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.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Well, I haven't been blogging much lately, and despite the fact that I log onto SP every day to read my friends' blogs, I haven't been very active.
Generally I keep my posts to the subject at hand: Healthy living, weight control, and exercise. I'm always amazed by those of you who can lay it all out, whatever is going on in your lives, your trials as well as your triumphs.
There is, definitely, a mental aspect to this journey, and everyday happenings, good and bad, play a huge role in whether or not we are successful on our journey to better health and wellbeing.
There are many different ways we can cope in any given situation, and if we discover that our coping style is not successful, there are ways to learn how to copy differently. It's largely trial and error. And while I believe you can teach an old dog new tricks, it will take the old dog a bit longer.
Rambling here, I digress. This is going to be about my current state of affairs.
I believe in order to keep my sanity, I need to put it out there somewhere, and SP seems like a good place to start.
If you have followed my status updates you are aware that there is trouble in paradise with my 17-year-old son. Huge trouble in paradise. I've been dealing with his defiance for over a year now, his hanging with the wrong crowd, his getting kicked out of school, his smoking weed, his staying out all night, and on and on and on.
Yes, I've been dealing, but really feeling helpless, not knowing what to do, wrecking my brain for a way out, and not finding any solutions.
I'm convinced that my son is depressed and would greatly profit from therapy, yet, he refuses, not matter what I bring to the table.
Sh!t his the fan this past Saturday. He'd snuck out of the house right around midnight on Friday night and stayed out all night and ended up taking some hallucinogenic drug, which made him go off the deep end.
When I returned from grocery shopping, he was home, in handcuffs in the back of a police car, paramedics and ambulance also at the scene. Everything in my garage had been trashed. My neighbor, who heard the ruckus and came over to see what was going on got punched in the face, but did not press charges.
I spent the rest of Saturday in the ER. I was furious and had him committed on a 51/50, so he spent 72 hours in a psych hospital. Didn't do any good of course. We picked him up yesterday and he still does not get it and is in need of good therapy more than ever before.
Let's just say, things are a little tense around here today, and I feel like I'm sitting on a barrel of gun powder...
As I single, widowed, mother, I have been raising my kids by myself for the past 10 years. My daughter, 21, turned out just fine, but my son, my pride and joy (sarcasm here...), just takes the cake. I can understand that it is difficult for a boy growing up without a dad, but hey, there are many others and they turn out alright.
He will be 18 in two months, and I'm seriously considering blackmail at that time. Either get yourself into therapy or get out.
I desperately need a break!
Good thing I'm not one of those emotionally charged people, I'm actually rather tough :), else I probably would have lost my sanity a long time ago.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, as we weather this storm.
And, if anybody wants to know how to lose 3 lbs in 4 days, talk to me...
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