“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”
– Author Unknown
Keep striving for your goals. Everything counts, that extra second, that extra push-up. I constantly remind myself that if I don’t finish a workout video 100% that, it’s alright. I’m a work in progress and so is the way I think. Today I was proud of myself because during the HIIT video I follow. I managed to do tricep dips and a few jump lunges. I haven’t been able to do that yet, and I thought it was awesome. Then during my Yoga video I realized that I’m on day 15. Half way to the 30 day challenge…It may be taking me more than 30 consecutive days but, again that’s okay. I felt more flexible and able to do more.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is. If you feel stuck, if you feel like you’re not making progress, keep going! Be positive, strive for your goal, strive to do a little more each time. Be safe and have a great start to the week lovelies! 💚
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
My Morning in the Heat
Summer is really starting to feel like it’s here. Taking Rex on his walk, he tuckered out faster than I thought he would. That was okay with me though, I forgot to put sunscreen on and I felt my shoulders burning. After I got him some cool water and some air I decided to do another HIIT workout from Monday. I wanted to do it before the heat became unbearable.
Grabbed my water, and my Ipad and headed to the backyard. Its the only space where I have enough room and don’t feel like I’ll bring the house down with all the exercises. By now it’s a little after eleven o’clock and the heat is making itself known. I’m doing my thing, sweating, keeping up and then it was time for burpees. I have a love hate relationship with them. I did them to the best of my ability but then, I felt it. After a while you start to really know your body and when you push your limits I was doing just that. I heard the slight ringing in my ears, followed by everything becoming muffled. I felt myself getting a little dizzy and tunnel visioned. You guessed it, the heat was getting to me.
Thankfully, I’m able to recognize when my body has had enough. I stopped, let my heart rate slow down, drank my water and got inside to the cool air. After a few minutes, my body began to cool down and get back to where it needed to be. Did I finish the workout? No. That’s okay though. I was a little bummed out, but I would rather be safe than not.
Things to Watch for:
- Heat Cramps. Heat cramps will feel like more intensified cramps.
- Heat Exhaustion. The skin will be pale, clammy with excessive sweating. Stop the activity and cool down immediately.
- Heat Stroke. Skin will be hot and dry, seek immediate medical help. This is very dangerous.
Be careful and stay safe working out in extreme temperatures. Make sure to have a source of hydration accessible. Wear comfortable clothing for you and your environment. Most of all, have fun! I hope my little excursion of the day helps with becoming aware of your body and in a hot environment 🙂 Have fun working out lovelies! 💚
“A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.”
– Marcel Proust
“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”
I definitely learn more in a storm. How about you?
“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We just need to keep battling. We’re a team that has stuck together through the good times and the bad times. Our reward is near.”
– Aaron Rowand
Setbacks Don’t Mean To Just Give Up
Setbacks don’t mean you get to give up and stop trying. They happen sometimes and we have to push through, carefully and willfully. Since being here in my “A” school I have been going through my chaotic whirlwind. One of the things that help me clear my mind is working out. Well, I have micro tears in my Achilles tendon from some of the things we had to do here and it has been an annoying setback. Even though I can’t do the hardcore extreme workouts I would like to do, I don’t let it completely put me on my butt. I still manage to find ways to workout and also take care of myself so that I don’t injure myself further. I also have someone who gives me support and also tells me when I should take a rest day so that I can heal properly and quickly. Always remember to stay positive, there is always a silver lining to anything. Don’t let your mind get into an “I can’t do this” mindset. It will make things much harder for yourself, trust me I have been there. Keep your head up, your spirits high and your mindset positive. Don’t let a setback get in the way of your goal.
“Focus on your potential instead of your limitations.”– Alan Loy McGinnis
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― Albert Einstein
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
January 19th 2020
I’m finally able to return to the gym after being sick for about two weeks. Finally got settled into my school and checked out the gym with one of the chicks in my class today. It helps that she is totally into the gym and knows almost every single work out. Here was one of the workouts that we did today:
- 1/2 mile run on the treadmill or 30 min of alternate cardio.
- American kettlebell swings x25
- Alternating jump lunges x20
- Alternating dumbbell snatch x15
- Dumbbell press right x5
- Dumbbell press left x5
- Chest to bar pull-ups x5
- Set the timer for 20 minutes and see how many sets you can get through!
For the kettlebells, and dumbbells use whatever weight you feel comfortable with. This is about staying positive and motivated through your workout. Listen to your body and see how the weights affect you and your workout. Sweat a little, enjoy the pain a little and breathe. This is about you achieving your goals. Make sure to bring water and rest when you need to!
“We must appreciate and never underestimate our own inner power.”
– Noah Galloway, former Army Ranger and 2014 Ultimate Men’s Health Guy
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt