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Have you ever felt like you need to go back to square one?
I feel like I need to go back to the beginning, to find the place where I loved and wanted to work out. To see what I saw in exercise in the beginning, to get re-motivated and refocus on what I want and what I need out of life.
I feel like this is a very common feeling for most of us at one point or another. You wake up one day and say, where did I go and how did I get so unmotivated? For me I think once I got married things got hectic, the stage of going from single to married, independent to a couple was not as easy for me as they make it look, although I never really expected it to be easy…You take on new responsibilities and have to put the other person first at all times, and it is human nature to want to be selfish, most people just simply don’t admit that. But it is also easy to go too far in putting the other person first, causing you to forget yourself.
It is easy for a relationship to reach a plateau, and then have to move forward and for you both to progress and grow you have to struggle and push and commit to working. Its a constant state of ‘we’re working on it.’ And along with that you realize, hey I gotta work on myself too…because the more you know yourself and your needs and values, hobbies, likes and dislikes, the more in-tune you can be with your significant other.
The balance of all of this is hard to establish. I find that I need to re-prioritize and get back into my normal fitness routine so that my mind can be clearer and I can be a healthier person for myself, and I believe that this will inspire my husband to do the same.
I refuse to be a person that falls into a rut and never gets out, or tries to fill spaces with things that shouldn’t be put there in the first place, because change starts with you. Admitting you need to change is the first step!
That’s enough of my bantering. Happy Monday followers, today lets all focus on moving forward and being the best we can be!
On Halloween night me and my hubby made some fun Halloween drinks, and watched movies (we only got one trick-or-treater so we had to find something to do!) So here are some fun Halloween drinks to keep in mind for next year:
1. Halloween Horror
1 oz Vodka
2 dashes Blue Curacao
1 dash Grenadine
Fill with orange juice
2. Lady Apple Cider
1 Oz Maple syrup
1 Oz Apple cider
2 Oz Vodka
Splash of Club Soda
1 Lady Apple chopped up
3. Bloody Murder
1 1/2 Oz. Rye wiskey
1 1/2 Oz. Pomegranate juice
1 Oz. simple syrup
1/2 Oz. fresh lemon juice
And throw in a gummy worm for good luck!
1 c sugar ( I use raw cane sugar)
1/2 c butter (unsalted)
1 tsp vanilla extract ( not imitation because that can have caramel coloring which has gluten in it) if you can get apple extract go 2tsp of that instead of the vanilla
1 1/2 c Bobs Redmill all purpose gluten-free flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 c of apple cider
2-3 tsp of almond, hemp or hazelnut milk
1/4 of a big apple or 1/2 a small apple, I used honey crisp. We have a ninja blender so I simply added the slices and pulsed them up into small diced pieces
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
Should take 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees
1/3 c organic vegetable shortening
1/8 tsp salt
2 c gluten-free organic powdered sugar
2-3 tsp apple cider
1/4-1 tsp of extract depending on personal taste
To make it taste more like fall spice, I add ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. It honestly does take quite a bit of spice to get the identifiable taste of spice into the frosting, this step is a taste as you go because its all personal preference.
I got these little cupcake skewers at Marshall’s. I love that place right now because of all the little cupcake kits they have, they are too cute!
Combine equal parts cinnamon and sugar, and put in a bowl or in a shaker and dip or sprinkle one half of the frosting part of the cupcake in it. Also throw some cinnamon and sugar on a plate. Cut little apple slices. Run your finger vertically through the cinnamon and sugar on the plate so it looks like stripes then take your apple slice and press it into the stripes. Ta-da striped apples!
Put it all together and your done
Most of us know how to do crunches and push ups, we know we should do some cardio etc. But lately there seems to be a new trend in the work-out world. The not-so-normal work-out routine….
Maybe some of us have no clue that other types of workouts exist, but many I’m sure some have realized there is a change in mentality going on here, exercise that is more of a hobby than a tedious task on the to-do list. And oddly enough a lot of these types of new wave experimental exercises have been inspired by strippers, circus performers, dancers and more.
In my town aerial aerobics studios (that house classes like aerial yoga, aerial silks, cloud swing, lyra etc), pole dancing hot spots, and Zumba classes have been popping up like wildfire. I have even noticed a push towards the new in the current Under Armour commercial where a clip shows a girl doing sit-ups with an aerial hammock (or to some a cloud swing).
With all of this stuff popping up, I decided I should share my experiences of trying these exercises with you.
Trying something new never hurt anyone…..(just kidding, because you will come out a little bruised!)
I started out taking aerial hammock classes (one piece of fabric looped from one or two points), these are great for beginners, because generally the rig isn’t too high, and it is easy to get into. If you are flexible aerial classes will probably be good for you, but if you have no upper body strength, I urge you to start out at a beginner level doing aerial yoga or hammock ( these classes use the same set up). They are a good way to get you used to the general idea.
I have also tried aerial silks (two dangling pieces of fabric from one or two points), once again if you are not strong, develop strength first, because you will need to climb by wrapping your foot a certain way in the silks and use your legs to inch up while your arms hold you. I honestly wasn’t the greatest at this because when I tried I was rather weak.
My best friend is amazing at aerial, and it is so amazing to see someone do this when they have really dedicated time to it. She went from beginner to actually being in the circus in roughly two years, but she also took classes 4 or more days a week.
I have also tried Lyra or Aerial hoop, this is my favorite. It tend to be more expensive for these types of classes and honestly you either like it or you don’t It can also be dangerous because it is a large metal hoop suspended, I ended up hitting myself in the back with the hoop at one point and had a pretty large bruise Lyra truly looks beautiful and is quite burlesque when done right.
Pole dancing: I am currently taking classes in this. Most beginners find it really hard because they don’t get it right off the bat, and the footing is not always easy to get. I can do all the beginner moves even though my footing is poor because I have a lot of strength. It really takes time to get used to and it quite a challenge but is really fun. You most likely will bruise the first few times in between your legs and on the top of your dominant foot.
These types of exercises can be really fun, but on the down side can be frustrating because they can be hard to adapt to because you end up using muscles you never would, and most people do not get them right off the bat. But, if you take them as a challenge and apply your mind to them it can be such a great change from the gym because you are mentally stimulated. The classes can also be very expensive depending on where you live, especially if you are in a big city because they have had these underground pockets that have been doing this for quite some time. To save money, you may want to try to do some classes first and invest in some of the equipment for your home.
I personally am in the process of shopping for a aerial hammock, lyra, and pole for my basement, which initially is very expensive but if it is a hobby it is cheaper than taking classes which usually are upwards of a hundred dollars per session.
I would love to hear about others and their experiments with new types of classes and maybe even find out about more new wave trends that are popping! I would also love to hear from anyone that has installed any of these types of equipment in their homes, perhaps they can help me with the rigging!
To start, I am sorry to all of my followers that I haven’t posted much lately. I want you all to know that I am not going anywhere. I will be getting back into the swing of things and should be writing regularly again soon.
Things have been so crazy around here lately. I feel like I have been sucked up into some sort of whirlwind since the wedding. All the sudden it was here, and then it passed and I have no clue how it could have went so quickly. I mean honestly its September…almost October! I cannot believe this!
It has been pretty tough to adjust back to life after the Wedding and Honeymoon and all of the tasks and hype etc, and all of the rush and time flying by makes you feel like your in a dream sometimes. As you can tell by my previous post it made me question how I got here. And don’t get me wrong I am happy as a clam but sometimes it all feels a little crazy.
I wont lie, because this is my place to be honest. I haven’t really gone to the gym regularly like I did before and cant really seem to get back into a routine (especially after a honeymoon where I just did whatever I wanted and sat on the beach in Aruba lol). But I have been taking strip-fitness classes and am really loving it. I’m really good at it..who knew..maybe I was a stripper in a past life.
Anyways, I definitely need to prioritize what is important and obviously that is health (eating & fitness) or I wouldn’t have this blog lol. So, I am asking two things…one- readers who have missed me let me know if your still there and what types of information/changes/post any ideas you have for stuff you would like to see on my blog in the following months, and two-how have you made yourself get re-motivated after a period of change in your life. I would really love to hear some words of wisdom!
Its kind of funny when you get married all of the confusing thoughts that run through your head. The one that I just cannot seem to get out of mine is the ‘How the heck did I get here?’ thought. There is a song by The Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime that I find describing my situation quite well. I cannot believe I am old enough to be married, it feels like just yesterday I was a little kid, but then all of the sudden things progressed in the blink of an eye and I am looking at my soul mate. How did I get here? How is it possible that I have a husband who is perfect for me, a beautiful house, a good job and so much more. I am so grateful for all that I have but it is so confusing to grow up.
Just a post about my random thoughts.
What amazing photographers we had.