I've been on this journey for awhile. I have access to a wonderful health club and there are several classes that I do on a weekly basis such as cycling, Reformer, and a cable class. Outside of doing the cable class I have not been successful doing weight training at the Club. So, I'm back to using my Total Gym at home. I've found a new routine and I'm sure there are more out there if I look so I should be able to add variety in time.
I have several DVDs that I can use at home. The one I use the most and I know it has made a difference is my stretching. I try to make it to the Club at least 3 times a week. I have not yet established a consistent workout plan at home outside of my daily walking with my golden retriever Leo. Since the weather is now very cold in MN., I need to have an alternative.
This morning I pulled up my 29 year old Nordic Track. My husband has wanted to dispose of this for years but I have not let him. Once again I am reminded why ~ it is 9 degrees outside and I do not thrive in cold weather. All of which to say, I will be using my old faithful Nordic Track this morning. I am learning what works for me is what counts. My only disappointment is that Leo may not like it. I may have to brave the cold for short walks!
I belong to my work Health Club. I like the Club for the classes since I seem to do better when working out with others. My Club has lots of equipment/weight machines and plenty of extras. My Club routine is to attend a cycle class on Wed., cable class on Friday, and I attend a Reformer class on Sat.
I try to walk my dog on a daily basis. I did not walk today since it was 20 degrees outside with snow on the ground. I know in another month this day will probably seem like a 'warm' day. I am not ready for winter.
Since I do not have success with weight training at the Club, I've gone back to using my Total Gym at home. I still have not developed a consistent routine however I tried a new one today that I found on Pinterest. I have a couple of DVD's that I can work out with too. I am stretching out by using a DVD program.
I wish I could take a poll to see how others incorporate a gym membership with working out at home. I think the main point is to work out. I am trying to add variety to my program.
I am feeling restless, might be hormonal. It is fall and I feel the stiffness in my joints especially my hands. My weight loss journey has been stuck, not sure I can even say I've hit a plateau since if anything I've gain and not lost. There was a time my weight held steady at 144, and it would be good to be there again. Realistically I want to be below 140. It is going to take work and no more excuses especially with the Holidays quickly approaching.
One of my biggest challenge is to not snack and to eat at least 5 fruits & veggies. I had a light bulb moment. My weight is like gas prices, it seems to go up quickly and ever so slowly comes down. There is one big difference though, I cannot control gas prices but I do have a say as to what I eat and how I exercise.
I have used a fitbit for over 2 years now. My fitbit finally died on Friday. I thought I am at the point where I could get by without using it. My family just smiled because they knew it would not take me long to replace it. I am doing the breast cancer walk this Sun. which is 10 miles and of course I want to have Ďcredití for doing that. It is usually one of my highest step day of the year.
I thought I had done my research. I chose to buy the flex at Target because I could pick it up today. If I ordered on Fitbit there was a good chance it would not arrive until after Sun. (They state allow 5 BUSINESS days.) I liked the idea that I could wear this while in the shower or even swimming. I try to swim plus occasional I do a water aerobics class.
I have not had it a full day. I am disappointed that it does not show stairs. I live in a house where Iím constantly up and down the stairs so that is a feature I really liked from my old fitbit. It does not have a display to show the time, steps, and the little flower that grew is not available either. My data will probably be recorded the day after when I sit down to have my daily quiet time.
My sister and husband are willing to switch devices with me, since they have Fitbit Ones. For now I will stick to using the flex and see how I adapt. I read the feedback on the Fitbit spark team and it was recommended to have the flex if you are prone to losing the fitbit. It was also suggest to purchase One if you are motivated by feedback (which I would fall in to that category) So, Iím writing my experience in hopes that maybe someone will learn from my experience. Do NOT be too eager to make a purchase unless youíve truly done your homework.
One of my unwritten goals was to blog on Mon. I also use Mon. as my meditation day since this is a kick off to learning a new Bible verse each week. I had a meeting on Mon. so it was an unusual day for me. I had not chosen a verse either so instead of waiting until next Mon. I found a short verse, Prov. 16:3, to learn today. I have not done Total Gym all week either, but my goal is twice a week. I did my "Mon." Total Gym (TG) routine today too.
The one goal I have constantly failed at is recording my food daily. Not sure I'll ever master that one however I am not going to beat myself over it. I will do my best to record. I have to say I love getting the feedback from Sparks so when I do it, I have that built in reinforcement.
I have not stepped on the scale. I was almost tempted to move it out of my bathroom since I am 'programmed' to step on it each and every morning. I have to say, it was a relief not to step on it this morning since my eating program yesterday was not healthy. I know one day will not set me back. By the time I step back on that scale, yesterday will long be forgotten.
I am on track to meet my strength training & stretching goal. Somehow I forgot about my plank and 15 min. organizing goal, so once again I will begin again. I guess I need to post my goals in a place where I see them daily until they truly become habit. I am doing better about feeding my reward jar too.