Buggy The Slayer of Absolutely No One

Whoa boy! Yesterday’s workouts took a lot out of me, but they were powerful! After I finished breakfast and blogging, I got myself to the gym for a strength workout. I went through my go-to power moves and my muscles were not disappointed.

You may remember last week when I did this same workout and tried to deadlift with 45 lbs on each side and couldn’t do it. I felt strong during my entire session, so I decided to give it another try. Granted, I really had to pump myself up, but I did it! Success! It was really a moment of pride that had me grinning and sweating from head to toe. The trick is to maintain a firm grip on the barbell while lifting so much weight. The rest of the workout went great too and I finished with a core workout that included curtsy lunges, push ups, mermaid raises, leg raises, and Russian twists. Phew!

After my workout, I hopped in the shower because I was super sweaty and gross. I know it’s strange, but I love this feeling if only because it shows the effort I put into it. If I’m not sweaty, I feel as though I haven’t pushed myself.

This salad came together in no time thanks to leftover tilapia. It included sweet baby lettuce, shredded carrots, chopped red pepper and cucumber, chickpeas, walnuts, feta cheese, and red pepper flakes. So good! I enjoyed with a piece of cinnamon raisin toast. In lieu of the apple which wasn’t tasting fresh, I enjoyed a few pieces of pineapple that added just the right touch of sweetness.

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It was a major day of studying and I felt accomplished! I’ve moved onto learning about the cardiorespiratory system, which I find to be a lot less complicated, thank all that is good and pure. I did find this tidbit about inspiration, which is actually just inhalation, striking.

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As you can tell, I turned this into a Snapchat moment. What stands out to me is how inspiration in the physical sense means to breathe, while in the figurative sense means to be motivated. We really do draw breath, both literally and figuratively, in the things that inspire us.

The rest of the day included more studying, some babysitting, a dip in the pool, and maybe my favorite part of the day: kickboxing!

I haven’t gotten a chance to take this class again thanks to work and other obligations, but I was so glad I got to tonight! Maybe part of me is drawn to the fact that I have a lot to improve upon when it comes to my kickboxing skills, or that I just need to take some aggression out on the air by punching and kicking. I think it really is just me channeling my inner Buffy. *Note: As I typed “Buffy,” I accidentally typed Buggy and I found it to be too amusing. Just call me Buggy the Vampire Slayer. (Except, please don’t try to bite me).

Anyways, I was a sweaty mess by the end of the class and my arms are sore, but I really did feel powerful.

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Do I look at all intimidating?

As for my moment of strength, I cannot decide between my deadlift achievement or my kickboxing fun, so I’ll go with both! No matter if you’re a seasoned pro or starting new, you will surprise yourself by how much power you have in you. Just have to try it first!

Dinner included a fresh piece of swordfish that was marinated in some teriyaki sauce and grilled to perfection. We paired it with a few Chinese food items, broccoli, and spinach.

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The rest of my night included some more studying, writing, and doing much of nothing at all. Happy Hump Day!

A Review of…January…Kind Of?

Are we supposed to start a month by our first words being, “Rabbit, rabbit,” or something? I’ve heard that somewhere, so if you’re superstitious, I hope you remembered to say it…

I’ve been bad and haven’t finished a book in a few weeks. I’ve mentioned before how I go through phases. When I do read, it’s the only thing that I can do, but when I’m not in that mode, I get distracted. There simply does not seem to be enough hours in the day sometimes when it comes to extracurricular activities. I’ve been trying to focus much of my attention and energy on writing, which has been better in the past few weeks, but I am feeling the itch of getting lost in a good book.

My problem is that by the end of a long work day, I’m tired and don’t have much energy to expend on things in which I have to focus. Starting my day at 5:00 AM always makes me feel energized and able to take on the day, but it cuts down on the hours I have at night because I need my sleep.

My problem is that I am a giant procrastinator when it comes to doing things other than browsing the Internet or sitting in front of the television. It’s jut so easy! In some ways, I am diligent and disciplined, especially for my workout routine, but I’m unfortunately not quite there yet when it comes to reading and writing. I know that in order to be successful, I have to work at it extremely hard, but the hours and the days get away from you and all of a sudden you realize you haven’t been very productive in some facets of life.

A new month always brings a new sense of hope. I’m actually not certain where January went. In some ways, it feels like Christmas and New Year were a lifetime ago, but then I wonder how it’s already February. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the snow all seems to be falling at once now after we’ve had nothing at all for so long. I mean, the day after Christmas I was running outside with my jacket around my waist!

I’m trying to reflect back on January and though I know I have a lot to be grateful for, I’m struggling to remember the specifics. The winter in general tends to do this to people. Just from the number of days in the month, I know that February is going to pass by even faster, so now is the time to pay attention to how I spend my free time.

At the very least, I’m happy to be able to say that I have kept up with my blogging! Even for this though, I feel as though I have only done the regularly scheduled posts that I typically do- Meals on Monday, Rave Review Tuesdays, and Workout Wednesdays- but I haven’t contributed any extra, fun material lately. I hope my blog hasn’t been boring, but I will try and make more of an effort to post more than those allotted topics.

For the reading, I am making my way through two interesting nonfiction books on writing, the one on screenwriting that I discussed and another on writing in general that I read a bit from college. They are pretty inspiring and enlightening, but they also say a lot of what I should already know- in order to be a good writer, you have to write.

I always had a romantic view of creative outlets, like writing, thinking that people could simply rely on pure talent to succeed. To be fair, I don’t think I can be entirely blamed for this perception based on what our culture sees as “quality” entertainment, but the more I grow up, experience, and observe, I’ve noticed how hard people have to work in order to pursue any of their passions. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done.

There will always be excuses not to do something, and it’s much harder to actually get yourself to do things, but that just means it will be worth that much more in the long term. The expression that the journey is far more important than the end result rings truer the more I experience in this world. No one is made by successes and failures on their own, but by the processes taken to reach them.

Now let’s see if I can put my money where my mouth is…or so they say.