Monday, October 13, 2008
Now that it's all scheduled, I guess I'd better have as many places to track for accountability as I can find!!!
Thursday, October 16, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Thursday, October 16, 2008 43 min cardio
Friday, October 17, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Friday, October 17, 2008 62 min cardio
Saturday, October 18, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Saturday, October 18, 2008 105 min cardio
Sunday, October 19, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Sunday, October 19, 2008 50 min cardio
Monday, October 20, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Monday, October 20, 2008 73 min cardio
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 50 min cardio
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 82 min cardio
Thursday, October 23, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Thursday, October 23, 2008 110 min cardio
Friday, October 24, 2008 30 Day Shred Level
Friday, October 24, 2008 42 min cardio
Saturday, October 25, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Saturday, October 25, 2008 110 min cardio
Sunday, October 26, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Sunday, October 26, 2008 60 min cardio
Monday, October 27, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Monday, October 27, 2008 68 min cardio
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 82 min cardio
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 57 min cardio
Thursday, October 30, 2008 30 Day Shred Level 1
Thursday, October 30, 2008 45 min cardio
Friday, October 31, 2008 30 min cardio (BONUS!!!)
Monday, October 13, 2008
I intensified my workout this morning to see if I have the cardiovascular endurance and mental fortitude to push beyond my current fitness levels. It wasn't exactly the easiest workout, but then again Monday morning workouts are never my best of the week. Not only did I complete my Shred workout, but I also pushed my way through 50 minutes of low impact cardio. I've never done that on a work morning. My energy levels ebbed and flowed, but in the end I persevered!!! YEAH ME!!!!!
I do believe I'm ready to tackle a 45 day challenge before the holiday season gets under way. YEP, that means revising the October goals yet again, but also setting the November goals as well. So here's the basic plan...15 days of 30 Day Shred Level 1 with alternating 42 min step workouts and 40 - 50 min mixed impact cardio workouts (10/16 - 10/31); 15 days of 30 Day Shred Level 2 with alternating 42 min step workouts and 40 -50 min mixed-impact cardio workout (11/1 - 11/15); 15 days of 30 Day Shred Level 3 with alternating 42 min step workouts and 40 - 50 min mixed-impact cardio workout (11/16 - 11/30). The only wiggle room will be in trading off morning cardio for evening cardio on low energy mornings. The first week of December will be a low intensity, cardio only week to allow for a complete recovery.
I'll be honest...I've typed it out in my planning spreadsheet and I've typed it out here - and just seeing both versions in black and white is already scaring the crap out of me. Ah, but fear is not the enemy here. I'll never know what I'm capable of unless I set the bar high enough to really challenge myself. By taking it one workout at a time...I know that I can, and I will.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I'm blogging today's update earlier than usual in an attempt to balance out the crazy cardio schedule I've been keeping this weekend. As a matter of fact, as soon as I click "Post", I'm going to change out of my workout clothes and grab a shower. This is to keep me from doing more cardio than I actually need today. I woke up with numb knees - such a crazy sensation that I've learned to recognize as a sign of the need to back off a bit. So, I warmed up and then took care of my scheduled step aerobics workout for the day. Now the rest of the day is about taking it easy and enjoying the down time. I'll be back tomorrow with another check-in
Saturday, October 11, 2008
One thing I know how to do is bounce back from damned near anything. Today's fitness routine is proof of that. After yesterday's sugar binge, I knew I'd need something extra today to balance myself and get back on track. I slept in this morning because I needed that Saturday ritual of rest and stretch after a long, restorative night's sleep. It took me a while longer than usual to get everything stirring, but I finally made it to my Shred workout, and it was a good one!!! Because it was so late in the morning, I took a breakfast break before getting my cardio on. I then opted for pre-lunch cardio about 2 hours later and rocked a KILLER 50 min low impact workout video that I haven't done in months. Lunch was, of course, ultra healthy...that's probably where I got the mega vibe to do even more cardio later this afternoon. I finished my Ultra Fit Saturday with an additional 40 minutes of mixed impact, high intensity cardio that took me over the top. As I finish up these musings, I must admit that I now know the secret to having a day like this...don't change out of your workout clothes until you have to leave the house. Talk about MOTIVATING!!!!!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I ate a bag of cookies last night. Yes, you read right, I said A BAG of cookies - not a handful, not a dozen...a bag. If I'm totally honest, I can say that is my first full-out binge in nearly 4 months, and it was NOT related to emotional eating. That binge was all about the sugar!!!
I've been eating a clean, vegan diet consistently since June 23 with very few deviations from said eating plan. I feel strong and healthy from the inside out. I power through amazing workouts because of the energy levels that such wonderfully whole and completely unprocessed foods give my body on a daily basis. HOWEVER, I can also tell you that I am the product of a sugar loving family both maternally and paternally speaking. I know that I have to be very cautious when it comes to sugar consumption or it will derail my health train in a heartbeat. So as a general rule, sugar is something that I cannot do in moderation - it's all or nothing baby.
My current binge was brought about after 3 weeks of increasingly annoying cravings for something a tad bit sweet. Because of my commitment to vegan eating, it's harder to find something that has no animal products with any convenience to its acquisition. I mean, I can go to the vegan bakery, I make every effort NOT to do that since everything there is AWESOME and after all, it's still about the sugar. I finally found a 10 oz bag of gingersnaps in the health food section of my local grocery store, and I made the mistake of not only buying them, I brought them into the house and opened them.
I'd like to say that's the end of the story, but about halfway through the bag, my sister showed up with a birthday cake for my mom, and I chose to have a small slice of that as well. Before you ask, NOPE, it wasn't vegan, NOPE, it wasn't even vegetarian...but it tasted good, and after I finished my slice, I walked away because the taste was just okay. I'd also like to tell you that after the cake, I didn't go back to the cookie bag, but I don't lie to myself, and I don't lie in my blogs. So by the time I got to the very last cookie in the bag, I realize it tasted like molasses dipped crap, and I immediately went to brush my teeth. Oh Hell, why couldn't that have happened 3 hours earlier???
I'm not blogging this misadventure to excuse my behavior or in search of any sort of absolution. I'm capturing this episode as a reminder that for me, sugar isn't an option, unless I can very carefully regulate how much I am consuming. That is my reality. I could very easily have thrown the bag away and never told a soul what I did - that's what has set me up for the guilt complex that begins the next round of binging and purging or even yo-yo dieting in my past. Being honest and above board with myself reminds me that I am a Human Being, doing the best I can on any given day. I am choosing each day to recommit to my healthy eating and fitness plan to give myself everything I need to continue on the path to total health and wellness. Loving myself through the dietary indiscretions is a big part of navigating that path. I can, and I do, because I am so very well worth the effort and I do deserve the rewards!!!
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