What working out means to me

Today marks my 14th day of working out (with breaks, of course). Actually it’s the 14th day for this month, not counting the number of days before this. It’s amazing to think that I have been working out for about 6 months already. I haven’t always been this way though.

As a kid, I would follow my mom and sister to the gym but I only used the treadmill, which formed my love for running. I know, what a shocker. I always came out last on the track field. I never participated in a sport in school, though I sometimes dreamed of joining the basketball club or soccer team. At the gym, I was always too embarrassed to join my mom and sister for their floor exercises because I was afraid of having bad posture and injuring myself.

I never thought I’d like working out, but now I do. I genuinely love working out. I freaking LOVE working out. I love it so much that one fine day during summer, I thought to myself, Maybe I should be a fitness instructor…

These days I’ve been trying more floor exercises, something I’ve always shied away from. I’ve been making a conscious effort not to focus on weight loss, so my current fitness goals are to master the roll-up (as much as I can) and master more planks!

I never thought I’d been saying this but I really kind of like planks. And now back to the title, which is what working out means to me:

Mindfulness, love, practice, confidence, fun, smiling, happiness, a lifestyle, lightness, agility, and finally, being STRONG.

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What I like think of while working out

So if you’re like me and you suddenly realize that working out is fun and important in your life, you might wonder if you’re doing things right. One thing to make sure that you are doing things right is to be mindful. And to be mindful is to be fully aware of what you are doing. Be 100% with what you are doing. No thinking about what’s for dinner, no thinking about why the lady in the video is wearing red pants, no thinking about anything except the fact that you are working out.

If you really focus on working out, I think it’ll definitely have a great effect on what you’re aiming to achieve whether it’s health, weight loss or just some fun. Keep in mind I’m no expert and these are tips that work for me and not everyone.

  1. Keep your eyes on the goal. What is it that you want to get from working out? Fun? Muscles? Energy? Think about it. As cheesy as it sounds, it’s always good to have some goals, long-term or not. If we don’t know why we’re doing something, it’s easy to give up because of the lack of commitment. Someone recently gave me a pretty dress so I have absolutely no reason to not have a goal (lol). While I’m working out, I like to be all “Hey, don’t you want to buy a new pair of jeans!? You don’t want to look good in that shirt? What about fantastic arms?” It’s a fun bickering session, basically, but remember not to be too harsh on yourself!
  2. Posture! Very important to prevent injuries. I watched a video of how two women lost some weight and it had a lot to do with their posture. They looked so much better after losing the slouch. I’ve always been guilty of slouching so I’ve always kind of hated doing structured workouts that required me to stand or balance in a certain way. But! working out has helped me to take notice of my posture all around the clock and it has also reduced the tiredness I feel when sitting up straight.
  3. Muscles/fat. What kind of muscles do you want to build? Or how much fat do you want to lose? When I’m doing weights, I like to think about my arms and the muscles that are working. If I don’t think about them, I might just end up putting too little or too much strength in my moves and using momentum to guide what should be deliberate movements. I know I used to strain my legs too much while carrying weights. There was some soreness in my arms the next day but on that same day I worked out, I felt like I hadn’t done a lot because I was thinking of something else. I highly recommend watching any workout video for the first time with sound because sometimes the person in the video will tell you what muscles you should be feeling.
  4. Fun! If the workout doesn’t suit you, find something that does. Even better, start out with something fun like dancing and the rest of your workout will go by in a flash. For the past few months, I’ve been guilty of being angry while working out. Working out is my outlet for negative emotions but inserting those negative emotions have made my workouts quite unpleasant. Maybe it helped me finish more reps, but lots of people talk to me when I’m working out so I’m trying to make an effort these days to stop being the nastiest person on earth. And yes, doing some kind of freestyle dancing after your warmups helps to set an awesome mood!!

I originally named this post “What you should think of while working out” but it sounded wrong because it felt like I was demanding people to do something that they may or may not do, so I changed it so people wouldn’t misunderstand that I’m some expert. Better to sound self-centered than to have people read the title and be all, Lady, don’t tell me what to do!! (lol)

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Weekly Wishes #7

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Another round of Weekly Wishes! Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!

This week’s picture prompt is Celebration (in honor of Monja’s first birthday, I think! Happy birthday Monja!). I thought it only fitting to put up a picture of something Christmas-y since it’s one of my favorite holidays. I don’t know about you but Christmas is on my mind already. Bring on the cozy decor, festive songs, good food and company. Oh, and I could use a trip to Disneyland too. 😉

So you can probably tell from the lack of posts that we’ve been busy. My ultimate goal for this blog was to have consistent posts but I don’t think it’s possible with busy life going on and dozens of things to handle in the next few weeks so yes, the number of posts per week will go down to maybe 3-4 but don’t worry, you can still keep up with us on Twitter. We will, however, be back in full force when things settle down a bit.

Last week’s wishes were to:

1. Get things done. Eh? I should just take this off my list. I feel like I’m not going anywhere with this.

2. Write. I did get some actual writing done for half the week but then Microsoft Word swayed me and I’m back on the keyboard again. It felt good to hold a pencil though.

3. Reclaim my passion for art. It felt good to get support from everyone who commented last week so thank you. How did I do for this goal? I was actually more inspired this week. I started to look at things from different angles and it’s helping that Skye is my driving force whenever I’m lazy or discouraged.

By the way, it’s been weeks and my drawing hasn’t seen the light of day on this blog. Gomenasai! I hope to build up enough self-confidence to show my drawings to you soon enough.

This week’s wishes are:

1. Get back on track with my workouts. Dare I say I’ve been slacking? Yes, indeed. I’ve been slacking and watching TV during my usual workout time. Guilty! But I’mma step it up this week and watch TV after my workouts. Please, everyone, you have to watch Rurouni Kenshin. I have not been more in love with a show before. I have a post coming up on it but whether or not I finish it depends on how my second goal works out…

2. Finish all these drafts!! I swear I have 15 drafts to wrap up but I can’t seem to just write them out and end them. The posts will slow down but the least I can do is finish a couple, right?

3. Work on thinking of better responses to people. Why am I awkward? Why? Why? I feel like ‘I’m awkward’ is such a cliche, worn out phrase but I can’t think of anything else to describe me as when I talk to people I don’t really know/would like to get to know more. I always feel like my responses are so stiff and formal and in the back of my mind I’m afraid that I’ll be taken as serious or boring. But it’s not in my nature to get pally with people quickly. Um, this goes for comments and Twitter replies too. Does this even make any sense?

What do you think? Manageable or impossible? What are your weekly wishes? Don’t be afraid to tell me in the comment section even if you’re not participating in the link-up. If you choose to write your own post, link up with Melyssa. 🙂

Here are last week’s posts that you might have missed:

  • I only just listened to this song again. It’s adorable.
  • I wrote a guest post for Skye’s art series.
  • Here are some cute Labradors swimming in the water.
  • There is no fall here. Can you live without fall?
  • Last but not least, an outfit worthy of wearing to Fashion Week in this week’s Fashionable Friday #7.

Wish me luck in taking on all the tasks to come! In return, I hope you stay fabulous and composed throughout the week!

By the way, if anyone can recommend a good site to get good rates on flights, please let me know. Thank you!

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