Monthly Archives: July 2018

Monthly Musings: July Highlights & Favorites

Can you believe how quickly July went?? It’s crazy! I won’t lie, I am getting excited for fall, but before I get too ahead of myself I wanted to take a look back on July!

Highlights from July

The 4th
My sister-in-law’s family owns a lake house and every 4th of July they host a picnic. They have kayaks and a paddle board to take out onto the water, plus this year was the second corn hole tournament (usually it’s horseshoes). It was a blast!

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Kayaking
Along with kayaking at the lake house on the 4th, we also went kayaking at a nearby state park! It was a beautiful day outside and being out on the lake was so peaceful. I honestly could have spent all day out there.

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Newport, Rhode Island
One of my favorite places and it’s only about an hour and twenty minutes from us! I got to eat at my favorite Newport restaurant, The Red Parrot, and tried a delicious s’mores donut at Liberty Donuts. We were only there for an afternoon, but I’m still glad to have been able to go!

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July Favorites

Music discoveries
Songs: Just Thought You Should Know by Betty Who, Mercy Me by Alkaline Trio, June by Tigers Jaw, Until the Night Turns by Lord Huron

 

TV show: Suits
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Summer sunsets
This was taken at the beginning of the month. Sunsets are my favorite especially in the summer because they make the sky look absolutely beautiful!

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We have a busy August coming up, but I can’t wait 🙂 What were highlights from your July??

My Preferred Methods of Exercise

I’ve never been into sports or exercise, and working out regularly has always been something I’ve struggled to make a part of my daily schedule. I’ll keep it up, go several times a week, but then after a while I’ll only go to the gym maybe once a week.

When I lost my job in December, my days and nights were wide open. Eventually, I found myself getting to the gym almost every day because sometimes, it was the only time I’d get out of the house. It felt good because I was beginning to see small progress. Ever since I started working again at the end of March, I’ve been trying to make sure I don’t fall back into my usual habit. It hasn’t been easy, but I just remind myself of that progress I’ve made and to keep getting to the gym so I continue to see more!

I’ve slowly been learning about what certain things do for your body, and that’s helped me gain a better understanding of what I personally want to accomplish and how I can get there. It took a long time, but now I’ve finally found the right methods of exercise that work for me:

Weight training – Over the last few years, Robby has taught me about the different muscle groups and what exercises will work out each one (though I still haven’t gotten them all down just yet). I like doing my arms and my back, two areas I really want to strengthen and tone. I’d say my least favorite areas to work out are chest and, let’s be real, legs. But I still make sure they get some attention!

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Favorite back strengthening exercises: Seated cable row, one-arm dumbbell row, lat pulldown, and assisted pull-up
Favorite arm strengthening exercises: Dumbbell curl, straight-arm pulldown, standing bicep cable curl, and front dumbbell raise

Running – I really, really dislike running, but I’ve been trying to run once a week (even though I find treadmills to be boring). In May, Robby and I began running outside again since the weather had started to warm up. We have a specific route we take that’s close to our apartment complex, and it’s somewhere between 1.5-2 miles. We started running a couple times a week, but lately it’s been tough because of how hot it’s been. I might have to turn back to the treadmill until it starts cooling down again in the evenings!

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It can be difficult to find the motivation and energy to run, but I believe some great music can really help! I put together an upbeat playlist of songs that already get me dancing in my seat, so you bet they help me power through my run (I’m working on a second playlist, but I’m still trying to get the right mix of songs):

  • Club Can’t Handle Me Right Now – Flo Rida feat. David Guetta
  • Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
  • Cake by the Ocean – DNCE
  • Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
  • Cheerleader – OMI
  • Where Them Girls At – David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rid

Yoga – I take a class once a week, usually on Thursdays. I started doing yoga for multiple reasons: to help with my posture, gain flexibility, practice mindfulness, and help manage my anxiety. I’d love to eventually start going twice a week and then start practicing at home whenever I don’t go to the studio to really help with those goals!

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Favorite poses: downward dog, tree pose, warrior II, cat + cow, and triangle pose

What type of workouts do you like? Let me know in the comments!