Current Simple Joys

Hello, hello!

I wish I had more hooking greetings like Arman.

I hope Monday treated you all well. It was actually kinda nice to get back into the swing of things, but I do miss my blog reading downtime. And my fuzzy blanket in the freezing morning.

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It was warm-ish yesterday, but the temps are dropping by, like, 40 degrees today. Ice day? I think yes.

Moves

Yesterday I headed to the gym to get some blood flowing to my cold muscles! I did a 20 minute incline walk and an arm workout that looked somewhat similar to this TRX one from last week. This time, I switched up some of the core moves and added some TRX bicep curls, which were a nice challenge considering I haven’t done a curl in forever. I also spent some time on this contraption:

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Except I did NOT smile this much.

On this rope climbing machine, I did 6 minutes total, pulling down and pulling up on the rope every other minute. This is one of my favorite ways to work the whole upper body— it’s one of those things that you feel really cool doing, especially when you’re listening to intense music. Intense music being Starships by Nicki Minaj.

Lastly, a plank to finish! I had to switch from elbow to straight arm plank to fight for these 4 minutes.

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Shouldersssssss.

Current Simple Joys

Yesterday, I passed by a poster that I used to love looking at in my freshman English teacher’s room that has a long list of simple pleasures in life that you can enjoy by yourself or share with others. I love that poster so much because I do believe that the simple joys of everyday life are what can bring the most fulfillment.

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So in honor of that idea, I wanted to share some of the simple joys that I’ve noticed in my life lately. Please play along and list your current simple joys in the comments!

  • Eating that perfectly ripened banana. Not too green, not too brown.
  • Getting a good night’s rest.
  • Sitting down for dinner with the family on a Monday night.
  • Holding that plank.
  • Getting up just a wee bit earlier to make a hot bowl of oats.
  • That peanut butter melted in the center of the hot oats.
  • Loving texts from mom and pop.
  • Not having a lot of homework.
  • A friend making that extra effort to help finish a project.
  • Little dancers smiling and saying “hello!” and “thank you” after I assist their class.
  • A really good sandwich for lunch.
  • Fuzzy pajamas.

One other thing that I’d like to mention from yesterday is something that touched me deeply. A man named Mr. Halligan came to our school yesterday to talk about the story of his son, Ryan, who committed suicide in 2003 due to bullying and depression. His words broke my heart as they portrayed the agony and pain of the story, but they also showed hope, peace, and forgiveness. Some things that he said that really stuck with me:

  • “You are loved more than you will ever imagine. Don’t you ever think for a second that no one cares about you or that they will not miss you.”
  • “Forgiveness felt so much better.”

Mr. Halligan’s presentation definitely had a profound impact on some of the students in my school, including myself. He has been extremely courageous and generous in giving these presentations to many schools and on many shows, including Oprah. Please keep him, Ryan, and his family in your prayers. You can learn more here: Ryan’s Story.

I didn’t really want to end this on such a somber note, but just know that there can be so much positivity brought forth from this tragedy, as Mr. Halligan clearly displayed in his speech.

Have a lovely day, everyone 🙂

So tell me:

List some of your current simple joys!

Do you like planking? 

 

 

 

TRX Arms and Core Workout

Another day waking up super late, another lunch at 4:30 PM. Oops. I was really going to try waking up earlier to try to get back on schedule, but I might as well sleep while I can, right? I also didn’t set my alarm, so that didn’t help.

Breakfast

Upon rising at the crack of noon, I was in the mood for a filling, nut-buttery breakfast. Gina’s cookie dough cereal was the choice du jour!

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Plus a clementine.

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Then it was time for biology homework and learning about caterpillars that pretend to be snakes as a defense mechanism. Reason #458 to not like bugs.

Moves

Let’s talk about TRX bands! They’re one of my favorite pieces of fitness equipment right now since my gym recently installed a large turf space that includes a TRX frame. It’s like my new jungle gym!

I love that the TRX bands can take bodyweight exercises to a whole new level because of the balancing aspect. Some of my favorite moves to do with them are pistol squats, rows, and pikes!

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I was intensely awkward trying to take this photo without anyone noticing.

Yesterday’s workout was 25 minutes on the elliptical followed by an arm circuit centered around the TRX bands.

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Those TRX tricep extensions owned me. I can definitely feel it today!

Some of the exercises:

For today’s workout I did 20 minutes on the arc trainer and 10 minutes on the stair master before doing Julie’s 8 minute ab tabata and more TRX ab exercises (this flattering frog kick move and pikes). I wasn’t going to go on the stair master, but honestly, I wanted to keep watching Giada on Food Network, which I had started doing on the arc trainer already. It was her breakfast episode— can you blame me??

I’m still being careful not to over-exert myself in any of these workouts. I can definitely tell that my stamina is going downhill, but that is a-okay with me right now. It’ll be interesting when I have to run the mile at school though. 😉

Lunch

My mom and dad went out for lunch while I was still sleeping, and they brought back delicious leftovers! I finished my mom’s spicy pasta dish that had sausage and ricotta cheese. Added on top of spinach as “dressing.”

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And half a raisin scone they picked up from The Kneaded Bread that was calling my name from the depths of its box.

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Scones are my faveeee.

I hope you have a nice evening, everyone!

So tell me:

Do you like using TRX bands?

What is your favorite TRX move?

Does television or music ever keep you going on a cardio machine?