So first of all I know thanksgiving already happened, but I just waned to reflect on it and my health parts of it.
So the day started with me waking up at 10am (sleeping in yay) and chilling with my family, then I cooked a brownie-pumkin pie and it was delicious (totally vegan) and the rest of my intermediate family (who celebrated the holiday with us) helped cook something. I’m not sure if you could tell from the picture but the whole meal was vegan minus the turkey!! Great Family right? So after the pie was coolin and my mom was done cooking we went by a nearby lake and walked/ran for about 45 minutes and it was a good workout. It was really windy and it was so detoxifying I felt alot better in many ways, even on a break, after the jog/walk.
Thanksgiving was also the second night of Hanukkah so I celebrated Hanukkah with my family and thats what the third picture is
I got alot of health and fitness related stuff so I’m super excited about that and I think I am going to share that with you soon!
I just joined my schools hip-hop team so I am so pumped to tell you about that (next post)!
Also I wanted to say I am so grateful to everyone who reads my blog, and my gym membership, and the ability to take walks in nature, and to have such a loving, supporting family.
*oh I also played in a park with my bro
So I was at the gym today and went on the treadmill for a mile. Then I got off and switched to floor exercises and then went back on the treadmill. But I wasn’t feeling it. I was having trouble keeping running, and it was a new machine and kinda confusing – truthfully to the annoying point – so I went off. I complained to my mom (go workout buddies!) but she wasn’t done yet. So I joined her on the eliptical, listened to music and started going. BUT it felt really slow, so I went on youtube. There was internet access and 15 minutes went by so fast! I watched a fun video that had nothing to do with working out and enjoyed it (don’t get me wrong I love working out, it can just be kinda slow). Point of today’s story: find entertainment in whatever your doing and it will go by a lot faster. Don’t give up on exercise (I was going to) just find what makes it enjoyable.
I also have the honor of holding space for an assault on the train based on someone’s gender presentation, the fear and sadness around holidays as we approach blood family and chosen family, the breakups within a small queer community, and the trauma of homophobia, racism, and transphobia that we sweat, stretch, and exhale out. – Jacoby Ballard
This evening I was lead to an article and then a website about YOga and Social Justice. SO AMAZING! I loved this quote. Read the full article here I suggest it. The website is http://www.decolonizingyoga.com/examining-power-privilege-and-oppression-in-yoga-service/ for the full article
A few months ago we were cleaning our house and my mom found an old 90s jacket from china that she offered to give it to me. I thought it looked kinda wacky and of course I took it – next thing you know I was doing this (click on the video.) I love that Jacket so much. But what does that have to do with fitness? Well something today was inspired just by that moment.
So I really wanted to wear that Jacket and Jazzercise outfit for a school spirit day, however none of the days this year strictly applied to the costume, so I decided to be a jazzercise instructor for career day, and my volleyball coach saw the outfit. She admired it and asked if I and the other co-captains wanted to lead a Jazzercise class on the last practice. Of course I said yes and that was today!
I made up dances to physical (an actual dance this time) by Olivia Newton John, Girls Just wanna have fun by Cyndi Lauper and Oops I did it again by Britney spears plus other dances with my co-captains and known dances such as the cupid shuffle.
Oh how it was fun and how it was a workout. I sweated so much from something that is so fun. Volleyball is tons of fun too, but it was nice to switch it up! Jazzercise (similar to zumba) is a great form of exercise and if your doing it right, you just think about how much fun you are having!!
So eating healthy and exercising is great and very do-able especially when you don’t have alot going on. That is when I started my eating healthy, exercise trend. However school is filled (I have a test or quiz almost every day next week) and I’ve been really busy with volleyball, so I haven’t been able to focus AS much on what I was eating. Slowly I was eating more carbs than I wanted and having more treats then I needed, oh and I wasn’t getting enough sleep. Basically = your body aint feeling good. And I could tell myself that. I was self aware of how my body was feeling and I decided I was going to get back on track – not on a diet, but going to bed when I was tired and going back to vegetable based meals. I did that this passed week and I feel alot better than I did last friday.
Moral of the story: Be self aware and ask yourself how your body feels, and it will answer. Don’t just think about losing weight, or gaining muscle, but about making your body feel good!