Monday, January 1, 2018

Resolution??? YEP!

What's great about today...

It's January 1st, day 1 of 365.  I warned you, I am a resolution person.  I also warned you, it is usually fitness.  Well, at least I'm honest and to be fair, I gave you a few days to get ready.  Here we go!  This year I want to get leaner.  It's hard for me to say I want to lose "x" pounds, because I don't have a set number.  I want to get leaner, NOT skinnier.  I am one of "those" girls that likes a little muscle on her body.  No, I am not talking 'bodybuilder', but rather, "um, yeah, SHE works out!"  In order for me to do this, yes, I will need to lose some pounds for sure, but I don't have a specific number in mind.  It may be 5,10,15, it may be 30.  I don't know.  I am not scared of the scale.  In fact I laugh at the scale and sometimes even have to step on it to prove my claims.  I don't let that thing dictate my happiness or worth. Why? Because, it is JUST a NUMBER!  With all that being said, I love, love, love to workout!  This is my saving grace, my sanity saver, my feel better move, my frustration release.  I need it!  Unfortunately, due to medical reasons (which I will be touching on later) I have had to take a hiatus from strenuous activity.  But guess what?!?  That 6 week limit has expired.  SHE'S BAAAACK!!!!  I am pumped too!  Don't be mistaken though, taking that long of a break makes it extremely hard to get back in the swing.  I know this, so I have been prepping and pep talking myself for about a week now.  Planning and scheduling is already in the works.  I love to challenge my body and keep it fresh by changing my routines.  I plan my own workouts usually with some inspiration and ideas from others.  My bachelors is in Human Performance and Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science, so one might say I am "eat up with it".  I really do love this stuff!  I also understand that not everyone does love this stuff.  Some get frustrated when it comes to fitness. Maybe the hang up is "What do I do?" or maybe "Where do I go?"  "I don't have time."  "I can't afford it."  I'm too self-conscious."  Y'all, I get it, really I do.  In order to stay on track, I decided to design a monthly exercise challenge for myself and I am sharing it with you!  This is a simple, super short workout that focuses on one area.  This month is the core.  Our core is a mega important part of our body that helps us with all of our day to day activities.  It is often neglected and then...that's when the pain creeps in.  This month's exercises are all variations of the plank. Actually, the plank targets other areas of the body including upper and lower body muscles. Before you say it...Yes, you have muscles. They are there, trust me.   Click on the link here January--Plank Challenge  then find the tab with 'Jan-Plank'.  I've included the exercise on each day.  I also have the method I am using down at the bottom of the calendar.  I love HIIT training. I will speak more on this later too.  I like using time rather than reps.  Perform each move for the time listed (20 seconds) then rest for the time listed (10 seconds) .  Repeat this process as directed.  The entire workout will take you 5 minutes.  Wait, did y'all hear me?  5 MINUTES!!!! That's it! Now, let's be clear, this alone will not produce a 50 pound weight loss or a Size 10 to a 2, but it's a start.  Remember, we all have to start somewhere.  What's great about this is that you can do this anywhere. Really, like beside your bed,  in your kitchen, living room, hallway, garage, backyard, anywhere.  No equipment needed AND you can modify these moves to your levels.  I'll be doing this along with my other workouts.  I will have demonstrations of each plank variation and some modifications on my Facebook Page.  Don't worry, rest days are built in so if you miss a day, don't quit just make it up later.  Grace, people, Grace!    After all, tomorrow is another day!

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