Day 3 of 30: Lazy Sunday

I woke up a few times last night and heard the wind pelting the house with rain every time. Around 5:30am, I couldn’t go back to sleep and tiptoed down to the couch and did a little reading until I drifted off. When I woke up – when I heard the kids moving around – it was still raining. It was one of those days: grey, windy, drizzly, eventually shifting into dark, windy, and snowy. In other words, the perfect day to curl up into the corner of the couch with a blanket and do some reading and watch TV.

I got ready for my trainer to come around 2pm, but she never did. She was on call with her regular job, so I assume that she was in the middle of work and couldn’t get away. Without out her, though, I felt uninspired to jump into a hard workout. I opted for yoga instead. It was just that kind of day.

I food journaled, had enough liquids, took my acidophilus and Vitamin D, and worked out. It’s officially a workout streak now.

The wind is still gusting, except now it’s blowing snow sideways, rather than a little rain. Guess we’ll see what we wake up to tomorrow morning. My vehicle is parked in the garage, but I don’t have winter tires on my vehicle, which will sure make driving fun tomorrow, what with slipping and sliding and dealing with other people slipping and sliding.

What do you do on dreary days?

 

 

Day 2 of 30: Consistency Will be the Key

My workout today was on the stationary bike. 5 minute warmup, 20 minutes at a moderate/hard pace, 5 minute cooldown.

I drank enough water, took my Vitamin D and acidiophilus, and recorded what I ate.

I have trouble with consistency, so meeting my goals two days in a row is…a good thing.

Tomorrow, I’ll be working out with a personal trainer, unless she has to reschedule due to her work. That will be three days in a row, which is a streak. Whether or not my personal trainer shows up, I will be working out tomorrow afternoon. I won’t leave it until 10pm like I did tonight.

Consistency is not really exciting, but it is important. Without consistency, I won’t get fitter and I’ll be kicking myself later for failing to meet my goals. I know the occasional slip-up is normal and I have to prepare myself for that. I know that I will disappoint myself and I will have to get past that feeling and the associated shame and get back to healthy living right away. I know this because I have disappointed myself over and over again over the last twenty years, and I have convinced myself, I think, that I can’t make a healthy lifestyle and weight loss permanent. Consistency may be the only way to change the belief I have that I can’t change.

 

 

Day 1 of 30: November Resolutions

This month I turn 38. It seems weird to me that I’m getting so close to¬†40 because I don’t FEEL like I’m almost 40.

Being that it’s my birthday month, I decided that I need to take care of myself, so I’m committing to blogging daily all of November to write about what I’m doing to get fitter and be healthier.

What am I doing to get fitter and healthier? My goal for this month is to be active every. single. day. Since my plantar fasciitis is still nagging, I’m sticking to the stationary bike for now for cardio, plan to increase my strength training (I’m approaching 40 – I need it) to a minimum of 2 times per week, and really want to get back to fitting yoga in on a regular basis. I’ll also be working on water consumption and food journaling, along with adding some Vitamin D and acidophilus to my diet.

Today, I didn’t food journal, but I did work out and I managed to consume more than 8 cups of water. My workout was pretty basic: 5 minute warmup, 30 minute stationary bike with 30 second hard intervals every 5 minutes, and then 5 minute cooldown.

What healthy habit do you struggle to make permanent? What healthy habit have you got down? I’m a flosser, but definitely have ups and downs related to healthy eating, drinking enough fluids, and exercising.

Tower of Terror Training: Sucking Wind

As I mentioned in my last post, my husband and I signed up for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler October 5th. Now, I haven’t been doing much running lately, but I’m really looking forward to getting back to it. I’m going to try and keep things easy and not push myself too much, as I don’t want to end up injured. That being said, my cardiovascular system has been given a lot of slack over the past year and a half, so getting back into running is definitely challenging.

The Tower of Terror training plan that I’ll be following doesn’t officially start until June 4th, but I figured it would be good to get my feet and body moving beforehand. Yesterday was a beautiful, if windy, day here in Saskatoon and since I had an extended lunch due to a patient canceling, I threw on my running gear and headed out.

The training plan recommends a 13-15 minute warm-up and then a 30 minute run every Tuesday and Thursday, so that’s what I did. A few weeks ago, I went from running 1 min/walking 1 min to running 3 min/walking 3 min. I figured run/walking 2min/2min would be okay. Um…not so much. It was SO HARD! My heart rate through the running intervals was through the roof and there may have been excessive gasping, too. I’ve been here before, though, so I know that it will get better. My legs felt tired but okay afterward. Really, my heart and lungs seemed to take the brunt of the workout. I plan to run again tomorrow and I know that it will feel (at least a little bit) easier than yesterday’s run/walk.

I’ve also been contemplating whether or not to put together some sort of costume for this race. It is Disney, after all. If you have any suggestions, through them my way!

 

Beach Reads

In less than a month, my husband and I will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary, which seems…completely crazy to me, because surely I’m not old enough to have been married for 15 years. (I’m also sure I’m not old enough to have a son turning 9 and my own dental clinic.) In any case, we’re celebrating our anniversary by going to Hawaii – specifically, Oahu – and I’m lining up some books to read on the plane over and on the beach, naturally. So far, I’ve come up with the following list, which has mostly been put together by googling “best beach reads” and “best beach reads hawaii.” I was not wanting anything too heavy, because I don’t want to think too much.

I’m still narrowing down my list, but here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • Shark Dialogues by Kiana Davenport
  • House of Many Gods: A Novel by Kiana Davenport
  • Haole Wood by Dee DeTarsioChocolate Easter Rabbit
  • Murder in Waikiki by Fred Zackel
  • The Last Aloha by Gaellen Quinn
  • Honolulu by Alan Brennert
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple
  • Wife 22: A Novel by Melanie Gideon
  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

FYI – The first 6 novels listed are based in Hawaii.

With the beach vacay looming, I’ve been feeling motivated to workout again. It’s been a week-and-a-half since I’ve really started getting back into it and I’ve been lifting weights, stationary biking, and doing yoga. I feel great that I’m getting my workouts in and I’ve already seen strength gains. I bought The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell and have been following The Get Your Body Back Workout (Phase 1). It’s basic, doable, and covers the important stuff.

Healthy eating is still going pretty well, even with it being Easter this past weekend. I restricted my chocolate ingestion to Sunday only, so I’m feeling pretty impressed with myself.

Overreaching

Remember when I said I would come home from the hockey tournament and workout? Yeah, totally didn’t happen. And I’m okay with that. Have been up since 5:20am and am so tired I’m short-tempered and somewhat incoherent, so bed is a good idea. Tomorrow morning, though, I’m totally planning to get a workout in. Unlike today’s planned-workout-that-didn’t-happen, a workout tomorrow morning is not overreaching: I’ve got a relatively open agenda and a need to relieve some stress.

 

Happy March

I woke up earlier than planned today and, in a particularly grown-up move, told myself to get out of bed and workout. So I did. It was about 4:45am when I rolled out from under my cozy covers, found the workout gear I had set aside earlier in the week but didn’t use, stumbled into the bathroom, and then headed down to the basement. By 5:30am I had made my way through a full body workout and was immensely proud of myself. I ended up being tired all day, but there was no way I was going back to sleep so at least I did something productive.

Tomorrow will be spent at a rink out-of-town, and I will likely have to leave the house around 6:30am to get there. I’m hoping to get home by 8:30pm but may not. As I’m heading to bed immediately (it’s just after 8pm here) since I was up so darn early, I’m laying out clothes just in case I’m unable to sleep all the way to when my alarm goes off. And if I don’t wake up early, I’ll have the clothes ready for a late day workout once I get home. I know I will be really low energy when I get home so it’s going to take some major self-talk tomorrow night to get onto the treadmill. I’ll let you know how it goes! I’m predicting that I will be working out much more predictably in March…