Friday, May 16, 2014

Shutting down the Don't Wants and Memes

TGIF! This week flew by, fast fast for me. I need to vent. And brag on myself. Bare with me. This is a big whiny list of #fitgirlproblems

Life was cra-zay this week and I really struggled with major don't wants. Don't wants occur when you don't want to work out, but you know that you should. I dreaded every single work out this week and I have no idea why. Short on time, sleep, and other life stresses had me trying to make flimsy excuses for myself.  I haven't wanted to drag my tail out of bed in the early morning at all this week. In fact, it only happened once.  The Horror! Which translates to battling the crowd for an evening work out. Le Sigh. Thursday was the worst. I knew I had a long work out (back, biceps, triceps, abs, sprints) and I flat out didn't want to go do it. Ordinarily, I am sunshine, daisies, and spitting glitter Let's go work out! Oh yeahs!!

because it never gets old

I could have layed the smack down on that Positive Patty Thursday afternoon. Bluck, but I promised myself I would commit to this Phase 3 thing like I'd commit to a race. Get moving sista! 6pm I forced myself to head to the gym. No one cares or ever will care more about my fitness more than me, even on days when I don't want to care. I gotta say, I didn't even start to enjoy the work out until Sprint 19, maybe because it was almost over? It has been such a long time since I've felt this way about exercise! I know it will pass, but moral of the story is, the don't wants happen to everyone. I was so HAPPY I'd put this work out in defeating the near deafening don't wants.

sometimes you gotta toot your own horn- beep to da beep!

Meme Friday here we go....

Ya'll know what these memes are going to consist of right? Because Rich people are just like the rest of us. Ain't nobody perfect, no ones family is perfect, and no one is conflict free. If you're having a bad day, just remember, you don't go swangin on your Brother in Law after one too many cocktails (On a Monday! Solange! That's Saturday night behavior girlfriend get it together!), in a schmancy NYC elevator, while you're all literally dressed in a million bucks. 

Because the internet is awesome. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Women's Health Week with Ash Z

Good morning party people! Today I'm participating in Women's Health Week with Ashlee from Ash's Right Direction! I'm over in her neck of the woods today annoying her readers with how many times I can say ya'll ;) Ashlee is achieving to the ultimate balancing act: Wife, Mom, dog Mom, and commuted to fit! Let's be real, I'm struggling with my regular schedule plus my puppy Nacho. I really can't wrap my brain around how you Mommas make time for it all! Take it away Ashlee!

Hello Elle Noel readers! I am pretty excited to be guest posting here today because I have been following Mrs Noel's journey from the beginning I think. She is a huge inspiration to me and has pushed me to do more than I thought I could. We actually started our blogs around the same time (July 2012) and we are the same age. I think we were meant to be virtual friends :)

Anyhoo, my name is Ashlee and I blog over at Ash's Right Direction. I am a wife, a mom, and a girl trying to get to the healthiest version of herself she can.

Women's Health Week is this week and I think that it is a pretty important week. I started getting serious about my health after seeing my wedding photos and hearing my "female" doctor tell me my blood pressure was way too high. I was 25 and I was put on blood pressure medication. I decided it was time for a change. I was newly married and I wanted to be healthy for the years to come.

After losing 35 lbs I ended up getting pregnant with Mason. Right before getting my pregnancy news I was told by my physician that I could stop taking my blood pressure medication. I decided I was not going to let the pregnancy be an excuse to eat whatever I wanted and slack off with my workouts. I was active throughout my pregnancy and I loved being pregnant. I think the activity helped.

I started doing more 5k races with my mother in law, we were just fast walkers for them. Last year I decided I wanted to start running some of the races. I was (still am) slow, but I pushed through. Having a race to look forward to help keep my motivation up and my activity up.

I am currently training for my first half marathon and found a 10k I want to do in September. I am branching out with my activities and trying new things. I want to try the obstacle courses I keep seeing advertised. I feel like I have become stronger in the last year with the Jillian Michaels' workouts and the P90X3 program.

I am not a gym person, I enjoy working out in the comforts of my own living room. You don't need a costly gym membership to get active. You have roads all around you to get out and walk on, those are free. Most of the DVDs that I use cost under $10.

I have come a long way in the last couple years. I have worked hard to be the best I can be for my family. It is never too late to start your "get healthy" journey and you don't need a doctor giving you a prescription you don't want to kick start it. We should all be the best versions of ourselves for us.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Live Fit Phase Two vs Phase Three

Gerd mernin! Apologies for my radio silence yesterday, this is one of those weeks where life, work, and being Elle Noel are in a delicate balance. I am swamped and sleep deprived. Always a great combination. When that happens social media always seems to take a back seat. C'est La Vie! I'll reschedule yesterday's post on What Blogging has Taught Me for next week! I'm onto week two of Phase Three, and I must say: I am LOVING Phase Three!! 

One week of Phase Three can be summed up like this: Four Days Lifting (with active rest) and cardio, two days Lifting (Legs) with active rest. 

I feel consistently challenged, and stronger every day. The first few days I felt a bit ridiculous completing active rests between sets: side hops, long jumps, push ups, squat jumps, burpees, side to side hops, mountain climbers, and what seems to be Jamie's Go-to active rest: Jump Rope, but I was able to get over that real fast. Blinders on and go. Don't worry about what anyone else is thinking. Do you.

Phase three thus far includes one type of cardio: Sprints. 30 Minutes of Sprints at 8.0 , 0 incline thank goodness, 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off. Some of the work outs are taking me around an hour and a half to complete (with cardio) while some take about 40-45 minutes (Leg Days). I had a hard time letting go of my running the last few weeks but the results are speaking for themselves. I'm curious to see what my average pace will look like on a 4-5 miler after completing Phase Three. I haven't run outdoors since the Crescent City Classic and true confessions: I'm not really missing it. It's nice not to have any nagging run injuries and to take a little break from pounding all that pavement.

The biggest adjustment for me in following the Live Fit Program has been Lifting then Cardio. In that order. Retraining cardio running brain has been a struggle for me. If you always do the same thing, you always get the same results. The biggest differences between Phase Two and Phase Three has been the addition of "active rest", while lifting consists of  high rep, lower set, less weight plus active rest. And the Sprints. Can't be forgetting the Sprints. Phase Two was lower rep, more sets, heavier weight. Cardio in Phase Two consisted of 30 minutes moderate intensity cardio of choice: step mill, elliptical, running (guess which one I picked).

Real Talk Sprints in the early AM are hard. There's just no sugar coating it, however with Nacho, it's the only space in my day where my work out is fitting. I have to force myself to do the sprints BUT it's paying off. I can see a difference in all of my cloths and even int he way last years swim suit fit this past weekend. Heller improvements!

Did this post seem totally spastic to you? Because it did to me. 

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming....

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Party at the Palms 2014

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to get away from reality for a few days. I was invited with three other friends to spend the weekend at Cajun Palms RV Resort. Cajun Palms is less than a 20 minute drive from home, but once we're there, it feels like an Oasis get away: fun in the Sun, entertainment, great music, new people, dancing, a swim up bar, care free and careless! I was finally able to get some sun on my bright white skin, complete with a sun burn to prove it! This weekend was a fun kick off to what will surly be a wonderful summer! 

We had a wonderful weekend filled with laughs, heart to hearts, meeting new people, and a few embarrassing stories that can't be published on the internet. Scandalous events include but are not limited to: borrowed water ballons, a Shark named Timmy, and an alcohol impaired deadbolt. We were a little bougie, sometimes bossy, and a ton of fun if I do say so myself. I'm already looking forward to our next visit to the palms! Come Sunday morning, however, I was ready to head home and spend some time with my Momma!

And my Nacho, I was afraid he would have forgotten me, but he didn't hold a grudge

Play time with Nacho
Vacation's are supposed to be restful right?! Why am I so tired! Hope all you Mommas had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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