Getting Yourself to Exercise in the Morning

Welcome to the Secret Blogger Club Blog Hop!

Before I get down to business, is anyone else as stoked as me about the two-day event of the Bachelor starting this Sunday? It’s ok if you don’t want to admit it, but I know I’m not alone in this like decade-long obsession. #HopelessRomantic

Anyway, I can’t think of a good segway to what I really wanna talk about so let’s just pretend I said something really clever and we all laugh as I transition…..

I’m a morning person through and through. I’ve never stayed out all night and when the clock chimes 9pm I start winding down. In college that was definitely not the “cool” thing to do, but I survived and am now the envy of all my co-workers.

Be to work before 6am? Sure, can do! But workout at 6am? not my favorite activity……

Morning Exercise

See I’m a Slow morning person. As in I like nice slow mornings and if that means they need to start before the rooster crows than I’m A-ok with it. I like to wake-up, scroll through Instagram, read the paper, relax as I got through 50 outfits. It’s awesome.

But see, I also only have time to exercise in the morning b/c I work until 7-8pm most nights, and w’ve already established I like to be in bed by 10, if not earlier and reading a book. So that leaves me with morning exercise. I’ve compiled a pretty comprehensive list of strategies I use to get up and movin first thing in the morning…..Maybe one or more of them willhelp you out as well.

Self- Pep Talks

– “Think about how great you’ll feel afterwards!” This one can usually do the trick alone. I always do feel great afterwards so I’m not even lying to myself! However, when the snows come a blowin and the 15 minute walk from my car to the gym is a bit too daunting I haveta resort to some dirtier tricks.

– “You wanna fit into that swimsuit?? You know, that swimsuit you never wear anyway b/c you have irrational fear of the water? Yea that one!” I really do hate the water so rarely will you find me in a swimsuit. However that early in the morning my brain forgets this fact and I get out of bed.

Bribery

– “If you go to 2 spin classes this week you go to Dunk’s! Remember how much you love Dunks?” Not the best option since rewarding yourself with food is kinda a no-no, but it’s effective nonetheless. Plus I always treat myself to a vanilla chai tea latte and everyone knows those calories don’t count (big lie)

– “Pizza” SImple, yet highly effective

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

– “Ok self, if you don’t get to spin class this morning you can’t watch the latest episode of the Bachelor!!!!” No lie, this is what got me up Tuesday morning this week. I usually watch it with a friend the night of, but we had to cancel and you can’t let an episode of the Bachelor just sit around unwatched….

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What about you? What are some ways you get yourself to exercise? (besides you’re an awesome superwoman who needs no motivation in which case we can’t be friends….Wait no! Come back! I need friends!!)

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5 Things to Know About Spin Class

Happy Hump Day Friends!

I was gonna do another wedding post, but so many people were confused I was the one who quite suddenly got hitched that I decided to space them out by a few days. Now that my brother and his wife are happily married, my brand new sister is on the prowl to make sure I get my turn. That’s what sisters are for right? lol

Now it’s time to make a huge jump back in time though. I had so many wonderful comments of congrats after I bragged about finally hittin my weight goal a month or so ago. But I also got quite a few questions about what i did to finally break through that plateau.

Honest answer? Lots of stuff. But more specifically, I started spinning. With this being right around the time people are making and still planning on sticking to their resolutions all year, I thought I’d make it a bit easier to jump at least one of those hurdles.

Spin

1. Arrive early. Seriously just do it. Not only can scope out the room and claim your perfect bike but this is also the time to ask the instructor to help you adjust your bike. Hint: know where the fans are. Nothing is worse then dying of sweat and receiving zero mercy from the fans because you’re too far away or heaven forbid someone is blocking your salvation.

2. Have the instructor adjust your bike. I know I touched on this above but this is huge. A hour on an ill-fitting bike does not a happy bum make. And if you’re gonna continue to spin, you want a happy bum. Although don’t be discouraged when for the first few times your who-ha gets sore, it goes away.

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3. Bring a towel and water. You may be one of the lucky ones who only glistens or glitters when they workout, but for the rest of the real world you’re gonna sweat your touche off in this class and a towel will be a welcome companion. Not to mention water, which will willingly sacrifice their whole self to fortify you through some pretty brutal climbs.

4. Wear tights. Again, maybe you have perfectly toned legs with thighs that don’t rub together, but for all you normal people, you’ll want tights to reduce friction. No one wants to start a fire in the middle of class. Also you’re a biker now, and cool bikers where tights (or biker shorts for the truly inclined)

5. Don’t wear white. I’ve only ever been to one spinning studio so this could be an isolated case, but my studio turns the lights down/out and only has a few black-lights illuminating the place. Hence the no white shirt unless you wanna be a blinding beacon of annoyance to everyone around you. This also plays into getting to class early so you don’t get stuck on a bike directly under the black-light.

Hopefully that little intro to spinning is helpful to those who have never been. I truly do credit most of my success to those little stationary, but torturous bikes.

Have any of your tried spin class? What’re your thoughts?

Also does anyone wanna come spin with me? I have no spin friends 😦 Boo…

Also don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a hand-knit scarf! You only have a few more days!

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A Little Goodbye…..

Today we’re gonna have a bit of a celebration….

Well three celebrations because it is Friday and I actually showed up here twice this week 😀

The second one comes in the form of a very narcissistic expression of my pride in myself and my accomplishment of late. Feel free to cheer right alongside me but I can promise my shouts of joy will be the loudest.

GoodbyeFat

I finally broke through my plateau and hit the 150’s! I haven’t seen that number since high school 😀

I know it’s not all about the numbers and all that jazz, but seriously this is too awesome Not to be excited about. I carry all my extra weight in my booty and while no one else may notice it (I’m kinda tall) I do. I’ve been hoverin right bwtn the 160-70 range for the past little bit since my “no-running” edict was passed down. (admittedly I kept running off and on for another year give or take a bit)

Don’t worry boys (do boys read this?…that’s weird), there’s still plenty of ba-donk back there. It’s just now a less jiggly, more toned ba-donk. If you’re in to that sort of thing…

Anyway, I don’t tell you this to get high fives or any “damn girl you look good’s” though I won’t be rude and turn them down. I  simply wanted to pay homage to this dark passenger of mine (Dexter?), so I wrote my fat a little letter to commemorate the good times we had together.

This is totally a braggy photo.... #noshame

This is totally a braggy photo…. #noshame

Farewell Fat,

It’s been a long road. Your 5 or so years may have been cut short and while no one will shed a single tear for you, you’ve been a faithful companion. We spent many a night together, watching Netflix, indulging in sweet treats, and being single (though I will admit this wasn’t entirely your fault). Despite your warming capabilities and milkshake bringing abilities, I say goodbye…..

You’ve been with me through thick, but it’s time for a little thin. Please don’t haunt me (or anyone for that matter, just be gone jeez) but I promise to remember you. I’ll think of you fondly as I decimate your friends and family. I do this out of love……for myself, but you get the picture….

So be safe Fat and take care. Mostly take care to never come back.

RIP

Obviously life is a grand journey of ups and downs, but today I’m celebrating an Up! I’ll clue y’all in to how I finally achieved my goals in a later post. Because if you thought I could actually be serious for more then one post you’ve come to the wrong place…

Who wants to celebrate the small victories with me today?

What’s one of your most recent victories?

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Back to Basics: Strength Training

Welcome to Monday all you weekenders! I just redid my About page if y’all could go take a peek and let me know what ya think.

I had a great Father’s Day weekend, even though I didn’t get to see my Padre. You can read about how cool he is here though.

Now, as y’all know my favorite form of exercise is runnin. It’s also no secret that I’ve had to scale back my running (aka take a break for awhile on Dr’s orders) these past few months post Bluegrass Half. Don’t worry I’ll still be out there hitting the trails hiking and walking when I have time, BUT I can’t be letting my exercise routine slack just b/c I’m not running anymore. That’s why I’m going back to the basics in a new series I’ll be writing for y’all. (bout time I put my degree to use on here right)

back to backs strength training

I might make other people work out for a living but that doesn’t mean I love it myself. I’ve talked before that I’d much rather be outside than indoors at the gym. The thing I’ve found that works for me though, is following other people’s workout plans. Of course I can design my own (and I’ll be writing some for y’all), but when it comes to my own workouts I like to zone out on someone else’s hard work for a change. Go to my happy place and let them do all the thinking.

Thanks to my Girl at B Loved Boston, I found the Bikini Series videos. They might only be 10-12 min long but you’ll be feeling it trust me. I did the arms workout after B posted it, then proceeded to find their abs, inner/outer thighs, and booty videos…I was drenched in sweat by the end (also having no AC probably aided in that as well).

Above is the inner and outer thigh video. Since my second knee surgery and my new run/walk style cardio, my legs have lost a lot of tone b/c I can no longer lunge or deep squat. No excuses though, it’s just a matter of getting creative. Even in the video when they’re doing plie squats with a leg raise, I just don’t go as deep as the video to maintain a pain-free workout. Simple!

you get stronger

I still feel the burn. Who cares what the muscle-head at the gym says, it’s not cheating (so there 😛 ). And that goes for anyone! No matter your exercise routine for the day, it’s ok to ease up a bit when it gets too much or stop if it’s painful. (keep in mind there IS a difference between hard painful and something’s wrong painful. I suggest pushing through the first one) Do your best and keep your mind right and you can’t go wrong!

So keep your eyes peeled for my new series Back to Basics. I’ll be writing some easy at home workout plans to target certain muscle groups for y’all.

Oh did I mention I get bored easily? Anyone else have some good strength training videos they use?

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5 Reasons to Love Nature

Happy Friday Lovelies 😀

The ladies of the DC gang put forth the theme of 5 of your favorite places to run….

Now it’s no secret that I’d rather be outside any day of the week (except a New England winter, boo) BUT after being back in Mass and visiting all my favorite trails this past week I thought I’d give some of y’all non-believers a few reasons to get outdoors this summer. Especially if you’re in my area, there are some seriously weird things to see….

LoveNature

Reason 1 >> Wildlife. You probably won’t see too many non-squirels if you’re runnin on sidewalks and in neighborhoods, which if why I like to hit up parks and trails. I usually find a few different ones in my area then rotate through them so I never get bored. Bike trails work really well too, just keep an eye out for crazy bikers who these trails were technically made for. Runners are cooler though, just saying.

Beautiful swan

saw this beauty my first day back in Mass

Reason 2 >>Nature’s Beauty. This one is pretty much a no-brainer. Duh nature is beautiful and duh you’ll see a lot fo it if you go outside. But I’m talking about looking for it on purpose. Really take a minute and look around you. Everything around you can be beautiful (minus all the garbage rude ppl throw on the ground, you know who you are…). This takes me straight to my happy place 🙂 It also puts everything in perspective for me which is a huge plus for a chaotic brain like mine.

inspiring quote

Reason 3 >>Art. I’m not artistic by any means which is why I’m grateful for those that are. Some might be bothered by graffiti but I’m actually a huge fan. None of that tag a name bull though, I mean something that takes talent not just a streak of rebellion. I mean how can you not giggle a little bit when you come across this goofball?

graffiti cat on wall

Reason 4 >>Whatever this is. Not all art is beautiful however…some is…um, rather strange. It still had me smilin and laughin though so I can’t be mad. Also this might have just been a weird prank not actual “art.” Like I said I’m not artistic so I don’t really know the rules…You’re right, this is just weird, moving on….

pink bra on tree

Reason 5 >> Geocaching. If you’ve never heard of geocaching, don’t feel bad. I heard about it for the first time literally like a week ago from my sister-in-law. It’s basically like a treasure hunt for adults. I’m pretty terrible at it myself, but I have snagged a few finds and let me tell you, you find one and you feel like a Boss! And who doesn’t wanna feel like a Badass while out running. (ps. there’s a free app that shows you where these things are)

geocaching Massachusetts

Can you spot it? Found this tricky guy in R.I. off a bike trail.

If that doesn’t convince you to get outside then there’s no hope for you. And no I don’t wanna hear any excuses about bugs or being too hot. Put on your big girl pants and discover something new this summer! (need a friend? I’m available!)

What are some of your reasons for loving nature?

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Recipe For a Great Weekend

Holy Moly Batman! I can’t believe all the positive responses I got from the other day!! I seriously feel as though I HAVE hit the Big Time now 😀 You can go read it here if you haven’t already. I do want to reiterate that I was joking about all of those points…being married or loving Disney are not bad things. Also, I got several suggestions for a Mediocre Blogger Club to be formed….. I’m thinking there’s a potential link-up in there somewhere….I must ponder on this 😉

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend! I honestly had one of the best weekends a girl could have (no I didn’t get a boyfriend, but thanks for asking…) I did think about those less fortunate than myself, however, and took notes on how to achieve marvelous weekend status yourselves. I’m sucha  giver 🙂

GreatWeekend

 

-Write a popular post about why you’re not popular…it might sound counterintuitive, but apparently ppl like that sort of self-depricating humor. You can also choose to write about why you are actually dateable despite your single girl status. Last option, just write whatever you want and I promise to come read and comment.

-Start your day out with a donut for breakfast! Preferably a giant one slathered in both glaze and chocolate icing from a unique coffee shop downtown. I suppose my trusty Dunks will suffice in a pinch….wait no, only giant homemade donuts are acceptable sorry…

North Limestone Coffe & Donuts

 

-Go on a road trip with your best friend. Mine was my sister and we were just driving to my parents, but 2.5 hrs is an acceptable length to qualify as a road trip. Oh and make sure your passenger falls asleep and leaves you to pass the time on your own. They’re there to keep you company so what’s a little nap right? (cough…cough….sister….)

-Attend one of your really good friend’s baby shower for her (soon-to-be) baby boy. Take lots of pictures of all the cute decorations to catalog for future reference. Or just look on Pinterest later b/c let’s face it, no one is all that original anymore (I know I’m not).

baby boy shower mustache decorations

-Hit up your favorite running trail in your absolute favorite running outfit, only to come home to your favorite cookies fresh from the oven. I really can’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon. If you have any suggestions please let me know b/c running and cookies make my life complete. (ok this one may have been wishful thinking….but it really woulda taken my weekend to the next level)

-Do your laundry and not lose a single sock! This NVR happens, I always lose a sock no matter where I do laundry, so this was a huge success and definitely worthy of of making any weekend marvelous in and of itself!

-Throw out every single step I just gave you and do your weekend your way! Lists are fun and all, but they’re really more of guidelines. 😉 Happy Monday everyone! 😀

How did you spend your weekend?

Oh and Happy Boston Marathoning y’all!! 😀

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Recipe For a Great Weekend

Holy Moly Batman! I can’t believe all the positive responses I got from the other day!! I seriously feel as though I HAVE hit the Big Time now 😀 You can go read it here if you haven’t already. I do want to reiterate that I was joking about all of those points…being married or loving Disney are not bad things. Also, I got several suggestions for a Mediocre Blogger Club to be formed….. I’m thinking there’s a potential link-up in there somewhere….I must ponder on this 😉

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend! I honestly had one of the best weekends a girl could have (no I didn’t get a boyfriend, but thanks for asking…) I did think about those less fortunate than myself, however, and took notes on how to achieve marvelous weekend status yourselves. I’m sucha  giver 🙂

GreatWeekend

 

-Write a popular post about why you’re not popular…it might sound counterintuitive, but apparently ppl like that sort of self-depricating humor. You can also choose to write about why you are actually dateable despite your single girl status. Last option, just write whatever you want and I promise to come read and comment.

-Start your day out with a donut for breakfast! Preferably a giant one slathered in both glaze and chocolate icing from a unique coffee shop downtown. I suppose my trusty Dunks will suffice in a pinch….wait no, only giant homemade donuts are acceptable sorry…

North Limestone Coffe & Donuts

 

-Go on a road trip with your best friend. Mine was my sister and we were just driving to my parents, but 2.5 hrs is an acceptable length to qualify as a road trip. Oh and make sure your passenger falls asleep and leaves you to pass the time on your own. They’re there to keep you company so what’s a little nap right? (cough…cough….sister….)

-Attend one of your really good friend’s baby shower for her (soon-to-be) baby boy. Take lots of pictures of all the cute decorations to catalog for future reference. Or just look on Pinterest later b/c let’s face it, no one is all that original anymore (I know I’m not).

baby boy shower mustache decorations

-Hit up your favorite running trail in your absolute favorite running outfit, only to come home to your favorite cookies fresh from the oven. I really can’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon. If you have any suggestions please let me know b/c running and cookies make my life complete. (ok this one may have been wishful thinking….but it really woulda taken my weekend to the next level)

-Do your laundry and not lose a single sock! This NVR happens, I always lose a sock no matter where I do laundry, so this was a huge success and definitely worthy of of making any weekend marvelous in and of itself!

-Throw out every single step I just gave you and do your weekend your way! Lists are fun and all, but they’re really more of guidelines. 😉 Happy Monday everyone! 😀

How did you spend your weekend?

Oh and Happy Boston Marathoning y’all!! 😀

Sig

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