Workout and Word of the Day: #54

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

This summer was probably the most relaxing summer I have ever had.  It has been a blessing, but I also must confess that in this past month outside of my workouts, I have become somewhat complacent.  Instead I want to be more ambitious and proactively work towards my goals.

I need to remember that:

“There is NO comfort in the growth zone and there is NO growth in the comfort zone.”

Workout of the Day:  Hourglass Workout + Dance Aerobics + Improve Your Balance

This hourglass workout was an excellent total body workout:

30 Min Aerobic Dance Workout:  Here is a fun way to get your cardio in.  You may feel like you are in a bollywood music video and that’s just fine!!!

I took a break to eat lunch after the dance workout and then I had to get warmed up again.

Ballet Conditioning Flow:

Improve Your Balance with these simple exercises:


Word of the Day:

sensorium- noun

  1. A part of the brain or the brain itself regarded as the seat of sensation.
  2. The sensory apparatus of the body.

I have mentioned a lot recently that I have been experiencing anxiety more regularly and I think I know what might be contributing.  I think my complacency has been contributing to my anxiety because deep down I know that I should be more productive with my time.

Even though I have been calling it “relaxing” I think it has turned into laziness and it is time for it all to stop.  I don’t have to do anything major to “stop” I just need to start spending my time practicing and honing skills that will help me reach my goals.

My self-esteem and confidence is so low and that also adds to my anxiety.  I have a hard time believing in myself and my abilities and I need to change that by actively acquiring more skills.

Thanks for joining me for today’s workout and word of the day and I will see you tomorrow!!!

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

❤ Alana Xoxoxo

6 thoughts on “Workout and Word of the Day: #54

  1. Well keep in mind that we all have different seasons of output and productivity – and times of angst might seem like a need for more productivity – but maybe it is a mental clash as we go against the culture conditioning of achievement and output based euphoria – seriously – I only mention this because of your post – but

  2. Sorry – was cut off – but I think balance is found in many ways and it sounds like you know what your body needs – and working out cleans the blood and helps hormones flow and helps the body work better – but we also need to make sure we are getting (absorbing) enough nutrients because affect and energy are impacted by the way our enzymes are firing –
    then not basing our contentment out output —
    And the quote kinda bugs me – if it is okay to share why- on the surface it sounds good:
    “There is NO comfort in the growth zone and there is NO growth in the comfort zone”

    So I get that it is trying to say we grow when jolted from comfort – I agree – but there CAN be much comfort while growing – even if just mental comfort that assuages and encourages
    Further – we can grow in our comfort zone – because part of growth comes from a healed and restored person and sometimes comfort zones get us there – allow dormant healing periods and whatnot
    So keep that in mind if you feel lazy or not productive enough!
    There are times when “down time” has so much value and the essence of a fresh and healthy life cannot be mechanic producing and has to find what level of output works for that person –
    And I say this with life learning – I like to reach goals – but had to really accept my wiring and allow my chill side to have its way at times – and I’m the better for it!

    1. Hello,
      Thank you for stopping by, reading, and offering your insights and encouragement. It was really comforting to read and think about. In past years I was pretty high strung and struggled to settle down and relax, but it was because I needed to do it to survive.
      In the past school year, I made myself sick from stressing and not resting. Then I entered summer with all these hopes and goals. I wanted to get a lot of studying in and enter the school year more fully prepared.
      Instead, I rested and relaxed and now that school is starting in 10 days I feel guilty that I haven’t done much to prepare. I usually adapt the “all or nothing” mentality, but I don’t want to start the first day of school sweating and already feeling behind…
      An old friend of mine used to tell me that quote about the comfort zone and growth and I think I was hoping that it would jolt me into action.
      I think I am going to take your approach and find peace in healing with the time I took to recover. 10 days is enough time for me to stop feeling guilty about everything I didn’t do.
      Thank you for your kindness and I hope you will have a wonderful week!!!

      ❤ Alana

      1. Hi A – well thanks for the reply – and it sounds to me like you had the exact break you needed.
        there is no formula – eh? but I can see what you mean about wanting to be prepared – and maybe you can have a day or two of “burning the midnight oil” to get things done.
        because sometimes we get more done when under a bit of a time crunch 🙂

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