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Fitness Goals – Week 5 Recap

Fitness Goals – Week 5 Recap

As I’m sitting down to write the recap of my fitness goals progress, I am encouraged that the hard weeks are behind me. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, then you should take a look at my week three and four recaps. Let’s […]

7 Reasons I’m Getting Fit and Healthy

7 Reasons I’m Getting Fit and Healthy

My fitness journey began several weeks ago, and I just realized that I never mentioned why I wanted to get fit and healthy. Reasons are everything because they are the motivators that keep me going. (Blogging is also one of my motivators. You can read more […]

May 2017 Fitness Goals

May 2017 Fitness Goals

With my first month of consistent workouts behind me and a few other concerns in front of me, I am planning to continue with my current fitness goals with a few tweaks. I am seeing results from working out consistently so I am definitely encouraged to keep going.

 

Here are my current fitness goals.

 

Goal #1: Workout at least 20 minutes a day on 5 different days per week

So far, this is going really well! I would like to increase my amount of workout time per day, but until I am sure that my heart is okay, I need to take it a little easier. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go ahead and read my Weekly Recap – Week 4.)

 

Goal #2: Walk at least 8,500 steps per day

As I’ve said before, I love using my Fitbit to track my progress. Most days, it is highly enlightening. I would love to say my steps are always at my goal amounts, but that is rarely the case. I use my Fitbit to motivate me to move more and challenge myself. In the past month, I have met my step goal the majority of the time so I am increasing it by 500 steps a day.

 

Goal #3: Include my kids in at least one workout per week

I am actually loving including my kids in my workouts. Playing outside around the swing set and going for walks seems to happen the most often. My daughter is also beginning to copy some of the movements in the Blogilates videos I’ve been doing. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should look into my reasons for loving Blogilates. You won’t be sorry you did!) It is so cute! It is a special bonding experience, and it’s just fun!

 

Goal #4: No caffeine

When I began having heart palpitations, I quickly realized that cutting soda and caffeine, in general, could be helpful. The doctor agreed with this plan, and so far, it is really helping. I have had very few issues since cutting caffeine. That’s a hard pill to swallow for me since I have been addicted to diet drinks since I was fourteen. It sounds awful to say that, but it really is true. I have tried to stop so many times, and I always come back to the same place. Even during pregnancy, I didn’t cut it out completely. It’s amazing what having heart concerns will do to your motivation and will power.

 

It’s safe to say that April did not go as planned, but I’m just rolling with the punches. That’s all I can do at this point. Here’s to working out and getting healthy!

Fitness Goals – Week 4 Recap

Fitness Goals – Week 4 Recap

This week has been a whirlwind to say the least. I started out meeting my fitness goals, and then, I basically had to stop my workouts due to some health concerns. I began having heart palpitations and chest pain, which sent me to the ER […]

Home Workouts – Steps to Being Successful

Home Workouts – Steps to Being Successful

The idea of home workouts seems to always be easier than the reality. By nature, working out at home is difficult. Finding the time to devote to your workouts and finding workouts that work for you can be challenging, especially if you are starting from […]

Fitness Journey – Bumps and Potholes

Fitness Journey – Bumps and Potholes

Ever feel like life just keeps getting in the way? You know, no matter where you turn, you just keep getting hit by road blocks? That’s how I feel right now. I started on this fitness journey close to four weeks ago, and until now, it has been going pretty well. I’ve had motivation, eagerness to keep going and I have felt great for the most part.

Now, things have changed. I’m still motivated and excited to be able to work out, but I am having issues with old injuries that are making workouts much more difficult. For starters, my shoulder started giving me trouble. I rested it for a few days by modifying some of the Pilates movements, and it seems to be doing a lot better.

That was followed by pain in my left Achilles tendon. Trouble as in sharp pain and popping every time my foot moves. Thankfully, Pilates does not require much use of my foot, but this has put a dent in some of my cardio workouts. I’m just trying to do exercises that get my heart rate up with jumping or running until it feels better.

In addition to that, I am struggling with back spasms at the moment. I am trying to rest as much as I can, but I still have to take care of two very young children all day long. Every time I lift one of them, I really feel it.

The last few nights I have been stuck sitting on the couch with the heating pad so it’s safe to say I’m not having too much fun. I am attempting Pilates workouts, but I have to stop anytime I feel like it is going to spasm, which is often. So much for a fitness journey…

I know it may seem like I complain and whine a lot, but I really do have a high pain tolerance. I went through twenty-eight hours of labor with my daughter before I received medicine, and the whole process took over thirty-six hours before she was taken via emergency C-section. Suffice to say, I’m having some bodily concerns right now that do hurt, which is probably due to my lack of working out over the past several years. Maybe I just did too much too fast.

It is hard for me every time this happens. I tend to think back to my childhood and the nine years of gymnastics spent popping Advil like it was nothing because something was always hurting. I had good experiences and bad ones while in gymnastics. The worst was by far the fact that it was taboo to tell my coaches that I was hurt or having a problem.

That is definitely not the norm. I love the sport, and I think it has gotten a bad rap over the years. For the most part, I think coaches care and really watch out for their athletes. My experiences were just a little different.

When I hurt my Achilles and ended up quitting the sport, I told my coach that I was in severe pain after completing a tumbling pass. He ignored me and told me to do it again as I limped back to the edge of the floor. When I landed the tumbling pass that followed, I fell to the ground in agony. I knew I was hurt, and even then, he didn’t really seem to care.

Chalk it up to the fact that adults don’t always listen to twelve years old kids or the fact that many of my teammates were always trying to make excuses to get out of doing things. Regardless, that ended my gymnastics career and took months to recover from.

Stories like that are difficult for me to look back on because I know, at thirty, I should not have the bodily issues that I have. Everything aches. I have arthritis in many different joints. My joints pop and creek as I walk. My career as a burglar was over before it began! LOL! I will probably have hip replacement surgery before the age of fifty, and that’s not a joke. Let’s just hope it’s not both hips! Yikes!

All this being said, I am still motivated on this fitness journey, and I am anxious to really get back at it. It’s hard to hit bumps, more like potholes, in the road when you want something so badly, but perseverance is important in all things. I am just trying my best to keep my spirits up and stay motivated. I know my body will heal in time, and I am excited to still be working out even if it’s a little less than I would like.

This week has placed me into a more reflective state of mind, and that’s not always a bad place to be when you’re chasing a goal. In the words of Dory, “Just Keep Swimming!”, and that’s just what I’m going to do.

Fear of Rest Days

Fear of Rest Days

There’s something about a designated rest day that makes me nervous. Tons of thoughts are currently going through my head. I guess I feel like I’m going to miss something or suddenly gain five pounds or lose the progress I’ve been making. I know it […]

Fitness Goals – Week 3 Recap

Fitness Goals – Week 3 Recap

Week three…oh, week three. This has been a pretty good week! I completed all of my planned workouts! Yay for fitness goals! The best part is that I felt stronger while doing each of them. Moves that were difficult for me a few weeks ago […]

Rough Day and a Workout

Rough Day and a Workout

Today was a rough day. My workout didn’t go as planned, and it was frustrating. What can I say? Babies don’t always cooperate with my plans.

My workouts are usually the one thing I look to, to relieve stress on the not so good days. They keep me calm and much happier. When that workout stress relief is interrupted multiple times, it just adds to the stress and chaos that is my day.

But that wasn’t all. I also lacked the motivation to work out. Between the day’s activities, children being difficult and getting very little sleep last night, I just wanted to sleep instead of working out. Sleep still sounds so good, though! (I say that as I’m staying up late to write this blog post. Guess that’s a little counter-productive.)

I’m proud of myself though because I persevered through my work out in the midst of the chaos. It was challenging to restart my workout three different times, but I was determined to stick with the plan. I guess that means I actually worked out more? Who knows…

I have gone through so many false starts with fitness programs in the past several years, and I refuse to let this be another one.

Everyone has rough days. I’m actually shocked it’s taken me this long to lose a little motivation. Usually, it happens much sooner so that’s definitely an improvement!

I just keep telling myself that I’m doing this for a reason. It’s about my health, my appearance, my sanity and my family.

Being a role model for my children is not easy. I fail at it every day, but I try. I really want them to see my hard work and how it pays off because that’s a lesson that works for everything in life.

I just have to keep moving forward. One day at a time, one workout at a time until I reach my goals.

Hopefully, tomorrow will be a much better day, and I will wake up with renewed motivation. As long as I stay committed, I know I can stay on track.

I just have to remember that I’m doing this for me, for my family and for our future.

 

Workout Tip: Keep going even when it’s hard. The end result is worth it! Just keep focusing on your goals and where you want to end up. Two months from now, you will be happy that you stuck with it.

 

Fitness Goals – Week 2 Recap

Fitness Goals – Week 2 Recap

This week has been a little harder. I made it through, but it has been difficult. I know their called fitness goals for a reason, but I would really love to actually meet them! Both of my kids have been sick. I feel like I […]