What To Do When You’re Too Tired To Workout?

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We’ve all heard of the idea that dog owners tend to look like their dogs. Well, I’ve definitely been looking more and more like my Sammy when it comes to going to the gym;)  BTW, he’s making 14 years this Spring💛.

Honestly, I’ve been freaking out a little bit because I’ve never experienced a lack of motivation to go to the gym for a whole week!  Usually taking a day off does the trick for me, but not this time.

I did have a realization today while I was at the gym.  Last week I completed an intense 14-week muscle building program and really should have taken a full week off.  My husband has been trying to persuade me to take a break, but I was too stubborn and maybe even afraid to listen to him.  Well, I guess he was right, as much as I hate to admit it;)

In spite of the lack of mojo I was able to get in four really good workouts.  Here’s how I was able to push through the tiredness and lack motivation:FullSizeRender (25)

  1. I changed up the scenery.  The weather was nice so I got my dumbells and worked biceps, triceps and shoulders on the back porch.  It felt so good to get fresh air and the alone time was nice.  On another day I trained in a different gym.  Trying out new equipment along with changing up my routine made it interesting.
  2. I got a new piece of equipment.  I’ve been working a lot more hours so I decided I needed to get something for the house when I just don’t feel like going to the gym.  I purchased one of those pull-up bars you can attach to your door frame.  I had the best ab and back workout ever in my hallway!  (If you’re interested I can share that workout).
  3. Instead of a structured workout plan, I asked myself ‘what do I feel like doing today?’ This brought some levity and allowed me to listen to my body.  It was nice to get out of my head and drop more into my body.  So much of our day is spent in our minds.  When we check in with our bodies it actually helps us become more present.  💡The next time you walk into the gym ask yourself, ‘what do I feel like working today? Do I want to make it a short workout or do I have the energy to get after it?’
  4. I took some rest days.  I think there is truth in love and in fitness with the idea that absence makes the heart grow fonder.  Give yourself a mental and physical rest day to recharge and appreciate all your hard work.

I’m interested to hear your ideas and tips for when you are feeling unmotivated or too tired to workout.  Feel free to write a comment:)

 

 

ABC Ab Exercise

Want a fun way to eliminate a stubborn lower-belly pooch?  ABC abs will do the trick but be prepared, this might sound like child’s play but it will challenge you!  What makes this exercise fun is to go through the alphabet with a group of friends and think of a healthy food for each letter:-) It serves as a positive distraction from the fire in the abs.

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I’m always on the look out for creative ways to challenge my fitness class and they had a blast with it!  Class ended with lots of chatter and laughs which is music to a coach’s ears.

Here’s how you do ABC Abs:

  1. Lie on your back, extend your legs and pretend that your toes are like pencils and write the A, B, Cs with your feet.  You could even do it old school style and write in cursive;)  The bigger you make your letters the harder you will work.
  2. Place your hands under your lower back to provide support.  If you feel too much tension in your back, or if your hamstrings are tight, go ahead and bend your knees a little bit.
  3. Imagine you have a belt strapped to your waist that anchors you to the floor.  You don’t want your lower back to come off the floor unless you are doing a hip lift to dot the letter ‘I.”
  4. As you write out your letters name a healthy food, for example, ‘A’ avocado.  If you are doing it with a group, take turns.  The longer it takes the person to think of a food, the more time spent holding a contraction!  Yowza!

ABC abs with the kiddos!

I’m thinking I could have a blast doing this with these lil’ angels!  LOL!  This would be a fun way to share fitness and teach them about healthy foods.

img_1824You could have them make letters standing up with their arms in a ‘Charlie’s Angels’ pose;)  Let me know how you share the fun with your little ones!

 

New Year Resolutions: The Ultimate Goal To Reaching Your Potential

I have a confession to make…I’m not making New Year’s goals for 2017.  I guess that’s not entirely accurate, I do have one goal and that is to do absolutely NOTHING!  I am going to be the best- don’t do a damn thing nothinger ever—for at least 30 min or hour every day;)

I’m that person that loves planners and making to-do lists for everything so not ‘goal setting’ in a traditional sense is driving me a bit bonkers.  Not to mention, the actual practice of doing nothing is difficult.

webdscf0592When I begin my ‘do nothing time’ my thoughts bombard me with all the things I could be doing, ie. folding the laundry, organizing work notes, hemming the curtains, searching the web for bootcamp ideas…and on and on the chatter goes.  I acknowledge those thoughts and tell myself, ‘you have permission.’

Rewards Of Doing Nothing

Creativity:  When the mind is given permission to wander and shift down it has this uncanny ability to get us unstuck.  Try it!  If a problem has you stumped, take a mental break and notice the difference when you return.

Productivity:  According to Scientific American, “Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.”

Authenticity:  It’s paradoxical how this do-nothing space is impactful.  It’s here that the heart and mind can align and there is a return to authenticity.  It’s like you remember that you are not all the things you do, you are so much more.

Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets, essayist Tim Kreider wrote in The New York Times

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Connectivity:  Think about when you’ve been happiest with your life.  Is it during those moments when you’ve been racing and forceful to get things done? Or has it been those moments when you feel connected and present with your work and the people around you?

As you head into the New Year consider creating space in your day to relax.  Go for a walk, listen to some music or just space out:)  What you will find is the world will keep on spinning without you and you will return the better for it. Will you join me in my quest to be the to be the best-damn-do-nothinger in the new year?

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The Muscle You Must Work To Break Through Plateaus

Working out is easy, eating healthy is tough but it’s the mind that is the hardest to train.  You can get on the Elliptical for an hour and lift weights five days a week but if you don’t get a grip on your mental fitness you will struggle every inch of the way to reach your goals.

Here are the things I’ve learned from my own life and in observing my clients that might help you conquer the mental game.

  1. Make peace with failure.  I’ve competed in about five bodybuilding competitions and never won first place.  I’ve done duathlons and powerlifting competitions where I’ve won some and lost many.

383850_243108732428192_399410553_nMy first duathlon I rode the entire race with the front brake on.  Talk about feeling like a novice!  The whole race I was so confused why everyone was passing me;) LOL  I learned from that experience and never repeated that again!

If you’re new to the gym or trying a new sport, don’t expect yourself to be an expert overnight.  Give yourself time to learn, consider getting a coach or personal trainer and don’t be afraid to fail.

2.  Your mind quits long before your body does.

This was something my triathlon coach would often say to our team during training.  He would usually say this when we were all dog tired and he would challenge us to pick up our pace.  He was right, I found that my body could go harder.  His influence helped me reach another fitness level, become a better athlete and personal trainer.

img_3708This is one of my client’s who came to me with goals that she wanted to accomplish. I would be doing her a disservice if I didn’t challenge her to push past her comfort zones.  We are always able to laugh, but we mean business;)

There is going to be discomfort, the mind will scream ‘STOP!  That’s enough!’  There can be no change if there is no challenge.

Hire a personal trainer, get a workout partner or join a fitness group that will call your bluff. Think about it – your last workout did you give yourself an out to stop?  A good personal trainer will know when you can do more and push you to achieve your best.

  • What helps me to always give my personal best is to ask myself, “can I go one more minute?  Can I do two more reps?”
  • If you’ve been doing the same 3 sets of 12 for months, make it 4 sets of 12.  If you’ve been running at the same pace on the treadmill, increase your pace or add more of an incline.

3.  When your focus stops your power stops.  The past few months my mental motivation has been slipping and I’ve had a harder time getting to the gym.  I’m realizing that because I’m always multitasking I’m mentally exhausted.

There is value in focusing on one thing at a time.  Focusing the mind helps you be more at ease in the present in the moment.  Focused attention slows the clock down and makes life more full.  My personal goal is to focus in on one task to help me regain my mojo and bust through my mental blocks.

Feel free to comment what ideas you will try.  Remember….b1ckhfziaaakezz

 

 

 

How To Get Past Self-Doubt

e70ac32b65a192c48a868b98692ab651What if I told you that believing in yourself is a concern of God’s?   Humility is a virtue, but there is nothing honorable about walking around defeated and insecure.  Philippines 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  How many times have we quoted this verse, but not really believed the words?

Self-doubt used to be a major factor in my life and continues to be in varying degrees, but I’m so much better these days.  I’m sure my being small , (one of my coaches used to call me half pint;), having a soft voice and being taught to be a good girl played a role in these insecurities.  God has been teaching me throughout my life that just because I might feel small that doesn’t mean I don’t have greatness inside of me.

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I believe we all have potential.  Romans 12:3 says He has dealt to every man the measure of faith.  The key is to expose yourself to people, challenges and opportunities that will draw out the greatness that is inside.

You can’t overcome what you can’t confront. TD Jakes

Steps to confront your fears and achieve your potential:

  • Notice the voices of self-doubt in your head.  The monsters inside your head aren’t so scary when you turn the lights on!  Understand that you might fail, people might judge you and they won’t always love you or your work.  That’s okay.  What’s important here is that YOU love YOU.
  • Do it afraid.  You don’t have to be perfect, that’s not what this is about.  It’s about you learning to believe in yourself.  It’s about who you become by confronting your fears and doubts.  Moses was one of the most insecure people in the Old Testament, but he was also one of the greatest leaders of all time.  One of the things that made him great was that he did things afraid.

In spite of his speech impediment, Moses stuttered his way to greatness!

  • Lean into the discomfort.   There will be opportunities presented to you that are not going to feel natural but YOU CAN push through.  When your mind screams no, let it have it’s temper tantrum, and just keep on pushing a bit beyond your comfort zones.

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Hourglass Workout Plan: Get Beach and Bride Ready

monroeIf mother nature blessed you with a natural hourglass shape, lucky you!  I’ve been working to enhance my curves for years, and weight training has made a world of difference.  Even Marilyn lifted weights, along with diet, to keep her voluptuous body firm.

You can absolutely create the look of a shapely silhouette by building up your shoulders and back, tightening up the abs and sculpting the glutes.  The Hourglass Workout is a week’s worth of workouts that I’ve designed to create killer curves and burn off body fat.

  • There are 5 workouts with a rest day mid-week.
  • Complete each superset or tri-set then rest one minute before starting the next set.
  • beginners perform 1-2 sets/advanced perform the instructed amount.
  • Use the ab circuit twice a week on non-consecutive days.
  • Cardio should be done at least 3 days a week.  The bootcamp workout on Day 5 is considered a cardio day.

Follow this, along with nutrition tips I’ve provided in the links at the bottom page, to compliment your workouts.  If you would like to receive personalized fitness and nutrition programs, check out my about section and send me a message.

Day 1: Monday— Legs/Shoulders

Superset: 4 sets

Deep squats: 12 reps

Step jumps: 12  http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/detail/view/name/box-jump-multiple-response

*modify using a smaller box

Trisets: 3 sets

Walking lunges: 24 total steps

Dumbbell sumo squat: 15

Lateral bound with dumbbells: 30 total http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/detail/view/name/lateral-bound-

Trisets: 3 sets

Shoulder press: 15 reps

Lateral raise: 12 reps

rear delt fly machine: 15 reps

Day 2: Tuesday— Chest/Biceps

Giantset: 4 sets 

Dumbbell incline press: 15

Plyo push-ups: 12 http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/detail/view/name/plyo-push-up

*modify on knees

Dumbbell fly: 15

Step ups: 24 total http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/detail/view/name/step-up-with-knee-raise

Giantset: 3 sets

E-Z bar curl: 12 reps

Dumbbell incline curl: 12 reps

Hammer curl: 12 reps

Jacks: 30 seconds

Day 3:  Rest day  

Day 4: Thursday— Back/Triceps

Superset: 4 sets

Barbell deadlift: 12 reps http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/main/popup/name/barbell-deadlift

Machine row: 12 reps

Giant set: 3 sets

One arm row: 12 reps

Dumbbell pullover: 12 reps

Wide grip pulldown: 12 reps

Bench jumps:

Triset: 3 sets
Cable over head extension: 12 reps

reverse grip pull-down: 12 reps

bench dips: to failure

Step ups: 24 total

Day 5: Bootcamp

Perform 3 rounds for 1 minute for all exercises. Rest 1 minute & repeat.
  1. Weighted Burpees *perform this with dumbbells
  2. Curtsey lunges *holding dumbbells  http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/detail/view/name/kettlebell-curtsy-lunge
  3. Slow floor sprints *a slow controlled version of a mountain climber.  When you bring your knee in toward the chest, don’t let your foot touch the ground.  Hold for a second, then switch.
  4. Axe chop with medicine ball *picture at bottom page
  5. Single leg deadlift *30 seconds on one leg and 30 on the other
  6. Low plank crossover *cross one leg over the other in plank position, almost touching floor, repeat on the other side.
Ab circuit: 3 rounds, rest 1 minute after each round.
  1. Decline crunch: 15 reps
  2. Stability ball pike press/or knee tuck: 10 reps https://healthyjustice.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/total-body-workout-you-can-do-at-home/
  3. Side plank hip drops: 10 each side, hold last rep up for 10 seconds http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/main/popup/name/side-bridge
  4. reverse crunch:  15 reps
  5. russian twist with medicine ball: 20 reps

Ax Chop with medicine ball

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Nutrition and Lifestyle Blogs:

https://healthyjustice.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/get-healthy-for-the-summer/

https://healthyjustice.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/buff-bride-5-tips-to-lose-weight-stay-healthy-for-your-wedding-day/

Buff Bride: 5 Tips To Lose Weight & Stay Healthy For Your Wedding Day

What woman doesn’t want to look and feel her best for her wedding day, myself included!  My wedding is just a couple of months off, and it’s the perfect inspiration for me to get more toned and healthier.

So here are the tips I’ve been using to kick my exercise and nutrition goals into gear…

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  1.  Meal and Exercise Tracking.  Research shows that keeping a food diary may double your weight loss efforts!   The key is to track accurately and honestly.  Even if your goal isn’t to lose weight, this practice can help you become more aware of the quality of your food choices and the reason driving your behavior.

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Tracking my workouts helps me to push myself and continue progressing.

I provide digital health coaching and nutrition/fitness plans if you need more assistance & accountability in these areas.  https://healthyjustice.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/about-healthy-justice/

2.  Put more intensity into exercise.  A reason and a deadline always helps with motivation to give a little extra.  You don’t have to kill yourself training for your big day.  Simply ask yourself, ‘can I give one more rep? can I go one more minute?’ If the answer is yes then dig a little deeper!

3.  Find ways to relax.  I’ve been practicing daily meditation to help me stay grounded.  All the stress from wedding planning and family issues that pop up can have you turning to food as a way to cope.    Taking time to breathe can do wonders for your wellbeing and take the edge off food cravings.  This is a meditation app that I’ve been enjoying:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stop-breathe-think/id778848692?mt=8

4.  Drink your body weight in water.  Water naturally detoxifies the body and flushes out toxins.  It also helps get nutrients to your muscles and with recovery.  Often we mistake hunger for thirst, so drinking a glass of water will help you eat less.

5.  Create a couples challenge!

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It’s powerful the influence your significant other has on you especially when it relates to food and fitness.  If Donny mentions that he wants a pizza, I’m going to be hard pressed to say no.  If he’s not really feeling motivated to go to the gym, but he sees me going, chances are he will join me.  Unless I start bellowing out, “let’s DO IT!”  This zaps him of all his life force;) LOL

Our partners have the power to influence us for good and BAD behaviors.  Imagine the goals you can achieve if you use your power to bring out the best in each other!

With this in mind, I challenge you to BE A FIT COUPLE! 

261Come up with your own couples challenge.  This adds fun and accountability.

Here’s the couple’s challenge Donny and I made with each other:

  •  I’m going to replace any snacks I have after dinner with a protein shake or small protein snack.
  • He is going to limit carbs and dairy.

We each get a point for every day that we succeed in our goals.  At the end of the week whoever has the most points wins.

  • If I win Donny is going to help me chop vegetables for my weekly meal prep.
  • If he wins, I have to help him with yard work.

With all the planning and hard work you are doing don’t forget to be good to yourself!happy