Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Setting a goal to log 18,000 fitness was HUGE and it leaves little wiggle room for injury, laziness and any other bump in the road that might come along. Ya, I didn't factor that in when I set this one up but there are no take backs so I'm pushing forward - WITH A HEEL BRUISE.
I'll freely admit here that I'm a little obsessed with my workouts. I think it was the discovery of boxing last year that propelled me around the corner. All my other workouts just help prepare me not to collapse in boxing so I HAVE to go. HA!
The new yoga studio I go to is also running a close second on my list of favorites not only for the fantastic physical workouts but also for the mental ones too.
Monday and Wednesday nights are my long nights at the gym. I'm in the door by 6:00 and I leave to walk home (.75 miles) by 9:50. I attend three classes. Last night was no different, it was Monday. What I didn't expect was the blinding white pain that coursed through my body between zumba and pilates.
I made it through Zumba along with the other 60 people in the cramped little space - the newbies at the gym are out in full force! When I sat down to prepare for pilates class I decided to ease the tightness in my heel by giving it a bit of a massage. When I gently squeezed the heel I went ghost like and tried not to scream out like the girl I am as the blinding white pain flooded me. It was only temporary and the heel felt much better after the massage was over. I was a bit out of breath however. I welcomed the floor workout (my abs did not) for an hour -- NO IMPACT!
When it was time for boxing I excused myself from jumping rope knowing that was a recipe for disaster. I mean, I'm all for pushing through but I'm not crazy! I used the elliptical until it was time to stretch. Luck was not on my side last night as most of boxing ended up being kicks - not only on the heavy bag but on the floor as well. I did what I could for as long as could but had to cut the heavy bag portion in half (BOO!). Migel was my partner last night and he knew I had some discomfort so checked in with me frequently. Floor work was cut by 10 minutes due to my regular sparing partner nearly passing out and vomiting due to our intensity last night. Of course it didn't help that all she had in the afternoon prior to coming to the gym was a bowl of rice w/ mushrooms. SILLY WOMAN! That didn't mean class was over though. What we missed on the floor was made up with AB WORK! We did total of 150 crunches in four different positions. Ya, my abs just LOVED me.
The walk home was less than speedy but I made it without calling the Mr to pick me.
Amazingly enough, today my heel doesn't feel too bad. I'll ice it before I go to yoga tonight (I keep ice packs in the office freezer) and then again when I get home tonight.
For anyone reading this, my research has found that heel bruises can take many weeks to heal. Weeks I won't sit on the sideline - fitness goal or not. I've made adjustments to my shoes and I hold back when I need too. Further research shows, there isn't much if anything a doctor can do for this so why bother going unless I want to give away my money. (I'll keep it thanks!)
I'm thinking of treating/rewarding myself this weekend to a foot massage.
Monday, January 09, 2012
Today I cleaned the house in the morning and walked for hours with the Mr as we ticked off items on our to-do list. It was an exhausting day! However, I had to prep the veggies for the week so I wouldn't have an excuse to not cook healthy as time passed this week. I have a full schedule at the office(s) and the gym so I had to prepare. I cut up the veggies and arranged the cabinets to ease my hectic life. I'm all set!
On a separate note: I've self diagnosed my latest foot pain - a bruised heel. Can you just imagine the discomfort? It's immense yet I push on. I do what I can when I'm not on it and I push forward when I am.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
I've been doing a lot of thinking about 2012 and what I'd like to see happen during the course of the year. My goals are obtainable but will take me out of my comfort zone and make me work.
1) Pay off 75% of our current debt.
The Mr. and I certainly don't live outside our means on a daily basis and I write up and follow a budget for every payday. Even with that we had a few expenses in 2011 that managed to creep onto our credit cards so we move forward to rid ourselves of it.
2) Read 13 books.
I am an unbelievably slow reader who struggles to find time to read. This is a lofty goal and will require me to turn the already neglected television off more often and retire to my reading spot more often. Happily I'll be visiting my beloved library more often too. *BONUS*
3) Have a total of $7,000 in my savings account.
This will encourage us to be thrifty but not stop living. I look forward to the challenge.
4) Family Planning.
Time is ticking and this 41 year old body isn't getting any younger - stronger and fitter but not younger. Serious talks, decisions and commitments must be made this year. Fears must be explored and we either go all in or we don't.
5) Clear the Clutter.
Mind clutter. Friendship clutter. Gym clutter. Paper clutter. Home clutter. Work clutter. House clutter.
6) Be more authentic.
Don't get me wrong, I am probably more authentic than most of my friends and family put together. Yet, when I choose not to be is when it hurts me or damages me most. That needs to end, right here right now. Two years ago I committed to not using the phrase, "I'm fine!" when in fact I was not. I've been amazed at how freeing and equally awkward taking that phrase out of my life has been. I push to move forward now and speak my truth. This one is going to be interesting.
7) Reconnect with my job.
I received a pay cut last year instead of a pink slip. I took it in stride and I adjusted the budget accordingly. What I forgot to do was adjust my attitude to accept that I am getting less pay for doing a job that in most firms three, if not four, people do on a daily basis. I started not really caring and doing just the basics. I'm better than that and I hold myself to a higher standard - now it's time to start acting like it.
8) The Scale.
I have a love/hate relationship with my scale. Truth be told I haven't weighed myself in three weeks and I'm okay with that. I wore my "skinny" jeans when the Mr and I went shopping for the day and I felt good. Why do I mention it, 1) because I wore my "skinny" jeans but 2) it got me to thinking about the scale. WHY must I weigh myself once a week? Who started that benchmark and why is it the standard? Doesn't really matter because I've decided to scale back ... pun intended ... to weighing myself once a month. *SCARY* Yet, I foresee no more weekly mood swings or the mental battle of eating well right before a weigh-in. Let's just live and let live and see what happens on a monthly basis.
9) Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose.
I already drive people at my office crazy with this one and the Mr at home just shakes his head when I sort the garbage if he happens to put something in the wrong bin/bag. Yet, I feel like I can make a bigger impact.
For multiple reason's I am happy, yet, unhappy in our current lil' apartment. Too many reason to list or dwell on so I have decided to actively look for a bigger more affordable place for us to move.
11) Save Money for a Retirement Home.
The Mr and I have already talked about retiring to Jamaica when the time is right. He ultimately wants to move back home and I can see myself relaxing in the tropics when I'm getting on in age but that means starting to plan now.
12) Fitness: Log 18,000 fitness minutes *YIKES*
Participate in a 5K and 10K race - walking or jogging, doesn't matter which as long as I can match or beat my previous times. Participate in my Yoga, Pilates, Zumba and boxing classes to help reach my lofty goal of 18,000 fitness minutes for the year.
This shall be an exciting year full of changes and explorations of me.
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