Musing on a Monday Morning

Good morning everyone!  How is it Monday already?  I swear time goes by much fast on the weekend than it ever does during the week.  But no complaints from me – in a bit I’ll head to a  job I love, and at week’s end I’ll be heading to Amelia Island, FL for the Zooma Run 5K and Half Marathon!!!

Today’s post is going to be one of those inward focused, belly-button gazing as Mizfit likes to say type of posts.  On Saturday, the hubby and I took our daughter to a birthday party of the daughter of our high school classmate.  As it happened, there were several high school classmates in attendance some of which I had not seen since graduation – nearly 13 years ago.  Towards the end of the party, I found myself conversing with a former classmate and he posed the question “So what are you doing now? Last time I saw you…you were planning on ruling the world.”

I made some witty comment about how ruling the world interfered with my time at the spa and had opted for a day job instead.  But I left the party wondering if I had somehow gotten of course from my dreams and had failed to live up to my full potential.  As I turned his comments over in my head, I realized something.  I hadn’t gotten of course of my dreams – I had just adopted better ones. 

I applaud those people who are in positions of power – governors, Senators, even the President.  But that’s not for me.  Truth is, when I was barreling along that path, I often felt lonely. Now instead of ruling the world, I intend on changing it – making it a better place than it was when I came into it.

I’ll likely never gain lots of fame or fortune.  But each day I share pieces of myself with you, my readers, which has allowed me to form deep and lasting friendships.  I practice the principles of healthy living which shows my daughter how to live a healthy life.  I strive to show kindness and compassion to others – in hopes that they will in turn show kindness to others.  All little things……but little things that I believe will add up to a BIG impact.

This isn’t really about ruling the world or changing it.  It is simply about understanding how you define success.  And for me success is not about the number of page views I have, the number of Twitter followers I get, or if my name ever appears in a national newspaper or magazine.  If I can brighten the day of just a single person…then my life will have been a life well lived.

Over to you, how do you define success?  Is the life your living now different from the one you envisioned for yourself at 18?

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Weekly Workouts: 1-14 thru 1-17-13

Good morning ya’ll!  I hope that each of you is having a fantastic weekend and enjoying a lovely Sunday morning.  My weekend has been a busy but happy one.  Saturday was spent scurrying from one family activity to another followed by a late Saturday afternoon nap and snuggles on the couch. 🙂  After a busy Saturday, I have made absolutely no plan for today.  The hubby and I might do a workout or we might opt to fall asleep while watching football. 

Anyways, per Redefining Kim tradition, Sundays are meant for sharing my weekly workouts.  Tomorrow will kick off the 2nd week of #BestBodyBootcamp.  I have to say that the Week 1 workouts literally kicked my tail.  I tweeted @Tinareale on Saturday and told her that there wasn’t a single muscle in my body that wasn’t sore.  And I meant it!  Thankfully, the soreness is not so painful that it makes life uncomfortable – just enough to let me know I’m being challenged.

So here is this week’s schedule:

 

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This week’s workout schedule varies a little from Tina’s suggestion for #BestBodyBootcamp. That’s due to the fact that on Saturday morning, my running group and I will be running the Zooma 5K on Amelia Island!!!!   Since my knee has been given me a bit of trouble, I want to make sure that I have it in the best possible shape on Saturday, so I’m taking a full rest day on Friday.  I’ll also scale back the intensity of my interval workouts (although I did them last week without any knee issues). Assuming all goes well on race day, I will likely add in the 3rd weight/cardio circuit on next Sunday.  But I’m leaving my options open.

Alright, time for more coffee and to start breakfast.  Have a great day everybody!

 

 

Favorite Things Fridays: Outifts

Wahoo! Only 8 hours stand between me and the weekend.  It’s going to be a busy one. Tomorrow morning the hubby and I are taking our daughter to “Pirates, Princesses and Pals”. It is an event put on by our local service league where kids get to enjoy a pancake breakfast and meet some of their favorite characters (Cinderella, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, etc.).  Then tomorrow afternoon we are going to a birthday party to celebrate the first birthday of Miss Mattie – the daughter of a long-time friend. My friend has battled polysistic ovary syndrome for years and was told she would never have children. So Miss Mattie is an extra special blessing and we ar going to shower her with lots of love tomorrow.

For this week’s installment of Favorite Things Friday, I thought I would share a few of the outfits that I’m really digging right now.  Growing up I had no interest in anything girly. As the quintessential tomboy, I spent my teenage years more interested in learning football defense schemes than makeup and  preferred sweats and sneakers to cute dresses and skirts.  However, as I have gotten older and entered the professional workforce, I’ve come to learn the importance of looking pulled together and polished.   One of my goals for January is to put more time into creating outfits from the items in my closet.  Ya’ll, it has been fun!  This goal is forcing me to think outside the box of just throwing on a pair of dress slack and a blouse.  Not everything I’ve put together has been a success.  But some outfits – at least to me – have felt like home runs.

FASHION FRIDAY

The three looks above are all things I wore in the last week. Two were worn to the office and one was worn on a Saturday I spent running errands.  In the past 11 days, I have gained a few insights into my fashion tastes:

  • There is always an element of softness to my look.  Whether it is an oversized sweater (as in the skirt pic) or a cardigan, I feel more like me with a softy look.
  • Color excites me.  No more days of black tops with black pants for me.  I like using color to add an unexpected pop to my look. Right now, I am especially fond of bold oranges, deep blues, and yellow.
  • I enjoy using accessories but do not always find them necessary.   In two of the photos above, I used accessories – a scarf one and a belt & necklace in the other.  But in the third look, the only accessory I had on was my wedding ring and the digital watch for my BodyBugg. 

Your turn – Are you a fashionista?  Could you care less about fashion as long as you are dressed you are happy?  Any favorite looks you want to share?

Work it Out Wednesday: Leslie Sansone’s Ultimate 5 Day Walk Plan

Happy Hump Day, Everyone!  Look at me – launching my 2nd new series on the blog this week. I must be on fire …lol…let’s see if it lasts.  My ultimate vision for Work it Out Wednesday’s is to use it as a space to review various workouts – from DVD’s, to magazine workouts, to the plethora of suggestion on Pinterest. Sure, they look promising and perhaps even fun – but are they.  Each week, I test out the workout and then share with you the calories I burned, my impressions of the workout, and where I think it could fit into a fitness routine.

Since I am actively participating in Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp, I will be using Work it Out Wednesday’s to share my weekly recaps – at least for the next 8 weeks.  Since I am only on the 2nd day of bootcamp,I am not ready to give my weekly recap.  So for this first installment, I will be reviewing Leslie Sansone’s Ultimate 5 Day Walk Plan.

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What the workout claims:  Each day you’ll burn loads of calories with “Your Daily Walk” and then target-tone a specific muscle group with “Your Daily Strength.”

What the workout consists of:  5 daily workouts – Monday: 3 Mile Walk + Ab Session, Tuesday: 4 Mile Walk + Arm Session, Wednesday: 1 Mile Walk + Leg Session, Thursday: 2 Mile Walk + Chest & Back Session, Friday: 5 Mile Walk + Full Body Stretch

My results:  My calorie burns ranged as little as 100 calories on the 1 mile walk to nearly 350 for the 4 mile walk.  

My thoughts:  The calorie burn was not what I would call a “big burn” or a “load of calories”.  However, I did burn more calories than I would just sitting on the couch. The strength segments were composed of very basic moves and would likely not be challenging for more experienced lifters.  With that being said, I think spending $10.00 for this DVD is not a bad investment. If you use walking as your primary means of exercise, this DVD is a great substitute to walking on the treadmill or on days when you can’t get outside.  For those of you who prefer other methods of cardio,  I could see using these workouts on active rest days…and would HIGHLY recommend them for someone who is just easing into fitness.

Your turn – Have you ever tried one of Leslie Sansone’s DVDs?  Any workouts you want me to review?

 

 
 

 

Mama on the Move: Dawn

I am launching a new series here on the blog titled “Mama on the Move”. Each week I will feature the story of a mom is juggling the demands of a career, a family, possibly a blog all while pursuing a healthy lifestyle. These are women whose stories inspire me and I hope will inspire you.

First up  is Dawn!   Dawn is a wife, mother, a self-proclaimed IT-nerd, and a blogger at “Another Prior Fat Girl”.

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1. What was your turning point moment? Tell me about the moment/moments you realized you needed to make changes.
I had been trying to lose weight for over 10 years with one step forward and two steps back. Not until my daughter was born in 2011 did I wake up and realize that overweight and unhealthy was not how I wanted to raise my child. I wanted her to have a healthy mom who would be around for a very long time…but it still didn’t click right away. I was exhausted from the late nights, middle of the night and early morning feedings, and didn’t feel like my body was my own. I finally started my weight loss journey on January 1, 2012, when she was around 10 months old.

2. What was the easiest healthy habit to adopt?
Exercise has been the easiest healthiest habit to adopt but even that took a  little while to become regular.  I really enjoy the time to myself, the way the endorphins help my mood and energy levels, and that my confidence builds with every workout I complete.

3. The hardest?
Cooking has always been and may always be the one thing with which I struggle. I have found that having easy to prepare foods is key,
especially during busy work weeks. Grilled steak or chicken with steamed vegetables and salads are go-to meals. I admit that I rely on convenience after a long day at work but am trying to get better at meal planning and preparing.

4. Tell me about your favorite workouts.
I started running last year and completed several 5ks, an 8k, 10k, and my first half marathon! I love how I feel after completing a training run or race, and am trying to put together my spring half marathon training plan. My sister and I are going to run the Marine Corps Historic Half in May and I can’t wait! I also recently started practicing yoga, and while I have enjoyed every class that I’ve attended, I especially love hot yoga. I can’t get enough of it! One of my favorite at-home workouts is Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred; each level is very challenging but the workouts are less than 25 minutes long. A short yet intense workout is perfect for moms who don’t have a lot of time!

5. Share your favorite healthy meal.
I think my favorite – and easiest – healthy meal is beef soup with tons of vegetables and sweet potatoes. It never tastes the same twice because I just throw in whatever vegetables and spices sound good, but it’s filling and perfect for winter.

6. How do you balance motherhood and healthy living?
I really struggled with mom-guilt at first because I felt like I was sacrificing time with my daughter to go to the gym. It took me a while, but now I know that she’s just fine without me for that little chunk of time. She either gets to spend some extra time at ‘school’ with her little friends or with her dad and our dogs. I know I’m a healthier and better mom because I’m focusing on my health. As I mentioned, I struggle with always cooking healthy foods, so I need more balance in that area.

7. Do you have a personal mantra? If so, what is it?
I never really thought of it as a mantra, but I just tell myself to keep going. There is no end to this journey because living a healthy life is constant. I won’t hit my goal weight and stop being healthy. I have to keep going. 🙂

8. If you could share just one lesson you’ve learned with other moms, what would it be?
That it’s okay to put yourself first. Being a healthier mom has made me a better mom!

Didn’t I tell you Dawn was amazing and inspiring. Be sure to show her some blog love or giver her a shout out on Twitter (her handle is @PFG_Dawn).  Be sure to check back next Monday for another inspiring Mama on the MoveIf you a Mama on the Move or know one that I should feature on the blog, let me know in the comments!

 

Weekly Workouts – 1/7 – 1/13

Good morning everyone! How is it Sunday already?  The weekend seems to just fly by for me.  Anyways, I hope you had and are having a fantastic weekend.  My weekend has been pretty good.  Friday night, the hubby, daughter and I just lounged around on the couch watching football.   We all went to bed pretty early in attempt to catch up on the sleep that we had missed due to the holidays.  It worked!

I woke up around 8:30 Saturday morning refreshed and eager for my 5K run.  I met my running group at the local track and 9.  We did a quick warmup on the track (it was 32 degrees so we want to loosen up our muscles before we ran) and then headed to the 5K course.  I started out strong but a quarter of a mile in my left knee began to bug me.  By half a mile the little nagging pain had turned into a full-blown throbbing/stabbing pain.  I walked for another quarter of a mile and attempted to run again.  But my the first mile marker it was clear that running was not an option.  I told my running group that I was going to walk the rest of the way and encouraged them to go on. But those girls stuck right with me. Love them!

My knee has been feeling a bit stiff after longer runs for a few weeks.  I have tried to baby it with extra icing post-run, stretching, extra rest days, and even some e-stem treatments.  However, the knee is still angry. This morning it is swollen, stiff, and painful to walk on.  The last time I had these symptoms I was diagnosed with tendonitis and forced to take a full 8 weeks off from everything!

My running group and I are scheduled to run the ZoomaRun 5K in two weeks.  We have been planning this run (and the associated trip) for nearly months. In an effort to get my knee better for them, I am avoiding all runs and any high impact cardio for the next 2 weeks. I will then take an additional 2 weeks off after the ZoomaRun.   Following the rest period, I will slowly add running back in – 1 run per week in February, 2 runs per week in March, and then back to 3 runs per week in April and forward.

So if I am not running – what will I be doing in the way of workouts?  Best Body Bootcamp as created by Tina. Round 4 of Best Body Bootcamp launches tomorrow.  And the workouts are scaleable – which means I can do them while my knee heals.  Here are my weekly workouts:

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For the cardio circuit and interval workouts, I will be doing walking. I will either change the speed or incline to create my intervals. I have done Tina’s workouts in the past and gotten a great burn without the impact, so I am feeling positive that Best Body Bootcamp will keep me on track while my knee heals. 

Alright, time for me to get a cup of coffee and wake up the rest of the family.  Have a great day, ya’ll!

Tell me about your workouts for the upcoming week.  Are you dealing with any injuries?

Favorite Things Friday: Fitness Apps

(I’m trying some new things here on the blog. One of which is doing a light/fun post on Fridays.  For now, I’ll be sharing my favorite things with you each Friday – some are healthy realated living and some aren’t.  Feel free to share you favorite things with me and they may be featured here one Friday)

Happy Friday Everyone!  How are you enjoying 2013 so far?  Things have been pretty good here on my end.  A little bit of work, a little bit of play, a few workouts, and lots of family time has gotten this year off to a great start.

New Year’s is typically when people start to incorporate healthy living principles into their daily routine – whether it’s making changes to their diets or starting a new workout routine.  But if you are relatively new to the world of healthy living you can feel overwhelmed.

Luckily, in today’s technologically driven world there is a plethora of apps that can assist you in defining and pursuing your healthy living goals in 2013.  I thought I would share with you the 3 fitness apps that I am using on a daily basis.

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  • MyFitnessPal –  This app was created by the folks behind the MyFitnessPal website. You simply create a profile, and are then provided with a estimate of how many calories you need to consume in a day. The app allows you to track your completed exercise and log the foods that you consume. The app’s database is full of hundreds of foods and restaurant menus, but also has a bar scanner function that allows you to enter the nutritional information of a specific food.  If you need an extra boost of motivation, you can link your MyFitnessPal profile with your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts so that your friends and family can help keep you motivated.

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  • Couch to 5K – The app from Active.com is the only app that I have that I actually spent money on. But at only $1.99 it was well worth the cost.  The app allows users to choose from 3 virtual trainers – Constance, Billie and Sergeant Block –the trainers  incorporate a real human voice, correspond with a different exercise style and regiment, and provide their own motivational messages and advice. The training program itself consists of 3 workouts each week for 9 weeks.  Each of the sessions lasts from between 20 to 40 minutes. This is the app that I recommend to all new runners. In the past year, I have had 5 different friends train for their first 5K using this app.

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  • Gorilla Workout –  This is a relatively new app for me.  The app begins by asking you to select your fitness level from 1-4. Beginners or those who haven’t worked out in awhile should start at level 1.  After choosing your level, the app creates daily regiments for you to follow.  Initially the workouts seem easy but the app amps up the intensity overtime.  The workouts themselves are composed of body weight exercises which means you don’t need any equipment to work up a great sweat. This app is great for those who are pressed for time, travel frequently, or just don’t want to head into the gym.

 So there you have it – my 3 favorite and most frequently used fitness apps.  Have you tried any of these apps? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Any recommendations for others apps I should try?

January Goals

Happy New Year!  Anyone have a wild and crazy New Year’s Eve?  Mine was pretty low-key – attended church services then hung out at home with my hubby, daughter, and niece.   I love the first day of each new year… so full of promise and potential.

Last week, I shared my New Year’s Resolutions. In that post, I told you that I was taking a different approach to resolutions in 2013. I have 5 resolutions and each month I will be making goals that if met will move me closer to my resolutions. 

Here are January’s goals:

1. Read my Bible for 30 minutes each morning. I am using a guide that is supposed to help me read the Bible thru in a year. The set up has me  reading different books each day – which helps keep my interest.

2. Schedule 3 “date nights” with Mikey.

3.  Cook at least 3 new “healthy” recipes.

4.  I have a budding interest in fashion.  So this month, I am going to spend time putting together new outfits for existing items in my closet – and sharing them in a weekly post!

5.  Launch a weekly feature on Redefining Kim (more on this on Wednesday).

There you have it – my goals for January – and my first steps towards achieving my New Year’s Resolutions!

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? What about goals for this month? Goals for 2013?