Motivation Mail

Hello!

Wow. I am blown away by the amazing response and feedback on motivation mail (for Tone It Up members). Thank you all so very much!

I tried to get on twitter so I could share pictures of everyone’s awesome mail, but for some reason it’s not letting me go very far back in #motivationmail history!

Here’s what I could grab for August motivation mail:

First is the mail I received this month from the lovely and so sweet @lisaocean !

 

I’m in love with the bento box. I used it tonight for the snack I ate while working the front desk at my dorm. Also, you can’t really see the stickers or little picks, but they’re ADORABLE. Thank you thank you thank you Lisa!

P.S. This mail came all the way from Japan!

Next up is the mail Brittney (@BP1143) received from her partner @CaitiTIU!

Uhm who doesn’t love snack bars?!? And I have yet to try PB2- what a great idea!

Finally (for now): Jenn’s (@JenFlo3) mail from @ElleBraley !

 

A Jillian DVD? How special!!! And cute headband 🙂

If you’re looking for other ideas, I love seeing all the different teas everyone drinks, all the different homemade snacks, cool local items, hair accessories and cute cards!

I’ll add more pictures as I find/see them.

Thank you all for your participation!

-A

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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

 

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