Friday, February 04, 2011
*throws confetti in the air and dances, head thrown back, laughing all the while*
I don't know about you but I am looking forward to the weekend! Not that I'm doing much exciting but seeing as it's my last quiet weekend for the month, I'm going to enjoy every bit of it.
Although on Sunday we're dropping an unexpected large amount of money on a new sofa. Ours finally bit the dust last night (it was an old Ikea one of Alan's) and there's no point in trying to repair it as it's been repaired several times already. But not only are we sofa shopping but we're also bed and mattress shopping as our mattress has also bitten the dust and we've both been complaining of sore backs over the last few months. We also need new pillows as the kinks in our necks have been increasing and our pillows are flatter than flat! In the end, though, we need them and we're going for quality items that should last us a good, loooong while.
Tomorrow is my first day doing my Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism DVD in well over a year. I dropped it in favour of NMTZ because I liked that NMTZ had more strength training and it didn't feature plyometrics. I really don't like plyometrics but I only don't like them because I find them difficult. BFBM has a mix of plyometrics, pilates, kick-boxing and good old strength-training (without weights). When I finally admitted I didn't like the DVD because I found it hard I immediately knew I was going to have to do it. I've gotten to a point in my life where I don't allow difficult things to stop me and, in fact, usually end up doing it BECAUSE it's difficult. So I'm looking at it as a challenge! I'm going to kick its butt!
And speaking of kicking butt, Alan got me, as a laugh, an Abs and Booty DVD as I keep saying I want to be reincarnated as a Brazilian woman with a great booty. So I'm going to make him do the video with me. Who knows, maybe it's actually good? Perhaps we'll check it out on Sunday!
Finally, one of the reasons I'm really on about getting this strengh training in is because I've really noticed how my lack of ab strength is affecting my back. With the excess weight in my tummy (even though it's been reduced) combined with my running and just overall everyday activity I've slowly started to notice its affects on my back. I also can't do non-modified push-ups simply because my back isn't strong enough and so I sag which causes my back to be sore for days. In other words, I'm getting to a point where I did just before I started a regular exercise routine, I'm finding a personal reason to do it. I always knew I needed to do it but I never had a good enough reason to bother, it didn't connect. But now I'm realizing it's affects on my health and my body's performance and it's becoming more and more important. So that being said, I'm starting small, just like I did with exercise, and building up. I've already carved out one day a week to devote to it exclusively but I'm going to start adding small bursts throughout my week. This starts with a plank challenge I'm joining on the Strength Training Challenges team. Currently I can just barely squeak out 30 second pulses in side plank thanks to NMTZ so my goal is to get to one minute by the end of February. I'm going to do this at least three days a week immediately after my regular workout. That's it to start. In March I may add one more to the pile and work from there!
I achieved all of my goals yesterday, I tracked both my food and money, I finished up my questionnaire, I searched for my chequebook (but to no avail, where the heck did I put it?!) and I did some great brainstorming for my business' webpage!
- 60 minutes elliptical with 30 second side planks.
- Send out questionnaires.
- Work on website content.
And I'm also going to post goals for tomorrow, if I achieve them tomorrow I can relax with some wine!
- Track food/spending
- Do Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism
- Practice Presentation
- Clean bathroom and clean out fridge