To the Guy next to Me on the Treadmill

Dear Guy next to me on the treadmill:

I know it’s that time of year when beggars can’t be choosers in regards to the gym equipment. Everyone is still in full-on New Year’s Resolution mode and it probably won’t let up for another couple of weeks, which led you to hop on the treadmill next to me.

I’m sorry.

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Toast to My Twenties

turning 30As I sit drinking what may very well be my last beer in my twenties while I wait for my DIY hair color to set on the eve of my 30th birthday, I can’t help but be a little sad (okay maybe more than a little), a little nervous, and a wee bit anxious.

It  seemed so far away as I’ve been steadily marching toward 30, but now 30 is beating my door down. I spent most of my 20s doing what society expects you to do in your 20s. I was privileged to get to go to college, meet amazing people, get a dog, get a degree, get a husband (in that order). After marriage and graduating twice by the age of 26, I took the leap into homeownership with my hubby and there I sat at 27 with my to-do list for my twenties checked off. I didn’t really have a “to-do” list for my twenties, but if you know me you know I love lists and organization and having everything in writing so I can proudly check it off. I’m the person you see in the grocery store with a printed grocery list, proudly scratching items off as I place them in my cart.

I digress. The point being, my twenties seemed pretty well mapped out for me. There were a few curve balls thrown my way. I never imagined I would be typing this blog post as a police officer’s wife, but I wouldn’t change it for the world; and I never imagined I would graduate with a degree into one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression, but alas what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.

So here I sit, turning 30 tomorrow and I’m FREAKING out. I mean , what do I do in my 30s?!?! It’s like now I don’t get the choice of being an adult or a “free-spirit in her twenties”, but rather when you’re 30 you kinda need to do that thing they call “adulting.” While I drink my beer (which of course is a crafty fancy beer because I’m adulting and you don’t buy cheap beer as much), I can’t help but wonder what my 30s have in store and how appreciative I am for all the learning I did in my 20s.

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Spin Cycle

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I’m back….I know you probably thought I had gotten a crazy book deal and have spent the last months writing away living out a dream. Truth is I fell into the blogging black hole; you have a great idea, write a few blog posts, and then fall off the wagon. I’ve been exercising leisurely and baking from a box…I know…gah using a box. But after a few months of floundering in the exercise department I have hopped back on the wagon…eh, saddle (along with everyone else based on the gym parking lot).

 

I decided what better way to get back in the cardio routine then to drop in for a beginner’s spin class at the gym. Keep in mind I’ve never taken a spin class. I’ve watched all the videos on YouTube and admired from a far. I somehow convinced my hubby, who is an experienced biker, to go with me (I think he just wanted a front row seat to my pain).

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Surf’s Up

Surfset Fitness Board

The Surfset board. I’ve never surfed before, but I imagine this being about as close as I get.

As I sit staring out my window I think two things: Thank goodness I don’t live in Boston and I need to move further south.  We are currently under about a foot of snow (and under another winter storm warning), which for those from up North or from the East is nothing, here in central Kentucky it might as well be 5 feet.   The gym has been closed all week, so I’ve relinquished myself to eating girl scout cookies and trying to workout to the occasional DVD (eating the girl scout cookies has been successful, getting the DVD started and my bum moving has not been quite as successful).

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Warning: Flying Ankle Weights

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This is one of my favorite quotes. Time will pass it’s just up to you how. Image Courtesy of Women’s Health.

Going to a new workout class can be a little daunting and intimidating. I always have some anxiety leading up to a new class. The usual thoughts run through my head… “what if I die? or what if I just can’t do the exercises?”

Going to the gym is even worse than a new class for me. I have mastered the treadmill and elliptical (I mean I can at least get the things turned on), but all those weight machines give me angst. I always contemplate if I’m doing it right or not. I mean there’s only so much help a little picture can give you. Then, in a new cardio class I tried last fall, I realized not knowing how to use a weight machine was not the most embarrassing thing I could do.

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Happy Planning

Sometimes planning meals can make you go bananas, but it doesn't have to!

Sometimes planning meals can make you go bananas, but it doesn’t have to!

If you’re anything  like me, the work week seems to fly by. You have so many things to do and never enough time and then before you know it the day is over and you’re packing your lunch for the next day searching the fridge for anything you can throw in your lunch box. I’ve been known to take a lunch consisting of beef jerky and a sweet potato (I don’t advise that one) or the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich with some random chips. Ultimately, when I just grab something and go with it, I end up not eating healthy and usually starving by 2 or 3 in the afternoon. I only have 30 minutes for lunch, so going and grabbing some greasy burger is usually not practical. During my journey to a healthier lifestyle I have come to appreciate a little pre-planning.

Fitness article after fitness article discusses how important it is to have a meal plan and buy groceries according to your meal plan. Popsugar recently posted an article that not only gives you meal ideas broken down by meal, but also gives you a printable meal planner to begin creating a plan with. If you’re looking for a jump start to meal planning or want some assistance, I would suggest beginning there. They have some very tasty recipes that you may not even believe are actually “healthy.” I really like to make their Red Pepper and Lentil bake on a Sunday and portion it out for lunches the rest of the week. If it makes to much you can just freeze and pull it out later when you need something to eat.

You can find the printable Meal Planner from Popsugar here.