Wednesday, December 30, 2009
There are plenty of things I'd like to achieve this year. A lot of the 2010 blogs I have been reading lately have listed goals outside of fitness and nutrition. All I'm really going to touch on right now outside of that is that I want to quit being so negative and judgmental all the time. I don't want to be that person who people think is just a big judgemental meanie. I reflect on my behavior sometimes and I just feel disappointed in myself because I know I'm better. I don't know what I can do to break bad lifelong personality habits, but I am just going to be more conscientious of my behavior and my words. I want to be a better person, overall. This will be a good foundation for overall success at everything I hope to achieve in life.
2010 Exercise Goals:
1. Run at least a half-marathon. My goal is to run the Madison half toward the end of May. I may go for a marathon in the fall depending
on how the half goes. In October when I stepped outside to watch the
Chicago Marathoners, I thought "yes. I am doing this next year" but I'd really like to do a half before I commit to that. I want to make sure I am an established enough runner.
2. Bike 100 miles. Semi-consecutively. This is something I would like to do in the fall of next year. I think my booty would fall off. I did about 40 miles this past summer and I wasn't really physically exhausted, honestly, so much as just couldn't stand to sit on that seat anymore. My Dad has done 100 miles before and he's a little older now so I don't know if he would want to, but I am going to try to at least find someone to do this with me. I think it would be boring and unsafe to do on my own.
3. Train for a triathlon, probably sprint distance. I can easily handle the biking and I can deal with the running too but I just don't swim. I should really start swimming. I know I've been saying that for months. It's not even just swimming but swimming in Lake Michigan. I'll have to get a wetsuit and all that jazz. There was a sprint distance triathlon sometime in August this year so I'm assuming it will be around that time next year as well.
4. 3 hours a week of strength. I really want some amazing toned arms and I need to work on my core in a bad way. Since I'm a trainer now and all I am gonna go ahead and practice on myself a little. At work tomorrow I'm going to plan out a strength training plan for myself. I'm going to make up some routines and a schedule for progression. It will be good practice and benefit me greatly. Want me to make one up for you? It'd be good practice for me. If you do just let me know how much time you have to dedicate each week, what equipment you have available to you, and if you have any limitations or areas you'd really like to work on in articular. Comment here or send me a message, either way :)
5. Yoga and/or Pilates. I keep on saying I gotta do these, I gotta work on my balance and flexibility. I keep on neglecting to do so. I am going to attend at least 2 classes a week once my schedule normalizes. Once a week for starters.
So we've got varied cardio, strength, and flexibility. I think I've got all my bases covered there.
2010 Nutrition Goals:
1. Stick within my recommended calorie range 6 days a week. I'll allow
myself one cheat meal a week but it will not be one cheat DAY. At least 2 days of the week I track I plan to stay on the low range of my calorie intake, 3 days in the middle, and one day at the higher end. I want to mix things up a bit.
2. Start actually making at least 2 dinners a week. I never cook, I always rely on Jon to do this. I think if I were more involved in the process of my nutrition I would get a little more informed and have more control over my food choices. I'm sure Jon will appreciate the occasional break too, even though he likes to cook.
3. Try one new recipe a week.
4. Nutrition Related Rewards. I hope to keep myself interested in continuing to take more control over my nutrition. I want to plan rewards for myself related to this. I haven't thought up anything concrete yet but I'm thinking general stuff like getting myself a new recipe book or a new spice or maybe a cooking class as a reward for adhering to my attempts to cook. If I reward myself with these types of things I figure it will keep me interested and excited.
Tomorrow I'm going to test my BMI, body fat composition, and blood
pressure to see where I'm at. I'd do it Friday with the weigh in but we are closed at the gym Friday. Then, like I said, I'm going to weigh in on Friday. I will also take measurements. After I do all this i'll report back with the numbers and decide on some goals for improvement. I'll do some pictures too.
So that's it for now, I'll also come up with a specific plan for January to work toward my goals for the year and blog on that tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The past month has been utterly atrocious. Ever since I got the new
job and decided to make this my life things slowly began to go downhill. I was keeping consistent with vigorous, frequent and varied exercise... at first. I got busy and distracted and gradually started making more and more excuses for why I couldn't work out. The month of December was definitely poor. It's not that I stopped working out... I still did a few days a week. It's just I used to be 6000-7000 calories burned a week girl who could run 10 miles. Didn't take too long to ruin it either.
What's worse is at some point I just stopped caring about what I ate. I mean, I knew I should care, I just ate way too much of way too bad things. For the past month, up until this week, my stomach has been in a pretty much constant state of BLECH. Yesterday was the first day in a long time that I held off eating long enough to feel hungry.
This wasn't a few hundred calories over either... we're talking total regression here.Telling myself no more, no more, no more. I've been having a lot of Monday diets lately. No matter how much I knew I had to stop and change before it got out of control I just couldn't. I felt stuck and hopeless again just like before I first started. I don't weigh 270 pounds anymore, but I sure would again if I kept this up.
I think I freaked out a little. It has been some strange form of self-sabotage. Fear or failure. I quit a financially secure job to pursue something I was passionate about. They wanted me to get my certification faster than I was really comfortable with and I started to have a lot of doubts about if I was making the right decision.This weekend I was completely convinced that I was not going to pass my personal trainer certification exam and that I'd have to give up on this and that I made this huge mistake blah blah... The Fitness Specialist position I took honestly really isn't everything I hoped it
would be. I just have to remind myself that it was never really supposed to be this amazing perfect job, it's just a great stepping stone for what I want to be doing down the line. I was too focused on all of this certification pressure and caught up in a storm of self-doubt and lost sight of why I got into this in the first place.
I passed the exam yesterday morning. As soon as I passed it's like everything changed. I suddenly feel right again. Seriously... just like that. I have been completely healthy the last couple days. I took a spin class last night and I did some cardio this afternoon and I've got plans to similarly kick ass the rest of the week. I've been making healthy choices about what I eat and how much I eat. I just know that something is different in me, just like I knew something had left me when I started to slack off the past few months.
I'm a certified personal trainer now. I need to start behaving like one and work a whole lot harder on looking like one. It's a little scary to me though how easy it is for me to get in a funk and throw it all out the window. I need to do a lot of self-analyzing here to get to the bottom of all this. I need to now that even when I'm busy and distracted and have a ton of excuses that I still stick to taking care of my health. It's #1... it's the foundation for everything in my life.
I'm going to continue to eat healthy and I'm going to workout as much as I can. It wont be quite like it was this summer. I can't do my super long runs or bike rides outside and I'm not walking a half hour to and from work anymore. I will make the most of it and eat less to compensate. I know that when the weather gets nicer I'll be able to pick it up again. I know that I've gained some weight because it was seriously just embarrassing how bad how I was eating and I wasn't working out nearly enough to compensate. I haven't gone up a size or anything major but I can tell things are a little more snug than I'm comfortable with. I am going to weigh in on Friday, January 1st to see where i'm at (SCARED haha). That way I can do the whole this is my New Years weigh in number and see how much I accomplish hehe. I guess I'm cheating since I started yesterday but this way I'll give that sodium weight gain from all the ham some time to seep out, hehe.
I'll be writing again soon to come up with what I'd like to accomplish in 2010. One thing is for sure... I'll get myself looking smokin' hot for my wedding day :)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The last couple weeks have definitely been insane! My first week it was just adjusting to this new schedule. It really feels surreal that I quit my old job. I mean yeah I'm working there part time still but it feels like just a place I'm helping out at, and not my day to day responsibility. Makes a big difference.
I got the stomach flu this week, which really set me back. It sucks because it's my second week of a new job so I didn't want to be taking time off. I HAD to call off Tuesday because I was ultra sick. But I made the mistake of trying to be okay and going into work yesterday and today... only to end up leaving early both days because I felt nauseous, yesterday I actually threw up at work and then left. So now basically I'm just prolonging this because I keep pushing myself. But my boss said to me today... don't come back here until you aren't nauseous anymore! Hopefully that is very soon. I feel much better tonight after resting all day.
So of course I haven't really worked out all week, and even if I'm feeling better the next couple days I still don't want to overdo it. Makes me realize I don't even know what not overdoing it on a workout is. I try to think of light workouts and anything I normally do would be way overkill. Maybe I'll take a nice aquaerobics class if it fits into my schedule, or perhaps one of my yoga or pilates videos would be good. Maybe a nice walk by the lake if it's not too chilly out.
So the new job! It's really really easy haha. My responsibilities are minimal. I mostly spend a ton of time studying for my certification and socializing with other employees and gym members. I've had a couple cool things to do. I got to put together some heatlhy holiday cooking/baking tips and some good healthy recipes in a packet for members. I used a lot of sparkpeoples resources and member recipes in putting this together! So I got to pass those out while getting people to sign up for a complimentary holiday bootcamp. It's for a new trainer so he can get some exposure. That was pretty fun I got to talk to a lot of people and I far exceeded my boss's sign up expectations.
I just found out today one of the trainers who has been there a long time now just put in her notice. She is going to go independent, so awesome for her. Awesome for me too because she's the only full time female trainer. There are 2 new males who just started but I may end up getting some of her clients. A lot of females want a female trainer. I know I requested a female when I got training. So I'm taking my certification December 28th. NUTS. They want me ready to go by the new year. I feel like it's a little soon but I'll mostly be doing super basic free trainer session new member consultation type things, so it will be a good way to get some practice. Definitely lots of opportunities to look forward to!
In other news... Jon and I set a date for our wedding this past weekend. January 14, 2011. I really was hoping for a nice fall wedding, it's at a state park, but they were ENTIRELY booked, even Friday nights. I guess gorgeous affordable venues book up fast. So I still think a nice January wedding in a lodge will be amazing. The backdrop for the ceremony is this stone wall fireplace so we can have a fire going and all. I also have tons of time to plan so there will be lots of DIY elements with the decorations. Also my mom is all crafty and loves making cards and doing these stamping parties. She has so many resources and ideas so I'll be able to do my own save the dates, invitations, programs (if we decide to do them at all) and place cards for the reception. Jon and I are looking at photographers next. We're meeting with one tonight that we really like, so I'm sure that will be awesome. I love their style and they've done a wedding at this venue before. I also share some mutual friends with a girl from my college who now does wedding photography. She is more amateur but she's GOOD. Gorgeous pictures. So that means reasonable pricing because she hasn't built up that high demand yet. I'm very eager to meet with her because the quality of her work and her prices make it an extreme value and some beautiful photographs.
Soo I suppose that's about all that is going on. Work is awesome, wedding planning aaand that's pretty much my life right now. I'd have to say I did pretty good with my workouts adusting to my new routine. Though I got sick this week so we'll have to see. I hope to be back up and running next week and try to still finish the month strong. I'm getting there, even if it's slowly.
I hope everyone is doing great! I know I haven't been on nearly as much and may have missed out on some blogs or accomplishments and that sucks. I will try to get on more. I'm always around though if anyone needs me!
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