Fitness


How to keep your fitness routine on track

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Pictured: Me visiting the opening celebration of the new 9Round Santa Clara on Winchester Blvd. See more here.

Have you ever gotten off track from your fitness? Have you had surgery, a major life stress event, moved, or had another major reason for falling off the fitness wagon? We have all been there, in fact, I was just there!

When there are major events in our lives that can throw us off track, one of the hardest things to do is to get back on track! After my surgery in late August, I was on bed rest for almost a month. When I got off bedrest, it was really difficult for me to get myself back to the gym. I had other things going on in my life at the same time, so I started to stress eat. When I am stressed out, food gives me comfort. The cycle of over-eating, and not working out, spiraled out of control.

It has been a difficult ride these past few months. I have gained over twenty pounds, and my spring clothing from last year doesn’t fit. When your favorite pair of shorts won’t go above your knees, it’s a wake-up call. I knew I had to get back on track, but getting back on track was one of the hardest things I had to do.

In early spring, there was a series of unfortunate events in my life which led me to be extremely stressed out. Just when I needed to get my fitness and nutrition routine back on track, I was finding comfort in food. I was so thankful when 9round in Santa Clara opened, I had a new motivation to get back on track.

When 9Round opened, I started scheduling my workouts for the week. In order to ensure I got myself back on track, I scheduled five workouts per week, alternating the 9round circuit, with medium cardio workouts at my gym. This helped me get back into my routine. The important thing is to get the routine going, then start worrying about calories after the routine feels natural.

The mistake I made last fall, when I tried to get back on track after my surgery, was counting calories and working out all at the same time. By trying to do it all, all at once, I was overwhelmed due to all the other stresses in my life. It was easy to toss my workouts off my schedule, and continue to find comfort in food.

This time, I know getting my fitness routine back on track will work, because I am adding one thing at a time; without overwhelming myself. I feel so much healthier, and by focusing on my fitness routine, I feel less stressed with everything going on. This is a great way to get back on track, and to start losing those extra pounds I gained so quickly!

It’s hard enough to stay on track under normal life circumstances, but when added stress comes into play, or unexpected life events, keeping up with your fitness routine, and eating right, can be really hard. I know! I find so much comfort in food; and it’s so easy to make an excused to skip the gym.

If you are trying to start a fitness routine, or get back into one after a few months, try this! Add back your workouts, and schedule them into your weekly routine. Don’t worry about calories or diet yet. Get your fitness routine into your schedule and make sure it feels like a natural part of your day, and your week. Once your fitness routine is established, and natural part of your weekly schedule, you can start thinking about calories and diet.

If you don’t already have a diet plan that works, talk to your doctor, or a nutritionist. This is the best way to safely adjust your caloric intake. Please, stay away from fad diets; they  won’t help you maintain your healthy lifestyle in the long-run. A nutritionist or doctor can help you adjust your diet in a healthy manner, and help you maintain it!

I use the MyFitnessPal app to count my calories, track my fitness, track my progress, and watch what I eat. Feel free to friend me on the app, that way we can help each reach our goals!

Let’s stay on track together, get fit, and lose this weight!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Castle Rock State Park hiking trails: Castle Rock Falls

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Castle Rock State Park is a really popular outdoor destination here in the South Bay. The park features several hiking trails, rare rock formations, camping, beach access (if you are willing to hike for it), and beautiful yet petite waterfalls. It is a favorite day trip for locals here in the San Francisco Bay Area!

There are several hiking trails in Castle Rock State Rock. The one I believe is the most beautiful, is the Castle Rock Falls trail. This roughly one mile trail, offers fun for the whole family. It’s an easy-to-medium hike, which features fun rock formations; kids enjoy climbing the rocks along the trail. Near the end of the trail, there is an overlook where you can see a beautiful waterfall. It isn’t a huge waterfall like Niagara Falls, but it is petite, fast-moving, and really pretty. The kids love it!

The end of the trail also offers beautiful views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and valley. We took my daughter’s girl scout troop on a family hike to Castle Rock Falls a week ago, and it was so much fun! The girls enjoyed the hike and loved climbing on all the rocks. Since they are middle-school age, the top of the rocks turned into fun photo opportunities. (Of course we always keep photos opps safe! You won’t find these girls on the news for trying to get an Insta photo at the expense of safety. These are trained girl scouts who know safety comes first!) But, I digress. . .

If you are looking for a beautiful trail the entire family can enjoy, Castle Rock State Park is a great place to go! There are several trails to choose from, but I highly recommend hiking the Castle Rock Falls trails to see the beautiful waterfall, and enjoy the fun rock formations along the way. Your kids will love it! I mean, kids love climbing on rocks, so of course they will have fun!

When you visit, there is a parking lot which is $10. At the end of the parking lot, there are bathrooms. There are also pamphlets available with maps and information about Castle Rock State Park. The pamphlets will give you information about all the trails in the park.

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If you are looking for free parking, you can park nose first along highway 35 right after the parking lot entry-way. If you arrive after 9am, and the close parking is already taken, you can  drive a mile down highway 35 and there is a free overflow parking lot. I highly recommend, no matter the time of year, to arrive around 8am in order to park where you want to park, and enjoy the trails without the crazy crowds.

Visit Castle Rock State Park like a local!

In addition to arriving at 8am, go in the off-season. The weekends during the summer are way over-crowded. I recommend going during the week if you want to visit during the summer months. Otherwise, the best time to go is during the fall, winter, or spring seasons.

Castle Rock State Park is located at 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033; which is highway CA 35.

Have you been to Castle Rock State Park? Which trail is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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New Year fitness goals and a street to gym look

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Happy New Year! OK, so technically it is the end of January, so we are looking at roughly eleven more months of 2019, but a girl can craft her goals a few weeks late right?

The new year is proving to be extremely busy! I need to squeeze in my workouts between my children’s schedule, my work schedule, and life in general. I am so thankful for the clothing from adidas! I know I’ve said it before, they have the best attire for getting through my day; and slipping in a workout. Street to gym outfits are my saving grace! Who has time to change?? Not I!

Since 2019 is a busy year already, and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon, my new fitness routine will be a bit different than it has been in the past. To start off the year, my January and February workout routine will include cardio, strength, and interval training. I plan to switch things up in March.

My fitness goals in the new year is to try and lose ten pounds while building strength back up in my core; which became quick weak after my surgery last year. I did lose five pounds last year, so I am getting there! With this new routine, I am confident it will be easier to reach my goals.

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Here is my current workout routine for January and February to kick-start my fitness goals:

  • Monday: Step class
  • Tuesday: rest day/20 minute walk with the kids
  • Wednesday: Treadmill and weights
  • Thursday: rest day/20 minute walk with the kids
  • Friday: Bodypump class
  • Saturday: Spin class or family hike outside.
  • Sunday: Cardio kickboxing before church

In addition to this new workout routine, I plan to continue counting calories, avoid sugar, and eat carbs at breakfast and lunch, not dinner. I will keep you posted on how this works! I don’t really go for fad diets, so eating healthy, and timing my carbs, is how I will proceed.

Like I mentioned before, my schedule is packed. My busy days don’t allow much time for me to change before or after my workouts. Athleisure looks from adidas are my saving grace. I save so much time in their street to gym clothing and accessories!

For more street style worthy ensembles, that are perfect for the gym too, be sure to check out adidas.com.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*sponsored by adidas, all thoughts and opinions are my own

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