Happy, healthy girls.
Tara: It’s almost time for Santa! I’m soooooo excited!!!
I heard something the other day I thought I’d share… It was someone wishing another a Merry Christmas and she prefaced her message with, “I truly hope you enjoy the Christmas season for what it is and not necessarily for what is has become.”
Maybe that’s something to think about this year…
Bree: It’s Friday AND it’s almost Christmas; I love it!
Last night, we worked out with Tara’s amazing sister (and Tara) and basically, we did it “choose your own adventure” style - we each picked a lift/exercise and we all did it. It was a great way to get in a workout and enjoy each others’ company. We ended the workout with Zumba and dinner. I always feel like my jaw gets the best workout in Zumba from too much talking, singing and laughing- it’s fun and you can be a little goofy - which always reminds me that fitness should be enjoyable. Sure, not every moment is pure pleasure (and many are truly miserable) but the overall experience should make you happy.
At this time of year, we start thinking about why type of changes we want to make in the new year and I think it’s important to reflect on our accomplishments from the past year and applaud our own effort. Also, I think it helps to acknowledge the things that we have and how we play a role in keeping them. We have our health, our happiness and our families and friends - now we just have to do the work to keep them.
Happy, healthy holidays!
Ours is fake… Haha.
Borrowed this workout from this-is-my-fitness (Thanks!)
Bree: The girls and I are going our separate ways for the holidays and we’re sending each other off with a gift - a workout to do at home. We’re doing this because:
1- working out is fun.
2- we love each other enough to want each of us to be active.
3- we like to keep it interesting.
So, as we spend time with our families and friends, we will have plenty of work to do. The great thing about each of us borrowing/drafting a workout and sharing it is that we have workouts in common and can help support and encourage each other.
Happy, healthy holidays!
Tara: Hey, Hey, Hey! Here is what I wrote for the Christmas workout. Woot Woot!
The workout I planned (and no I didn’t steal it from anywhere…) goes something like this:
10 good morning stretches (bend at the hips and stand straight up while saying “good morning” – even if you do this work out in the evening or afternoon).
Get into a deep squat position (all the way bottomed out and keeping your weight on your heels) and push your elbows against your knees forcing them (gently) to spread apart. (I hope you’re not wearing shorty-shorts of your woohoo is probably showing). Hold for 30 seconds.
From the same position grab your toes and stand up. Yep – you look like a stripper but you are going to do this 10 times. It’s silly but it works. These babies are aptly named: stripper squats.
Stand up and shake it out.
Stretch however you would like for a few minutes.
Get back down on the floor on your stomach for a 30 second plank. Flip to a side plank for 30 seconds and do the other side while you’re at it. (So that’s a total of 1:30 in plank).
Stand up and find something on the floor or ground whether it’s a line, a crack in the ground or something bigger and do side to side jumps and back to front jumps for 1 minute each.
30 calf raises 3 ways (toes pointed in/out/straight) and yes, – “30” means 30 each way.
10 walking lunges (5 each leg)
Remember this? “Find something on the floor or ground whether it’s a line, a crack in the ground or something bigger and do side to side jumps and back to front jumps for 1 minute each.” Now you’re going to do the same thing but with each leg separately and only for 30 seconds per leg.
6 minute abs – Choose 12 different ab/crunch exercises you like and do each one for 30 seconds (breaking as needed).
Good job – you’re done. Merry Christmas.
Sometimes you have to work… and you may not feel like working.
You may think you know it all or you’ve done enough or that’s all there is. But you’d be wrong.
There is something to be said for the lessons you learn when you don’t want to learn them. It’s not easy not getting your way… and right when you think you know something or deserve something it can be snatched right up out of your hands.
Appreciate the challenge. Enjoy the process. Expect expectations. And exceed them.
Fun, fun, fun!
Bree: Sometimes when you least expect it, life surprises you. Last night, in the wake of an awful work day, Tara and I went to the track to run our two timed miles. There were left over from my 6 mile training day and I think we were both looking VERY forward to just burning off some negative energy. Sometimes life is rough and you deal with it and other times, life is rough and you burn it off.
After our miles, we went to Fuel (the gym) and were supposed to take the Monday night Tabata class. If you’ve never tried the Tabata method, I highly recommend it. Do a little research and get your body moving! On this particular night, the crummy work feeling turned into an “I don’t want to go to class feeling” for me and I started our warmups mad at the world – I hated the music in class, the feel of the floor, the headache I was undoubtedly giving myself…life was rough!
Not five minutes later, that whiny girl was gone because I was too busy squatting, lunging, and lifting to think about her. Class was phenomenal and my mood did a 180. The hour was over before I knew it and my mood was lifted for the remainder of the evening.
There are, no doubt, times when we have to do the emotional and mental work to change our situations and those times are hard, but there are also times when physical exertion allows something amazing to happen – the release of adrenaline and endorphins – and we realize that not all problems need to be talked out, hashed out, dealt with…they just need to take the sideline long enough for us to realize that they never should have been in the game in the first place.
Tara: Preach it :)