I must say that I’m enjoying the heck out of summer now that it’s here. The first month of summer has been mostly “chill-time” and working full time at the nutrition grocery store in my hometown, in addition to spending time with my boyfriend, my friends and my family… Not to mention the “me” time I hardly get when school is in session!
The moment summer began I told myself I wanted to learn to manage my stress in a productive manner and get back in to shape. Lucky for me, these two ironically went hand in hand. I began doing Tone It Up®, which I would suggest to any college girl who needs a workout plan laid out for them that they can do in the comfort of their own dorm, at home in their own basement, or in their apartment complex. The Tone It Up® girls can be found on YouTube and Toneitup.com and offer free workout programs, advice, and easy meals/snacks for girls looking to be healthy and happy. I like them because they send out such a positive message to their community and don’t “fat-shame” or send questionable messages to their community of followers. In my future dietetics career, I hope to motivate people the way these girls do. I want to be a health coach and maybe even get a certification in some sort of personal training/group fitness area. Also, might I emphasize that reason this site is so beneficial for college females is not only that it is a great fitness plan but that the fitness plan, community membership and recipes on the site are totally free. If you wish to take part in their additional fitness or nutrition plan it does cost extra (which, of course, I would leave up to your own judgement whether or not you would choose this option).
As part of my efforts to get back into shape I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone of hating cardio and telling myself I was just “not meant for running” and started running outdoors and on the indoor track at my gym. As much as I thought I would dread it I really like it a whole lot more than I thought! I’m using a free app called C25k (Couch to 5k), which guides you from beginning to running a 5k. My goal is to do the Color run at the end of summer this year. Over summer I will update on my fitness journey and yummy recipe creations I’m making
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, much love!
I’ve said many times before in my blogs that I’m not athletic. And, honestly, I’m okay with that. However, that being said, I’ve always wanted to take part in one of Fontbonne’s fitness classes. The classes generally cost about $10 per six- or eight-week session, so they are well within the “poor college student” budget. Because of my crazily-hectic class and work schedules over the past three and a half years, though, I was never able to take one of the classes – that is, until now.
At the beginning of the semester, I read the campus-wide email announcing the start of this semester’s fitness classes. I was excited to read that yoga was one of the classes being offered, and I was even more excited when I found out that this class would fit perfectly in my schedule.
At first, I was a little timid about taking this class. I’m not very coordinated, and I’m not really a hardcore exercise person. However, after the very first class, I was hooked. Our instructor, Lisi, is absolutely great. She challenges us but always reminds us to go at our own pace. The class truly is a great stress reliever, and Lisi always reminds us to be positive and to realize that it’s okay that we all have different strengths. And everyone in class is great. There’s never any sneering or “I’m better than you” attitudes. We are all working toward our own fitness and yoga goals, and we respect and laugh along with each other the whole time.
Lucky for Fontbonne, it sounds like Lisi will continue her forty-five minute yoga classes through the summer and fall. But sadly, I’ll be graduating, so I won’t be able to participate. However, I’m extremely happy that I was finally able to “get my Zen on” and take this positively-challenging class, if only for one semester.
This topic is perfect for me right now. I’ve recently gained so much weight since I moved on campus and let me tell you, it is not pretty at all. My boyfriend kept trying to get me to work out and eat healthy, but it was so hard and I just kept getting bigger and bigger. Pretty soon I became self-conscious about my weight and decided that it was time for me to start “working out.” I would work out for two days and then stop and go back to my old habits. I felt like I had to do it rather than I wanted to do because it would make me a healthier person. I stopped pressuring myself to lose weight and just decided to do it one step at a time. I first cut back on sodas and now I drink only water. Then I started eating salads, daily and replacing fatty and sugar snacks with grapes, strawberries, and raisins. I do eat meat but not big portions of it like I use to. Eating a salad and drinking water before a meal can help you cut back on over eating. I bought a scale and so far I have lost 4 pounds in about a week. The best key to losing weight is to try and do it naturally. Don’t force yourself because then you’ll feel under pressure and it’ll feel more like a chore that you don’t want to do. Instead of telling you brain, “I can’t have this cookie,” tell your brain “I don’t want this cookie.” Little steps like these can take away huge pounds!
Ah, Spring Break…its been lovely. Its been a time to reconnect with friends and family, relishing in home-cooked meals, and working out! Yes, exercise is a big part of my Spring Break too! I know it’s not the typical vacation activity for most, but its something that I try to integrate into my life daily. Notice I said try! It can be difficult to fit it all in while being a full-time student, wife, and volunteer. I just thought I’d share with you some of my strategies for exercise success.
1. Go in with a plan. I like to write out exactly what I want to do before I step foot into the gym. I write out the exercises, number of reps, rounds, or whatever it is that I plan to accomplish. This ensures that I’m focused and helps me to complete my workout in a timely manner.
2. Create a workout soundtrack. Exercising to music may seem like a no brainer for most? However, I’m suggesting that a separate playlist be made with upbeat music for exercise only. I just think that things tend to go more smoothly when you don’t have to pause and skip the slow tracks. In addition, music is motivating! Sometimes I gift myself with new music just to get me amped up to workout. It’s fun to be surprised with new tunes in the midst of your workout.
3. Enlist a friend. Working out with friends is fun and motivating too! Having a predetermined “date” with a friend sets you up for success. We never want to let our friends down. Meeting a person with a common goal keeps you committed.
4. Check your Fontbonne email. Seriously! Fontbonne offers so many oppertunities to invest in your personal wellness. For example I’m planning on attending the upcoming free yoga classes offered by Student Affairs, Counseling and Wellness division (Wednesdays, 3/30 – 5/4, from 12 p.m.- 12:50 p.m.). This is so perfect because you don’t even have to leave campus. In fact the time of these classes makes it easy to do on a break in between classes. I hope to see you there!