Monday, February 07, 2011
Yesterday I read a blog here on SP about commitment versus motivation that really got me thinking. The nugget that I took with me, and have been pondering for two days, is that commitment is more durable than motivation; commitment is motivation's bedrock.
To me that means that motivation ebbs and flows but commitment is here to stay. Some days I just don't wanna. We've all been there. The couch is way cozier than the gym. Why should I eat a grilled chicken sandwich with a side salad when everybody else is digging into a burger and fries? You know the moments when beats poor little into submission.
That's motivation on the fritz. Commitment says the couch will be even cozier after a run. You love chicken and salad, so don't even try to pretend you don't. And you know why you're going to get up and exercise and then stick to your meal plan? Because you promised to take better care of yourself. Your goals are worth the effort. And YOU'RE worth the effort.
My new mantra is "Are you committed or not?" Yesterday it got my butt off the couch and out for a walk. I changed into my workout clothes and dashed outside to help DH for a minute. I had planned to do an exercise video, but upon discovering that it was sunny and almost 50 degrees outside I decided to walk. I wanted to go home after 7 minutes. But I asked myself if I was committed or not, and decided to do at least 30 minutes. I went home after 45 minutes instead.
I planned to have one beer and one cupcake at last night's Super Bowl party. Other than that, strictly healthy. Luckily for me, the party's host is a super healthy eater and I knew that would be pretty easy. But jeez, a second beer and another cupcake were sooo tempting. But I remembered that I weigh in on Mondays and asked myself whether I was committed to making that number go down or not. I decided that I was and stuck to the plan. The result of this stubbornness was a 3 pound loss today.
Obviously I can't credit the entire loss to sticking to my guns yesterday. Getting over strep throat and serious effort all week did the lion's share. But refusing to binge or be lazy yesterday let me keep the gains of my effort. And that's absolutely worth it.
And it's what commitment is all about: sticking to it even when you don't want to or it would be easier to cop out. And, paradoxically, the progress I make this way leads to motivation. Kinda cool, huh?
Monday, January 31, 2011
Late last month I made a list of goals for the year and January. Time for a progress report!
Find or build a strength training workout I can do at home.
Bootcamp! I liked it so much that I'm continuing it and plan to make it my regular strength-training routine, at least for the time being.
Do two cardio and one ST workout while in the Dominican Republic.
I actually did better than this; I walked 3 of the 4 days and kept up with my bootcamp videos.
Don't gain weight while in the Dominican Republic.
The pina colada and strep throat one-two punch proved too much for me, and I gained 2.5 pounds.
Drop to 179 pounds.
Yes, I got there. Then I gained those aforementioned pounds. But I'll get there again soon enough!
Do 1,000 fitness minutes a month.
1,193, to be exact.
Do 3 strength training sessions a week.
More like 6, courtesy of bootcamp.
Blog once a week on SP.
Huddle with the Determination & Accountability Team every day.
I even won most inspirational huddle of the day on 1/27.
Participate in Determination & Accountability monthly weigh-in and fitness minutes challenge.
Make significant progress on one large project or finish a small project in the UFO cabinet.
Finished a knitted toy robot for my best friend's baby-to-be.
Cast on one Christmas present.
Finished a cap for DH's grandpa.
Read one book.
"Dave Barry Slept Here" by, well, Dave Barry.
Wear one "special garment" for my husband a month.
Do a monthly goal check-in blog.
Here it is!!!
I'm certain that I lost inches this month, but won't measure until tomorrow.
I also made progress against the following goals for this year:
Lose 40 pounds by December 31, 2011.
3 down, 37 to go.
Shrink to the point that my hats and gloves aren't the only size S/M in my wardrobe.
Retired several XLs and the first large.
Get 6 Perfect Attendance awards on SP.
I'll be getting one this month!
Complete one challenge on SP.
28 Day Bootcamp
Beat all my Ravin' Rabbids games.
I finished two games and am almost done with a third. Two more left!
My weight loss wasn't stellar this month. But, at 3.5 pounds, it was still pretty good. And considering why I gained weight - the business trip from hell and strep throat - I accept it. Especially when I look at everything else I did this month. In all honesty, I kicked some pretty major booty. So I'm giving myself an A for the month.
The takeaways from this month are that strength training is awesome and I need to up the intensity of my cardio. The former is a revelation; I already knew the latter. But the weight gain in the DR really brought that home. In typical Jen fashion, I didn't wait until the next month to start; I really pushed myself on the stair climber today.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
I have been asked to co-teach one of my company's training courses and I am absolutely thrilled and honored. But it throws a kink into my Sparking and healthy lifestyle. For ten weeks I will have to live without four things I've come to depend on: my flex schedule, the free gym in my office building, easy access to a good cafeteria with tons of healthy choices, and Internet access.
Luckily for me, my reaction to such things is to plan. And I'll have to if I want to get through the course without backsliding or gaining weight. Writing things down helps me think things out, so here goes nothing.
The keys to making this teaching gig work are planning ahead and streamlining my morning. I have to be at a different location an hour earlier than my usual day and I'll be taking commuter rail instead of driving. This removes almost all the flexibility from my mornings and I will have to be very focused on getting up, getting ready, and getting out. That can only happen if I do most of the prep work in the evenings. The good news is that I will be home 2-3 hours earlier than usual, so I'll have more time at home in the evenings than I'm used to.
As soon as I get home I'll do cardio followed by strength training. I tend to not get in as intense workouts when I'm home, so this will require setting my bike up in the living room. DH won't be thrilled with that, but it's the best way I know how to get this done. I'll mix it up with walking/running or biking outside, videos, and Wii Fit. Paying attention to intensity and making sure I'm working hard enough will be the biggest fitness challenge of these 10 weeks.
After I'm done working out I'll do my SparkPeople for the day. This is the biggest disadvantage to not having Internet access. Everyone knows that e-mail is a very bad way to get in touch with me, so most of my online time at work is spent on SparkPeople. This will have to shift to the evenings. Which means I'll have to keep a food log during the rest of the day. This shouldn't be hard; I keep a little notebook in my purse, so I'll just jot things down in there. I have been pretty disciplined about this while on business trips, so there's no reason I can't do it while teaching.
Laying out my clothes the night before will help me streamline my morning so that I have time to sit and eat my breakfast and drink my coffee at home. Picking out my clothes and jewelry for the day is where I tend to waste the most time in the morning, so removing that bump will do a lot to smooth it out. DC's metro system doesn't allow food or drink on the trains, so it's either breakfast at home or in the classroom. And I don't think the lead instructor would appreciate the latter.
Next I'll wander into the kitchen, where most of the night-before prep will happen. I'll set up my coffee so that all I have to do is push the "on" button in the morning. Then I'll pack lunch and snacks for the next day in my snazzy pink lunch bag. I'll set out a muffin or bagel to thaw, if need be. Then I'll finish up dinner prep for that night.
Finally I'll pack my backpack for the next day: class materials; book, magazine, and knitting project for the 2.5 hour total train ride; purse; Metro card; room for my food.
The rest of the evening is mine to relax in. Shower, have dinner with DH, watch some TV, then off to bed at 9:30.
Wow, this is going to take some getting used to. But I can totally do this. My new evening routine seems a little overwhelming, but I keep reminding myself that I will be home MUCH earlier than usual and that riding the train will be more pleasant than driving, so I'll arrive home in better spirits. And the alternative - poor nutrition, nasty food, sluggish because of lack of exercise, weight gain, having to start my healthy life all over again - is just too ghastly to contemplate. Nope, ain't gonna happen. Stick to this plan it is!
And yeah, I know that a lot of you already do this every day. But I'm a suburban, childless, workaholic lady Monday through Thursday and then have my weekends to hang out with DH and do stuff around the house. My normal schedule is to leave the house around 8 a.m., work for 10+ hours, and get home around 8:30 or 9. But I have a gym right down the hall from my office and 3 hours on the clock each week to use it. And the cafeteria rocks. Yes, yes I'm very spoiled, lol. But it makes my crazy long days work and keeps me healthy. Plus, they put that stuff there for employees to use and I'd be a fool to not take advantage of it. It just makes switching to a "normal" schedule challenging for me. Thus the blog and the thought process.
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