Long time since I’ve made time

Been a long time since I’ve made time.  I haven’t been working out consistently over the pass few months and I’ve got a few excuses (yeah, excuses…I could have made more time for working out):

I was swamped with work – I was really trying to be on top of things this terms as far as paperwork so workout time suffered at times

I got pregnant – I’m still pregnant and still trying to figure out what is o.k. and not o.k. to do.  My doctor doesn’t want me to do anything but walk and stretch even though I’m not high risk (I think she means well and is just being cautious) so I’ve been a bit defiant but as I’m coming along it is getting more difficult to do some things because I’m tired and my body is not as fit as it use to be with the changes that pregnancy brings.

I have been making notes of when I have worked out but not as detailed as before.  In my next few post I’ll have a list to cover as much of the past few months as I can find in my notes.

Biting more than I can chew

Last week I tried 2 challenges: Not having bread everyday and having a glass of water upon waking.  I realized that I’m not yet ready to handle more than one challenging goal – I was very successful with the water upon waking goal, missing only one day but had a complete failure with the no consumption of bread goal. I think I did have one or two days (probably just one) where I didn’t eat bread but I ate cake on those days so I counted that as a failure.  I will thus keep my challenge goal as just one goal.  I will make notes of when I accomplish any of the other goals that I previously set which up to this point have been:

  1. Don’t have bread everyday
  2. Drink a full bottle of water/lemon water upon waking

but they won’t be the focus of my efforts and I won’t feel bad if I don’t achieve them.

My challenge goal for this week (3rd  – 9th April) is a daily 12 hour fast.  So I’m not eating between 10:30 pm and 10:30 am.  The time is so late to accommodate my late night rehearsals after which I am always hungry.  I originally was planning for 10 pm to 10 am but last night I realized that after leaving class, stopping by the store and getting home to prepare the salad that I had, I would have had to chug the salad in order to get it in by 10.

It’s only 7:46 am and I’m already feeling the hunger pangs but I will hang in there.  There was a time when I was doing this everyday for several months so I know I can do this for a week.  Finally, since the challenge started Monday night, I will have to make sure I also wait until after 10:30 am on the Monday following this week for the final day to be counted.

More on the goal’s calendar

I was reading my previous post and realized I may not have been very clear with my calendar description.  I basically set 3 daily goals which I am to maintain for the week, not 3 individual goals to be accomplished over the 7 days.  Now that that’s clarified, I’m continuing with the same 3 goals (4 bottles of water, 2 servings of veggies and 1 fruit) but I’m adding a challenge row where I challenge myself to do something healthy – it’s not a main goal so is not set in stone when and for how long during the week I do it.

This week’s challenge is to eat less bread and pastries.  Lately I have been having bread, patties and/or pastries every day.  I’ve been really stressed at work and even though I am so aware that I eat these things for comfort most times and that they are not good for weight loss hopes, I haven’t been able to stop.  The truth is I don’t really want to stop because they taste so good to me.  Anyway, so this is my attempt at taking control and I’ve made it through one day so there’s hope.

Update – Saturday 25th

Check me out!  I went 4 days without bread!  I feel pretty accomplished because I was planning to have bread by Thursday but didn’t.  I’m pretty sure I will be having bread this entire weekend so that was my achievement for the week.  May not sound like much to some but going from bread everyday (and I’m talking like a half loaf of sliced bread) to not having any bread for 4 days straight is a huge deal to me.

I held out on pastries for 3 days.  During that time I didn’t even have store-bought cookies (despite one morning waking up thinking about Pepperidge Farm Lemon Cookies).

What’s up with March?

I’m going to aim to finish Sean Vigue’s 30 day beginner training workout this month.  That means doing at least one workout every day (as it was intended).  Let’s see if I can do it!

Next thing, I made myself a goals calendar and set 3 health goals for this week which are:

  1. Drink at least 4 bottles of water
  2. Eat at least 1 fruit
  3. Eat at least 2 servings of veggies

I’ll add a picture of the calendar soon.  It’s a pretty simple set up.  I’m going to put a sticker on my calendar for every successful goal.  This was inspired by “the whole life challenge.”  I’m not doing the whole life challenge yet but I am thinking about it.  So far I’ve been keeping up with my goals everyday.   I’m not sure if I’m going to add to the goals next week or give it a 2 week span.

That’s what’s up for now.

 

Upset with telecommunications

I never made it to the gym yesterday but I did workout at home so not a complete lost.

This morning I got up to go walking with Eunice…turns out the text came really late so she having sent and having gotten no response (considering she sent it like 20 minutes before I received it) she went ahead without me.  I’m a bit disappointed but I’m glad that she did go out and walked and that it wasn’t that she’d had a crash on her way which is what I was beginning to fear when I couldn’t reach her.  Outside of being grateful that she is ok, I’m pretty pissed off with telecommunications.

I definitely am not going to the gym this morning because I really need to be to work early today and I haven’t ironed and all of that stuff so looks like gym will be tomorrow morning. Although I feel pretty beat up, I’m going to do the next Sean Vigue workout since I’m up.

Starting from scratch?

This month has been a real struggle.  I’m finally coming to grips with the fact that I’ve allowed myself to become less active than normal and I am now paying the price as I am definitely looking and feeling very unfit, so unfit that it feels like I’m starting from scratch.

Last week was the first time I’ve been to the gym for the year 2017…how sad is that?  I am hoping however that this is going to be the start of getting back on my feet.  My effort was pretty good but it was definitely an effort…I am not sure I even made it half way through before I got tired.  I kept going though and got through the class.  I already have plans to go to the gym tomorrow after walking – hopefully the weather will corporate (this morning it was storming so we never walked).

Let’s talk about running.  I hate running.  Running hates me (at least it feels that way with the way I struggle to catch my breath and the way the spot between my shoulder blades start to hurt).  Running distances is a little better than sprinting (only slightly better) but I still hate running.  How do we learn to coexist?  I don’t know.  I just know it feels like if I do want to lose some weight I will have to incorporate the dreadful act.

 

Disappointed and a bit frustrated

It’s already Wednesday and I still haven’t got up for a morning walk this week.  Monday I woke up feeling absolutely exhausted, Tuesday I had pulled an almost all-nighter doing some work and never went to bed until around 3 so despite setting an alarm I never woke up and I don’t even know what happened this morning.  I just know I woke at around 4:20 so had missed the text from Eunice that came in at our usual 4 to say she was on her way.

Sunday evening  I felt like I would have gotten myself together this week but I’m truly disappointing myself.  Maybe it’s happening but just not as quickly as I think it should, after all, I started doing the daily battery and get ups again this week.  Maybe next week I’ll be able to add something else until I am up to the full plan.

It’s after 5 now and I really don’t feel like doing any exercise but perhaps I’ll just start with the daily battery and that will get the ball rolling, or maybe I’ll just go back to sleep for another half hour to hour or maybe I’ll get in some school work.