Friday, January 30, 2015

Fitness Friday - Week 4

I can't believe it has already been a month of Fitness Friday! It went by so fast! Hopefully you have all hung in there and haven't already given up on becoming fit for 2015!! You can do it. Just take baby steps! So, how is your progress so far? Let me know in the comments below! 

Saturday I did my usual Mat Pilates 2 followed by Zumba; however, I went a little crazy afterwards. I came home and had my own mini dance party. At-home dance parties definitely count as a workout! I've said this before, but I'll say it again. Once I start feeling the beat, there is no turning back! Once I turned out my new cd player, I pretty much sealed my fate. 

Monday I did Zumba! I went early so I could practice the dance for Broken Heels (one of my favorites). My instructor let me teach that dance in class!! It was so much fun! I've been thinking about becoming a Zumba instructor. I definitely think I want to do it now!

I went to a Barre Buns class on Wednesday. I went three weeks ago for the first time and I skipped these past two weeks because I have been busy. Basically, it was not a good idea to skip those two weeks. The class was difficult and I was sore right away! Yesterday I decided to just stretch a lot and recover from the class. Today I did a light 1600 swim.

~Challenge~ 

The challenge for this week isn't necessarily immediate. Instead, it is to implement some of my tips when you need to recover from a difficult workout. You next difficult workout could be tomorrow or two weeks from now. Either way, make sure to do the following: 

-Take a warm bath 
-Drink WATER! (Too much water is bad, but make sure you are not dehydrated)
-Light movement/walking 
-Don't sit for prolonged periods of time 
-Lightly stretch and massage areas that are sore

The goal of the recovery process is to get your blood flowing. You want to get all of the lactic acid out of your body. If you know right after a workout that you will be sore the next day, take a warm bath that night. If your difficult workout was in a class like Barre Buns where you aren't doing cardio, immediately go into the gym area and do some light spinning on the bike or walking on the treadmill. If your difficult workout was at home, go for a light walk outside when you are finished.

If you take a class and you end up completely sore, remember that you don't need to feel obligated to do everything. Next time, modify the exercises and go at your own pace. You don't want to overdue it to the point where you are lying in bed for days after the workout! Being able to manage yourself while working out will make you less likely to be sore (or at least less likely to be extremely sore) after a workout. A little soreness is fine, but try not to let it get out of hand.

What do you think about these tips? Are these new to you? Will you try them out? Let me know in the comments below! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I've Got Mail - Clothing Haul

Hi loves! I'm back! :D I received a package in the mail from one of my best friend's. We've been friends since I was three years old when we lived next door to each other. I thought I would share with you what she sent, since it was so thoughtful! 


I love all of the graphics on this shirt! Taylor Momsen was the first face of Material Girl, which is one of my favorite brands of clothing; so, I love how this shirt includes her. I was in the musical West Side Story. It's ironic how this shirt includes that as well. I also love the jewels. It adds a little something extra!


These scarfs are great for wintertime. The cheetah scarf is super soft, so it will keep me warm. The grey scarf is lightweight. I will probably layer it with this cheetah scarf or wear it when it starts to get warmer.


This shirt is a pretty blue. I like how it's v-neck, which is flattering on pretty much everyone. It is a bit cropped so I'll wear it in the Summer.

I love everything my friend sent me! I am so grateful. I want to finish this post with a quote: 

"Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with." - Candace Bushnell

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fitness Friday - Week 3

It's Fitness Friday!! How did you do on last week's challenge? Did you try something new? What did you do? Let me know in the comments below! This week I had finals. Oh the joy. I didn't get to go to the gym as much as I usually do. I only went one day this week. I'm actually really missing it!

Saturday I took a Mat Pilates 2 class and did Zumba right after it. I mentioned how much I love doing classes back-to-back in last week's post. I really recommend it to anyone who has a gym membership. On Sunday I did my Quick Fix Power Yoga DVD. There are three workouts in this DVD and I did all three. 

On Wednesday I went for a hilly 1.25 mi walk. Yesterday I danced for 75 min. Sometimes it is really late at night and I just feel like having a dance party. Once I start feeling the beat I can't stop! haha Today I wasn't able to go to the gym (or workout), but tomorrow I'll be back! 

~Challenge~ 

Stop focusing on your long-term goals! Yes, it is good to make them; however, focusing on your short-term goals will get you to where you want to go. For instance, many people say, "I want to get fit. I want to get healthy. I want to lose weight." But then what? What are they supposed to do? There is no exact formula to accomplish those goals. They tell you to exercise and eat healthier. Where do you start? What type of exercise? It all becomes very overwhelming.

What you want to do is set short-term goals. You start off by saying your goal is to run 1 mile without stopping (and feeling like you're going to pass out when you're through). Once you get there, your goal can be to run 1 mile in 9 minutes. Then your goal can be to run 2 miles! Do you see where I'm going with this? You will be getting more fit in the process. You will be losing weight. The difference is that you are not focusing on it. You are focusing on your short-term goals. In time, they will get you to where you want to be as long as you continue to make short-term goals.

Last week I told you I want to gradually build up to working out 5+ days a week, but for now I'm going to focus on four days. This is my current short-term goal. Once I am able to sustain 5+ days a week, I will make another one! What is your short-term goal? Let me know in the comments below!

PS. I haven't been posting anything other than Fitness Friday's for a couple of weeks now. I will be posting regularly again starting this week!!! Make sure to follow me on Bloglovin', Twitter, and my other social media accounts so you stay updated on my posts!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fitness Friday - Week 2

It's Fitness Friday! How did you all do? Did you complete last week's challenge and start a fitness journal?

This week I was extremely busy, but still managed to find time to workout. On Saturday I tried out a new class- Mat Pilates 2. I ended up loving it! The instructor goes in-depth when explaining each exercise. Instead of just doing the exercise, I actually know why I am doing it and how it will help me. I used equipment that I don't have at home, which is a huge plus. The class was extremely different from my Pilates DVD's. I was hoping that would be the case because I did not want to feel like I was doing the exact same workout. 

After Mat Pilates 2, I did Zumba! I love how I went from one class straight into another. Pilates warms me up and stretches me out for Zumba. I am definitely going to continue doing both back to back. I did Zumba again Monday night. My instructor switched up the dances, so it was really difficult. I pulled through though!

I tried out another new class yesterday. I did TRX for the first time. I was definitely nervous going into the class because I had never done anything remotely close to it. It was challenging, but a great full body workout. I can tell that I will be considerably stronger and leaner after a month or two of classes. I loved the music and overall atmosphere of the class, as well as the workout so I am going to continue this class. I am so excited that I am finding classes and workouts that I love!

Today I stretched for a while. I am sore from TRX, so I wanted to keep it light. I also did my Caribbean Workout Core Pilates DVD. There are three 22 min. segments, but I just did one. I did the "Core" segment.

Overall, it was a great week of workouts! I want to work up to at least exercising five days a week. For now I'll stick with four days and gradually build upon it.

~Challenge~  

This week's challenge is to try something new! Whether it is something you have been wanting to try out for a while, something you've never heard of (but are intrigued about), or something you haven't done in a long time, do it! This will help you figure out what activities/workouts you enjoy and which ones you don't. 

If you do try a new workout and fall in love with it, you can incorporate it into your fitness routine! If you don't love it, that is okay! At least you know it is not for you! You can continue to try new things and add them to your fitness routine until you've created a multitude of options for yourself when deciding what workout you want to do.

If you have a gym membership, try out a new class. If you get your workouts from the computer (Pinterest; Youtube), find a new routine. If you live in a sunny climate, go for a hike or a long walk. You can buy a fitness DVD or rent one from your library. You don't know what you like until you try it. You might be pleasantly surprised.

It is always important to switch up your fitness routine and recruit new muscles. You don't want to reach a plateau! Remember, not every workout is for you. You have to get to know your body and find out what activities work for it.

What do you think about this challenge? Will you try it out? Let me know in the comments below! 


Friday, January 9, 2015

Fitness Friday - Week 1

The time has come! Week 1 of 2015 for Fitness Friday! I am starting a new series where I talk about my fitness adventures for the week. I will also give you one challenge to complete each week. Make sure to let me know in the comments if you accomplished the challenge and enjoyed it!

The only forms of working out I have done in a while are creating at-home workouts for myself, walking/hiking, dancing, and completing workouts from online (Pinterest and Youtube). I recently got a YMCA membership. Every YMCA is different, so what mine has yours might not have and vice versa. This one has a TV on each individual piece of fitness equipment, which is awesome! It was definitely a huge selling point! :D

I have always been into fitness, so I am not starting to workout for the first time. I am just trying to become more consistent in my fitness (as stated in this post here). I also want to become more fit. I started this goal back in November.

In November I started going to the gym. I used the elliptical, bike, and treadmill. I tried out a Yoga class and quickly realized it wasn't for me. We barely did anything. The instructor kept saying, "Channel your soul." We literally had to meditate while channeling our soul. How do you channel your soul??? Safe to say it was a complete disaster! I definitely prefer my Yoga DVD's to the Yoga classes at my gym!  

In December I tried out Zumba, the new love of my life. Since my first class, I have become completely obsessed! My teacher always keeps the classes high energy. She chooses the most fast-paced dances and doesn't let us slow down until the very last song, which is our warm-down. I love to dance, so this is definitely the class for me! I continued with the elliptical (25 min.), bike (10-15 min. level 6), and treadmill (walk on incline).

Now that you are caught up to 2015, I will tell you about my first week in January! I started on January 3rd with a Zumba class. I took a day off and then did Zumba again on the 5th. I tried out a new class on January 7th: Barre Buns. This class is amazing! I was a little sore immediately after the class. I used to be a ballerina, so this class definitely brought me back. If you can find a Barre Buns class (gym, DVD, online), I definitely recommend you do it!

I woke up really sore on the 8th so I took a day off. Today I am still a little sore. I planned to go swimming (it's not too strenuous on body), but the indoor pool at the YMCA is having air filtration problems. I decided to do one of my Yoga DVD's. It is called Quick Fix Power Yoga. I love the DVD! There are three 10 minute workouts. I did all three. If you are looking to start yoga or if you already love it, I recommend you check this out! Overall, I think this week was really successful!

I have been writing in my fitness diary for over a year now. What is a fitness diary? It is a journal where I chronicle each workout I complete. I always include the date and what I did. I make sure to be really detailed. Instead of writing "push-ups" I write "20 regular push-ups." This makes it more accurate. Depending on the workout I include how long it took to complete. For instance, if I am on the elliptical, I will write the time, level, and speed.

I really believe that a fitness diary helps you improve! I can look back and see my progress. I can see patterns that I want to continue or break. If I get stuck for a workout, I can see what I have already done and get ideas. It is really helpful and motivating!

~Challenge~

We are going to start off these challenges slow and easy. The goal is to make fitness your lifestyle, which takes time. I want you to start your own fitness diary. It is only one week into January, so it will be easy to remember what you did (or didn't) do. 

Since you are starting off your diary, write down if you haven't worked out at all yet. Once you start your first workout, you can just start putting down dates. You will know if the date skips from the 9th to the 12th that you didn't workout in between those days. If you want to be more precise, you can write down the days you don't workout and explain why.

What do you think about this challenge? Will you do it? Let me know in the comments below! Make sure to come back to the comments at the end of the week and let me know whether you accomplished the challenge successfully! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Color of the Month - January

Can you believe we are already a week into January? It seems like just yesterday I was watching the ball drop on TV and waking up the next morning to watch the Rose Parade. Now that resolutions (or in my case, goals) have been made, all we have to do focus on is accomplishing them. The color of the month is Caramel. It is ironic how the color of January is the very sweet indulgence that some people (those who are on a mission to get healthy) are trying to avoid. I'm not one of those people. :D

Here is the good news. Caramel can be used by anyone to help attain goals, which is fitting for this time of the year. It is said to increase patience, tenacity, and endurance. 

The three characteristics that describe Caramel are...

Practical 
Determined
Builder

If you wear and/or surround yourself with this color, you will have increased discipline, focus, and self-control because the earth tones in Caramel help make you feel stable and responsible. 

How do I know about the color of the month? I found all of the information in the book Colorstrology by Michele Bernhardt. You can find it here.

What do you think about the color of the month? Let me know in the comments below!


Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!!


Happy New Year! I am so excited for 2015! I kicked off the year with my mom's birthday, which is January 1st. I spent the day cooking for her. I created a menu, which of course consisted of a three course dessert. You just can't say no to dessert. We watched the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, and Under the Tuscan Sun (love this movie). It was a lot of fun!

Looking back at 2014, I can safely say that it was a great year because I started this blog! I had wanted to do it for many years and I finally decided to go for it! Woohoo!! I'm very proud of myself in that respect. I usually do not create resolutions at the beginning of each year. If you look up the word "resolution" in the dictionary, you will see that it means a firm determination to do or not to do anything. I feel as if it is a concrete decision that needs to be met, which is ultimately why so many resolutions are not accomplished. If you look up the word "goal" in the dictionary, you will see that it means an aim or desired result. This is what I am looking for. I love making goals for myself. They do not have to be too specific. If I aim to do something and it is not 100% accomplished at the end of the year, I can still continue to aim towards that goal in the next year. 

I have a few goals for 2015. First, I want to grow my blog. I hope to get more and more followers! So, make sure you are following me on Bloglovin' and my other social media accounts!! :D I also want to be more consistent in everything I do- Fitness, Hobbies, etc. I feel like this year is going to be amazing and I am excited for what is to come! Do you have any goals for 2015? Let me know in the comments below! 

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