Where is that wagon, anyway?
Friday, April 01, 2011
I can't say I've fallen off of the wagon, because I don't think I was ever on it.
Some people lose weight when they are stressed, but I am the opposite. In the past few months, I've gone through a move, a continuing lawsuit, working my butt off at work, planning an out of state trip for 20 people, and lots more. When I get stressed, I get sick; I get sick and I eat.
Last week, I went to the doctor after being sick the entire previous week. I had a severe sinus infection and both ears were infected. Exactly one month prior, I had flu symptoms that included a 102 fever and another ear infection. I was sick a few months before that as well.
I haven't worked out since January. The last time I worked out was at our old apartment. We were snowed in, and the office was closed. I took advantage of the situation by working out. The following day we were also snowed in, but our apartment flooded septic water. (Lovely, right?) We spent the next 6 weeks spending all of our free time looking for a new place to live, packing, and moving. The next few weeks were spent unpacking (and we're still not done).
It was an upwards move from an apartment into a house, but that also meant we had to move further away from the city to be able to afford a place as nice. My commute to work is now 40 minutes instead of 20. By the time I get home, it is late and I am exhausted and starving. As a result, my husband and I have been eating out a lot, and I've gained weight.
I used to work out when I got home from work. I could eat a light snack before leaving work, and that would tide me over for my workout and a late dinner. But now I get in so late, and I am so tired I have lost the motivation to work out.
So I try not to be TOO hard on myself with everything I have been dealing with. Yet, I know that I need to change, and I can't wait for life to calm down before I do that.
I now know that I am going to have to start going to bed early so that I can get up early and work out. I am not a morning person in any sense of the word, and I cherish every minute I get to stay in bed in the mornings. That is going to have to change.
I have also been wanting a bike for years. There is an amazing bicycle trail not too far from where we live. I just need to be able to afford a bike (I'm looking at used mountain bikes on Craigslist) and a bike rack for my little sedan. The weather will be nice soon, and I'd love to return to my favorite childhood exercise and enjoy the outdoors.
A few months ago, I bought a month of kickboxing classes at a gym from Groupon. I have the better part of a year before the coupon expires, but I was hoping to be physically able to take the classes by May/June. I've been doing shadowboxing/kickboxing for years now, with Turbo Jam, Gold's Gym Cardio Workout (Boxing for Wii), and cardio kickboxing classes at the gym. This kickboxing class is a REAL kickboxing class, with personal instructors and punching bags and everything. I was always the largest girl in my kickboxing class at the gym (before the instructor left and they put a personal trainer in her place that didn't know the first thing about choreographing kickboxing moves), but I was still able to keep up. I wouldn't want to fall out in the middle of the hardcore class, and I wouldn't want to be so sore that I couldn't walk for a week so that I could get the most out of the coupon and go to class at least couple of times a week.
I'm going to put all of these goals on the sidebar of my profile so I don't forget.
*Get up early for morning workouts
*Eat out less (1x per week for lunch and 1x per week for dinner)
*Get a bike and start riding again
*Get into shape for kickboxing class