F#%kin’ Tacos

Tacos and cookies and everything else that’s delicious yet not good for us. Your food choices; It can make or break your health and fitness goals. Let’s be honest, who eats healthy every single day??? I wish I could 🙋🏻‍♀️ but I can’t. Why? I love tacos and cookies and everything else that’s delicious. I do eat well…better than many but sometimes…I just have to have a f#%kin’ taco. The key is moderation. I’m not going to eat 10 tacos or a box of cookies but I will make better choices. If I know I’m going to have desert, I will skip the bad carbs at dinner and eat more protein and veggies. That way I won’t feel bad for my choices. I don’t like to call them cheat meals because then I feel like I’m doing something bad. Too many times, food is tied to so much emotional garbage and it’s due to how we view it and ourselves. Just stop…life is too short to shame ourselves. If you want that cookie, eat it. Just don’t eat the entire box and add some more protein/veggies to your meal first. I find that I tend to stick to better eating when I allow myself to do this because I don’t feel guilty. Planning my meals helps a lot but allow yourself to have some flexibility. It’s a lifestyle not a diet. I choose to eat well and exercise because it makes me feel good. Seriously…how can one say no to Taco Tuesday?!? They are so damn good!

Peace ✌🏼

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Baby Steps

I have been going bonkers not exercising, so I put on my brace (the boot would have been too heavy) and did some work on the floor with resistance bands. I was only able to do part of the 80 Day Obsession (AAA) program because the rest was standing. So I did “Girl” push-ups and crunches, oblique crunches, and Spider-Man pushups (modified). Baby steps…but happy I’m finally doing something and my foot isn’t throbbing. Yay!

Peace ✌🏼

Happy Birthday to Me 🎂

It’s been a while so I decided to write on my birthday. It’s my last year before I turn 50. 😳 How the hell did I get this old?? I don’t feel it at all!

48 was a crazy year! A lot has happened this past year…I mean A LOT! I graduated with my masters- YAY!!! By far one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. Needless to say, I’m done with school for a LONG TIME!!! Which is ironic…hard to do when you’re a teacher but I’ll stick with being in front of the class for a while.

There has been a lot of ups and downs this year but the biggest thing I have learned throughout it all is my health needs to be a priority; both physically and emotionally. I was diagnosed with anxiety; which really didn’t surprise me. I was overwhelmed with everything and what do I do when I become overwhelmed? I withdraw and I avoid; it was my coping mechanism. Not the best way to deal with things but it was a way to protect myself; protect myself from being hurt, from being overwhelmed, from letting my feelings consume me. My thoughts and fears were overwhelming at times…I didn’t know how to handle it so I withdrew…from everything and everyone. I also lashed out at the people closest to me; not proud of that, at all. I will figure out how to apologize to those I have upset or hurt through all of this. It’s not me, it’s not who I am and I hate that I have hurt them. I also learned I tend to absorb other people’s stress, especially from those closest to me! It caused more havoc with my emotions. I was a hot mess.

I am working on a being a better version of myself. I am seeing a therapist, exercising regularly, eating healthy, sleeping…well I try but I still need to work on that one. 🙄 This new exercise program I am doing is seriously crushing my abs, ass and arms. I love it! It uses weights, resistance bands, and slides for an intense whole body workout. It’s awesome! I am a work in progress!!!! Progress not perfection! I forgot how much I love exercising; it keeps me grounded!

ha ha that cracked me up because we all do it! Like I said…I am a work in progress! Not bad for a 49 year old…I will keep plugging along!

Quiet-it’s new to me. And I don’t mean outside noise level; the quiet that comes when your mind isn’t racing every minute you’re awake. I am working on being present. A concept so difficult to do when your brain won’t slow down. I’ve been in this state for so long, it was so hard to be present. It’s difficult to explain-It’s hard to slow down because you don’t want your mind to race. You hate the feeling because it consumes you. So I tried not to stop. I would continue to take on more and more so I would be constantly busy. I know when I did stop, I would fall asleep; partly because it’s exhausting having my mind race all the time and partly because I didn’t want to think. Ahhh…horrible cycle. One that I didn’t know I was in and definitely didn’t know how to stop it. I’m slowly figuring it out and so much more…thankfully! I’m learning balance; the balance I need within myself. My family and friends have been my rock and I am forever grateful for their love and support.❤️

I have a lot of things planned this year that I am really looking forward to-a couple concerts (Bon Jovi and Pearl Jam at Wrigley-I. Can’t. Wait. I am seriously giddy about seeing PJ), a few vacations, and of course, seeing a cubs game or two! So 49 is looking to be pretty damn good!!

Cheers 🍻

Becoming a Gym Rat

I finally decided to join a gym. I am not sure how I will like it. When I work out, I am not there to impress anyone. I am a mess afterwards…red faced and dripping with sweat. I don’t like to wait to use equipment…I don’t think it’s impatience…well maybe it is. 😁 I am there to workout and then get out. The ones who come with full make-up, have body parts hanging out, and don’t break a sweat have a different agenda…It will be interesting. I just wanted to have a bigger variety of equipment to use in my workout. I love swimming and wanted to add that to my workout so that was the biggest draw to my new gym. Plus I got a fantastic deal!! 👍👍👍

The people watching is fantastic, though. Just today, I was watching a woman on the elliptical wearing a North Face down jacket. I’m not sure if she was wearing it to sweat more or if she was cold….either way, it’s just plain odd. 😳 I do appreciate the individuals who are there to just be healthy. Not because they have to be a size 0 or view themselves as gods gift to the world (aka meathead); they are just trying to better themselves.

I am looking forward to what 2015 has to offer. I am going back to school for my second masters, I have a great job, great kids, supportive family and friends, a wonderful boyfriend, and I am recommitting myself to a healthier me. It’s good to be happy! Cheers~

Xo
So long!

Indianapolis Marathon….

Well, I really have mixed emotions today. Today is the Indianapolis Marathon. The marathon I should be running…instead I am at home. I am pissed that I wasn’t able to run it, but I know it was the smartest thing to do right now. I want to wish everyone who is running today the best of luck! My boyfriend is running in Indy right now…I am so proud of him. I am in awe of his determination! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be there with him but I am cheering him on from home.  xo

I changed the title of my blog to Reaching My Goal…I know I have many races I want to enter in my future, but my ultimate goal is to be healthy! So that’s what I will focus on…

So for today…I will try to not beat myself up too much (notice I said too much). I have other goals I am chasing…SMART Goals.

Until Next Time…Good Luck Indy Marathon Racers!!! You Rock!

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.”
-Irish Proverb

Tabata…

Tabata seriously sounds like a yummy Greek dessert. Oh how I wish it was! It is the devil. Seriously! A Tabata drill will literally kick your ass! When my trainer, Lou, first started to talk about it I was clueless! I just nodded as he was talking about his workout or a workout for his other clients. I was thinking…20 seconds on; 10 seconds rest…easy. So I said I wanted to try it.  Holy sh*t I was wrong…dead wrong.

A little history on the devil training program…

Tabata training was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo.

Tabata and his team conducted research on two groups of athletes: one group trained at a moderate intensity level while the other group trained at a high intensity level. The moderate intensity group worked out five days a week for a total of six weeks; each workout lasted one hour. The high intensity group worked out four days a week for six weeks; each workout lasted four minutes (with 10 seconds of rest in between each set).

The results; group one had increased their aerobic system (cardiovascular), but showed little or no results for their anaerobic system (muscle). Group two showed much more increase in their aerobic system than group one, and increased their anaerobic system by 28 percent.

In conclusion, high intensity interval training has more impact on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems.

So for 4 min, you are doing a balls out, intense, feel like puking workout. BUT….that’s just one round. You usually do a few more rounds focusing on other large muscle groups to complete your workout. For example, the first round I did Air Squats; 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest until I have completed 8 sets. Rest one min… The next round, I did push-ups (started off with standard push-ups but ended with the modified push-up…nothin’ wrong with that!). Again, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest until I have completed 8 sets. Rest one minute…Round 3 was some kind of sit-ups following the same sequence. Rest one minute…Round 4 was Burpees (god damn I hate those), repeat until I have completed 8 sets….then I puke…I mean stretch.  😕

There ya go…I can honestly say, I am sore as hell today but in a good way.  I will definitely add this to my cross-training schedule changing the exercises to vary it…although I may be cursing my trainer as I go 😉

Have any of you tried a Tabata Drill?  What exercises did you do for your routine? My trainer created a Tabata Boxing Drill. I haven’t tried it yet! Kinda scared to…I have a feeling I won’t be able to use my arms the next day!!! 😳

Until next time…so long!

Reward: Chinese Food and Wine…

Wow!!! Holy craptastic that long run was not fun today! Lack of sleep this week from being sick and having a very sick puppy didn’t help much…poor Ozzy…look at him…he looks as pathetic as he was acting.

Poor Oz....

Poor Oz….

Today was my only run all week…so I made it my long, holy crap, run.  The whines all night translates to no sleep so I was slow moving today. (and no, not wines…although I wish!  That will be tonight 🙂 )  I didn’t start my run until 12:45 PM.  Why the hell do I do that to myself?  I mean seriously, the middle of the afternoon? I was all ready to go…even happy to get out on the forest preserve path today!

Happy Before Run Photo...

Happy Before Run Photo…

Soon after my run started, I began seeing these messages written on the path.  Some were sweet, some were motivating, and some were damn funny…like the one that said “stinky”…well hell, I guess they were spot on with that.  Afterall, I was running in the middle of the afternoon for christ sakes! Stinky was an understatement! I took a couple of pics along the way…they were spaced out about every quarter mile or so around the entire path!

The first of many messages along the path!

The first of many messages along the path!

Why thank you...you too!

The last message of the day…Why thank you…you too!

 

Whoever did this…I thank you!  You Rock!  You made me laugh a couple of times as well as kept me going during my run!  I was glad I did my run today because by tomorrow, it would have been washed away from the rain!

 

 

Like I said, the run was hard, but it’s done.  I think a good reward will be Chinese food for dinner and wine…lots and lots of wine!

 

 

Until next time…so long!