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Getting re-acquainted with the horse

Saturday, August 15, 2009

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.
. emoticon. In January, she did another bootcamp, and this time I added cardio 3-4 days a week.
emoticon 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
Treadmill walk
Jump rope
Rowing machine
Run/walk Olentangy trail
Bike around neighborhood
Turn compost
Walk across campus (lunchtime?)
Cleaning/organization project (closet, room, garage)
Zumba – 2nd half
Bike from work
Jog in place / around house
Run/walk stairs
Tae Bo DVD
Guest pass @ gym – elliptical or swim
Bike Olentangy Trail
Borrow cardio DVD
Run/walk neighborhood
Landscaping or gardening project
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  • STEFFI264
    frustrating yes
    impossible no but the momentum has to be redirected
    take a couple of changes just for one day.
    not the whole shebang... just a few and say you'll try
    it's like a muscle ... once you flex it and can handle that , it will get stronger

    I call it acting your way into right thinking
    if you wait until you "want to do it" it may never happen.

    Take those few changes and do it because today it is the right thing to do for your health ... or do it for me ... or for a silly reason.
    just commit to one day
    the rest of your life is too much for us to tackle.
    then we'll talk tomorrow -- yes?
    3170 days ago
    Thanks, Steffi. What you say is true. It's frustrating to be in this place with all this knowledge, knowing I've accomplished so much, and yet not doing what I know is right to do. Every moment offers me the choice to move forward or back. My psyche is just divided on which direction to go.
    3173 days ago
  • STEFFI264
    you didn't lose everything you learned along the way...just quit trying.
    It takes determination to keep going and at times our stamina and willpower take a dip
    You didn't lose all your fitness --all you did was gain some weight
    you can start over today if you want

    3174 days ago
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