I’m Had a Corny Moment, But I’m Good Now.

Yesterday, I created a video blog for you all. I wanted to spice things up around here. I tried to upload it, and Miss WordPress wanted me to upgrade this blog for $100. Lol. No.

So I tried to upload it to YouTube. No luck. This morning, I tried to find other options. No luck. Out of frustration, I ALMOST reached for my debit card. However, there was one problem:

This was not planned out at the beginning of the pay period when I created my budget. It wasn’t an emergency, so I couldn’t justify going into savings for it. I can hear some of you right now saying:

“Bookworm, you need to lighten up and live on the wild side sometimes!”

I would have to disagree. I know myself. Giving into wants here and there is how  I would get into consumer debt. That’s right. No consumer debt here. I’m not above it, I just don’t like the bank or companies having dibs to my once a month teacher paycheck.

I like to read blogs, watch videos, and listen to Podcasts for reinforcement. It works.

My Favorite Money Blog: DoubleDebtSingleWoman.com

My Favorite Money YouTuber: FrugalChicLife 

My Favorite Money Itunes Podcast: Dave Ramsey  (I usually don’t agree with his politics, but I still like his sense or humor and overall spirit of helping people better their relationship with their money).

Do you have a favorite money personality? Sharing is caring!!!

 

 

 

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Double Unders

How do you feel about double unders? To me learning how to do them will be the “easy way” out. I say this because if a WOD (workout of the day) consists of jumproping, it usually will be recorded like this on the whiteboard:

“50 double unders or 100 single unders”

Seeing a person do a large amount of double unders at CrossFit is very impressive to me. But then again, I am easily impressed at CrossFit anyway. Well, I finally got out of the admiration stage, and did the following things:

  • Bought a proper jump rope. It is measured to my height and it is lightweight. It cost me about $20.
  • Downloaded an iTunes app for my phone geared toward performing a tabata (20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest).
  • Began doing a 5 minute jump rope tabata about 3 times a week. I do this before the WOD begins. I usually foam roll after the WOD on these particular days. ( On a side note, I go to CrossFit 4-5 times a week.  When I began CrossFit, six months ago, I was going twice a week and running 3-4 miles two other times a week).

Result: I can do double unders in the following set

Single Jump

Single Jump

Single Jump

Single Jump

Double Under!

Repeat

WooHoo!

To Be Continued.

Mobility; or Lack There of……

As most of you know, basic weight lifting requires proper form. Proper form, in this case, requires mobility. Mobility equates to flexibility. Physical flexibility is something that I have always had to work at compared to other athletic peers.

Years of running has left me with muscle memory that isn’t very corporative in the respect of CrossFit. One resolution is to buy proper footwear. I has no idea that regular tennis/running shoes are wrong for weight lifting/CrossFit (if you are serious about doing it long term). Apparently, one needs “zero drop” type shoes. I need to find cheaper hobbies.

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My second resolution is to resume yoga at a studio that I used to frequent years ago. I would resort to YouTube or exercise DVDs, but I need some degree of “coaching” or, at the very least, mirrors to ensure that proper form is being executed. I was thinking that I would show up one or twice a week for the month of July. I don’t want to do anything too rigorous, like hot yoga. I am thinking more of a restorative class.

I have done some research online, and the consensus is that yoga pairs well with CrossFit. It appears that yoga and swimming laps pairs well with every type of fitness/sport out there. I think in regards to CrossFit, yoga works well because one can view both of them as methods of conditioning that just so happen to go hand in hand.

This Week’s Exercise: 6/15/14 through 6/21/14

This month has been really productive concerning fitness:

Monday: CrossFit

Tuesday: CrossFit and Ran 3 miles

Wednesday: CrossFit

Thursday: Ran 3 Miles

 

Last Saturday, I ran a long run of 7 miles. I haven’t been having any knee issues either!

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Since I have not committed to any half marathon races in the foreseeable future, I am going to keep the mileage under 7. The past three weeks, I have been going to CrossFit and meeting friends for a 3-4 mile run afterwards every Tuesday and Thursday. It is getting too hot for that.

I want to transition into a routine that I can maintain when the school year resumes. Since the month of July will be the hottest and I go back to work at the end of July. I am leaning toward the following:

Monday: CrossFit

Tuesday: Run 4-5 miles

Wednesday: CrossFit

Thursday: Run 4-5 miles

Friday: CrossFit (Those are the really taxing workouts because they are Hero WODs. I will more than likely scale those days).

Weekends: Rest days/Make-up days (For if I had to skip a workout).

 

My Fitness Is Improving, But I’m Ready To See Some Abs!

A wise man once told me that the first place you gain weight is the last place you see improvements. So if that is the case, then I suppose the abs are in route. I am already a health weight, and I see the changes in my arms, shoulders, and gluteus. I will just bear in mind that patience is a virtue and rock on. Here is my workout for this past week:

Tuesday: CrossFit and ran 3 miles with the running group

Wednesday: CrossFit

Thursday: CrossFit and ran 3 miles with the running group

Saturday: Long Run of 5 miles with the running group

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 (The Bookworm is currently reading It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways. It is basically the Paleo diet on STEROIDS. There are some good points, but overall it seems way too restrictive.)

Week 4 of CrossFit: Save Your Excuses.

As I meet more people through CrossFit and running, excuse making (in respect to exercise) tends to correlate with poor planning. You see, as you get to know people and their life story, the common theme is that no one has an easy life that allows them to effortlessly workout (even it appears that they do). I have learned many creative tactics that I use to stay in my workout routine, from people that are from many walks of life. Their number one tactic,  is that of a  local support group. None of the other tactics include making excuses, enabling excuses, or seeing sympathy for excuses.

 

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Back to my CrossFit experience, thus far. Well, I am seeing results. Not yet in the mirror, mind you. But my strength stamina is improving already. I think it will be quite a while before I see physical results because I am already in shape. The very idea of going to CrossFit after a work day, changing to workout, and completing the WOD (work out of the day), was exhausting. I was only going two days a week. I’m used to this routine now. This week (considering my stamina improvement), I would like to begin going 3 times a week (3 weekly visits will be my limit).

My goal is to CrossFit 3 times a week and run twice a week. My cardio right now is two runs a week, in addition to CrossFit. If I run out of time, or the weather is bad, I go to the gym. There, I use the elliptical machine or arc trainer for 40 minutes. The only caveat to the gym is that once your body is used to running and CrossFitting, the gym really doesn’t feel like much of a workout.

I Had BEST See A Return On My Investment!!!!

Daily Prompt: Que Sera Sera

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, I believe that I control my own destiny. The obvious caveat is that it appears to get more difficult as I get older. It is pretty easy for me to reflect on this, because I am an educator for 13 year olds in the system that I was a student at.

At 13, I began school sports where I had P.E. during the school day, and basketball practice afterwards. Adequate rest, hydration, injury prevention, and weight maintenance was not a concern.

At 23, I began teaching. I had just lost that excess college weight, with a mild amount of effort. At this point, I was conscience about resting, and minimum weight maintenance. I still didn’t care about hydrating, injury prevention, or a whole lot of things.

At 33, I somewhat envy the carefree mindset of the 13 and 23 year old. At this point, adequate rest, hydration, proper fueling (for successful workouts), and injury prevention is a moderate concern.

Many females say age 40 and up is not physically kind to females (YOU KNOW WHAT I GETTING AT…..).  I say that age 25 and on have been unkind (physically) to a lot of males and females. A person cannot always prevent accidents, horrible diagnosis such as cancer, and the overall aging process. However, we can all put in the good fight and make a healthy lifestyle a priority. It can’t be done individually. It will take the support AND/OR respect of family, peers, and friends.

How Are You Toward Health Goals, Easy Going Or Stubborn?

Daily Prompt: Never Surrender

One thing that I am adamant about is NOT setting myself up for failure.  When I choose a goal or challenge, it is natural for me to be gung ho about the situation. If I fail at the goal, I usually make modifications or plan smarter when I revisit said goal. Sometimes this takes weeks, months, or even years. In a future blog post, I may tell you about the first time how I was gung ho to train for a half marathon and quit because of my hair. YEAH I SAID IT, HAIR. A year later, after proper planning (to include cutting my hair off) not only, did I race my first half marathon, but I went on to complete my first full marathon.

With that said, I am modifying my lent goal it to allow decaffeinated coffee. Bear in mind, I am not necessarily participating in lent for religious purposes. I wasn’t raised Catholic, so I don’t know a lot of the details outside of the bible verse that Jesus fasted for 40 days. I am using this time period to challenge myself health wise. How has your lent period been going thus far? I understand if you opt to keep the answer to yourself.

What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

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I decided to give up coffee for lent. People’s perception of me is like the picture below. That is not true. I was like the picture below  AFTER I TRIED to give up coffee, for lent,  two years ago.

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DETAILS:

I am not fasting from all caffeine; just regular coffee.

I know the bible mentions (somewhere in the New Testament) that you are not supposed to openly discuss what you choose to fast from. However, publishing this post is helping transfer this exciting energy (about my lent goal) into something productive.

I will keep you updated (a little bit).

Yes, I just thought of this.

Yes, I am about to go out and buy a fair amount of green, earl grey, black, and herbal teabags.