Morning Workout

Don’t think you have the time to workout?  Give this morning (or any time of day) workout a try:

Morning Workout

You can do a run through of it once to get a little energized, or, you can go full throttle and do several reps to get a complete workout.

I used to love getting up early to exercise.  I felt so accomplished beginning my day with a fitness routine.  When I first started I was going to the gym.  It was a different gym than I belong to now and I wanted to go first thing in the morning because, like many, I was intimidated and embarrassed.  I wanted no part of anyone seeing me working out.  When the gym burned down I gave up for a bit but eventually picked up my morning workouts again when I began a relationship with my elliptical.

From there I moved on to other morning fitness rituals, like Insanity and Jillian Michaels, and even attending boot camp classes.  But over the last few years I’ve decided that I really like sleep.  In fact, I like sleep much more than getting up at the buttcrack of dawn and sweating it up.  And since I started teaching classes I prefer to run my sessions after the work hours.

But, spring is here and summer is coming and I’m seriously contemplating running early morning classes.  (But again, I also reallllly like my sleep!)

Now, all that being said, I challenge you to morning workouts three times a week for two weeks.  See if you can do it and see if it changes your day.  I (almost) guarantee it will.

Fall in love with the solitude of the mornings and the privacy of your living room workouts – or grab a buddy and make the above-workout part of a system routine to start your days.

Cheers.

~FB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Begin

Begin

We all have to start somewhere.

Don’t be afraid.

~FB

Every Step You Take

Every Step you take

*insert The Police music here*

Seriously tho – truth.

Here’s a little story:  When I first started working out I was utilizing the elliptical I’d purchased the year before.  My then-boyfriend found it for me on a great sale and I had every intention of using it, but, man….it was hard!  So I gave up – and stayed overweight.  I wasn’t ready yet.

When I was ready the next year I hoped on the machine and gave it my all.  And my all was only about 3 minutes at a time before I was out of breath, fatigued, and ready to die.  But I stuck with it.  And soon enough I was ellipticalling (I just made that word up) to Oprah each night – stopping when I needed to – but making progress.  I went from 3 minutes to 5 minutes to 10 minutes and before I knew it I was on my elliptical with a good book and an hour and a half had passed.

I stuck with it and what I thought was going to kill me made me a whole helluvalot stonger!

So whenever you feel like giving up – DON’T!  Hang in there.  You may not see results right away (go read my previous post) but I guarantee the results are there.  Your heart is getting stronger, your cardio is building up, your calf muscles are strengthening, your core is tightening.  STICK WITH IT!  Like you – it’s worth it!

~FB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Takes Time

Progress

So often I hear of people who’ve quit fitness because the results weren’t instantaneous.

But you know what?  Results likely won’t be instantaneous.

I’ve said this many times in the past and I stick by it – (think about it) – the weight didn’t come on overnight, so it shouldn’t come off overnight.  This is why I’m wary and against those “diets” and programs that offer nearly instant success, yet, encourage you to not exercise (I’m looking at you, Ideal Protein!*).  I mean, you’ve got to work for it, people!

(*You can read more about the dangers of high protein, low carb diets from my post here: https://nsfitbitch.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/the-dangers-of-high-protein-low-carb-diets/)

We all want to see our hard work pay off, and it will.  But you have to actually put in the work.  And you have to give it time.

Don’t be discouraged because three weeks have gone by and you haven’t lost the ten pounds you were hoping to.  Our bodies don’t work that way.  You might not lose those ten pounds for a few months.  But I guarantee that if you’re eating healthier and fitting in time to exercise regularly that the wonderful changes you’re making in your life are affecting your health in a positive way a lot more than losing those ten pounds are.

Remember:  Progress is progress!

Hang in there.  Stick with it.  Don’t give up.

~Fit Bitch

 

A League of Our Own

ARMS

I saw this today and thought it was pretty rad.  Okay, honestly, I saw this gal’s arms first and was totally jelly – but when I read the caption I though, yeah, I’m definitely in a league of my own.  In fact, we all are.  Especially when we hit the gym.  There should be no competition at the gym, unless it’s with ourselves.

Coincidentally, I had a gym date last night with a friend.  We totally did our own things but it’s sometimes still nice to make plans to workout just so that we can see each other.  While I was warming up on the treadmill another girl came in.  I’ve seen her there a few times before over the years.  And she’s one of those girls that goes to the gym with her hair down and curled and a full set of make-up on.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’d just come from work AND I had a great hair day yesterday, but as soon as I walk thru those doors the hair goes up in a ponytail and the sweat starts to roll.  I’m not there to impress anyone.

Once I was finished warming up I hit the strength room and loaded my weights onto my buddy Smith.  I was doing my thing.  Curly Locks came in and lifted her free weights.  She did her thing, I did mine, and that was it.  We didn’t pay attention to each other.  When she was done she took her curls and left.

Maybe she didn’t want a hard, sweaty workout.  Maybe she was going  to work, or maybe she was heading to a hot date.  Or, maybe she’s one of those people who drops into the gym on occasion, gets her minimal workout in, and feels good for the next 3 months.  Who knows.  Regardless, it’s her business, and my workout is my business.  There was no competition between us because we are both in our own leagues.  My goal last night was to increase my weight.  I am constantly in competition with myself these days and I’m winning.

(Call Charlie Sheen.  #Winning)

~Fit Bitch

How I Live My Healthy Life

Have you heard of Cotopaxi?  I hadn’t until recently.

**Cotopaxi (https://www.cotopaxi.com/) is a company founded on the principals of making a difference, moving people to do good, and inspiring new adventures.  They also make really cool backpacks and other great gear such as jackets, water bottles, and tents.  Here is a little video on Cotopaxi:  https://vimeo.com/101418328.

Cotopaxi

Click me  to make me bigger

I was inspired by Cotopaxi to write a post about a way I live a healthy lifestyle and, after giving it some thought, I couldn’t decide on just one way so here’s a little about me and how I live healthily:

FITNESS
As you know, I am a fitness queen.  I try not to have too many regrets in life, but one regret I do have it not getting into fitness sooner.  I dealt with so many body image demons when I was younger that I was eager to get the “quick fix”.  It wasn’t until I made the commitment to fitness that my body changed.  And I wish I’d stepped onto that platform a lot sooner.
HEALTHY EATING/NUTRITION
I am a big believer in clean eating and whole foods (I’m a Whole 30 nutball!).  I love eating fresh vegetables and fruits and meats.  I eat whole foods as often as possible and since last June I have completed 5 Whole 30 months and am currently in my 6th.  Eliminating sugar and processed foods from my diet gets rid of any systemic inflammation in my body and eating clean makes me feel so much healthier.  My gut health is a hundred times better than it normally is when I’m not eating clean.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some chocolate and a Starbucks on occasion, but for me, eating clean and whole (and in moderation) is the way to go.
Following this kind of nutrition lifestyle may not be for everyone so in that regard I say eat clean when you can, reduce portion sizes, eat in moderation, and, for goodness sakes, stop eating junk!
MENTAL HEALTH
I mentioned in a recent post that I have suffered in the past from depression.  And it wasn’t until I started exercising regularly that I was able to tame that beast.  Well, in addition to fitness, I also like need to do the following:
-Spend time with friends, family, loved ones, coworkers.  I NEED that interaction.  I am a very social person and isolation really just isn’t my bag.
– Take time for myself.  I know, I know – I just said I need interaction.  But I also lead a very hectic life and sometimes I need alone time.  Not necessarily isolation, but I definitely need my “me” time.   That usually means reading (I’m on my 21st John Grisham novel), cleaning, writing, or honestly, sacking out on the couch and watching some T.V.  (But usually it’s reading!)
-Laugh.  I am a comic.  I need laughter in my life.  I learned a long time ago how to laugh at myself and, believe me, I do.  I always believed I was destined for Saturday Night Live.  I am still holding out for that reality.  In the meantime, I laugh.
SPIRITUAL HEALTH
I am not a religious nut but I do have my faith and it is very important to me.  I make sure to have my prayer time each day. It’s another time of day that is just for me – no matter where I am or what I’ve been doing, I have my prayer time.  It’s my time to talk with God and I find it therapeutic.  This subject is very personal to me, as is my prayer time, and I know not everyone believes the same thing.  But I encourage you – if you do believe (in something) – take this time and see what I’m talking about.  It makes my day complete.
There you have it: the four basics of my healthy living.  It’s pretty simplistic.
Living healthy should not be complicated.  Complication just adds a big ol’ mess to our lives and we need to get.rid.of.it.  Live, love, laugh.  Eat, drink, exercise, and be merry.

**What Cotopaxi does: “We create innovative outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty alleviation, move people to do good, and inspire adventure.Cotopaxi funds solutions that address the most persistent needs of those living in extreme poverty. Giving is core to our model. As a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation, Cotopaxi has made a commitment to creating positive social impact. We focus our efforts on global poverty alleviation & give targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihoods initiatives around the world.

Our grantmaking represents our belief in the power of holistic development model. We focus on three pillars which we believe are inextricably linked and crucial to creating a sustainable pathway out of poverty. Within each pillar, we have identified specific poverty indicators against which we track our outcomes and success.

~Fit Bitch

Mind, Body, Mood

Mind, body, mood

I’m sure you already know that exercise is good for your mental health.

Remember what Elle said about exercise and endorphins in Legally Blonde?

It’s true! Exercise releases endorphins – these endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain, and also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. You know that rush we feel during/after a workout or the runner’s high you hear about so often? That is the endorphins at work.

I speak right now from the heart. For a very long time I suffered from severe depression. I was so sad all the time and for no reason. My heart just ached. This went on for years. It ruined relationships. It put stress on my body and on my mind. And a few times it nearly killed me. I spent many, many years on antidepressants; trying this one and that one but never fully getting over the depression.

It wasn’t until I started exercising that my depression lifted. And the more I exercised the better I felt. The sadness went away, my moods were happier, my soul felt free, and my body was so much healthier.

I spent all those years on medications that seemed to hinder more than they helped. But since I began working out regularly 10 years ago my life completely changed – including my mental health.**

**I am in no way at all endorsing one stop taking medications, especially those with depression or other mental health disorders. Please do not take this as that. I’m merely suggesting adding exercise to your current daily dose and see if it can help. Perhaps a regular fitness program can compliment your current program (whatever that may be – medication, counselling, etc.). If you have any questions talk to your doctor or health professional. See if you can get some of those endorphins flowing. I want you to feel good. I want you to feel your best. And I know that for many, your best may include medications (it did for me). But I also want your heart and your soul to feel great, and exercise *may* be the way to help with that.

~Fit Bitch

Inspire

Tonight someone posted the following to my Facebook wall:

Inspire

And a few weeks ago I received an email from a guy I met at the gym a few years ago.  He actually inspired and intimidated me.  He was doing things at the gym that I would only dream of doing.  Once I got to know him I learned a lot…he’s a former boxer, has two talented little girls (both under 10) who are in a band, and he rescues and rehabilitates dogs.  He’s a total rock star.  So I was very humbled when I received his email:

Hi Sandy.  I have been really busy trying to get my level 3 as a boxing coach – been taking courses, and spending 5 days a week working at the boxing club getting our boxers ready for their first fights in May. I decided to take the course because you inspired me – after watching you work so hard I decided to go for it myself.  So thanks girl!   It’s not hard to tell you love what you do -helping others reach farther than ever and believe in themselves.  Take care see you at the gym and thanks again for the inspiration – even though you didn’t know you were doing it!”

And – one of my biggest cheerleaders – always – has been a cousin. She constantly praises me and encourages me in my endeavors.  A few weeks ago she posted this:

I am YOUR biggest cheerleader. You inspired me to do whatever I had to to get to a much healthier state.  I can proudly say that I am now 135 lbs lighter, so much healthier and active.  YOU, Ms. NS Fit Bitch, inspire me every single day. You are simply an amazing representation of what dedicated, hard work can do to change a person’s life. I am beyond proud of you and love you so much.”

When I receive these messages all I can say, y’all, is OH.EM.GEE!!

You have no idea what these words mean to me.

When I set out on my journey I did it for me.  I did it for my health and for my future.  I had no idea that along the trail I was inspiring people – although, these days I try to set a good example and hope to inspire – but to actually hear it and see it.  It makes my heart flutter.

Thank you. ♥

And thank you to all of you who continue to read these posts and who come to my classes and who stand in my corner and cheer and who let me cheer you.  It makes it that much more worth it.

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

~Fit Bitch

Be Supportive

Biggun

Remember: we all start somewhere.  Be supportive.

#nojudgment

~Fit Bitch

Misery

I’ve been running pretty much non-stop for the last year – and then some.

I’ve been so ecstatic about getting back into my running, and although I’ve had a few set backs with my tarsal tunnel, this past weekend I really feel like I’ve hit a wall.

Last week I could feel my ankles getting a little worn.  I’ve been running so much the last two weeks and I could feel the wear and tear.  Thankfully, I had Thursday night off from Zumba (as you likely know, Thursday is my favorite night of the week.  I hit the gym right from work, run a few miles, get some crazy strength training in, hit the stairs for reps (the last few weeks it’s been a minimum of 2000 steps), and finish my night with Zumba – and I love every minute of it!) and decided to take it semi easy.  I did get some strength training in, but decided to forego the run.

Friday night I didn’t run, I hit the gym and did a workout on the elliptical for a warm up and then killed it in the strength room with my old buddy Mr. Smith (Machine), but by the time I got home I could barely walk.

I’d had my shoes off at work all day and as soon as I got home I had to jump in the tub to soak my ankles.  Then I iced them.  And when my boyfriend got home I got him to rub them.  And that’s how it was all weekend:  soak, ice, rub, repeat.

It literally feels like splinters of bone peeling off the insides of my ankles.  I feel like poor James Caan in Misery with crazy Kathy Bates swinging that sledgehammer.

misery-ankle

*OUCH*

I am so cranky that I’ve been sidetracked by this pain, but there’s nothing I can do about it.  The pain is so intense that I can’t even tell if it’s a flare-up of the tarsal tunnel or if it’s something else.  All I can do for now is rest and keep soaking and icing my ankles – and hope for the best.

I mean, in all honesty, I can (for the most part) still work out – but I can’t overdo it.  I don’t want to exert too much extra weight on my ankles so I will have to modify the strength workouts.  And it’s pretty clear that I will not be running this week (although, the weather people are calling for a major storm tomorrow anyway, so perhaps my {outside} running may not have happened anyway).

I’m hoping for a speedy recovery from this.

~Fit Bitch

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