Monday, January 02, 2012
That's pretty much it! Hope you're all having a fabulous start to 2012!
I've just completed 5 weeks of Insanity. And am realising that THAT was the easy bit.
This week, the workouts get TOUGH. Longer, for one: averaging an hour instead of 40 minutes or less. And tougher mentally from the looks of it.
Oh, well, it is what it is. There are only two possibilities: do the workouts or don't do them.
Right now, I am in a "DO them" mood, so that's the plan for January: complete the remaining 4 weeks of Insanity, and really FOCUS while I'm working out.
I don't do resolutions, so don't bother wondering.
I do, however, set and achieve goals. And once I set a goal, I usually achieve it.
When I remember it, that is. :)
So my first goal for the year 2012: Make it easy to remember.
Simple things will help.
Reminders as my cell phone background. Little email alerts every day.
Second goal: eat at least one serving of vegetables at every meal. This one is almost a no-brainer, because I love veggies. However, for the past month or so, I've been focused on finishing up the huge batch-cooked meals I'd made early in December, and didn't always remember to at least add a side of nuked, frozen veg to the pot roasts and lasagnes. :) So, that goal has to be explicitly described and "remindered" (I know, not a word) if I am to get back in the habit.
Third goal: work out HARD for at least 30 minutes, at least 5 days a week. This one is a doozy. I *love* to work out hard. However, when I'm working out to a DVD, I tend to take it easier than I do when I am hitting the weights at the gym. I think the bottom line is that I prefer weights over cardio, so that's what I will focus on once the Insanity workouts are over. For January, I will simply focus on really working hard during the Insanity workouts.
Fourth goal: PAINT the condo by January 31st. This is one that I've not written down before, so it hasn't happened. I've had plenty of weekends and evenings when I could have done "just one room". Heck, even "just one wall". So that will be my focus for the next 4 weeks. It's a small condo, so really not a lot of walls - it's just the inertia of getting started. Again, reminders will help.
And that is pretty much it. Nothing outrageous. Nothing super-impossible. Not even anything that's a stretch. Why? Because I don't do well with "Gottas". I do much better with "wannas". I wanna be healthy (hence the workout and eating healthy goals). I wanna be happy, hence the reminders and the painting. I wanna have a low-stress lifestyle, so again, both the health goals and the painting goals will get me there (I hate white walls!).
That's it for me. What are YOU going to be celebrating come December 2012?
Here's hoping your year is full of joy and love and laughter, too!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Busy again, so just a quick update here.
I've managed to stick with the Insanity workouts for another whole week. Yay! That leaves just 6 weeks to go.
Of course, the last time I tried Insanity, I only GOT to about day 2 of week 4 ... That's not happening this time, though, I plan to keep going and going until the bitter end.
Food wise, I am still eating like there's no tomorrow ... my moderation phase didn't last very long. However, the workouts are intense, and that's helping level off the weight, which is a certifiably GOOD thing.
The waistband of my pants aren't cutting into me any more, and the sleeves of my jackets fit just fine without making my upper arms feel bound tight. This is progress, albeit a lot slower than I'd like.
However, it is what it is, and until I can regularly make the healthier choices on the food front, I am happy with small signs of improvement.
So, here I go, off to another fun week of Insanity (both the workout and the work!)
Have a fabulous week!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
I have been off SP for ages now, mostly because of work pressures (12 hour days like everyone else), but also because I just moved into a new condo and have been procrastinating on all sorts of move-related issues. :)
Status? Pretty much status quo, I think. I've not been doing much, so had gained a bit more over July, but for the past two weeks I've been watching what goes into my mouth (it's not pretty - way too much goes into my mouth), and have actually been doing the Insanity workouts again.
When I took the fit test two weeks ago, I was astounded: it felt *awfully* hard, but I actually had improved in every category since the last time I took it (about 8 months ago), except for the floor work, which had deteriorated significantly (zero upper body strength, very little core strength!) So I knew I needed to get moving again - hadn't even been doing much walking since I moved into the new place: it's the old catch-22: I now live closer to work (just about 4 miles), so *could* walk to work, but it's far enough that it makes a significant dent in my day, and work has been extremely busy, so I decided I couldn't spare the time.
The truth? I made the time to read, to shower, to eat out a little and to cook a LOT (and *eat* a LOT as well - what can I say? I *love* the food I make!). So it wasn't that I hadn't the time, but that I chose not to use that time towards a healthier body.
Anyway, two weeks is better than zero exercise. That's my story and we're all sticking to it, thank you very much. I figure, we all have the same amount of time each day. So if you can work out for 30 minutes, so can I. I know many of you work even crazier hours than I do, plus you juggle caring for your family in that same 24 hours. Gee, when you put it THAT way, I suspect I do actually have all the time I need.
So, on that note, I'm off to do the final day of Week 2 of Insanity: Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs.
As Shaun T. says, "Have a great day, y'all!"
Friday, July 15, 2011
Yes, that is what I am trying to do these days.
I did say "trying".
That means I'm not there 100% yet.
I am working on it.
So far, it's meant paying attention to what I am doing.
And you ask, "what exactly *is* that?"
Oh, let me see.
I've been eating everything in sight. Emotional eating? Not so much. It's more of a conditioned reflex. You know - see food, eat it. See more food, eat that, too. Think about food: go out of my way to find some.
Some of it has been excellent, soul-satisfyingly good food. A LOT of it has been pure junk ... and not all that tasty, but even that hasn't seemed to be a deterrent!
Moving on. I noticed in June that I was using the heat as an excuse to get zero exercise.
Put that together with the happy eating, and I've got a problem.
So, late in June, I started to do more than just pay attention. I started walking again.
June was okay - managed to get in a few hours.
July has been stellar - I've been doing 3 to 6 miles most weekdays. And since I walk at the pace of a turtle, that's meant HOURS out in the sun (mostly early morning and early evening - to and from the subway enroute to and from work). Let's just say I've already "earned" my SP 1,000 exercise minutes trophy for July! :)
I am now beginning to work on prioritising me in other ways, too. Two hours each day for walking is a good start. Now I am again planning lunches (yes, I plan them. I didn't say I always stick to the plan). And I am getting in plenty of water - all that walking seems to help.
No downward trends on the scale, but then the eating part has been SO hit-and-miss that I am not surprised.
Also planning some little non-food treats. Plays. Movie night. Open air concerts. All kinds of FUN.
In other news, I bought myself a sewing machine. And went a little crazy in the fabric store. Let's just say I have plenty of fabric for new outfits for all year if I choose to actually sew them.
So far, all I've made is a couple of skirts for my niece. Well, at least she and her friends are easy to impress.
Work is busy, but at least it's tapered to a steady state for the immediate future.
Speaking of which, I have to go get changed ...
Hope you're all having a fantastic summer!
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
That's all they are, folks.
Yes, I've been busy.
"Too busy" to cook.
"Too busy" to work out.
And I have a long commute.
None of that has stopped me from making the time to eat out a couple of times this week (actually sitting in the restaurant at lunch time) and it's only Wednesday. :)
So, I say, excuses.
I could make time to do the healthy stuff.
I am choosing not to, mostly because I am buying into my own stories.
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