Thursday, March 04, 2010
Yesterday I was all worked up about having my afternoon totally packed with things to do. Well I went and got my body fat % tested - it's within the "normal range" (Holy mackerel - first time ever!) but I'm still going to work on getting that percentage down. Got a good little 15 minute swim in, and made it to rehearsal on time. Phew. Wasn't home all evening, but no matter.
My gym is running a special right now on personal training sessions - $210 for 5 sessions. Since I never paid for a personal trainer before, I don't know if that's truly a good deal or not. When I first saw that, I totally dismissed the idea of a trainer - "I know everything! I can just read how to do stuff." But the girl who did my measurements last night let me know that the 5 sessions could be spread out - and I could even buy a block of sessions at that special price. It got me thinking about working with a trainer; I'd like to get my body fat % down by increasing muscle; a trainer would give me some new things to do to increase that muscle; new exercises would really kick up my workouts; I should be getting my tax refund soon, and some of that money on a trainer would be an investment in my health. Hmmm... I'm going to bring it up to honey that I'd like to work with a trainer and see what he says. I mean, it's *my* money, but I like to get his opinion since we are partners.
Today is another full day. Meeting a friend for coffee after school, going for a little TM run - I'm still on the ten minute run thing testing out my knee, Pilates with my gym buddy, and then I have some school work to do when I get home. Phew! I don't consider the gym "work," though. It's my time to get away from my "real world" responsibilities.
Took Butts and Guts on Tuesday. Didn't feel it so much yesterday, but today? WHOA. Quads and hams are feeling it.
Off to make today's lunch... forgot to take chili out of the freezer last night, so I'll have to do a quick thaw so I can get some out of the container.
Fun news - I got my CSA application last night. I am so excited to be getting fresh, local produce this summer! Wahoo!
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
My honey will attest to this - sometimes I get worked up over little things, things that shouldn't even be a big deal.
I was asked to fill in for the rehearsal accompanist at musical rehearsal tonight. I said sure, as I am usually willing to help others out. Not a big deal. Last night after my gym classes, I scheduled a body fat test for this afternoon, forgetting I agreed to play for the musical. Oh no! How am I going to fit my 1/2 an hour of swimming in??? So last night I just couldn't stop thinking about what I was going to do (yeah I know, "Carrie, just call and reschedule the body fat test.") But today is supposed to be my swimming day, and one March goal is to do all scheduled workouts. Aaaahh!
So anyway, I decided that it would not be the end of the world if instead of swimming for 30 minutes, I swam for 20, or even 15 minutes. My thought is that since I committed to my workouts, I need to be consistent, even if it *is* a short little swim.
This evening is going to be busy. But it's a good thing.
This whole overreaction to my teeny conflict showed me something good, though. I realized that I'm putting my health and my fitness first. Even with two grad classes, musical rehearsal, and various other things on my to-do list, fitness is a priority. Holy moly.
My gym buddy and I had a great time last night - I am super excited that she joined the gym!!! I am very good about getting to the gym on my own, but this extra little bit of accountability will be extra-good for me. Wahoo!
I was super productive this morning for some reason... took out the trash, changed a light bulb, ran the dishwasher, packed my gym clothes, made pasta for lunch... love the morning.
Today I will:
- drink at least 4 Siggs full of water (I've been slacking on the water at school, and I need to get back into drinking more water at work)
- stay calm and do one thing at a time
- not eat any of the chocolate in the faculty room (yesterday there was a giant bag of dark chocolate - a really good kind - on the table, and I just couldn't help myself. Sigh.)
- not feel guilty about eating the chocolate yesterday - today is a new day, and guilt won't do me any good.
Happy Hump Day!
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
So I have a SERIOUS case of Spring Fever. In a good way, but Spring Fever nonetheless. On Sunday when I drove home from the gym, I was thinking about how wonderful it was going to be to be able to throw on a pair of shorts and a tee over my swim suit, to wear my sandals to and from the pool.
I have been on my favorite stores' websites about a million times in the last week, looking at shorts and skirts and dresses. I WILL wear shorts this summer. I WILL buy a little dress.
The grill is out on the porch tempting me. This summer is going to be full of grilled fish, veggies, and grilled desserts. I WILL spend lots of time on the deck on our nice furniture.
Bought my reward last night - three new songs for my iPod. I bought some Kate Bush, Ani DiFranco, and Ludacris. I like the slower songs for my strength training, they keep my reps slow and controlled and make for a better workout for me. The Ludacris is for my running play list. It was nice to think "I am buying these songs because I earned them. I stuck to my goals and this is my reward."
Tonight is Power Yoga and Butts & Guts at the gym. And I have a gym buddy! One of the other teachers is joining the gym I go to, so we will be able to go to the gym together. This will be the first time in a very long time that I'll have a gym buddy... I am excited, although I do enjoy going by myself. This will be good for me, though. I really do need to start branching out and spending time with more people. And to do that, I'm also signing up for the local running store's program First Strides. Even though it's an introductory course, I figure it can't hurt to get some good tips. It will get me out there meeting new people, too; people who have the same interests as I do.
T-minus 18 days until Spring!!!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
This February has just drrrraaaaaagggggged on. Maybe it was all the snow, maybe it was the lack of sunshine... it's just been very bleh.
The good part is, though, that I think I discovered a new commitment to my body and my mind. I set some new kinds of goals for myself; goals that got away from the same old goals I've been setting for over a year now. Instead of tracking my calories for the last week of February, I was committed to making healthy choices and really listening to my body. Today is weigh-in day so I will see how my little experiment worked out.
I made a goal to get to all my scheduled workouts. When I worked toward minutes, I found myself doing a lot at the end of the week to make up for lost time. I may not be burning as many calories, but I *am* working out more consistently.
I have renewed my commitment to strength training. I got a new little notebook for the gym and I am taking the time to study my notes to keep getting stronger. Maybe it's fewer reps of a higher weight, doing exercises in a different order each time, or adding a new exercise... I'm not doing as many days of ST in a week but what I do is more effective (I can tell because I'm starting to see some new muscles and I get that great post-workout soreness that I was missing for a while).
I have sucked up my pride and started at the very beginning for my running. I really admire all the Rookie Runners who are able to train methodically and smart; I am in awe of everyone who started running when I did and now running 10Ks and HMs. Those people inspire me to take my time getting back into this running thing. Thank you!
Since I am not tracking my calories for a while, I am making sure that what I *do* eat is a good choice. I bought some Ezekiel English muffins to try out. When I read the ingredient list, I was really happy to see that there was no added sugars or sweeteners. This week I haven't gone bread-crazy, even though it would have been very easy for me to do so, being at home so much. Even though the muffins are a bit expensive, I think the benefits are worth the cost.
I got better at setting goals. There is a saying that reflects what I was falling into - "can't see the forest for the trees." I was so worried about each day's calories in and out, my daily goals, that I forgot to look at the big picture. I forgot about how I really wanted to live my life. I cleared out a little area in my closet room (yes, I have a bedroom that was converted into a closet - not because *I* have a lot of clothes, but the man who lived here before us had more clothes than I've ever seen) for my Sparking. I don't know what I was waiting for! I hung up my 5K bibs, my March goals, a fun mirror, and my Vision Collage. It's not filled up, but I will be adding to it as I find more images of what inspires me. (I posted a pic on my Spark Page if you are interested.)
So today I will be celebrating the last day of February with a swim. My weigh-in today will be my starting point for my March goal of getting to and maintaining a BMI in the Healthy Range (I am s close I can SMELL it). In March I will do all my scheduled workouts. I will train toward being able to run for 20 minutes with no pain in my knee (slow and steady!).
My reward? A bikini. Or some jewelry. Hell, maybe a bikini AND some jewelry.
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