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 #8

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Oh, hey, everyone. I almost forgot about the Weekly Wishes link-up. I’ll throw this post together quickly so that I can get back to doing whatever I need or need not be doing. It’s been madness on this side and I just want it all to be over with quickly.

This week’s picture prompt is Creativity. To me, nail art is my creativity outlet. Recently I’ve been feeling meh so there hasn’t been much nail art but I think I will do something about that this week to cheer myself up. You can check out my nail blog here.

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How did I do for last week’s wishes?

1. Get back on track with my workouts. – I managed this only in the first part of the week but I think I did well on the days that I did work out.

2. Finish all these drafts!! – Nope. I only finished two drafts. You can read one of the drafts I completed here. Dare I say that I’m proud of what I wrote? I know it’s not a lot of people’s cup of tea but whatevs.

3. Work on thinking of better responses to people. – Nope. Honestly I’m not at a point where I can find it in me to think too much about what people think about me because I have other things to worry about. Skye told me that I put myself down too much. She’s right. That was what my ‘I’m fricking awesome’ goal two weeks ago was about. As if it’s not bad enough that there’s a person in my life who has been belittling me for years now… I have to stop thinking that I’m no good at this or that. I am good enough. And so are you.

Oh, you know what I did manage to achieve last week?! I achieved the previous week’s wish to reclaim my passion for art. I drew A LOT last week. So proud of what I drew! I swear the scans of my drawings are coming. Drawing was the remedy for the hellish week I had.

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What are my wishes this week?

1. Not let people’s negativity get to me. Self-explanatory, right?

2. Learn the lyrics of Summer’s Picture. You probably don’t know this song but it’s Japanese. Can you tell that the only songs I’ve been listening to all week long have been from Rurouni Kenshin’s soundtrack album? No? Okay. I know this might seem like a completely meaningless goal but with stress aka things hanging over the top of my head and deadlines to meet, I want to throw in something fun.

3. Do a fun nail art design. I will gladly accept requests. I’m wearing China Glaze – Turned Up Turquoise now. I was going to pick a gray (Maybelline’s Impeccable Greys) to suit my mood but at the last minute I decided, what the hell just pick something bright. I’m glad I did.

What are your weekly wishes? Don’t forget to link up with Melyssa.

Okay, that’s it from me. Do I sound super stressed in this post? If I do, it’s probably because I am. I wish I could say what’s going on but I would rather not for the time being. Please be understanding and don’t think I’ve given up on blogging or commenting on your blog. I will still try to keep up with all your lovely posts.

Thank you for reading. I appreciate you very much.

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