Thursday, May 02, 2013
Man, last month was a busy one! I have been working more than most sane people would like, last week having worked 3, 12 hour serving shifts back to back. I'm attempting to save up some money for events I have coming up this summer, and also just to have. I once had a huge cushion financially, when I was back at my old military job. I am working on rebuilding it.
I did pretty well on my goals from April. I applied lotion/facial moisturizer every day. I ate within my calorie range most of the time, while I wasn't as great at tracking toward the end of the month as I could have been. I still binge drank, it is something that I am so good at avoiding for weeks at a time and then I have a week where I do it twice. One usually leads into the other.
I worked out every day in April except for 2, and both of those days I worked long days on my feet at work. I really like the feeling of working out every day. I had a coworker tell me that it is horrible for my body, and that I am going to hurt myself. I explained to her that the type of workouts vary so much, some days I'll only ride my bike to work and some days I'll burn 1000 calories. Depends on my schedule, how I'm feeling, etc. I don't force myself to do anything that feels bad.
I cannot handle sweets. I have never been able to, and I am still unable to. I had some sweet binging issues in April. I would eat a little, and then couldn't stop. I hate the loss of control that comes with binging, and while it is a very rare experience, it still gives me anxiety. How do you keep from overeating sweets? I am wondering if I will have to completely remove them from my life to avoid these issues.
I lost 3.5 pounds last month which isn't a huge amount, but is enough that I am coming up on the 120's. I hit 129 at one point last week but I was pretty dehydrated. I have decided that May is going to be "no weigh May" so that I can think about it less and think more about how my body feels, how my clothing fits, etc. I lost an inch off of my waist last month, and another off of my thighs. That is insane to me. I'll take inches over pounds any day! While doing some of the positions in my hot yoga classes, my face will be quite close to my thighs. Glistening from sweat, my muscles look fantastic, it is so rewarding. I have always loved my lower body over my upper body, but I am finally getting back to feeling comfortable in shorts after so long feeling anything but.
Do not weigh myself
Continue daily workout streak
floss each day! I am so bad about this!
Water! Seriously, water! More than the 8 cups per day.
6 weeks today until Bonnaroo. I will be wearing little clothes, mostly swim suits and sun dresses. I will be comfortable this year! I will continue on my path to the 120s. I will finish out my 26th year of life with a blast, and start the next one great.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, April 04, 2013
I'm going to start by saying that I don't drive. Well, I have a car and I know how to drive, but with my boyfriend working 45 minutes away and us having one vehicle between the two of us, I don't drive. Not often. This morning was the second time this week I have missed yoga due to a coworker that I go with being late (different coworkers each time, at least). But considering I went on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday and will go tomorrow I can't let it get me down.
It almost did, though. I had feelings of dread about missing my workout, even though I've already surpassed my calorie burn goal for the week. Perhaps it's because my unlimited pass ends next Thursday. Perhaps it's because I don't like telling myself I am going to do a workout, and then not doing it. I have gotten into the mentality where I don't miss workouts. It is too easy to spiral.
After pondering this for a while, I realized that this mentality has screwed me over in the past. I have to realize that life happens, and it doesn't make me a failure. Sometimes something will come between me and my planned workout; instead of being bummed about it I can accept that plans cannot always be kept, and I can do a different type of workout when the situation allows.
I am thankful that I have been doing my HIIT workouts, because they have shown me how great of a workout I can get at home. Without doing some regimented program on repeat each week. A new workout every day, it is a surprise what it will be often times. And there are repeats for sure, but not on a regular basis. I'm constantly confusing my muscles.
So I did my workout for the day, in my living room. I killed it (maybe it killed me... We'll see in a couple of hours). And then I went through a series of the yoga poses that I really want to keep progressing in, once my muscles were already nice and warm. And I felt great, and I still do. I don't feel like I gave it 50% because I allowed myself to get down for missing my 80 minute sweat session. I feel like I really pushed it because my body DESERVED a good workout today.
Ah, progress. How I love thee. The emotional and mental progress is just as rewarding and the physical, if not more. I am going to go have a lady date with a friend, eat at our one wholly organic/vegetarian restaurant in town, and maybe have a glass of wine on a patio somewhere else afterward. And feel like I earned it.
Hope you're having a great Thursday!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
One of my goals for April is to do the DAILYHIIT.COM workout each day. I do it a day behind because sometimes it isn't posted until later in the day and I like to have complete control over when I workout. So yesterday I did the workout from Sunday, which was short but oh so sweet. It was 4 minutes including constant rowing and dipping to the side. At Yoga last night I couldn't figure out why my hips and bum hurt so bad. DUH.
Yoga yesterday was at my normal gym, and while it is advertised as "hot yoga" it isn't the same as my other hot yoga classes. It was a much slower pace, and the room temp was much more reasonable than the 90+ they keep it in my other class. I enjoyed how I felt during and especially after, but I do love the challenge of my regular hot yoga class. Plus I love that we go through the same routine each class so I have been able to see HUGE progress in my poses in the only 3 weeks I've been going there. I can get pretty low in my standing bow, I never knew I had it in me.
I think I might be getting to the point where I absolutely love Yoga. I have done it on and off in the past, through my many ventures with fitness. But I always found it to be too slow, and couldn't get into the breath so I felt alienated. But now that I have had more patience with it, I can tell how my breathing affects my practice, and I can almost constantly feel my abs "locked in" as they say. It calms my mind so much, it blows my mind. I have never had a calm mind, I have a hard time going to sleep and used to dread bed time because I can't stop thinking and usually making myself feel guilty/anxious. Last night I did a yoga pose in bed that I was told calms the mind (I cannot remember what it is called...dang), and it really did help center me before bed. I might be getting the hang of this stuff!
Today my HIIT exercise was much more challenging, it was 3 rounds of 15 minutes (50 seconds work/10 seconds rest) that was composed mostly of burpees, rows, pushups, and jogging in place. It kicked my BUTT! I burned 400 calories, plus am going to hot yoga tonight which usually burns around 500. After my 2 weeks of unlimited classes is up at the yoga place I'll be cutting back to a more reasonable amount of workouts (they are expensive), but I am going to get as much in as I can between now and then.
I know this isn't a maintainable amount of exercise, but with the changing of seasons I always have a burst of energy. But it is slightly too cold still to play outside as much as I'd like. So instead I'm cleaning the house, reading a ton, and working out more than I typically would. What do you do with your spring energy?
I hope the rest of you are riding on the springtime high as well, this next month will be a true test for me. It is the same time of year that I have lost momentum in the past. It feels truly different, and instead of hoping that it is different this time, I'm going to MAKE it different.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
I slept in a little later today than I would normally on a Sunday. Got up around 9 when I could no longer stay asleep due to the moving around that the boyfriend was doing in the kitchen. I can't complain, he was cleaning and rearranging. We have been nesting in our house lately, getting really comfortable finally. When we first moved in, we tried to make it more of a community household with the roommates. After getting into our grooves, we've found it's easier to set it up as two separate apartments for the two couples. There are two kitchens, two living areas, and two bathrooms so it works out great. Bruce and I are the type of couple (as I think most couples are) that really need our own space and alone time. There are other reasons that I may get into in the future, but I'll just leave it alone for now.
My job has been closed a week now doing renovations. I went in yesterday morning to help cleaning and doing some putting back together. It was an easy shift, and they fed us pizza. I stayed completely reasonable and two small slices of vegetarian pizza. It was nice seeing my coworkers, I have never worked in a place where I have felt such camaraderie with others. I actually miss most of them, and we all (mostly) get along really well. Even though we were doing some pretty gross deep cleaning yesterday, we were joking around and having a great time of it.
I left there around 2 to go start my pot/bucket garden project for the season. With the weather being so strange this year I had to start with seedlings instead of germinating my own seeds. But I am excited nonetheless. I might have to move the plants inside later tonight because there is a chance of SNOW. But after this I like to believe that it'll be warming up for good.
Here is the first round:
I have kale, bell peppers, jalapenos, 3 kinds of tomatoes, brussel sprouts, and strawberries. Later in the season I'll be planting spinach and some other stuff. I will be planting my herb garden this week as well.
It is so exciting to watch my plants grow. Not to mention the money saved in the long run. I won't even get into the Monsanto protection law that was put in place this past week, but I really feel we all need to be very conscious of what we are putting in our bodies regardless of cost.
I guess that's about it. Hot yoga later tonight. I took yesterday off of working out even though I hadn't originally intended to do so. But sometimes life gets in the way.
Enjoy your Sunday, hope it's as beautiful as ours is!
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