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Lacking motivation

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Here I am at 6:48 in the morning, sitting on my duff on the couch. I've been browsing the internet for an hour now. I got up at 5:45 with the intent to do some strength training or study for my last midterm today and I have done neither. I feel exhausted, like no amount of sleep and coffee will get me going. It goes bone deep and I feel it mostly in my legs.

I do so much during the days it's hard to remind myself sometimes that I should do more work on top of it to get fit for the race next summer. Yesterday my fitbit entry was 265 minutes and I was under 10,000 steps and it was a slow day at work. It's hard to tell myself this morning with my burning quads and glutes to get up and do the skinny jeans workout.

I will say that I have found something out about myself over the past three weeks, though: if this was running instead of strength training, I would be out there running right now. 27 degrees out and dark? MOAR LAYERS!! I've been really enjoying running, even when I feel like I do right now and I know I'll be going out tomorrow. (It's good I know this now because I'm half an hour short of fully booked tonight.)

I think that I need to start taking care of myself more. I've been better about it over the past couple years. I'll no longer work seven days a week for two months straight because I demanded Fridays to myself. But Fridays aren't enough to take care of household errands and I'm starting to realize why weekends are two days long. I'm thinking I might quit my second job that takes up Saturday mornings if our budget can handle it.

The thing is, I love that job. And I've been re-offered my other favorite job from last year again and they're willing to work with my schedule. Honestly, the extra income would be nice.

After typing all this up, I've come to a conclusion: I need a massage. Or an acupuncture appointment. Or both, haha. At least I'm getting chiropractic now. I promise, I am actually getting better at taking care of myself, it's just that my setpoint was really low.

I'm going to set out my weights next to my computer so that when I get home for dinner, I'll do my lifting. That way I get it done after school and before work. I'll find a way to make this work and I'll love it just like I came to love running.

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KALIGIRL 10/30/2013 9:44AM

    Sounds like a emoticon plan - here's to finding that motivation!

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AJB121299 10/29/2013 8:16AM

    the first step is to get up and move

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TMT: Day 22

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Whoops! Missed last week's update. Well, that's midterms for you. I've got one left (which I should probably get to studying for).

I bought a jacket to run in now that it's below freezing in the mornings. It's a really cute teal, light weight and WARM. Despite how cold it is, I still find myself unzipping it towards the end of my run. I overheat so easily.

Did you guys see the post about yoga poses for runners? I did them after I got home this morning and they're awesome. My knees actually feel better than they did BEFORE the run. They also include some of my favorite stretches. This is an excellent way to make sure I stretch after running.

I'm a little behind on c25k but I didn't think I'd hold to the 9 weeks anyways. I did w3d1 today and it was beautiful. There was no wind and it was too cold for the river to smell so all it was was sunshine and music.

I need to make sure I do some strength training tomorrow but I'm still on track for exercising regularly. I'm really looking forward to getting our new apartment so I can put my pull up bar back up. Wow. I've been doing this for 22 days now! :D

...wait. 22 days. I'm NOT behind on c25k, AWESOME. Anyways, I should go get breakfast and take a shower before work. No one wants a sweaty massage therapist.


TMT: Day 8

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Oh my gosh! This is awesome! Guys, I've stuck to my ST goals. I've NEVER done that. :)

I'm cutting back on running for the next couple days in deference to my TCM training (women shouldn't do strenuous exercise during that time of the month) and do some QiGong and Tai Chi instead. I am going to go for walks instead though. It's the best time of year for walks. :)

I finally took my "before" photos:

(Arg! Slouching!)

I'm going to have awesome arms after all this. I never have. Upper body strength has always been my weakness.

Well, that's my weekly update. I'm doing awesome and I'm happy! Of course I'm not to the hard part yet. :P

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KALIGIRL 10/14/2013 9:26AM

    So glad to hear it - you rock!

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TMT: Day 1

Sunday, October 06, 2013

TMT: Tough Mudder Training

So I have worked HARD at motivation. I've kept myself relatively fit but not has fit as I would like.

I had an idea.

I HATE spending money. Almost as much as I hate wasting it. One of my friends at school was looking for a team to run next year's Tough Mudder with. Let's see. $70. That's a lot of money (for a grad student). Let's do it.

So here I am. I've already run this morning (I know, right? Who ever thought I would be a morning exerciser?) Tomorrow I have my circuit training reps. I also have the motivational boost that came from seeing my interval paces this morning. I've got the muscle and I've got the stamina, I just don't have the cardio. :P

I'm going to be working on that and strength training. I've "only got" ten months to train for this thing, but I've got to be able to run 10 miles and complete an obstacle course. But I can do it!



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KALIGIRL 10/7/2013 12:00PM

    emoticon Without a doubt!

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Midterms are over

Sunday, February 24, 2013

This was not the best week for me to achieve any of my goals. Friday was the worst; I got the lowest test score I've gotten in two and a half years. I am unashamed to admit that it brought me to tears.

But after raging and griping and moaning for a couple hours in the library, I did what Spark has taught me: I went and picked one of my textbooks off the shelf and did the reading for next week. One bad test is just a bump in the road. If I study, and I do my homework (which with all the wedding stuff and work stuff I've been dealing with, I admit to not doing) I won't run into this again.

Here's to picking ourselves back up and getting on with it.

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KALIGIRL 2/25/2013 8:58AM

    You've got it right!

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LISA01605 2/24/2013 4:49PM

    Great attitude!

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