Workout Plans, Making Fitness Something I Love & Finishing What I Started

Bonjour!

Watching too much Gossip Girl is making me want to go to France.

Carrying on.

Wow, this is my first summer with a job, and boy did I ever kill that with deciding to take classes as well. Remind me to never do that again. I am so stressed! Mostly because I procrastinate and don’t do anything, but to justify my stress, I do have an awful lot going on.

In between all of this school and work, I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with fitness and eating. In my attempts to eat more local and soak up the deliciousness of summer, I have made quite a few farmers market trips. Right now in central Texas the tomatoes are ending, there are lots of peppers, basil, okra (which I don’t like), squashes, melons, figs and peaches. So my fruit intake has been almost entirely peaches lately.

In the fitness department, I had been in a huge HUGE rut for about 2-3 weeks since the end of June. I worked so hard all through June that my body just sort of mutinied against me. I craved junk I usually don’t and barely worked out at all. Yikes! But I’m okay with that. The toughest part was getting back into it. Last week, I tried jumping straight back into full-force workouts. Let me tell you how much that failed. Also, in typical fashion, I didn’t plan my workouts so I was not motivated at all.

This week is different! I have started this Nike 10K training program, which is giving me a wonderful platform for workouts.

Today is 3 miles! Yay!

In addition to all that running and Nike Training Clubbing, I’ve been fulfilling one of my July goals and taking classes at the Ballet Austin Butler Community School, where I got a drop-in class pass last fall that I need to use. I took a Hula and Polynesian Aerobics class Monday evening and an elementary contemporary class yesterday evening! They were both wonderful classes. Honestly, I was totally intimidated and scared to try both of them. I stopped taking classes last year because I was trying to do advanced drop-in ballet and it was just too much for me not going consistently. But contemporary was amazing because I can use all my ballet skill and it’s much more laid back. I loved the music, and also all the planks and abs that we did as well! These dance classes have been perfect for what I’ve been needing lately. They make working out fun again, which I had lost a little by the end of June. You never want to do things that feel forced (i.e.: reading school-assigned novels), and working out and eating perfectly were starting to get that way for me. Dance is so joyful and something I’ve loved since long before I started running/lifting/spending time in a gym.

Another thing I’ve started again is the Strong Like Susan 30 Day Ab Challenge. I quit for a week or so, but I really feel like I need to finish for myself. Too often I start things then quit them because I over-strain myself in the beginning. This challenge is really intense and challenging. The fact that it’s 4 sets messes me up too, because I like constantly-changing workouts and hate doing the same 3 moves over and over again. So to finish it off I’m only going to shoot for 3 sets and I’m just taking it as it is! You always feel better when you finish something, so I want to get that sense of accomplishment, even if I don’t see that change I would have had I stuck to the challenge perfectly.

Final note: Don’t forget to sign up for August Motivation Mail! The ladies who did it for July are having a blast receiving their packages and I know it really means a lot to get special mail.

Au revoir,

A

 

Essential Oils

Today I’m sharing with you a little personal review of the new DoTerra essential oils I recently purchased from the lovely Rachel of HealthTruth!

Essential oils are natural oils extracted from plants… they’re nature’s remedy! As described by DoTerra, “Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.” (source)

I started out with the sample pack of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint oils. They are all perfectly suited to my needs!

The very first oil I used was Peppermint for a stomachache. I rubbed two drops on my abdomen and about 30 minutes later I felt so much better. So far I’ve also used Peppermint to relieve a headache, help me focus while studying, and as a breath freshener. I absolutely love the stimulating scent and the cool tingling on my skin. I have a road trip coming up as well as can’t wait to use it when I’m up in the middle of night on my driving shift. My thoughts on this one are that I love the versatility in both remedy and ways in which you can “take” it (aromatically, topically, internally).

Next is the oil I’ve been using every day: Lavender. Every night, I’ve been putting a drop on my feet and pillow. The scent is so, so soothing and has been helping me fall asleep. I also used this one on mosquito bites and it helped a lot. This is another one I’d like to try on my car trip to help with motion sickness. Currently, I’m in the process of testing this one on my lips to help with dryness. The scent of Lavender is lovely and I love walking in my room to the smell.

Finally, I have Lemon. This has been my least-used. So far I’ve only put it in a green smoothie and water. It adds a delightful, true lemony taste, which for me (living in a dorm) is extremely convenient! I don’t have to cut up lemons for my water! Other than that, though, I haven’t used Lemon for anything else.

I’ve been using Tea Tree oil for quite a few years for foot fungus issues, so I’m not entirely new to the idea of essential oils. However, DoTerra has opened my eyes to the extremely broad spectrum of oils available and I can’t wait to try more! These oils are exceptionally high quality. I would highly encourage you to try out their Introduction Kit. And if you’re an essential oil believer, what are your favorite oils? Do you have any good uses for Lemon?

Thanks Rachel for introducing me to these wonderful oils!

-A

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