Ending My Gym-Cation

I’ve never been shy about telling you guys how much I don’t enjoy working out.  Heck, even Jillian Michaels mentioned that she doesn’t love killing it in the gymThanks for that reality check, Jill.

As part of this healthy living community, I know that I am definitely not the norm.  My social media feeds are peppered with folks that are leveraging those endorphins every single day.  Some of them do it for a living, some of them are conquering new and exciting physical challenges (Yes — I’m talking about you, Alan!,) and some seem to be wired to work out overcoming all odds.

Many of you are going after it every single day in the most impressive of ways.  Thank you for sharing your stories, posting your pics, and displaying your positive mantras.  I’ve wanted to be inspired by you.  I’ve wanted to use your sweatie selflies as an inspiration for me to put on my sneakers and get to the gym.

But… I didn’t, and I haven’t for a while.  While I’ve been hitting up yoga at least once or twice a week, it’s been a long time since I had that super-sweaty, adrenaline-filled night at the gym.  The hardest part… I haven’t had the desire to be there AT ALL.

If you’ve met me and or know me even a little bit, you likely know that I don’t do anything that I truly don’t want to do.  Yep, that’s me.  I’ve been stubborn about this.  I’ve justified it in my head… and I’ve taken a break.  I told myself that I would maintain my weight (and lose a little) solely through managing my food consumption.

So… How’s that Going?

I am a FIRM believer (refer back to the stubborn paragraph above, if needed) that your weight story is told in the kitchen, not in the gym.  For example:  It is VERY hard to work off an extra 500 calorie snack you indulge in every single day.  It can be done, but to me, it makes better sense to just choose the 100 calorie equivalent of said snack, and move on.

This is why I am wildly passionate about cooking, why I am a huge volumizer on the Jenny Craig program, and why I allowed myself to (pretty much) take a month off of working out…

I absolutely know that I can lose/maintain weight by just eating better.  I have for the past month with Jenny!  While the program is working for me, I need a little “wiggle room.”  And, I get wiggle room from adding in physical activity.

Truth be told, I don’t feel great.  I miss those endorphins and the sense of accomplishment associated with even walking through the door at the YMCA.  I also feel like I’m holding all my stress in as opposed to releasing it.  This isn’t good for me.  I can also feel that in my body.  Lastly, summer is JUST around the corner.  Even though we’re expecting snow this week (AGAIN!), I will be in a swimsuit soon, and I want to feel fabulous.

Right now, I don’t feel fabulous.  I truthfully feel like I’ve entered a self-approved form of laziness.  Meaning, I accept it and I don’t judge myself for it… since I wrote myself a permission slip a month ago to take a break.  However, it’s time to tear up that pretty piece of paper.

It’s time to end this gym-cation!  Does this mean that I’ll be at the gym every day?  Probably not.  Does this mean that I’m going to make an effort to add more activity every single week?  Yep.

One last confession:  The idea of doing this… it doesn’t sound exactly fun to me, but neither does saying no to a slice of cake, a piece of pizza, or a second glass of wine.  But sometimes, you just have to do it.  It’s time.

So, starting this week, I plan be there.  I’ll be on the treadmill, lifting weights, and maybe even in that new class I’ve wanted to try.  I may not be the peppiest about it, certainly not the fastest, nor the most excited about it… but I’ll be burning calories and doing something great for my body at the same time.

I’m in Phoenix for the next few days, and I have workout clothes with me… and I plan to use them.  I need this.  It’s time.  I’m choosing me.

Have you ever taken a “gym-cation”?

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Fashionable Workout Gear

Those of you who have been reading NTTC for some time know that I sometimes need a little push to get to the gym.  For me, that can be a friend going with me, a new class to try a the gym, or sometimes, even a new look.
I’m not going to say that I wear makeup when I’m working out or that I fix my hair for the occasion… but I do like to look cute when I’m getting my sweat on.  Especially after dropping 65+ lbs, I don’t like to be in loose t-shirts and sweats anymore.  I like to be in form fitting clothes when I’m working out.  That way, my clothes don’t get in my way… or slow me down!
I also love to accessorize.  At the gym, that might mean a new sparkly headband, a new pair of yoga pants, or even a new pair of shoes!  It’s the little things that help complete my workout look, and check out my newest pair of shoes.  So excited about them!
Heidi Klum for New Balance | No Thanks to Cake
These shoes are part of Heidi Klum’s new fitness line for New Balance.  These shoes are just the beginning of what’s available!  Click here to see the full line.
Heidi Klum for New Balance | No Thanks to Cake

Now, let’s talk about these shoes.  These running shoes are super sparkly – - more sparkly than any other sneakers that I’ve worn before.  They have a shimmery, iridescent look as well… so incredibly fun!

Heidi Klum for New Balance | No Thanks to Cake

At first glance, I was a little concerned that these shoes may be more for fashion than for function, but I was wrong.  They’re lightweight, but designed to be really supportive.  They look great peeking out from under a pair of yoga pants, or with leggings.  Click here for more details and to order your own pair!

 Heidi Klum for New Balance | No Thanks to Cake

I’ve been pinning some of my other favorite Heidi Klum New Balance Gear… Click here to follow my Pinterest Board.

Heidi Klum New Balance | No Thanks to Cake

How do you stay fashionable while at the gym?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Heidi Klum for New Balance through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Heidi Klum for New Balance, all opinions are my own.

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WOW: Strength Training for Beginners

It’s been a long time since I posted a “Workout Wednesday” post… but in my effort to get more focused on physical fitness in 2014, I plan to bring this feature back again.

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I’ve got my sights set on spending some more time in the weight room, but this is not my area of expertise by any means.  As a result, I called on the lovely Caroline (AKA The Trendy Trainer) to offer some tips to all of us on how to get started with strength training.  Thanks, Caroline, for sharing your expertise here on NTTC!

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I am so excited to be guest posting on NTTC! My name is Caroline, and Kelly and I met at FitSocial last year in Denver, CO. I have loved staying in touch and being able to catch up through our blogs.  I can’t wait to reunite at FitBloggin’ this year.

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I live in Boston, MA and just recently was able to pursue my passion for blogging and now work full-time as a fitness content writer for the Boston-based media publication, BostInno. I began my fitness journey through personal training and teaching classes.  I’ve always loved being able to help people visualize and ultimately achieve their goals.

So without further ado, let’s dive right into my 5 top fitness tips for anyone beginning a strength routine.

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1. Don’t Fear the Strength Room. 

All the time I see women too afraid of venturing to the “other” side of the gym. Whether it’s out of confusion or fear, we must begin to break that habit. Check out what your gym has to offer, you may be surprised by the variety of options they have. From Kettlebells to Bosu balls, modern gyms are typically stacked with the newest and coolest fitness gadgets. So go check it out, then move on to tip #2.

2.  Just Ask. We Don’t Bite. 

When I was working at the gym full-time, I was amazed at how many members would come in, walk around, and then leave without so much as touching a piece of equipment. As a fitness professional standing in plain view, I grew confused as to why no one would ask me for assistance, for guidance. And then it dawned on me: people hate to ask for help. Well, I’m here to tell you, ask!  You’re not likely to get a free training session, but a simple ‘what is what’ around the gym floor is a perfectly acceptable question.

3. Try a Class!

Most gyms offer a variety of group exercise classes. From Zumba to bootcamp, these classes are a great way to learn new exercises and get ideas for your own workout. If you’re not feeling motivated, begin taking strength classes 2x/week so it becomes routine. When you feel confident you can train on your own, hit the floor with all the moves you’ve learned in class.

4. Don’t Quit. 

Speaking of motivation… the number one reason why people quit an exercise routine is because they aren’t seeing the results they want. Make sure you’re not only challenging your body, but also putting in the time and allowing for proper recovery.

If you’re just starting off on a workout routine, go slow. Don’t bombard your body with two-a-days and logging millions of miles. You’ll burn out and most likely get injured. Like they say, slow and steady wins the race.

5. Recover, Recover, Recover. 

After your workout, it’s easy to put your feet up and call it a day. But before you hang on the couch or go sit at your desk, make sure you’ve properly stretched and fueled your muscles for proper recovery. Within 30 minutes of exercising, aim to take in a small serving of protein and carbohydrates. Hydration is key as well. If you’re not used to exercising, you’ll need to make sure you’re replacing the fluids lost during that sweat session!

For more tips on fitness and maintaining good health, visit Caroline over at The Trendy Trainer.  You can also follow her on Facebook (The Trendy Trainer), Twitter (@trendytrainer) and Instagram (@trendytrainer)

What is your best tip for a beginner looking to incorporate strength training?

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A Tiny Piece of My Passion {GIVEAWAY}

When I was designing my blog, I hadn’t yet begun practicing yoga, but I wanted something active to show at the top of the page.  I went back and forth between a silhouette of a girl that was running and the image you see now of a girl in Warrior 2.

I like to think that it was my soul that chose the yoga girl, as though it knew the Proud Warrior was exactly the right image for what I wanted to become.

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Since then, I’ve spent many an hour at the yoga studio.  And, I’ve fallen in love with it.

I’ve practiced Blindfolded Yoga and enjoyed Yoga in the Yard with friends.  I found myself mesmerized by Candlelight Yoga and even practiced Yoga with the Dolphins during a trip to Las Vegas…

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Most of all, my yoga practice has become this beautiful escape.  For that one hour during the day, I can completely escape my thoughts, my to-do list, and just BREATHE.  It is the most healing 60 minutes I spend in any given day.

Right before Christmas, I was introduced to a new company called Affirmats, and I just loved their mission and their products.  Their beautiful, beautiful mats are emblazoned with amazing mantras to motivate you through your practice.  The type of mantras that can transform your practice… and I knew I had to have one.

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Isn’t this mat amazing?  I practiced on my Affirmat for the first time on January 1, and I really felt like it helped me push through my planks in a way I never expected!  Not only are the mats beautiful, but they are motivating!

Other facts about this gorgeous mat… it’s Eco-Friendly, Non-Toxic, and Slip Resistant.  And, AWEsome!  Especially since it even motivated me to practice at home… with Jillian Michaels!  Whoa… it has magical powers, as well!

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So… are you interested in having an AFFIRMAT of your own??? Well, today is your lucky day!!

My new friends over at Affirmats gifted me the mat above and have offered to send one to one of my VERY LUCKY readers here at NTTC!

Affirmats Yoga Mat Giveaway | No Thanks to Cake

Enter to win by filling out the Rafflecopter below!  This giveaway will remain open until Friday, January 24th at 12:00am.

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Note:  Affirmats provided me with their product that appears above for this review and giveaway; however, the opinions expressed above are my own.  

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