

  • Stick with a low impact workout.
  • Try workouts like walking, yoga, and cleaning your kitchen or bathroom (oh yeah, those totally count).
  • Do not push yourself!! This isn’t the time to be making your best time or beating your rep count.

Light workouts can help boost your immune response. Helping your body fight off illness faster.

And in reverse, pushing yourself to your limits can hinder your body’s healing capacities and possibly make you even sicker.

Working out while sick for me gives me time to reflect on myself a little. It makes me slow down, be mindful of how my body is feeling which is a good thing!

and of course a little disclaimer for you: No. I’m not a nurse, doctor, or even a fitness professional. Just a mom trying to live a healthy lifestyle who often combats all those germs that come with having 3 rugrats. Kapeesh?

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