The Answer Is Yes!

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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!

How To Stay Fit And Motivated

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Posing in the backyard after the run.

A great way to stay fit, have fun, and to meet new people is to take part in local sporting events.  I find events by talking to other fitness fanatics and from one of my favorite sites, Active.

Yesterday, I participated in Atlantic City’s first ever, Insane Inflatable 5K.

Inflatable what?  I know!  Lol!!   I thought the same.  But once I visited the website, back in March, I knew I had to do this crazy looking event. You can see pics of yesterday’s run here.

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I took this picture just before the start.  The folks at the top are event organizers getting us all pumped up.

Climbing, crawling, bouncing, running, sliding up, down, under and through ginormous inflatables is something I never imagined myself doing.  But it was worth every aching muscle that I feel this morning! :0)

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Look at the size of this baby! Lol!!

I do not have my own pics because I ended up running solo because hubby and B’Dazzle were still sleeping when I left the house.  Next year, the entire family is participating!  And yes, I already put them on notice.  Our son will love it; I am not certain about hubby, but it is a perfect family “active” event.  Lol!   Oh… it’s definitely ON for next year.

Though I ran solo, I really did not feel alone.  Along the course, I met an awesome 10-year old asthmatic that kicked butt!  He didn’t allow his asthma to stop him as he led the pack of the 9 o’clock wave half way through the course.   I told him that he rocked.  His reply, “You too!”

One group of women I met drove nearly two-hours for the challenge.  The course was set up at an old airport.  Parts of the course were paved, other sections included two-foot high weeds; we laughed at the “battlefield” and dodged potholes through most of the run.

I have always lacked a sense of direction and was thankful to run through an insane maze following some girl.  We ran through only to find that we were at the start of the maze.  Sigh! Back in again. Of course, I ran right on her heels.  I really thought we were running in circles, but she got us through… I thanked her!  Lol!

I got lost in this for sure!

This is where we got lost!   Image courtesy of Inflatable.com

This morning, I feel like I weight trained yesterday.  My hamstrings, quads, and shoulders are sore.  No longer do I feel guilty about not hitting the gym yesterday.

With your doctor’s blessings, this is an ideal way to get started.  Just do it!  The run is not timed.  There are no losers.  Everyone wins by showing up and having fun.

I am asked all the time about how I stay on course to stay fit.  It’s pretty simple, I do everything on this list:

  1. My number one goal is to have fun. Be silly and laugh at yourself. Don’t take yourself so serious.
  2. Be open-minded to try something new.  There are many ways to      exercise, dabble in something completely different. This inflatable run was different for me.
  3. Seek new challenges and set new goals.  Ex: A mud run is on my to-do list. Confidence grows steadily with accomplishments.
  4. Stay away from the scale; it is not an accurate measurement of your overall fitness level.
  5. Be aware of what you eat and drink. Read labels! Drink water!
  6. Set your mind to try new recipes. I eat foods today that I did not know existed a few years ago. I continue to add new healthier foods to my diet and subtract foods that I discover are unhealthy.
  7. Connect (In person or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc..) with other fitness fanatics. We will encourage and inspire you and help to keep you motivated.
  8. Educate yourself.  Read about nutrition and fitness every opportunity you get. The social networks are saturated with fitness guru’s who are eager to share what they know.  Of course, everything you read is not true or accurate, so do your research. Right now by favorites are bodybuilding.com and fitnessrx for women.  I follow a few good boards on Pinterest; you can follow me there at Lexa82.
  9. Don’t give up.  If something does not work for you, move on.
  10. Remember, there is no such thing as perfection.  Don’t compare your body to someone else’s. Just work to be YOUR best.
  11. Don’t be afraid to participate in an event by yourself. You will make new self discoveries and gain lots self-confidence.

After the run and later in the afternoon, we (hubby and B’Dazzle) met other family and friends at a free outdoor concert at Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City. The weather was beautiful! I sat in my beach chair, chilled, ate, drank two well-earned margaritas, danced to a DJ and to the sounds of S.O.S. Band. Remember them?

 post workout meanPost workout meal at 10:30 a.m. — Leftover broiled chicken breast and freshly sautéed broccoli.  Mmm… See all that minced garlic? I Love it!!

Personally for me, eating well and exercising makes me feel amazingly well. Increased energy, better productivity, and an overall happier mental and physical state of being are some of the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle.

49 feels way better than I ever thought possible!

I cannot stress the importance of making fun a part of your fitness regimen. This is how I do it!

Happy Sunday and enjoy the day!  :0)