Seriously Though, Why Don’t You Workout?

Get Real

For real though, why don’t you work out?  We all strive to be in shape, healthy, AND eat whole pizzas or five chocolate chip cookies at once.  Now you have me thinking of these sweet, freshly baked, oh so soft cookies with melted chocolate morsels inside!   Don’t you want to shove all five in your mouth right now?   I kind of do, but guess what, I am not going to.  Now what? 

Self Battles

First of all, there is a thing known as self-battles.  For some, it is deciding what to wear in the morning.  If you are Mark Zuckerberg you probably don’t have this problem on a daily basis because he has a thousand identical shirts.  Or maybe we can’t decide on how to get our nails done or what birthday gift to buy.  Ok, gift cards work for most people, but still, which gift card do you purchase??  These are all decisions we contemplate on making.  The big question still remains, why don’t you work out as much as you want?  Why can’t we challenge ourselves and make it happen?

Obstacles and Barriers

Yea, there are obstacles and barriers.  I mean, I cannot count how many times my son has left Legos and Superheros on the floor in the middle of a walkway.  Btw, I am saying this was a barrier to where I was going.  Guess what happened, I picked them up and continued on my way.  Yes, he was sentenced to a five-minute timeout when I saw him, after school, that is.  What are your restrictions and barriers?  Time, what about time?  Everyone has the same 24 hours in one day or is this a bologna statement?  Who even likes bologna?  Not me.  

Create Opportunities

Alright, alright, this is the part where I tell you about creating an opportunity out of nothing.  Did you ever hear, when you want something bad enough, you’ll get it?  Well, I am not saying that because I want to win a million dollars and save all the lost puppies in the world, but let’s be real.  My fantasy wishes may not come true and unfortunately, all the puppies in the world will not be saved.  Sad thought.  However, everyone can be healthy and stay accomplishing healthy goals.

Make it Happen

Enough of the pep talk, I will teach you my ways.  Let’s use time as an example.  Typically, people work 9-5, come home, make dinner, relax a little or take care of little ones, then head to bed.  Of course, people work different hours and hold different responsibilities.  The good thing is these tips are useful to everyone in every situation. 

Here is how you will make time for little exercises throughout the day.  You will take the time you are already working with and turn it around.  These are beginner steps, nothing huge!  Think about the things you are doing already, this is in no particular order, watching the news, showering, drying your hair, daydreaming.  I’ll admit I do quite a bit of daydreaming.  Getting your kids ready for school, cooking dinner, washing clothes, drying the clothes, and whatever else you do, the list could go on.  Remember, this is beginner stuff.   Just analyze your daily routine and how you can squeeze five or ten minutes more into each task or do more than one thing at the same time.

How many commercials do you see while watching the news?  My favorite commercial is the Schick Xtreme 3 Commercial from 2015, where the guy shaves his head right before an interview, the one you have probably seen at least one hundred times.  What are you doing during commercials?  Want an idea?  Grab some dumb bells and start working those muscles during commercial breaks.  Don’t have dumb bells, go to the cupboard and take a couple things of canned goods or water jugs, they all work the same.  Here’s another tip, while you are standing there drying your hair, march or walk in place, get those feet moving!  While you’re in the laundry room, take five minutes out and do some lunges, squats, or jumping jacks, these are all great exercises.   What about creating some workout time while you are waiting on your dish to heat up in the microwave or the stove to pre-heat, walk in place for a few minutes or seconds, every move counts.  Believe me, you can do these easy tasks, I know you can!  Don’t feel silly doing burpees in front of the microwave, you are improving your health and your body will thank you!

You are already about the workout, gym life and want tips on making healthy eating choices or creating healthy habits?  I got you!  Start small or medium, which ever you prefer.  There is no such thing as go big or go home in this story.  Small tasks include making a switch, once a day.  Instead of grabbing a soft drink, go for a water.  I know you really want a second donut when you see a box just sitting there.  Believe me, we all want at least two sprinkled donuts per day, but save some for others and only treat yourself to one.  Limitations are key.  I am not a person to bet except when I make friendly bets with my son on who can run to the car faster or jump higher.  Create healthy challenges with your friends and family, they will all love you for it.  What about changing your routine?  Do you always drive to work or the market?  If you can, try walking the entire way and if that is not an option, park further from your destination and partially walk or bike there. 

Emotional Feels

Are you a ball of anxiety who covers up emotions with food?  I totally get you and am here to help!  Stressed from work, a partner, friend, child, pet lizard, or something else and think ice cream and fudge brownies will help?  You guessed it, these treats are a distraction to the emotions you are facing.  Besides, you better share those fudge brownies with me!  I know you’ve heard it a gazillion times, but working out can and will heighten your serotonin levels, leaving you feeling happier and less stressed.  A little personal, but I used to be on high doses of anxiety and depression meds.  Now, I work out during these times of high stress and anxiety.  Yes, there are times when I cannot make it to the gym, but I bust out some exercises at home or wherever I am at and have no need for medication anymore.  I am not a doctor so don’t stop following your doctors’ orders.  However, there are alternate and healthy ways to redirect your energy, positive or negative and get the most out of life.

Just Do It

Overall, there are many ways to treat your body right and improve your health.  Take simple steps and you will get there.  Yes, you might see me marching while I dry my hair or jump roping while waiting on my son to get off the bus.  But, hey, this is me making an effort and you can too!  Give me twenty pushups right now.  Kind of kidding, but seriously do it.  Stop letting excuses stop you from accomplishing your goals.  Do not cheat yourself, I know you (the one reading this) can make it happen!  So do it, now!

 

Thanks for reading.  What are some exercises you do throughout the day? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How I Gave Up Caffeine & You Can Too!

I thought, I’m not like everyone else, I don’t drink coffee. Yes, I tried it, but I didn’t enjoy the taste. I did not like flavored, iced, hot, steamed, or any other coffee. Coffee is life for some and maybe one day I will be a fan, but not today. Instead, my daily caffeine consumption included drinking three or four energy drinks a day. Rockstars, Red Bulls, Monsters, I drank them all. I would grab whatever can the convenient store had in stock. One time, I bought three cases of Red Bull and a case of Rockstar cans from Amazon, only once, I swear.

Caffeine comes in many forms and whether it was tea, an energy drink, or a straight shot of espresso, I liked it. Sometimes, I would go wild and drink a double amount. I thought, two shots of espresso, score! Then, a couple hours later go back for more. What did this feel like? Like a caffeine god was delivering me a much-needed boost. But, what I left out is the crash and after effects. To avoid a caffeine crash and calm my anxiety, I distracted myself with games or projects which required more caffeine to keep up. Looking back, I was in a revolving door filled with caffeine. Kind of weird to imagine.

Today is the day I will stop drinking caffeine, I said to myself. Then I thought, is this where the “cold turkey” saying comes into play? If so, then I went cold turkey. At least, I think this is ok to say.

Day 1

Woke up. No caffeine. My mind and body was mad, why are you doing this? Caffeine was like legs to walking for me. Needless to say, the morning was rough, I was tired and feeling like someone stuck in a slow-motion Snapchat filter. But, I pushed through and drank a Naked juice instead. Anything that says Naked is a good idea, you cannot tell me any different. The juice seemed to help with energy, but I still felt tired. Soon enough I went to bed and was looking forward to the next day.

Day 2

Buzz. Buzz. Buzz. The alarm went off and I was not ready to get up. I pushed the snooze button about three times. Ok, ok, I am up, I said to myself. My son and I then got ready for our day. We walked to the bus stop, he jumped on his yellow school bus and I went on the Port Authority bus to work. During the bus ride to work, I felt myself drifting to sleep.Similar to the day before, I found a Green Machine Naked juice and drank it. My energy level from the juice was different, I did not feel anxious or agitated by the smallest things, but instead felt revitalized and ready for the day. Day two was a success.

Day 3

My plan was to wake up early and workout prior to leaving for the bus stop and work. Instead, my body could not deal with the lack of caffeine so I did not start my day off as planned. After all, only three days have passed without the consumption of caffeine. I figured this would take a few more days to get used to. On another note, I did not fall asleep on the bus as usual, but my mind wondered off a couple times at work. Luckily, my charm made up for my attention span that day.

Day 4

 Did I really get to day four without caffeine? YES, and I was proud of myself! But, what was happening left me at shock. I was not dragging or crashing throughout the day, my stomach did not feel bloated, and I could think more clearly. So far, it took four days to get out of the caffeine trap.

Day 5

Why is it that when you are trying to stop something, America pushes it at you? Everywhere I went my favorite caffeine filled drinks were on sale and to top it off, my co-workers invited me to a new coffee place after work. Although I do not drink coffee, I would have most definitely joined my co-workers and grabbed some espressos or something to fulfill my energy need prior to this week. Well, I went and I enjoyed myself without having to live off caffeine.

Day 6

We are on day six! I mean, six days went by without consuming a single drop of caffeine! To my surprise, my mood was better this week than ever before and I was not falling asleep or drifting off throughout the day. What a game changer! Only one more left, did I make it?

Day 7

Woohoo, I made it and you could too! I thought this challenge would be more complicated than it was. I’ll admit, I cheated a little bit, I replaced caffeine with natural juices and vitamins. As you can see, giving up caffeine helped me relax in a positive way. Overall, this was a great experiment which helped me realize I was better off without caffeine.

Tell me about your caffeine habits and what works for you?…

How to Love Your First Regretful Tattoo Now

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My first tattoo

My first tattoo was done out of a basement when I was 17 years of age.  Where were my parents, you ask?  Well, I lived with my grandma at the time and she was always playing cards with her friends. You see, I had some freedom at this age. In fact, maybe a little too much.  

About 10 years ago, (or longer) I wanted my first tattoo because my older friends had tattoos on their body.  Plus, getting a tattoo looked fun.  Little did I understand, this ink was never coming off and I would learn to love my both of my playboy bunny tattoos.  Yes, go ahead and laugh!  

What does my first tattoo look like?  Here you go, check it out.

What about today

Now, being a mother, community member, and business professional I smile when others ask about the art displayed on my shoulder and back.  Most of all, these tattoos represent more than art.  Both bunnies bring me back to a daring experience I was proud of.

My first tattoo was a little skeptical, I am almost positive the guy never asked me my age.  But to my younger self, this was dope.  Of course, I am not advocating underage tattoos.  The process began when I told him my tattoo idea.  As a preview, he drew the perfect playboy bunny logo and spelled out my name in cursive on a piece of paper.  Then he transferred the drawing to my skin and filled his tattoo gun with ink.  Finally, the playboy bunny and Christina masterpiece was complete.  On a side note, if you ever forget my name, it can be seen on my upper arm.  Must I add, the spelling is correct.

How to love your regretful tattoo now

Why do I love these tattoos?  I admire my younger self for being brave and daring.  I wanted something and went after it.  The first move is a big step, they say.  Did they say anything about getting a tattoo?  I think so.

The memory and what a memory remains.  I can still remember being excited about the idea and even more excited when the tattoo was complete.  Some of my friends were hyped about my choice and some were not.  My parents did not take this well, but they got over it.  After this incident, I became more open with my parents and gramma because they accepted my choice  Of course, knowing they could not erase these bunnies.

This opportunity has allowed me to love who I am and what I represent.  If I never got two bunny tattoos I would not be who I am today.  Overall, I have respect for those trying new things such as adding art to your skin and mad respect for artists assisting people with their dreams.  

 

What do some of your younger year tattoos look like?  Do you regret them?  How do you admire this art?

 

Love always, 

Christina 

 

 

The 5 Second Rule is Life Changing

Image from https://twitter.com/melrobbins.

What is the 5 Second Rule?  

You drop something on the floor and still eat it within 5 seconds of hitting the ground?  Of course, I trust your decision and believe me I would eat that chocolate chip cookie too!  Similar to a missile, our minds have 5 seconds to “blast off.”  Strangely enough, this specific rule makes reference to Mel Robbins 5 Second Rule.  

The first time I heard this rule I was hooked and listened to Mel’s entire Ted Talk. However, if you know me, concentrating while someone talks for over an hour is not an easy task.  Furthermore, I sometimes catch myself daydreaming while doing something important like tying my shoes, thank god velcro shoes are trending?  Currently, they are trendy, right?.  Now, let’s get back on track.

How the 5 Second Rule has impacted my life in a positive way.  

To start, about three months ago I gained the opportunity to find my true calling and suitable career.  In my case, I became happy, sad, motivated, and depressed, all at the same time.  Ultimately, I was not sure how to launch new life goals and set off personal missiles.  

The power behind the theory?

 “Here’s the one-liner definition of the 5 Second Rule: If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=supVPLOHWPg&t=1853s).   On the same token, this rule showed me how to get a jump start on my personal goals,  For example, waking up early, cooking breakfast for my son, Carter, working out, networking, and career searching.  Ironically, as humans, we may all delay our actions when we don’t feel like doing something.

Reach any goal!

Most importantly, we can reach any goal with this rule.  In addition, we can break bad habits and enable positive habits to breakthrough.  First, by counting down, 5-4-3-2-1 then by making moves towards our goals.  In fact, everyone has a 5 second window to act on an urge or idea.  Otherwise, our brain kills it.  Above all, we can accomplish anything we act on within 5 seconds!  

Here are a few links to additional Mel Robbins videos worth watching.  In my opinion, these websites are life changing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=supVPLOHWPg&t=1853s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWcv3yo2DR0

 

Tell me what you think.  At any rate, how can this rule help you?  Please comment below.  

 

Love Always, 

Christina 

 

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