Workout Inspiration

2015-01-07 09.39.01Getting back into a route after the holidays is rough. If I’m completely honest, it’s brutal. But the great thing about the beginning of the year is to set goals, dreams and routines to keep you motivated throughout the year.

On my 2015 goal list is joining a CrossFit box. I found the perfect one for me but have had a bit of bad luck getting to my first prep class. On Monday the hubs’ work truck wouldn’t start so he took my car (my first experience being home bound and I was completely stir crazy). On Tuesday we had a beautiful coating of snow and with a front wheel drive vehicle without snow tires, tons of winding curves and hills, school delays and my general fear of driving in unfamiliar precipitation, I flat out didn’t trust myself to get anywhere safely.

I’ll tell ya, weather isn’t really something that played a factor in my daily activities in Texas. Heat is one thing. Heat I can handle. Snow and temperatures with a wind chill of 1 degree, yeah you read that right, ONE degree, I cannot. So I’m having to get creative to stay true to my fitness journey.

I don’t want to be held back in my journey to a healthier me. Instead of excuses, I can hear my mama in my ear, I decided to have an alternative solution for workouts.

I’m a firm believer in fashion, obviously, but one place people sometimes forget about style and pretty things is the gym. I’m not a make-up to the gym kind of girl because I like to really sweat, but I do enjoy the confidence a new pair of running shoes or workout clothes bring to my fitness game.

Step 1: New workout clothes = motivation

Thanks to some Kohl’s cash I was able to buy myself a beautiful pair of Nike running shoes. I never splurge on full price running shoes. For some reason I never allow myself to buy full price running shoes. I think knowing I need to purchase a new pair every 300-400 miles (tips on when to replace running shoes here and here) makes the thought of buying full prices shoes seem frivolous. Isn’t that weird? I mean, I will buy other shoes at full price because I can usually get a few good years out of them. I usually stalk the shelves at Ross or TJ Maxx until I find a suitable pair. I was able to justify the purchase because I had Kohl’s cash and a coupon. This is obviously a mental hurdle I must overcome because my health is important and requires an investment – of time and money.

The hubs and I were fortunate enough to stop through our college town on our way back to PA. Nacogdoches is a beautiful little east Texas town full of memories for the both of us. We stopped at the college bookstore and I picked up a dri-fit shirt honoring my Alma mater. I’ve included some pictures below from our little jaunt around campus.

Step 2: Find some great at-home workouts

I’m starting to realize that weather in PA is a variable in my workout routine, but I don’t want it to be a determining factor. I love the camaraderie you find in a group fitness class but sometimes it just isn’t possible to get there – see my Monday and Tuesday dilemma above.

Pinterest has some great solutions for quick, rigorous workouts you can do from the comfort of your living room. My favorite is the Quick 100: quick 100

This is a great way to get your heart rate up!

If I learned one thing from my trainer Kaitlin, it’s that burpees are my friend. Sure they hurt like hell but they are a great full body workout. Try doing a tabata burpee workout. Tabata is high intensity interval training (HIIT) and takes about 4 minutes while doing intervals of  20:10 (20 seconds of movement follwed by 10 seconds of rest without stopping). A 4 minute workout?! YES! But don’t be deceived, you’ll be gasping for air at the end.

20 seconds of burpees, 10 seconds of rest – repeat 7 times for a total of 8 sets.

Another fun way I like to get in some movement while engaging my abs is by hula-hooping. I bought a hula-hoop from the store and keep it stored behind my couch for easy accessibility.

It’s important to get your heart rate up for maximum fat burn.

That’s my hippie 2 step process to keeping active while snowed in, or when you feel to lazy to go to the gym.

Here are a few pics from our trip to Nacogdoches and visiting the SFASU campus.

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Proud Alumni
At “the wall.” This is where the hubs & his Sigma Chi fraternity brothers hung out between classes…and where I shamelessly flirted.
With Geech & Maly in front of the Stephen F. Austin statue better known as “Surfin’ Steve.”
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Across from Surfin’ Steve are alumni bricks. When the hubs graduated I gifted him a brick. I bought myself one, too, so that we could be next to each other forever.
No trip to Nac would be complete without stopping by the best place ever – The AXO Mansion! The best decision I ever made was becoming an Alpha Chi Omega and I loved living in the house with all my sisters – fun, crazy, loud, messy & magical.

Happy day, hippies, happy day!

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