Sunday, July 17, 2011
I honestly contemplated breaking my new streak today; yes, on day 2!
Wow, looks like I'll need some serious practice getting out of my weekend slumps.
When did my weekends start being sooo passive? When did I start being so boring? Crazy how things sneak up on you. I really need to get a life!
We went to the movies today. Saw the last Harry Potter. DD has always been a big fan. The books started coming out just around the time she learned to read. She is now 21.
And yes, I changed my mind about breaking my streak. I did 10 minutes abs and legs tonight. That's all I could muster, but it's enough to keep it going.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Exercise performed daily will string together this new streak.
My most challenging days are Friday (very long work day), but also Saturday and Sunday, when I usually have no pressing engagements and plenty of free time on my hands, which I certainly don't spend favorably most of the time.
So my 10 minutes a day every day, no matter what, has a hidden agenda. On the weekends it is designed to get me off my couch and get moving.
Habits and routines are funny things, as we operate without giving these much thought.
Building a new habit takes awareness, presence of mind.
In this context I almost forgot about my new commitment when I came home last night. Just went about the usual; then remembered around bedtime that I still had 10 exercise minutes scheduled.
Ended up doing a quick strength routine.
Day 1: 15 minutes.
Friday, July 15, 2011
It's Friday morning, 8:00 am, and I really should be in my car and on the way to work, but I have yet to feed and water my puppy, and I think it would be great if I also brushed my hair before I head out the door :) In short, I'm running late.
But hey, it's Friday! It's my long day at work; basically today I'll work until I'm done, until everything has been processed, which can easily add up to 12 hours or so.
And yes, I can flex, so today I choose to spend a couple more minutes on the computer. Wanted to put out my new challenge to myself.
Currently I exercise 3 to 4 days a week, 60 minutes each session. Usually this is Monday through Thursday. I'm not this dedicated on weekends, which often puts me into a tailspin, affecting my commitment to myself.
Going forward, I commit to putting in at least 10 minutes of some kind of exercise on my current non-exercise days. Goal is to do something EVERY day.
Now, I don't count cleaning house, mowing lawn, or any such everyday activities as exercise. These things are already included in my daily routine. When I say exercise, I mean doing something beyond that; something in addition to what I'm already doing anyway.
Okay, 10 minutes minimum every day starts today.
Goal is to increase motivation (especially on weekends), and reduce weekend "couch time" as there is too much of that right now.
Goal is to keep this streak alive through the end of the year.
I'll report back.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Cardio is my go to for stress reduction. Particularly aerobics/kickboxing/taebo classes at the gym. Love all of them! So tonight I headed out and had my mind set on trying a new extreme cardio class, only to find out that the class had been cancelled.
That's how I ended up in a spinning class.
60 minutes of extreme pedaling. Who the heck ever moves their legs this fast? Felt like I was going 100 miles an hour.
Great workout. Driving home with jello legs. Sat in the driveway for 10 minutes, listening to the radio, unable to get out of the car :)
There's a good chance I'll incorporate spinning into my workout routine.
And my new pet peeve: People circling the gym parking lot in order to get a spot close to the entrance. You're going to the gym! Think that having to walk from the back of the parking lot will kill you? Helloooooo!!!
That's all. Stress gone, jammies on. It's Apple TV time :)
Sunday, July 03, 2011
First off, I want to thank everybody for your tremendous support. You'll never know how helpful, encouraging, and inspiring your words are. Your concern and continued prayers definitely carried me through the month of June. SparkFriends really are the best.
And while the current situation still exists, truthfully, with no end in sight, I have taken steps to preserve my sanity, which at this point is my greatest asset.
Healthy living is high on my priority list at the moment. Good food and exercise will sustain me and help me keep my stresses in check.
June was a month of gauging calories and mostly winging it, a month of little exercise (I barely logged 600 fitness minutes, which is way short of my goal of 1000.) Yet, I dropped 4 lbs.
Moving forward, here it is now July.
My continued focus will be on my son's wellbeing, hoping to get him into counseling. I expect this to be another stressful month, and I am preparing for this, while hoping for the best.
I will work on stepping up my fitness and reach my 1000 minute goal this month. Keeping busy will chase the sadness out of my heart, even if it's only temporary.
As far as weight is concerned, I am planning on maintaining this month.
Thanks again, SparkFriends, you mean the world to me.
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