My Pursuit of Happiness and Skinny Jeans

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March Blogging Challenge #2

Happy Hump Day!  Once I make it through today, I only have one more day of work before I am on vacation!!!

But, before vacation time, I have a few things to do…one of them being write this post for the 2nd topic in Fitness Cheerleader’s March Healthy Living/Fitness Blogger Challenge.  Today’s topic:

Share 5 tips to fit fitness into your life.

I’m no expert about this topic, but here’s what has worked for me:

1.  Schedule it:  Put your workout into your calendar and treat it like an appointment or meeting.  I am able to book my CrossFit classes up to one week in advance.  Based on my family’s schedule and other things I have going on, my CrossFit routine has been 8:30pm Monday &, Wednesday, and 5:30pm Friday evening for quite some time. It’s in my calendar and I know not to book other things at those times if I can avoid it.  My family also knows that at those times, I’ll be at the Box.

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2.  It doesn’t have to be a long workout, just get moving:  One thing I’ve learned doing the Whole Life Challenge, is it’s okay if your workout is quick, or even if it doesn’t feel like a workout.  The challenge had us to do at least 10 minutes of activity every day.  This can be anything that gets you moving.  On days when I don’t have CrossFit I try to walk for at least 10 minutes, or do 10 minutes of light exercise – things like squats, hip bridges, sit-ups, push-ups or anything else that gets me moving.  Other things you can do could be: go for a walk at lunch, park farther away from mall or store entrances so you have to walk further to get to the door, take the stairs instead of the elevator.  These are all little things, but if you do enough of them in a day, they all add up.
small steps, big changes

3.  Get friendly with a foam roller.  This was another thing with the Whole Life Challenge.  They wanted us to do 10 minutes of stretching a day.  I got into the habit of foam rolling for 10 minutes before I went to bed.  This was one of the things that I actually kept doing after my first WLC ended.  Every night, before I climb into bed, I roll around on the floor with my foam roller.  It hurts, I creek and crack, but it feels awesome.  I think the fact that I do foam roll every day help my muscles recover from my insane CrossFit workouts so I am ready to go next time I’m at the gym.  Check out this link or click on the image to be taken to the full infographic for how to foam roll like a pro from Greatist:foamroll

4.  Find something you love.  If you find a workout that you love, you will be more likely to do it.  I used to run…quite a bit actually.  But I never really liked it and every training run felt like a chore.   As soon as the race I was training for was over, I would stop running, because I didn’t like it and it was so hard for me.  Then, when I was time to train for another race, I would have to start from ground zero again, and that made it even harder.  It really wasn’t fun ever.  Eventually I decided that life was too short to spend that much time doing something I didn’t like.  Thankfully, that was right about that time that I discovered CrossFit…and I’ve never looked back!  I absolutely LOVE CrossFit and I look forward to every class.  I’m actually sad and miss it on days when I don’t go to the Box.
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5.  Do it with a friend.  If you know you have to meet someone, you are less likely to skip out.  Or, if it is something you really don’t like all that much, having someone to do it with will make it better.  When I did run, the best part of it was the training runs that I did with my sister.  We are both busy with work and families, but we generally ran together twice a week – once for hills and once for our long run.  Hills suck…plain and simple. But, knowing when I got to the top of the hill, I got to run casually back down and chat with my sister, made them suck not quite so badly.  Long runs were just that…LONG!  We would regularly run for 2+hours.  They were hard, but we made the time pass by talking non-stop for the whole time. So, find a pal and get out there and do it!
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Hopefully these tips will help you fit fitness into your busy schedules.

Do you have any tips on fitting fitness into your life?

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March Blogging Challenge #1- Happiness

Hi Peeps!  How was your Tuesday?  Mine wasn’t too bad.  I am in serious countdown to vacation mode.  I even decided to take Friday off to get in vacation mode a little early, so only 2 more work days for me this week!  Wohoo!

So, Janice over at FitnessCheerleader.com is hosting a March Healthy Living/Fitness Blogger Challenge.

Fitness Cheerleader

I going to participate in the challenge in hopes that it will help me blog a bit more regularly. Janice has the topics outlined for the month so I’ve got a set topics to blog about for the next month! Also, this is a Monday/Wednesday/Friday challenge, so only 3 posts a week are required.  This sounds like it is perfect. It will get me blogging more regularly, but the 3 times a week posts seem like they will be manageable.  I guess we will see! 

All that being said, I’m already a day behind in the challenge!  Yesterday’s kick off topic was:  Today (yesterday) is National I Want You to be Happy Day – What brings happiness to your life?

I’ve actually been thinking about happiness quite a bit lately.  Things in my life have been a bit stressful lately and I’ve been a bit bummed.  So, this is perfect timing for this post. 

Obviously, my husband and kids make me happy.  They are the 3 best guys in the world. 

Aside from them, and the rest of my family and friends, here are some things that make me happy:

  1. watching my kids play hockey – I look forward to their games every week.  The games are exciting and I just love watching them.
  2. CrossFit – it is hard and always challenging, but I love it.  My hour at CrossFit is one of the toughest but best hours of my day.  I can forget about everything else that is going on in my world and just focus on the workout.  Plus it is making me fitter and stronger and that makes me very happy. 
  3. our cats – they are crazy and they make us all smile.  I actually want to come back as a cat in my next life..they have it pretty good.
  4. skiing my favourite trail Wardance at Okemo….and I will be doing just that on Sunday when we kick off our Vermont ski week. Everyone in our house is so looking forward to this trip.  This will be our 6th or 7th year going to Okemo.  We go with a big group of friends/family and it is one of the best weeks of the year. 
  5. Starbucks Chai Latte – I haven’t had one in nearly 8 weeks…ever since my Whole Life Challenge started.  I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to that first sip when we hit the drive-thru on our way out of town Saturday morning!
  6. reading – I really like reading, but until quite recently, I wasn’t taking the time to do it.  One of my 2014 goals was to read 24 books this year.  Since I set that goal, I have been reading every day.  I just finished my 9th book earlier this evening and I will start my 10th in a few minutes when I head up to bed and read for a bit before I go to sleep.

There are many other things that make me happy, but since it’s late and I need to get to bed, I’m stopping here. 

What makes you happy?

Have you heard of #100happydays?  I’m going to look into it.  It sounds kind of neat and anything that helps us be happier sounds like a good thing.

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