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Find the Good in Every Day

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There are two signs of knowing that you had a good weekend. The obvious one is knowing that it went by way to fast and that you didn’t want it to end. The second is being content with knowing that it is now Monday and being ready the cease the day. Whether you are welcoming Monday with open arms and embracing the start of the new week, or cursing the presence of Monday, try to find the positives of today.

For starters, you are alive. You can see, you can read, and you have WiFi. So far so good.

Keep your head held high.

Lessons Learned: Letting go of the past

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” 
― Søren Kierkegaard

Over a year ago I wrote a Lessons Learned entry about maturity and within that post I mentioned the importance of letting go of your significant other’s past. Who they were or what they did can help you learn who they used to be. But that’s the point, that was who they were before you. Letting your partner’s past not affect you is a big step in a relationship but letting go of your own past is an even bigger step. Whether it is in romantic relationships, friendships, family, or how you view yourself there are three points that I have learned regarding your own past:

Learn from it: Every past situation can be a life lesson. You may not learn from an argument that happened yesterday or even a decision that happened years ago, but eventually, with time, there will be something that you gained from any situation. Whether it is learning to always trust in your family’s opinion, ways to be a better friend, or to never again attempt that one  fashion failure. How little or big the experience, something is learned from it. Even if that something is not make the same mistake twice.

Let it go: As cliché as it may sound, the past is simply the past. I am extremely guilty of playing out the “what if’s” of past situations. “What if I did this, said that, did more of this or less of that.” Dwelling on it will make moving on harder to grasp. You may not understand the past now but I found that one day  you will understand why things turned out the way they did.

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Don’t regret it: I believe this point to be the most important.  No matter how hard it may have been or how much you may wish you never made a certain decision, in the end you cannot regret it. If I look at myself today, what I have accomplished,  who I am, and what I know, I know those characteristics that make me proud of myself would not be relevant if my past life had been any different. The most important thing is that we have today and our future to make ourselves even better than our past.

The best effort I can make everyday is to put yesterday behind me and keep looking forward. And on a lighter note when we keep looking  forward we see the weekend quickly approaching.

Keep your head held high and let the past be the past.

Cheers to this being the 100th post of Head Held High!

Workout Wednesday: Hello Spring, Hello Six-Pack Abs

Happy First Day of Spring!

Can I just start off this beautiful Wednesday by saying that I wish I never tried on Victoria’s Secret VSX workout clothes. I think I may have a problem. Hi. My name is Jenna and I am a VSXholic.

Now that I got that off my chest, it’s been long overdue for a Workout Wednesday and with bikini season almost here what was I thinking? Well the truth is, I have been struggling to keep up with my own fitness so I didn’t want to post a workout and not be working out. Gotta practice what you preach.

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So since you all know I’ve been crazy busy with work and birthday celebrations this reason to be fit couldn’t be more accurate.

Spring is finally here, which means summer is creeping up behind us, so I am going to try to be consistent with these 3 ab workouts to get me ready for summa- summa- summatime!!

Elbow to Knee Cross:

I did this exercise in my Piyo class night and let me tell you, I am feeling it this morning.

  •  Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you. Bend your knees slightly and keep only your heels on the floor. Lean your torso back slightly so your body forms a ‘V’
  • Lift both arms into the air. Elbows should be parallel with your shoulders and your hands by your ears in a goalpost position
  • Twist your torso to the left. Lift your right heel off the ground and bring your left elbow to your right knee. Do not bring your chest forward. Keep good posture while twisting. Place left heel on the floor and return to the starting position.
  • Twist your torso to the right bringing your right elbow to your left knee.
  • Alternating opposite knee and elbow for 8 reps slowly. Then do 8 more reps at a faster pace. Rest and repeat 3 more times.

Sitting Leg Lifts:

  • Begin sitting on the floor with your lower back flat up against a wall. Bend your knees and open your legs so your feet a wider than shoulder-width apart. Place your feet on the ground. 
  • Place your fingertips on the floor between your legs, keep your lower back against the wall.
  • Squeeze your abs and lift your legs off the floor while pressing your fingertips to the floor. Try doing 15 to 20 reps of lifting your legs off the ground. Rest and repeat 3 more times.

Cross Legged Sit-ups 

  • Sit with your legs crisscrossed and lay on your back. Place your right hand behind your head and left arm straight up to the ceiling. 
  • Keeping your left arm straight sit up crossing your left arm to touch the floor past your right knee.
  • Lay back down and switch arms placing your left hand behind your head and right arm straight up. Sit up crossing your right arm over to the floor beyond your left knee.
  • Alternate touching the floor from right to left keeping your legs in the crisscrossed position. Try doing 15 to 20 reps. Rest and repeat 3 more times.

Check out these posts below for more ab workouts:

Workout Wednesday: All I want for Christmas are some rock hard abs

Workout Wednesday: Abs, Med-Balls, and Workout Buddies

Workout Wednesday: Some Motivation and Abs

Listen to your body, stay positive, and keep your head held high.