Activities I Hate doing

Activities I Hate doing

I have done a lot of different types of indoor and outdoor activities that make for great exercise. Some of them I really do not like. Here are just a few of them…

Yuck: swimming

I was put into swimming lesson classes when I was little and passed them. As a little kid, I really liked to go swimming like a lot of other kids do. Once I reached 13 and decided that swimming was absolutely not something I was ever going to do again.

Not only did I hate the way I looked in swimming suits but I also hated the way the material felt. That combined with all of the dirty pool areas, locker rooms and bathrooms made for a horrible experience. It all seemed so gross!

A year or so ago I decided to give swimming another shot after reading articles about how it is allegedly the best workout ever (see one of them here: https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/swimming-is-the-best-workout-you-need-to-do#1 ). Well needless to say, it was still horrible and gross to me.

I will never swim again. If anyone reading this likes to swim, that is great and I wish I did too.

Just no: biking

I do know how to bike. My parents taught me when I was five and it did not take very long to master it. That being said, I hate biking.

I get nervous about being able to stop even though I know how to. This causes me to go slow and grip the handles so hard that it hurts. Not only will I not get a good workout but I will also not get anywhere.

My step daughters love to bike and I really wish that I could do that with them. It would be awesome to have a family biking trip on some beautiful trails. Good exercise and fresh air sounds amazing!

Too bad I would be crying the whole time.

Ugh: rowing

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I have tried rowing both on an actual boat and on rowing machines at fitness centers. It is definitely not for me.

First of all, doing actual rowing on a boat involves me being in a swimming suit. If you read the swimming section you would know how I feel about those. Second of all, I greatly dislike water dwelling creatures.

When it comes to the rowing machines, the sound of them drive me insane.They actually make me feel dizzy for some reason. Also, the air that shoots out of them at my face is extremely unpleasant.

Last one: Tennis

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People have had the annoying assumption that I like tennis just because I am black like the Williams sisters. That is not true at all. It is great to see black women winning though.

Trying this sport was embarrassing to say the least. I could not serve correctly and it scared me when the balls were coming at me. That meant that I missed every single one of them.

The person who was playing against me ended up with an ego boost because they thought they were really good.

No. I am just really bad.

Honorable mention

  1. Golf
  2. Softball/baseball
  3. Handball

Exercise/Nutrition During Pregnancy And A New Recipe

Exercise/Nutrition During Pregnancy And A New Recipe

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We all know that exercise is important for a healthy life. That means that when a woman is pregnant, they should still be exercising if they are able to. It will help in getting back into great shape after the pregnancy and dropping the pounds that were gained.

I know that in the first trimester (or for the entire pregnancy!) there can be mild to severe morning sickness or even Hyperemesis Gravidarum. In these cases I feel like finding the things that make one feel better is the more important than anything else.

When I was in my first trimester I had really bad evening (8:00 PM) sickness. Since that was the time that I was used to exercising, I had to adjust and try to exercise in the morning or earlier in the evening.

I was doing weight lifting until around 33 weeks and then I switched to body weight because I was getting uncomfortable. My belly really popped all of the sudden at 37 weeks and I felt like a complete whale.

I have seen women on social media showing themselves lifting weights at like 38 weeks pregnant. That is good for them but I would suggest for women to do what works for them and not feel bad if they do not feel comfortable enough to do that in the gym.

Nutrition during pregnancy

There is a big list of things to avoid eating as well as putting on your skin when you are pregnant. It is good to be aware of these things because you need to keep your baby and yourself from harm.

Admittedly, I did not follow the whole caffeine avoidance thing. I realize now that it could have really harmed my son and if I am ever pregnant again, I will try to give it up completely.  I just felt so incredibly tired and did not know how get any energy to work.

The cravings I had during pregnancy were banana bread and pizza. These are obviously not very healthy especially given the quantities I ate them in. I did manage to keep my weight gain at 25 pounds total for the whole pregnancy somehow. The OB/GYN scolded me for that even though it was within the recommendation range.

I do not think a women should feel ashamed if they gain more than the recommended 25-30 pounds during pregnancy. Even if a woman gains 150 pounds, they can still lose the weight after they give birth. It just might take some time and effort or it could even fall off quickly!

My new recipe

This has nothing to do with pregnancy but I decided to add it in the post.

I got up super early this morning and felt like baking for whatever reason. Homemade donuts sounded like a good thing to make for the family. There was some buttermilk in the refrigerator that was still good so I wanted to use that as my wet ingredient.

Since I am all about cooking with tea, I decided to put four Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea bags into one cup of the buttermilk. I let that steep for 30 minutes and squeezed out the bags afterwards to get more of the tea into it. I then poured it in my bowl with the other ingredients (one egg, flour, salt, baking powder, butter, sugars, almond extract and vanilla extract) that were already mixed together.

I put the dough in a donut pan and cooked it at 400 degrees for 11 minutes. The result looked like this:

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Not quite donut-like but still wonderful! We can really taste the soft flavor of the tea in every bite. The texture of them is light and fluffy. I tried to make purple icing for them but it came out really bitter. It does not matter though because they are so great on their own.

Life Check In and a Yummy Low Carb Meal

Life Check In and a Yummy Low Carb Meal

Things have been going great with my diet and exercise plan.  I still have not weighed myself and I really do not care to. When I look in the mirror I see a healthy person and that is all that matters.

I feel like my pants are fitting a little looser which is good. Also, my stomach feels less bloated than it used to. Yay!

I usually wear sweat pants and beat up tops so sometimes it is nice to put on something a little cuter than that. I decided to try on a patriotic tank top that I planned on wearing in the summer. Not too sure if I like it yet though!

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I also made a really easy crockpot meal. You just put a pound of Polish sausage, sliced onions, sliced peppers, seasoning and some crushed tomatoes into a crockpot. Let it cook on high for three hours and you have got yourself a yummy low carb meal!

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Ok, maybe the picture is bad but just trust me on the yumminess.

 

 

How To Create A Workout Routine That You Can Stick With

How To Create A Workout Routine That You Can Stick With

My interest in exercise and being fit started back in 2008 when I decided to get healthier. First I joined Weight Watchers and then eventually I came across Tae Bo DVDs at the store. I got a bit of ribbing for doing those workouts but I did not care. They had me burning calories and getting into pretty good shape. I had so much fun with them and it made me want to try other types of workouts. I ended up doing different DVDs(pilates, cardio, full body and yoga), going on machines at the gym(elliptical, stair stepper, treadmill and the rowing machine) and then eventually weight lifting. I tried a lot of things!

I have now found the types of workout routines that I can stick with consistently and be happy with. I usually keep the same routine for 2-3 months before changing something about it (ex. switching out walking lunges for reverse lunges). Here are some tips to help you figure out routines for yourself:

  1. Figure out your goal: Do you want to run long distances? Do you want to get shredded for a while (not sustainable in my opinion)? Do you want to build up a lot of strength? Do you want to just get fit in general? Do you want to get fit and increase your flexibility?
  2. Once you have a goal in mind, go and research the exercises/workouts that are going to help you reach it. There are so many resources on the internet these days. I got my first weight lifting routine off of http://www.about.com.
  3. Figure out how many times a week you want to/can workout.
  4. Start writing up your weekly/monthly workout routines. You could buy yourself a nice looking notebook to record everything in.
  5. Have a positive outlook! Do not get down if you miss a day of working out. Life happens and it is not the end of the world.

That is it! You have to make your workouts work for you in order to be consistent and reach your goals.