I would get sick this week. I would. Stocking up on meds, pronto!
Joanie Greggains “Super Stomachs” 1980s workout video. Yes, the music is unreal. Yes, she literally gets into a hot tub in the end. And yes, my parents used to do this DVD- I mean VHS hahahahaha. And might still own it……
Sadly, this was NOT my first memory of a workout DVD. I remember my mom doing Kathy Smith’s Pregnancy workout DVD and I would do the exercises with her with my Big Bird stuffed animal as my “mat” so I guess working out and fitness was introduced to me at a very young age, which I owe to my fitness/athletic fanatics of parents.
So I’m a huge fan of workout videos and will do a post soon on some that I’ve tired, some that I have yet to try, but have heard amazing things about. Most people have to change up their routine every once in a while or they lose their minds. And I’ve found for weight training and plyo (and light cardio), most don’t know what to do, or are scared of using the machines at the gym. I know I was! Workout videos can be a great way to pick up new moves and exercises and incorporate them into your own routine after you get tired of doing the video. More to come! For now, enjoy the above journey back into the 80s, which surprisingly still offers some great “stomach” exercises hahaha.
R.I.P Nelson Mandela
We have lost a great man. Mandela, or Madiba as he was also known, first inspired my interest in the country of South Africa. One of my majors was history and my thesis focused on a comparison of South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid movement to our own Civil Rights movement.
I am not sure we will ever see another politician with such a capacity for forgiveness and such a willingness to sacrifice everything (27 years in prison!!!) for his beliefs and his country. He never gave up and he did not hold on to hatred. He knew in the end love would be a better “weapon” to fight against the injustices still alive in South Africa after Apartheid came to an end.
You will always be an inspiration to me, and for “the ages” as Obama said. Forgiveness has always been hard for me, and I hope in my lifetime I embrace even a fraction of the compassion you possessed.
Rest in peace.
Ugh. I know. This time of year is a betch. A real betch. Everything out there right now is either tempting you (the cookies, the holiday parties, the overall attitude/theme of indulgence that comes with the holidays) or shaming you (non-fat/vegan/gluten-free holiday dishes!, holiday fitness adds, new year’s resolution enthusiasts). It’s like this big old ball of temptation and shame all wrapped into one!
I’ve found myself feeling less than ideal lately, and I thought to myself, if I’m feeling this way (a healthy and active woman in her late twenties) how must the rest of the world feel!?
So I’m getting a grip. And encouraging all of you to do the same with these tips to stay healthy without the pressure/guilt throughout this holiday season.
- Do what feels good to you. First of all, if you’re going to indulge at all during the year, um HELLO. Now is the time to do it. Don’t sacrifice your personal happiness because you’re afraid of a few extra pounds. Are you in good health and active? That’s a huge accomplishment right there. Celebrate it! Try to keep in moderation, but let go on the weekends and enjoy feasts with family and friends. Not where you want to be? Start making tiny changes so you can start the year off strong!
- Keep up the sweat. Schedules are crazy this time of year, and it’s hard to make it to the gym. It’s dark. It’s cold. I know- trust me, I know. HOWEVER- how much better do you feel after you go?? It also keeps your energy levels up and gets you ready for all those parties. So during the holidays, I at least try and get myself to the gym. Sometimes I sit in the locker room for a good ten minutes debating on whether I’m actually going to do anything. Seriously. Sometimes I just stretch and lift weights. I’ve found the hardest part for me is getting there. As long as you make it, you’re usually good to go!
- Part II of Keep up the sweat: If the gym isn’t your style, power walk those malls and outlets on the weekend. Park at the back of the parking lots. Buy one of those workout DVDs and do them in front of the TV so you don’t have to go out in the cold. Do 15 minutes of abs/weights and jumping jacks every day. Dance your pants off on the weekends! Try yoga a couple times a week to keep your sanity. Try a new class for fun (spin, barre, etc.)! Do a class BEFORE you have a boozy brunch or dinner date with the gals.
- Keep off the scale. ENJOY yourself! You have the rest of the year to kick ass.
- Sleep. 8 hours a day, at least during the week! You will be ten times more likely to have the energy to work out.
- Tea and vitamin C it up. Antioxidants will keep that nasty cold and flu away. No one likes to be ill during the holidays!
- Water, water, water! Keep hydrated to counter-balance all that Nog you’re consuming :-).
- Carry snacks. I’ve found myself having Luna bars, almonds/nut mixes, and juices on hand. Sometimes they help me avoid that tendency to over-indulge at meal times or grab sweets (Christmas-colored M&Ms are my weakness!!).
- Winter activities! On the weekends, hit the trails and slopes and get moving! Don’t let the cold stop you from being active outdoors. Even walking in the snow is a workout in and of itself!
- Laugh. Plenty of reasons to take the time to laugh and enjoy oneself around the holidays. Studies have shown that laughter has amazing health benefits and can even be like a workout itself!
We have a surprise visitor!!!! Can’t wait to see you JH! Couple of #throwbacks in your honor
2008 last home game at UVA
My 23rd bday!
Dewey Beach 2009
Halloween 2009 I believe?
3 best friends that anyone could have?
Wedding! with a Men of Edgewood St throwback pic snuck in there- where it all began!!
Eleven minute piece on the ongoing calamity, and future horrors, of Fukushima. Yet again Tepco is not disclosing anything like the full story. If you don’t want to do 11 minutes, spin forward to the l
This is terribly frightening. Why is no one saying anything!?