Saturday, August 06, 2011
Summer is drawing to a close, so I am trying to get all of my fitness, music, and personal time routines set so hopefully I can keep them going into the school year. This has not been too successful for me in the past few years, but my health suffered terribly for that. I need to make taking care of myself and absolute priority.
I was having problems with my feet slipping in my shoes during body pump. When I did my lunges with the barbell, my feet slid to the front of my shoes squishing my toes painfully into the front of my shoe. I tried many adjustments, but did not find a solution. So I bought a new pair of gym shoes for low impact workouts like the body pump and Zumba.
They are Nike Free shoes, and very comfortable on my feet. I tried them in Zumba and in body pump today and believe they are a good solution to the problem with my feet sliding in my shoes. My feet felt both comfortable and stable.
I tried Zumba for the first time today. It was recommended I not do that when my back and hip were out; but I decided to try it now that my back and hip seem to be working again. It was FUN! But it was too hot in the gym, really too hot. I'm not just whining; I got overheated. The instructor teaches a Zumba class in a different location in AC. That will be what I do until the weather moderates.
So, my personal goals for the school year are:
Yoga (and meditation)
Go for walks
I will have to alternate these to fit them into my schedule.
Practice/Play my guitar for at least 1 hour each day.
And to take time to stop and enjoy the beauty of the world around me.
I'll probably need your help once the school year starts. If I start to spin out of control, remind me to check my goals and turn my focus inward instead of trying to meet everyones needs except my own.
Thanks! I my friends!
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
I have been a bit confused by the whole concept of rewarding one's self for progress, since progress is its own reward. Progress always makes me want to do more, whereas plateaus are where I need the greatest boost.
I DID actually consciously reward myself for staying on track with exercise for the month of July; four rewards to be exact.
1) A new pair of jeans because my waist and hips have whittled down. Skinny jeans, and very cute.
2) A new yoga mat and carrier
3) A new water bottle - metal with a sippy straw, which is easier to drink from during weight lifting workouts since I don't have to remove the top.
4) My stability ball chair
The first reward, the jeans, I don't know about. Does that motivate me to do better? Not so sure, but my husband likes them. Perhaps they will motivate him to encourage me not to slack off on the exercise once the school year begins. I'll need some extra encouragement because I get tired by the end of the school day and just want to curl up with a book.
The last three rewards feel right as rewards; they build on the pleasure of sticking to my program.
How about you, my friends?
Do you reward yourself for meeting your goals, and what rewards are motivating to you?
Monday, August 01, 2011
I spent a large part of the Sunday deep cleaning and organizing my exercise/meditation/music room. I have been taking care of my son's kitty, who is a big time shedder.
He is a love, but he leaves orange hair everywhere! My kitty, Luna, shed terribly when I adopted her in December, but with better nutrition, she hardly sheds at all. My son's cat has been well nourished, so that isn't the issue. I think he just has a really thick undercoat.
At any rate, I had a lot of vacuuming to do as well as getting my space organized.
When I got most of my exercise gear put it one place, I was amazed at what an awesome collection I have. Not counting my videos, the equipment now organized in my exercise space includes:
step platform and risers
5 pound medicine ball
sets of hand weights of various sizes
3 yoga blocks
With everything clean and organized, it is even more motivating to work out between gym sessions.
My music room is organized in part of this space as well. It works for me because music, meditation, yoga, and exercise are all ways that I relax, heal, grow, and reduce stress. I love having my own personal space in the house that I can go to when I need quiet or alone time. Well, the kitties have claimed some of it, but that's life.
My music section is awesome, too. Not counting my music books, guitar strings, etc. there is:
acoustic electric guitar
steel string acoustic guitar
After a strenuous barbell workout on Saturday and scrubbing, moving, and organizing on Sunday, I didn't do any additional exercises with the exception of stretches. But once I got my room organized, I did spend an hour and a half practicing/playing my flamenco guitar. I am motivated to play it just looking at it, or even just smelling it. Its aroma is almost intoxicating.
Oh yes, and I also cleaned and vacuumed my car, washed the windows, and organized the trunk. Part of my trunk also has exercise equipment. I keep my weights, a spare pair of gym shoes, protein snacks, and a yoga mat in there so I am never unprepared at the gym or yoga studio.
Did I say laundry? I did that today too.
I'm giving myself a special blue ribbon for being so uncharacteristically domestic.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I didn't sleep well last night. It was a combination of having had a delicious iced coffee at Caribou Coffee mid afternoon and knowing I had to get up early today for the first session of Body Pump. I have gotten out of the habit of rising at dawn and have been enjoying being able to sleep in. Since today we had plans to celebrate a friend's birthday with lunch at the Thai restaurant, I had to attend the earlier session at the gym. I set my iPod to wake me at 7:00, but just knowing I had to be up early made it hard to sleep.
I had a great time in class, though, and it is good practice for me to get an earlier start. Later this week, I plan to go to the 6:15 am class because once the school year starts, that is the time I will be able to attend.
Lunch was delicious, but rich. I didn't eat too much; I ate half and brought half back for dinner. We did stop for ice cream (it was a birthday after all) but I got the kids' size in a cup instead of a cone.
This evening I played/practiced my guitar for an hour and a half. Right now I am pleased with my progress. There are those plateaus when I wonder if I'll ever get proficient, but right now I feel like I am making some breakthroughs in technique. My friend, Sue, and I are thinking of taking a 6 week rhythm guitar workshop starting mid-August. We may decide it is just one too many things as the school year starts up, but it is an enticing idea. Expand my horizons a little.
I took this photo of Stella last week. I found her lying on the couch under a pillow. She's such a character!
At any rate, that is how I am feeling right now, so I'm headed to bed, hopefully to sleep better tonight than I did last night.
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