Taking Care of ME!

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I was asked by a friend recently to help write up a workout for her and a few friends have asked what I do for my workouts.  I think that some of my co-workers are under the impression that I workout all day every day, when in reality, that is so not true.  Yes I talk about working out and different kinds of workouts, but I don’t do them nearly as much as I talk about them.  I have tried so many different types of workouts, but it’s hard for me to stick to just one type because I get bored easily with my workouts.  I am constantly trying something new or mixing a few different things together to keep myself motivated.  Anything that is meant to be done for over a month, I don’t finish.  I get started and do well the first two to three weeks, but after that I feel like it’s just the same moves over and over and I get bored.  I have done P90X, Insanity, 10 Minute Trainer and T25 but those only lasted a couple of weeks.  I have done a Title Boxing class, which I absolutely LOVED, but it was just way too expensive for a single girl with a budget.  I would love to have my own hanging bag some day because I got to keep the boxing wraps and gloves that I bought when I took that class.  Punching a bag is the best way to release any stress or tension, in my opinion.  You should try it!

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When I started my first blog I posted about training for my first half marathon and how I became a runner.  If you haven’t read that, check that out here. I used to absolutely DESPISE running and thought anyone that ran for fun, was crazy!! So I took to the sidewalks and quickly became a fan of running. It’s completely free (except for the perfect pair of running shoes, but those are worth the investment).  I don’t do it nearly as much as I’d like to during the summer because, let’s face it, it’s just too darn hot!!  I run about 2-3 miles and that’s it, if I do that.  I am a fan of lifting weights and that has become my recent favorite.  On bodybuilding.com, I just started a 12 week workout by trainer, Jamie Eason.  As I type this, I am having a hard time keeping my arms lifted because they are so sore from Chest and Triceps today!  On my off days, I run, but there’s just something about lifting weights that gets my adrenaline going and makes me actually enjoy working out. That second day soreness is what I actually like; yeah I know I’m weird.

Having a cleaner diet was something that I became more serious about doing roughly 3 or 4 years ago.  I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth so I cave all the time and can’t resist cookies, candy or brownies. There’s just no denying that or trying to pretend I have willpower when it comes to sweets.  But for the most part, I eat a fairly lean and clean diet.  As we speak, I have fish in the oven, brown rice cooking and a spring mix of veggies cooking to enjoy with a glass of white wine (and of course, a cookie to go with it!)  I joined the Tone It Up community’s Nutrition Plan about two years ago.  They send out emails of new recipes and you’re a member for life so any updates automatically get sent to you. There are so many editions to the plan, something for every season and special occasion.  If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend it.  Their website is here.  They have tons of workout videos for whatever area you are looking to work on and have weekly workout schedules to follow.  The two trainers, Karena and Katrina are some of the coolest girls.  Again, I only do these occasionally, but this is a program that I can go back to at any time and enjoy!  Right now I’m trying to stay motivated to complete Jamie Eason’s 12 week program so keep your fingers crossed.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

While I love to run and lift weights, there are days that I just need a break or quiet time to clear my head and when that happens I turn to DoYouYoga.com.  They have meditation exercises and a ton of yoga workouts.  I had a good habit going with this, but really miss the meditations.  If you haven’t checked that site out either and are interested, check that out.  There’s a 30 day meditation challenge and they send you a new exercise each day.  That’s how I got hooked on meditating.  It’s so great to calm me down and just clear my head from everything that has been going on.  Even if it’s just for 5 minutes, I try to sit and quiet my mind for that little bit and it really helps.

What’s your favorite way to stay fit and healthy??

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