Jar o’ Booyah

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The Booyah Jar

Sometimes, I need a box of booyah To-Go. I’m just going to put this out there: when I travel (whether it be for work or vacation), I am really bad at coming up with my own bootcamp-esque workouts to supplement my runs (uh, and more importantly – even just motivating myself to just do them!). I’ve gotten much better, but I don’t always love having to sit and plan out a full body workout for each day in between sipping margaritas. Running is so easy – all you do is tie up your sneakers, put on some good jams and go. Since I’ve been working so hard and training for my half, with lots of strength training thrown into the mix, I don’t want to lose my guns when I go to Florida (I read some alarming statistics on how quickly you can lose muscle mass – and after all that hard work I’ve put in, that is not an option for me)! Thus, I came up with a fun way to avoid that sitch altogether: The Booyah Jar. WTF is that, you ask? Well, let me tell you!!

photo 2 (6)Let me start out by saying: I am not crafty. Despite having been in a sorority, I defied the odds and still made it through my college years without acquiring any craft skills. That’s okay though – this little project requires almost zero skills – only a mason jar, a piece of white paper, and some markers. I wrote down as many quick exercises that I could think of, cut them into small strips of paper, folded them in half and placed them in the mason jar (I have a lot of shoes to bring to Florida, so I will actually be bringing this in a Ziploc bag, but the Mason jar looks much nicer for permanent storage). It’s like a boot camp cheat sheet – depending on how you feel, you can withdraw as many slips of paper as you like, and based on the odds involved here, you’ll come up with a completely unique workout each time. It takes out all of the guess work and planning involved in coming up with your own workout away from home (or even at home!). And depending on how much time you have each day, you can tailor your workout to being as long or as short as you’d like. Plus, it’s a completely spontaneous and fun way to motivate yourself to be active – who doesn’t love a little surprise now and then? Also it takes literally five minutes to throw together. So easy! Also – make sure you throw some fun/silly ones in there, because everybody needs a good belly laugh every now and then, too.

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Here are all the exercises I put into my booyah jar – feel free to use these, or put whatever your favorites are in there! πŸ™‚

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I added these fun ones in my jar for a special surprise – they are sure to bring a smile to my face if I pull one out.

photo 1 (2)photo 2 (3)I brought a Booyah Jar into my bootcamp class this morning, and my trainer totally dug the idea! At the end of class (usually a time reserved for grueling sprints up and down the basketball court), each person got to pull an exercise out of the jar, and we went around in a circle doing them together. So fun! I could see adding some more advanced exercises and bringing this to my Tuesday morning workouts with my friends, when we are too lazy to put together our plan of attack in advance.

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My trainer made me pull out the Carlton Dance slip this morning – the entire class had a good laugh watching each other do the Carlton at 6 am. Pretty epic.

I am really digging this craft proj, and I am so pumped to try it out when I go to Florida – I can’t wait!! I hope you guys are having a great day today! πŸ˜€ Sending lots of Booyah your way today! *Carlton dance*

With warmth (fa real bc it’s FRIGID outside today!),

L

PS: When I went to the gym this morning it was 1Β°F (-17Β°C) outside.

photo 3 (3)However, the gym was still warm (yay for forced air heat!). Don’t use the cold as an excuse to not go – you’ll feel SO much better afterwards. I did. πŸ˜€

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    • Ah Debbie – you never suck girl! I am so glad you like the Booyah Jar! I feel like putting anything in a jar and plucking a slip of paper out one at a time makes things more like a game and less like a chore πŸ™‚ Also – YIKES. It’s just so cold everywhere! When I got to work and it was -4. Not okay!

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  1. We use our wide mouth Mason jar to store sugar cubes for our morning coffee πŸ™‚ But I did do T25 at 6am! Your personal motivation and creativity to stay motivated is wonderful. Are you this optimistic and goal driven in other aspects of your life?

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    • Hahaha KILLING IT (both cubes and T25)! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› I’m so touched you think so! I like to think so – I try to keep Bubbles and Booyah an honest reflection of what is actually going on in my life. I’m a pretty optimistic gal with an overflowing sense of enthusiasm for most things, and I’m especially excited about this project – I think it’s going to be really fun to try it out on my vacation that starts tomorrow! I’m human though, and of course have my limits. πŸ™‚ Everyone wants to read the rose-tinted posts and see the pretty pictures, but let’s face it – that’s not always how life is, and I think if I can be honest about that (when runs suck, when I push myself too far, when I create an absolute disaster in the kitchen), we can all have a good laugh and find the humor in the imperfection of life. When my friends (who are awesome) read my blog, they all tell me that they find that it’s pretty much just like talking to me in person (swears included – sorry Mom!). So, I try to stay as true to me as possible, whatever that may be for the day. I think we can get a lot farther with a smile on our face, and so I try to keep my focus on the good stuff. Also, I think it’s really important for life to be FUN. I hope that answers your question! Basically, I do what I can. πŸ˜€

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