Bring it 2012!

Posted on December 29, 2011. Filed under: Everyday Me | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Where did 2011 go?! There are only a handful of hours left in the year and I don’t even remember if I made any resolutions that I have neglected – gah! I have decided that I am going to ‘pen’ (or blog) my 2012 resolutions to better help hold myself accountable, but before I can think about what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year let me take a moment to reflect on where I’ve been in 2011.

2011 year in review…
Overall 2011 seemed to treat me pretty well. I was able to finally get married to the absolute best man in the world, and it was a beautiful day. It was absolutely lovely and I could not have asked for more from that! The wedding is definitely falling into the wonderful category of things that 2011 gave me. I was able to attend a few management courses that really opened my eyes up to how young I am and how much I have the ability to achieve. It has definitely made me want to take the bull by the horns in 2012 and start doing things for me instead of everyone else. That is a powerful feeling.

2011 wasn’t all rainbows and happiness though. There was a lot of unnecessary drama and strife that did not need to be a part of my year. Having survived the year I can really reflect and say that wow, I have learned a lot! Life has a funny way of really pushing you to limits you didn’t realize you had. I am a strong woman, and every time something pushes me a bit further I realize just how much stronger I am – that is a powerful feeling people!

Having all of this, mostly, behind me I want to make sure that 2012 is one for the record books in a great way. I want to set out some initial resolutions and goals to help me stay on a good track this year. Here goes for my resolutions…

2012 Resolutions

Be a healthier me. I do my best to work out and eat healthy when I can, what I want to start doing is making this more of a priority. If you need an excuse to get out of working out, give me a call – I could easily rattle at least 20 excuses off of the top of my head. In 2012 I want to try to make working out part of my everyday, or most days, routine. Really focus in on getting some cardio, doing my pilates and trying new things. I love doing BodyPump (by Les Mills) but I want to expand, try some yoga at a yoga studio and work some dance into my weekly routine. I really believe that keeping your workouts fresh helps you stay engaged in them, and that is the path I want to set out on in 2012. As for eating, I am very good with portion size, so I just need to keep that up, but where I could use some work is planning my meals out in advance. I get into ruts where I feel busy and choose working out over cooking and then come home to chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. I really enjoy cooking, it is just so much fun to me (I even have a blog of my cooking adventures: http://creativecrops.wordpress.com) and I know that there are ways I can cook good, hearty meals in a small amount of time. I just need to reframe my thinking – the 1/2 hour I spend watching The New Girl is 1/2 hour I could spend whipping up a better meal than chicken nuggets…

Carve Out More Time for Myself. I have been told that I am a giving person, and that is such a wonderful compliment. I love giving – whether it be gifts, my time or money I enjoy helping where I can. Helping others too often sometimes leaves me stressed out and wishing I could be doing other things which builds up such resentment. I need to learn how to better carve out some quiet time for myself and activities I enjoy doing and I need to do them. I joined a book club so I want to make sure that I keep up with that in the New Year. It is something I like and it is a group of women that I do not normally socialize with so it is refreshing every month when we meet. I think being able to learn how to better say ‘No’ without guilt will allow me to improve myself overall. I think I could even squeeze in some cooking classes and dance classes to help with my resolution above, which is extra positive!

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. A hobby of mine is worrying. I’m not sure how I fell into this rut, or why, maybe it’s because I’m the oldest child and live the farthest away from my folks but I’m here. I have started making great strides this year in not sweating the really small stuff. One huge victory – on my wedding day our limo ran out of gas, I took a deep breath and just laughed it off. I decided the Monday after the wedding I would be able to deal with that dilemma but on our big day it was definitely not the stress we needed, and that was definitely a HUGE improvement on my ‘normal’ behavior. This is something I want to keep working on. If there is nothing I can do to change it then I just need to stick it to the wall and walk away; just time to let it go. I think I can definitely accomplish this. The small changes I have made so far in just letting things go have made a good difference, and one that a few folks have complimented me on. It’s nice to have people note that you are able to let certain things go and have a good outlook. I am still always going to be a NJ girl so I’ll still always be the first to stick up for the underdog and myself and not let bigger things go, but the small things – just chalk them up to life and move on. I can do this!

Start Journaling. I have become very good at making books, I bind them and fix them up all beautiful and then I give them away. In keeping with doing things for myself, I’m going to make a book or two just for me, and it will be fab! I think journaling is a great way to let some stress of the day out and remember what is important. I plan to focus a bit on what went on during the day, and what made me smile that day. I think that years from now looking back on these journals will be a fun reminder of all the great things in my life and how far we have all come. I am most excited for this resolution.

2012 can definitely be a great year, and I think my resolutions will be attainable and realistic and will hopefully bring about long-term positive changes. I know I may not have as many resolutions as the common man but these are what I want to work on and focus on. They may seem a bit lofty but again I think that they are small changes that make a big difference and these are things that I have wanted to focus on, January 1,2012 is just a good excuse to start holding myself accountable for them. Good luck to everyone out there on their resolutions – just stick to them and you will be able to achieve them! So bring it 2012, because I’m ready to make some great changes!

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The Get – Fit Chronicles : Spinning

Posted on March 5, 2009. Filed under: Fitness | Tags: , , , , , |

So me and so many other Women, and people in general, try to get fit a few times a week. I am going to try post often with updates, advice and hints I find along to the path to better health and fitness – I hope it will keep me on track, I’m very active in general just not as structured with working out, but I should be.  Personally, I go to the gym or work out at home almost every day, at least I try. SO in an effort to really up my game I decided that I would try out spinning – what a workout!

Is is just me or is this one of the most difficult exercises to get into? I’m not sure if I can’t just get into it or if it’s not for me or what my problem is at this point. I have never been a quitter but lately I just can’t get through an entire spinning class, like at all. My first class was great – 1/2 hour session I really worked hard and felt that workout with every subsequent step the next day but now, about 1 month later, I’ve hit a wall.

What really stinks about this wall though is that it’s mostly mental. I know that my issue is in my head – I think a small bit of it may be upping my cardio game outside of the bike as well. At first my knees were quite a pain – I couldn’t get comfortable on the bike and it seemed like every instructor had a new way to fix the issue, luckily the issue turned out that a) I didn’t use enough tension and b) that my seat was too close to the handle-bars. So once the knees were fixed I think I jumped into spinning a little too quickly. I quickly moved from 1/2 hour classes to 45 minute classes and then attempted an hour long class which for me lasted only 20 minutes and that may have been too quick of an advancement for a beginner (I was just really excited to get into it and maybe I burned out?). That class was much more difficult than the others and really was challenging not for my legs but more for my breathing. I felt like I didn’t have the appropriate cardio training for that class and I need to get to that training. As frustrated as I was I left that class and moved myself over onto the treadmill and did a great job/sprint combo for about an hour. I just still can’t get past this spinning wall though.

I refuse to give in and say that spinning is not just for me – because it can be for me – I want it to at this point! But I need to really up my cardio game in the meantime and give spinning all I got. In between spinning days I do some light lifting and abs so I may start throwing in some cardio on those days too in other ways – a different stationary bike, or even treadmill/running work. Anything to get the spinning train moving for me!

If you are a ‘super spinner’ or just good at it – how did you get there? Did you train at all? Any advice to get me over this mental block and back on the bike succeeding?

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