I thought I’d go the unconventional route and start this blog with the workout I did this morning —
I did this interval running workout, followed by this “Killer Kardio” workout - including the right column, with high knees for 10 minutes (in intervals of 50/10) instead of running. In total, the workout took around 45-50 minutes. It was tough, but so worth the time put in.
Like most everyone out there, for the past 15 years, I have dieted and worked myself out in so many directions, and it’s only now that I think I am finally onto something that actually works. It still requires a lot of work and dedication, but it is also fun and rewarding from the perspective of learning and growing (and seeing/feeling results).
For workouts, I have followed (and still refer in part) to a lot of personalities/blogs, including Bodyrock.tv (my introduction to HIIT), Athlean-XX for Women, ZuzkaLight, Bret Contreras, FitnessBlender, Yoga by Candace, Yoga with Adrienne, Sean Vigue Fitness and others, but mostly I get my workouts from Pinterest because it is so so much fun to pin and sift through! I also enjoy utilizing any and all modifications certain routines lend themselves to. You can lift heavier, or work different muscle groups within the same exercise, even if the move itself looks ~easier~, and still get an awesome workout in, even if you didn’t do it completely as instructed. (AKA Knowledge is power :))
The most difficult thing for me, though, has been the dreaded D word: diet. When I used to hear the word “diet”, I would think “restriction”. Now, to me, that word just means “be mindful of what you eat”. I did a Paleo diet challenge last year, and while it was an adjustment for 30 days, it is something that I have kept up with, with some lenient aspects. Just like it is important to pay attention to what you put into your car, or your career, or your relationship, it really is important to pay attention to what you put into your body. And of course, this isn’t limited to food and water - this applies to sleep as well as outside influence.
I would like to think of mental health and physical health as being one and the same, as the mind is part of the body. Feeling content (or more than content) is super important; having awesome bouts of super happiness is also important. What is also important is to deal with the downs as responsibly and with as much care as possible, even if it seems like it isn’t going to end anytime soon. More importantly, the people you’re surrounded by is also a huge factor. No one has the power to make you feel like crap unless you allow it. Never be afraid to walk away or turn your back, literally or figuratively.
So TL;DR there are a variety of topics I hope to cover here, with the interest of being as happy and healthy as possible, even when it doesn’t seem possible. I am really looking forward to having fun sharing and discussing with you! Thanks for stopping by - expect more content soon. <3