Wednesday, November 03, 2010
~*~ WTF Challenge 11/3 - 11/7 ~*~
Welcome to anti-burnout week. We all seem to be caught in that awkward uncomfortable stage between completely giving up and overdoing it so much that we are about to burn out.
AMEN- that was me Monday. I did take TWO rest days so I am listening very closely to my body.
This week's challenge is to go back thorugh your history and tracking on spark and find when you were most motivated
and happiest with your progress and momentum and find out how to recreate it NEXT week.
This week we are just going to focus on the basics.
Get all your water everyday. CHECK - for me I do it while working out- I bring my trusty water bottle filled. By the time I leave- it's empty. Then at work- I only drink water during the day. I fill this GIANT Patriots mug probably two or three times. Water is a plenty. I make about 4 trips a day to the ladies room to prove it!
Track your food and any fitness you do. Hey I am a SPARKS nut with their two trackers. I swear by them and I have religiously tracked since February 2010. It's how I stay focused, know what I am eating, and where I am. People think I am CRAZY how much I account for the calories I eat. Hell- maybe I am?
Get 8 hours of sleep nightly if possible. This- not possible. I try- I really do. It's just I have to be up for 4:30am. I go to bed by 8:30pm, but fall asleep later- say 9:30pm. I am close- I get 6-8 hrs per night. Not bad.
Make sure to get in some alone time so you don't crack. Try to do this. Tough as I am on duty solo most nights as hubby works second shift. When he is home though- I do disconnect briefly so I can just catch my breath.
Forgive yourself for any blase or over-demand you've been going through. DONE
Next week we are kicking it up- but we can't do that if we are running our bodies into the ground. LET'S ROCK IT EVERYBODY. WE SO DESERVE IT!
Do what you can and report back on the next template everything that you were able to accomplish, big or small victories, between now and Sunday. Check and check
This week's challenge- instead of letting your spark die out, build up a solid stack of new firewood for the cold times ahead. Will think of my plans. Hoping the marathon training will be starting. Still waiting to hear for sure- IF I have a number!
Bonus Motivation Kicker- find a movie that you have always loved, where the main character prevails and overcomes obstacles, no matter how bleak the future. netflix it, rent it, by it used, whatever. Watch it, I dont care if its Beaches or 16 Candles if it motivates you.
Then workout after you watch it and let that character be your workout buddy in your imagination. Figure out what it is about that movie that really gets you going. Think about it while you work out. use it. Love it privately.
TOO FUNNY - will try that. More at SPIN class I think for me.
There is no check in thread this week for this template- but feel free to blog about what you learn about yourself.
Love that I belong to TWO gyms again. I know - NERD central, but this second one offers classes = which in the past I would NEVER of thought to try as I am so uncoordinated. Being somewhat fit now though- I love the challenge of trying a new exercise or routine. It's exciting to see how far I have come as in the past as I say- I would never have been able to follow or keep up for that matter. I am proud that I did a flex /muscle class last week and caught on with no trouble. It's nice to mix it up.
Trying my damndest to get out of my cyclicle weight range of 154-157. I have been doing this now since August. SUX. I want to see the 140's dangit. Let's get this parted started right. Let's get this party started quickly!
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Wow- a day off does a mind and a body good. I feel so much better than I did yesterday. Yesterday was just plain awful. I felt tired, cranky, moody, blah. I did eat well - for the most part, but I needed that day to regroup. Work was very stressful- I had a lot of deliverables I needed to meet. I felt like I was never going to get there. I finally did get through it, but getting there was rough sailing. Today is a new day though and I feel good.
I met my friend- although at first she had no clue I was there. the day started bad as my internet connection at home was /is down. WAAAAAAAA That is a part of my morning routine. Logging into facebook and sparks to have coffee and wake up. I tried in vain to get the connection back - unplugged cords, reboots, etc. NOTHING. WAAAAA I have no clue what the problem is. It was working last night???? Anyway- had to get a late start here since I had meetings up to 11am! Work out though- that was killer. My friend was on the high stair master when I finally spotted her. Here is what I did:
ran 11 minutes 1.45 miles
First set of 3 exercises:
Lunges with dumbells 3 sets of 15 12 lb weights
lateral raises with dumbells- 3 sets of 15 8 lbs
Bicep curls- 3 sets of 15 - 8lbs
Run .39 miles in 3 minutes
Second Set - my friend and I find each other here:
lateral pull down machine- 3 sets of 15 50lbs
shoulder press machine= 3 sets of 15 40 lbs
chest press machine 3 sets of 15 50 lbs
Run .39 miles in 3 minutes
angled leg press machine 3 sets of 15 100 lbs
push ups- 3 sets of 10 real ones
tricep dips legs straight out- 3 sets of 12
Ran .53 miles in 4 minutes
That was it. Time was up as I had to be on time for work - or close to it. I have been late here and need to work on that. Especially that my coworker is pursuing his masters and basically work is secondary and not a priority for him. It makes things stressful for me. He is out the next two days- vacation time to prep for his latest class. His time, his right, but knowing the big picture is he wants to be laid off, he is unfufilled here- it can be grating to me as I actually like /love my job and I am bothered that he's basically only here for the money and makes no effort to hide that. Ok- I got it out. I feel better. I have a race Saturday- 5k on a course where I could PR again. It's flat and fast. We shall see what I do!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
OK - as I whined in my status update- my muscles were aching. My inner thighs specifically after yesterdays spinning class. OOF. All day I ached - whether it was carrying my 4 yr old up the stairs- yes he still makes me do that occasionally- even though he's 50lbs, or attempting to walk in some what heels at the Halloween party yesterday- I had aches and pains. I do think they are good ones- the ones you get from really pushing your muscles and body to the limit. I did that yesterday. My friend bailed on me with today's work out. Which was running first, then an hour muscle/flex class. This was first ever of this type of class. Anyway- she texted that her hips hurt so she was out. Now believe me- I could have EASILY done that too. I almost did- I really was hurting. BUT- I said - stop sign- I can handle this. Let's do it. So I did- only got to run 22 minutes- 2.55 miles, but headed in to the class not knowing what to expect. I find out- she actually starts out with 10 minute cardio type warm up. Nice. I already ran for that reason but was going to be whacked with more. Which she did. She had us to some marching in place, turning into leg kicks forward, to the sides, running in place, jumping jacks, lunges- you name we did it for like 10 minutes. I was sweating. Then she moved right into weights. We had to balance on a leg with shoulder presses, we did hammer curl sets, bicep curls, tricep work, leg work, push ups into planks, ab work, and then squats with the bar. It was an overall HARD work out and a good one. I felt overall stretched out, worked, tired. I loved it another words. I plan to alternate- one week- spin, next week that class. I have to start getting long runs in- so one of these is enough on the weekend I think. Saturdays I think will become my long run. I will start that next week. I was 154- so down for the week and finishing the month of October at 154. Nice. Today we are using the gym's pool for family free swim at1pm. THe whole family is going so this will be great. Get some exercise in for the kids and some therapeutic for me. I am sure the swimming will help me loosen my muscles. Hope all have a great, safe, and fun Halloween.
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