Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy love month ladies! I adore the month of February, although I'm not completely sure why. I think the main reason is that I met my fiance close to Valentines day, and so we deemed February 14th our anniversary.
Question of the month: (it comes from one of my favorite beauties who sadly doesn't blog anymore). How often do you work out? What's your preferred method of exercise?
I will be totally honest and say that my main reasoning for health and fitness these days stems from my wedding. I spent all of last year slacking off, and my body has definitely changed because of it. My fault, no excuses.
Now that my wedding is a few short months away, I'm feeling a bit more insecure and vain. It's normal, right?
I try to work out three to four times a week, and for a period of 30 minutes to an hour each session. I enjoy working out in the evenings. For those that have read my blog for awhile, then I think you know that I suffer from generalized anxiety. I don't talk about it on here often, but I'm not ashamed of it either. I don't take medication, but I do try to manage it with the help of a therapist. She has always recommended exercise as a means of coping. It's a huge endorphin release, thus you feel more relaxed and happy after a good work-out, and less anxious or stressed. So bottom line - I work out because I want to look toned and feel healthy, but I also have to do it because it's important for my overall wellness.
I usually do 25 minutes of cardio. I prefer fast walking or jogging because I hate running! We own an eliptical, so that's great because I feel like I work my entire body. Then I follow it up by targeting certain areas of my body. One night I'll lift weights and attempt to tone my arms (my weak point). Another night I'll do abs; the next night I'll target legs, and so forth.
I've tried Yoga, and honestly, I really want to get back into it. I've also thought about getting a trainer or taking a boot camp style class a couple of months before the wedding. If I do, I'll let you know how that goes.
What do you do for exercise?





♥ Noelle

13 comments:

  1. Ok - not only are you my style twin - you're my workout twin too (except you workout more than I do LOL!)...I don't enjoy running either (wish I did!) AND I use an elliptical AND I want to get back into yoga - wow!

    I also love the mental benefits of working out - I've had a pretty strong case of the winter blues this year - but getting back into working out has helped me feel so much better.

    I also workout in the evening - but I really want to be able to workout in the morning and get it over with first thing in the day...

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    1. Hehe, I know we are SO similar in so many ways Ella ;)

      I wish I could work out in the mornings, I certainly have time three or four days out of the week. I just have never been a morning person, and so the thought of working out first thing kills me! I hope that'll change one day...maybe once I have a baby ;)

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  2. SO great to use excersize for things other than weight loss ( which is something i am guilty of doing!) lol i totally want to start seeing exercise as just general good health :)

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    1. Yes, I think it's more motivating sometimes to see it as a health concern rather then pressuring yourself because you want to lose weight.

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  3. I work out a LOT! It has actually become an obsession. It started with me trying to get my muscle tone back after having Sofia and now I work workout 5-6 times a week. I do DVD's at home (mainly interval training), boot camp and group high intensity classes and salsa sessions. I've got my body back and now I actually enjoy working out :)

    I'd say it helped that I started with something I liked (dancing) and took it from there. Working out also makes up for the energy I lose not getting enough sleep. If I sleep 4 hours or more, I will def work out :D

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    1. Good, that's great! I think once you start seeing results, you realize how important it is and you actually want to continue to work out more!

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  4. First of all, congrats on your wedding. It's wonderful that you are working out for it, and I hope it becomes a habit after the wedding too.

    I work out everyday of the week, except for Saturdays. I work extra hard these days to shed baby weight.

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    1. Thank you, I'm very excited about getting married ;) Congrats on shedding baby weight!

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  5. Really interesting to hear you suffer from anxiety Hun. I do too. What' other coping mechanisms have you got other than excercise? Do you know what the anxiety is connected to? I love your blog, you're such an inspiration :-) x

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    1. It's crazy how common anxiety is! People just don't talk about it! As far as other coping skills I use: Music! Music is huge for me, especially on a particularly rough day. I also use methods of distraction. I focus on things I love doing such as blogging, reading, taking pictures, and talking to my fiance or a friend. I tend to hold a lot back from others though, mainly because I don't want my anxiety to constantly be the focus of attention. And of course, I see a therapist every few weeks. It's something I have to work on everyday, but I try my best to manage it. I am so happy you enjoy my blog, thank you for reading :)

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    2. Oh, I forgot part of your question ;) No, I really don't know what it's connected to. I've been this way since I was a kid, and I mean really little.

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  6. my sister and i both have anxiety, but my sister's is much worse than mine. Luckily mine has mellowed a lot the last 2-3 years. my sister loves yoga/pilates and it really helps her a ton with her anxiety, she also takes natural vitamins like st johns wart to help.

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    1. That's great that yours has subsided. You're reminding me that I need to go buy vitamins at Henry's! I used to take something similar to St. Johns Wart regularly, and it did help. Once I ran out, I didn't buy more. I need to do that! Thank you Kristen. It's nice to know I'm not alone :)

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