New Year’s Eve!

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Dec 312011
 

 

resolutions

Back at it tomorrow.  Back at what?  Well, I’ve been a little slack this week with my workouts and my diet.  It happens every now and then to all of us.  I goofed off yesterday and didn’t post to this blog; I want to make at least one post a day.  But, heck it’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s—a wonderful time to just enjoy life, reflect on the past year, and plan for next year.  I’ve got some challenges coming this year, but I am confident I will meet and beat each one.  It’s going to be one of the most amazing years of my life, full of self-discovery and adventure.  But for tonight … I’m gonna party like it’s 1999!

Happy New Year!!!

Dec 292011
 

 

dabeastmobile

This is the motorhome in the pic I posted a day or two ago … I got that pic from an ad on Craig’s List.  Well, I bought this bad boy today.  I knew as soon as I saw it I would own it.  I didn’t know how, but I just knew it would be mine.  I’ve always believed that everything happens for a reason.

From that same book I’ve posted about before:  The Soul of the World is nourished by people’s happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy, and jealousy. To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation. All things are one. And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.   Coelho, Paulo (2009-10-13). The Alchemist – 10th Anniversary Edition (Kindle Locations 296-311). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

The last part really speaks to me—when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.  On Christmas Day, I asked my neighbors, whom I hadn’t spoken to in at least a year, if they would come with me to look at da Beastmobile.  They eagerly agreed.  Yesterday, they texted me saying that they wanted to drive in case I ended up buying the rig.  Well, at this point I didn’t even know how I was gonna pay for it and had NO intention of buying it so quickly.  At the time, I was on the way to town, so I went to the bank and got down to bidness, hehe.  I got the funds I would need.

So I came home and e-mailed the seller, telling him I would like to look at it today and asking what time was good.  He said 5 p.m. would be good.  I expressed that I would really like to come earlier to be sure to see it in the daylight and such.  He wrote back and said something came up … he had to wait for DirecTV from noon to four so I could come during that time.

I didn’t get the seller’s phone number, even though my conscience was saying I need to.  I didn’t get it cuz he said there was no cell service up where he lives anyway.  I “mapquested” his addy, and all seemed to be going well, til the house number I had didn’t seem to exist.  He said his house # is 1187.  We found 1161 and then 12 something.  I still didn’t feel terribly worried cuz I knew this was meant to be.  We drove a little further and then saw da Beastmobile at a campground.  It was unlocked, so we started looking through it.  A few minutes later, the owner arrived.  He came down to see if we were there since we hadn’t shown up at his house … yippee!  I still can’t explain the house # stuff.  Cuz his house wasn’t where it was ‘posed to be!

Anyway, my dream is one step closer to coming to fruition!  I gotz da wheels!

Dec 282011
 

 

Heart weights

The short answer is lifting weights builds muscle, and muscle burns more calories than fat but takes up less space.  Smell what I’m stepping in?  Faster metabolism, smaller body.

5 lbs

I’m not talking about being a supa powa olympic weight lifter, although there’s nothing wrong with that.  I’m talking about 2 or 3 days a week of lifting, perhaps a 30- to 60-minute full-body workout, whatever time allows.  I generally do cardio one day, weights the next, etc., but if you prefer, you can do both on the same day.  I use videos by a few different instructors.

Today I am going to suggest videos by Jari Love; she has several videos in her Get Ripped and Get Extremely Ripped series.  For shorter workouts, I use Kelly Coffey-Meyer’s 30-minutes to fitness videos, but I gotta tell ya, I have not encountered one workout of hers that is truly 30 minutes.  They run as long as 40 minutes.  But she’s good!

Here are 5 reasons everyone should incorporate weight training into his or her fitness program:

  1. Weight training builds muscle, which in turn will increase your basal metabolic rate and resting metabolic rate, so you will burn more calories while doing nothing … how sweet is that?
  2. Weight training strengthens your bones and your muscles, helping to combat and possibly prevent osteoporosis, a serious health concern as we grow older.
  3. Weight training builds confidence and self-esteem.  As a result, your mood will improve greatly.  Everyone around you will appreciate that!  Smile
  4. Weight training will increase your energy, and who can’t use more of that?!
  5. Losing weight makes you look better in clothes, but lifting weights makes you look better naked … yea baby!

Because I care,

J

I’ma Gonna Do It!

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Dec 272011
 

 

motorhome

Yup, I said I’ma, but at least I put some dang punctuation in there, lol.   Verbage changes … heck when I was younger, we said stupid stuff like, “gag me with a large ladle!”  Anyway, here is the deal … my calling is to travel the country.  I don’t have the means to do so, but somehow, I’ma gonna do it.  And by the way, I’m not terribly religious, but I do believe in God.  And I’ma ‘bout to fulfill my dream to travel the country.

From a book I just read …

“All I know is that, like Santiago the shepherd boy, we all need to be aware of our personal calling. What is a personal calling? It is God’s blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend. However, we don’t all have the courage to confront our own dream.

Why?

There are four obstacles. First: we are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea, and as the years accumulate, so too do the layers of prejudice, fear, and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible. But it’s still there.

If we have the courage to disinter dream, we are then faced by the second obstacle: love. We know what we want to do, but are afraid of hurting those around us by abandoning everything in order to pursue our dream. We do not realize that love is just a further impetus, not something that will prevent us going forward. We do not realize that those who genuinely wish us well want us to be happy and are prepared to accompany us on that journey.

Once we have accepted that love is a stimulus, we come up against the third obstacle: fear of the defeats we will meet on the path. We who fight for our dream, suffer far more when it doesn’t work out, because we cannot fall back on the old excuse: “Oh, well, I didn’t really want it anyway.” We do want it and know that we have staked everything on it and that the path of the personal calling is no easier than any other path, except that our whole heart is in this journey. Then, we warriors of light must be prepared to have patience in difficult times and to know that the Universe is conspiring in our favor, even though we may not understand how.

I ask myself: are defeats necessary?

Well, necessary or not, they happen. When we first begin fighting for our dream, we have no experience and make many mistakes. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.

So, why is it so important to live our personal calling if we are only going to suffer more than other people?

Because, once we have overcome the defeats—and we always do—we are filled by a greater sense of euphoria and confidence. In the silence of our hearts, we know that we are proving ourselves worthy of the miracle of life. Each day, each hour, is part of the good fight. We start to live with enthusiasm and pleasure. Intense, unexpected suffering passes more quickly than suffering that is apparently bearable; the latter goes on for years and, without our noticing, eats away at our soul, until, one day, we are no longer able to free ourselves from the bitterness and it stays with us for the rest of our lives.

Having disinterred our dream, having used the power of love to nurture it and spent many years living with the scars, we suddenly notice that what we always wanted is there, waiting for us, perhaps the very next day. Then comes the fourth obstacle: the fear of realizing the dream for which we fought all our lives.

Oscar Wilde said: “Each man kills the thing he loves.” And it’s true. The mere possibility of getting what we want fills the soul of the ordinary person with guilt. We look around at all those who have failed to get what they want and feel that we do not deserve to get what we want either. We forget about all the obstacles we overcame, all the suffering we endured, all the things we had to give up in order to get this far. I have known a lot of people who, when their personal calling was within their grasp, went on to commit a series of stupid mistakes and never reached their goal—when it was only a step away.

This is the most dangerous of the obstacles because it has a kind of saintly aura about it: renouncing joy and conquest. But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here.”  Paulo Coelho Rio de Janeiro November 2002 Translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Coelho, Paulo (2009-10-13). The Alchemist – 10th Anniversary Edition (Kindle Locations 71-76). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

 

 

Slow

THAT is the bottom line.  Whether you are just starting a fitness program or are in the best shape of your life, not all of your workouts are gonna rock your world, but if you are putting in the effort, you are still doing more than those not doing anything.  I finish some of my workouts and feel invincible.  I struggle with some workouts, and while I don’t feel invincible when I finish, I feel proud that despite how poorly I perceive that I performed, I still gave it my all … not everybody can say that.  Despite my fitness level, I still finish some workouts with a, “holy cow that was hard” feeling.

This is a long post … your first lesson in stick-to-it-iveness, hehe.  Take your time, “stick to” reading it, and you will gain something from it – I promise.

I can’t tell you how many times I have started a fitness program and stopped because it was just too damn hard.  I would say to myself, “I can’t do this.”  I put way too much pressure on myself to be like the peeps in the video or at the gym.  I wanted to look like them, without all the work.  Don’t we all?!

The biggest key to sticking to a fitness program is to find something that you truly enjoy doing.  Yea, I know, who enjoys exercise?  There really ARE fun ways to sweat.  I have a LOT of exercise videos.  I like kickboxing, so I started years ago with some 20-minute videos put out by Denise Austin.  They seemed hard at first, but I really dug being finished with my workout in 20 minutes.  Each time I did a video, I noticed improvement.  I graduated to Tae Bo by Billy Blanks; I thought that was the ultimate in difficulty, but again, I improved with almost every workout.  Throughout this time, I also lifted weights on non-cardio days.  Tomorrow I will speak of the benefits of lifting weights.

After doing Tae Bo for several years,  I wanted a challenge, so I did a 63-day program, Insanity by Beachbody.  A dear friend of mine bought me the program, and I let it sit in my closet for 6 months, too afraid to face it.  Well, let me tell you, Insanity lives up to its name in every way.  It was during this program that I literally cried before some of the workouts.  They were downright HARD, or should I say freaking INSANE?!  I’m talkin’ pause the video to catch your breath and pray you don’t puke, sit on the couch for a few minutes or walk around and spit in the trash can while gasping for air, and yelling every obscenity known to mankind at the idiot on the TV yelling at you to “DIG DEEPER” kind of hard.  Meanwhile, my late hubby would look up and say, “I’m tired just watching!”  Good thing I have a great sense of humor.  Again, however, I noticed improvement with each workout, which made me realize it WAS worth it … not to mention, even some of the peeps in the video would drop out from time to time, and all of them had completed the program once already … fantastic!  Half the class on the video would be lying on the floor panting over a puddle of sweat, and there would be a blurb across the screen that said, “don’t stop moving.”  Hahahahaha!

You can do this!  Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.  You will know if your body is getting something out of whatever it is you are doing; just be honest with yourself.  So … my tips are:

  1. Do something you enjoy.  I hate step aerobics because I just don’t have the coordination or choreography or whatever, so I don’t do them.  Heck, I played Wii Dance on Christmas Eve, what a hoot and a helluva workout.  I got my arse whooped by an 8yo and an unexpected incredible cardio workout, but it was so fun that I didn’t care.
  2. Do what you can, even if you can’t keep up with the video or the person next to you at the gym.  You are competing against yourself and no one else.  Try to keep moving, though, do jumping jacks or jog in place or walk around as active rest.
  3. Be honest with yourself … don’t be overly hard on yourself.  Remember … while you are working out, there are lotsa peeps sitting on their couches, wishing they had the gumption to get up and move.
  4. Listen to your body.  This goes with being honest with yourself.  Does your body need rest?  You will become very in tune with your body’s needs, and you will be able to differentiate whether or not it is your body or your mind speaking.  If it is your body saying it needs rest, then rest, and don’t feel guilty about it.
  5. There is no universal “best” time of the day to workout.  The best time of the day to exercise for any individual is the time that he or she is MOST likely to get it done.

Unleash your beast!

Because I care,

J

ps  I am making no money off the links I provided above; these are simply tools I have used in my quest for fitness.

My Angel and My Devil

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Dec 262011
 

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Notice SSE has a tennis ball in her mouth … a perfectly appropriate toy for a mutt to be exercising his or her jaw muscles with, right?  But wait … what is that in ZB’s yapper?  Hmmm … ok so THAT’s why the garage door opener came with 2 remote controls!  Thanks li’l buddy … nummy, nummy!

 

 

Good health is a duty

When I finally got serious about getting and staying in shape some time in my mid-to-late 20’s, I was more interested in looking good.  Who doesn’t wanna look all hot and sexy, right?!  I figured I’d have a better chance of finding Mr. Right … truth was all it did in the search for love was help me to find quite a few Messrs Right Now (I learned something new today … the plural of Mr. – oh how I luvs de interwebz!) .

However, on positive note, I have gained WAY more from regular exercise that I ever imagined.  It keeps me sane, no joke.  It gives me confidence.  It makes me feel powerful, strong, and accomplished.  I have never regretted a workout, but I have cried before one because I so badly didn’t want to do it.  Check out this article for other great benefits of exercise:  5 Mindblowing Benefits of Exercise

Tomorrow I will post about stick-to-it-iveness … I will give tips on how to stick with an exercise routine for life.

Because I care,

J

Peace on Earth!

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Dec 252011
 

Beautiful …

Dec 242011
 

I know, I know … with everything going on at Christmas, the cooking and baking and shopping and visiting, who has TIME for exercise?  Well, it looks like Santa even makes time! Making time for exercise is vital, no matter what time of year it is. You can get a fantastic workout in 20 minutes if time is a huge issue. Set a timer for 20 minutes … run in place for 2 minutes, then do 10 push-ups, run in place another 2 minutes, then do 20 situps, run in place for 2 minutes, then do 30 jumping jacks, repeat until the glorious sound of “ding” resonates, then pat yourself on the back!

I guarantee your day will be much better as a result.  And as a reward, enjoy that eggnog or pumpkin pie, or whatever you favorite holiday indulgence is … Christmas only comes once a year!

Because I care,

J

 

Merry Christmas Eve, all!  My first wish is for peace and happiness to abound everywhere … there is too much misery and sadness in this world.

My second, more selfish, wish is to do something crazy next year.  I probably should get a job, but that’s not very adventurous now is it?!  My first thought was to hike the Appalachian Trail with da muttz, but I just think that would be too much on them.  And with ZB’s affinity for chasing every creature we come across, I am afraid he would be too hard to keep track of.  Someday I want to do it though, perhaps alone.  So a dream of mine has always been to travel the U.S. in a motorhome, maybe even make it a writing adventure.  It would be fun and a li’l scary too, and I think I would meet some really cool people along the journey.  I’m hoping to look at the motor home in the pic soon.

Anybody wanna come?!

 

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