Friday, April 8, 2016

6 Fitness Fridays and what I have learned from them

Trying to look for inspiration for my workouts in April I noticed a trend in my archives. I like doing a Fitness Friday post so I thought I could put a bunch of them in one post to share for those who haven't seen them yet.

1. My first Fitness Friday was clear back in November of 2015. I know that's really not that long ago but it feels like it when you see all the workouts you have done since then. This is when I first got my punching bag, which I gave away after it took out a ceiling joist.

2. Next Fitness Friday was in December when I was suppose to be sharing something about myself for a 31 day challenge. I choose to share workouts instead. I had started doing Bender Fitness 4 week challenge but couldn't stick it out.

3. This Fitness Friday was when I started doing a lot of Jillian Micheals. She puts on a good workout video. I highly recommend if you are looking for a video to follow, her's should be on the list. You don't have to buy the DVD's you can find free ones on YouTube.

4. The New Year brought this Fitness Friday. I am still doing Jillian Micheals but have also started working towards my vacation goal.

5. Still in January,  this Fitness Friday I started looking for different videos. I stepped away from Jillian Micheals. I wasn't seeing a difference so I thought it was time to move on. I wasn't being patient.

6. The last time I used Fitness Friday as a post title. This one I went back to what I knew with Jillian Micheals but I mixed it up and created a 2 week plan. I was in the mindset that my workouts needed to be over 30 minutes to be beneficial. 

So, what did I learn?
I learned that it does take time to find a workout that you like and when you do you should stick with it and eventually you will see results.

I learned that you may not be seeing results because you are switching things up too much. Yes, it's good to confuse your muscles and not do exactly the same thing day in and day out but thinking you need to be doing every new workout doesn't help.

I also learned that it is good to get 30 minutes or 3 miles of workout done, it doesn't all have to be at the same time. If you can't find the time you can spread it out through out the day. Find what works for you and just be patient. 

*If you have any tips you use for finding and sticking with a workout, please share with us or leave a link to your favorite workout.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Happiness, is it something everyone can have?

Dealing with a touch of sadness gets a girl to open herself up to trying to find a way out of it. It's not an enjoyable feeling when you can't find your happy place.
 Now, my inner-voice says to knock it off and suck it up. There's no time for sadness. I use the word sadness because I don't think it's to the point of depression yet and I want to do something before it does.

                                     Nothing can bring you happiness but yourself
                                                      -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and The Art of Happiness with the Dahli Lama in order to get ideas to share for my blog. At the time I wasn't really unhappy so I don't think it really soaked in.

I wish it was just as easy as being happy to spite someone else. Sometimes it helps to think of how your happiness would make some else happy, but it really doesn't last long.

I did read an article in a magazine about how being spontaneous usually makes you happier. It's funny because I was trying to do a craft to make me happy when I found the article. I had a big stack of magazines to shred and there it was. 
It made sense to me. When I tend to jump into something I feel happier, but is that lasting happiness or just temporary? Wouldn't you think once the newness wore off you'd be looking for the next big thing? 

This article really spoke to me and maybe some of you can relate. The author is in a funk, like me and they share 5 things you can do to get out of it. I tried to listen to the book they recommend but the voice was hard to follow so I will actually have to read it.

The second point in the article talks about being in the here and now and I think that is a big problem of mine. I hate my house and where I am stuck living for awhile. The fact that I desperately want to be somewhere else is making it very hard for me to find happiness. 

So I agree with living in the NOW. No sense in wishing for what you can't have and missing what was. I think if you can wake up everyday with a different reason that your NOW is good, just for that day. Do that every day and hopefully the time will eventually come when you can get to where it is you really want to be.

I know that there are a lot of people who swear by starting to meditate. I say "Yay You" but I have tried and tried to make that habit stick and it always falls to the way side.

I was hoping this Blog would become my happy place. So far it has brought me more stress because I feel inadequate when I see low numbers. I know that I shouldn't care. I know that I am not in this to make money. I am in this just to have a place to get my ideas out of my head and maybe help one person along the way, but it's like being chosen last for volleyball.

This wonderful article talks about needing to love yourself and this goes along with the quote at the top of the post about you being responsible for your happiness. I am trying to do a better job of loving myself. I have come a long way from where I was. Working out helps with that and I think it could help others who are feeling a little sad. You don't have to go all hardcore, just walking for a half hour a day gets the blood flowing and creates some endorphin's.

In doing research for this post I have found some helpful tips that I will start to incorporate. One last article to share because there might be something in there that will speak to you. I found some of the tips to be common sense and others to be odd, but what works for some doesn't work for all.

I hope that this post helps you as much as it has me. I believe everyone can find some resemblance of happiness and we should not be to hard on ourselves if every once in awhile we need a reminder.

*If you have any go to things you do to get out of a funk, please share them with us.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Finding the running plan that's right for you

Well, here I go again!
I had tried to be a runner last year and worked months at it but got frustrated because I just couldn't get my breathing to work for me instead of against me, so I gave up and walked away....get it, walked haha. I am again thinking this is a goal I can accomplish I just need to figure out how.

So like always I jump on Pinterest and see what I can find.

First off the breath, how was I going to over come this? I started doing Yoga and that has really helped get me to focus on using my breath and also I lift weights and that also teaches you to use your breath for the benefit of getting one more rep in, so it shouldn't be to hard to use it to run that first mile...right!
I found this infographic on breathing that might help you understand why you need to breath properly.

freshworkouts gives 5 ways to help get you running. I don't really know about the calling and talking to someone if you don't have someone who can run with you, cause I can barely breath but I agree with the listening to music. I need that. They also suggest rewarding yourself. I did that before even beginning. I ordered a Garmin Vivofit.

There are lots of suggestions about how to start a running program and everyone will work for someone but I need to figure out which one will work for me. I found this 30 day program on She lays it out nicely and I think that if she didn't ask for sprints I would go with it. I have touchy knees and I'm not sure they would like sprints, not yet.

I really have to share this blogger, and her blog about getting started. She has helped give me a little more desire to get running again and maybe she'll inspire you too.

This is what I finally came up with.

I will walk 5 minutes and run 1 minute for 30 minutes, the first week. The second week I'll walk 4 minutes and run 2. This is kind of how a friend of mine said I should start. Third week I'll go for walking 3 minutes and running 3 minutes. Week four, walking 2 minutes and running 4, then hopefully by the end of the month I can run a full 5 minutes and if I don't hate it I'll keep running.

If anyone has any advice or tips, please feel free to share them with me. I need all the help I can get.