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Stuck Inside? 7 App!

Man does this weather have me feeling like…blah!

Snow and cold followed by more cold and more snow. Add in the wind and it’s a recipe for being locked inside.

I’ve attempted to be extra mindful of getting outside for a walk with my little man every day that it’s possible through this winter season. My rule of thumb is:
-above 40 degrees
-minimal wind
-at least partial sunshine

Some days has meant bundling up – lots of layers, ensuring ears and fingers are covered and a snowsuit for the little man. Other days has meant strolling in t-shirts (literally – the randomness of weather recently leaves my head spinning)

We’ve managed to get out there pretty consistently around 3-5x a week. And the rise and fall of hills within our neighborhood elevates my heart rate and leaves me knowing I really got something for my efforts.

The added benefit of fresh air and sunshine also simply cannot be argued.

But…we are heading in to week TWO of no-go for outside strolling. Week three isn’t looking a lot better.

Admittedly, I didn’t do anything inside to make up for it last week but I’m looking in to this week thinking “MAN! I’ve gotta do something!”

We don’t have a gym membership, nor are we interested in that added expense so I’m back to the drawing board about how to get some indoor exercise in the upcoming week (and yes, I have a treadmill, but it’s sooooo not calling my name).

I remembered the 7 app.

Anyone heard of it?

A seven minute workout facilitated via the app (and you can elect to do several cycles – the choice is yours). The “trainer” will tell you what move is up next and the built in timer will alert you when it’s time to start/stop/rest/start again.

I’ve also been known to mostly use the app for the timer and incorporate whatever “moves” of my own choosing if there are certain areas I’m wanting to work on more.

Truth be told, there are functions of the app I haven’t even tapped in to. For example, staying consistent can mean earning hearts/rewards, there are daily challenges, you can compete with friends, etc. AND the app can be launched right from you Apple watch, if you so choose.

So, between this and a beginners yoga YouTube workout this is how I intend to squeeze in a little workout for the body this week. Looks like there might be one…maaaayyyybe two…days in the week we can get outside.

But I’m not holding my breath.

What indoor workouts do you love?

And I mean LOVE. Not just tolerate for the sake of checking exercise off your ‘to do’ list.

Clearly my lineup needs revamping so entire weeks don’t pass me by while I stand at the window wishing for sunshine, clear sidewalks and warmer temps.

Please, please: help a girl out and comment with your indoor workout loves below.

And if your weather is super gorgeous right now, take in a few deep breaths of fresh air and stand with your face to the sun an added moment or two…for me!

New Year & Vision Boards

We are half way through the first month of our new year. Happy 2020!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and have had opportunity with the start of the new year for a little bit of rest and re-grouping.

No?

Yea, me either.

Our holidays were wonderful but there’s been little in the way of rest and re-grouping. We’ve been clipping along at a pretty steady pace; riding in the new year on a wave of sickness but life moving forward as it does nonetheless.

So…I’ve been wondering…how many of you set resolutions for New Years? How many of you are still on track with resolutions you set? How many forego the setting of New Years Resolutions because…what’s the point?!?!

I once read the average resolution dissolves within the first two weeks – one month, at most.

Yikes!

Might a propose a different approach? Even if you set a resolution you’re still on top of. Or one that’s already tanked. Or skipped the resolution setting all together because you know yourself too well and didn’t want to even bother….

How about creating a vision board?

A tool I used a lot when working with adolescents in therapy: vision boards work in a similar way to other visualization exercises and are proven effective.

Visualization, put simply, is mental practice.

When we put in to practice very detailed and specific visualizations (pertaining to whatever goal) the same areas of the brain are activated as though we were physically doing the activity. It also increases motivation, confidence and self-efficacy.

Visualization primes the brain and sets us up for success!

Sports psychologists use visualization techniques with professional athletes all the time as performance enhancer.

That’s right. It’s science y’all.

When hung in a place often seen, a vision board takes us through a brief visualization exercise (whether we know it’s happening or not) every time our eyes meet with our masterpiece.

This year, rather than get all wrapped up in New Years Resolutions, I set out to create a vision board (mine actually ‘lives’ in a planner that I use daily).

Putting your dreams and desires out into the universe also has a powerful impact. Similar to speaking out loud daily personal affirmations, and having faith in that which is yet unseen.

Here’s the trick, though: while your board should certainly include material things you’d like to have, things you’d like to do and stuff you wish to accomplish, the board should focus more-so on how you want to FEEL.

Because lets be honest: when we FEEL our best, all those other things tend to fall in to place for one reason or another.

So…how about it? Ready to ditch the resolution for (or, at least add to the resolution with) a vision board?

Getting started is easy…..

Start by thinking about how you wish to FEEL in the coming year.
Brainstorm and jot down notes about what is most important to you: in the way of accomplishments, and things or experiences you want to have.

Then, find ‘stuff” to glue to your board that represents the ideas you have brainstormed. Magazines, old calendars, stickers, and brochures. I even used Christmas Cards before they were tossed in the recycling!

Your representations only need to make sense to you so don’t feel the need to find things that anyone would “get” without explanation. Also, don’t feel pressured to explain your board to anyone else…unless you want to, of course.

When finished, proudly display your board where you will see it often!

Re-visit your board as frequently as makes sense for you! If you quickly discover that your board isn’t serving as inspiration and motivation, or you are rapidly achieving what you have envisioned for the new year, have a do-over!

Don’t let fear of not being overly artistically inclined deter you from this exercise. Cast those fears aside and just start creating!!

The new year is a blank slate. How will you color it?

-H

Photo Credit: Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash

Movement Monday: Standing Abs Challenge Check In & Green Beans

When the garden knocks…you answer…immediately.

The best time to preserve anything – whether canning, freezing or drying – is 24-hours within picking. Or sooner, if possible.

Waiting means the freshness and quality of the food is being compromised (tomatoes has been the only exception to this rule that I use simply because you want them to be as ripe as possible and that sometimes means having to wait a touch).

And what’s the point in putting in all the work if you aren’t going to have a high quality and fresh final product?

Yesterday before it warmed up I got out into the greenhouse and did a harvest.

Tomatoes and green beans galore!

Shortly after I set to work getting 8 pints (the max my pressure canner can hold at a time) of green beans canned and on the shelf for winter eats.

If you’re interested, here’s a post on how green beans come to be a delicious treat long after the garden is gone for the season.

It’s time consuming but oh-so worth it!

In other news…I wanted to check in with those who outreached either via the comments on the blog or personal message on FB with interest in the Standing Abs Challenge (<– link to challenge).

How are y’all doing?

Admittedly, I started off strong and have already fallen off the plan (weekends when there’s a lot going on KILL me!).

So I have some catching up to do.

As I mentioned previously, if you miss a day, you be the boss of you and figure out how you want to address those missed days.

Maybe you skip them all together.

Perhaps you double up a couple days until you’re caught up.

Another option is to exercise through rest days until back on track.

I’m for sure going to make up all the missed reps but haven’t quite decided if I’m going to double up or work through rest days.

If you didn’t jump in on Sept 1st, you’re still welcome to join the fun. For those who’ve started already….I’m interested to hear how you are doing…and if you did anything fun over the weekend. Shout out below!

And have a beautiful Monday!