Week in Workouts

 

I have still been doing my workouts pretty consistently!! I didn’t post last week #life and so I thought I’d still share the past two weeks here today.  My goal is to constantly share my struggles, triumphs and thoughts so that others can be empowered, inspired or and know that it’s never too late to start! Moving my body and caring for it has always been a bit of a struggle/passion of mine.  I’ve had moments where I’m in teh best shape of my life physically, but emotionally was a bit of a wreck.  I also am someone who tends to eat all the things when she’s happy, or when I just don’t care.  When I’m upset, I tend to not eat, and that’s never healthy either.

The whole Coronavirus has been a roller coaster and if it’s one thing I keep reminding myself it’s that I must give myself grace as we now live our lives differently.  I also am working on fueling my body with foods that it needs to function at its highest capacity.  Gluten really bothers me but I also feel sluggish when I eat processed carbs that happen to be GF.  It’s never a straight-line and I refuse to deny myself foods or drinks IF I really want something.  (Case in point, I enjoyed a popsicle the other night when it was super hot out and if you know me, I love my Rosé bubbles.  Moderation is key.

OK, onto the workouts!

Week of 5/25-5/31

Monday- Booty Workout+ 20 minute spin Peleton App

Tuesday- Arms/Shoulders + 20 minute spin Peleton App

Wednesday- 20 minute spin Peleton App + Booty

Thursday- 20 minute spin Peleton App

Friday- 20 minute spin Peleton App (5 minute arms)

Saturday- 20 minute spin Peleton App + arms

Sunday- Active Rest Day – just walk

Week of 6/1-6/7

Monday-

Tuesday- Active Rest Day (walked with my neighbor)

Wednesday- 30 minute Spin Peleton App

Thursday- Legs/booty workouts + 10 minute spin Peleton App

Friday- Active Rest Day Family walk/dogs

Saturday- 30 minutes weights: Bis/tris/shoulders

Sunday- Yoga/spin

 

I feel like I am getting better at SHOWING UP consistently, and also how I am moving my body.  I am treating walks as extra (other than rest days if I feel that I need them.) I think  I am ready to start making a plan each week and sticking to it. I do struggle a bit because I want to workout first thing in the morning, but sometimes I feel like I will throw up because I have not eaten.  I much prefer getting a little something in my belly and working out at around 10 or so, but that’s not exactly working well when Joe and I running a business. I will figure it out. This whole ‘new normal’ for us.  I know some people hate hearing that, but for us, this is a totally new normal!!

 

What did you do to move your body this week? Did you try anything new?

5 Healthy Hacks

 

Since I just shared some of my workouts with you, I thought I’d compile a quick refresher on some healthy hacks for life, especially life in quarantine! If you feel like you’re falling more into the slumps or down in the dumps, you may just need a few tweaks to your daily routines.  I find that if I get off track, I need to stop and look at where my energy and time is going. 

  1.  Move your body AT LEAST 30 minutes every day.  Break it up if you have to! 5 minute stretch in the morning, 10 minute yoga break mid day, 15 minute walk after dinner. Boom, done! Or do a dance session, lift some weights, hop on your spin bike, play some tennis or run after your kids!  Just do it every single day.  You’ll quickly find how great you feel, and want to move more!  If you have a dog, make it a goal to walk the dog first thing in the morning and once again in the evening.  Once you’ve gotten into that habit, don’t count that as a workout, but just as a daily routine. Watch your body start changing immediately! 
  2.  Drink that water!! If you’re not drinking at least 1/2 your body weight of water or more, you are most likely not getting enough H20!! I’m not talking your teas, coffee, pop, whatever…straight up water yo!  Buy yourself a cute new water jug or one that keeps your water extra cold! Cut some fresh fruit, stick some mint in there, do whatever you need to do, but get more water. It will help your skin glow, your digestion flow, and you may even eat less since you’re probably more thirsty than hungry when you go grab that extra snack.  I’m also trying to drink a huge cup of water before a meal so that I don’t overeat as well.
  3. Enjoy SOME sweets. Fruit is not evil!  I find that if I eat enough fruit throughout the day or cut some up at night after dinner, I don’t find myself wanting to eat a whole batch of GF cookies.  One or two cookies won’t kill your vibe, but reign it in. I will even have a few chocolate/butterscotch chips with some tea if I really want.  Do not deprive yourself, or you will end up overeating.  Have a glass of wine or a white claw. It’s ok! Just try not to have 3+ or you’ll just undo the work you’ve done.  Remember we are in a wonky time so if you take away all the fun things, you may just quit and that’s no good.  If you do over-indulge, tomorrow is a new day.  Do not stress *we don’t need that cortisol raising any more than it is!
  4. Eat the rainbow!! No not skittles, but rather fill your plate each meal with as many colors as you can.  Breakfast I try to get my spinach (green) tomatoes (red) eggs, avocado, blueberries or strawberries….you get my drift.  If you find yourself eating all bland foods at each meal, you may not be getting all of the nutrition your body needs and you’ll crave it and cave in other areas.  Now that Summer is almost here, those fresh fruits and veggies will be abundant! Keep those carrots handy, celery, berries, and salads are so great on a hot sunny day!
  5. Gratitude.  I know you’ve heard it a million times but if you just take a few minutes in the morning, or at night, or both, to find a few things in life you’re thankful for, life does seem to have a funny way of turning around! I try to write in my Start Today Journal daily but if I don’t, I will still take time to reflect and count my blessings.  If you start focusing on all the bad, negative, how things could be better, than that’s all you’ll see.  Trust me, I know because I fall into that sometimes too.  But I try so very hard to have a happy headspace and focus on the good!  It’s amazing how much good will come back to you!

Basement Gym

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I don’t know about you guys, but 30+ days into this stay at home thing and I was really needing my own space.  I’ve always been used to having my own room, closet, part of a room–something! But obviously being married, having two kids and two dogs, we are all up in each other’s Kool-aid and I don’t really mind, I love my family!! However, most days I need a place where I can honestly go ‘disappear’ and listen to my hip hop and rap music and workout.  

It really stemmed from not being able to use the office any more as we are truly using it for working purposes and there is just not enough room.  The kids tend to be in the living room a lot and our bedroom doesn’t have a ton of extra space to move and groove.

Enter: The basement!

I did not want to spend any money, so I took some ideas from my mom.  She told me to shop my different rooms and put something together.  Genius idea!  Joe had just taken my mirror down in the office (To replace with a sophisticated world map I bought him years ago!) so I thought heck yes! I need to see my baby muscles grow!

From there I just grabbed all of my workout equipment.  Dumbbells, kettlebell, bands, yoga mats etc.  I have a chair right here because I was doing the Barre Blend workout via Beachbody on Demand. 

I also have some totes with old items I used to decorate with and just grabbed some older throw pillows to soften up the area.
I also thought some girlie twinkle lights would add some bliss to my space.  Add some faux candles (thank you Dollar Tree) and all of a sudden I have a happy feminine place to get into shape and be my best self!

I brought down my Start Today Journal and regular journal, so I can take a few moments and reflect before or after my sweat sesh.  

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I also love my Beats Pill Plus for extra noise (like I said, love me some gangsta rap!!) 

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Current playlist (I just stream You Tube): NOT FOR LITTLE EARS

 

 

So here is my challenge for you, readers!  What part of your home can you create your own little nest? Could it be bringing something from inside, outdoors at the weather changes?  Set up a little coffee sipping, journal writing, meditating spot for yourself.  Maybe you have a little room in a spare bedroom you could create a nook.  Maybe your basement just needs some re-arranging and with some pretty things, you too can have a blissful spot.  Or it could just be having a “spot” you retreat to daily (or when you need to!) have a glass of wine, a cup of tea…just to breathe and zen out for a few.  Home can be a beautiful and wonderful place or it can be dark with doom and gloom.  Take a little time planning, set a timer for 10 minutes (that’s what I did and then I KEPT cleaning the storage and before I knew it, I had my space!)

Be sure to share with me any ideas for some personal space in your home. 

 

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Grocery Shopping during Covid

Well I did it. I finally went to the grocery store!! Goodness I was a ball of nerves the last few days and I think mostly because of having to leave my house and venture off for food! Now, I am well aware it may sound dramatic, but my last grocery trip was March 12.  With help from friends and family, we have been living comfortably for a whole month! It wasn’t until these last few days where I was completely out of fresh fruits and veggies and running low on eggs and milk.  I was pretty proud of us!

It was a surreal experience to say the least, and though you may have gone many times already, I felt that I should blog about it, for not only my own memory, but my kids and grandkids as well!  I keep thinking about how this is something that my great-grandchildren will be learning about and thinking, “Wow that was sooooo long ago!” much like I do when I think about WWII etc.

So here’s what I did to ‘prepare’ myself for this outing.

  • Wrote a grocery list on paper
  • Brought only a credit card in my coat pocket (no purse!)
  • I had my key and my phone in a separate pocket, as I would not need to touch
  • Mask
  • Hair back in a low bun
  • Hat
  • Sweatshirt and then a coat over that
  • Wipes for my cart
  • Gloves (I know this is debatable, as long as you are using sanitizer or immediately washing your hands….I just brought a few pair of disposable gloves)
  • Glasses— so Joe wanted to me to wear Goggles, (don’t have any) so I tried using my Blue Blocking glasses, but really they fogged up and I couldn’t see so I shoved them in a pocket. I tried.

I went to Aldi first and there was an employee who was wiping down carts — no quarter needed.  They blocked off the entrance so that you must go around and get a sanitized cart.  There were tons of signs everywhere stating stay 6 feet apart from each other.   Now, most people were wearing masks, not many wearing gloves too, but there were a lot of folks just walking around like no big deal.  I should say I’m not surprised but I was.

I was so happy to see it so full of food! I have never in my life been so grateful for fresh fruits and veggies–I was so excited! There was so much bread, snacks, etc. Lots of meats and honestly nothing seemed “out of stock.”  You could only take 2 butters but other than that I didn’t really see any other signs.  I remember teaching The Diary of Anne Frank to my 8th grade students years ago and they for the life of them, could not understand “ration coupons.”  I bet they get it now.

I felt bad for a mom who had nothing covering her or her baby’s face– she ran in, holding the baby in a car seat and we know how heavy those things are, and only had formula to buy.  Another lady and myself both let her go ahead of us at checkout.

Once I got to the checkout belt, I placed my items on there and there was a plastic shield between myself and the cashier.  She had on gloves and a mask…where the money/credit card machine is, there is still space so you still need to keep your distance.  This store was still swapping carts but she was wiping them down…I wiped it again anyway.

I decided that though it was chilly, I would just bag my groceries in the truck so I didn’t have to stay inside the store any longer, but as I stood at the taped line waiting my turn at the checkout, I saw snow. So that was fun, to say the least! (Side note: anyone who is in quarantine with weather above 60 degrees has NO right to complain about anything. #justsayin!)

After I loaded my groceries into my bags at my truck in the blizzard, (I tried to wipe them down as I placed them into bags but my hands began to freeze and I gave up and just shoved them in and said a prayer.) I walked my cart back and wished the employee wiping them down to stay healthy and warm!  I took off my gloves, wiped my hands with a wipe and my steering wheel etc…then called my hubby to let him know I survived the first store and was heading to Wegmans for “luxury items” such as hot sauce and dog food.  I may have grabbed some Jergens tanning lotion and lipgloss–I needed something people!

Wegmans also had a designated “Entrance and Exit” to help keep the herd going the right way.  In both stores people would still walk right by you, no 6 foot distance apart…some with masks and some without.  You could tell that more ‘stuff was missing’ from Wegs probably because I’m just so used to seeing it overflowing with everything there.  Bare shelves where cleaning supplies would be and the meats were not as stocked up. I could not find the Country Style Bone in Ribs that Joe’s grandma likes to put in her sauce to make it so yummy.  Maybe next time…

As for checkout, it was very strategic.  One man would tell you which lane to go to and that was it.  No one else was next to you.  Same thing with the plastic shield and this time my cashier had no mask or gloves…yikes!

Once I got home I took everything out and wiped all of the freezer and refrigerator items down so that they could be put away immediately.  As for pantry items and most produce, I left them in the garage and will get to them in a day or so.   As soon as I was done with the sanitizing, I immediately stripped, left my clothes at the washer/dryer and headed straight to the shower for a full on shampoo etc.

Now that I’ve officially gone out in the wild, I feel so much better. I feel better knowing there is still an abundance of food for us.  I feel better just seeing people in general, even if they were not keeping the distance.  I feel better feeling like I accomplished something haha!

Thank you to everyone who has reached out and given us masks! I couldn’t believe the immediate love from friends and family who sent us some. Thank you!

Stay safe and healthy friends~

That Self-Isolation Life

It hits me at weird and random moments, that are so routine and show me just how much my ‘normal’ is off.  Sitting down to meal plan, I’ve been taking a look through our pantry/freezer/fridge before this whole virus took over.  I have been following Jordan Page’s “Shelf Cooking” Facebook Group and loved the idea of not wasting food and using up what you have instead of buying too much at the grocery store. Now I do it because I don’t have a choice.   I stare at the upcoming week and immediately mentally check off each day in my mind: “Monday is Joe’s late night, Wednesday is dance…” and stop myself and realize I don’t need to plan meals around our schedule.  This is it.  We are home.

We have been home isolating since Friday March 13th.  The week prior we saw the progression in China and Italy and honestly began ‘preparing’ a little before that even.  Joe and I would run the “what if” scenarios, and slowly grabbed an extra this or that while out.  I have to thank my acupuncturist for her wise words and guidance.  If she didn’t educate me on exactly where this Covid-19 was headed, we would be in such bad spot.  (And if I chose not to listen) She gave me a random Instagram account to follow and all I can say is that it scared the crap out of me enough to get up and out of the house early Sunday March 8th.  I hit up two grocery stores spending way more than I typically do.  And then I went again on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and one more time on Thursday.  By Thursday the stores were super packed and buzzing since Trump had taken to our TV screens Wednesday night. While I would not consider myself a “hoarder” I knew that if we were to stay home and stop the spread, I wouldn’t be able to leave the house as we have no face masks! So I did what I could do.

Since Joe has Crohn’s Disease AND is on Humira (a biologic which lowers his immune system,) if he caught the Coronavirus, he would have a really hard time getting better. More than likely, he could die.  We knew it was super serious and were willing to do anything in our power to be smart, stay healthy and safe.  Joe did go into work 3/13 and mentioned to the owners his concern and sure enough Friday the 13th, he received a call to stay home and not to come in Saturday or Monday…basically work from home.  My eyes immediately filled with tears because I knew this was going to be bad.  We had already decided that morning to not send Brooke or Bradley to school, and I planned on pulling them out for however long we needed to.  The very next day the schools closed anyway, and we are all doing this ‘distance learning’ as best as we can!

I have to say while emotions are much like a roller coaster, overall I believe I’m handling this fairly well.  We are in a bit of a rhythm here all 4 of us humans and 2 dogs.  Some days we feel like rockstars, checking off completed tasks, being all-star parents and doing all the things.  We’ve been able to really dive in and work real estate since Joe was laid off and all Car sales and stopped. Other moments? We just zone out playing video games, reading, watching Hulu.  Overall my favorite part (if there can be one?) is the way we are connecting with friends and family.  We are all so busy (all the time) that we never slow down to catch up and chat with so many amazing people. Friends Joe hasn’t seen or spoken to are now part weekly check-ins.  The kids miss their schools, but seeing friends and teacher via zoom calls has been so rewarding. We’ve also had a lot of love shown from so many friends and family, offering to grab anything we need, including an incredible supply of fresh produce and meat from Joe’s good buddy Chris.  Another friend dropped a goodie bag for the kids to open—so many sweet souls lending a hand it warms my heart.

Sure I miss my Starbucks, going to and fro as I please…but more than anything we just want to stop the spread and stay healthy.  At the end of each day I thank God for that.  We do not get any takeout as this virus can live on surfaces for a very long time.  I have done one small Target Delivery last week so that my kids will have a little something special Easter morning.  We also haven’t gone anywhere since we are good with groceries and honestly there’s no reason for us to be out and about.  I think maybe a drive would be nice, but we also don’t want to waste gas money.

I’ve been working out daily, getting outside with the kids and dogs, having ‘tea parties’ after dinner and if you haven’t downloaded the app House Party, you are missing out!! Lots of fun happy hours around here.  We are not stressing over what we can’t control, but we are sharpening our saws and really putting forth the effort to help make us even better and stronger when this is all said and done.

So wherever you’re at, it’s okay to feel whatever it is you’re feeling.  Once I “got that” I have been doing better I think.  I was feeling bad for feeling bad, since “I don’t have it as bad as someone else”–but our feelings don’t work that way.  It’s okay and you should all yourself to feel the hurt, anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness etc…and then make a plan to move on.

I have this belief that humans are going to come out of this one of two ways: I can make the most out of the situation and realize we’ll never get this time back, so use it wisely.  Drink the water, eat the healthy foods, relax and enjoy family and little pleasures.  Workout and become the best, strongest version of me that I haven’t even ever seen.  I can put the time in to study, grow with Joe in business and strengthen our marriage.

Or I can become miserable, lazy, negative, gain weight, cause emotional trauma and stress to my children, and probably drive my husband crazy (more than I already do!)

It’s our choice.  We can evolve and become great or we can fizzle out and be left behind.  This world needs us to step up and shine now more than ever.  And in a few more months? Even more so.  This is not going to be a quick fix —this is going to take awhile for things to go back to normal.

Now that I feel like we’ve gotten into a groove and the initial shock factors are over, I hope to make more time to spend here on this blog.  I have lots of recipes I’ve been trying and I hope to read lots of books! (Luckily I grabbed a small stack of books from the library before we went into quarantine!)

I hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy and that you too can make use of this unexpected extra time.  And if you’re one of the heroes on the front line, I am praying and sending so much love and light to you!  Thank you to everyone who is making a positive difference during this time.