Sunday, June 24, 2012
Okay, so yesterday I finally managed to convince one of my friends to join me at the gym. She's an old friend (we've been hanging out since high school) and she and her husband both want to join a gym. So I grabbed a guest pass, and took her along! I didn't really think about the fact that the Saturday class with Ryan (the ex-marine bootcamp instructor) might not be the best choice for a first class! LOL.
My problem was, even though I haven't been to the gym in a week, I decided subconsciously to show off for my guest. I lifted my knees extra high, did every jumping jack (in spite of the "light" bladder leakage), and pounded out every single rep on those crunches.
And man, am I paying for it today!
My abs and thighs are SO sore. My abs haven't hurt like this in months. I have a pretty strong core these days, so I rarely get to the point where it hurts anymore. Clearly, I have gotten slack in my training!
The good news? I scorched 800 calories between that class and the decidedly vigorous yoga class following.
I figure the yoga class might make up for the unfortunate brutality of boot camp. LOL. Hopefully, my friend will still be speaking to me tomorrow....
Friday, June 22, 2012
It's funny how we get ourselves into a rut. We think about doing things one way not because it's the best way, but because it's what we're used to.
Right now, it's 82 degrees in my house. It's 90 something outside. I wanted to go for a run, but frankly, it's just too damn hot, and I don't want the sun in my eyes anyway. So I was wallowing on the couch, hand over my eyes (no, seriously. Completely like the melodramatic stuff you see in the movies.) Moaning about how I wanted to run, and couldn't.
"Honey?" My husband comes in the room.
"WHAT?" I snap crankily.
"I want to run, but it's too hot. I wish I had somewhere to go running inside."
"Don't you have a gym membership?"
"You know, gym? Treadmill?"
I stare at him like he's grown an extra head.
The funny part? I go to a gym a couple miles down the road for my classes, but the company recently bought a satellite location close to my house.
How close, you ask?
.25 miles. No, that's not a typo. I can actually get there in less than 5 minutes, on foot, without crossing any streets. As the crow flies, it's probably like .1 miles.
I didn't think of it, because, well... I don't run inside. I like to run outside. In my defense, I was thinking of something like an indoor track. But I want to run, and I have access to a gym. With treadmills.
So after my meeting here in a minute or two, I'm going to go to the gym, and run in 90 degree weather. On a treadmill.
So when you think you can't do something, or you're in a rut, try thinking outside your self-defined box. Maybe you'll think of a solution you didn't before. Maybe the answer is staring you in the face. Talk it over with someone... even someone who isn't into the things you are. Maybe they'll think of something you didn't.
Like that gym membership you haven't used in a week.
Have I mentioned I love my husband?
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
So, this has been my week of not perfection.
Okay, two weeks.
I knew the summer was going to be a challenge; I just didn't expect it to be THIS challenging. I was determined that nothing was going to get in the way of my routine, and I wouldn't be one of those people who just slacks off in the summer.
Well, I haven't been slacking, but I have had life kick me in the balls repeatedly. Not bad things, I've just been BUSY... busy of the sort that makes it hard to make my 8:30 appointment at the gym.
And yes, it IS an appointment. It's a standing, daily appointment 5 days a week that I really prioritize. This week, though, it's been nearly impossible. Tomorrow is going to be tough, too, because my oldest has a 9:15 dentist appointment. I'll be there Friday and Saturday, though. Maybe even Sunday if I can motivate myself to get to kickboxing at 2 PM. I've even invited a friend to join me Saturday.
I went shopping today. This is the first time in three years that I've been happy clothes shopping. Instead of going up a size, or trying to squeeze into my old size... I bought a size down. Old Navy has some awesome clearance and fitnesswear sales, so I racked up... a pair of pants, capris, and shorts (real shorts!), a bra, a light tank top, and a clearance long-sleeved workout top. That last one won't be useful until the fall, but it was just $3 - good investment for then.
Basically, I'm okay with my imperfection. I know I'm going to get back on the horse. Diet-wise, I've been mostly on track. A little too much takeout, but only bad on the sodium side. Calorie wise, I've been within or only slightly (as in, less than 100 calories) over.
I sneaked a peak at my weight the other night. It was down .4 lbs from 190.
Not counting that as an official weigh in until tomorrow or Friday, though.
Monday, June 18, 2012
I've mentioned my aunt before; she's an amazing lady, smart, successful, and healthy. She made a conscious decision some years ago to get well and truly healthy, and for the most part, she does a damn fine job of it.
She's the source of my favorite quote: "Be inefficient." It's one of her lifestyle philosophies. Basically, it means, stop doing things the easy way. Sure, it's quicker to drive half a mile to the store for a can of soup... but by being inefficient, you can take a more healthy path, and walk or ride a bike. You part at the far end of the grocery store parking lot, instead of right by the door. Things like that.
She has another saying that's one to live by:
"If nothing changes? Nothing changes."
This one's pretty self explanatory, but it's one that most people don't seem to get deep down. Basically? It means that if you do the same thing all the time, how can you expect anything to be different? It applies to all portions of your life. If you sit on your butt day after day, nothing can get better. You won't lose weight. You won't get more money. You won't stop being bored.
So if something's not working... you need to shake things up. With respects to exercise, this is actually a pretty effective means of plateau busting. As your body gets used to doing something the same way all the time, it gets more efficient at it... and burns fewer calories. That makes it less effective. If you go out right now, and walk 2 miles three times per week at the same speed... eventually, you'll stop burning as many calories.
So, nothing changes.
The same goes for diet. If you're constantly dieting, and it's not working... nothing will change. Why would you keep doing the same thing over and over again? Stop dieting... diets don't work.
So if you're stuck, try something new. Switch up your exercise routine. Try a different calorie range. Eat more. Measure. Stop eyeballing. There's thousands of new things to try... try them!
After all, if you don't do anything differently? Nothing will change.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
As part of my husband's father's day request, I'm making an old favorite of his: Lasagna. It's a recipe I've been working with for years, that I originally got out of a magazine. I love it, and it's a big winner for the family. I make it super cheesy.
This time, though, I'm making it a little healthier. I've opted for low-fat ricotta (I don't like ricotta much anyway, so this is an okay sacrifice to make) and I'm adding spinach. There will also be pepperoni, which isn't so healthy, but that's dad's special request, so there it is. :)
My problem is I overate at lunch. Not enough that I can't eat dinner or anything, I still am not at my minimum, but I'm still full from lunch. Double helping of Zaxby's chicken fingers. I just feel icky! It won't be hard to stick to my calorie range, today. I'll be having one small piece of lasagna, and leaving it at that.
I think I'll make a big salad, too. That will help.
Gonna feel so bloated tomorrow!
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