Let’s get REAL

This is my first post in a while, but I think the topic is so important and means the most to me. 
There are hundreds of thousands of fitness accounts out there focusing on both men and women looking perfect and lifting heavier than anyone else, eating better, etc. I’m not one of those people. Yes, I love working out! It relieves me of stress and allows me to feel good about myself. I post pictures and workouts on my social media to share my progress and influence and motivate others to get active! It’s a great feeling that I think everyone should get to experience.

One of the biggest parts of being healthy and looking/feeling great is your diet. And I don’t mean that you have to DIET. I mean the food that you eat does have an affect on your body and can be a burden or be beneficial to your overall appearance and physical health. Personally, I don’t go on crazy diets to lose weight or go on a “cleanse” to be healthy. I think if you are interested in that kind of thing, that’s great!! It’s just not for me. Maybe I don’t have enough self control to stop myself from eating. I just LOVE food! I always find myself indulging in chocolate or some sort of yummy dessert at a restaurant. 

Unfortunately, I know I won’t be able to continue my poor eating style for a long time. My body just doesn’t work that way, and the calories will start catching up to me. At that time, yes! I’ll start watching what I eat and cut out desserts instead of stuffing my face with whatever I can get my hands on. 

My main message here…do what works for YOU. I’m not a health expert or a personal trainer, but I’m a person who has respect for my body and knows I need to take care of myself. I never push myself too far but rather just far enough. My limits are going to be different than others, and once you realize that what works for others may not work for you, everything feels easier. Live up to your own expectations instead of someone else’s! Make your own goals and go get them!
…and that’s my dose of positivity for the day:)

Switch it up!!

What a day!! As you may have noticed, my first post on this blog is called George, and it’s about the horse that I fell in love with at college. But more than that, the post touches upon how much I love horses and riding, as it gives me a great sense of freedom and connection.

Not only is horseback riding a great way for me to relax and clear my head, but it’s also a Fantastic workout! Today I was at KB Equine with the manager, Katie, who taught me equi-yoga! Today I worked on using only my legs or core to find my “seat” and get more comfortable on the horse. It was so cool and I cant wait to try it again soon!

After my riding lesson I headed off to the gym! Little did I know today was leg day…so I had two tough leg workouts in a row-not bad, but definitely difficult! At the gym I worked pretty much all areas of my legs. I did some HIIT type exercises that I wasn’t used to, but I could feel the burn for sure!!

As always, if you have any questions or want help with a workout, please let me know!!!

Here’s what today’s workout looked like:

Box jumps: 4 sets of 10 jumps

Vertical jumps: 4 sets of 10

Step-ups (with weights): 10 reps each leg

Squats: 4 sets of 12

Good Mornings: 4 sets of 10- be sure to do these slow, focus of digging into your heels

Calf raises: 4 sets of 25

Hamstring/glute raises: 4 sets of 10