Even goddesses, like Jennifer Aniston, take breaks

I know I “shouldn’t be” worried about working out on a 9-day trip to Thailand, but I am!

phucket thailand girl on beach

Going to be *ME* ūüėé

 

 

Maybe I’ll blame SHAPE magazine for sharing this article on FB right around the same time I was thinking about it…

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Or¬†my brother for asking me at Thanksgiving if I am scared I will lose my gains. “ha ha” we all laughed, but the answer is yes!

missed a workout who am i

Not because of what I look like while I’m there. I’m going by myself so I am actually at ease with that. Which is a nice change and something you probably don’t even realize affects you.

buddha - the journey of self by self to self

More so bc I have been getting in some great lifts and reaching new maxes. I do not want to get too far behind. Catching up takes soOo long and I have allowed more slips prior to the trip than I wanted. Womp womp- I’m human.

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My hotels do have gyms, but I think my personal goal is to limit that. One hotel offers Muay Thai though! How awesome will it be to take¬†Muay Thai in Thailand- I’m in!

keep calm muay thai

 

Wedding jitters… even for those of us not getting married!

So many details to worry about… but i knew the one thing that would clear my mind and put me on the right track.

I am 100% a morning workout, on a fasted-stomach kind of girl. So the fact that we went to a breakfast buffet almost sent me into an excuse-making, lazy zone of allowing myself to skip. I mean, after all, I did make it the day before right?

…This is the point when I remind myself how happy I will be after-the-fact and that outweighs the little devil on my shoulder trying to chime in where he’s not wanted!

I allowed my stomach to digest by delaying my workout with a CVS outing, but once we got back it was Game On and even better? boyfriend came too! ūüôā

With no set plan in mind, but determined to sweat, I improvised…

Elliptical Warm up and then just a set or two of each exercise:

Total body cable machine… ¬†curls, upright rows, dead lifts, squats, rows bent over with straight bar, etc

Free weights: alternating bicep curls, alternating hammer curls, shoulder press, monkey curls, lying flys, etc

Body weighted exercises: straight leg raise/jack knife on bench, push ups with feet elevated, + pull-ups (bf assisted)

In between it all, my boyfriend’s Mom & nieces popped in to say ‘hello’.

Getting Dolled Up in the Bridal Suite

Getting Dolled Up in the Bridal Suite

At first I wasn’t sure how to handle this… What would you do? I had three choices, I could: 1. stop 2. tone it down or 3. keep chugging- I managed a combo of all three. We said hello, had a little fun, and then got back into our rhythm.

Initially, I felt bad continuing on with my workout but then I remembered something I recently heard a mother sayone of the many reasons she works out is to be a healthy role model for her children. She essentially practices what she preaches.

Don’t get me wrong, these girls do not need to get on the treadmill for a 10 mile run or the smith machine for a set of sumo squats, but I felt it couldn’t hurt for them to see me in action… something that makes me happy, how it wakes me up, gives me energy, and makes me feel ready to take on the dayno matter what day it is or where we are.

Danny's nieces & I at the wedding.

Danny’s nieces & I at the wedding.

T Minus 1 Week Until I’m a Bridesmaid!

So I am a bridesmaid in my boyfriend’s brother’s wedding exactly ONE week from today- Friday the 13th- I know, yikes. I have been saying it is crunch time since 6 weeks out, but I really haven’t done much different.

I am determined in the next 7 days to do something to switch it up and confuse my body! Why? Muscle confusion always provides positive results. It works new muscles in new ways and leaves you less bored- double bonus!

Ntm I want to feel slender in my¬†dress. It is super comfy and beautiful. But the waist feels a little snug and the strapless neck, with 1-shoulder sheer overlay leaves room to see any “arm pit fat” (technical term = Sternocostal Head Pectoralis Major.)

I will not go crazy and starve myself all week, nor will I workout multiple times in one day, but I do want to try a short cleanse (Simply Slender Master Cleanse 48hr Lemonade Diet) and I will make small changes that I can keep up with until the big day: drink more water, drink less alcohol, eat more fruits and vegetables, & make sure I do some sort of physical activity EVERY day.

Here is my tenative ‘sweat schedule’ (lululemon lingo):

SaturdayKickboxing date with best friend at LA Fitness

SundayOutdoor activities at or near the beach with boyfriend

Monday– Partner HIIT training at the gym with our trainer, Coach Jerome + 30-45 minutes of strength (chest) training

Tuesday530am Spin 6:30pm Boot Camp

WednesdayР20 minutes of Cardio + 40 Minutes of strength training

Thursday– 25 minutes of HIIT workout (25 minutes at minimum, with details TBD)

FridayMy goal is to¬†I am going to get a¬†hotel¬†workout in before our beautification process of the bridal party begins since it won’t be until at least 9am ūüôā Stay tuned for the post of what workout I go with!

*Side note* I also plan include some type of arm exercise- pushups, pullups, curls, etc- every day, since these bad boys will be exposed.

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