Monday Motivation- I Ate Far Too Many Cookies

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Already Day 20 into the New Year.

Where are you at in meeting your goals?  Are you still focused?  Did you fall off the wagon?  Who cares!  Jump back on!

My nutrition tanked this weekend.  Can we say COOKIES?  On Friday, I ate more then my fair share of the GIANT Hy-Vee frosted cookie I talked about in last nights post.   My aunt Jeanne sent home a gallon size bag of homemade Neiman Marcus cookies that I have snacked on all weekend long.  And, my aunt Sarah brought down some to.die.for cookies from a bakery in Des Moines, IA, that I gladly helped myself to.

Seriously.

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My workout schedule remained some-what in tact.  I could have added a little more activity on Saturday, but, we will just chalk it up to leaving ‘room for improvement.’

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And now, for some Monday Motivation:

5 Reasons To Exercise

 

1. Improves Mood! 

A happier, more relaxed, productive and confidence ridden YOU.    Why choose crabby over happy?!

See you at the corner of Health and Happiness!

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2. Controls Weight

Burn calories, melt fat, boost metabolism!

Burning more calories means eating more food to fuel your body.  No, not Doritos.  Reach for an apple and string cheese, or peanut butter and celery!

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3. Helps you Sleep!

Getting your heart rate up and body moving means a better nights rest!   Make your body work!  The more it is worked, the more rest it needs to recuperate.   Just don’t do it too close to bed time, otherwise you run the risk of re-energizing your body for the night.  And we all know there are only so many sheep to count.

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4. Relieves Stress and Reverses Signs of Early Aging

Stress = Bad.

Bad for our bodies, minds, attitudes and looks.   Getting in a killer workout helps relieve that built up stress from our day.   Getting rid of that stress also helps reverse the ugly long-term effects that stress has on our bodies.  Think younger looking.  Who doesn’t want that?  

Yes, bonding over drinks and trash talk at happy hour relieves stress as well, but who wants the after-effects of a bloated body, killer headache and the snack attacks that hangovers bring?  Choose punching a bag at the gym, lifting some weights or running like you are training for the Hunger Games.

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5. IT’S FUN!

Blah blah blah.  I DON’T want to hear about how you hate exercising, sweating, etc.

Find SOMETHING that you like to do that gets you moving and your heart rate elevated.   Walk your dog, box, garden, mow, shovel snow, dance, run, swim, bike, take aerobics, lift weights, throw in a DVD workout.

Bring a friend, make it a fun experience where you can engage in conversation and laugh over your ridiculous coordination.  I don’t care.  Find something and do it!

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Tell me, what activity are you going to incorporate into your Monday?

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Let’s talk Monday Motivation.

Jan Week 1 Motivation-Monday

 

How are we all doing on our goals?

Week 2 here we come!

 

My second GOAL (Sunday Prep is Goal #1) is to track all my physical activity for the week and post it on the Monday following.

 

Goal #2 is Two-Fold (coincidence?)

1. For my accountability!!!

2. For motivation to others.

If it isn’t motivating, just ignore Monday posts for a little while, k? 🙂

Last week my activities were pretty relaxed.  The Turbo Days were mostly just memorizing routines.  I don’t go full out on all the moves when practicing a new Round as my focus is on cueing and proper technique.

 

Jan Week 1

 

The break down is:

1. Time of exercise

2. Type of exercise

3. Length of exercise

I am also in a 60 day Push-Up Challenge.  There are 150 of us participating!  WOW!  The gal who ran my Turbo Certification is in charge of it.

100 pushups a day!

Sound fun?  Email me and I will add you to the group!

 

This week my activity levels increase significantly.  I am ready!

 

Also, I signed up to run my second half-marathon!  Lincoln, NE, May 4th!

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Figuring out how to incorporate a running training plan into my already busy workout schedule will be interesting, but I am determined.

And motivated.

I know several ladies from the Y who are running as well as a handful of gals from a CB running club that I am loosely affiliated with.  My sister – in – law is also signed up!  Super excited for her as this will be her first!

 

Alright friends, what are your fitness goals for 2014?  Let’s hear ’em!

 

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Transformation Tuesday- Fit For Christmas Entry 3!

I am actually on time this week!  Shocking even to me! 

As a new #SweatPink Ambassador (super excited my “application” was reviewed and the Fit Approach ladies deemed me worthy of acceptance into their awesomeness… THANK YOU!!!) and a 2014 goal of being a Fit Fluential Ambassador (I am almost there with my growing visitor/subscriber list thanks to YOU my fellow blogger lovers), I am trying to find a happy balance of posting.  

That balance being posting about my lifestyle (purpose of the blog) with a healthy dose of Better For You recipes and a positive (without-being-all-up-in-your-face-because-that-is-annoying) dose of fitness inspiration and workout ideas.   

Today is Entry 3 for my Fit For Christmas workout routine.

I plan on doing this tonight when I get home.  I am feeling sore today after my morning TurboKick class (Shout-Out to my girl Claire for coming to class so early!).  I think I am more sore from my weight routine.  I upped all my weights and I already feel it.  It’s a happy hurt though, folks.  Bring it!

Go Kick Some Ass today!

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Christmas Is My Favorite! Ugly Sweater Run

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Ugly Sweater 5K Run, 2013
Team ~ Christmas is My Favorite
Omaha, Nebraska

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We lucked out today considering the temperatures here in Omaha haven’t hit above 10 degrees in over a week. Today we saw temps in the 20’s. A little cold starting out, but PERFECT once we had about 1/4 mile under our feet.

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We saw some sweet homemade shirts, Buddy the Elf and ended our day at the bar for some warm soup and of course a few beers.

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Cheers!
Carrie, Kayla, Tyree, Jen and Me!

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