What Makes you Happy?

Today for the 43 I pulled out my Turbo Fire band and used it for a great oblique move (also from Turbo Fire!).

Turbo Fire Band
Turbo Fire Band

I started by standing on the band with my right foot and holding both handles in my right hand.

start with a salute!!
start with a salute!!

Then, I did a slow, 3-count side-bend to the left.  (The slight forward bend helps to really target your obliques!)

bend down and slightly forward
bend down and slightly forward

On the 3rd count, reach down as far as you can.

now really reach and stretch!
now really reach and stretch!

Return to start and repeat 43 (or whatever # of reps you choose) times.  Then, of course, you have to switch sides with the band.

umm....start but you don't have to look so mad about it!
umm….start but you don’t have to look so mad about it!
that's better!
that’s better!
wow!!  gotta work on the facial expressions!
wow!! gotta work on the facial expressions!

I know you didn’t really need all of those pictures but Hunter took them so I figured I might as well use them!!  I really need to quit looking so mad during these pictures – maybe we can just call it my focused look!!

You can see from the pictures that I busted out (not completely literally) my compression shorts again.  I figured that they would help the residual stiffness in my hips from yesterday’s long run!  I know that I’m way behind the gravy train on the compression stuff but after this morning I know I need more!!  Compression everything!!!  I really NEED to get some socks – I know it would help my Achilles!

I switched up my Les Mills Combat a little today.  It was supposed to be HIIT Power but I decided to save that for tomorrow and do the Combat 45 today.  Even though the 45 work-out still has some plyo, it is not as much.  It was a great cardio work-out but I still feel like it was good for a recovery day!

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I think this is a question that we all occasionally think about.  At least, I hope I’m not the only one who sometimes struggles with this!! I think that January and February are sometimes the hardest months of the year.  Still a lot of winter left but no major holidays to look forward to or plan for. When I was working, these 2 months weren’t as hard for me but now I’m back to not working and have more time for reflection (or something!).

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The past few weeks I have really been thinking a lot about happiness and what really makes me happy.

1.  Family

I like this one!
I like this one!

2.  Friends

3.  Running (usually on my treadmill)

Treadmill4.  Wine!!

a favorite!!!
a favorite!!!

5.  The beachScreen shot 2013-01-22 at 2.47.12 PM

I know I could go on and maybe even put some really profound things on here but even with the list – sometimes I feel like I have to work hard to be happy!

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 10.11.52 AMI think that somedays I feel like I need to be doing more with my life.  I know that I’m a Mom to 2 great boys, a wife to the greatest person I know and I love being both of those thing.  But…….

Screen shot 2013-02-13 at 10.10.23 AM Overall, I’m a pretty happy person.  But occasionally I have times that I need to remind myself that it is OK to just be me and do the things I do (or maybe don’t do) – being a surgeon, or chef, or world-class athlete or whatever doesn’t automatically make you happy.

So, what makes you happy?  Do you feel happy all the time or do you occasionally have to step back and remind yourself of all the reasons you have to be happy?

Hopefully, we will all have a Happy Wednesday!!!



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