Just.

Happy Monday afternoon everybody!  I hope your week is off to a great start! <3  It’s warm and sunny here today which certainly makes Monday easier to get through :D

Today I want to talk about the word “just”.

I remember reading an article somewhere in the past year that was talking about writing, and the words that writers should remove from their writing vocabulary.

Just was one of those words.  I remember at the time thinking, they are right.  Just (as an adverb) is rarely necessary, every sentence I could think of that used the word just, worked just as well without it.  Since then I’ve tried to be careful about my use of the word in my writing, and have found myself deleting it more that I would have thought.

Even though I’ve tried my best to delete the word from my written word I still say it frequently when I speak, and that is something I want to change.

Just can be used as an adjective or an adverb.  For the purpose of this post I’m speaking only about “just” as an adverb.  In case you have tossed your grammar definitions out of the window, and adverb is is a word that changes or qualifies the meaning of a verb, adjective, another adverb etc.

In this context, “Just” can mean:

  1. exactly ( ex. This is just why I don’t trust you!)
  2. a moment before (ex. She arrived just in time for the movie to begin.)
  3. barely (ex. He hit the tennis ball just out of bounds.)
  4. actually; really (ex. It is just a beautiful day!)
  5. only or merely (ex. I can do 30 push-ups but they are just from my knees.)

Just.

It’s the best word I think think of to use to diminish your accomplishments.  I do it all of the time.  On Saturday after my class we were talking about upcoming classes and someone asked if there would be a class on the long weekend in May.  I said that there would be, even though I should be taking the day off because I’m running in the Bluenose Marathon the next morning.  Someone asked me what distance I was running, I replied, “Just the 10k.”

Sure, the 10K is one of the shorter distances in that race (you can choose 5K, 10K, 1/2 or Full Marathon), but it’s still 10 flipping kilometres.

I always downgrade my running, like I need to issue a disclaimer or something.  Last year I said something about the Valley Harvest Marathon after I had run and someone said, “Wow!  You ran in it?” I replied that yes I had, but just the 5k.”

Just.  Like running a 5K in under 30 minutes is something that everyone can do.  Like it’s sure a terrible accomplishment that I have to downgrade myself.

It’s true, I’m not a fast runner, but when I can only run once maybe twice a week 4 or 5 months of the year I can hardly expect to be as fast as my friends who run 3 or 4 times/week all year round.

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FYI- I had just eaten a green candy, my tongue isn’t usually that colour ;)

It’s true, I tend to stick to shorter distance races, but that is mostly because I can run them without putting in hours and hours of training runs to prepare.  Those shorter races are still longer than the races most people will run – because most people won’t run any.

There is another place where I tend to “just” it up.

My job.

“Are you a personal trainer?” “No, I’m just a fitness instructor.”

“You are a writer?” “No, I am just blogger”

“Do you contribute anything positive to society?” “No, I mostly just belittle my career and accomplishments.”

Okay, so that last one didn’t really happen, but every time I throw the word “just” in there that’s what I’m doing.  And I KNOW I’m not alone.  I know many of you do it too!  So let’s make a promise to ourselves right now, that we will make a conscious effort to ditch the just and take pride in our accomplishments.

Yes, I’m running in the Bluenose Marathon.  No, I’m not running the longest distance but I am running all the same.

Yes, in fact I AM a writer.  I may not have any published books but I get paid to write, therefore (good or bad) I am a writer.

No I’m not a personal trainer, but that is my choice.  I prefer teaching in a group setting, there is nothing wrong with that.

Stop belittling yourself and the things you do, ditch “just”.

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Spring Tune Up Week 2 Workouts

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend <3

I thought for this week we’d try something a bit different.  I’m going to give you all of your workouts for the next 7 days (Monday-Sunday) in this post.  I’m listing them under certain days (i.e. Stretch it out Sunday) but feel free to move the workouts around within the week to work with your schedule.  S0 you could do “Stretch it out Sunday” on a Thursday. “Tummy Tuck Tuesday” on a Friday, etc.  Just make sure you get all of your workouts in and I’m a happy camper ;)

Since all of your workouts are in one post, you’ll want to come back here each day to let me know you did your workout (and which one you did) or check in on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (and don’t forget the #springtuneup hashtag!).  Remember – the more you check in, the better your chances to win a prize!  P.S. I like pictures…you get bonus points if you post pictures of your meals, workouts, etc. on the blog’s Facebook wall or by tagging me (@suziconfesses) in your Twitter or Instagram posts!

Please let me know which way you prefer your workouts, laid out for you in advance like this, or posted day by day like I did last week.  Majority rules so let me know which you like so I can be sure to do what y’all want for the last two weeks!

Cardio-rrific Monday

Monday’s challenge is to get in a full hour of cardio.  What kind?  You choose!  Whatever you choose I want you to spend extra attention during your workout on your core muscles.  Try to maintain a concentration of those core muscles throughout your workout and notice how much more difficult the workout is when you do.  There are a million ways (well, maybe not a million) to make your workouts more effective, and this is a great one.  Not only will you be getting your cardiovascular exercise, but you’ll be working your core more effectively.  Whoop!  Whoop!

Tummy Tuck Tuesday

For this week’s Tummy Tuck Tuesday I want you to give Tone It Up’s “Sunkissed Abs” workout a try!

Work it Out Wednesday

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to double up your workout and work your whole body top to bottom!  Don’t worry there is no inner thigh insanity this week -I like to switch things up ;)

She Sells Sea Shells Total Body Workout

and Blogilates “Call Me Maybe” Squat Challenge.  God Luck!!

HIIT It Thurdays

Here is this week’s HIIT Workout – it’s only 4 minutes long, we ALL can find 4 minutes to squeeze in a workout so let’s get ‘er done!

Fired Up Arms Friday

Remember – the harder you work the more you will change, the stronger you’ll get.  Pushing yourself to go further when your uncomfortable is the ONLY way to change!  And with that pep talk, I give you this week’s Fired Up Arms Friday:

Lower Body Saturdays

Here is this week’s lower body workout from Tone It Up!

And lastly,

Stretch It Out Sunday

Don’t you wish every day could be stretch it out Sunday?  I do!  As in past weeks, the first video is slightly more “involved” than the second so if you are really looking to chill go for the second video, otherwise I’d love you to try both!

This video shows her doing the routine in bed, but you don’t HAVE to be in bed to do it, your yoga mat will work just fine ;)

There you have it – all of your challenges for this coming week!

Please let me know which way you prefer your workouts, laid out for you in advance like this, or posted day by day like I did last week.  Majority rules so let me know which you like so I can be sure to do what y’all want for the last two weeks!

AND don’t forget to check in each day to let me know you got your workout(s) in!!

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