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by Kiran on June 22, 2011 · 22 comments

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Happy Wednesday :)

A short yet fruitful hiatus. I’ve been working behind the scenes cleaning up the blog layouts. What do you think of the new header, color choices and sidebar updates? I’d also taken the opportunity to update the about us and contact page. Have a look and let me know what do you think of the overall changes.

Staying Active

Have you heard about the weather in Florida? It sucks big time during summer. But for the last 2 days, it’s been raining with thunderstorms thrown in as well. It’s not a pleasant way to cool off, but I’d take that in a single beat over hot and humid. Admittedly, I have many reasons for not enjoying my workouts these days. Some of it way too personal for me to blurt it out loud over the blog. But many shares the same qualms I have for sure:

a) Dreadful weather – it just bogs me down completely. I have had it with treadmills and this is the time of the year when I truly miss Fall and wish Spring was a little longer.

b) No access to gym nor yoga center in 10 mile radius. I can choose to drive but its financially not worth it when I could have ran or bike in my neighborhood for free.

c) The absence of a training buddy is surely weighing heavily on my motivation to workout.

I am trying not to sound like I am making a bunch of excuse. But when the economy is not doing as great as one hopes for, tightening the belts is what I believe we are all doing to keep afloat.

Some things I am doing to keep me sane:

  • Waking up in the wee hours before the sun is at its peak.
  • At home yoga and treadmill. As much as I hate running on treadmill all the time, I guess is something better than nothing.
  • Jumping ropes and weights are great indoor workouts. And the best part of all, jumping ropes reminds me of my childhood! Smiles all around :)
  • Window shopping! Studies have shown that walking is one of the best exercises out there. Who am I to argue with that statement?
  • Trying a new exercise video to help mix in different work-outs.
  • Dance is my favorite way to blow off some steam and work up a huge sweat!

Some activities planned for summer:

  • Work hard and play hard in water parks. We must take advantage of living in Orlando – the mecca of theme parks.
  • Take a splash in the neighborhood community pool.
  • Try canoeing or any other water sports for a change.
  • Getting a workout buddy ASAP.

What gets you motivated to get out of a workout routine rut? Any workable solutions out there?

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 dinu June 22, 2011 at 9:44 PM

The blog looks wayyyyyyyyyy better now :D I love the minimalistic but still elegant look :)

the font rocks when you write things in italic :D

love this new look !!!!!!!

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2 Kiran July 12, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Dinu,
Sorry for the late in reply and commenting over at your blog – its been hell of a busy month! Thanks for the blog makeover comment. Glad you love it.

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3 Destination Infinity June 23, 2011 at 2:47 AM

I have tried Jogging in the morning, and was doing it once in two days. Jogging is a very good way to exercise! But I was not able to do it once May arrived!! The heat is just too much to go out there and jog. These days, I am walking in the park for a little less than an hour in the evenings, during the sun-set time. I tell ya, that’s a wonderful time to be outdoors :)

Destination Infinity

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4 Kiran July 12, 2011 at 11:35 PM

DI,
Walking is great too. Something better than nothing, right? Yeah, the heat does change our summer plans a lot. Stay cool and safe :)

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5 Holli June 23, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Your blog looks GOOD!! I love it :) Keep up the good work Kiran…. the effort is what counts right?

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6 Kiran July 12, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Holli,
Thanks dear! Appreciate your wishes and support :) *hugs

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7 Ameena June 24, 2011 at 1:19 PM

I love your new blog layout! So clean and organized. Just the way I like everything in my life!

I also enjoy at home yoga and walks. Sometimes the gym is just too much of an obstacle but when I can do things at home I feel less pressure. Yogadownload.com is my favorite!

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8 Kiran July 12, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Ameena,
Thanks for the compliment! I use yogadownload as well as Dave Farmar’s yoga podcast. So good :)

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9 Kala June 25, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Glad to have found your blog:) I am from Malaysia too and can relate to your posts about living abroad, though I have been in the US for 27 years now:):) By the way, I live in Florida too. As for exercising, I am on the threadmill and practice yoga every day too:) Talk about having many things in common!

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10 Kiran July 12, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Kala,
Welcome to Chatterbox and thanks for chiming in :) So glad to hear from a Malaysian abroad – and that too, living in Florida as well as sharing many common traits. Send me an email to meet up and tell me more about yourself :)

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11 n June 26, 2011 at 9:24 PM

I never saw the blog before but I came across it through the Thesis gallery showcase. and I must say it’s quite lovely! simple, pretty, and inspirational :)

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12 Kiran July 12, 2011 at 11:40 PM

N,
Welcome to Chatterbox and thanks for chiming in and for the compliments :)

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13 Simply Life June 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I haven’t seen your blog before but it looks great to me!

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14 Kiran July 12, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Simply Life,
Thank you so much :)

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15 ciki June 28, 2011 at 9:24 PM

I love going on long runs with the hubby! when he is not free – gym for pump, combat and cardio. Ciki is truly an exercise buff.. u are talking to the right person. great post!! love the 1st shot.. can almost smell the grass. sigh…

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16 Kiran July 12, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Ciki,
The thought of me joining a gym is seriously lethargic! I want to join so badly for cardio etc. But that has to wait, hoping for a gym closer to our home. You take combat lessons too? I am seriously afraid to meet in person ;)

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17 Jackie @ That Deep Breath June 30, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Love the new look! I’m contemplating quitting the gym. I find that I’m happiest just doing yoga and the occasional jog. I’ve found a great yoga studio where I live, but at home I love doing Dave Farmar podcasts from iTunes. They’re free and really fun!

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18 Kiran July 12, 2011 at 11:46 PM

Jackie,
Thanks for the compliments. I can understand your qualms about gym when you have more passion for yoga and jogging like myself :) Oh yes, Dave Farmar rocks on iTunes :)

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19 carolinaheartstrings June 30, 2011 at 1:20 PM

I love the new layout and the About Us Page. Just wonderful. Your blog rocks! Come over and visit us today. We have a really wonderful chilled soup recipe to try and if you comment on the post, the Fairy Hobmother might grant you a wish.

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20 Kiran July 13, 2011 at 12:22 AM

CHS,
Thanks for the compliments dear. Wonder who did the Fairy Hobmother eventually bestowed with a wish :)

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