Friday, January 27, 2012
Today has been the best workout day I've had since starting this over again. I haven't done anything super intense but I did spend quite a bit of time.
All day I was looking forward to coming home so I could do my yoga DVD. I bought it last year and I used to spend chilly spring Sunday afternoons doing it in my living room. It was very relaxing. Relaxation is just what I wanted after this week.
When I came home, I knew Bradley wanted to play his guitar and I also knew that wouldn't be the best yoga soundtrack, so I took Luna out for a walk while he played after having a quick snack. It's becoming almost a daily occurrence for us to walk around the neighborhood. We started at a mile and have worked up to a mile and a half. At the end of our walk I wanted to try something. You may remember that for time constraints I have sort of had to pit her getting her exercise vs. me burning more calories, because she can't really go as fast as I can. Well I wanted to see if she could keep up with me if I jogged a bit. I am not a very fast runner, but I was also worried she might trip me up since she has a bad habit of trying to switch sides of my body behind me while I'm holding the leash. So I started jogging just a little, halfway up the street from our house, and to my surprise, she could completely keep up with me! She was even a step or two in front of me for part of it, and she didn't switch sides like she does when we are walking. I was so excited to find this out, because it means I might get back to being able to do my Couch-2-5K and have her as my running buddy! :)
When I got in I rested for a bit then went upstairs to do my yoga video. It was so much easier than I remember it being! Last year when I was doing chair pose, it hurt so much... I felt a bit of burn today but I could definitely hang in there. And at the end doing the shoulder stand, I felt like I could just hold it forever if I had to. I was so calm and peaceful. The 50 minutes were up before I knew it!
Then I did my Spark Strength vids, which are only 16 minutes combined. I had to catch up from yesterday since I didn't have a chance to do the core workout b/c we had a friend over.
This morning when my alarm went off at 5:30, my body was just telling me "No way, Jose." I decided to listen to it and get some extra sleep. I am so glad I did because my evening has been full of wonderful activity and I am feeling completely energized and ready to start my weekend!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Thanks for all the comments people have been leaving on my blog. As I'm sure you can tell, I'm an emotional person. I have up days and down days, sometimes a few of each in a single week. But I am going to work through that. I am taking myself as I am.
This morning I realized that what has kept me from being in shape these last couple of years is not because I don't work out hard enough or long enough. Maybe I would be in BETTER shape if I had done those things while I was on a fitness kick, but that's not really the reason. The reason is because I didn't do the right things CONSISTENTLY. I gave up after a few weeks because I got bored or it felt too hard. As I have said in previous blogs, I have a lot of psychological hangups about exercise that I need to work through.
So from today forward, I am going to focus on consistency, not weight loss. After all, I am already at a healthy weight for my height and age. The rest of the weight/fat I have is cosmetic. Whenever I have started a fitness program, it has always been with cosmetic changes in mind. But while that may motivate some to go faster and harder, for me it actually works to motivate me through guilt. I look at how I look and I say, "I don't want to be THIS way anymore." That makes me feel bad more than anything else.
So what if it takes me longer than April to get down to 120? So what if I can only get to 124, the weight I was for my wedding? If I gain muscle and lose fat, however slowly that happens, who cares what the scale says?
And who cares how many pushups somebody else can do? I am going to focus on DOING my pushups (or lunges or squats or whatever), and then I will worry about how many I can do.
So I am going to change my ticker, from a weight loss ticker to a 30 days of exercising every day ticker. If that's thirty minutes, great. If it's ten, so be it. This is how I'm going to stay focused and be kind to myself; consistency first, excellence will follow.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
After years of reading tips in fitness magazines and going through various diets, losing a bit of weight and then putting it back on, I thought I knew what I needed to do to get fit. Workout an hour a day, eat fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Simple, right?
Well I hope this is a sign that I am serious about getting and staying fit this time, but this time around it seems like it has been so confusing to me.
After reading a lot of posts on the message boards I have been trying to figure out what the best thing to do in terms of calorie intake/burn would be for me and in true Michelle fashion, I keep changing my mind.
Ok this is the basic deal: the weight I want to be at has a BMR of around 1300 calories. Of course you need to add to that your exercise. Well right now I am exercising but it is not what you would call intense. Walking Luna for 30 minutes only burns about 100 calories, and then I do ten minutes of strength training but no one seems to know how many calories that's burning. When we were running a few weeks ago I was burning closer to 250 on the walk/run combos, but I felt like I was dying sometimes.
I see all the exercise other people are doing and it just intimidates me so much. It baffles me because these people are a lot heavier than me, yet when I work out intensely I just... can't go longer than about 15-20 minutes.
So back to the basic problem: if I work out moderately at my goal weight, that would give me a maintenance range of 2000. That means I could eat 1500 now and reach that weight, working out moderately. But I am only working out lightly, and subtracting the 500 calories for a lb a week weight loss is putting me below 1200 calories, which everyone agrees I shouldn't do and not only that but it will slow my weight loss.
So how in the world am I going to be able to work up to working out so hard? I mean it seems pretty inevitable that it is going to take me longer than the 4 months I had planned to get down to 120, especially if I am only able to do light exercise. But if I push myself too hard, I know from past attempts at this that I will get sore and tired and just quit altogether.
It seems so simple for most people, why do I make it so complicated for myself?
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
This morning I did something I never thought I'd do: I got up before 6am and took my dog on a 30 minute walk. You have to know me to know how much I love sleep, especially in a warm bed beside my husband, and how much I hate waking up on workdays. A month ago, I could barely drag myself out of bed at 6:40 just to rush around like a madman to get ready and dash out the door. Now I am waking up at 6, out of bed by 6:20 at the very very latest, and have plenty of time to get ready and spend time with the dogs/straighten up my kitchen before leaving.
But this took it to a whole other level.
After we got back from our walk, I made a breakfast of a "Philly Cheese Steak:" ground beef with green peppers and a slice of melted mozzarella on a bagel thin. Last night I was really looking forward to it. This morning though, I think it was too much to hit my stomach with. I've always been a breakfast person, first thing out of bed, but in the last several months I had started either skipping breakfast, having a thermos of milk and some protein powder on the way to work, or eating instant oatmeal at work around 8. And I have never eaten meat for breakfast much, always carbs. So I think that was too heavy for me. I ate half then wrapped up the rest for lunch today.
So far today I've had 2 cups of water, and sure enough it made my appetite come back, so now I'm having an orange as a mid morning snack. It's shaping up to be a very healthy day and I couldn't be happier!
Although, side note... they say exercising in the morning gives you more energy, well... that must come later 'cause I am still kinda sleepy from that extra half hour....
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