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Health and Fitness

Full Time RV Fitness Journey: Week 4

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?

Saturday

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.

Sunday

Scheduled Rest Day

Monday

  • 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.

These Voices are the WORST!

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.

Tuesday

Scheduled Rest Day

New Years Day

Scheduled Recovery….I mean rest day.

Thursday

  • 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.

Yoga Day 1

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.

Friday

  • 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!

Challenge 1

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!

Beef Jerky

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 salud-hombres.com. But I gotta warn you it might make you mad.

Challenge 2

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!
Yoga with Adriene

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.

30 Day Yoga Challenge Intro Video

Challenge 3

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!

Challenge 4

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

20 Comments

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    Renae Hiatt

    Hi, I love Adrienne & love you guys too! I’ve got my husband hooked on you too. Yoga is the only thing I have been able to stick with all these years. I enjoy it so much & so does my body! 🧡 Thanks for being an inspiration to us!

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      Youmerv

      Thanks for joining me on the journey! I am really loving the yoga and so is Phil. I think we will receive long term benefits from it.

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    David Legge

    You are doing awesome. Keep it up. You are so right about eliminating sugar from your diet. It is so hard because it is in everything and it hides behind dozens of different names. But, sugar isn’t the only concern. What about all those other chemicals in processed foods. What do you suppose those are doing to your body? The best way to fight back is with knowledge. I had to learn to read labels and it is scary. Basically, anything that comes is a package or a box and has ingredients you can’t pronounce, you need to avoid. Two years ago I changed everything about the way I eat and I am still learning. A great book to read is Genius Foods by Max Lugavere which explains the latest research linking what you eat to brain health (ex. dementia). He’s not some doctor trying to sell something, just a reporter whose Mom died of dementia and he wanted to understand why. Another fun resource is the YouTube channel FlavCity. The host actually goes into grocery stores and shows you what is good and what isn’t and why. He also cooks healthy meals. (I have no affiliation with either).

    Since you were so kind to turn me on to PlanToEat I wouldn’t mind sharing my recipes with you if you’d like. I’m at RVAdventureAwaits on PlanToEat.

    Good luck and know that we will all be cheering for you.

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      Youmerv

      You are right there is crap everywhere! But I will eliminate as much as I can with a large focus each month. Luckily, just eliminating sugar will eliminate a lot of it. Thanks for the tip about FlavCity. I looked him up and really like him! I may even add him to the blog. Is it ok if I mention you as my source? I will also check out Genius Foods. I love that we can learn so much from each other!

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    Jen

    You ROCK!! What a fantastic way to get the year rolling…we are working on cleaning up our diet as well, man visiting family and the holidays sure does include lots of junk food. My quick and easy go to’s for clean food are Instant Loss and Clean Food Crush for menu ideas. Both would be great places to find some yummy no sugar options.
    I have been searching for a good yoga routine to do while traveling. Will have to check this one out. My mat travelled all around the east coast from Florida to Canada and saw no action…time to change that!!! Thanks! 😁

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      Youmerv

      Thanks for the websites! It helps to have new ideas for food so we dont get sick of the same things all the time. We like her! Check her out. Her January challenge might be slow for you if you have practiced in the past but she has a ton of other videos to choose from.

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    Andrea

    Great Goals!!! And looks like you are working hard to reach success. I was gifted a month long yoga membership —so excited to start that soon.
    I’ve run on that path before, such a view — watch for dolphins!!! Enjoy this Fl cool down

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    Jen

    Love your channel and have dreams of RV living in the future. Running…you got this. Couch to 5k is a great way to start. The running will never get easier, you just get better!! Happy to be following along on your journey!

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    Janet Henning

    Good goals young lady. #4 would be the hardest for me. I enjoy watching you two and am glad you started this blog.
    I want to walk with my honey, I’ve gained so much weight and he loves to walk, he used to walk every day before he met me. But I’m getting a new knee feb 3, so hopefully that will make things easier. I was hoping to get both done at the same time but will see. Dr calls it.
    We have downsized, we will not be getting rid of our sticks and bricks but have everything ready to start our camping across the U.S. He hasn’t done much traveling in his life so this will be fun.

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    Brenda Nowlin

    Sara Beth Yoga is another great you tube channel. She has many styles, speed, length, and difficulty level videos.

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    Christina Field

    Like you, January is time for me to get serious about healthy eating. I’ll be cutting my sugars way back. What are your thoughts on doing a more gradual, incremental cut back rather than cold turkey to zero sugar? I always struggle with a drastic change but seem to manage a planned transition better. I know the results take longer that way, but ideally, I’ll be eating well at least 80% of the time for the long haul. I’m addIng an alcohol goal of no more than one alcoholic beverage per week. as for those voices in your head, I know what helps me is to go back to mindfulness practice and notice the thoughts but to just let them float by like clouds. The same for the pain/discomforts of exercise – realizing this, too, shall pass and appreciating my body for what it IS doing, not criticizing it for the more I want it to do. I’m loving the 30-day yoga challenge so far and am really glad you found that. I’m feeling benefits from the yoga already !! I’ll be using my tracker to capture my fitness, eating, and mindfulness goals and am looking forward to seeing the “good” days stack up :-).

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      Youmerv

      The way you cut sugars (gradual or cold turkey) is a decision based on what works best for you. What can you maintain long term? I do better cold turkey but many like Phil do better gradually cutting back weekly or daily. Slow and steady wins the race so do what works best for you. I am going to work more on mindfulness and finding a way to change the banter from negative to positive. Good days are a commin!!

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    Theresa Reynolds

    Wow! Those are some amazing goals and results. It’s clear now that I need to make me and my health and fitness goals the priority of I’ll never see the results. I just keeps sliding back into old habits of taking care of everyone and everything else first. Thanks for the inspiration, Stacey! Looking forward to a healthier (and less painful) 2020!!!

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      Youmerv

      Falling back to old routines is always easy to do. That has been my problem since we went full time. But no more! It has to be my priority. I really want to accomplish my goals and be a healthier me! Good luck with your goals and your priority setting. I know the struggle but YOU CAN DO IT!!

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