I have been a bad Sparker; at least when it comes to checking in with my Spark friends and updating my activities. Life has been busy but I know that isnít an excuse since everyoneís lives are busy. Iím no exception and Iím not going to use it as an excuse.
The truth of the matter is, I kind of needed a break. Not just from Spark but from a lot of things. We seem to go at Mach-speed at times and feel the need to keep up with EVERYTHING and honestly, sometimes I just need a break from a few things to give myself some breathing room. Iíve still been logging in everyday; I still exercise most every day and I still try to eat clean but I felt like I needed some space. Part of it Iím sure is my normal funk I get into this time of year. Cycling season has dwindled down and that is a huge social outlet for me during the warm months. The time change is tough on me as I am definitely one of those who need light. Itís not to the point I need medication or anything like that, but it does affect me to the point I just want to hibernate. I know Iím not alone though and itís temporary but itís still an adjustment every year.
So now that Iíve decided to refocus some areas of my life, one of my first steps is to reignite my Spark and get some thoughts and goals down on paper.
A few updates first. My new job is still going well. I love working downtown and really enjoy the work as well as the people. Itís a positive place to be and since I still hear about the rough times my former co-workers are going through, this was definitely the right move for me at the right time. I feel very lucky to have found this position at this company and look forward to coming to work each and every day.
Work on my house is continuing to get it ready to sell next spring. Iíve been painting rooms left and right as well as cleaning closets and drawers and working through my list. Iíve met with a cleaning lady who it going to visit once a month for now but more frequent when the house is on the market. Iím excited and nervous all at the same time. I havenít moved in 22 years and Iím ready for a new place and potentially a new lifestyle. Iím tired of the suburbs and am looking forward to a more urban atmosphere and the opportunity to meet other empty nesters. Thatís my hope anyway.
Iím still ďteachingĒ Spin twice a week at a gym near my home. They had started the morning classes in June (not the best timing) and because attendance was low during the summer, they decided to put them on hold at the end of August. I was just starting to get some regulars and when I announced the change, one gal looked at me and said ďbut youíre still going to come in and do this right?Ē Well, how could I say no to that?
I wasnít termed by the gym and still getting my membership for free so I donít mind at all. I actually have some flexibility I wouldnít have if it was a scheduled class. First of all, I can do a 45 minute profile if I want instead of 60 minutes and if Iím just not feeling up to it for some reason, I can cancel and not worry about my job or finding a sub. I havenít done that often but itís nice to have the option. I send a text to my regulars to make sure they are coming the night before and so far itís worked out. I can sub when I want to get paid for a class and my teaching skills are still up to par even though things are more relaxed with my group.
Now for my goals. Other than the on-going list of things to do to the house, itís time to get back to focusing on my fitness goals. Iíve really struggled with finding time for strength training this summer and this isnít anything new. I do miss having a fitness center I can visit on-site at work since it made lunchtime workouts extremely convenient. I tried joining a gym near work that I could get to at lunch but due to the nature of my job, it just hasnít worked out that I can get there so I am dropping it. Iíve given it some thought of getting back into a morning routine since I am already at the gym two mornings a week but somehow just canít make that happen either. I enjoy classes and they donít have any strength classes at 6:00am. So here is my plan and my goals:
Monday evening Ė Yoga (love the instructor and it feels so good after the weekend and incorporates strength training)
Tuesday morning Ė Spin
Wednesday morning/evening Ė exercise at home, there are plenty of things to do and Spark videos are first on the list. Focus will be on strength training.
Thursday morning Ė Spin
Friday morning/evening Ė exercise at home; again Spark videos are great!
Saturday morning Ė Cardio Resistance Training Class (strength training)
Sunday morning Ė Spin class and/or Barbell Class (depending on CRT on Saturday)
Walking at lunch during the week when the weather is accommodating! I have a walking buddy so that makes it nice! This mix should serve me well both for cardio and strength training so Iíll be ready for cycling season in the spring!
I read an article over the weekend in Shape magazine about getting our habits in place. Iím sure everyone has heard the phrase that it takes 21 days to make a habit. This article stated that it really takes about three times that long or closer to 66 days! So that is my goal Ė to do 66 days of at least 30 minutes of exercise and I started yesterday. Iíve marked my calendar and 66 days is January 16. This will take me through the holidays and keep me on track. I know there will be days I donít feel like it but even walking the dog is considered exercise and she loves it too.
So my focus is back and Iím ready for the next 66 days! Mostly because those will become 365Ö