Category Archives: Fitness
My workout today kicked my ass. Really, there’s just no other way to say it or put it politely. Yesterday was busy for me and my workout suffered by being really rushed. I was literally busting out my stretch right when my kids were walking in the front door from school. I figured today I would spent a little more time dedicated to a really good one and take my time with it.
TurboFire 60 was the ass kicking I decided on. It’s part of the advanced TurboFire DVD set, and I think I’ve only ever done this workout one other time. Because of that (and because I’m not feeling at 100% to start), I choose the new to class option which breaks down the choreography sequences before you go balls to the wall in regular Turbo Fashion.
I am a chronic migraine sufferer and today I awoke with the beginnings of one. I felt a little better later this morning but about 20 mins into my workout I felt it began to kick back up again. Even when I’m feeling at 100%, this is a hard workout. So I took my intensity down, I admit I stopped a few times for a couple seconds to grab a drink, but I didn’t quit. Despite the fact that I could have or even wanted to stop at some points, my will today to complete this workout far outweighed the feeling of wanting to quit.
I’m going to admit it, I’m proud of myself today. Instead of beating myself up over the fact (yes it happens) that I took a lot of things down a level, I didn’t quit and suddenly my own personal mantra I adopted at the beginning of my weight loss and fitness journey came back to me:
Today I will do what I can.
It’s funny – people often ask me how I didn’t get discouraged from the start when I couldn’t do things, or how I kept challenges from seeming so daunting. The above quote, repeated time and time again. And sometimes apparently my own damn advice is what I need to hear.
And guess what? No matter how far you have come, or how fit you are, we all have crappy days. We all have days where we don’t feel at our best and I truly believe how you address these days are just as important if not more important than those days where you feel like you can take on the world.
What’s a challenging workout for you?
I’m still recovering. Not from a hardcore workout, but from natures whim in deciding that my children were going to have another winter break. Despite the fact that I’d just love my schedule to be automatically back on track – it’s far from my current reality. It’s hump day and I’m still trying to sort out the mess of work I need to catch up on and the mess that is my brain post winter storm.
Meaning it’s mid-week and I’ve yet to feel like I’ve accomplished anything of great importance thus far. Blah. Although my minivan was finally freed from my garage yesterday for the first time in over a week. Which means Momma went to Target! Exciting right? That’s right I’m clearly out of control now that my kids are back in school.
Fitness wise I was reviewing the past week and realizing that even though I’ve felt rather unaccomplished, my workouts had remained unaffected by this trend. Which DUH that’s because I workout at home and being trapped in the house didn’t effect my schedule in that sense at least. Of course there was the obvious challenge of finding that sweet spot of a time to workout in between on going nerf wars and tending to my children, but it got done!
I’ve been seeing my social media feeds filled with people whining that they couldn’t get to the gym so they couldn’t get their workouts done. I felt a little like this:
Playing the world’s smallest violin of course. I’m sorry you can’t make it to the gym, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something that benefits your health from home! But this is also coming from the girl that never steps foot into a gym.
That being said, it reminded me that my whole weight loss & fitness journey has been from home. Making what I have work for me. No excuses because of weather, time, family, or anything else for that matter. So even though my to-do list is feeling very much a letdown these past two weeks, I have been able to continually mark off the most awesome accomplishment anyway:
My continued good health and fitness.
Workout: gym or at home?
Why do you exercise? On the surface that may seem like a really strange question – but I really feel like it’s a valid one, and one we often don’t even think about asking ourselves.
I think people automatically assume that others exercise to loose weight. A few years back I had a stranger inquire about what I was wearing (workout gear – shocker there) and proceeded to ask if I had just finished working out. Then said something along the lines of:
“But you’re so skinny you don’t need to workout”.
Two things bothered me about this statement. The first being, I’ve never been skinny – and secondly, who the hell says “skinny” people don’t need to workout???!
Yes those naturally “skinny” people might want to make some of us shake our fists at them, but everyone benefits from exercise. Skinny, fat, average, old, or young. It seems weird to me that people automatically assume that someone whom is active means their goals must equate to weight loss.
What about wanting to be healthy and strong?! What about working out because you’re doing something for yourself that goes beyond vanity. At least that’s why I workout anyway. Oh that and then there’s this:
Yep. No matter how busy crazy life is – workout time is always my free time. My release.
Have you ever had any one comment about you being ‘skinny’?
Do people assume you’re active because you want to loose weight?
Something hit me the other day while I was cooling down after my workout. Nope, wasn’t gas. Somewhere amid my TurboFire workout, I think I had a realization, an epiphany, or these may just be really fancy ways of saying I think I had a good idea.
It was decided (by myself) that I would like to become a certified personal trainer. Yep! I’ve been asked by quite a few people if I’ve considered it, and honestly, no I have not. Not with an real validity anyway. I think it may have crossed my mind a few times but was wiped away as fast as it came on.
The whole purpose of this blog over time became hoping that someone (even if it was one person) could possibly take something from what I’ve learned along the way. So in that aspect I have the drive to genuinely want to help people, and show them that they can work towards great health no matter from where they are starting.
That left me wondering why I had sorta just swept the thought away so quickly. I didn’t have to delve too deep to realize it has been my own insecurities that may have been keeping me from this path from the start.
I think my insecurities are rooted in the fact that: I do not and never will have a great fitness physique. Those gorgeously tanned, lubed up lean, and beautiful bodies that you see plastered in Fitness magazines and all over those so called “inspiring” fitspo pinterest pins.
I’m not sure people would look at me and equate me with a personal trainer. But then again, if you knew any part of my story – it may be a little different. I know that it is something I’m passionate and knowledgeable about. I know it’s something I’m always wanting to learn more about. I know that friends, strangers, and blog readers ask me questions non-stop regarding fitness and health – so in the not-so-eloquent words that I told my Father and Brother the other day: Why the fuck not??!
Spill it: What are some of your own insecurities.
Have they ever kept you from pursuing something you loved?