Get Up and Move : 5 Reasons to Workout Today!

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

The holiday season is officially upon us! We have four weeks until the end of 2017…

What?

Isn’t that crazy?

This month, I want to re-visit some of my favorite posts throughout the past year. As the title suggests, today I am sharing 5 reasons to workout today. And these reasons apply throughout the rest of the week.

Ready?

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Most people will never be motivated 100% of the time. The truth is that we get busy in our lives. There seem to be 20 million things that need to get done, and oftentimes, working out gets pushed to the back of the list. Sometimes an illness prevents us from getting our exercise in and once you’ve had a week or two of rest days, it can be difficult to find that energy and motivation to get that workout done.

These are just two examples of why it can be a challenge to fit exercise into our schedules. There are many more and the vast majority of them, in my experience, are simply excuses to not put in the work. The mind is a wonderful thing that can either push us toward success, or sabotage any effort you might put forth. Attitude and mindset are everything!

I could go on and on about this topic, it’s one of my favorites. However, the whole point of this post today is to get you up and moving. It really doesn’t matter what you do, just get up and move your body.

5. Working out boosts your immune system and can help prevent you from catching a cold!

Winter is here!  Flu season is upon us. People coughing, sneezing, blowing their nose… No one enjoys being sick. Go workout and help your immune system do its job.

4. Working out helps alleviate anxiety and stress.

The holiday season is in full swing. There are work obligations, holiday parties, and family obligations — That means possibly dealing with your least favorite relatives for at least five hours. In addition, ads for Christmas are all over the place. What gifts are you going to get for everyone? Are you sending out Christmas cards? Are you baking delicious sweet treats? Don’t you want to spend a ton of money on decorations? All of this creates a lot of anxiety and stress. Channel all of that energy into a workout. I recommend HIIT, cardio, or yoga to help with this.

3. Enjoy dessert guilt-free.

Speaking of sweet treats… Candy, cookies, cake, pie, cupcakes, brownies.. you name it, it’s all out and it’s all calling to you. (okay, maybe just me.) I’m all for indulging and enjoying life. Everything in moderation. When you’ve gotten in your workout, and you are consistent, there’s no guilt when you are enjoying that cookie. 

2. Exercise improves your focus and concentration.

It’s Sunday. For most of you that means that tomorrow starts a brand new work week. Prepare yourself for a productive week by getting in a workout. It will help you feel amazing and set you up for success. Also, thinking ahead this week, even if you are super busy, take 10 minutes on a lunch break to get up and walk around. This is refreshing and allows you to be more productive and efficient when you return.

1. Working out helps you look and feel your best!

Confidence. Plain and simple. When you are active and move your body, you release those endorphins. You feel good. Not only that, but when you consistently show up for yourself and exercise, you help your body in a variety of ways. All of that makes you feel good about yourself and you project that confidence. And when you take of yourself, you are better able to help others and enjoy life.

There you go! Now log off and move your body!

 

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Inspiration to Get You Moving

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

Did you enjoy your holiday?

I’ve been indulging in way too many delicious fried foods and sugary sweets. It’s all fun and games until you realize that Christmas is less than a month away.. haha!

In all seriousness, this is why it is so beneficial to adopt healthy habits year round. Staying consistent with your fitness routine and eating healthy most of the time allows you to indulge in your favorite foods without having to worry, feel guilty, or beat yourself up.

Life is short and I think we should enjoy every moment we can, not spend our precious time in a negative mindset.

As we wind down from the long weekend, it’s important to prep ourselves for a successful week. If you feel off the wagon a little bit, no worries. Make a plan, get back up, and accomplish your goals.

We have four weeks until Christmas, five until the new year. That’s plenty of time to get back to your routine, switch it up, or develop some new habits that will align with your goals.

Today I am sharing a little inspiration to help us all get out of our food coma and back into our fitness mindsets. Let’s go!

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Pain is a gift.Instead of avoiding it,learn to embrace it.

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Don't expect different results,If your habits arethe same.

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I'm busy.I'm tired.I can't.It's cold.It's hot.I don't have time.

Have a fabulous week friends!

Bouncing Back From An Injury

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

The final three days of October. Can you believe it?

It’s definitely starting to feel like winter here in Ohio.

Cold. Very, very cold.

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Bring back 70 degrees please. haha!

Recently I had to take a step back from my normal workout routine. I woke up one morning and felt an ache in my shoulder. Not a you-worked-hard, muscle ache, but a you did-something-wrong ache. I’ve pin-pointed it down to the exact move that exasperated my muscles to a point where I became injured — lateral raises.

It’s incredibly frustrating to start a new fitness challenge, get in the zone, start to see and feel progress, and then have to take a step back.

But it happens. And your body forces you to stop and listen, whether it’s in the form of an injury or getting sick.

As for me, I paused my current routine and drastically cut back. Every other day, every two days, I did a workout — lower body and abs along with modified yoga and some Feldenkrais method mixed in. This past week, I’ve incorporated cardio, but toned it down to accomodate my injury.

Note: if you are sick or injured, you should always, always consult your doctor. 

As of yesterday, my shoulder is feeling better. This morning I’m feeling pretty good. But I think it’s important to ease back in. So today, I thought I would share a little fitness inspiration to help ease back into your normal routine, or maybe you are starting a new goal before the holiday season truly kicks in.. There are three weeks until Thanksgiving and eight until Christmas. Now is the time to get started and begin seeing progress. Why wait until January 1? Every morning is a fresh start and every day is a good day to work on your health and your fitness. These are the quotes and phrases that are inspiring me. Feel free to share what is inspiring you in the comments! I love hearing your ideas!

You can't go backand change the beginning,butyou can start where you areandchange the ending.

 

Trust the wait.Embrace the uncertainty.Enjoy the beauty of becoming.When nothing is certain, anything is possible.

 

Never regret a day in your life-good days give happiness,bad days give experience,worst days give lessons,andbest days give memories.

 

What if I fall-Oh, but my darling,what if you fly-

 

Time is non-refundable.Use it with intention.

 

I wish tacos gave you abs.

Hahahahahaha! Right?

And my favorite this week:

Movement is life.Without movement life is unthinkable.

 

Don’t forget, my 30 day gratitude challenge starts Wednesday! ICYMI: The Miracle of Gratitude

Have you made your Gratitude Tree yet? Today is a perfect day to get it ready!

 

One Man’s Tale To Weight Loss, Weight Gain And The Barrier Determining Long Term Success

Check out this article from Doctor Jonathan – All About Healthy Choices

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All About Healthy Choices

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The following is a story many of you will relate to:

A 57 year old man (we’ll call him Mr. Smith) weighing 377 pounds was driving to work when he began to experience right arm numbness. He wasn’t overly concerned because a month earlier he had his annual physical exam that revealed NORMAL blood pressure and NORMAL cholesterol findings. Mr. Smith interpreted these two values as a “clean bill of health.”…

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Tone It Up 21 Day Fitness Challenge | #TIU21

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The days are getting shorter, the air is cooler, and the leaves are changing color… it’s officially fall and time for the Tone It Up Fall Fitness Challenge!

I’m so excited! I’ve posted about Tone It Up before and whenever someone asks me for a little guidance in the fitness department, TIU is always at the top of my recommendation list!

I’ve been sick for about two weeks and I’m finally feeling better! So this challenge comes at the perfect time!

It starts on Monday (Oct. 9) and it will be 21 days of workouts, support from the amazing TIU community, delicious recipes, and a lot of fun!

Now is the time to set or reevaluate your goals and jump right on in! I’d love for you to join me in this fitness challenge!

Visit toneitup.com for more information and to sign up for free!

As always, I plan on keeping tabs with my own personal journey right here each week. You can also keep up with me daily by following me Instagram.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you are planning on joining the challenge! Let’s keep each other accountable! 🙂

-A

 

 

 

Jump Back In: 8 Powerful Fitness Quotes to Inspire You to Workout!

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday and Happy first day of October!

The season of comfy, over-sized sweaters, boots, and hot drinks is upon us! Now is the perfect time to revisit our goals, edit and revise as necessary, and then jump back in with both feet! This is true especially regarding our health and fitness goals.

As much as it pains me to think about, Christmas is only weeks away. Just imagine for one moment: if you start today, how amazing will you look and feel by Christmas?

If you set small, manageable goals, you will already be headed for success into the new year! Now that is something to get excited about!

This week, I’m sharing some of my favorite powerful quotes that will help inspire and motivate you as you begin working on your new goals. In addition, I’ve linked some articles for further reading that might be helpful in guiding you to a starting point or to give you some fresh ideas!

Ready?

Let’s get started!

 

Don't limit your challenges.Challenge your limits.

 

Strength doesn't come fromwhat you can do.It comes fromovercomingthe thingsyou once thought you couldn't

 

The hard partisn'tgetting your body in shape.The hard part isgetting your mind in shape.

 

Fitnessisn't aboutbeing better than anyone else.Fitnessis aboutbeing better than you used to be.

 

Don't let the scale define you.Be active.Be healthy.Be happy.

 

Eatto fuel your bodynot to fuel your emotions.

 

If you want to get fityou only have to give awayone thing-your excuses.

 

Becomewhatinspiresyou

 

For Success:

Get Fired Up: How to Stick to Your Fitness Program and Achieve Your Weight-Loss Goals

Getting Started with Working Out At Home:

Ditch the Gym and Workout at Home: A Beginner’s Guide 

My Favorite YouTube Fitness Accounts for an Amazing Workout:

Workout At Home: 5 Amazing YouTube Fitness Channels for Women

My Favorite Arm Workouts:

Best Arm Workouts for Women

My Favorite Ab Workouts:

Best Ab Workouts for Women

My Favorite Booty Workouts:

Best Booty Workouts for Women

For daily fitness inspiration follow me on Instagram

@CrimsnMacchiato

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I hope this was helpful! Leave a comment below and let me know what your fitness goals are this month or your favorite inspirational fitness quote!

Stay tuned to the blog! Coming this month:

  • More Fitness Inspiration
  • Recipes
  • Halloween Decor Ideas
  • and much more!

Have a wonderful week, friends!

 

Summer Tone Up 2017 | Weeks 5 and 6 Check in | #TIU

Good morning friends!

Final Monday in August!

And time for another Summer Tone Up Check – in. I woke up sick on Tuesday the 15th, so that week was pretty much shot. Fun times.

Wednesday I was so happy to get in the car, feel the sunshine, and have a cup of coffee. It’s the simple, little things.

 

Week 5 saw me easing back in by Thursday, my body retaliating and me getting sick again.

Because of that, I’ve been taking it easy. School starts tomorrow and I have to be on my A game. Definitely cannot afford to be sick.

I alternated workouts and took lots of breaks. I had a nap most days which helped immensely. I still did my yoga challenges.. because that wasn’t as demanding. Plus it felt good to move and stretch.

Day 9 of #YogisAndTheSource brings us the lovely #lotuspose 🏵 . . Agnes, the peace plant and one of the newest members of our family joins me today. I chose #halflotus with #eaglearms 🦅🕊 I love to come to this posture when life gets crazy or stressful.. it really helps to reconnect with the breath, find #stillness, and center myself. 💖🙏 . . “The mind is like water. Whenit’s turbulent, it’s difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear.” -Prasad Mahes 🙏 . . Hosts @yogini_priestess @moonyogini Sponsers @re3life @teapraycrochet @earthrunners @little_miss_gypsy @gypsyarts @wild.heart.whimsicals . . #yoga #yogalove #yogalife #yogaandsunshine #Meditation #halflotuspose #mindfulness #mindset #reconnect #quote #inspire #igyogachallenge #breathe #bepresent #spiritualaf #yogaeverydamnday #summeryoga #houseplants #peacelily #peaceful #namaste

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The good thing about being sick was that I felt very thin… until I plumped up when I was able to eat again. haha!

So as you can imagine, I was dreading measurements. But I took them anyway.. and I was pleasantly surprised. I gained .5 inches around my waist, but lost .5 inches around each leg. I stayed the same everywhere else. Not too bad. 🙂

This past week, I’ve incorporated my Tracy Anderson workouts, and switched up the Tone It Up workouts with Tracy Campoli when necessary. I did the live Barre workout, which was intense and awesome. I also attended the live workout yesterday. So, I’m feeling pretty good.

30 will be here in about two weeks. I’m more than ready. We have some fun things planned, which is exciting. Normally, my birthday is pretty low key. It’s still going to be, but with a few trips mixed in.

Overall, I’d say a successful-ish week. I didn’t gain too much, slowed down despite not wanting to, and my jeans are fitting a little better.

Cool. ❤

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Summer Tone Up 2017 | Week 4 Check in | #TIU

Good morning friends!

It’s Monday already! Yesterday marks one month until my birthday… one more month of the 20’s decade.

Crazy.

Today is also the start of week 5 of the Summer Tone Up Fitness challenge. That means it’s time for a check – in… and measurements.

I will admit, I was nervous taking these measurements. There’s something frightening about having to face the reality of the tape measure. Last night I felt thin and confident… but after a few hours of sleep and 2 cups of coffee, I wasn’t feeling like I was going to enjoy what the tape measure had to say.

Before I reveal the results, let’s discuss how the week went.

I started this week by honoring my body. I rolled out the mat, put on my Spotify playlist, and just moved. It was absolutely perfect and exactly what I needed.

Because I found myself getting tired of doing the same workouts every week for this challenge, I found myself gravitating toward Tracy Campoli videos. I love her workouts and it was nice to switch it up. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need to refresh your mind and body.

In addition to that, I’ve been doing a separate booty challenge that my friend, Kaddie is hosting. That is killer, but is definitely helping accelerate my results.

I attended both Live workouts this week and they were so good! I love working out with Karena and Katrina in real time. It’s so fun!

I worked out every single day, and I’m getting stronger and more flexible… which is apparent in my yoga challenges.

I have to say, if you are struggling with accountability and motivation, sign up for Instagram and join a yoga challenge. Even on the days when you don’t want to do anything, you’ll find that you push yourself to get it done because you have to post your picture to participate in the challenge. And, it helps you ease out of your comfort zone. Just look at that featured image of me in a handstand. I have this irrational fear of being upside down… I don’t know why, I don’t know where it comes from.. but it’s ridiculous. Anyway, in doing these yoga challenges, I’ve been, in a way, forced out of my comfort zone. I say “in a way” because I am choosing to participate in the yoga challenges. Had I not faced this fear and kept only doing the “safe” poses, I never would have experienced the joy of this posture. Now, I am far from being able to flip myself up and I am not quite at balancing on my own.. I need the assistance of the tree or a wall.. but I’m getting stronger and more confident. If you follow me on Insta, you saw that I was able to get myself into the EPK posture.. what? Amazing! While Yoga isn’t about “doing” the pose, it still feels pretty awesome when find that you are able to do more than before, as with anything in life. 🙂

Anyway, below shows you how I felt on Friday night…

 

And now for the results…

I was surprised and it is definitely a testament to “trust the process.”

I lost .75 inches around my stomach; .50 inches around my waist; .75 inches off my hips; .50 inches off each arm; I gained .50 inches on one leg, but lost .50 inches on the other – which is fine because now they are the same. Basically about 3 inches overall. Not too shabby. Since I tossed my scale a few years ago, and I’m not planning on going to the doctor anytime soon, I don’t know if I’ve lost actual pounds, but I’m not too concerned about that.

So I’m pretty happy with this and motivated to kick it up a few notches the next few weeks. I’m planning on making time for my Tracy Anderson workouts again and keeping up with the rest of the challenge. 🙂

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Summer Tone Up 2017 | Week 3 Check in | #TIU

Hello friends! Happy Monday!

Week 3 of the Summer Tone Up has ended… it was a little rough for me. If you read my inspirational post yesterday, you know that I had a few setbacks this past week.

First, I somehow hurt my ankle. I don’t know how, but I got up from the table, started walking, and instantly felt a sharp twinge. Nice. I wrapped it up that evening and did a workout, albeit modified and slow.

 

Then as if that wasn’t enough, I woke up to a slight tickle, ache feeling in my throat. You know the one… the inkling that if you don’t start intensely taking precautions, you’re going to end up out of commission for the next week and a half to two weeks.

Cute.

hahaha!

So, I took it easy. I figured a little bit of working out was better than going full tilt, getting sick, and being benched for up to two weeks.

It worked. I’m not sick. My ankle is fine, but I should probably take the 5 minutes to wrap it before working out each day.

But, I was supposed to take measurements yesterday.

That would have been a bad idea. I have bulked, which is normal for me in this stage of fitness challenges. I always, without fail, bulk up and then so long as I trust in the process and keep going, I slim out.

In addition to that, I have been ravenous, and I may have been indulging in more carbs than normal.

So… for the sake of my well being, I opted out of measurements yesterday. I will take them next week. 🙂

I have found myself getting a little tired of this challenge. Yesterday’s workout was once again beach ballin’ + a run. I wasn’t feeling it. I opted for music and a nice yoga sesh instead.

Today I’m feeling much the same way. So, I will do some HIIT, just not the TIU video. I get tired of doing the same videos, the same moves, over and over again. I need to switch it up and have variety.

In no way am I a fitness expert or fitness model.

I’m an Ohio gal, a mom, a wife, who has a deep passion for fitness and health.

And that is why I love these check-ins and despite thinking that I didn’t have much to say and wouldn’t write this post today, I decided to do it anyway. To show you that if you feel tired, discouraged, uninspired, unmotivated.. you’re not alone. We all feel that way from time to time.

And it’s okay to whine and complain for a little bit… then you stop. Take a deep breath. Suck it up. Put on your workout clothes, and get it done. Just like anything else in this life. Sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do. But we do it anyway. And guess what? You’re spending time doing it, you may as well change your attitude about it. Be grateful and smile because you are alive and you can move. Or be grateful and smile because you sucked it up, got it done, and now you can move on with your day.

Week 4, I’m coming for ya. 🙂

Summer Tone Up 2017 | Weeks 1 and 2 Check in | #TIU

Hello once again friends!

The Summer Tone Up Challenge started on July 17. My muscles have been s o r e.. and I’ve already noticed a change in my body and my mind. It feels so good to challenge myself with intense exercise.

 

…And let me say, it’s a challenge to show up for cardio some days, especially back to back.

But, I suck it up, and get it done. September will be here soon and I am determined to meet my goal. I also am loving the live workouts on Instagram! So fun!

In addition, I’ve been adding in all the yoga challenges and my Tracy Anderson work.

So, all in all, I’d say week 1 and week 2 were a success!

I happy to move forward and challenge myself in week 3!

And ladies, it is not too late to join the challenge! Sign up at ToneItUp.com and join me! Leave me a comment if you do. 🙂

Follow me and my fitness journey on Instagram. I’m @CrimsnMacchiato

See you there!


-A

 

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