healthy living

WOW 1.8 – turning a setback into a comeback!

workout wednesday with tattooedteacherintexas and hosted by skinnymeg!

{note: skinny meg is taking a well-deserved break.  that girl has been rocking her way though her pregnancy and inspiring us all, but now it’s time for some maternity leave from WOW for her.  but i’m just going to try to keep up with my own WOW posts to keep myself accountable and reflective on how i’m doing!}

it’s been pretty hard to be positive about my fitness goals lately.  yes, part of it was the holiday season in november and december.  there were so many temptations.  like every damn day.  and i gave in.  A.  LOT.

as i enter this new year, it’s that time to renew my goals and get excited again.  that has been super hard considering the “new year, new you” shit going around.  the media is showing us unrealistic images at all times on tv shows, magazines, blogs, etc. and yet it seems like every other commercial is about weight loss and dieting.  if i see one more weight watchers or special k commercial or diet pill infomercial or ignorant pin on pinterest, i’m going to scream.  not really. but it’s just frustrating when you know what you want and need to do and there’s these images coming at you all the time.

people in your life can say negative things too.  for example, we had a special luncheon at school before the break.  i ate all my yummy food and then went back and got some dessert.  as i sat down, one of my guy friends at school said, “whoa, you’re going to eat that?  you shouldn’t.  you’ve got goals, remember?”  i know my face visibly fell.  i think i even hung my head for a second.  my inner fat girl was immediately shamed.  all of the women near me immediately defended me.  and the guy genuinely thought he was helping me.  such a guy thing to do.   needless to say, i didn’t even want to eat the delicious pie, brownies, or cake anymore.  i had been waiting and eating well all week for that damn pie too!  and he ruined it for me with a few little words.  i did eat a few more bites just to make the girls around me see that i was okay.  but it made me feel bad.  i know that a few bites of goodies wouldn’t throw me off track, but being verbally reminded that i didn’t really need to eat it really struck me.  i have remembered this experience every single time i’ve indulged (or over-indulged) in the past few weeks.

so how do you focus on the positives?  surround yourself with positive people as much as you can, people who support you and don’t drag you down.  avoid those stupid magazines and blogs.  watch tv shows and youtube channels that promote healthy living and strong women.  follow people on instagram and facebook that provide daily/weekly motivation.  in other words, focus on you.  so that’s what i’m going to try to do for the next few weeks until the commercials go away and the world goes back to normal…whatever that is.

so my stomach and butt are definitely my “problem area”, especially when i gain a few (okay, nine) like i have around the holidays.  this fitness blender workout is ab-tastic!!!  it makes you feel great afterwards.  it is 36 minutes long with 5 circuits (3 exercises, 40 seconds on/10 seconds off, 2x through) and includes a warm-up and cool-down.  this is a great well-rounded workout.  it’s not too long or short.  it gets you sweating!  and it works the abs area the entire time while also getting in your full body cardio.  (remember to play some music in the background so it’s not boring.)

taylor @ a tattooed teacher in texas blog

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