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January Successes + February Goals

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

January successes:
Estimated Calorie Deficit: 12,379
Pounds Lost: 7
Days Under or In Calorie Range: 25
Times Exercised -
Strength: 11
Cardio: 19
~20 total days

February Goals:

1) Make a daily schedule and stick to it at least 2 out of the 4 weeks
2) Track sodium and stay within recommended limits at least 4 of 7 days/week
3) Finish the Spring into Fitness Bootcamp challenge
4) When challenge ends, get on a more routine exercise plan: 3 days strength, 2 days cardio, 1 day yoga, 1 day total rest
5) Lose 2lbs this month

  
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FITNESSMONSTER8 2/2/2012 3:52PM

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 2/1/2012 12:40PM

    Was it me, or was the Day 2 Spring into Shape pilates workout a KILLER?!!

Great plan!



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February Goals?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Today has been hectic.

My dip station came tonight. Found out I can do the pull-ups almost all the way up (at least one), and I can do the leg lifts with pretty much no problems, but I can't do a single dip, lol. Something to work toward I guess.

I was trying to give some thought to what my goals for February should be. I feel my mind trying to push me to go faster than I should sometimes, I think. Burnout is still looming in the horizon. Sometimes I feel lucky that I have never had a significant amount of weight to lose. I've never been heavy, there's just times in my life when I was starting down that road. I always have some sort of intervention before it gets to that point but if I could just be consistent I wouldn't have to worry about being there. I might not be the most fit person but at least I could avoid being overweight with just a little diligence.

Diligence is scary to me. Routine is scary to me. I don't know why, but I fight with everything in me not to get into a routine. For one, I was never taught the value of them as a kid. I never had any chores and I was rarely made to do things I didn't want to do for very long. I love my grandmother and I'm glad she raised me but that is probably the one thing I wish she had done differently. Trying to teach it to myself now has been the greatest challenge of my adult life.

So... I'm not sure if I should set some specific goals for February or just keep working on making sure I'm doing this consistently, until there aren't days, or at least not as many, when I'd rather skip it. I've been trying to track my moods to see a connection between sleep, food, exercise, and other factors to figure out why I go through periods of wanting to just lay on my couch and do nothing but so far I haven't found a pattern. I only know that some days I wake up bursting with energy, I can't wait to go running or do my Spark Videos or what have you, and other days it's a fight every step of the way. I don't have a lot of arrows in my quiver to fire at it... but I'm still here.

I think i'm going to look at my spark streaks for some clues about what to do in February.

  


To Rest or Not to Rest

Monday, January 30, 2012

Tonight was the first night in a week and a half or so that I wasn't feeling my workout so much. I wanted to go on the run but Bradley sort of didn't, I had to talk him into it. It felt pretty good while we were out there but then when I realized I still had to do the spark bootcamp strength video when we came in, I balked. I did it but none too enthusiastically.

I think I need a rest day but I'm scared because in the past, rest days have led to another rest day and then another until poof, my new habits are up in smoke. I mean the past week, I exercised every day because I WANTED to, not because I had to all 7 days, and that's great... but what about when you don't want to? How do you know when you need to take a break for your body and mind, and when you're just being a lazy @ss and should do it anyway?

I guess I will take a day off from cardio tomorrow since I need to go grocery shopping and will have to help Bradley put my dip station together. The plan I am on allows for 2 days with no extra cardio as long as you do your 10min strength training, and I can get that done in the morning. I guess like Dori said, "Just keep swimming..."

Just come find me if I'm not back in two days, OK?

  
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ALLYTHEATHLETE 1/31/2012 7:26AM

    I think the fact that you've identified this as a problem means that you will be able overcome it. When you took days off in the past that turned into a relapse, were you worried about relapsing then? No? I think the fact that you care enough to be worried about it will be enough to motivate you to get back out there.

You're awesome and will get right back out there after a much-deserved day of rest!

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REVIVINGFAITH 1/31/2012 6:04AM

    Yes that's my problem too. I have to take advantage of momentum or sloth sets it.

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SHRINKINGLULU 1/30/2012 10:56PM

    Most plans allow for 2 non-consecutive rest days from cardio, my personal advice is just to make sure they're non-consecutive, and to do SOMETHING on at least one of them (like strength training, go dancing with a friend, ride your bike leisurely somewhere instead of driving). I find that the more days in a row I don't work out, the more days in a row I'm likely to continue not working out, if that makes any sense...

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Jan 30th - almost a month down!

Monday, January 30, 2012

This has been the healthiest month I've had since last January when I did a vegan diet. But this is better because I've also been exercising, and I only kept to that diet for two weeks. The fewest times I've exercised in a week this month was two and last week I exercised every day! I'd like my schedule to be 5 deal breaker days with two optional days. The thing is that I'm starting to desire it rather than seeing it as a chore. I like that!

I ordered my dips/pull ups/chin ups/push up station last night so I can keep rocking it into February and beyond!

  
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ALLYTHEATHLETE 1/30/2012 10:37AM

    Good for you!

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SKYWATCHERRS 1/30/2012 9:23AM

    Great job! So proud of you!

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Awesome job!

(What is the pull up/chin up station? Is it something you hang on your door or is it a bigger machine? Wondering if it is a good thing for a one bedroom apt...)

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From Lazy to Fabulous in 30 minutes

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Today when I woke up I intended to do a few things; go on my normal walk with Luna, maybe some yoga, my bootcamp videos... but as the day wore on I found myself getting more and more lazy. Then about an hour ago I realized I just felt icky.

"It's because we've laid around all day," my husband said. And I knew he was right. So I suggested we take Luna and Lily to the park for a walk/jog. I wanted to see how Luna would do with more extended periods of jogging.

Since I haven't been doing the Couch to 5K in a few weeks, been working out inside instead, I went back to week one to see how she would do. Well we finished and she wasn't even tired! And I'm happy to say that although it wasn't easy breezy for me, it was much easier than it was the first time around; I finished all the jogging periods without even wanting to stop, and now that we are back home, that icky feeling is totally gone.

Why do we dread exercise when all it takes is 90 minutes a week for a few weeks in a row to make our bodies and minds actually crave it? I mean seriously, there are 10,080 minutes in a week and we do everything we can to avoid giving less than 100 of them to our own well being and peace of mind?? It seems totally crazy when you look at it that way.

  
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JO_TO_JOWOW 1/30/2012 2:26PM

    So so true! what a good reminder to just lace up and the rest will follow!

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 1/29/2012 7:13PM

    YAY hubby for getting everybody off the couch today! Sometimes we just need a little push to do what we know we need to do.

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DAMIENNA 1/29/2012 6:53PM

    I just posted a similar blog the other day....feel free to check it out!

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MARYSABEAN 1/29/2012 6:52PM

  You are so right and make a very good point. Why do we avoid exercise with excuses. There is always something else that needs to be done, but, after all, who is really important in our lives--ourselves of course.



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