Monthly Archives: January 2014

Back in the Dungeon

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Well, that was quick. My third workout after getting back with Sadist and he went for the jugular. Okay, so not literally, but he did not take it easy as we targeted legs (where I am generally in beast mode), shoulders, and abs, not to mention the cardio that he sneaks in on me. When all was said and done at the end of the workout, my legs were shaky and felt like they had the consistency of a jello mold. You know what I’m talking about.

It is nice to be getting back into my old routine, at a pace that will, hopefully not burn me out. It is certainly not easy, but it shouldn’t be. My next targeted area is my diet, or lack there of. I fell off the “eat well and healthy” wagon and landed in a well filled with chocolate. I have some plans in my brain on kickstarting my diet back up, not a longterm, permanent idea, but a short, jolt to my system type of thing. I may need to do some research on this before I start it, make certain I am getting all my required vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

Wishing you a happy, safe, and warm day!

self

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

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Here’s a question for you, especially those of you suffering from one of the most harsh winters I can remember: What keeps you motivated to get out into the biting air and head to the gym? I ask this because, well, honestly, I am a cold weather wimp. I am from the south, lived here all my life. Texas is my home. I don’t do cold. At. All. And yet, here I am in the middle of a major breakdown by Mother Nature. The temperature change has been 40 or more degrees F from one day to the next.

Yes, I realize I am whining. It’s because I am sitting here at work in my classroom in long johns, slacks, under armor shirt, blouse, scarf, wool coat, boots, and gloves, and I am still cold!

So, for the hardy and brave amongst you, how do you do it? What gets you out the door and into the freezing elements?

Change Is In The Air

We are nearing the end of the second full week of 2014, and while I was thinking about that last night, I thought about the things that I hope to change this year. My New Years Resolutions, if you will. Not made at the end of the old, but after I have started a new one.

 

1) Body Shaming

No, I do not do this to anyone else, just myself. I have this goal to become a more healthy and fit version of me, but that will never be a reachable goal until I stop looking at myself and bashing what I see. No one put me into my current shape but me. I don’t like it, so it is up to me to change it, right? Here is the lesson that friends and family have been trying to make me get through my stubborn head: I have to be smart about it. And, as I said above, in order to get there, I have to accept and -here’s the hard part- like myself as I am now. The froming wrinkles, the stretch marks from pregnancy, everything. I am me, “As Is.” If I cannot accept this version of me, what will ever make me stop hating what I see?

 

2) Negativity

I have to be able to lead by example. How can I encourage to believe in themselves when /if I do not practice what I preach? Mistakes and wrong moves are going to happen, that is a given, but when they do, admit it. Take ownership, responsibility. If you can correct it, do so and move on. If you can’t? Then you have to be able to forgive yourself and carry on. Have faith in yourself, your strengths. Transform all of the “I think I can, if only…” into “Hell, yea! I did it!” Your own personal can of negativity-be-gone.

 

3)The “Quiet One”

Once upon a time there was a strong willed little girl, one who would say what she thought, and argue the definition of stubborn with a fence post… What happened to her? When did she lose her voice, her backbone? Find your voice!! Stop holding your tongue, speaking your mind on things. One of the things that makes each of us unique is our opinions. If someone does not agree with you? So what? Who cares? Lord knows, everyone else speak their minds on things. If relationships dissolve because of this, then the relationship was not that strong to begin with.

While you are finding that voice, one you have it, sing out! Music is a know mood lifter, so sing out loud, even if it is badly. Make someone sing along, or smile, or laugh with that rediscovered voice.

 

4) Bend the Sides of the Box

Being shy and introverted has led to a fairly lonely life. It is time to try new things, meet new people. Stop living in that perfectly shaped box. Stretch out your arms, if you push out the walls of your box, good! It means you’re experiencing life. Give it a try, living a little more might just change your life.