Your New Year Resolution Is To Join A Gym But Excuses Are Getting In The Way

You want to join a gym but you don’t think you have time, you can’t afford it, you don’t want others to look at you, you sweat like a pig, you……yadayadayada!

Does this sound familiar to anyone? I know I have heard it many times… actually many, many, many times. And when I do I just shrug it off, go on my way and think…..ha, you had time to sit and watch a two hour movie on Netflix last night, you had money to purchase coffee every morning this week, and people will look at you no matter anywhere you go, and of course your going to sweat that is what happens when you exercise.

With the new year right around the corner and everyone planning to jump on the good ole diet and exercise party bus…..I know there are some of you that want to join a gym,start exercising, and just plain feel better about your health in general. And I also know there are some of you that want this but won’t because of the fear of exercising in public. I want to ensure you all, exercise may be difficult, it may be sweaty, it may be painful at first, but the hardest part of making this wish a reality is taking that first step through the front door of your preferred gym. I know, I have been there, and I have taken that first step with friends and family because they had this same wish. For me, however, I did it all alone and I have not looked back since.

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Belonging to a gym and to have others around you working to achieve the same health goals is empowering. It’s not a fashion show and no one will care if your bottoms match your tops or if your shoes match your headband. No one is judging you, watching how much weight you lift or how many minutes you run on the treadmill. Everyone is in their own little world, listing to their own playlist, and doing what feels best for their bodies. And everyone is sweating…..and if they are not then they are not there for the right reasons.

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So if your at home debating starting your own journey down the road of health and fitness I encourage you to take that first step through the door of your preferred gym and go for it. Most gyms are very affordable, most offer classes if you need assistance, and all will show you the ropes if you have never stepped foot on a cardio machine in your life. You will be so proud and feel so amazing after the initial stiffness wears off that I bet you never look back either.

Now get up, put on some shoes, grab a water bottle, stand up tall, hold your head high, and take that first step toward your health.

I am rooting for you…..

 

 

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Home Alone!

On rare occasions I find myself home alone. And when I say rare, I mean hardly ever.

You all know my husband and I do almost everything together as far as activities go. However, there is one thing I am not willing to do …..that is ice fishing. I have tried it a few times when we first started dating but clearly it was not for me. You can’t say your surprised…..freezing temperatures, holding still in a very small ice shack for hours and wearing layers and layers of clothing….nope not my idea of fun. Although, I would never tell him he can’t go, which he did Saturday for the first time this winter. He left bright and early, our son was scheduled to work bright and early, which meant I had the entire house to myself. So I said my goodbyes and they left and I immediately made a list.

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I can get so much done in so little time when alone that it’s amazing. During the week some things are just impossible to try and accomplish with kids running around everywhere. So this was my moment to get it done.

First priority was to get the crock pot chili going so I could assemble some freezer meals later in the day. I love this chili recipe, it’s so, so, so simple but tasty and freezes wonderfully for my husband lunch on days we don’t have leftovers from the night before.

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Then I threw in a load of laundry and decided to get my husbands shirts ironed and out of the way. Ironing is not my favorite thing to do. And this is definitely one of the chores I can not do with kids hanging on my legs during the week.

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Next, it was time to clean the front hall where all my parents enter our home. The one thing that drives me crazy about winter is the “gravel yard” we are blessed with from the salt/stone mixture in parking lots everywhere. Shoes carry this yuck in and somehow my little ones find these little gravel pieces and attempt to eat them. So cleaning the front hall is often a daily chore, if not twice a day. While I was at it a complete vacuuming was also done.

Then it was time to switch the laundry, add another load, and get ready for the gym. I love morning workouts. They give you so much energy, are off the to do list, and it’s just a great way to start a day. I grabbed a snack, my gym bag and headed out the door.

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It’s then that I remembered our driveway was like an ice skating rink. The night before we had a freezing rain event for a few hours which left everything covered with a nice layer of solid ice. So I ended up taking a little detour before the gym to a local hardware store for a bag if salt.

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After the gym I returned home to fold laundry, shower and then I took a few hours of “me time” and went shopping for some items I have had on my list for awhile. Happily, I found everything I was looking for and then some….like usual! Those darn clearance racks get me every time….but I did find two awesome pair of yoga pants and another work shirt for my husband (that doesn’t need ironing..yehhh) so I had to purchase them.  IMG_3328

On the way home I decided on dinner, pasties for everyone. Easy, fast and yummy! Since Saturday is normally my day off from cooking dinner, this was as good as anything to throw in and enjoy.

It was a wonderful Saturday I must admit. I got everything on my list done and then some. I couldn’t ask for a better outcome. Oh, and by the way….ice fishing was a success!

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Workouts Of The Week and a Celebration For Us

It was a crazy schedule week for me which meant I really had no game plan as to what and when I would fit in any workouts. However, I did the best I could and I am happy to say I feel pretty good about this weeks workouts.

Take a look:

Saturday: gym workout: 40 minute elliptical and stretching

Sunday: gym workout: 30 minute elliptical, weights and stretching

Monday: 2 1/2 mile walk, 30 min recumbent bike, and stability ball exercises

Tuesday: gym workout: 30 minute elliptical and lower body weights, 1 1/2 mile walk in the morning

Wednesday: 3 mile trail hike on a local recreational trail

Thursday: home:30 minute recumbent bike and stability ball exercises

gym: 40 minute elliptical, abs and stretching

Friday: rest

I am feeling great about being back at the gym again on a regular basis. The endorphin high is absolutely awesome. Although, I won’t lie, getting there after a long day of chasing two one year olds and occupying a four year old is sometimes a challenge. With a little help and gentle push at times from my husband, we are getting back to our gym routine and I couldn’t be more happier.

As for the upcoming weekend, we hopefully will finish the Ahnapee Trail this weekend. 48 miles x2 (since we always have to return to our vehicle) and its taken us two spring and fall seasons to do it. The weather does not look too promising but we are hoping for the best. We don’t have much to finish so if its a little rain we can hike in that, snow on the other hand, it’s not going to happen.

After that I have a little surprise in store for my husband since we are celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary also this weekend. It’s going to be a busy, busy weekend but hopefully a fun one.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Workouts of the Week

I had another great week of workouts.This week I will start with Saturday since I left that off last weeks workout routine.

Here is this weeks workouts:

Saturday: gym workout which was 35 minutes on the elliptical, weights and stretching

Sunday: bluff and trail hiking at Devil’s Lake State Park

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Monday: 1 1/2 mile street walk

Tuesday: 30 minute incumbent bike and weights(at home), evening gym workout: 30 minute elliptical, 15 minute bike, and stretching

Wednesday: 1 1/2 mile street walk in the a.m. and 3 mile street walk in the evening

Thursday: 2 mile street walk in the morning, weights in the afternoon, and gym workout at night consisting of more weights & 30 minutes elliptical

Friday: rest

This week I took it easy a bit due to a sore neck which I saw the chiropractor for Monday and will again later today. Although, I still feel like I accomplished what I needed to for my health and sanity.

 

We Are On This Journey Together

A year ago my husband surprised me by announcing he was joining the gym. I had already been a member for two years and occasionally would ask him if he wanted to join me, but his answer was always,”no!” So as you can imagine, this announcement took me by complete surprise but I was pretty happy.

Not only would we be able to workout together but he may also start to understand the satisfaction I received by exercising. I clearly remember his first week. It was a matter of just getting to know how to use the various machines and such. He had very little soreness but I did not expect him to be sore. He has a pretty physical lifestyle. What did shock him was his stamina when it came to cardio. He slowly had to work his way up but he did it and reaped the benefits quickly.

I cannot tell you how fun it has been to workout as a couple. It’s great to have someone to chat with while working out, we motivate each other and offer support to each other when one of us is just ready to say skip it for today. I often feel we both have a sense of obligation to each other and that keeps us accountable to sticking with our planned workouts.

As for the physical benefits, he is still as strong as ever, but is not as tired as he used to be after a full day. Exercise has given him the extra energy he was lacking along with a much better sleep pattern.

Now if only I could convince him that working out in the morning hours is really a great way to start the day. Hmmmm, I think this may take some work on my part.

Do you prefer to workout solo or with someone?

 

 

 

Monday Motivation

Sunday 11/16: GYM: 30 minute elliptical, 10 minute bike, upper body and lower body weights

Monday 11/17: HOME: 200 crunches, arm weights, 10 minute bike.

MALL: 5 mile walk

Tuesday 11/18: HOME: 200 crunches, arm weights, 30 minute bike

GYM: 30 minute elliptical, half my normal weight machines and stretching

Wednesday 11/19: HOME: off

GYM: 35 minute elliptical and stretching

Thursday 11/20: HOME:200 crunches, upper and lower body weights, balance ball exercises, 30 minute bike

MALL: 2 mile walk

Friday 11/21: HOME: 200 crunches, arm weights

Saturday 11/22: GYM: 40 minute elliptical, upper and lower body weights

This past week brought freezing temperatures to our area. Monday when I woke up it was -9 with the windchill. Tuesday it was even colder. Apparently, everyone that said they heard this winter was going to be as bad, if not worse than last winter, was correct. No worries though, my tickets are reserved, paid for, and I am counting down the days until I see sunshine, green grass and mountains to climb:-) I just have to make it through the holidays first.

This past week we were also blessed with our first case of a stomach virus on Tuesday. This made my day! OK, not really!!!! You have to understand, when we get a bug like this it turns me into a germaphobe. Which makes it hard while caring for children whom touch EVERYTHING!!!! I cannot clean and disinfect enough when this happens. So after sending my sick one home with his parents, nap time came at our home and I cleaned like a crazy person. Hoping all the while that my family, my other two daycare children, and their parents don’t all catch this nasty bug. When an illness like this happens at our home it can go on for weeks as everyone whom gets it then starts the incubation period over again for the next round. So, now I wait and pray I got it all out of here. As you can tell by looking above at Tuesday’s gym workout, I at least attempted a full workout but I was exhausted and eventually came home to relax. A little is still better than none.

Thursday we were planning to have our weekly yoga session until…..my husband called home to tell me he had a work accident. I mentioned to him that if he was not interested in yoga that night he could have just said something. HAHA! Either way, we ended up walking the mall again since yoga was not able to happen that night due to his injury.

Then Saturday morning I woke up, both my boys had to work and I was just not looking forward to zumba. It was rainy/misty, dark and pretty blah outside. So I blew off zumba for something I knew would brighten my outlook for the day. I went to the gym and had a wonderful morning workout.

All in all, I won’t lie, this week was a challenge in the workout category. I can’t quite pinpoint why since everything really was not all that bad. Yes, I could have done without the stomach flu in our home, the work accident, and the extreme cold temperatures. We did have some very good things happen along with all the bad. However, nothing really gave me that big warm fuzzy feeling this week. We’ll just blame it on hormones and go with it. Isn’t that what all women over 40 do???

 

 

 

 

Get Up and Move Challenge- August Update

How have you all been doing on the Get Up and Move Challenge?

Are you hanging in there?

Have you tried anything new you care to share?

Do you wonder why 30 minutes now seems so minimal but back in January 30 minutes of movement seemed like forever?

I hear you if that is the case. I will forever remember when I first started exercising(years ago) and I started with a walk around a one mile block near our home. I was exhausted, like drop dead done!!! I just think back to then and smile now. What was I thinking, doing that to my body. Giving it no activity for so many years and then thinking it could actually walk one mile. And now I expect so much more of this body. And yes, I will admit, sometimes I expect too much and pay the price.

Let’s see what I have all done this month to move for 30 minutes. First of all, I rarely just move for 30 minutes. Exercise is a release for me and 30 minutes is never really enough.

Anyhow, I have done my daily afternoon workouts as always Monday-Friday. This involves a thirty minute stationary bike ride and weights. I also walk Monday-Friday every morning with my daycare kiddos for one mile if the weather allows. Granted, this is at a toddlers pace, but its still a mile. Typically, two nights a week we attend the gym. This is 30-50 minutes of cardio and an hour of weight lifting. We walk together at least two nights a week for three miles. And one night a week we have been playing disc golf, so basically more walking.

Then when we get to our weekends, that is when it could get somewhat crazy. We have paddled for a few hours down some rivers in our kayaks this month.

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I have paddled for a few hours on my stand up paddle board.

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And we have hiked some great trails with steep elevation to add to our calorie burn.

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We have attempted to start geocaching again but the bugs are still so bad that we hope to return to that in the near future.

I can say I am pretty happy with all the activity I have achieved this month. I confess, I have been nursing a sore knee since our vacation but at this point I am hoping it’s just old age. I am quite stubborn about taking it easy when it comes to pain and I really do try to listen to what my body tells me. It’s just that my brain sometimes over rides that body and tells me I can do it and that is when I pay the price. So for now, I plan to take it easy on that knee for a bit and maybe just stick to walking for a week or two. We’ll see how that goes….

I would like to leave you all with a reminder that exercise does not have to be time in a gym that you dread day in and day out for a certain amount of time. Now is the best time to get outside and try something new. If you are a parent, don’t use your kids as an excuse not to exercise. No matter what age they are, there are ways to be active with them. Strollers, wagons, bikes, balls, walking, playground workouts while your kids play, backyard games, basketball at a local park…..I could go on forever. In all honesty, it probably would not hurt your children to be a little more active also. If you are older, start with something small and find something you enjoy. A walk with a neighbor, walk a pet, bike ride, kayak rentals, join a walking club near your home, buy yourself a set of hand weights for your home…..and so on. Anything is possible. Just put your mind to it and do it. You will not regret it.

Tell me what you have done this summer.

Anything fun and exciting?

If you took on this challenge, tell me what you have noticed. Do you feel better? Do you have more energy?