Welcome to 2020! I hope you had a great time during the holidays with family and friends. Now that eating season is over it is time to dig deep to make real changes happen. I have committed to several challenges this month to help me achieve my health and fitness goals. I know I can make it through to the end of January the trick will be to make it throughout the entire year! How about you? Any challenges for the month of January? Are you making changes for yourself in 2020?
Weights: Legs & Glutes
I found something new to add to my workout arsenal. I was looking on Pinterest for a new leg workout when I came across this couple. So I decided to give them a try. This was today’s workout and it was a good one.
There are several reasons I like Mr&MrsMuscle workout videos.
- They are bodyweight only or light weights.
- The workouts are short for busy days.
- They include modifications for most exercises.
- Each exercise is only 30 seconds.
- The video beeps when you are halfway through each exercise and at the end of the exercise. Which is nice since you can’t always watch the screen.
I think I will choose more videos from Mr & Mrs Muscle to include in my workouts.
Scheduled Rest Day
- Run: 2.52 mi/33:02 min/13:04 ave pace
- Walk Run Intervals: 4 min/1 min x5
OMG!! Today was HOT, HUMID, and HAARRRD!! Does it sound like I am whining??? Well, I am! Last week’s intervals were running for 3 minutes and walking 2 minutes. When I heard in my ear I would be jumping up to 4 minutes of course I panicked!! Four whole minutes! BUT I DID IT! I ran them all. I can’t believe I made it. Today was a big win for me.
Those voices in my head were relentless today! I need to work on training my brain to have a new soundtrack. But I am not sure how to do that.
Scheduled Rest Day
New Years Day
Scheduled Recovery….I mean rest day.
- Run: 2.54 mi/33:23 min/13:07 ave pace
- Walk Run Intervals: 4 min/1 min x5
- Yoga: Day 1 (Recognize) 43 minutes
Today was a really good day. As I was running I realized how far I have come in only 4 short weeks. Although, it was a struggle to finish intervals 4 and 5, I was able to blow through the first three without a problem. During my first week, I almost lost my breakfast after running a minute! This energizes me and motivates me to keep going. Progress! Accomplishment! Whoop! Whoop! Today is a WIN for sure.
My first day of yoga is in the books and I really enjoyed it. I also loved that Phil did it with me. I cant wait to see the difference in my flexibility on day 30. For more on this yoga challenge keep reading.
- Weights: Upper Body HIIT Workout
- Yoga: Day 2 (Intend) 28 minutes
I waited until the end of the day to exercise. Usually, I will want to skip my workouts after a long day but I didn’t! I drug out my computer at 8pm and pushed play.
I really enjoyed today’s upper body workout with Mr & Mrs Muscle. In just 10 minutes I was sweating up a storm. It may have something to do with those dang burpees.
Yoga was the perfect way to end the day. I am really loving this challenge. I have also managed to convince a few friends to join the yoga challenge with me. You should join in with us! It is fantastic. You can go at your level and modify when you need to. More information on the yoga is below.
January Challenges to Achieve My Health and Fitness Goals
Ok, let’s face it as good as I am doing with my couch to 5k challenge I can not accomplish my health and fitness goals with that alone. I will need to step it up in a BIG way! My goal for December was to make exercise not only a priority but a habit. I think I have done a pretty good job but new challenges are ahead!
Eliminate sugar from my diet! Oh, I know what you are thinking toss those brownies and Christmas cookies and you are good to go. Nope, that is not enough to accomplish my goals! I need to eliminate ALL sugar. I mean all that hidden added sugar in our food. It is in EVERYTHING! It is hidden in our lunchmeat, crackers, soups, and vegetable broth. EVERYTHING!
It is actually one of the major reasons for the obesity epidemic in our country. Let me go all nurse practitioner on you for a minute. Don’t worry it will be the cliff notes version.
When you eat sugar in any form (cane sugar, dextrose, lactose, sucrose, fruit juice) it raises the insulin in your blood. Insulin’s job is to help the body turn glucose to energy or to store unused glucose for later use.
Did you catch that? Insulin stores unused sugar for later…that my friend is a nice way to say pack on the fat. With all the hidden, added sugar in an average American diet, it is near impossible to burn it up without storing a little here and there. Like a little here on my hips and a little there on my thighs! So the only way to prevent the storage and to empty to the trunk is to eliminate sugar in all forms!
If you are wondering what to look for when reading labels to find the sneaky added sugar check out this list of 61 names for added sugar from the University of California.
If you want to watch a documentary about our sugar problem check out Fedup. It’s on Amazon and talks about the evolution of sugar in the food we eat. But I gotta warn you it might make you mad.
30-day yoga challenge! There are so many benefits to adding yoga to your health and fitness routine. Below are a few of the reasons I decided to take on the yoga challenge. I know it will help me achieve my full time RV fitness goals!
- Increased flexibility.
- Increased muscle strength and tone.
- Weight reduction.
- Cardio and circulatory health.
- Improved athletic performance.
- Protection from injury.
- And it’s my favorite price: FREE.99!
Another big reason for this challenge is because it is low impact and Phil can do it with me. We like exercising together and since it is low impact Phil is all in! It will be a great way to strengthen his back which will help with his chronic pain.
I found Adriene on YouTube. She has gained quite the following since she started posting her yoga videos. Every year she does a 30-day yoga challenge for the month of January. So I thought why not! It will be the perfect compliment to my high impact exercises.
If you want to join the 30 day challenge and receive inspirational emails from Adriene sign up at her website. If you want to skip the emails and join the yoga challenge head over to her youtube channel.
Dry January. No alcohol for the month of January. This should be my easiest challenge. I have decided to ditch the craft beer and margaritas. It is not that I drink all the time but I don’t need the added sugars which will hinder my health and fitness goals. I also eat junk when I drink. So they are off the menu!
Make me the priority. This will be my toughest challenge for the month. Making my health and fitness goals the priority over everything else has always been my biggest challenge. This will mean our channel, social media, exploration, travels….all of it will be put second. My health and fitness journey will be first for the month of January. Hopefully, this will continue as the year progresses and stay at the top of the list.
What Are Your Health and Fitness Goals for January?
Are you a full time RVer having trouble with the lack of routine? What are your full time RV health and fitness goals? Have you chosen a few goals to help improve your overall health and fitness? Drop them into the comments. We would love to hear about your goals. You can do it! We are here to cheer you on!
Now get to it and I will see you next week. ~Stacy
Author: Stacy, You, Me, & the RV, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, 2020