Have You Seen My Mojo??

I’ve lost my mojo… my exercise mojo that is. Winking smile  I use to be so good at always hitting the gym after work or getting on the treadmill when I got home.  Lately I have been just coasting by, exercising here and there, but nothing consistent.  I have a 1/2 marathon (my first) on June 5th and to be honest with you, (I mean I can be honest here, right?) I have not trained like I should.  At this point I will be happy to just finish, and I can accept that.  You get out of a race what you put in it.  So I will just have fun with this one, do my best, and chalk this up as a learning experience.

With that being said, today I declared that I was going to get my mojo back!  Well, again to be honest (I do consider this my safe place), I say this a lot.  But, what I love about new days are the opportunities to be blessed enough to be given another chance to do better and be better! Smile  It is never too late to try harder and give it another shot.

So that is what I did.  Now I almost failed again because I was supposed to meet a friend for Bikram Yoga, and when she had to cancel I almost lost my motivation to work out on my own.  Workout partners are absolutely the best, but I guess this was a lesson that we shouldn’t necessarily use them as a crutch.

So I got my act together quickly and decided to go online to find a workout I could do at home.  I have always loved the Tone It Up girls and their workouts are always awesome!

Me before my workout:

Me Before Workout

And after, lol:

Me After Workout

Whew!  I chose their Beach Babe Workout and it kicked my boo-tay.

Most of their workouts are circuit style.  They had me doing frog jumps (jumping squats), side lunges, push-ups, high knees, and waistline crunches… circuit repeated 3x.  It was only about 10-13 minutes but it sure had me out of breath.  This is a great way you can sneak in some exercise when you are pressed for time but still want to sweat it out.

After my quick workout, and a shower, I had some errands to run so I had to grab a snack to-go and eat in the car.

Snack in Car

Snack was organic peanut butter from MOM’s Organic Market, banana, and coconut water.

Vita Coco

I Red heart coconut water. Best. Stuff. Ever.

And… since I was good and worked out for all of 10 minutes, lol, I decided to treat myself to Starbucks after shopping around in Target.  I have been eyeing their new Mocha Coconut Frappuccino for awhile now.

Mocha Coconut Frap

OMG! This was seriously like a party on my tongue. Party smile

My exercise goals for this week will be to:

  • Do a quickie workout (like the Beach Babe workout) to start my morning everyday this week.
  • Run at least 3x this week after work.
  • If I do not run, end my night with a quickie yoga workout (I have another site to share that is awesome for yoga)
  • Take BodyCombat (cardio kickboxing) on Thursday at my gym (if I can get off work in time).

If I can do these things I am sure I can jump start my body back into craving workouts… and once again have my mojo flowing!

I will need all the mojo I can get because I also have the Warrior Dash coming up this Sunday… 3.1 miles of obstacles through lots and lots of mud!  I am still on the lookout for some awesome costumes.  I looked at pictures from last year’s event and some of the costumes (which are optional) were so freakin hilarious.  I think it will be so fun to dress up and get muddy… but I’m a dork like that. Just kidding

How do you get your mojo back??

~YGFF

Weekend Wrap Up

Thank you all for all the Happy Mother’s Day wishes!  I had such a great weekend, very relaxing.

I did end up making it to the gym on Saturday before the gym’s kidzclub closed.  I had an hour to work out, so I knocked out 4 miles on the treadmill doing intervals while watching a movie (The Switch with Jennifer Aniston was playing) in the gym’s cardio theatre.  Cute movie.  I was very proud of myself🙂

Then we were off to go pick up my mother’s Mother’s Day gift from my daughter.  The week before I took her to Color Me Mine to paint her a coffee mug and it was ready to be picked up… I forgot to take a pic of it :(

Do you have a Color Me Mine, it is the most awesome place.  They have hundreds of ceramic pieces you can choose from, and  you get to paint it however you like.  They have a huge variety of paint colors, brushes, and stencils to make your creation great.  It was sooo adorable and my mother really loved it!

A little photo shoot occured while downtown when we walked by the fountain, lol…

Saturday night I decided to try and make Raw Brownies with Chocolate Icing of Pure Amazingness.  I have been holding onto this recipe from Wayfaring Chocolate and it did not disappoint!  I stuck to her recipe and followed it exactly.

The ingredient list was pretty simple and I already had them on hand:

  • Walnuts
  • Medjool dates
  • Cocoa powder
  • Avocado
  • Agave
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon

These were soooo tasty and totally satisfied my sweet tooth, without the guilt :)    The base of the brownie is basically dates, walnuts and cocoa poweder… seen here about to go for a whirl in my handy dandy food processor.

The remaining ingridients, along with more cocoa powder is used to creat the AWESOME icing.  I recommend that you try these immediately.  I even had the BF try them and they got his stamp of approval, which is a very hard thing to do.

The final product after setting in the freezer for a couple hours…

mmmmm…. delicious!🙂

Sunday (Mother’s Day) we went to my Aunt’s house in the morning for Brunch and then to my mother’s house later for dinner.  It was really laid back and we all just got to enjoy each other’s company… my kind of weekend!

And look what I got for Mother’s Day… Score!  I love waffles and have been wanting a belgium waffle maker for awhile now.

 

I also received a subscription to Whole Living magazine from my cousin… she knows me so well🙂

Today (Monday) was back to work and back to reality.  I was determined to get in some sort of exercise when I got home… and I did!  I knocked out 3.5 miles on the treadmill doing intervals while catching up on some shows I DVR’d last night.  Khloe and Lamar & The Dance Scene were my shows of choice today… I am really a reality junkie, please help! lol.

Oh and exciting news to end the night…  I found another bike event to do next month.  This one will be a 36 miler through 4 scenic parks located in Baltimore, MD.  It is called Tour dem Parks, Hon!… I love the name!

This will be one week after my half marathon, I am thinking it will actually be a good thing for my legs.  I heart my bike😉

Well GFF’s, I am off to pack my gym bag in hopes that I go to BodyPump tomorrow after work.  I really need get in  as much weights as I can before my upcoming Warrior Dash in 2 weeks… I am excited and nervous at the same time!

Nite, nite!

~YGFF

Mother’s Day Weekend!

Just wanted to drop in and make sure I wish all the mothers out there a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!!

Hope you get a chance to relax and enjoy the day with all of your loved ones.  Make sure you let all the mothers in your life know how special they are🙂

Here are some throwback pictures of me at my babyshower (circa 2004).

It's a Girl!🙂

Here is one of my mommy (can I still be a grown up and call her mommy?, lol) and I!

I am off to try and get to the gym before the gym’s daycare closes!  I have been such a slacker all week and I really need to get back into the swing of things.  I mean it’s not like I don’t have the Warrior Dash in 2 weeks, and a 1/2 Marathon in 4 weeks!

Can’t wait to read bout everyone’s weekend… Check back with ya later!

~YGFF

Setting Goals Part 2

Hello Again!  So the other day I shared with you two of my goals.  My first short-term goal was of becoming a Certified Personal Trainer by the end of this year, and a long-term goal of working my way to becoming a Certified Wellness Coach.  I also promised that today I would share some of my other goals, both fitness and personal, that I set for myself at the beginning of this year.

Before I do that I thought I would share with you my delicious easy dinner I put together tonight :)  I have been on a real salad kick this week and tonight it was exactly what I was craving.  I usually always buy a big tub of organic baby spinach at the beginning of the week to make smoothies (green mosters), salads, and I throw it on just about any meal I am eating to sneak in some greens throughout the day… like pizzas, omelettes, pasta… you name it and I will probably add spinach to it!🙂

Yummy greens!

Included in salad:

  • Organic Baby Spinach
  • Salmon leftover from last night’s dinner
  • Organic Cherry Tomatoes
  • Organic Carrots
  • Organic Fresh Gourmet Caesar Croutons
  • Newman’s Own Light Honey Mustard <— pretty delicious
  • Dash of Salt & Pepper
  • (I meant to add walnuts but completely forgot until writing out this list😦 )

For dessert, I had a few of these… I promise the bag was already pretty empty, lol…

Those are pretty addictive; I have to remember not to buy those too often because they go waaaaay to fast!

 

Now back to my goals for the year!!

First up are my fitness goals:

  • Bikram Yoga/hot yoga at least 1x month
  • Include more weight workouts or regular yoga at least 1x week
  • Workout at least 3-4x week consistently
  • 50 mile bike ride (ROAR for Autism event) – I completed this last Sunday and I will post a recap soon, it was awesome! 
  • Warrior Dash (obstacle race) in May
  • ZOOMA 1/2 Marathon in June – My first!
  • Stick to training plan for 1/2 Marathon in June, lol
  • Sprint Triathlon in August – My first!
  • Learn and practice how to swim laps – important for the tri
  • Ride in at least 2 more bike events
  • Annual Turkey  Trot 5 miler in November
  • Annual Reindeer Run 5k or Jingle All the Way 10k Run in December

Some Fun Goals (things I want to do by the end of the year):

  • Kayak
  • Whitewater Raft
  • Stand UP Paddle Boarding
  • Zipline

Next are some health goals:

  • Cut back on seafood <— tonight’s dinner #fail #oops
  • Continue to eat more healthy/natural/organic foods
  • Drink more water consistently – I pretty much only drink water, but I need to make sure I am getting 8 complete cups a day

A few personal goals:

  • Look into volunteer opportunities
  • Continue to pay off debt <— w/o creating new debt, lol
  • Stick to my monthly budget
  • Enroll my daughter in activities throughout the year – She starts swimming next week!
  • Plan some fun activities with the family – Museums, Zoo, Skating, etc.

 

That was fun looking back at what I had planned for myself way back in January, I also snuck in some new ones… shhhh, don’t tell!  I will have to create a goal page so I can continually check back to see how I am doing throughout the year.   I can tell you now that I am slipping on this ½ marathon training, but I plan to get my act together immediately… I only have 4 weeks left to train!!!!

Now time for a fun race recap that I also promised of my New Year’s 5k I did on January 1st.  It was so great to begin the year doing something healthy for my body!  This post is from the Iron Divas blog, the women’s fitness group that Layla and I put together.  Click here for recap.

Ok my GFF’s, time for me to get some shut eye, as it is getting pretty late as I type away.  Don’t want to leave you but I must get some beauty rest :)  Until next time…

~YGFF

Setting Goals

Hello Blog World!  I am thrilled that you have stopped by to get to know me a little better.  If you have the time please read the “About Me” page and drop me a line to let me know you came by, I’m so glad that you did! 🙂

Today I want to share with you one of the goals I have set for myself, well actually I will be sharing one long-term and one short-term goal.  I think that it is important to set goals, both short-term and long-term, because setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motiviation.

You give yourself a set of smalls goals that serve as motivation to lead you eventually to your long-term visualization.  Once you start to cross off some of these short-term goals, it also serves as a confidence booster because you can finally recognize your ability to achieve the bigger picture, especially if the big goal is something you had self-doubt in, or were a little hesitant in pursuing.

This is kind of the way I feel about wanting to become a Certified Wellness Coach.  Sometimes I feel that this goal is too big and wonder how in the world will I pull this off?!  I ask myself questions like:

“How do you expect to change careers this late in the game?”

“Who is going to come to you for advice?”

“How in the heck are you going to make money doing this?”…

But then I have just have shut those voices out because we all can fall victim to our own Negative Nancies trying to convince us that we can’t do something.

My solution for this is to:

1.  Treat this as a fun project and try to take some of the pressure off.  I think that even if I do not eventually make a career out of this, that this will be a great educational experience and I will benefit from it greatly in my personal life.  I do not plan on quitting my full-time job as an office manager, so I will not lose anything for trying.  This is something I can purse for fun at first, and if it grows into something more it will be even that much more special.

2.  Set smaller goals.  I am first going to study to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).  This is my goal for 2011.  This is also a prerequisite for taking one of the programs that I want to enroll in to become a Certified Wellness Coach.  This is a smaller goal because I can study for this test in about 3-6 months and take the certification test whenever I feel comfortable and prepared, hopefully that will be by the end of the year.

I believe the smaller the goals I set, and the more knowledge I receive through completing these goals, the more confident I will be to keep moving forward.  It also helps that I may have a good friend of mine, my GFF that I spoke about on the “About Me” page, take the CPT test with me.  It is always a great to have a good support system!

My next post I will share some other goals, both fitness and personal that I set for myself at the beginning of this year.  It will be fun to see how well I stick with them… some I have already fallen behind on, but it’s never too late! :)  I wonder how many others out there actually write down and keep track of their resolutions or goals?

I  will also share a race recap with you.  On New Year’s Day I ran a 5k, that was my first goal for the year and helped to set the tone for the rest of my year.

See you soon!

~YGFF