Monday, January 23, 2017

What To Do When You Are Side-lined By Injury

Step 1, grab a spoon. Step 2, grab a gallon of ice cream and find a comfy spot ... just kidding. Although I admit this briefly sounded like a good idea. But since I'm trying not to stress eat, well we all know this isn't the solution.

As most of you know, I've found myself on the injured list again. (Why You Need To Listen To Your Body). And with each injury, I learn something new.

This time, it's my hip, but it stems from underlying problems. My back and pelvis are out of whack which is usually the result of poor form along with weak muscles. And honestly, I'm tired of finding myself here. If I know that my muscles are weak, then I should work to make sure they get strong.

So with this injury, I'm determined to make some changes.

Friday, January 20, 2017

6 Useful Photo Editing Apps For Social Media

This is by no means a comprehensive list. In fact, if you know of an awesome app, please leave me a comment below.

But since I am a blogger, and I am very active on social media, I do use several apps to help me edit and create pictures. And even if you aren't a blogger or a social media fanatic, these apps (in my opinion) are still great for personal use to create great photos.

So let's get started....

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It's All About Perspective

If you are waiting for my weekly weigh-in, it's probably not going to happen. I don't want to step on the scale. Because the hard cold reality is that number dictates my mood. A number on a metal box will either make me feel happy or sad or a little of both. And I don't want to give that number that kind of control.

And I'm currently not looking at measurements either or exactly how my clothes fit. Because the truth there is that they aren't loose or falling off of me. They are however fitting me different. And when I look in the mirror I am seeing a stronger version of myself. I'm seeing tiny muscles emerge that weren't there before. I feel strong.

And I'm starting to see confidence... which is something that I have lacked for most of my life.

But I still have problems with perspective.

I posted a picture of me on instagram,

Monday, January 16, 2017

Why You Need To Listen To Your Body

I had a nagging ache, and I thought it might be more than just soreness. But the truth is, I ignored it. I ignored the something doesn't feel right feeling. I pushed through.

And time and time again, I pushed through.

I suppose I started having a few issues when I had my freak accident last year with the neighbor's dog. (When The Unexpected Happens)  Things have felt off since then, like my body is just twisted. I've always had issues with my pelvis being rotated, and I knew that was an ongoing issue.

But this week after a particular faster treadmill run, I had pain in my left hip. Not just tenderness, but I was feeling pain.

I did back off slightly with exercise, but you'll notice I said slightly.

Yesterday, I hopped on the treadmill for a 2 mile run. I felt the hip, but I didn't really feel pain until around mile 1.80. And of course I didn't stop. I mean, I could make it to 2 miles right? And I did, but I hobbled off of the treadmill. I knew then that I'd really messed up.

Friday, January 13, 2017

My Weekly Recap 1/13/17

I was thinking of a way that I could sum up this week, and I decided to try my hand at creating a video. This is my first one...

So, for your viewing pleasure... (please watch, I worked hard on it  LOL) .... enjoy...

I would love to hear how your week went, so drop me a line in the comments section .

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Workout Of The Week Is Push-ups

I hate them... no.. I really really really really hate push-ups. I guess the reason I hate them is because they are so hard for me. But if you've read my previous post (How I'm Learning To Do a Pull-up) then you know that I want to be able to do a pull-up by my birthday in March. So that means I'm going to have to get stronger.

And one way to do that is with push-ups.

Doing a simple google search on push-ups will give you list after list of websites telling you how beneficial push-ups can be. The cliff notes version is that they work your entire body, they help build core strength, can help with balance, and help build and define muscle. Oh, and they are easy to modify. When I start losing form, I drop to my knees.

Another benefit about push-ups is there are so many different types that you can do. To make things more challenging you can always use a stability ball or a bosu ball. I also use my Plyo Box and do decline push-ups.

And if you really want to get into your push-ups,

Sunday, January 8, 2017

How I'm Learning To Do A Pull-up

Back in the fall, I got a pull-up bar from Target. I've wanted to do a pull-up forever, and I was a little intimidated trying at the gym.

So, one day when Lil Man and I were out shopping, I decided to pick one up so I could start working on pull-ups at home. I had NOOOOOOOO idea they would be so hard to do ha.

So I put the bar up, got a stool for support and tried to do one. Not only could I not even pull myself up, I couldn't even hold myself up. I mean... not even for a second.

So I started out with my foot on the top of the stool/chair and used it for support. Then I started working on doing a hang where basically you start at the top and try to hold yourself. Like I said, when I stared I couldn't even hold myself.

This was me in September after a couple of weeks of working on just holding myself up.


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