Little Life Update

Little Life Update

Hi, lazy butts!

Today I’m excited to write my first ever ‘diary’ entry.  None of this has been pre-drafted, so I’m just letting it all flow as I feel it.

My life has been changing along with the seasons, and I’ve been reluctant to share a big change that’s recently happened to me because I feared the judgement that I’d face, but I’m going to do it anyways. I quit my job!

Yes, I quit my job! And no, I didn’t line another one up before I put in my notice.

I know you’re all thinking “What?! Victoria, I knew you made stupid decisions, but to quit a job without another lined up? That’s just straight dumb.” You do have a point, it’s not the best decision I’ve ever made, but it was the right one for me.

I used to feel like I needed to have a better explanation for making my decision, but I’ve realized that being truly unhappy is reason enough to leave a job that stopped fulfilling me. And I’m not talking about being unhappy with waking up at 7am, commuting long distances, going to meetings, having to do actual work, or anything like that because those are things that are inherent to working. You simply can’t avoid those things, and I know this! I’m talking about being unhappy with a negative work environment, unfair treatment, no more room for growth, and the general direction that my mental health was going in (aka, downhill).

Now, I don’t want to go into all of the details because that will probably bore you, so to make a long story short, I simply came to a point where I had to say “enough is enough” and leave something toxic. And it’s honestly been one of the best decisions I’ve made in awhile (unlike the decision I made to drink wine after brushing my teeth, that was a bad decision)!

I wanted to share this life update because I know I’m not the only twenty-something year old in this position and if you’re feeling the same way that I am, I’m totally with you. It’s taken me waaaayyy too long to realize this, but just like a relationship, if your job is bringing you more misery and stress than happiness, it’s probably time to look elsewhere. Like most of us, I was raised to go to school, get a degree that pays well, find a job, and follow that path until I retire 40 years later. Simple as that.

…But I’ve quickly found out it’s not so simple. Life will create change and sometimes we have to hop off the path that we perfectly carved for ourselves to be a little gypsy until we find what truly fulfills us. And that’s okay. Far too often we forget to put ourselves first and I really hope that will change.

On a brighter note, I’ve grown tremendously from this experience and now I’m a happier person than I’ve been in a long time. I’m also still a personal trainer (plot twist, bet you thought I still didn’t have a job!), but I’m also chasing after different dreams that I’ve never had the time or courage to chase. Maybe I want to be a PE teacher, or a yoga instructor, or a nurse, or even start my own business. Basically, what I’ve learned from my 23 years of life on this planet is that sometimes the path you want to follow doesn’t come to you in just one form. Which sounds super cheesy, and reading it back again it doesn’t really make sense because the Woodbridge pinot noir is starting to take over this post, but I do believe that you can have multiple callings in life. There’s nothing wrong with being lost in your twenties, and if you feel lost, that might actually be a good thing.

TL;DR

It’s never too late to make a change. If your gut is telling you to revise something in your life then you should do just that. Revise it. Revise the crap out of it. Face the problem head-on and be honest with yourself. Yes, change is scary, and yes, the decision you end up making might not be the easiest one, but it could be the best one you ever make. You deserve nothing but happiness, and it’s time to start putting yourself first.

I hope this diary entry didn’t bore you to death because I really don’t want to be responsible for all 5 of my followers dying. I hope that it brought a little inspiration to your day instead! Remember, my metaphorical door is always open to you birds if you want to talk, and please don’t be too harsh on the grammatical errors in this post because it’s a diary entry and PINOT NOIR AND I WRITE THE WAY WE WANT TO. Deal with it.

Talk to you butt heads soon!

Hugs, hugs, and more hugs,

Victoria

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HIIT Me With Your Best Shot

HIIT Me With Your Best Shot

Good afternoon, peeps!

I hope you’re all having a lovely start to the weekend. Today I’m writing to you from the germ-infested comfort of my own bed because I’ve been sick all day so please bear with me on this one. My sickly body can only come up with so much! Anyways, I’ve been on a huge HIIT kick lately and I want to share my love for it with the world so I’m coming to you guys! If you don’t know what HIIT is, give me a beat and I’ll take a second to break it down for you.

HIIT means ‘high intensity interval training’ and it’s any activity where you have intervals of short duration, high intensity work mixed with low intensity recovery periods. Simply put, you workout as hard as you can, take a moment of brief rest, and then workout really hard again. You can do HIIT with practically any exercise, and it’s great for increasing your heart rate, burning lots of calories, and improving your steady-state endurance. It’s also great for training your body to produce and use energy from your anaerobic energy system. What’s your anaerobic energy system? I’m glad you asked!

Your anaerobic energy system (say it with me) is the system in your body that produces energy without sufficient oxygen. This is super important to consider when you’re doing HIIT exercises because your muscles are going so HAM that the oxygen you breath in isn’t enough for them to sustain themselves, which is why HIIT intervals are so short. If we made them long, then we’d probably pass out or feel really light headed which can lead to injury or just a bad case of the weeble wobbles. Listen to your body when you’re doing HIIT. If you feel light headed or dizzy at any point during your workout, stop and take a seat. Find a cool area, drink plenty of water, and be sure to have a little carb and protein-dense snack on hand to help you recover. (Cliff bars are my fave!)

TL;DR it’s SCIENCE! And it’s awesome and you probably should’ve read what I wrote.

A good starting point for HIIT is a 1:2 ratio, meaning that you exercise at a high-intensity for ‘x’ amount of time and then rest for double that time in-between. Aim to complete HIIT twice a week, three times MAX when you’re starting to avoid injury and allow your muscles the proper recovery time they need. They deserve love, too!

Here are a few of my favorite HIIT exercises that you can try at home or in the gym. I can almost promise that you’ll love them, but if you don’t, you didn’t hear any of this from me.

LET’S HIIT THIS!

Burpees: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Move into a squat, placing your hands between your feet and shifting your weight into your palms. Push your feet back into a plank position. Hold for 1 second. Jump your feet forward into original squat position. Explosively jump upward with arms extended above your head. Repeat.

30 seconds x 3 sets

Star Jumps: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and arms to your side. Move into a squatting position, bringing your palms together at chest level. Explosively jump upward, extending your arms and legs laterally (like a star!) Land into original squat position. Repeat.

40 seconds x 3 sets

Fast Jacks: Start in a standing position with feet together and arms by your side. Jump feet out away from one another while raising your arms, bent. Your feet should land slightly farther than shoulder width apart. Jump your legs back into original standing position. Rapidly repeat.

1 minute x 3 sets

Push Ups: Start in plank position with arms extended and positioned slightly more than shoulder width apart. Slowly lower your body toward the ground, keeping your back straight and head in a forward position. Pause for half a second. Push yourself back up into plank position. Repeat.

30 seconds x 3 sets

Sprints: Using a treadmill or the ground, run as fast as you can, walk, repeat

30 seconds of running, 60 seconds of walking, totaling 15 minutes.

Cycling: Using a stationary bike or bicycle, pedal as fast as you can, rest, repeat

30 seconds of pedaling, 60 seconds of cruising, totaling 15 minutes.

These are just a few examples of my favorite HIIT exercises, but I think they are a great starting point if you’re considering giving HIIT a try for the first time. If you can’t complete the exercises in the allotted time, that’s OKAY. We are all learning here, but do your best and try to have some fun with it! It’s not the laziest workout you’ll see on my page, but it’s super effective, quick, and perfect to do in the comfort of your own home while watching a new episode of Impractical Jokers. Remember to work hard, drink plenty of water during each set, and don’t be afraid of failing. You got this, friends! 💪

Hugs and high fives,

Victoria