Fitness Friday – #fail

It’s another Fitness Friday on the blog today. Keeping my promise of good, bad , & ugly weekly reports, this week was not so great. In fact, it was just plain-old-U.G.L.Y for meeting fitness goals. Events kept popping up this week that were “one time” not able to reschedule kind of things that I opted to give up my workouts for. I should have found a way to make time for it anyway but instead,  this week I found excuses. I ate less healthy foods than I could have.  Now I am left feeling bloated and less than energetic.

I will keep going though. I’ll run early. I’ll run late. I’ll run in the rain if I have too. I am taking this week as a lesson learned. I think I’ll employ some of my helpful ideas from last week, right? I’ll go back and remind myself again here.

Feel free to leave me some motivation in the comments too. I could use some momentum to get going again. Have a great weekend friends!

 

Fitness Fridays- Balance & Exercise Appointments

Last Fitness Friday update I had been hit and miss on my exercise consistency. I promised you I’d come up with a solution to becoming more consistent. It was a tougher goal than it first appeared I assure you.  The struggle between having enough time/energy/etc to workout and finding the time/energy/etc to workout  was brutal. Whether you are a mom/dad, a busy teacher/professional, or student (heck, maybe you’re like us and are doing all of those) life just doesn’t give you the consideration to stop for a few months minutes so that you can catch up and take care of you. I found I MUST schedule the time to do the things that keep me balanced in life.  I actually have discovered several key areas that I need to make the time for to keep my life balanced because crazy things pop up on A.DAILY.BASIS. Exercise is definitely at the top of that list. Those other things that pop up, although important, are not as important as making sure I am taking care of me.

I honestly used to feel twangs of selfishness when I made time for activities that at first appeared to benefit only me. Maybe it was a slow hour-long run by myself, an online art class, letting the kids have more tv time and an extra snack so I could journal uninterrupted or take a nap.  Taking care of ourselves is not selfish. Making ourselves a priority does not take away from the important people or tasks in our daily lives. In fact,  it is just the opposite. It is saying to everyone that we value them enough to offer them the very best of who we are. Making sure that we take the time to be balanced in our emotions, our bodies, and our spirit is a major benefit to our families, friends and anything we set out to accomplish that day.

On one of our busiest days we got up before the sun to fit in our run. Not skipping your workout will actually give you more energy.

On one of our busiest days we got up before the sun to fit in our run. Not skipping your workout will actually give you more energy.

Our family has experienced a very busy couple of weeks and we decided to start making “Exercise Appointments” for ourselves. At first, scheduling appointment times on our calendars to workout seemed silly but we found that if we didn’t put it in our calendars it didn’t happen. Something about it being written down (for me) or accompanied by an alarm notification from our phones ( for him) made it a goal instead of a wishlist. We were also able to tell our kids or friends specifically what times we would be exercising. We were usually able to schedule around those times and often our friends would want to join us. Two birds, one stone. In addition to making exercise appointments, here are some other things that helped keep us moving even on our busiest weeks:

1.Commit & Set a Goal I am a gold-star-kind-of-girl who like results that can be measured. Although, I can’t always control how quickly the number on the scale moves but I can control how many days I commit to exercise. Every week decide how many days you will work out or how many miles you want to run/walk that month. There are several free apps out there that will track it for you. You can even connect with friends online to make it a competition.

2.Get Up Earlier  ” Buuuuuttttt I’m just not a morning person….”  Me either sweetie. Me.Either. Whether you get up earlier to workout or to finish up another task that will free up time later in the day for you to get that exercise in. Getting up Earlier is one way to build more time in your day. My husband switched his study time for his grad program to early morning so he can still run with our running group in the evening.

3. Go To Bed Earlier I could go on forever on how many people are sleep deprived and the benefits of getting more sleep. Mainly my point here is if you are going to be getting up earlier (see point 1) you are going to need more rest to make it through your day. Note: the first 3 days will be an adjustment period to your body. You are “resetting” be prepared for this.

4.Get Some Friends To Hold You Accountable and Cheer You On There s nothing like being called out on Facebook or twitter for doing a phenomenal job on a hard run. In addition to the awesome running group we joined,  I’ve got a few friends that get together to walk 3+ miles with me several times a week. There are some days we don’t want to walk but on those days a walk with a few good friends usually draws us in any way and we feel so much better afterwards. Those friends will keep you moving and make you look good on social media too. 😉

5. Take The Kids with You That’s right disguise that pesky exercise as FUN. Don’t believe you’ll get a great workout in? Try jumping on the trampoline or playing tag with the kids just once and you will be begging to go back to boot camp. Those little sweeties are some of the toughest trainers around. Their energy is unparalleled but you will get in some great family time and everyone will sleep well that night. (see #2)

6. Make It A Date Sign up for a fun 5k or Color run or Glow Run with your sweetie or a group of friends. We did this a few weeks ago and had a blast!

What are some of the best ways you’ve discovered to fit exercise into your busy lives? 

 

 

Fitness Friday- Neon Splash Dash Dallas

As promised, our first Fitness Friday post!!  I realize its a little late but also as promised you will be getting the good, the bad and the ugly- and sometimes we run a little late here! Here we go….

So, fall has FINALLY hit the Great state of Texas and we were able to get some awesome weather last weekend. On Saturday, we woke up ready to run and even knowing we had a 5K scheduled that night we decided to go and do a short run at the park anyway. We just couldn’t pass up the great weather and it was just a quick 2 and half miles. Well, because the weather was so great and the park was so beautiful, we just kept going ( I blame this on that runner’s high everyone talks about) .We ran 4 miles- and we felt great!! Keep in mind the Mister and I had every only run about 3.5 miles at one time, in our entire lives!- This was a total fitness VICTORY!! And we did what any hungry person would do and  rewarded ourselves with pancakes and eggs(which from here on on out will be referred to as “refueling”, heehee). Then we took a morning nap. It wasn’t even noon, people. Running is legit, sooooo legit.

Saturday evening we were scheduled to run our first evening 5k, The Neon Splash Dash. The Neon Splash Dash is a wild night time 5k. You run (or dance!) through different Glow Zones, where you get sprayed with a different color of our U.V. glow water. The glow effect is AMAZING! There is also music blasted at each glow zone to keep the energy going! At the finish line there is a a HUGE after party filled with music and tons of runners sprayed with glow water- all dancing the night away! It was a blast!! Here’s a video of what running the  NEON Splash Dash was like. It was really so much fun!!!! And one of the best parts was getting to run it with my family. My sister did her very first 5k at this event and had some friends join her too. I love that my family is enjoying fitness and taking literal steps to make it a part of their lives too!!

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On Sunday, we joined our local running group for one of our weekly runs to wrap up an awesome weekend. The rest of the week we were so busy with school nights, work,  and birthday preparations for our youngest  that we weren’t diligent to workout the rest of the week. Honestly, by the end of the week we were dragging. Something about working out gives you a little more energy than when you aren’t. We are working on ways to work fitness in even on our busy days. We are so anxious to get running again.

Next weekend I hope to update with a solution to our workout consistency & busy days.  Until then, have a great weekend Lovelys!

 

Fitness Fridays

Now that I am fairly comfortable in sharing this fitness journey of mine with the whole wide world internet and in an effort to keep myself more accountable I announce to you a new series on the blog: FITNESS FRIDAYS!!!

Fitness Fridays will sum up our fitness journey each week. While after a good run I might be throwing out endorphin dust like the tooth fairy during hockey season, the postings for Fitness Fridays will contain the honest ups, downs, new products we’re trying, transparent beauty and ugly faces of this journey. Wins & fails. Its not new one. We’ve been working on this one for awhile. I’ve got  a few stories to share, learned a few things, stored up several shout outs to some incredible mentors and friends, and still have many, many goals ahead. Now, don’t get crazy, I will not be taking weekly pictures of my scale but do I hope to encourage you and I hope you all will encourage me too. This is after all, part of my/our story. Come along with us and lets see where this takes us – Life is an adventure!
 
Have you blogged about your fitness journey or have a fitness story to share? Post a comment or link to your blog post below- I’d love to follow your journey too! You can never have to many people cheering you on 🙂