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Trying a New Fitness Routine

by Sara on February 27, 2017

Right after I hit publish on last week’s post I realized I need a new fitness routine.  When I schedule workouts it’s always the same two classes by the same two instructors.  While it’s great that I’ve found something I love its starting to feel stale.  I need a challenge!  I’m also struggling to figure out how I want to utilize my ACSM CPT because so far it’s just a really nice piece of paper that’s framed on my wall.

ACSM certification on my wall

After I got my certification there were some other life things I wanted to focus on, a lot of traveling and a lot of holidays.  It was not a great time to run out and get a job training or teaching.  Now that things are settling down I know I need to figure out what my next steps are.  I should be using this time to write more blog posts, or do more fitness things.  I should be learning about all aspects of fitness or deciding what additional training I want.  The problem is there are SO MANY OPTIONS.  I often get so overwhelmed that I end up staring at my computer and don’t do anything.  When the weekend is over and I realize I’ve wasted two whole days the guilt settles in that I wasn’t able to accomplish anything.  Well enough of that.

Maybe I don’t know what the next steps are.  But I’m pretty sure I want to teach a class of some kind at a real studio with real people.  {Even though that idea terrifies me.  You gotta do the things that scare you most if you want to grow.}  If I want to teach a class I have to stop making excuses and start taking classes.  A bunch of new studios have been opening locations very close to me such as Rev Cycle Studio and Core Power Yoga.  Not to mention already existing places like MPower Yoga, and Pure Barre.

So here’s the deal.  I have decided that starting NOW I am going to get out of this rut and start taking some new classes.  Every week I am going to pick a new studio and take as many classes as possible.  {Or as many as I can afford.} and then come back here & tell you all about them.  All about the classes, instructors, everything I love and things that weren’t so great.

So stayed tuned next Monday to see what the first studio is and how it went!

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Getting back on track with goals

Getting Back on Track with Goals

by Sara on February 20, 2017

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It’s mid February, which means if you set a health or fitness goal at the beginning of the year you’re probably doing a little self check in right about now.  And you realize you’re either kicking ass or realizing your fell off the boat a little bit.  So I’m going to get really honest right about now and just say, I not only fell off the boat I plunged down to the bottom of the water.  And didn’t even try to get back out.

I assume that my year started much like everyone else, with the best intentions to make a change.  I used to be the person to make a workout plan first and arrange the rest of my life around it.  Fitness has always been the one thing that made me feel good about myself.  It made me feel strong and bad ass and even if it was just 45 minutes it made me feel that I could accomplish anything.

Lately though, I have been terrible at making a plan.  Terrible in that I haven’t even tried.  Why?  Because the last time I did and got really excited about a non work related goal it blew up in my face.  So I pretty much gave up.  Every Sunday I would sit down and look at the schedule for classes and couldn’t commit to anything because what if a work deadline came up.  I signed up for classes and then the night before would cancel.  Instead of going to the gym after work I just wanted to

I wish I could sit here and tell you I have finally learned the secret to balancing work and personal life.  I haven’t.  I have learned a few things though.

You have to keep going even when you don’t want to
Yesterday I woke up feeling really sorry for myself.  I moped and whined about how I had given up so much of my life for my job which hasn’t been satisfying me lately.  I had given up running because my body just wasn’t having it anymore.  I had given up on blogging for the most part because I wasn’t feeling motivated or creative enough to write.  And the more I sulked the worse I felt.  So I decided to stop feeling pathetic and just go to the gym.  You’re not going to feel better about ANYTHING by sitting around and feeling bad.  I didn’t really want to do anything but I sure felt better once I took the first step.

Just do SOMETHING
Stop worrying about the past three weeks or two months or however many days its been.  Stop worrying about it needing to be the best or most fun, because it probably won’t be either.  You just have to get up off the couch and do SOMETHING.  Just get moving.

It isn’t ever going to be perfect.
I’m starting to think that life hands you disappointments to remind you to stop putting all your eggs in one basket and get better at moderation.  When I ditch my daily sweat sesh to work hard on a work project that doesn’t turn out the way I want I’m reminded not to give up on my outside of work life.  When I lose focus at work to focus on a PR that doesn’t go as planned I’m reminded that my career is important too.  It’s a constant juggling act and I’m so passionate it’s so easy for me to dive head first into something and give it my all.  Sometimes you’re going to get derailed and that’s ok.  As long as you don’t let it discourage you and keep on going.

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I really didn’t want to write this recap.  I almost didn’t.  When I initially signed up for the Baltimore Running Festival it was because I had so much fun volunteering last year and wanted to be able to participate in some way.  Race day came and I was not as prepared as I had wanted […]

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Last weekend I sat down and did something I haven’t done in over a year.  I made myself a training plan.  For a race. Um, Sara didn’t you just post about how running was not working out for you right now? Well yes.. Um, Sara haven’t you been preaching all summer, about how fitness has […]

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Fitting Into My College Jeans

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Ten years ago when I was living in San Francisco for a summer I met a friend who introduced me to the world of designer denim.  Now, as someone going to school for fashion design you would think I would have discovered this a lot sooner in life but I liked fashion more for the ability […]

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Over a fabulous brunch of crab eggs Benedict, avocado sandwiches, and plenty of orange crushes a friend and I chatted about our workout routines of late.  She assumed I was still running and spinning and lifting like crazy, and I had to break the news to her that intact I was doing very little structured […]

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