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My Ideal Fitness Vacation: Anywhere with a Beach

This Motivation Monday may bring us just one month into the fall season, but to me it feels like the summer of 2017 happened ages ago. Add the fact those longer, darker days are coming when Daylight Saving Time ends in less than two weeks…and it’s no wonder this bona fide beach bunny’s mind  has already started daydreaming about getting away from the soon-to-be cold concrete jungle of New York City.

Wherever you call home, it’s no secret each of us fights a constant battle of how to fit so many tasks into one day, let alone one week. Between working; dealing with family obligations; and trying to take care of ourselves by working out and preparing healthy meals, there never seem to be enough hours to get it all done. (Especially when you throw in the extra chore of finding some time to sleep!)

In the midst of the daily madness, I couldn’t help but smile when I stumbled across the Tommy John website while doing some daily research on the good ol’ Internet. Even though the company is focused on base layers for guys, I learned those items are all about feeling confident and comfortable no matter where you go. I decided there was no better place for my mind to go than on a brief journey into fantasy land thinking up the dream fitness vacation. Talk about the perfect opportunity to get lost in some writing and escape the daily grind. So here it goes…

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn the ideal destination for this relaxing yet healthy getaway would be somewhere with a beach and a view of the water pretty much everywhere on the property.

The non-stress trip would start before I even set foot on the soft, white sand thanks to the fact that there would be very little to pack. Just the casual, low-maintenance necessities: bathing suits, flip-flops, sneakers and plenty of moisture-wicking workout wear. I’d gladly leave the “high-maintenance” hair styling and heavy makeup at home, but I’d be certain to pack plenty of sunscreen and at least one bottle of BFit Labs Rapid Electrolyte spray to keep my electrolytes in check while I sweat through those sports bras and yoga capris.

Which leads me to the ideal itinerary at this dream getaway destination: The morning would start with a high-intensity workout around 8 am and continue with a recovery breakfast filled with healthy but satisfying foods ranging from fresh fruit to egg whites with plenty of veggies tossed in. After some beach and pool time and maybe a little stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking, I’d gladly hit another low-impact workout or stretch session later in the day. On at last one day, I might swap that late day workout for a massage.

I should point out one important feature about my ideal getaway: while I would NOT want this to be a “dry” destination, I’d love if it offered some lo-cal cocktails. So instead of the sugar and calorie-filled frozen mudslides, I’d opt for margaritas featuring not much more than tequila and agave and lime juice or vodka and club sodas with a slice of fresh pineapple or orange.

Finally – and I realize this is the difference between 43-year-old Laura and 23-year-old Laura- I wouldn’t mind if a “quiet rule” was enforced after let’s say, 9 pm. That would make the atmosphere ideal for some solid rest and recovery before the next sun-filled day filled with one or more workouts.

So what would be in your ideal fitness trip agenda? I’d love to know! Even if we don’t get to take those trips anytime in the immediate future, sometimes a few minutes of daydreaming can help us deal with the daily dilemma of finding ways to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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On a Mission to Be Like “Wonder Woman” Circa 1978

This Motivation Monday post is brought to you by my favorite fierce fitness chick of all time – Wonder Woman.

I was one of those little girls who simply worshipped the super hero during my childhood. Back then, I was fascinated by her tiara, her protective bracelets, that truth-inducing lasso and of course, her overall ability to kick butt in such a cool outfit. Just this past week, I joined the millions of moviegoers who’ve watched in awe as the strong and beautiful Gal Gadot brought her version of Wonder Woman to life. Now that I’m older (and allegedly wiser), I have a whole new set of reasons for idolizing this super hero even more today.

Sure, her armor and accessories are still amazing. However, what made a bigger impact on this 43-year-old fan is Wonder Woman’s display of physical and mental strength. Seriously, how cool is it that she grew up on an island where women kicked butt on a daily basis during their warrior training workouts? Each and every one of those women looked healthy and strong – not one stick figure in sight. I’m not saying you need to know how to wield a sword or shoot a bow and arrow to be fierce. (Of course, I wouldn’t object to learning some of those moves in kickboxing class!) These characters offered the reminder of just how important it is to have confidence in your abilities, build on your strengths and push them to the limit when you can.

In addition to enjoying every minute of watching Wonder Woman take on the bad guys, it was also nice to escape all the negativity in our current world. (Truth be told, looking at Chris Pine on the big screen was a pretty nice escape, too!) I realize this story was based on all the fantasy that goes into creating a comic book, but it was nice to hear the message that love and justice are what matter most and what should be the two driving factors behind our decisions. I realize it’s fantasy land, but it was nice to witness life in that world even for just a couple of hours.

Finally, I was thrilled to see the theater full of both men and women, and of course, I love hearing stories from today’s girls about how much they love Wonder Woman. There’s nothing like a super hero to remind us of the power of being fearless and never giving up on your quest to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

Letting Go

NU gal-pal reunion, NOLA, 2009: I see more margaritas in our future this weekend!

NU gal-pal reunion, NOLA, 2009: I see more margaritas in our future this weekend!

I end this week on a short note of personal reflection, but it’s one I hope many of you loyal readers can relate to.

Thanks to President’s Day, this started as a four-day work week. Then it hit me that I’d be spending even less hours at the office because of the Northwestern gal-pal getaway planned several months ago. The mini-reunion turned into the perfect excuse to take a couple of extra days off to visit another lifelong friend and her husband who welcomed their first baby a few months ago. As you read this post, I’m either watching TV in my JetBlue seat or already having fun in Austin, Texas. No doubt there will be plenty of laughs and a few cocktails involved in the extended weekend ahead!

Somewhere in the midst of my excitement, an unwelcome visitor crept in to my mind: worry. I started worrying about getting everything “in order” before I left. Specifically, I found myself worrying about writing for my blog and scheduling a few posts while I was away. On top of that, I started worrying about making extra time to burn some extra calories before what’s sure to be another high-caloric good time. That spiraled into worry over whether I’ve had a few too many of those good times lately without enough time in between to reset my “healthy living” button. Then I took out my mental sledgehammer and smashed all that worry to pieces.

These are all “issues” not worthy of a second thought. This blog is supposed to be one of my outlets. If I don’t post on Monday, Wednesday AND Friday next week, the world will keep spinning. Working out is an even bigger outlet in my life, so why in the world would I waste time and energy worrying about that?  Finally, if having one too many margaritas with friends I haven’t seen in years is a problem, well, then I’ve got much bigger issues to deal with when it comes to embracing some fun in this all-too-stressed-out world!

I guess sometimes we all need to step back and realize it’s okay to let go once in awhile. Reality will be waiting for me when I get home, along with the gym and my favorite group exercise classes. For now, the workout wear is packed and I’m ready for my Texas adventures. While I’m not sure what day my next post will appear, I am certain about one thing: I’m not going to worry about it while I’m away.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend so we can all face the new work week with even more energy to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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