I can’t believe its been two years since my last post! Pardon my tardiness 🙂
As you can imagine a lot has happened since then and I have lots to share!
I figured I would dedicate this post to the one thing that I have been committed to this past few years, and that is running and fitness. It started out with a 5k and then the next thing you know I’m training for my second marathon. I was addicted to the high that I felt after a run and I wanted more and more. I was on a roll but then eventually, like most runners, I got injured. I learned the hard way that the more miles you put in, the more your body needs to adjust to those changes. I was doing plenty of running, but not enough strengthening and conditioning.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret…I don’t enjoy working out (ironic right?). I am one of those people who will go to the gym and pretend to work out, but I’m really checking my cell phone the entire time. I also hate paying a lot of money to work out at gym or fitness studio. If you can afford it awesome, but lets face it a lot of people shell out a ton of money for a gym membership and never really use it. Why? Because the machines are intimidating and the majority of us don’t know what workouts to do once we get there. I call the elipitical the “default machine” because that’s what most people turn to when in doubt.
After I got injured I found myself so confused and overwhelmed as to what to do next. I knew I had to get my body stronger but I had no idea where to begin. I decided to pay a visit to a physical therapist in town and it was the best decision I ever made. She gave me about 5-6 take home exercises and told me to do them three or four times a week. This regime was right up my ally because it did not require any fancy equipment, just my body weight…Another bonus was that the entire exercise routine only lasted about 15 minutes. After a month went by not only did my injury go away, I also started to notice amazing results on my body well. So I’m here to tell you today that you don’t need an expensive gym membership, and you don’t need to spend hours working out everyday. All you need is 7 minutes and a mat! That’s it! And because I’m such a nice person I’m going to give you those exact same exercises that you need to do in order to keep your body trim and in shape.
These two videos below guide you through every workout and its even timed (with rests in between) so you don’t have to time it yourself. The first video is a 7 minute strength workout…it says its for runners but anyone can use it. The exercises consist of planks, lunges and bridges which is great for the entire body.The next video is a 7 minute workout just for your butt. I chose the butt simply because that’s where my fat seems to store itself the most. If you are interested in more quick at home workouts that target a different area then visit Grokker.com, because they have a ton!
As I mentioned earlier I’m currently training for my second marathon so I do these workouts twice a week in order to run stronger and prevent injury. Even when I’m not training for a race I still find myself doing these exercises because they are so quick and easy to do. I’ve found that a little bit goes a long way and you will too once you start incorporating these workouts into your daily routine.
Let me know how it works! Leave a comment below
So much can happen in a year…As I’ve mentioned, to this day I still write in my diary so looking back on where I was versus where I am now is very easy. At the end of every year I try to reflect upon the things that worked for me, and also the things that I need to work on. This of course is a difficult thing to do because you might end up having to admit to yourself that you need to make a change.
Change is a good thing but its also scary as hell. After looking back in my old diary, I noticed that when I was in my twenties I constantly craved change. I was a bit of a “commitment-phobe” back then.. always on the look out for something better. My mind kept telling me “this can’t be it.. there’s just got to be more to life…”
Its funny how you grow up a little and you begin to realize that everything you need is right in front of you. The searching can end or at least slow down a bit. I used to look at it in a negative way and felt it was settling, but now I look at it as an accomplishment. When you can get to a point where you feel secure and comfortable with the life that you have created without feeling the urge to always recreate it then you are doing something right.
Of course, we all get that feeling in the back of our minds that we are wasting time, not “living it up”, or fulfilling our utmost desires and dreams. In my opinion we don’t give ourselves enough credit for accomplishing the goals that we set and actually achieve. To me, that’s living your life to the fullest. Asking for what you want and having it come back to you is a gift…It can be a big dream or a small dream… it can come right away or it can come late… it doesn’t matter- all that matters is that you have it and its yours.
As I’ve grown up the need for change has lessoned, I feel like I’m finally settling into the world I have created. Yes, there are still a few things that I need to check off of my ” to-do list.” but I’ve reached a point in my life where I can actually look at the items that are already checked off..and I can smile and say “I did it.”
Recently, I was finally able to check off something that’s been on my list for a very long time. Its been a dream of mine to move to Hoboken and next month (August) I will be moving from Montclair and into Hoboken. This is an example of a change that didn’t happen for me right away, but it happend and it was meant to be. If you open up my diary to last August 2012 I specifically jotted down: “I don’t know, I just feel like this town will be part of my life one day.”
So much can happen in a year… I wonder what next summer will be like?
So long Church Street…
Hello Clinton St. 🙂
Those were the last words the coach of my running group left with us on Thanksgiving morning. After two months of training we were all about to conquer a 5 mile distance. I could relate to this advice because its so easy to get caught up in the excitement and energy that you loose focus. Experienced runners know that if you jump out too fast, too soon you wind up paying for it in the end.
Ever since I started running time has become more important to me. I’m constantly looking at my watch monitoring my speed, pace, and distance. This is not the type of sport in which you can get instant gratification from…its a slow build, and then one day you wake up and accomplish what you once thought was impossible.
This Monday will mark my 31st Birthday and I’ve noticed that ever since I joined the 30 club I get two different reactions when I tell everyone my age: Reaction 1: is disbelief because a lot people think I look and act much younger than I really am. Reaction 2: Starts with a question: Sooo are you dating anyone? Followed by an akward “pep talk” about how woman are getting married and having kids at a much older age, and that I should really try online dating…
I never ask for reaction number 2… some people just sort of feel the need to give it. I smile and and nod knowing that they probably meant well, but also knowing that there is something about my age and the fact that I am still single that makes some people feel the need to give me that response.
The Answer: Time
There is this invisible clock and pressure from society that makes people believe you to have reach major life goals: (go to college, get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids), and if they aren’t met at a certain time, then you’ve somehow failed. Nonsense….We are all born into this world destined for our own paths, which is built around the choices we make. You simply cannot put a timeline on this. There is no formula that needs to be followed. Life happens when it’s supposed to, but it should happen on your watch only not anyone else’s.
If you take a closer look at my “life watch” I was never on time… But that is what makes me who I am. I’m different, and I like it that way.
Timing is everything- we use it as a guide, an excuse, and a reason, but we should all feel comfortable going at our own pace.
I know in the end that I’ll reach the finish line, and by then it won’t matter how long it took me to get there… just as long as I finish. 😉
I’m going through serious withdrawal right about now… Vacation is officially over and pretty soon I will be reporting back to work. I can’t complain though, I had an awesome summer. I just got back from Aruba a few days ago and had a nice, relaxing time. I also got to do the one thing I’ve been wanting to try and that is Stand Up Paddle Boarding (aka “SUP”).
SUP’ing originated in Hawaii in the early 1960s, and now it’s considered one the fastest growing water surf activities because it’s so easy to learn! Aruba was a perfect place to try stand up paddle boarding. The water was warm and shallow- it was a little windy, but the wind carried my board gracefully through the sea. My instructor, Jeremy was a really cool guy. I was envious of the fact that his office is basically a little hut and the ocean; not a bad way to make a living if you ask me. The instruction part of the lesson literally lasted five minutes; I was on my board and in the water in no time.
The first thing I couldn’t help but notice was how much of a core work out I was getting. I was using almost every muscle in my body to steer the board. It took me a few minutes to get used to the paddling part…one false move and you would veer off in the wrong direction. The key to staying balanced and not falling is to never look down! Focus on the horizon and what’s front of you and it will be a smooth ride. I only fell off the board one time so I was proud of myself for that. Once I got going it felt great! It was like a floating form of meditation-very peaceful and relaxing, an activity I’m certain I will try again.
This summer was most definitely a fulfilling one. I tried new things, met new faces, gained new passions, and let go of some old habits. I made a promise to myself to not let the weather change stop me from doing all of the things I enjoyed these past few months. I signed up for a training program this fall with Fleet Feet Sports to take my running to the next level. Who knows maybe this time next year I’ll be writing to you about how I finished my first half marathon! It’s a daunting thought, but I’ll just have to keep reminding myself to Focus on the horizon and what’s front of you and it will be a smooth ride…
We’ve already established that I’m drawn to new adventures… At first glance, I don’t appear as an “outdoorsy-type” person, but I’ve participated in a quite a few activities such as….
And recently added to the list… Hiking & Running
It all started in March when I decided to give running a try. Let me start off by saying I was NEVER a runner. I hated running with the passion. I always admired people who ran miles and miles just for the hell of it, but up until a few months ago I never understood why. Now I understand…
If I had to compare the feeling you get when you finish a race its almost like getting your college diploma all over again…You just feel accomplished. I’ve ran in 3 races so far..all 5k’s, and I have another one coming up this Saturday. I’m not the fastest one out there, but it really doesn’t matter. I’ve learned that its not a competition..its all for a a greater good. You are running to help a cause and at the same time you are helping yourself. I can’t think of a better way to pay it forward.
Running not only helps your body stay fit, but it also works wonders for your mind and soul…When I run my thoughts are clear and my mind is focused. I have a tendency to over-analyze and think too much as it is, so I welcome any activity that helps me center myself. Running has taught me just how important your thoughts are… Also, how important it is to believe in yourself. Just as in life, if you say “I can’t” -you wont. If your mind is cluttered with negative thoughts and beliefs you will never get far. I told myself for years that I couldn’t run… I was so convinced without even giving it a try! Think about how many times we’ve done this in our own personal lives. “I’ll never be this, “I’ll never get that”, “It will never happen”.. and so on… Once I put my doubt and fear aside I found out that I could do it. The only thing that was stopping me was a silly little thought in my head.
As the saying goes: “Running… cheaper than therapy.”
A couple of weeks ago I decided to try another outdoor activity that I had never experienced before: Hiking.
About a year ago a friend of mine told me about this company called Discover Outdoors that is based in New York City. They host a variety of multi-day excursions, international trips, and outdoor fitness events for people who live in the tri-state area. My first hike was with Discover Outdoors and it was an eight mile trek up the Catskill Mountains to Kaaterskill Falls. It was such a great experience… so great that I plan on going on another hike in two weeks! This time it will be a midnight hike through Harriman State Park ending with our group roasting smore’s by a camp fire. Hiking, like running is such a great escape. Yes, there are huge bugs and bear poop you have to watch after, but again, my mind was clear, everything was quiet and peaceful…I didn’t have a care in the world.
Before the summer is over I plan on adding one more outdoor adventure to my list… I’ve always wanted to go stand up paddle boarding and I plan on doing so when I travel to Aruba next month. I’ll certainly give you all an update on what that experience was like.
Some other activities I have not done yet but plan on doing include: Camping, Fishing, Whitewater rafting, Snowmobiling, Hot air ballooning, and Zip lining.
The way I see it is life is an adventure… You can sit back and wait for the adventure to come to you OR you can walk outside and create your own adventure. There is still so much to see and so much to do and that alone makes me feel alive. 🙂
I’m a Sagittarius…
Individuals born under this zodiac sign are normally characterized as “free-spirits,” always on the move, independent, and adventurous. Yep, that’s me…
I was never the type of person who liked sticking to a routine… I get bored very easily so trying out new things is like a breath of fresh air. We are all guilty at some point in our lives of getting “stuck.” Waking up everyday at the same time, going to work, coming home, fixing dinner, going to the gym, watching TV, going to bed, waking up again…. then repeat cycle.
How often do we step outside of our comfort zones to try new things? And I’m not talking about a new salad dressing…I’m taking about things that at first glance might seem foreign to us, or even scary…
I came across a really great quote the other day and it said “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” This got me thinking a bit, and it’s true that some of the greatest moments of my life have stemmed from some form of doubt and fear that was inside of me. It also got me thinking that I could stand to take even more risks in my life…
About seven months ago, I turned 3o years old , and in these past few months a lot has happened. Without even realizing it I’ve been experiencing quite a few “Firsts.”
I adopted my first pet…
I went skiing for the first time
I coached softball for the first time
I ran my first 5k race
I saw a psychic for the first time
I ate Nutella for the first time
But wait, there’s more! About a week ago, I witnessed my first historical moment when I happened to be at a Mets game, and the first no-hitter in the teams history was thrown by pitcher Johan Santana… I think that was just luck, but it was still a pretty cool “first.”
Trying something new for the first time doesn’t have to be a huge event….it can start out small and grow into something more than you thought it would bring. I’ve always found that when you start integrating more new experiences into your life – no matter how small they may seem – it will bring you joy, contentment, and fullness. Although I am an adventurer at heart, I still need to remind myself that change is a good thing… after all, it is the only way we will ever truly grow 😉
The moment has finally arrived! Well… almost… I have about three weeks to enjoy what’s left of my twenties. So instead of bitching and moaning about my youth fading away and all that nonsense I figured I’d share just a few life lessons I have acquired over the years.
Truth is, I’m still a kid at heart… I’m still learning how to navigate through life, but there are a few things that will always remain constant and true for me. So here it goes…. thirty lessons in 30 years:
1.) Learn to Shut up: Silence is golden! Don’t tell everyone everything… constantly talking about your problems and situations can jinx you… Some things are just meant to be sacred.
2.) Sexual Chemistry & Compatibility are not the same thing: Chemistry without the compatibility is lust not love.
3.) You only get one good boss: The rest are just Satan’s children
4.)Listening to music while dancing in the mirror is very therapeutic: Plugging into your ipod and dancing around in your underwear is a must
5.) Its OK to do absolutely nothing sometimes: It was John Lennon who once said “time you enjoyed wasting, was not wasted.”
6.)The first time someone shows you who they really are believe them: Words of wisdom by Maya Angelou
7.) Never worry about people who are ALWAYS the last ones to leave work: Feel sorry for them, they aren’t impressing anyone
8.) Having people hate on you can be a good thing: You must be doing something right
9.) Its not so much the loud ones, but the quiet ones you need to watch out for: The quiet ones are always the sneakiest
10.) Be nice & cordial to everyone you meet for the first time…its a small world out there: You never know who’s watching
11.) If it ain’t broke don’t fix it
12.) Confidence is the sexiest thing you can wear
13.) Always smile: Even when you don’t feel like it
14.) Listen to your mom: She’s always right
15.) What is meant to be always arrives when its supposed to… NOT when you want it to: Patience is a virtue
16.) Go with what makes you happy: Period!
17.) When it comes to love and relationships, you will only find what you think you deserve
18.) Everyone is allowed to screw up: Just learn from it afterwards
19.) If the kiss is good, the sex will be good: 99.9% of the time
20.) Its not the quantity of friends that counts its the quality
21.) Mistakes, Failure, and Rejection=Experience
22.) Having good conversation and laughter over a great meal is one of the greatest joys in life
26.) Always trust your gut: It never lies
27.) You need to have at least one mischievous experience in life: Do it once and then never do it again
28.) It’s Ok to do things on your own: Being surrounded by people all the time is not necessary
29.) Going out almost every night is overrated
30.) Simplicity is the key to overall satisfaction and happiness: It’s the little things in life that count the most and make it all worthwhile
So there you have it… just a few pearls of wisdom from a girl who is about to pass a huge milestone. I made it this far, and I am excited to see what else life has in store for me 🙂