What I Learned: Third Annual 30 for 30

April has come to a close and May is officially here.  Events such as weddings, horse racing (Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes) and graduations are taking over the calendar, which makes me happy that I blocked out the month of April to dedicate to my fitness and health. Health is a journey, not a destination and this year, there were a few lessons I learned.

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1) Stay hydrated.  This is especially important as the weather warms up and the humidity soars.  Water is needed by every metabolic and cellular function in your body, and when you are dehydrated — even slightly — your body has to extract fluid from your food and hold onto it, creating a supply reserve, to ensure your cells have enough to work properly.  This energy is used to take water from your foods rather than repair your body.  Dehydration also causes fatigue and mimics feelings of hunger. To make sure you are properly hydrated, divide your weight in pounds in half and drink that number in fluid ounces every day).

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2) Schedule workouts.  I have to put workouts on my calender and schedule them one week out.  If I don’t take the time to plan, workouts get pushed to the back burner and work, coffee dates and dinners take priority.

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3) I have a hard time trying new “things” and in this case, workouts.  I’ve said for months (possibly years) that I’m going to take a Zumba class.  Guess what? This year’s 30 for 30 came and went, with nary a Zumba class in sight.  Or a barre class.  Or paddleboarding.  You get the point.  I stick to what I know: running, biking, swimming, yoga, strength work.  Exercise should be fun, and the above workouts are, but I often “forget” that hiking, hip hop class or kayaking count towards my daily activity.

4) Fitness is more than a number on a scale.  While I didn’t lose the 5 pounds I had hoped (I lost 3), I did notice that clothes fit better, which ultimately means a more toned body. I felt better from day to day, there was a smile on my face and a bounce in my step.  Working out until it breaks me or severely limiting my calories won’t provide any of those effects.

Thank you, dear reader and 30 for 30 warriors, for joining me on this leg of the journey.  But, as I said, this path continues and we continue to walk it together.  I LOVED reading all of your experiences and am grateful for all of the wonderful (and constructive) feedback.  Tomorrow, I will announce the winner of the Giveaway, which includes a Springy Danielle Nicole handbag and items (including nutrition bars!) from Vega.

Keep plugging along; update me on your progress and remember to enjoy the journey…

Until tomorrow (or next year for the challenge)…

slow and steady

Day 12: Friday, Rainy Friday

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Good Morning from a rainy Washington, DC!

Yesterday was cardio (which, for me, means elliptical or stepper). Today, is a 75-minute heated Vinyasa.  As I write these posts, I realize that a lot of my workouts are repetitive.  One of the goals of my personal 30-f0r-30 was to try new workouts… I still haven’t taken a Zumba class, but have been “thinking about taking one” for years. But, the primary goal of this initiative is to do something active for 30 days, so I can’t beat myself up too bad about the repetition – I’ve been movin’ this body and getting in the activity!

I’m tired today.  I haven’t been sleeping well, which affects my quality of life.  I’m one of those people who needs consistent sleep and a fair amount every night.  The allergies in this area are also just kicking in, which means lethargy.  I’m sipping a coffee as I write this, which I’m hoping gives me a little boost to get out of first gear this morning. Come on coffee… come on coffee…

coffee and berries

The sad part, with the rain that’s falling outside, is that it will most likely wash away the cherry blossom buds, which have really bloomed this past week.  The city is filled with tourists from all over the country, who have have come to see the beauty firsthand. Come back this afternoon for a healthy Japanese inspired recipe to kick off the weekend!

What are your plans for today? I’m making tomorrow an active recovery day, which means that I’m not sitting on the couch all day, but will be active and spend a large part of the day walking.  And eating healthy, lots of water!

Until tomorrow…