Showing posts from July 8, 2012

The Plan

I am a firm believer in signs and the universe and karma and all whatever you want to call it. While I believe some things are worth fighting for, I also believe that things you are supposed to have/be will be the easiest path open to you. I'm not sure that makes sense, but I fought hard to get into and through teacher education, yet a job dropped into my lap before I graduated. See? It was hard but the easiest path. I also believe that you have to find what works for you. What works for one person will not work for everyone, yeah, I hate that whole one size fits all. I also hate when there's a program of some sort, workout or eating, how the person promoting it says you have to follow it exactly. Really? If I don't run every other day for 6 weeks I won't be able to complete a 5k?? I think you may be exaggerating a little bit. Everything in moderation.

With all that in mind, a few weeks ago I tried to go vegan. I could not do it. I found that by going a couple of…

Being realistic or fooling myself

It's hard to decide sometime. I have been telling myself that I'm working on my thesis and that's why I haven't been as motivated to work out. That is true to a large extent but it's not the complete truth. I have been working on my thesis, that absolutely, positively must get finished within the next few days, but I have not been working on it so much I could not exercise. I have been using it as an excuse to not exercise if I didn't feel like it. The truth of the matter is, I must spend 4-5 hours a day on Facebook and playing games. I don't do it all at once, but I'll jump on for 20 minutes here, 30 minutes there; oh, I need a short break, let me play a game; I'm waiting for XXX so let me play a game; I can't find what I'm looking for, let me play a game. The next thing you know I've been playing games all day and not only have I not worked out, I haven't gotten as much of my thesis done as I'd hoped to. So I think we I have a…

Not as far off the mark as I thought

Since school ended - 2 weeks ago - I feel like I've been spending a lot of time doing nothing. I have been finishing up my thesis and working on lesson plans for the new year, so that means a whole lot of time spent on my butt in front of the computer. I've been working out but it doesn't feel like it's as much activity as I normally get. But I'm wrong. Turns out I'm almost hitting my target burn everyday. Right, well almost really isn't good enough, but in this case I thought it was much worse so it is good enough. My target is 2350 a day and I've been hitting 2100 or 2200. Not bad. Not great, but definitely not bad. Just a little push and I could be making my burn every day.

Now food is another story. I haven't been eating a lot, just not great stuff. I really wanted to go completely plant based and I just can't do it. I don't know what it is, maybe it's all in my head, but two days of no meat and I literally can not get enough…

I did a handstand

This is kind of what I looked like, though that is not me. I was a little closer to the wall and I held it for about 40 seconds. Awesome!!! I've been doing the Designer Whey Summer Shape-up Challenge and I am so enjoying it. Monday was a lower body workout. Tuesday was upper body. Today was cardio and core. It was provided by an MMA trainer and it was strange but I liked it. There were a lot of planks and sit-up type things, along with turkish get-ups, wall sits, and handstands. As I watched the workout video I thought there was no way I could pull this one off. It looked hard. And it was, but I decided to give it a go and I did it. The only move I could not do was the elbow - heel bridge. You rest on your elbows and heels, with legs straight, and raise yourself up. Yeah....not so much. I could only get about an inch or two off the ground and could only hold it for a couple of seconds. But hey, everyone has to start somewhere. But I was most excited about the handstand. I ha…

I need a program

I know myself well enough to know that I need a program. Some people can wake up everyday and think, what will I do today? I can not. If I do that nothing gets done. If fact, in almost all areas of my life I work better if I have a list. If I sit and make a list before I go to bed at night, the next day is usually much more productive. If I wake up and have to figure out what to do - forget about it....nothing and I mean nothing, gets done.

With that in mind, my workouts have been haphazard at best. I like the whole Tabata training thing but I only had one workout for that. Either I would need to do the same workout day after day or I would need to make up my own. Can you guess what would happen? That's right. Nothing. I saw a commercial for P90X last night and really considered getting it. Then it hit me why I wanted it so bad. It tells you what do for 90 days!!! 90 days of not having to think what to do!!! 90 days of having your workout planned for you. That is extremely app…