Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Well, the kids are finally back at school, so I have no more excuses. This summer was a backslide, and while I'm certainly not happy about it, I'm also not feeling anywhere near as awful as I would have a couple of years ago. It's a bump in the road, it's over now, and I need to pick myself up and keep moving forward.
I've managed to gain back about 10 pounds over the past couple of months. I have a feeling that once I start working out regularly again, it'll come off pretty easily. I'm more afraid of the amount of muscle I've most certainly lost. ugh...
Anyway, it's not a race, and it's not even about reaching a set goal. My focus is solely on the pursuit of health. Now, back to it!
Friday, July 19, 2013
Well, it's been a terrible month for me, health and fitness wise. The combination of stifling heat and humidity plus having my children home from school has completely thrown my schedule off. Add to that the fact that my oven decided to conk out, and I've got a whole lot of excuses for why I haven't been doing well lately when it comes to weight loss.
But that's just it. These are excuses. They're things I can use to justify my lack of commitment and motivation lately. But my favourite saying has always been "if you really want something you will find a way. If you don't really want it, you will find an excuse." Right now the excuses have been winning the battles, and I need to rectify that!
So, I'm going to lay out my excuses and try to come up with some things I can do to overcome them.
1. The kids are home from school, which makes keeping to a fitness schedule trickier.
Yes, that's true, but it should not derail me entirely. There are things I can do with them (go for a walk in the forest preserve, play tennis, go for a bike ride, go climb something at the park), and despite their whining and complaining about being the oldest kids in the child care room at the gym, I can force them to go anyway.
2. It's hot.
This is a really hard one for me. I hate heat. Anything over 74 degrees and I'm drenched with sweat, so the idea of working out in these conditions sounds especially awful to me. But I can go early in the morning (it doesn't really ever get cool, but if I get it out of the way early, it's better). I could go swimming. Or I could just force myself to get it done.
3. Money is really terrible for us right now. I really shouldn't even be paying for a gym membership, and I definitely can't afford my personal trainer.
I have enough knowledge of fitness that I could easily get a decent workout at home on my own. While I love the community of the gym, and the personal motivation and encouragement of my trainer, I don't *need* it to be successful".
4. I don't have an oven right now. Eating out is so much easier than trying to figure out what I can make for dinner that doesn't require cooking.
Fruits, vegetables, raw foods. This is an opportunity to clean up my eating.
5. I'm feeling super emotionally stressed right now. Food has always been my go-to soothing mechanism.
I am doing the best I can here to avoid mindless emotional eating. Some days are better than others. I'm really proud of my progress in this area, but I'm certainly not perfect, and old habits die hard. I'd love some advice here on what others have done to keep themselves from slipping back into old bad habits.
Monday, July 01, 2013
Ugh! I am so ready to break this plateau! I've been stuck here for the past several weeks. Really it's been since the kids have been out of school. My exercise routine has been completely derailed and we've been eating out a lot more than we should be. It's my own fault, but I really need to get my act together and get back on track!
I've still been working out. I've whittled my 1 mile run time down to 10:42, I've been seeing a personal trainer who kicks my butt (heavy ropes and tabata circuits are the best!), and I've been playing tennis every opportunity I get (tennis is my favourite favourite favourite sport to play).
On Saturday, I did the Dirty Girl Mud Run and it was one of the most awesome experiences of my life -- Definitely my favourite 5k ever! Dirty Girl was a whole lot muddier than the Warrior Dash, and the obstacles seemed much more managable (partially due to the fact that I'm 40 pounds lighter than I was when I ran the Warrior Dash, but also because the Warrior Dash really tries to be an athletic challenge while the dirty girl, although challenging, is much more about having fun. I was easily able to manage every single obstacle, and was super proud of myself, not just for finishing, but for pushing myself to overcome my fears and conquer every challenge presented to me. I've decided that, in the future, I'm really only interested in doing fun (i.e. messy) 5k's. (5K foam fest, Dirty Girl, maybe a Zombie Run-- stuff like that).
Yesterday, I didn't do any formal workouts, but my family and I went to show our support at the Pride Parade. We ended up walking 10 miles, did a lot of dancing in the streets, and spent most of the day on our feet. It was so much fun, and the whole event had such a celebratory spirit in light of the recent SCOTUS rulings. I'm very proud to be part of the fight for equal rights.
Today I found a groupon for an indoor trampoline place, so we'll be heading there in a couple of hours to get our jump on. I've heard that trampolining can be an excellent workout, and this place actually offers trampoline aerobics classes, so that might be fun to check out. I'm all about mixing things up!
I'm really going to buckle down this week and get things back under control. I need to plan out our meals and cook more at home. Part of the problem is that we have activities every single night, so that makes coming home at 7 or 8 and then making dinner for 2 hungry kids and a hungry husband even more of a challenge.
What are your strategies for busy nights?
Monday, June 17, 2013
I did not want to work out today. We were out late last night, I was tired, and we spent the morning at the beach with friends. I forced myself to get dressed for the gym since I had to take the kids there for soccer. Then I forced myself to run just one mile. And I shaved another 7 seconds off my fastest mile time. I'm now at 10:42 and bound and determined to beat a 10 minute mile by the end of 2013.
Then I had to go work out with my personal trainer. He's definitely crazy, employing all sorts of things he calls "contraptions" but which are truly just thinly veiled torture devices. I had no idea what I'd have left to give during that work out, but there was another woman there who's also pretty intense and I get very competitive, so I turned beast mode on and killed it!
I love tabata circuits so much. And the heavy ropes are absolutely my favourite thing. I do like working with a trainer because I get good feedback and he pushes me to try things I never would do on my own. Plus, I can't just talk myself out of the workout. All in all, I'm so glad I went, and so glad I pushed myself. I am so much stronger and more capable than I know!
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