Workout and Word of the Day #42

I absolutely LOVE Cassey’s message at the beginning of this workout.  She talks about the comparison game and how it is better for each of us to focus our energy on ourselves.  Check it out then get a quick workout in!

I want to carry this message with me into my everyday life.  I know that I personally struggle with lack of confidence and I compare myself to others more than I should.  I love the idea of putting that energy into bettering myself.

This morning I drove back from my visit with my boyfriend.  It was a beautifully gorgeous sunny day and I really enjoyed rolling my windows down, hair blowing in the wind, and turning up my music!  There was some ongoing anxiety and nervousness looming over my head because I had a presentation to give in my Statistics class.  I worked on it and practiced it, but the article I chose was really short so as a result my presentation was short.  I  was so nervous about it all day long.  Another stress that was weighing heavily on my mind was the worry that I was behind.  I have an older edition of the book on my kindle AND I still haven’t fully adjusted to reading electronic books yet.  Luckily, when I got home, my textbook was waiting for me at the front door.

My sister is probably the best workout buddy that I could have because she holds me accountable and does not let us skip our workouts.  I could tell that today could have easily become a skip day especially with how stressed I was about Stats class.  I was pretty much a nervous wreck all day long…

We both decided that we would do our workout at home because we needed a break from the gym.

Workout of the Day:  Back Day!!!

  • 4 x 10 Dumbell Rows
  • 4 x 10 Upright Rows
  • 4 x 10 Renegade Rows (these Always kick my butt!!!)

I had my heart set on doing some blogilates video workouts.  The first one we did is featured above.  I will post the 2nd workout below:

These were both killer workouts and it felt so great once they were done!  Shortly after our back workouts we took Ruby for a walk in the sunshine.  I am ashamed to say that lately going for walks with Ruby has felt like such a chore.  I think because I have so much on my plate right now.  It is easy for me to want to skip the walks and just let her run around the house or in the backyard, but I know that the walks are good for both of us.  I am going to try to think more positively about those walks.

Word of the Day:


  1. serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial

Of course our statistics professor saved class presentations for the 4th and last hour of class so I was a nervous wreck throughout class.  Also, I didn’t feel as prepared as I would have liked to be so I am going to work on that.  I know that I can do better.  Thankfully my presentation went better than I thought it would.  Now I feel motivated and inspired to come to class fully prepared next week.  

All in all, today was a good day.  I feel like I earned tomorrow which is my off day.  No work.  No workout.  and no classes at school.  I will be working.  I am also thinking about moving my computer/desk into the office downstairs.  I have been fighting it all this time because I absolutely love my current set up in the upstairs loft with the couch and my window.  I do have to admit that this spot lends itself to easy distractions.  Putting myself in a quiet office space may possibly help with my mindset and help me to not get so distracted.  

I really want to spend this spring quarter figuring out how I study and in what setting I operate at my optimum.  I feel so good about the fact that I have solidified my schedule and I am enrolled in classes.  It is not my full-credit load, but 8 credits is enough for me to get my financial aid and keep me busy.  I really like the fact that I feel a lot more goal oriented.  I can make it to June!

I hope you are doing well.  what is the best thing that has happened to you this week?!

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

Alana Xoxoxo


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