I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready for fall. Summer was great, but long; now I’m ready for some cooler temperatures and a new season of autumn colors, and of course…pumpkin everything.
I am pretty sure I did everything on my summer bucket list.
1) Planted a vegetable garden – check
2) Enjoyed some time at the beach – check
3) Traveled the country – check
Now I’m ready for my fall bucket list. Which includes, apple picking, pumpkin picking, haunted hay rides, and fall festivals. Not to mention decorating (which I have already done for fall) for Halloween.
In addition to that, I’m creating some new fall routines for my health (mind, body, spirit). I have started attending a small bible study once a week and I practice meditation/prayer every morning as soon as I pour my first cup of coffee. After my morning meditation/prayer, I do some fasted cardio, which is really just a brisk walk with Abby, or maybe some rowing or airdyne bike before breakfast. Speaking of bike. Check out my new ride.
I love it. I have been biking around town doing errands and my new Tuesday routine is biking to aerial yoga. So far I have only done two classed but I love it!
I’m also switching up my nutrition a bit. Even though I eat healthy most of the time, I find myself slipping into old habits and honestly I”m not feeling my best. So I have some small aesthetic goals I want to achieve. However, I want to enjoy the process and not feel restricted. I have been on the fence about whether I should start working with a nutrition coach. I know how many calories, and macros I need to accomplish my goals, but it’s nice to be held accountable. However, it can be expensive to work with a nutrition coach and I’m not sure I want to start tracking everything and counting macros mostly because it’s annoying and makes me batshit crazy. Plus every one is doing it nowadays and when everyone else is doing something I usually don’t. Never been the popular girl that way.
However, I do like the science behind it and sometimes its like a game figuring out the right combination of foods. Kind of like a puzzle.
I know I have to enjoy it to make it work. I really get annoyed seeing people get so pissed off because they can’t eat something because it doesn’t “fit their macros.” That’s not living and being overly restrictive can cause disordered eating in some people. Recently I heard a podcast where the women went on and on about how they were burnt out on counting macros and eating the food they needed to meet their numbers. That’s when things get crazy. If it doesn’t bring you joy, then why do it? I have written other blog post about macros and I really do think there is a healthy way to do it. As long as it’s temporary, you’re enjoying it and it gives you a better understanding for what works for your body. Anyway, for now, I’m just making some simple changes to my nutrition and limiting some of the fat, eating more protein and healthy carbs and keeping track of my “macros” (eye ball roll) for a couple of weeks. As long as I feel good, in a healthy place mentally and seeing results, I’ll continue to do it on my own, it’s to be decided if I choose to hire a coach.
So now that school is back in session I have started teaching pilates classes again. Which I just love. Of course I’m still training clients too. I’m in the process of making some changes to my business. Working on more small group training. With goals to teach women the importance of positive body image, as well as healthy effective exercises without over training and under eating. Right now I’m just starting to game plan but I’m excited for what’s to come.
I still want to post more videos on Justmejennb and recently was asked to create videos on youtube for pilates. I have to do some research but I have to admit, youtube scares me a bit. I barely read the comments but when I do, people are harsh and most of them don’t know what they are talking about. Besides it seems like everyone has a youtube, blog, or podcast these days. There’s not much that hasn’t been done. Am I right? I prefer to work with real people in person. It’s so important we make human contact in the world today. There is value to human touch, eye contact and live conversations. Sure, online programs and videos are helpful and there is definitely a place for them, but I think our society is losing touch with reality sometimes. It’s no wonder why there are so many depressed people out there. It’s partly because we are missing real human connection, real friends and conversations. They have been replaced my FB friends, texting, and online communication. We need to bring back human relationships in real life.
Anyway, sorry about the unexpected rant. LOL! For those of you looking for a good workout, I posted one below. I did it last weekend and hit just about every muscle in my body, and since I can’t be with you showing these exercises, I have included youtube videos of other people doing them. Ha! Perhaps I do need my own youtube channel ;)….
Full Body Workout
Warm up first 5 to 10 minutes
10 tall step ups ( I used 24 inch box) each leg
10 Banded Hip Thrust (I added a Plated Press to this as well)
Rest as needed after each round.
Sled pull and push ups. (You will need a sled and plated weights for this workout)
55# sled sprint 100 meters
5 Push ups
Rest :30s and repeat
Always cool down and mobilize after your workout.