Every spring and summer my boyfriend makes fun of me and other Wisconsinites as we shed the layers of clothing and perpetuate true happiness in the outdoors. Coming from Hawaii (arguably the most beautiful place on Earth), he doesn’t understand the regional permutation that occurs as snow melts, temperature rises, and people leave the confines of their homes and offices. If the sun is shining and it is greater than 50 degrees outside, chances are I am dying to be anywhere other than behind a desk or on a couch. Saying that, I have a day job that puts me indoors during all the peak beauty hours of the day, so in the summer, I make a point to enjoy my time when I can.
Recently, I have been thinking about what keeps me motivated in the gym. Day in and day out, I go to the same place, lift weight, jump on a cardio machine, and strive for goals that seem more long term that short. That can be pretty monotonous, especially when you are sore or tired from yesterday’s workout. But I go, nevertheless.
I am back from a nice stay-cation, where I visited friends and family during my birthday week. It was relaxing to catch up on some movies, take leisurely walks, and even indulge in some of my mama’s home cooking. Since this week was a cruise week (every 6 weeks, I get to take a full week off from lifting), I even gave myself a healthy week off from the scale. I apologize if you were hoping for a weight update, but that will have to wait till this coming Saturday. This post, however, will start the official countdown of Year Quarter of Caroline. I am 25 years old now, and plan of having a healthful and adventurous year to celebrate the next segment of my life.
I have never felt more ready for a year, so join me in making this the healthiest year of my life (mind, body, and soul).
I can’t believe May is halfway over. It is my favorite month of the year and always seems to zoom by. I love May since it is my birthday month, but also because it is a month full of love: my anniversary with my boyfriend was on May 7th (6 years), Mother’s Day was on Sunday (May 12th), and my mom and dad celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary tomorrow (May 15th). With all the happiness going around, there isn’t anything like a good, old-fashioned cold to slow things down.
I feel refreshed after a nice weekend filled with friends, relaxation, and art. I attended a friend’s dance performance on Friday, something which I had never been to before. I spent a beautiful Saturday spending time with my lovely boyfriend, and Sunday gave me the perfect amount of rest and relaxation to balance out a productive week. I feel rejuvenated and more motivated than ever.