About Tanya F. Cain

Eternal optimist, always wearing a smile. Must haves: sunshine, fitness (jogging, weight training, & CrossFit), reading, writing, music, and fun with family and friends.

Last Of The Beach Days

Awe man, it is beautiful in Atlantic City today!

Determined to get some beach time with hubby and B’Dazzle, I hit the gym early and killed my biceps and triceps.

The reward is that now I have lots of play time with my family.

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#100happydayschallenge Day #7
Next week this time I will be on my work flow, so today I’m doing what makes me happy.

Have a great day!! 😘

The Answer Is Yes!

Found on ashellinyourpocket.tumblr.com

Found on ashellinyourpocket.tumblr.com

“Are you going to be able to walk tomorrow?” I haven’t seen a back workout like that!!!”

“Who me?”

“Yeah!!”

“Well Umm.. I’ve got a strong back….”

Oh my gosh!! I am crackin up now. Lol!!

Unbeknownst to me, this guy (well constructed I must say) was watching me workout. Following the principle of switching things up, I did a workout that I found here.

I was focusing just like AR taught me… Mind body connection and zeroing in on the working muscle.

When this guy approached, he totally caught me by surprise. He was respectful, unlike some guys, who don’t know what to say to women and make ridiculous comments that make you really wanna slap the ish out of them. Lol!

This was the first time I combined back and biceps, but I enjoyed the workout.

Vanessa Tib's Workout

Vanessa Tib’s Workout

 This “sample workout” was a challenge but I felt great doing it.  I am so happy Vanessa Tib Fitness shares her workouts with the rest of us!
#100HappyDaysChallenge #Day 6

Oh, and yes, I will be able to walk tomorrow.  Haahaaahaa!

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B’Dazzle at a raceway with a friend (yesterday).  He had a blast! #100HappyDaysChallenge Day#5

It is a gorgeous day out; I hope you are enjoying the day!  :)

On Finding Peace

Good Morning and Happy Sunday!

Who doesn’t want peace in their life?  While perusing my emails and other socials, I came across this image.  I don’t have much to say, because the picture says it all.

FORGIVE

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I will only say that, I’ve been there before.  There being a place where I felt terribly wronged by someone.  I was young and it was hard for me to get over.

Cuts, gashes or wounds will heal if cleaned, bandaged, and left alone. But picking at them slows the heeling.  Think about this.  When a cut begins to heel, a scab forms. If you pick at it, what happens?  The scab falls off and the wound is raw again–

Don’t let the anger, hurt, and pain of what others have done to you consume your life and rob you of happiness. Life is just too short.

Have a great day! :)

 

Not Ashamed To Admit This

Happy Friday!

I woke up at 6:30 a.m. yesterday with firm plans to do legs in the morning. Hubby had different plans. He wanted to take me to breakfast.  Dilemma!

This is a perfect example of the silly balancing act that many moms deal with.  My heart spits the decision 50/50.  My brain says, “Girrrrl, take your butt to the gym and get your workout on!”

With 26 years of marriage under my belt, I know good and well the importance of spending quality time with my man. The idea sounds noble and simple, but it takes real effort to make it happen.

We are just busy behind folks!  Mom lives with us, our son plays several sports, we both work, I’m always racing off to the gym, or blogging…  add sleep and meals to the mix and, well… damn!  Lol!

I dressed for the gym, wore flip-flops but tossed my sneaks in the back seat and took hubby up on his offer to breakfast. We dropped B’Dazzle off to camp and drove to Kelsey and Kim’s on Melrose Avenue in AC.

My breakfast was the bomb!! I ordered a four egg (2 whites) vegetable omelet with jalapeño peppers. Salmon cakes were not available, so I surprised the waiter and chef with a request for six jumbo shrimp sautéed with fresh spinach and crushed red peppers. Lol! If you think it sounds mouth-watering, you should have tasted it.

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Outstanding!  By the way, this dish and time spent with hubby yesterday made me incredibly happy! #100HappyDays Day #3

The chef came out to ask me if the meal was hot enough. I think he wanted to see who the chick was eating all this food at 9 O’clock in the morning.

After breakfast, I suggested we walk on the boards. I did not realize though, that Hurricane Sandy destroyed the section of the boardwalk I intended to walk.

We ended up walking along the Caspian Avenue Beach, which was wonderful!  Shame on me for living in the area all of my life and not knowing the Caspian Avenue beach existed. Seriously, I’m embarrassed.

We have a backyard pool, so I usually spend my time there. And the other thing is, when I do a beach day, I want to chill without running into too many students (I work at the high school) or other folks I know in the city.

I might sound snobby, but we’ve lived in the area all of our life. Rarely can we go anywhere, and I mean, anywhere without running into somebody. Ugh!  Look, we’re very social people, but sometimes, I need to blend into the background and be unknown.

Only a week remains before the school year begins, but I hope to spend a least one day out there before the season ends.

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That’s the City of Brigantine that you see across the water.

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To the right of the rocks are the remains of pilings leftover from Hurricane Sandy. Only this section of the boardwalk was destroyed.

caspian3I just had to take a picture of the broken and dangling wooden piling. Tho it’s broken, it still kind of cool looking. The setting is pretty (to me).

After strolling on this beach, we drove further into the city and walked the boardwalk. I didn’t calculate, but we had to walk a good two miles.

Did I make it to the gym?  No. But later in the day, I did do walking lunges to meet our son and his tutor on the campus of a local college.  That counts right?  Lol!

This morning, I’m headed to the gym.

Have a fabulous and happy day! :)

Small Things Matter Too!

Hubbie and I were on the road for most of today and arrived home just in time to take B’Dazzle to football practice.

While I did not make it to the gym today, I am super excited and happy about my post workout vibes (soreness) from Monday and Tuesday!

Ha! Ha! Who is happy about being sore? Me and other gym junkies! Feeling the “growing pains” means that I worked the muscles well and pushed to failure. My little guns won’t grow unless I push hard.

So what put a big cheesy smile on my face today?

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My rear profile! This guy stopped me in the gym yesterday and told me that my back was “Sick as F***!”  OMG! Yes, that was a compliment.  Lol!!

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The definition in my triceps! #100HappyDays Day #2

My triceps are so sore! When I workout with my friend AR, sore muscles are guaranteed, however, working alone is more challenging. Although my journey began almost a year ago, I have only been weight training solo for three months.

Most days she is not with me in the gym, so my focus is on technique, on form, getting the movement right, and performing each exercise to failure. Then, eat, rest, and repeat the next day.

Sometimes it is the little things that bring about the most joy. Happiness doesn’t require large amounts of money, or other expensive tangibles.  I think it’s simple.

Look for the small moments in each day that make you smile from ear to ear and that is where you’ll find a piece of happiness. :0)

Sore triceps and achy abs means I did ay-ok, so this chica is HAPPY!

I hope you had a great day!  :0)

‘Cuz I’m Happy!

I woke up this morning feeling happy and a little topsy-turvy.  Happy because I woke up to the sounds of birds, sunshine and looking forward to another blessed day. Topsy-turvy because, in the next two days, I need to make an important decision. My gut instinct, my heart, and my mind are all at conflict, which made the morning a little cloudy.

I put the decision on the back burner and headed to my happy place; the gym. :0)

Shoulders (deltoids) were the muscle of choice today.  At first I was frustrated because I wasn’t feeling the burn.  Grr!!  :0(  However, I went for heavier weights and focused more on the movement and the muscles.  The result?  Fried delts!

For my post workout meal, I am eating left overs, except for the fresh baby spinach.

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This meal made me very happy!  Day#1
(Mushrooms, onions, spinach, and grilled curry chicken topped with crushed red peppers)

So what’s up with all the “happiness” stuff?

Well, I am inspired by A Splash of Serendipity to take on the 100 Happy Days Challenge. Thanks Cadey!  I know, 100 days is a long time, but that’s what makes it a challenge. Lol!

Happy Tuesday and enjoy the day!