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Working on my Fitness


It’s no secret that since January I got my act together and starting working on my fitness.  Along with multiple other things.  Since then, I feel like a completely different person.  Someone who actually likes working out.  Who makes it a priority.  Who eats well and tries to truly live well, rather than running around like a chicken with my head cut off, just trying to please each person who put a request in front of me for my time/energy/creativity/productivity.  Whew.  Thank goodness that’s over.

So now I walk a lot, and I even run a good bit!  I do yoga almost every day, and I use a medicine ball to do some strength work.  Nothing revolutionary.  In fact, nothing even remotely hardcore.  But it’s fun and it fits into my still-busy schedule, and most importantly, it works. So I thought I’d write a quick post about the things that have been working for me.

Hazards of Working Out at Home | Oysters and Pearls

That hazards of at-home workouts: cats and dogs vying for attention.  The Honorable Judge Wallace Cat-O is especially demanding.

So my newest craze is medicine ball workouts.  I first got hooked thanks to Kelly Ripa and her ABC workout.  This is an older version than the one she did recently with Michael Strahan, but the workout is still great, even back in 2007!

Another one my husband, Wheat, recommended to me is the Carolina Tar Heels 400 Workout.  I highly recommend it now, too!  And this workout series by Popsugar is one I discovered earlier this week, but have already incorporated some of the moves into my routine (some of them are the same as the ones in the Tar Heels 400).

On days I’m crunched for time, I do a quick 20 minute medicine ball workout.  High intensity, short time, certainly better than nothing! :)  I follow it up with usually at least 10 to 15 minutes of yoga.  On days I have more time to spare, like days I work from home, I go for a half run/half walk with Juin and listen to my audio books.  She enjoys it just as much as I do!

And finally, on days I’m working in Thomasville, I get my butt into a yoga class at ma gurl Lindsey’s yoga studio.  Lotus Yoga & Holistic Wellness just opened up in its permanent location on Monroe Street (behind the post office and across from the Big Oak).  It’s adorable and beautiful and fabulous and I’m so excited my office is so close by!  Congratulations, Lindsey!!

Lotus Yoga & Holistic Wellness, Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

I’ve found that mentally challenging myself by rotating through quick, high intensity workouts,  longer walks/runs with audiobooks, and mental/spiritual/physical yoga keeps me engaged, never bored, and actually excited about exercise.  What are your favorite workouts?  Any youtube videos or links? Share them in the comments, por favor!

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  -Psalm 139:14

Until Next Time


Ever been tagged in a “What I’m Doing Now” post?  I have once.  But today I’m tagging myself in one here.  I haven’t shared much personal stuff on O&P in a minute, so I thought it was appropriate.  I also am gearing back up to bring you some more stories about people besides yours truly, which I’m really, really excited about.  As y’all know, O&P changes along with my interests, and I love, love, love learning about new things, trying out new hobbies, and sharing things that tickle my fancy in this space.

So, here is #whatimdoingnow, in no particular order:

1) Baby loving

My niece Elah is just the sweetest, cutest baby on the block, and none of us can get enough of her.  And check out that adorable newborn Easter dress!

Natalie & Elah on Easter | Oysters & Pearls

Elah's Easter Dress | Oysters & Pearls

Tezzie and Elah on Easter | Oysters & Pearls

We took her for her first #ladieswholunch outing in Thomasville at Jonah’s Fish n Grits last week, which was an awesome break from a long work week.

Natalie & Elah at Jonah's | Oysters & Pearls

 2) A little thrifting

I haven’t done much thrift shopping as of late, but I did make a quick pit stop into Kaleidoscope last week and scored these bee needlepoint smoking slippers (that fit perfectly!) for $20 bucks.  I almost can’t wait for fall to wear them.  Almost.

Bee Needlepoint Smoking Slippers from Kaleidascope, Thomasville | Oysters & Pearls

 3) yoga

I mentioned this before, but I’m just so grateful to have finally found a form of exercise I really identify with and love.  It’s made such a drastic difference in my body, as well as in my mental and emotional health.  I also want to give a shoutout to my awesome yoga instructor and owner at Lotus Yoga & Holistic Wellness, Lindsey.  I’ll be sharing more about her as she opens her new studio, but until then you can find her current class schedule here.  She’s helped me reach yoga goals that I never, ever would have thought I could do when I started back in January.

Lotus Yoga Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

 And speaking of yoga… I’d like to be

4) stand up paddleboarding.

I learned how to yolo/sup/stand up paddleboard last weekend at the beach with some gal pals.  It is SO MUCH FUN.  After seeing it on Instagram, I decided to also try some SUP yoga… Talk about a core workout!  I promptly began saving my pennies for my own paddleboard.

YOLO  | Oysters & Pearls

SUP Yoga in St. Andrews Bay | Oysters & Pearls

5) seeing the Avett Brothers 

A couple of weekends ago, we were lucky enough to go see the Avett Brothers in concert in Tallahassee at Cascade Park.  They put on a great show and we had a blast.

Avett Brothers at Cascade Park, Tallahassee, FL  | Oysters & Pearls

Avett Brothers at Cascade Park in Tallahassee, FL | Oysters & Pearls

Have I mentioned that Wheat broke his neck as well?  Yes, this freak accident happened on Easter weekend.  Boys and girls: never carry heavy, wrought iron chairs over your head… especially whilst walking on slippery, wet decks.  He has a slight compression fracture in his C5 vertebrae,and we’re hoping he’ll be out of that awful neck brace very soon!

6) Maiden South

Art & Wine Walk at Maiden South | Oysters & PearlsWe participated in the downtown Bainbridge Art & Wine Walk last weekend and it was so much fun!  We love having Mills Brock’s photography in the shop.  Come by and see if it you didn’t make it in last weekend!  We’ll actually be closed this Thursday night, but we’ll be open Friday and Saturday!

7) Spring Beekeeping

It’s spring, and our sweet bee hive has swarmed no less than four times and is still kicking. With all the rain, we haven’t been able to check our two backyard hives in a couple of weeks, which we thought would be a real problem. But the sun came out yesterday and we got in both hives, and they’re both doing great. No queen cells really to speak of, and we met the new Queen Bee in said swarming hive. Meet Beeatrice! 


8) Hitting Pause

Trying to make a conscious effort to hit the pause button and enjoy pretty little moments like this view of a sunset and some Lady Banks roses a couple Fridays ago at the Bainbridge Country Club.

Bainbridge Country Club, Bainbridge, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Happy Hump Day, y’all!!

Until Next Time