Sunday, December 27, 2015

Holidays Savoured...

Happy Holidays!

I hope you all had a Merry everything and that you were able to savour all the goodness from this holiday season!

No doubt...

I've been enjoying my time with family and friends....

and the puppies of course!

And I couldn't be more grateful for all the love that surrounds me.

If anything...

I've be able to sit back, relax and enjoy all of the moments to just be, without rush.

And, as the New Year is just around the corner...

My plan is to relish in the last few days of 2015, readying myself for 2016.

Until then...

I wish you nothing but the best and look forward to catching up soon!

I'm off to bake now :)

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Simmer down...

Have you ever had to unintentionally pause for a moment or two because it felt like life was handing you a reason or purpose to simmer down a bit.

In others words...

Something, someone or some event in your life led you to take a break from your daily doings only to realize that there was a lesson to be learned as a result of it? (when you least expected their to be one?)

I know for me...

Life has been thrown me a few memos in the face reminding me to stop and breathe more frequently because perhaps I haven't been............enough.

And breathe...

If anything...

These unintentional pauses have been shedding some light onto (and into) those things that perhaps I need(ed) to give more attention to or...

Less thereof.

Be it from my exercise routine, to my daily, habitual doings, to me writing over here on my blog...

The shifts and breaks in my day-to-day dos have reminded me of my need to continue to go with the flow while, opening myself up more to the groove that be life because...

If I don't take a moment to whine down (and I continue pushing forward) I risk not being able to learn more about the direction in which I am headed. (I won't have an inkling about the path I am or will be on because I will not have taken the time to stop and smell the roses.)

Or FUlly enjoy what is meant to be savoured.

No doubt...

There isn't only one right path to follow but yet....

Many more that include twists and turns so...

I need to keep my eyes wide open and my feet flat on the ground ready to walk on the many roads that await me while...

Enjoying the scenery of course.


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Monday, December 7, 2015

There is no plan...

I like to plan. I like to plan a lot.

Even when I try not to plan anything, I find myself planning. (Completely unintentional)

I'm also a creature of habit. I like habit. It gives me a sense of knowing.

Like knowing that this cup of coffee is going to do me good.

Having said that...

I also enjoy discovering the path towards the unknown and the flexibility I have inwardly to deviate from one direction to the next. (Flexibility, like an elastic, has its limits too so although I do allow myself to expand, I do also have my boundaries - some that I am able stretch out more than others and others not. But of course, it all depends on what is being stretched ya know?)

I mean....

I know myself and I know how much more I prefer moving at a steady pace rather that going at an unstoppable rate(Mind you, sometimes the fast lane is FUll lessons to be learned along the way even if you are going fast without many opportunities to press on the breaks! And in this particular case, the lesson and reminder would be to pause and breathe.)

But whether we are going fast or slow...

We are bound the come across many of the ebbs and flows in our life journeys that we need to appreciate the fact that everything won't always go as planned - steering us in different directions and leading us to move at a different pace.

**

So in essence...

I can't plan everything (which is okay!) , despite my habitual self in an unpredictable world but...

What I can do is...

Have an open mind with an intention to learn while not losing sight of myself because there is shift in the 'usual'. (Isn't it in the 'unusual' that we are likely to see and find meaning in our very selves and others? Be it in the way we accept and move forward  or, by choosing to stay still until we are able to FUlly digest the unusual at a more manageable pace?)


If anything...

Things aren't always going to go as planned and...

We aren't always going to stay on the same path so...

We need move forward and ready ourselves to expect the unexpected while of course...

Not forgetting to breathe.


Question for you...

Do you like to plan? 
Are you okay when things go off-plan?

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Missing Spice in My Workout Routine...

Over the past little while...

My training has shifted quite a bit in terms of what I've doing more and less of.

Over the summer months....

I was running a lot. (I was addicted to lacing up and breathing in the freshness of the air)


After feeling a tiny pinch of pain just under my knee (old stress fracture)...

I decided to take my running inside with the intention of slowing it down a notch. (Which I did.)

Despite the shift in my routine...

My weight training was always on schedule (more or less) no matter where I was taking my running or, how much slower I was going. (Side note: I am happy to report that I was able to head back outside later in the summer season)


Most recently though...

I felt like I needed to add some more oomph to my workouts.

In other words...

I felt like I was missing something....

Something that would enable me to push myself a little more somewhere, somehow.

Well...

To make a long story short....

My training over the past couple of months has been filled with more than just oophm.

It's been filled with something that now leaves me wanting more of what I've been doing.

What's that exactly?

A take on Tabata style training while using a super cool, stand alone piece of large equipment intertwined with different 'stations' called a rig (some say rack). In the rack, we do a number of functional and strength training exercises.

Furthermore...

We will use the rig to perform many of the exercises chosen for our workout of the day which we put together prior to the class. In other words, a circuit type workout that is meant to target specific muscle groups. We also add in a cardio component to keep things rolling (and our heart rates up).

To give more detail, the Tabata style of interval training will consist of:
  • 8 rounds at 4 minutes each
  • 8 pre-selected exercises
  • 20 secs on
  • 10 secs rest (in between each exercises)

(the number of rounds and exercises we do vary depending on what circuit we draft up - the variable(s) being in level of intensity and whether we are target training - but that's the joy in it, that it's completely adaptable to what we are striving to achieve, it's ever-changing while still being functional and fun!)

Needless to say...

I've been loving it! (And my time spent in the rack!)

I've been craving the next workout challenges!

Although challenging...

It's been making me feel allliiiiiiiiiiive.

Welcome to the new rack (rig) at my gym!
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It's also been making me see and feel more of my strength, both mentally and physically.

If anything...

The interval style workouts, the exercises at play and the maximum, controlled efforts has opened my eyes and body to new limits I didn't know I had within me.

Like all things...

We have to learn to embrace the new and get over our fears of the unknown.

FUrthermore...

We have to open ourselves up to learn what may not be familiar to us, explore our potential, discover parts of ourselves we didn't know were in us and...

We need to push ourselves beyond what we think is possible! (It's great to be comfortable but sometimes a little more oophm can be a great awakening for our being!)


**Looking at the rack we use in our training can seem intimidating at first but that's only a matter of perspective because really, it's a piece of (impressive) equipment used to perform numerous exercises. So don't shy away from it because there is nothing to fear. Plus, you won't know until you've played in the rack to realize how fun(ctional) it actually is!**

I think it goes without saying...

That oophm I've been craving has been met beyond my expectations! (Playing in the new rack at the gym plus adding in X Fitness classes into my routine has been awesome!)

Heck...

Perhaps this type of training is the missing spice in your workout routine! (I know it was for me!)

Post XFitness class smiles and faces :P

Questions FU You...

Do you incorporate Tabata style workouts into your exercise routine?
Do you fear the unknown with a worry that you may not be capable of doing something you have not yet tried?

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