Thursday morning I stepped on the scale. Back over 200 lbs. Back all the way to before new year's. Strip away the summer runs. Strip away the January bootcamp and weeks of 450+ minutes of activity every week. Strip away the days/hours/agonizing minutes of resisting temptation.
I have to stop this undisciplined spiral.
Yes, a lot of the issue I can now see is that I was bored. A lot of the issue was that I didn't take the time to figure out how my activity levels could be maintained when my schedule became less flexible. My life changed, and I didn't bring my good habits with me. I sacrificed my workout time because I had to study.
It's easy to just sit and beat up on myself. But the good news is that good habits are not foreign to me. I know what it takes. I know what it looks like, and I know the benefits.
A year ago, I got started on the path of daily activity through Coach Nicole's swimsuit bootcamp. www.sparkpeople.com/reso
. In January, she did another bootcamp, and this time I added cardio 3-4 days a week. www.sparkpeople.com/reso
In that time I discovered that while a treadmill at the TV was convenient, I didn't like doing it--but I could do floor cardio exercises that I enjoyed much more, including Zumba dance workouts.
I also learned around this time about the basics of "Zone" dieting--eating a little lean protein and a small amount of vegetable fat like olive oil with every meal, as well as taking fish oil supplements daily. When I was doing it all--the strength bootcamps, the cardio, the protein, the fish oil, and tracking my nutrition... wow. That was when I was at my best losing weight and feeling fantastic.
And then I got accepted into that program at work that threw me so completely off my schedule. I did okay until I was required to be at training at a particular time in the morning and then had homework every night.
But I can't allow things like a need for study or restrictions on my schedule to completely derail my efforts. I can't afford it.
Now that I am into the program at work, have facilitated two retreats, and have a system for preparing my notes, my excuses are wearing thin. Plus I received feedback from my last retreat that my energy was low. That isn't surprising news by any stretch--I tend toward that anyway, and my SparkPage is titled "The Energy To Do What Must Be Done" for a reason. But it's all evidence that I need to get back on the path. Back up on that horse.
I hate failure, but it's life. I'm learning from it.
So I've learned that I need variety and yet that I also still need routine, somehow, despite the demands of my schedule. So I'll go back to a standby: 10-minute strength workouts (frequently with Coach Nicole videos) first thing, BEFORE my coffee. I get my coffee in every day, so if I do the workout before the coffee, it happens. This works--I've proven that before.
And then I need a lot of variety, so here are some ways to get that variety in:
I have three "bootcamp" sets of videos with Coach Nicole and a set of challenging workouts I developed in March. While I used to do each set for three weeks straight (at a minimum) before rotating, I think I'll feel like I'm getting in more variety if I rotate each week. It's a four-week set, so I might even be able to set them up so I have a regular monthly rotation.
There are a lot of different kinds of cardio I can do, but I have a tendency to pick a favorite and do it to death until I'm bored with it. I need to have a lot of variety every week... if not stretching it out much further. I'll just make the longest list I possibly can and try to go through it.
***First draft of the list:***
Zumba – 1st half
Bike to work
Run/walk Olentangy trail
Bike around neighborhood
Walk across campus (lunchtime?)
Cleaning/organization project (closet, room, garage)
Zumba – 2nd half
Bike from work
Jog in place / around house
Tae Bo DVD
Guest pass @ gym – elliptical or swim
Bike Olentangy Trail
Borrow cardio DVD
Landscaping or gardening project