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Skip Like No One Is Watching

The milestones of Skipping in my life:

The early years: My Dad and I would skip everywhere. He must have looked like a fool or the cutest Dad in the world. We’d skip to the shops, to the swimming pool and laugh as we go.

Still a child years: it got competitive. Who could skip higher, faster. I didn’t always win. We know where my competitive side comes from.

Early teens: I was way too embarrassed to skip with my Dad. I thought I was way too cool for that. (I was not a cool child.) My Father knew this and would egg me on. He loved to embarrass me.

Later teen years: Oh the roles reversed. We were walking to lunch one day and I grabbed my Dad’s hand and started skipping. He was mortified. People were watching. What used to be a Father skipping with his 4 year old little girl then turned into these two adult weirdos skipping into a restaurant. This gave me the best laugh.

Nowadays: At random times I’ll have a wee skip. Instantly my heart will lift. I’ll have that childish lightness about me and I’ll feel good for the rest of the day. I’ll probably have a little chuckle to myself while I’m at it, it feels so good. Yes I realize that people must think I’m strange but they’re not the ones feeling awesome.

This is probably how I’ll break a hip when I’m older.

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Now I’m looking at skipping for fitness. The main man Mr. D was telling me about it. During his strength workouts he’ll skip inbetween exercises for one minute.

Every set of exercises I look at these days has skipping incorporated.It has really taken off. I’ve heard about how great skipping  is for you for years. Great for cardio, really tones up the legs and bum but I didn’t pay attention. Now that it’s  the in thing I’m all over it.

Here’s a pic for some stand alone skipping exercises. Or try out doing a minute of skipping in between exercises. I did it this morning and by the 5th set I was feeling it.

Skip To It

To be completely honest with you I don’t even have a skipping rope. It’s on my to do list. But that hasn’t stopped me. I know the actions. I think like Peter Pan and just pretend I have one. Probably isn’t the best but it’s better then not doing it at all. Or saying I’ll do it when I get one which could be next Christmas.

I would like to thank my Dad for introducing skipping into my life.

Next time your out, give it a go, have a little skip. You’ll feel so good.

 

Photo Link:  http://www.visualphotos.com/image/2×3800747/father_and_daughter_6-8_skipping_on_beach_near

My Big Fat Excuse

I have an excuse for everything, mostly fitness related excuses.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this but sometimes I feel like I’m the worst.
I constantly see updates of how successful people are, what they’ve accomplished and just how wonderful they’re life is.
Of course – Who’s going to boast about they’re failures? What would that look like? Instead of a picture from the top of a mountain over-looking an amazing view you’ve got a picture of a frustrated and  depressed red face captioned ‘I didn’t make it’.
How many of these have you seen?

I have my great weeks and not so great weeks. To try and avoid the not so great weeks turning into months I’ve got these secret motivators. They’re so secret they don’t even know they exist.

I am very competitive, I don’t always have to win but I have to give it my all or else what am I doing with my life. I had a race to crack eggs the quickest the other day, I think the other person thought I was      joking. I won. Jokes on her – loser. 

Don't look backSo my secret motivators, these are usually people with similar interests/goals to me. If I hear they’ve just gone for a run I’ll get up off my butt and do something. When I’m not feeling so motivated I’ll give them a text and see how they’re doing. If they’ve fallen off the wagon – they’re dumped – temporarily and I find a new motivator. I don’t need to beat them but just the thought of them being out there sweating their fear away while I’m sitting on the forbidden couch feeling . . .  tired = excuse, it gets me going.

Turns out I was a secret motivator the other day. A friend said I had inspired her to get out and run in the snow. Little did she know that I hadn’t ran in a week. I felt so guilty, like I was living a lie. And the circle began again. I got my shoes on and got out there.

we_are_what_we-115964I find it’s all about good habits. Once I get into a routine I’m laughing. Excuses are like my kryptonite. It’s hard to figure out what is a genuine feeling and what’s just and excuse. I’ve become so good at creating excuses that I convince myself that they are true. I think I have a negative alien living in my brain, it says: “check yourself”, “ooh that’s too tough”, “ah your tired now have a little sit down and eat a mountain of chocolate.” Unfortunately  I usually listen to it.

Stepping out of my comfort zone is . . . well . . . uncomfortable. It’s a constant mental game I will continue to play. I know I will never beat it but I will come close.

I need to get rid of the excuses – they’re wasting my time.

This gets me going:

Why So Serious?

Lets think about this one.  Really, there are very few things in life that we need to take seriously. Or should I say that I need to take seriously.

Here’s a few examples for myself that if I ever find myself in this situation I will allow myself to take it seriously:

  1. I’m in a biker gang and I’ve gotten myself in a spot of bother and they are threatening to cut off my fingers.  Yep serious.
  2. I wake up and discover there is no food in the house at all, like nothing and I’m starving for my breaky. Pretty serious.
  3.  .  .  .  .  .

Ok being a little more on the serious side a terminal illness can be a little scary, or a fire/robbery. But this is the big stuff. I’ll allow myself to take the big stuff seriously.

Otherwise there’s nothing. If I get stranded on a desert island what’s stressing about it going to do. I’ll tell you what it’ll do, it’ll make me feel depressed which will make me want to eat – Chocolate specifically and I won’t have any of that so all of a sudden I’m stuck on a beautiful sandy, blue skies island with this absolute babe of a man (obviously it’s my bf – close one ) and I am having a terrible time. All because I decided I should be a little serious.

I come across these situations all the time. It could take an hour or a few days to realize that I need to shut it down. Shut my mind down, let it go and move on.

A day without laughter

Have you ever seen a really serious person laugh? It’s because they don’t.

I decided that my new years resolution was to play and laugh more. And you know what? It feels really good.

So enough of the  million lines going across my forehead and a slight twitch in my left eye.
I’ll take a powerful deep breath and let my heart smile.

My advice to you. If you haven’t had a real belly aching, hearty laugh in the last week where you nearly wet your pants, well then what’s the point in life?
Check yourself!

Say Hello to my Green Friend

Green smoothieOver a year ago I got a gift of a juicer – my first thought was why on earth  did I get one of these, I wanted a blender.  (sorry gift giver) My tune changed pretty quick. I’ve used that juicer at least 4 times a week since. Can’t imagine my life without it now.

Greens

Rarely I will make a really yummy juice with watermelon, blood orange etc etc. Mostly I take all of the veggies from my fridge that I think are pretty healthy and green and I whack them in. I have juice books that have some great tasty recipes but I’m too lazy for that and I want to maximize all that green goodness.

Green juiceI love the summer and the amount of great veggies it has to offer. Pity winter lasts so long where I live.  I juice kale, chard, lettuce, spinach, water cress (ugh extra gross) cilantro, parsley, peppers, carrots, apple, ginger, lime I could keep going. I don’t mix all of these together but whatever’s going. You can even use the stalks, like the stalks from broccoli. I’m at the stage where I think this blend tastes good. Others disagree. Maybe I’ve killed my taste buds. Either way I feel unreal after drinking it. I get such a kick from it, not as strong as a shot of coffee might give but close enough. 

When I need something a little more filling I’ll make a green smoothie. I usually use coconut water as a base, lettuce/spinach, broccoli, lime again whatever surprise jumps out at me from the fridge. Depending on what I put in, the texture from the smoothie is usually thick and sometimes chewy. I’ve stopped putting kale in there as that just has a nasty texture. I was so good having one of these for breakfast everyday, this was short lived (for like two days haha) as I just started downing them in order to get them in me. Maybe I need to work on the recipe but for now I feel amazing after drinking them so they’re staying. Maybe just not for breakfast. When I’m on a green buzz I have so much more energy and my skin looks clear and fresh .

I would add a recipe but I think this is one  you need to figure out what you like and what makes you gag.
Or just google it.

Bouncing bottoms

BumsThe best part to a 10k run or similar events is the ladies bottoms. Hands down no argument.  I need my ipod to keep me motivated but the entertainment is all in bootys.

Yes I realize I am sounding very perverted right now and am probably going on a few watch lists as we speak but we all love them right? mmmm apparently not all as much as me but you have a sneaky look!

Despite so many different shapes and sizes, they all have that little bounce as they run.  Men – nahhhh flat, muscly no bounce to it- Boring. Bring on the girls!

I have what is called a Dillon Arse. In my family we have our own breed of bum.  If you are related to the Dillons and didn’t know this about yourself, you are welcome, you now know the name for it! Bootilicious ; some would say.

So to keep our lovely tushes so lovely here’s a quick exercise I’m loving these days. It’s part of my 10 minute workout routine.  

This is for girls and guys. It works your legs and bum. With the ball it will work on your core too.

Ski JumpsNike Training Club

Now that you know what I’m really thinking you might want to run behind me next time. 🙂