Hi there, I haven't been around as much lately since I joined the New Horizons music program at OU. It's a blast, but sadly I had to drop the upright bass/orchestra section. It was just too difficult, trying to learn a new instrument AND jazz numbers for the guitar. I'm still doing the Jazz Ensemble, and I may even become a decent guitar player (someday)
The key is (big surprise) consistency, just like diet and exercise. I need to practice daily, consistently, in order to learn and play these songs. I've never played jazz before, so this is a totally new experience for me. I am learning alot, pushing myself on the guitar and music theory more than ever. That's the ticket.
And now it's time to push myself harder on the dieting part. Yep, it's a terrible time of the year to even TRY to diet, and I'm not very good at saying "No" to the yummy treats that find their way into my workspace. So, my strategy for November is this: limit the AMOUNT of yummy treats to just 1 or 2 SMALL ones, and consistently follow a healthy and low-cal eating plan the rest of the day. I figure that I won't be able to say no to ALL yummy treats, but if I can hold it down instead of eating everything in sight, that's a good plan. And of course, with the extra treats it's even MORE important to eat smaller, healthier meals the rest of the time.
As for exercise, well now I've got my Thursday nights back, so there's no reason NOT to run 3 times a week, and throw in some weight training 2 other days. I can get back into Coach Nicole's 28-Day Bootcamp DVD, or even hit the gym on, say, Wed & Sundays. And I'm proud to announce that I ran the Kramer 5K on Saturday in 34:28, which is about 1 1/2 minutes FASTER than last years!
One of my New Years goals was to increase my running speed to 6mhp, and I'm definitely making progress!
But with just 2 months left in the year, I really need to be pushing it!