It’s been a while since I have been to the gym. A lot of things have been going on and my focus has mostly been on getting through each day as it happened. Unfortunately, that put working out at the back of my mind and completely bumped off my priority list. Some people would say ‘You’re just making excuses’. If they want to view it like that, fine, but remember, everyone is dealing with something that you may not even have to worry about.
Anyways, today was my first day back and it felt great walking through those doors…. even if is was at 4:45 in the morning and I just rolled out of bed twenty minutes ago. But still, the important fact is that I made it there. I did not reach the intensity level that I used to be at because throwing myself back into that routine would be a set back and possibly ending up injured. Baby steps, gotta remember that. Each week, I will give an update on progress, including photos. It’s always fun to see your transformation and look back to where you started and feel extremely proud of how far you’ve come.
My three goals to reach within the next four weeks are:
- Be able to run for 25 minutes
- Lose 5 lbs
- Get to the gym at least 4 times a week
It will be hard but focus and dedication are key. Which is what everyone says. I know there will be mornings that I will put my alarm on snooze the max number of times before it shuts itself off or nights where I will not be able to get to bed until close to eleven o’clock but if you really want something, you have to work for it. And that is a heck of a lot easier said than done. Are there motivation tips or tricks you guys use?
Earlier this month, I took a vacation with my family down to Gulf Shores, Alabama. Greatest trip I have taken in a while! Not only was the condo we rented right on the beach but the weather was absolutely gorgeous. Yes, we went over the 4thof July and most people would be like ‘why did you do that? It is so hot at that time.’ First off, were you present for any of Wisconsin’s spring weather? It was Mother Nature’s version of whiplash. One day, beautiful and sunny and warm, the next, BAM….. snow. So no, I did not find it hot. It was glorious!
The place we rented was actually owned by a fellow Wisconsinite which I thought was pretty cool. Island Royale, room 406. If we had a problem, the owner contacted the managing staff or maintenance staff right away and always kept in contact until the issue was resolved. The condo was a great size and the view was also AMAZING! Not to mention, they had an indoor/outdoor pool which my daughter took full advantage of.
As far as activities, we mostly just relaxed right on the beach or poolside. There were banana boat rides, parasailing, and plenty of other activities. But my favorite one is people watching. Nothing can beat that. When we were not relaxing, we went out to eat a few times. First place was The Shrimp Basket. My dad and I both tried the banana colada that they had for a special that night. So yummy!!!! Both times, the food we ordered was great! So any shrimp or burgers are yummy! The second place we dined was called the Sunliner Diner. Literally right across the street from Shrimp Basket (we don’t venture that far haha). It was good, the service was friendly but my favorite part of the whole meal was the dessert!
Aside from the day life there, at night it is so peaceful, even more relaxing than the day. There were a lot of people out walking on the beach with flashlights or fishing but just hearing the waves crash against the shore and being able to look up at the sky and see the stars… it is a moment of total peace. Nothing can bother you and all the tension just leaves your body. I would spend every night out on the beach, sitting on the lounge chairs that were placed there for the people of the building to use during the day, and just stay there for hours. And if I was not on the beach, I was on the porch, staring out over the beach. I did fall asleep a few times on the porch but my daughter would come and wake me up before she went to bed.
I would go back in a heartbeat and I am already thinking about making that trip last for two weeks instead of one. But then I would have less time available to take trips with my awesome friends so I will have to settle for just one week of beach paradise.
Welcome to my blog. This is one of three that I have but the difference between those two and this one is that I am the only author here. The other two I collaborate on with two lovely ladies. Feel free to follow the highlighted text below to either blog and check out some of the amazing content we have posted there.
Wisco Girl Curves – The Mother Blog
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As for this blog, it is following my fitness journey as well as navigating through life. If you have read my bio, you already know that I have a daughter and I started motherhood in my senior year of high school. It has not been easy and I am still working hard to get my degree while providing the best life I can for my mini me (yes, she looks like me and unfortunately, inherited the sass as well 🙄💁♀).
As far as fitness updates, it will include outdoor adventures as well because posts that only feature what was done in the gym start to become repetitive really quick. So I will write about any and all activities that I do for exercise, gym and outdoors.
As I post about life happenings and events, I would love to hear for you all for any input because let’s face it, we all sometimes have no idea what to do next or how to move forward. The same goes for fitness posts. The more you share, the more fun things can be 😁! I can’t wait to start this journey with you all!