Workout Switch Up

Hi Friends,

Man, it feels like forever since I’ve been able to pop in. Things here have been more than a little crazy lately and I’m feeling a bit zombie-like. My coworker is finally back, so some of the stress has lifted off of my shoulders; however, we are now entering our busy season which means more work (and craziness) in general.

What I would give to be outside right now. I’m staring out the large window in our reception area watching the trees in all of their beautiful, green glory swaying in the breeze. The sun is shining and I’m sure there are birds chirping somewhere nearby, as well. ;) Instead, I’m cooped up inside and probably won’t feel any fresh air until I leave for the day….at whatever time that might be tonight.

On a positive note, today was the first day of my beginner’s running program and I rocked it! I thought for sure that I would have a problem waking up early this morning, to hit the gym before work, since I barely got any sleep last night. It actually didn’t faze me at all. I stayed in bed an extra 10 minutes, since I had already allotted it into the time I set my alarm for. Then, I popped up and got moving.

The parking lot at the gym tricked me into believing that there were more people there than there actually were. I was happily surprised when I walked in to find my fair share of treadmills for the picking. It turned out that most people there came to take an aerobic class. Lucky me! I chose my treadmill and quickly got into a rhythm and focused on my breathing. Eventually, I completely zoned out and the run was over before I knew it.

Then, it was time to hit the weights. I found an old routine in my gym bag which I decided to start up again today. It didn’t disappoint and I felt very accomplished by the time I stepped out of the gym at 7AM. I was sweaty, my muscles were pumping and I was full of energy. It was the perfect way to get this Tuesday started.

I’m thinking of switching up my workout times a bit or I might break my routine into two different parts. Breaking it up wouldn’t be to get more exercise in during the day; rather, it would be to let out some energy built up from stress. I always feel better after working out and I like having some sort of a routine. Lately, it’s been a great way to get me going in the morning and I notice when I go after work that I feel much better than when I walked in the doors. Granted, I have limited time in my schedule, so this might not work everyday for me, but maybe I’ll switch it up a couple of times a week to see what brings about the most positive change in my mood. More importantly is getting to the gym, no matter what time of day it ends up being.

I’m sorry if I sound a bit down. There’s a lot weighing on my mind lately and I’m feeling a little lost and trapped. I know what I want to do. I just don’t have the means to make it happen right now. I have some more investigating to do and hopefully I’ll be able to make some positive changes in the near future. I have a ton of support between my family and Rob. The timing is just off right now and of course finances always have to be worked out. I know I’m being vague, but some of you might know what I’m referring to.

Hope you have a wonderful day! :)
<3
Kim

Sunday Yoga & A Breakfast Treat

Hi Friends!

How has this weekend been treating you?  Mine has been relaxing, filled with lots of sunshine and friends.  I must admit that as each day comes to an end my anxiety starts growing in anticipation of the work week ahead.  Currently, my upper left eyelid is twitching (literally) due to the anxiety. 

I’m trying to stay in the moment and focus on the positive.  I figured I should start my day off with some yoga to add a little balance to my life.  This was only my second class and I enjoyed it even more than the first.  I always thought that I would have a hard time staying in the moment in yoga.  I thought that my mind would be racing and I wouldn’t be able to be at one with myself.  Everyday problems and my to do list are the furthest thing from my mind when I’m in class though.  It’s been good for me to get away for that hour and connect with myself.

After balancing my mind and body, I decided to add some deliciousness to my life.  Growing up, pancakes were always my favorite breakfast.  Every birthday they were my pick when my mom asked what I would like to eat to start my special day.  Not only are they delicious, but I think they bring a source of comfort to me.  The only thing better would have been if my mom was here to set them in front of me and give me a hug.  Hers always taste better.  I think it’s because I know they’re made with love. ;)

As you can see, mine must have been absolutely horrible.

I enjoyed them alongside a Starbuck’s Venti Awake Tea while reading over a running program I found on the Women’s Health website. 

I’m a horrible runner, due to my knee issues, but I found a beginner’s running plan that I’m thinking of starting this week.

Now, Rob & are heading out onto the water for a couple of hours to get some kiteboarding in.  There weren’t any instructors available to teach me today, so I’m bringing my kindle along to read while Rob boards from shore to shore.

Later on, friends are coming over to hang out on the boat and hopefully we’ll spend the night with lots of laughter and good company.

Have a great day!

<3

Kim