Well hello to February. First month of 2021 is in the books. Sadly, here in my neck of the woods we enter this month with a heavy heart, as the 14th will mark the 3 year anniversary of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas school massacre. The joy of Valentine’s Day was stolen from our community, but our hearts will always remain joined together to continue to spread love over hate and truth over lies. Since I vow to keep this “space” void of politics, I will leave that right there and simply say that my heart has never stopped aching for the families who sent their loved ones off to school that Wednesday.
As snow began to fall in much of the country, yesterday, Mitch and I were off to the beach to get in some fitness and some peace. I was able to take a barefoot run in the sand, weaving my way through more jelly fish than I have ever seen in my life! I think avoiding them kept my mind off the run and I found it much easier than my street runs. Having experienced a running injury back in April, I am so grateful to be able to, once again. Coming back from injuries takes patience (more so as we get older) but never should we say I CAN’T–just, perhaps, I can’t today, but tomorrow I will try again.
Since the start of the pandemic, I have been working hard on mixing my workouts up as much as possible. While many are happy with a workout routine, (my neighbors car starts at 4:45 every morning so she can get to Orange Theory for a 5 am class) my morning question, almost a year later, remains “what’s my workout, today?” For me, cross-training, in the form of different daily workouts, is the best way I know to work each and every little muscle fiber, while avoiding repetitive, overuse injuries.
I love getting texts and photos showing me where you hiked, ran, cycled or trained, as well as the random shots of deck of cards workouts. While these pandemic numbers are still sky high here in South Florida, I am happy to offer suggestions and serve as your fitness coach–let’s say giving you wings and letting you fly with them!
I found this challenge on Jillian Michael’s site and I am going to try it this morning. While it is definitely not easy, it can be done in a small space, with absolutely no equipment, inside, despite any weather conditions. You can tweak or modify what you need to and rest as you have to. It was designed as a 14 day challenge, if you so desire! If it’s fat burn you are going after, try moving quickly from one exercise to the next–that is an important key to fat burning.
While on the topic of fat burning, NO, you can’t target belly fat. Instead, rev up your workout to burn the maximum amount of calories, watch your sugar intake, get ample sleep and work on stress reduction with things like yoga! Belly fat is often a result of cortisol, which is a stress hormone.
Last, but always MOST, it’s meatless Monday. Since we all agree that we really love animals, often more than most people, it will make you feel REALLY good to make compassionate choices. The animals, the planet and most importantly YOU, will benefit greatly. I promise!
Keep me posted on how you are doing with your peaceandfitness. Much love.