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Back on the Motivation Train

19 Jan

Morning friends and happy Saturday!

I’m not sure why ants got in my pants, but I am back on the workout train. This week has been filled with gym time, videos and even walks at lunch and I’m loving it. I will say that I truly believe that our motivation is impacted and affected by so many facets in our life, it is not always a simple question of going to the gym.

While there are some things going on behinds the scenes, I am really happy to say that it is having a positive impact on my daily life. I feel less stressed and have seen an increase in my energy. Whoo-hoo!

To be honest, it has been challenging dealing with the loss of motivation. I use the gym as my stress release and as a piece of the puzzle to leaving a healthy life style. So when I reduce my workouts, or even stop, it really impacts my overall health and happiness.

This weeks workouts:

S: 90 min Yoga for Runners and Cyclists Workshop

M: 30 min walk at lunch, 60 min vigorous Vinyasa Flow yoga class

T: 40 min round-Robin cardio, 10 min abs

W: 30 min HIIT

Th: Rest

F: 30 Day Shred (AM), 30 min cardio (PM)

Sa: 60 min spin

Consistency people. Make it a part of your life; schedule workout appointments, find new classes, set a goal.

While it is difficult to get started, I feel like my workouts are back as a standard in my day, which makes the workouts easier to bare. Also, I really try to focus on workouts that make me feel good and that I enjoy. I love cardio and yoga, so I incorporate a good deal into my week, but also know weights are part of the equasion. So, I found a few workout videos (Jillian, Bob and the Tone It Up gals) that I add into the week. You will never find me in a 60 min class at the gym, but I am all about the sweaty weight-fest at home.

I also love blogs for motivation. Some of my favs; PBFingers, Carrots N Cake, My Food and Fitness Diaries and Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life.

What is your trick to stay motivated? What are your favorite blogs?

XO-

BB

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Yoga Ditcher

9 Nov

Happy Friday!

I am s-t-o-k-e-d that we reached the end of the week. Sure, sure, I only worked half a week, but I still love my Fridays.

Today started at the gym- per ush. But last night was a different story. I was all stoked for my weekly yoga class when I hit a wall in the middle of work. I knew this wouldn’t be good. My motivation started to fade, I tried to hold on, drink some cold water, stay focused. But, despite my best efforts, I could feel my commitment recessing.

I called bestie who was sharing my feelings. After a few minutes of chatting, we decided to skip class and met up so I could give her my thank you gift. Katie and Chad babysat Henry while we were in Chicago last weekend. They took such good care of him and went way above and beyond. We’re so lucky to have great friends!

Back to the topic at hand – I was listening to a Jillian Michael’s podcast about honoring your body. She talked about listening to what it really needs instead of forcing, stuffing and masking our feelings. So, I stopped. I was quiet and listened to what my body needed, and it was not a late night at the gym (class ends at 9:15pm with a 30 min drive home afterwards).

I went home, got into my pjs and crawled into bed with my favorite peanut.

 

And do you want to know what? It was exactly what I needed. I did not question my decision, I had listened to myself and that is always right in the end.

 

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Beauty in the Silence

10 Oct

Last night was another yoga session with my favorite instructor.

She began class in child’s pose for 5 minutes of quiet meditation. She talked to us about society’s expectation for us to be busy – always looking at our phone, keeping a full social calendar, heck, we even DVR shows becasue we are ‘too busy’. She challenged us to sit still and be okay with the stillness. It was truly challenging. My body was motionless, but my mind was hard to quiet. It was running through to-do lists, dinner ideas, thinking of how happy I was to be at class. I could not clear my mind.

Have you ever realized how difficult it can be to be quiet both physiclaly and mentally?

Try it, I dare you.

XO-

BB

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Finding My Yoga Instructor

3 Oct

There is something to be said for a good group instructor. IMO, they make or break the class.

I have been a member at my gym since 2008 and my friend (who also worksout at the same gym) and I have spent hours trying new classes and instructors. About three years ago, we became hooked on two particular yoga teachers that had similar style; yoga with a cardio twist. We would leave class sweaty and stretched. We felt powerful, yet calm. They were great classes and we attended two to three times a week.

And then one girl decided to leave the gym and the other moved gyms. Major fail.

My girlfriend moved as well, so I was suddenly the lone soldier at the gym trying to hold down my practice that started to dwindle down to a measly once a week practice. The instructors were just not doing it for me and I was suddenly realizing the power of a workout buddy.

Thankfully, the gym makes changes to the schedule with the changing of season and after a little stalking, I found my beloved instructor.

I met my friend at the gym, rolled out our mats and were greated by Kim with open arms. Hugs all around.

Class was brutal and amazing all at the same time. Oh, yes.

Somethings should not be changed.

XO-

BB

Are you a Multi-tasking Queen

18 Sep

Today started with yoga. I have been eying the class for a few weeks now. While I am usually all about the early am sweat-fest, I have been off my game with all of the dental work I’ve been going through (two surgeries down, two to go). So, I decided to ease into my day with yoga. It was a great practice that focused on breathing, being present and centered in the here and now.

Sitting still is surprisingly difficult. Try it. Close your eyes for five minutes and just breathe. Seems simple enough, but it is truly challenging, at least for me.

I find myself constantly rushing, worrying, trying to catch up on the (seems like) gazillion things I have to do. There is never enough time in the day, right? We feel tired and burned out day after day.

What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. Technology has blurred them beyond recognition. Wherever we go, our work follows us, on our digital devices, ever insistent and intrusive. It’s like an itch we can’t resist scratching, even though scratching invariably makes it worse.

Tell the truth: Do you answer email during conference calls (and sometimes even during calls with one other person)? Do you bring your laptop to meetings and then pretend you’re taking notes while you surf the net? Do you eat lunch at your desk? Do you make calls while you’re driving, and even send the occasional text, even though you know you shouldn’t?

The biggest cost — assuming you don’t crash — is to your productivity. In part, that’s a simple consequence of splitting your attention, so that you’re partially engaged in multiple activities but rarely fully engaged in any one. In part, it’s because when you switch away from a primary task to do something else, you’re increasing the time it takes to finish that task.

But most insidiously, it’s because if you’re always doing something, you’re relentlessly burning down your available reservoir of energy over the course of every day, so you have less available with every passing hour.

I know this from my own experience. I get two to three times as much writing accomplished when I focus without interruption for a designated period of time and then take a real break, away from my desk. The best way for an organization to fuel higher productivity and more innovative thinking is to strongly encourage finite periods of absorbed focus, as well as shorter periods of real renewal.

1. Do the most important thing first in the morning, preferably without interruption, for 60 to 90 minutes, with a clear start and stop time. If possible, work in a private space during this period, or with sound-reducing earphones. Finally, resist every impulse to distraction, knowing that you have a designated stopping point. The more absorbed you can get, the more productive you’ll be. When you’re done, take at least a few minutes to renew.

2. Establish regular, scheduled times to think more long term, creatively, or strategically. If you don’t, you’ll constantly succumb to the tyranny of the urgent. Also, find a different environment in which to do this activity — preferably one that’s relaxed and conducive to open-ended thinking.

3. Take real and regular vacations. Real means that when you’re off, you’re truly disconnecting from work. This is so difficult for me to practice. My job in PR is non-stop, there is pressure to be ‘on’ all of the time.

A single principle lies at the heart of all these suggestions. When you’re engaged at work, fully engage, for defined periods of time. When you’re renewing, truly renew. Make waves.

Stop living your life in the gray zone.

Are you a multi-tasking queen? I know I am. And some times that is great; I love blowdrying my hair and reading my favorite blogs or catching the news. But, I also can literally see the benefits of focusing on one task at a time when it comes to work.

Hope you’re all finding your focus today.

XO-

BB

Cavities and Cucumber Margaritas

29 Jun

Happy Monday, friends!

I’ve been enjoying life like you wouldn’t believe over here (details to come) so the post never went yesterday. Let’s catch up.

On Friday morning I had an appointment to have a few cavities filled. As if that wasn’t fun enough, I was making the trek up to my hometown (four hours north). So, Henry and I hit the open road at 6am.

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My appointment was at 10am and I rolled in right on the nose. Do you want to see a super hot picture of me? Ok, I warned you.

Post numbing injections. Hot, right? I literally couldn’t smile – is this what Botox feels like? Oh, and driving with the windows down helps pull off this look too.

I spent a little quality time with my dentist and then met up with mom. We prioritized her lunch break by shopping like a whirlwind through downtown. It was such a blast!

My mom headed off to work and I met my dad for lunch. Eating was a bit difficult, but I manages to not completely embarrass myself. I had the best afternoon visiting with my parents I wish they lived closer!

I headed back to my parents house for some work before getting back on the road. Yup, eight hours on the road in one day. Yet somehow I don’t think this is crazy. {shrugs}

I rolled into my home around eight and Phil and I spent the night eating omelette (my mouth was still misbehaving) and watching woman’s gymnastics. Seriously, these girls are legit athletes, we were blown away by their talent.

On Saturday I had major plans; Pilates, a car wash and reading my book in the sun. All of this was accomplished and it was an awesome day. To top it off, we enjoyed an afternoon nap. Glorious.

That night we pulled out the motorcycle and hit up a great hole-in-the-wall in downtown.

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Plastic wine glasses on the patio? Classy.

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The party continued down the street. I spotted a cucumber margarita and instantly fell in love.

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If you put on 3-D glasses my arm would come right out at you.

In other great news about this drink, you get a great workout while attempting to lift it off the table.

The night was young and we certainly enjoyed it getting us home pretty late. Hey, when it’s not a school night, we play!

Sunday was not so much a fun-day. Oh well, can’t win them all.

After an abrupt wake-up call from my crazy husband, we ran out the door to do a major overhaul at the grocery store. It was a sad morning as Sundays usually involve a big, lazy breakfast. Not happening. I was a mastermind and said we should hit up Trader Joe’s first; Bigby coffee is right next door, so I was able to at least function on some level.

Once our fridge was stocked, we headed up to Phil’s rental property up in Saginaw. While I’ve been dreading this, the drive takes us right by Birch Run; a huge outlet mall. Of course there was a pit stop that ended in a car packed to the brim. 🙂 stress shopping is better for my waist than stress eating.

After a super long day of working on the house, we arrived home at 11pm last night and called it quits.

Do you like grocery shopping? Are you a list person or do you wing it?

What was the best part of your weekend?

XO-

BB

The Sweet Life

17 Jun

Good morning and happy Monday!

I am coming off of a great weekend and am hoping all of the fun I had will power me through this week since it’s going to be long and crazy.

Friday started fairly quiet – Phil was out-of-town and I was on puppy duty. I headed home after work to let the guy out and we went on a walk around the neighborhood followed by some dinner and a trip to Trader Joes. It was a calm and relaxing night, just what I needed.

I know I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I L.O.V.E. waking up on a Saturday sans alarm clock. Thanks to a decently early night, I rolled out of bed nice, easy and rested Saturday morning at 8am. Phil and I had a cup of coffee and chatted before he took off to help our friends move into their new house.

I had other plans….

Katie T. came over around 9am and we chatted on the couch for about an hour. I have to say, this is one of my favorite things in the world. Having a chat over coffee curled up just seems right. We decided to get a move-on before the day got too warm and headed out to do some strawberry picking.

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I was a little concerned we might be too late in the season, but we both walked away with 6-7 lbs each of sweet and juicy strawberries. I think I also consumed a pound during picking. 🙂

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The strawberries were good and all, but we needed some legit eats, so we headed to my stand-by, Ironwood Grill. The rest of the afternoon was spent at the salon for a pedicure and then resting. Phil has his final exam today, so when he got home he sat down to hit the books for a few hours. It was a nice Saturday morning and afternoon.

For dinner, we had plans to meet-up with John, Cathy and Brayden (our godson) – some of our closest and best friends. We haven’t had a chance to see them in weeks, so I was really looking forward to hanging out.

We had the best time chatting and listening to all that Brayden had to say. He is growing up so fast – he told us his ABCs, how old he is, his name and much more concerning Barney. This is where he lost me. 🙂

After dinner, we picked up our friends and headed over to Brenden’s for a bon -fire. A perfect end to an easy summer Saturday.

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Yesterday was time to get back to the to-do list.

Unfortunately, we were unable to spend the day with our dads, but we called to wish them a happy day!!

Happy Father’s Day to the best dad around!!  

My family is coming into town on Thursday night, so we will be able to visit and celebrate this coming weekend. However, with visitors brings a few preparations and with our busy week, we had to get crackin’.

We had to dodge some serious raindrops, but were productive and knocked everything off our list.

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Phil wanted to study more, (since when did Phil become a nerd?), so I decided to get in a workout including some strength training and yoga.

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I have moved my old yoga mat to our bedroom since I am finding myself craving it more and more. I usually pop in a video a night or two a week outside of my yoga studio classes at the gym. Also, please excuse this odd picture, but I wanted you to see my cute pedi – Peach Margarita. 😉

The night wrapped with dinner outside (I know, shocking) and strawberry shortcake.

Hope you all had a good weekend! Did you do anything fun with your dad?

XO-

BB

Burgers, paint and reveals

27 Mar

Ok, ok, I was a bit of a tease yesterday making you wait for the big dining room reveal. So, since you’ve been so good….

I’m going to make you wait just a wee bit longer. 🙂 my blog, my rules. Hehe.

Last night was lovely, I made some Mexican turkey burgers based off of Bethenny’s recipe. They were really good – the flavor was spot on. I ended up leaving half of my potato and beans.

After dinner we had a panic attack – we hired painters to finish the rest of the house and they come on Wednesday. Yikes!  I have all of my colors picked execpt for the back room. I am debating between a cool tone that looks modern or a clean, crisp clook with a lighter wall color.

We quickly jumped in the car and made an emergency run to Sherwin Williams. However, all it did was make me more confused. Ugh. When we got home, we did a bit more prep work before calling it a night.

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Ok, now for the big reveal.

This last weekend Phil put the finishing touches on the dinning room I’ve been workin on for months. And, I have to say, it’s better than I had hoped.

Here is the mid-way. The bottom half is painted, however, the top is our patchwork of colors we had on our walls for over six months. Cute.

And the finished product.

I think Henry is a fan, too.

What is the craziest/boldest color or decorating you have in your house?

XO-

BB