Monday, August 26, 2013

Insanity & Spin - Conditioning for a Move...Who Knew?

This past Saturday, my boyfriend and I merged households which involved more than 6 total hours of lifting & moving boxes & furniture and such.

I was expecting to wake up on Sunday in pure agony and not be able to lift my arms or move anything.

Instead, I woke up surprised that I was just a little tight knowing I did some physical work but I was in no pain.

It then dawned on me that that all of the work I've done in 6am Insanity and Spin classes for the past two months basically conditioned my body to handle this hard physical work. 

My initial motivation for taking these classes and working so hard was to keep my weight in check.

Who knew that Insanity and Spin would set me up for success in other unexpected ways.

What happy surprises have you encountered as a result of focusing on a particular goal?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Four-fers and Alaska

I love two-fers. Three-fers are better. But a four-fer...well that is gravy.

As I was preparing to launch my series of posts about the excellent Alaska cruise I took with Joe, my boyfriend, I revisited the list of You-tastic elements to see if I had covered any on the trip.

I was very happy to see that 4 of the 5 You-tastic elements were covered. Yes, it was by luck but I'll take them any way I can.
  • Find AND enjoy what lights you up I LOVE to travel and the cruise and pre-cruise Seattle sight-seeing checked that box.
  • Always keep learning & growing: I learned on this trip that musher dogs are no longer the fluffy Huskies. This was one of many new things I learned through out the time in Seattle, Alaska and Victoria.
  • Give back: I didn't hit this one but you could stretch it that by my visiting each port and spending money there that I "gave back" to the communities. (I know, a bit of a "weak sauce" connection. That's why I didn't count it.)
  • Make room for the amazing: Hello! I was in Alaska!!! At almost every turn, there was the amazing showing up on this trip.
  • Relax - This is a no-brainer on a cruise ship. 
Have you experienced You-tastic elements in any of your summer travels?