Lifestyle, Uncategorized, wellness

My January Challenges

On my way to go get a new read!

This January I’m participating in two fun challenges! The first is the Winter Warrior Challenge. This means that every day in the month of January I’m walking/jogging/running/hopping at least 3 miles! I’ve done this for the past three years but I’ve only done 1 mile a day. This year I have my eyes on the prize with three, although there are some people out there doing five!

The other challenge I set for myself is on Goodreads, I’ll be reading 30 books this year! I set the goal of 13 books last year and I ended up reading 15! Between incorporating reading into my everyday routine and not being in school this summer I can’t wait to achieve this goal!

So how’s it going? Four days into the New Year and I’m still in the newlywed phase. Starting the walking challenge was a little difficult and I was lacking all motivation but now that I’ve started I want to see it through. As for my reading challenge: I’ve already finished one. I’ve even found a way to tie these two things together: by walking the 2 miles to the library to pick up new books.

I know there’s a lot of stigma about creating resolutions but I personally feel like if you’re really making a resolution to better yourself and it’s something you’re passionate about, keep going! Don’t let the jokes about how full the gym is this week deter you, you deserve that elliptical as much as anyone else.

What goals and challenges have you set up for yourself this year? Let me know in the comments!

xox,

Marissa

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Uncategorized, wellness

Wellness Wednesday: Pilates

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At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: Most traffickers are from Asia, followed by Central and Southeastern Europe, and the fourth region with the highest amount of traffickers is Western Europe (information found here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!

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My first Wellness Wednesday post is all about Pilates! If you missed my first Wellness post you can find a short yoga flow here. I chose Pilates to start out the weekly series because there is a super easy YouTube series that can get anyone to be a Pilates expert in just 21 days! More about that later though…

First some history: Joseph Pilates created this form of exercise while he was in an internment camp in the first World War. He actually used fellow internees to help him develop his ideas. While Joseph Pilates never said there were a certain number of ideas to keep in mind, many people now break Pilates into nine principles: breathing, concentration, control, centering, flow, postural alignment, precision, relaxation, and stamina. If you’re looking to get serious gains this is not the exercise method for you. Pilates helps with muscle toning, flexibility, and balance.

And now my history with Pilates: The only time I have taken a true Pilates class was during my freshman year of college. I went to a dance festival and saw they were offering a Pilates class and I remember leaving class and being like “that was hard!” It’s not that I hated it or anything I just found some of the exercises (SEAL!) really hard. Going into the class I had assumed I would be good at it since it seems similar to dance but Pilates makes you move your body in a new way. Fast forward about a year and the friend I had taken my first class with told me she had an awesome Pilates challenge video we should do. I thought “Yeah right I can’t imagine doing that again.” I’ve done the Pilates challenge like 6 ties since then and I can definitely see an improvement over the 21 days. If you stick with it, it will not be as hard at the end I promise!

So here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouv_isD5mZ8

I just restarted the challenge yesterday so feel free to join me!

It is by Boho Beautiful and she is so fabulous! I’ve done the challenge two different ways: 1. following the directions in the comment section on the video                                               2. just doing the main video for 21 days

Remember it only takes 21 days to form a new habit! Even if you do not want to try it for 21 days I challenge you all to try it at least once!

Good luck!

xox,

Marissa