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Fitness Pyramid

Fitness Pyramid

I came up with this little workout to do every day. It only takes about 10 minutes and works out your whole body. It’s great for if you don’t have time for a full scale workout or if you just want to add a little something extra to your regular routine. I started doing it a few weeks ago and now other members of my family have started asking me to share it, so I thought I would post it on here! Enjoy ūüôā

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Continuing Fitness on Vacation

Since last Saturday, my sister and I have been on a roadtrip through Tennessee and Kentucky! Throughout the trip I have been trying to stay on a regular exercising schedule and eat as healthy as I could, which is not always easy. I am pretty happy with how I have done so far. With a day and a half left on our trip, I have only had a few “hiccups”. Of course if¬†you are¬†visiting someone and they¬†offer you dessert, it is polite to accept, right?! As for exercising, most days I have been able to fit something in and even if I can’t find time to do a structured workout, I have been able to walk a lot around town while we were out so I am still staying active.

Here are my tips for staying active while traveling:

1. Take a jog around the neighborhood you are staying in-if it is safe to do so- and try to go in a straight line so you don’t get lost if you are directionally challenged like I am!

2. Do exercises that don’t require any equipment. I did squats, planks, jumping jacks, tricep dips, push-ups, crunches, lunges, etc. I would suggest picking a few exercises and doing one set then repeat it a few times for 15-30 minutes.

3. When eating out, share meals with whoever you are with. This will prevent over-eating and also cut down on expenses.

4. For traveling snacks bring fruits and vegetables in a small cooler, along with some water and some candy-free trail mix.

5. If you can’t fit in anything that you would consider “working out”, don’t just sit on the couch watching a movie or sit in the car driving around-get out and walk, take some adventures, and have some fun!

Me at the Parthenon in Nashville, TN

Me at the Parthenon in Nashville, TN

A fresh Start

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For the past few months school has taken over just about every ounce of my time. I was enrolled in a program for a career that I did not even want to pursue, or at least not long-term. Recently I have made the decision to withdraw from that program and discover what I really want to do with my life. It is a very new and exciting time in my life!

Until I figure out exactly what I want to do, I am just focusing on my current job and my fitness. While in school, it was very hard for me to keep up with exercising. During my first semester I still managed to work out about 3-5 times a week, but once I entered second semester, my schedule was so demanding and exhausting that I barely had time to eat, much less exercise.

As I am considering my career options, I am thinking a lot about my interests. Fitness and nutrition are really high up there on the list and I have been thinking a lot lately about becoming a certified personal trainer. I think it would be great to be able to help people with their fitness as well as continuing my own. I still have a lot of research to do, but the thought of it is very appealing to me! If anyone has any information that I could use, hit me up!

In other news, I am really pumped for the 10K that I am doing on the 29th! I have a few friends who are going to run it with me and my mom will be walking it. It will be¬†my mom’s¬†very first event and I am so proud of her for deciding to do it with me! I am also going to (hopefully) be starting to do Combat Hapkido at a local dojo where my younger sister does her Tae Kwon Do! I have always wanted to learn a martial art, but we never had the money when I was growing up. As long as everything goes as planned, I will be starting that soon.

Everything in my life is changing and I am very optimistic that it will be for the better!

Hello Again!

Three weeks ago I started school (a veterinary technology program) so I have been very busy for quite a while getting things together! Now that I am pretty much all settled I think I can resume posting again! I have spent the past couple of weeks studying like crazy and figuring out how my new program is going to work. It is often hard during the week to find time to work out, especially since I have class from 9:30 to 4:45 every day, but I have made a weekly schedule to make it easier. It also helps that my apartment contract came with a free Gold’s Gym membership! I am so happy about that! I was worried that I would not be able to afford a gym membership and now I don’t have to worry about it! I love it! I even have a gym buddy named Heather who I met a few weeks ago. I go to the gym on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays and the other days of the week I try to do home workouts with 1 day being a rest day¬†because I can’t make it to the gym on those days. On Mondays and Fridays I attend Zumba class with Heather and I also do an additional workout (running, weightlifting, or another class). On Saturdays I do running and weightlifting. Then on the days when I am not at the gym I will work on abs or do a P90X workout at my apartment. It has been a pretty good system so far!

This Weekend I went home to celebrate my dad’s birthday. It felt nice to be home after such a stressful week last week, which had included 4 tests. My sister and I went hiking yesterday morning and we had a great time! We decided to run part of the trail. It was funny because it was only steeply inclined on the parts we tried to run. I love trail hiking. It was so nice to be out in the fresh air. Not too hot either! It was something I had been wanting to do since the beginning of the summer, but I just never got to until now!

My sister and I hiking

My sister and I hiking

High Time for an Update!

I have been insanely busy for the last couple of weeks! I have, however, been doing really well with my workouts! Last weekend my sister flew from Washington DC to Washington state to visit our friends on the west coast so my mom, Mathilde (our friend visiting us from France), and I took a trip to DC¬†a 2 days early so we could shop and walk around the city. It was a lot of fun. Not to mention a lot of walking! I don’t even know how many miles we walked, but it felt like a ton. By the time we finally got home we were exhausted.¬†Somehow I was still able to run like 6 miles the next day. I had only planned to do 2 or 3, but I didn’t feel like stopping. It was actually pretty awesome.

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A few days later I took my youngest sister and Mathilde to a beautiful park that had several gardens and wildlife exhibits to see. It is one of my favorite parks to go to because you can get a lot of exercise and it is a great place for taking pictures. I am pretty sure we walked several miles there as well.

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The other night I did Ab Ripper X P90X and then the next day, yesterday, I took Mathilde to Busch Gardens (a theme park). It was her first time going on a roller coaster and she was a bit scared at first, but I think she liked it. We had a great time. We walked so much! I think we might have walked more here than in DC! Well, maybe not, but it was a lot of walking.

Today I was so sore. SOOO sore. My abs still hurt from the P90X I did and I think I also got a few bruises from some of the rides we went on. I am just aching all over. I probably should have taken a rest day today, but noooo. I ran 3 miles. It was almost too much for me, but I finished. The rest of the day I was so tired and just wanted to sleep. Tomorrow will be a rest day though and hopefully I can get fully recovered by Monday!

Virtual Race

Well hey there! I have been doing a lot better lately with my workouts! Now I just have to make time to post on this blog!Starting on the 4th up through today was my window for completing my virtual race! I went ahead and signed up for the half marathon race when I registered because we were given several days to complete the race and it said the miles did not have to be completed at the same time or on the same day, which was very convenient. I knew I was not ready to try and run 13.1 miles at once. I ended up running 6 miles on the 5th (which is the longest I have ever done at one time), a little over a mile on the 6th, and 6 miles yesterday, the 8th. It was really fun and I actually did not get bored¬†like¬†I had¬†before (probably because I was running to complete something). I was actually pretty impressed with myself! I believe the key to my success was probably not running the same pace all the time. I switched it up and that helped a lot. My total time was 2 hours and 14 minutes. I’m happy enough with it!

My Race Bib

Today I am thinking about doing P90X. I don’t know which one yet, but I will figure it out. I have been really focusing just on running this week (and last week) for my race so it will be really nice to do something else!