I haven’t posted in awhile about the workouts and activities I have been doing. Recently I have really been focused on weight training and stretching. I am upping the weights and the reps. I make sure to do the middle round (I normally do 3 sets) until I literally can’t do another rep, weather that be arms, squats, planking just whatever exercise I am doing I use that rep or round to push as hard as I can. It gives each exercise as sense of warm up and cool down too. Allowing me a chance to get maximum burn.
A lot of women hesitate to do weights or don’t really do a lot of weight for fear of being too bulky. Ladies don’t be afraid! Those toned arms and leg you always say you want, those come from weight training. Grab the weights and push it! Here are some reasons why weight training is a must
- As lean muscle increases so does your metabolism
- For each pound of muscle you gain you burn 35-50 more calories per day
- Decrease risk of Osteoporosis
- Weight Training can raise your metabolism for up to 24 hours after the secession
- Improve Posture
- Reduce Back pain
- Enhance mood
- Reduce Stress
- Tone, lift and firm your body
These are some great reasons to grab some weight, even just 2 lbs, and get moving. If you don’t have hand weights you can use cans from your pantry, water bottles filled with water (even wine bottles) whatever you have at home that you have 2 of equal weight. Then head over to my home workouts tab and get to work! You don’t have to have a fully equipped home gym to start moving towards your goals.
My goals are currently to tone and increase my muscle mass, that means the number on my scale may go up but my fat is going to go down. Just another reason not to care about the number on the scale!
After a surgery or injury it can be very easy to lose motivation or slack on activities and healthy choices. Don’t let this be you! Yes you need to rest and recover but you can make choices to keep you motivated and moving toward your goal or keeping your healthy lifestyle moving forward. You don’t want to have to start over, that is so much harder.
For the past the past 12 days I have not been able to lift anything or be too active, even stretching has been limited. (Abdominal surgery is tough on your entire body) However I have kept moving and been focused on eating healthy and making sure not to just lay around. My doctor wanted me to keep moving and walking, it helps to heal after my type of surgery. (Every one is different, you need to consult your medical provider!) I slowly started moving around the house and going up and down the stairs. After three days of nothing I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill, slow and steady but for this 30 minutes it really helped and I felt great. I have continued to walk everyday waiting for my post op where I can do more activity. We went on a hike last night, we chose a trail that wasn’t too advanced but still offered hills and gorgeous views.
Walking offers huge benefits on its own, see my prior post here about walking benefits!
Making healthy food choices has been a huge part of my post op as well. I want to fuel my body to heal and keep going. Smoothies, vitamins, protein, lean meats, veggies and low sugar have been my focus. I have a huge sweet tooth so keeping my sugars limited or just eating fruits have my sweet fix been my main focus. It is easy to fall into bad habits when you can’t do much so just focus on one choice at a time. When you are hungry is it worth it to go out and get fast food or can you make some quick eggs or a protein bar at home. Just one choice at a time! Don’t worry about everything at once it can be too overwhelming.
Again every injury and surgery is different so before you start walking or doing any activity consult your medical provider.
We went for a family hike at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The area offers many different trails, some paved and some more natural. This allows for different levels to enjoy, bikes and dogs welcome. The Sunday we went it had recently rained and several trails were flooded, so keep that in mind if you are planning a trip. There is plenty of parking, restrooms and trashcans. Since it was a nice weekend afternoon there were quit a few people there and it didn’t feel crowded. There are so many different options that you can enjoy your time and not be in a crowd.
The area also has a team building ropes course, which I would love to do! If anyone in the area is interested you can find it online to book your time. There is also an amphitheater where they do some great shows. (schedule also online)
We will definitely go back and explore more, we walked about 3 miles and the dogs had a blast. There are creeks, hills, trees galore and so much to see. It is a must for anyone who loves to hike or walk. I can’t wait to see the area in the summer with all of the trees filled in and plants full.
I tried out a local boxing gym, Title Boxing Club McKinney, and boy was it a blast! One of the hardest classes but also one of the most fun.
We started with a warm up and that alone really got your heart pumping and the sweat flowing. Next was 8 rounds with the bag including calisthenics in between, ending with abs and stretch. Does it sound easy? Well it wasn’t!
It was my first class with the gloves and my hands didn’t really enjoy being confined that long. I found myself wanting to take the gloves off and stretch my fingers. I didn’t but I really felt relief when we took them off for the abs. I believe over time my hands will adjust just like with anything else. It was also surprising to me how much it took to move the bag, that isn’t the goal, but realizing the force behind a punch to move a 100 lb bag is more than you think. FORM is much more important!
Anthony taught the class and he was wonderful. I really like that he noticed each person in the class and gave individual notes to each person to make sure the form and combination was correct. It is hard for me to fully understand just hearing over the microphone, especially with the music too. I really like to be able to see a demo first so I can make sure I am processing it correctly. I was positioned in a great place to be able to see him which really helped. They also taught me how to wrap my hands and assisted with everyone who had questions. The team was very concerned that each and every student in class had proper equipment, form and got a great workout for every different level. Each class is open to all levels and modifications are available to meet all needs. Don’t be shy and head on over.
Every person from the front desk, instructor and owner were welcoming, educational and personable. Don’t miss trying this great workout and your first class is free! I can’t wait to go back. Their website below has their class schedule and videos about what to expect.
I love going to the gym and working out, however I really do not when people don’t follow gym etiquette! Below are some of my pet peeves that I see people doing all the time. If you are going to the gym please make sure you follow gym etiquette.
- Clean your machine. I cannot stress this enough, do you want to use a machine covered in a stranger’s sweat? I didn’t think so. All gyms have the cleaning rags all over, after EVERY machine or piece of equipment you use wipe it down.
- Put your stuff away. If you are getting out several size weights, medicine ball and other items to get your sweat on wonderful, now put it all back when you are done. Other people are going to want to use the equipment and shouldn’t have to go on a wild goose chase to find it.
- Kids running around. Many gyms have a kids area where they can go while you workout, if your gym doesn’t then you need to make arrangements for your child while you work out. A young child running around can get seriously injured in a gym. This goes for those middle school aged/teenage kids as well, if they are not there to work out and you are not able to keep your eye on them they do not need to be there. This is not a playground.
- Give people space. Don’t hover over someone while they are exercising, leave room and if you are waiting on a machine give the person space to finish what they are doing and time to clean the machine then go over.
- Cell phone use. If you are going to have a phone conversation step outside, don’t disturb everyone else in the gym. If you are just going to sit on a machine and text or check social media for long extended periods of time, maybe just stay at home. If this is too tempting for you leave your phone in the car. Focus on what you are doing to get the best results.
I see these happen everyday and it can be really frustrating for people who are there and serious about their gym time. If it is your first time going to the gym ask for a tour and learn any specific rules the gym you are attending have. This way you are ready to go!
Liquid Gold, literally, I had forgotten how beneficial Honey in your diet was until reading EatingWell Magazine the other day. Since then I have been putting it into my smoothies and the natural sweetener is subtle and the benefits huge.
- Fat Free
- Cholesterol Free
- Sodium Free
- Allergy Relief – anti-inflammatory effects can reduce seasonal allergy symptoms
- Loaded with antioxidants which prevent cellular damage. Some studies show it boosts postmenopausal women’s memory
- Antioxidants can also help lower Blood Pressure, Improve Cholesterol, Lower Triglycerides
- Helps the body Absorb Calcium
- Cough Suppressant
- Sleep Aid – can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin which the body can convert to melatonin – can help to regulate the sleep and wake cycles
- Treats Dandruff – Honey diluted with 10% warm water and apply it to problem areas can relieve itch and reduce scalp scaling
- Natural Antibiotic that can be used on wounds and burns to promote healing and reduce inflammation
- Antibacterial and Antifungal properties
- Natural Sweetener for cooking
Keep in mind having Honey one time is not going to change your life, you need to incorporate it into your diet on a daily basis. 1 Tablespoon a day has been shown to give people these benefits.
I get all natural local honey in my grocery store. Try adding it to your cooking and let me know what you think!
Saying goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 is so exciting for me. Some people don’t get into the new year and resolutions and I can appreciate that. I have always set more of what I consider goals for the next year, but close enough. I do however want to say that you do NOT have to wait for a new year, new month, new week or a Monday to make a change or start something new! Every minute of every day you have the choice to make a change or stick to something you have already set for yourself. Don’t wait to set some goals or make a positive move in your life!
With that said I am going to share my goals for 2019 with you! Some of them are the same as I had for 2018 and some are new.
- One of my goals is to lead a healthy life style. You will notice I didn’t say “lose weight” Because weight is not the only thing that makes you healthy, we all have different numbers on the scale that make us healthy. I focus more on good food choices, learning about what I am putting in and on my body and staying consistent.
- Financial budgeting and success. It is always important for me to budget and stick to my financial goals. In years past I had set out to pay off my student loans by the time I was 30 and I was able to do that! (So proud of this) I have also paid off my car and we are now able to put that money towards other goals and projects and fun we have in life. I want to continue this great path. I keep a spreadsheet and track every penny I spend. This allows me to see where I can make changes and what needs to be focused on.
- Relationships are my next goal. I want to focus on putting in the best possible effort I can to make all of my relationships positive and the best they can be. Sometimes this can be hard for me when I am not getting the same in return from other people, however I can only control myself and I want to be positive and happy knowing I made the best effort I could.
Those are my 3 focuses for the year. I don’t want to make too many goals/resolutions because I do stick to mine and I want to keep the focus on these 3 things I find important in my life at this time. 2018 was a year of healing and change for us and I am ready to settle in to our lives in McKinney and move forward to establish the life we want. It is going to be hard and we have already faced several challenges in the month and a half we have been here. I am ready for what is to come and I am happy to move forward.
What are your goals or resolutions for 2019?