At-Home Fitness Resources You Should be Using!

Hello again, friends! I’d just like to say real quick that we’re on the 11th day of the month, and this is my 11th post of the month! I’ve stuck to my Blogtober challenge so far… but we’ll see how the rest of the month goes!

Yesterday I mentioned that one of my tried and true ways to save money was my working out at home. I’m definitely not as diligent as I should be, but I have found a ton of great ways to get my sweat on in the comfort of my own home or a minimal price (some of them are even FREE!)

BLOGILATES || Price: FREE!
I’ve been following Cassey (the creater of Blogilates) for so many years now, and I’ve loved doing her workouts via YouTube. Her workouts are short and INTENSE – I love picking a few and doing them together to get a great comprehensive workout. She posts a new workout calendar every month so you can follow along with a pre-made workout plan if you don’t want to have to think up something for yourself. She even has a beginner calendar if you’re getting back into fitness and need to start at a slower pace.

DO YOU YOGA || Price: Free!
If you’re wanting to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to yoga, this is for you. They offer a free 30-day yoga challenge, and the workouts (are they still called workouts when it’s yoga?) are delivered to your email inbox every day. They get your feet wet and teach you the essentials and it’s a great way to reset your mind and body for 20 minutes a day.

POPSUGAR FITNESS || Price: Free!!!
This is seriously one of the best resources out there! They have printables, they have videos (seriously they have ALL THE VIDEOS!!!), they have it all! You could seriously find workouts to do every day and never need another resource ever!

LES MILLS ON DEMAND || Price: 10 day free trial, $13/month
Y’all. These are INTENSE. But they are SO GOOD! I used to go to a gym in college that offered Les Mills classes and I got hooked! They are high energy and high intensity and you WILL be crazy sore for at least 3 days after doing one of these.

PINTEREST || Price: FREE!!
This one is pretty self explanatory. You can search for workouts that you want or muscles that you want to target and go from there!

BBG || Price: $55 (oof I know… but it’s kind of worth it!)
This one is very expensive yes… but it’s only a one time fee and then you get to keep the workouts FOREVER!!! People swear by these workouts and they are HARD. Even the easy beginner workouts leave me super out of breath!! The BBG community is huge and will definitely keep you motivated.

DVDS || Price: varies
This is probably the obvious one that you thought of first, and they’re great for a reason! You can find what works for you and do them over and over. I have a few that I cycle through, but the 30-Day Shred DVD is one of my absolute favorites!

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Yoga on the Bridge

When I first moved to Dallas, I started looking online for fun things to do. One of the first things I found was for Yoga on the Bridge, and I was SO BUMMED when I realized that I had missed it by only a few weeks. Fast forward to this year, and you better believe I was there doing yoga on the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge along with 1,092 other people!

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This was such a cool experience! I started out my day at Chino Chinatown for the most delicious brunch I have had in a really long time. I had Tres Leche French Toast and it was actually more delicious than it sounds, if you can believe that! I met up with a few other ladies (from a Meetup.com group!) and we had fun eating and talking and getting to know each other better. (Shout out to one of the gals, Chelsea, from The Dancing Runner!)

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The yoga session was awesome. It went for an hour and was easy enough to do for someone who is still a beginner (ME!), but I think that even someone who is really experienced still enjoyed it. Thankfully we got a good spot near the middle so I could hear the instructor really well!

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The weather was absolutely phenomenal. I can’t even say enough how perfect it was! The temperature was in the upper 70s, there was a nice cool breeze, and the sun was shining down the entire time. The only thing better than the weather was the location! I mean, we were in the middle of a giant bridge- how cool is that!?! It had a great view of downtown Dallas and really the only slight negative was that you could feel the bridge shaking due to the cars driving on the other side. (Yes, they kept half the bridge open to cars! Don’t worry, there was a concrete barrier AND a fence so it was plenty safe.)

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I’m so glad that I went and I’m already looking forward to going again next year! I need to keep doing yoga so that next year I can be even better and more confident during the session!

March Goals – Fitness

New month equals new goals! Now that February is done, it’s time to focus on my resolution for March, my fitness.

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I really want to take this month and focus on myself and by the end, I would like to be a stronger, fitter, healthier me. Some things I would like to really focus on this month are:

Stretching – Every night before going to bed, I want to stretch and be more limber. I used to be SO BENDY in high school and college, and then that just stopped. I still remember the stretching routine we used in color guard (it was amazing!) so I’ll be busting that out again.

Walking – Getting a Fitbit has really motivated me on this one already, but I want to walk more every day and hit 10,000 steps! Going on a walk every afternoon at work helps, but I want to try and either go on another walk when I wake up OR when I get home from work. My friend Allison and I even talked about going on walks “together” aka talking on the phone while we walk outside. That will be so fun!

Working Out – Apart from walking, my goal is to do a real, actual workout at least 3 days a week. That might not seem like much, but it will work for me for March. I have lots of workouts saved to Pinterest and I’m excited to try some of them out!

Try 4 Classes – I want to branch out and try some new workout classes! I’m planning on doing yoga on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge this next weekend (I’m hoping to get some good pics of the skyline!), and I know a lot of gyms offer free or discounted classes for newbies, so I’ll definitely be doing some research on that!

So that’s my plan for March! You should join me in making fitness a priority this month (so that way I don’t have to do it alone!!)

Running for Beginners (Learn to Run 1 Mile in 1 Month!)

Hello friends! Are you like me? Do you want to get in shape but just don’t know where to start? Do you get out of breath even thinking about going for a run? Let’s change that!

I used to jog off and on in college and I really enjoyed it. I would go outside when the weather was nice, run around campus, go through my favorite park or neighborhood, and just enjoy some time with myself. And then I fell out of the habit and I have been having the hardest time getting back to it. I was back to square one and needed to start all over. I needed to learn how to run again!

I made a little plan and wanted to share it with all of you! I just finished with it and am proud to say that I ran an entire mile WITHOUT STOPPING! It was not the fastest mile of my entire life, but I still did it and that’s all that matters!

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I printed this out and taped it to the inside of my front door so I could see it and not forget what day I was on. I love crossing things off a list, so this was kind of extra motivation for me! Give it a try and get moving while the weather is still nice!

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Whole30 Week 4 (Plus 2 Days)

Day 22: I don’t really miss many of the ‘old’ foods, but I do miss my peanut butter! I’ve often said that pb is my favorite food, and I feel like my friend moved away. (Actually, it just moved to the back of the pantry… but same thing.)

Day 23: Still going strong! I’m not surprised that I’ve made it this far… but yeah, I’m kind of surprised that I made it this far.

Day 24: Grocery shopping definitely goes a LOT faster when I’m just shopping the perimeter of the grocery store for fruits, veggies, and meat! (Looking for this gif gave me major flashbacks! I vividly remember watching Supermarket Sweep. At 5:30. On channel 12. Why do I remember these things?!?)

Day 25: A bunch of my coworkers went down to Klyde Warren Park at lunch today to go to the food trucks… I opted to stay inside and eat the lunch I brought with me, knowing there would be zero things I could have in the park. So sad.

Day 26: I’m going on a camping trip with my college girlfriends in a few weeks and I’m hoping that eating all the food we bring doesn’t give me a headache or make me feel sick while out at the lake! Maybe I’ll try to bring something healthy like carrots, or chicken, or rice krispie treats… oh wait….

Day 27: I watched the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and now I feel like I need to buy a juicer! I wouldn’t want to have only juice fore very meal, but there are so many juicing options! And the nutrients!

Day 28: I think I fell asleep within 5 minutes last night. That was amazing. That is a great perk from this process!

Day 29: I already have a day planned at the end of the week to go to lunch with some coworkers. It will be nice to have a little more freedom of choice and be able to eat something that I didn’t cook myself! Hopefully we go somewhere with healthier options!

Day 30: I made it- and I didn’t cheat once! (At least not that I know of!) Now I’m looking forward to trying some of the ‘old’ foods again and seeing how I react to them. First up, peanut butter! Oooh that better go well or I will be Up.Set.

Favorite meal of the week: Almond crusted chicken, steamed veggies, and a little golden potato! This is by far my favorite meal that I’ve had this whole time. It was obviously because of the addition of the potato. For sure.

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My final thoughts on this whole process:

I feel pretty darn good, but… I honestly don’t feel that much different than I did before I started this thing. Maybe because people go crazy talking about the Whole30 I expected to feel some super magical transformation? I don’t really know. I’d say that the main difference is that I sleep better and fall asleep much faster. That is well worth it to me!

So… am I glad that I did it? Yes! I might not feel all of the great things that happened in my body of the last 30 days, but I know that it was a good reset on all the crap that I eat on a regular basis. I was also glad that I set a goal and finished it. Yes, it was only for 30 days, but it would have been SO easy to run out and grab fast food, grab that candy bar at the checkout in the grocery store, go out to happy hour after work with friends, etc. I feel like I accomplished something! I also accomplished my goal of not annoying everyone around me (I actually had a few friends thank me for having the mental capacity to talk about normal things, and not try and work the Whole30 into every single conversation. Go me.)

So… will I ever do it again? Sure, why not?!? I don’t think I’ll do it in like…. July… but maybe in a few months or next year I’ll give it another go and do this whole crazy thing again!