Monday, September 13, 2010
DH and I had a discussion over the weekend and the gym is getting to be too much of an expense. He suggested that we stop our membership (we are no longer in a contract and are paying month to month). I know it needs to be done. With me not working and having a child to care for now, we need to cut back where we can. But I am feeling sad.
For three years, the gym has been my place to de-stress, to temporarily get away from "life", and focus on my health and fitness. Plus, it is a place I can go during the day and see people. When you are at home without a car during the day, your options are limited. Plus, Laila enjoys getting out too, and playing in the child care. I am also worried, of course, about gaining back the weight I worked so hard to lose.
I will come up with ways to work out without the gym. I just have to. There is NO WAY I can go back to how I was 3 years ago. But it won't be easy. The gym had everything I need: equipment, classes, variety, and a social element. I am not someone who enjoys solitary exercise at home. There is no room for a treadmill or elliptical here - and those machines are expensive anyway - so it will have to be DVDs indoors or running (maybe jump roping too) outside as long as the weather allows.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
I realize I haven't blogged much lately. The little one finally went to sleep, so I am stealing some time to blog (while I should be cleaning, haha). Blogging here helps me stay on track and most importantly, stay motivated.
While healthier eating and fitness are always on my mind, I've been struggling with my program quite a bit lately and don't know exactly why. I guess I just really need a good kick in the butt.
I am now quite lazy about tracking my food. It has become a chore. I used to see it as something I just spend a few minutes doing and be done with it. Lately it's like, "Ugh,I don't feel like tracking! Forget it!" Miraculously, I am maintaining my weight, though I still want to lose 5-7 pounds (weight keeps going up and down 2 pounds, never dipping below 120. I know my body won't continue to maintain and I will start gaining if I don't change things, and FAST. Maybe at some level, because I am at an OK weight, I am telling myself I don't need to try so hard. That is a scary place to be... because I know this is precisely the time I need to be trying my hardest. Losing weight is difficult, but maintaining is even more so.
The other issue is gym machine drudgery. They don't offer classes (my favorite way to work out) at the most convenient times for me, so when I have to go on the machines, I'm like "When is this workout going to be over?!" That is never a good thing. The past couple times I went to the gym, I got on the elliptical or stationary bike and played with my iPhone, hardly breaking a sweat. Whereas in my classes, I am sweating buckets, and most importantly having FUN! I will continue to exercise whichever way it fits into my schedule because daily exercise is so incredibly important. I just need to get a little more fitness mojo back.
Finally, I have had this strange obsession with chocolate Cheerios lately. I decided to give them a try this week, thinking they would be a good thing for my sweet tooth - a better alternative to say, chocolate chip cookies with milk. Problem is, I am having 2 or 3 bowls a day for a snack. NOT good. I guess I will be adding chocolate Cheerios to my list of triggers (next to cookies and ice cream).
So, for those who have been here for a while and are maintaining: What keeps you going with the same level of intensity/enthusiasm? Are you finding it easier or more difficult to maintain than to lose weight?
Saturday, September 04, 2010
I recently entered Laila's photo in the Gerber Generation photo contest for a chance to win a scholarship for her. The voting for her group started yesterday and she needs all the votes she can get. If you would like to and get a chance, PLEASE vote for her. :)
You can vote once a day, so visit and vote often!
Here is the link. Alternately, you can search for her under her name and city (Laila, Baltimore) or her entry number, 103655.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
...but it was "meh."
It was called Total Core, described as "a fusion of yoga, pilates and strength training. Based on Pilates and Yoga." I did not see much difference in this class from straight-up yoga, other than booming music that was not relaxing at all. I was stressed yesterday and in the mood to unwind while working up a sweat. I only burned 164 calories. Almost not worth the trouble. But...the regular instructor was not there, so maybe I will give this class another try sometime. When there is a substitute instructor, sometimes the class is not really the same.
Today it is supposed to rain all day, so I am not sure if I will make it over to the gym. But if I do, I'm thinking Body Flow (combo of yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates). It is also a Les Mills class. I'll compare to the class I took last night and see if I like it better.
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