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Thinking of a New Schedule

Well, it’s been a while but it IS that time of year where things go crazy! I hope y’all had lovely Thanksgivings and are enjoying the start of the holiday season!

For a while I’ve been in a regular routine:
Zumba on Monday evenings (with the occasional Monday morning Spin)
PT on Tuesday evenings
Spin on Wednesday evenings
Spin and PT on Friday mornings

Well, folks, that’s all about to change and it’s freaking me out but kind of exciting me. See, my office is moving to a land far, far away in less than 2 weeks. Ok, not really far, far away but it will increase my commute quite a bit and make it hard for me to get to certain classes in the gym with a new work schedule I’ll be starting. I’m keeping my PT times and Friday morning Spin but I don’t know what I’m doing about Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays yet. I believe I’ll be going to Spin on Monday mornings but attendance is so low there lately, it wouldn’t surprise me if that class was canceled. I thought I’d keep up Spin on Wednesday nights but that will require a lot of back and forth driving later in the day and I have to be up early on Thursdays. Add to this that I will start my half marathon training after the first of the year and I’ll have to give up some classes so I can make sure I’m getting my runs in. So….I’m planning to use the second half of December to play with my schedule and see how things work out. I’m nervous because I’ve been great about getting to my gym and it keeps me accountable (I’m not a good solo worker outer anymore). But I’m kind of excited because lately, going to the gym has seemed harder and I think that’s a sign I need a new routine to renew my excitement and passion for working out. I also think it may contribute to breaking through my weight loss plateau.

Stay tuned!

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Monday Thoughts

I woke up early this morning to get to the gym for a 5:30a Spin class. Monday mornings are so much harder than Friday mornings even though I go to bed about the same time. But I was up and at ’em in the dark and the cold. Tonight I’ll head back to the gym for PT and Zumba. This morning as I was getting ready for work I started thinking about my office’s upcoming move to Rockville. If you don’t know, that move is going to increase my commute from 15 minutes (with no traffic) to about 40 minutes (with no traffic). That’s not too bad in the mornings but the afternoons? There’s always traffic. So it’ll likely be a hour to get home. Fortunately, my guy lives 5 minutes from my new office. And actually, I could probably walk to it in 10 minutes. But…my gym and my trainer are staying put. So…I’ve got to start making some schedule changes. Currently, I’m at the gym 2 mornings a week between 5:30a to 6:30 or 7a and 3 nights a week with my times ranging from 5:30p to 8:15p (not that whole time every night). So…if I’m going to be working 40 minutes or more from my gym, I need to change something. I believe I’m changing my work hours a bit but not every day. I think the one thing I’ve decided is that my Zumba class is going to have to go. I love Spin more than Zumba and I get a better workout. Plus, if I’m going to be meeting my trainer at 5:30p on Tuesdays still, I’m going to have to leave work earlier on Tuesdays, which means an earlier start, which means I don’t want to be at the gym until 7p and have no evening time before bed. I haven’t figured the rest of my week out yet but I’m going to try to do that this week and come to terms with the fact that my cozy little HoCo life is changing. See…in 6 months, I’m moving out of my current apartment and more than likely, I’m moving out of HoCo, which means I’m going to be leaving my gym and my trainer. I think I’lll stick with both as long as I can because well…I have a half marathon in six months and I’m going to need that for training. So…a lot is tumbling around in my brain this morning but it’ll all work itself out…I just gotta keep my eye on all the good the future will bring me.

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Learning to Live with a Rest Day

The last couple of weeks I’ve felt a little soreness in my right gluteus minimus. I’ve been paying attention to it but probably not as much as I should. Well, Tuesday at PT, I did some one legged squats. Clearly, that was not smart. Tuesday night I was rolling around on the couch and floor in some major pain. I pulled that muscle. It was a bit swollen and Tuesday night into Wednesday afternoon I was in barely walkable kind of pain. It’s still sore and I’m still treating it nicely but I’m back to working out on it. I hate injuries. They force an unplanned rest day. See, I planned my rest day for Thursday. This injury forced Wednesday and Thursday to be rest days. I also had to take it easy this morning. We had to cut out glute work in PT and I had to resist too much standing and adding too much resistance in Spin.

I have a hard time with unplanned rest days. I appreciate a rest day and I understand the importance, but I don’t like having my plans knocked out of whack. I don’t like knowing I need to step it up on Sunday to make up for missing Wednesday. I don’t like feeling guilty when I’m not working out. But…clearly my body demanded rest. I’m so entrenched in my routine that when my weekday evening Monday through Wednesday doesn’t include the gym, I feel major guilt. That’s great for meeting planned workouts, not so great when I have to rest unexpectedly. I have to learn to appreciate a rest day even when it isn’t planned. I have to learn to embrace a workout on a day I don’t normally (or want) to exercise.

High Five for Friday

I’m linking up with Lauren for H54F.

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I’m copying my good friend over at Thirty-Something Lindy‘s idea from last week to make a collage for my H54F this week.

 PicMonkey Collage

1. My man and I made some lists for things we want to do together sooner and later in life. He’s the best. 2. I spent two evenings reading a book, which I rarely do anymore. It was glorious. I got a new book on my Kindle last night so more reading in my future! 3. My guy came over on Wednesday before I went to class and before I got home he left little notes all over for me to find. Did I mention he’s the best? 4. The storm/rain rolled in last night and all day yesterday the clouds were being crazy. Check these out from early morning! 5. National Doughnut Day! So a free doughnut from Dunkin. I rarely get doughnuts. They’re not worth the calories to me but when it’s free and it has sprinkles and I’ve been good all week, twist my arm!

How has your week been?

It’s OK Thursday

I’m linking up again! Go check out It’s Ok Thursday from Brunch with Amber and A Complete Waste of Make-Up and link up, too!

Its Ok Thursdays

It’s OK….

…to not be the fastest person, as long as you finish.

…to want to skip all workdays and only want a week made of Saturdays and Sundays.

…to stare at your new muscle tone in the mirror every evening.

…to have your obsession with Cowboy Troy renewed (even if your first obsession was weird to everyone else).

…to let your favorite person help you carry your burdens (literally and figuratively).

…to have 3 calendars you update to keep yourself organized.

…to be excited to have your family welcome you in no matter how late you might get in.

What’s ok with you? Link up!

Tracking Calories In/Out

So most of you know that I track calories in and out over on MyFitnessPal. Well, lately, I’ve grown bored doing it every week day so I end up not tracking on weekends when I need it most. I tried this past week to not track a couple of days during the week but I have a hard time not tracking. Or I’ll start and then remember I wasn’t going to that day. But again, by the weekend, I was sick of it. I thought this morning I wouldn’t track all this week but I was tracking this morning. And now I have a hard time not finishing out the day when it’s going well. Does that make sense?

I’m a planner by nature. I need to know what I’m taking in for the day (or have a good idea), otherwise, I don’t do well with eating. So what do I do? Tracking works but only for so long. Planning works, as long as a wrench isn’t thrown into my plans. How do I get better without tracking some days and just make better choices on a more consistent basis? Any ideas or suggestions? I’m all ears!

Cooking Up a Storm Sunday

Yesterday I planned out my meals and did a lot of grocery shopping. Today I did a lot of cooking.

I decided to start by making skillet lasagna to keep for meals later this week:

Looks terrible, tastes amazing

Looks terrible, tastes amazing

Then I made coconut oatmeal cookies:

coconut oatmeal cookies

Then I made lunch…Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges and Coconut Chicken Nuggets.

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I linked to the recipes for my lunch today. I’ll share the other recipes later this week. Stay tuned and happy Sunday!

Ch-ch-changes

Happy Monday! If you’re like me, this is your first full week back to work since before Christmas. It’s gonna be a looooong week. So we need something cute and happy to look at, right?

There, there. It's just a Monday.

There, there. It’s just a Monday.

Ok, now that we’re all smiling how about an update on where my fitness goals are this year? I’m not one to set resolutions. I know myself and I know I don’t stick to them. So I set goals for myself. Don’t ask me to explain the difference…just humor me. I’ve decided 2013 is going to be the year I get fit and I get healthy. So I’m working on my eating in terms of cleaning it up and really watching what I eat and be mindful about how “clean” something is. I’m trying to stay away from processed foods. Not just because processed foods aren’t great for you for all the many reasons that are out there, but because I know so many processed foods are my trigger foods (think cheetos, chips and salsa, cookies). So if I just try to avoid them most days out of the week, I think I’ll be meeting my goal. I’ve also decided to make some pretty big fitness committments this year.

1. Recommitting to the plank-a-day. I normally do some sort of plank 3 days a week through classes and my own workouts. But I’ve set up a new app to ask me every day if I planked the previous day. I don’t like saying no and seeing my chain break. So I’ve planked every day in 2013 thus far. I’m not consistently improving yet as I took about 2 weeks off from any sort of exercise so I’m confident once I get my core strength back, it’ll come.

2. Building up to 100 squats in a day/60 seconds of squats every day. Ok, so here’s what happened. On December 31 I decided I wanted to do 60 seconds of squats every day in January. But then on January 1, a Facebook friend started a squat-a-thon where we do squats every day building up to 100 in one day. We started with 20 squats on January 1 and have increased by 5 each day so today is 50 squats. They don’t have to be all at once, just a total of 50 in a day. Well, at first, I was able to get my numbers in while I was doing a minute of squats but I could only manage 40 squats in one minute. So until I hit the 100 squats day, I’m focusing on the squat-a-thon. This is why if you look at my Workout Log, you see some inconsistency in how I’m logging my squats. Once I finish with January squats, I’m likely going to make February another exercise. I’m thinking push-ups but we’ll see… Ideas for me?

3. Personal training. I thought long and hard about this one. I love my Barre Fusion instructor and finally decided when I went to class last Thursday that I was going to ask her to do personal training with me. So I go for my consult tomorrow night and then next week I’ll start doing 2 30-minute sessions a week. I’m really excited about this endeavor. I think it’ll be great for me to have someone to push me now that I don’t have my Curves ladies pushing me. But I also think it’ll be great to have some personal attention in watching my form. I know it’ll be tough, but I can do it.

So…my fitness each week will look something like this:
Monday – personal training session, Zumba
Tuesday – kickboxing, Barre Fusion
Wednesday – Zumba toning
Thursday – personal training session, Barre Fusion
Saturday/Sunday – something active: light upper body work one day, walks (either short walk on the treadmill when it’s too cold or walk outside)

I know it looks ambitious but I’ve been relatively consistent with my working out for a while and I’ve been building up to this over the last few months. I need to commit in my head and my calendar. I’m allowing myself to rest on Fridays and be flexible on the weekends. I can be flexible during the week (with the exception of the training sessions unless I can’t avoid it), but I’d really like to stick with my plan for a while before I start deviating from it. Otherwise, I’ll never get in a good habit and honestly, right now, nothing is more important to me than my health and how I feel about myself.

What are your 2013 fitness goals? I think it’d be awesome if you wanted to join me in the plank-a-day and/or the squats. I’d love to hear how y’all are doing with them and/or with your own fitness goals.

 

Tools and Apps

If you’re like me, you have tried a lot of different tools and apps to keep yourself motivated to move and eat right. I thought I’d share what I’ve tried and what I think about some of the tools/apps I’m currently using.

Fitbit

Although mine is pink inside

Y’all know I love the Fitbit. It’s probably my favorite tool at the moment. I’ve had it since the beginning of 2012 and I use it daily. It really keeps me in check with getting steps and stairs in my day. I use the website to track my progress. For a while I was tracking my food here but since I joined Weight Watchers, I haven’t tracked there. But overall, I’d say it’s a great food tracker. I enjoyed it more than I have other online food tracking sites I’ve tried in the past. This is a great tool if you’re inspired and motivated by seeing your progress. You can see more of my thoughts on the Fitbit here, here, and here.

Weight Watchers Mobile Apps and Online Tracking

The mobile app

I joined Weight Watchers online at the beginning of September. It’s taking some getting used to in terms of tracking and eating right, but I like it. It really appeals to me though because I use the Mobile apps–to track my food/exercise and to scan the barcodes to get the point values without using the calculator or looking them up.

Slimkicker.com

Slimkicker is a new online site I’ve started using. I haven’t used it to track food since I don’t want to track more than one place but I’ve used it to track my exercise and I’m exploring the challenges I can join. Basically, you set up your own healthy challenges and when you reach certain goals, it reminds you to reward yourself. My current reward I’m working towards is purchasing a song download. Small but really rewarding.

This is a snapshot of part of my dashboard:

The challenge I’m currently participating in is “No snacking after dinner.” This is really difficult for me, particularly when I work out late. I tend to eat a small meal when I get home from a late workout but then I always want something small after that about a hour later. Well, that means I’m eating something at almost 9:30 or 10pm and that is not an ideal situation. From what I’ve seen so far the challenges are easier to participate in than what I’ve found on Weight Watchers or other eating/fitness tracking sites.

Others I’ve tried but I’m not currently using:

I’ve tried Spark People. I never really got the hang of this site. It was interactive to some degree but I didn’t like the tracker capability. And after a while I got bored and it stopped motivating me. I have also used Livestrong (or the Daily Plate as it was called when I first started using it) in the past and I really liked this site. I stopped using it mainly because I found other sites that I invested in (Fitbit, Weight Watchers) and it seemed too duplicative. However, I kept my account because I like to go there sometimes to analyze recipes for nutritional value.

I’m baaaack!

Well, hello! And if you’re still out there…thank goodness!

I took quite a haitus (August 6, anyone?) and to be honest, I didn’t think I was coming back to the blogging world. Let me explain a little bit of what has been going on in my world.

I did a lot of traveling for work this summer and my blog posts were starting to wane because I was starting to wane a little in my feeling fit. Then a few days after my last post, my grandfather passed away…somewhat unexpectedly. I went home to my family for a week and then came back to do a lot more travel for work. Not long after my last work trip, my mom and aunt came up to visit and that brings me to this week. I’ve done a lot of soul searching over the last few months and I’ve been slowly chipping away at the last bit of doubt in my head that I can be who I want to be in terms of health and fitness and baking. You may recall that this blog is about balancing health/fitness and baking, right? 🙂

Well, in September I joined Weight Watchers and I’ve lost a little bit of weight since I joined but it’s mainly been weight that I had gained back from weight that I’d originally lost. See, as of June I’d lost 22 pounds since February and then I gained back 3 pounds. Not bad but I wasn’t continuing to lose either. I’m not at 22.5 pounds lost again. Woohoo! But what was working so well for me this spring was being accountable and finding purpose in what I was doing. I lost track along the way because life got in the way.

Well, I’ve figured out my goals to get me to the end of the year and I feel re-energized and re-committed. While I’m starting this week on some things, next week is the true reset button. I hate to be one of those people who says, “It starts next week” but I’m leaving Friday morning for TN to go see the nieces and nephews and well, I can be healthy down there but I can’t do some of the things I normally would. What am I planning on doing?

  • Planning my lunches/dinners for the week. I definitely need to plan my lunches for the work week. More often than not I end up eating out or eating something that isn’t all together unhealthy but it isn’t very nutritious. Since I’ll be out a little later in the evening a few nights a week due to working out, I need to plan wholesome meals to eat when I get home so I don’t eat random things for 30 minutes.
  • Twice a week get up early to do yoga or pilates. I did these a lot in college and grad school and I miss them. I think they’ll help with my hip and back pain I’ve been experiencing as of late.
  • I’m joining a new gym (but not leaving Curves) so I can continue taking the fitness classes I bought a Groupon for that are soon to run out. I’ve really enjoyed Zumba, Kickboxing, and particularly Barre Fusion. I want to keep them up 2-3 times a week.
  • Overall push my workouts to be better, stronger, and just outside of my comfort zone.

I also plan on getting back on this blog! Even if no one listened, it helped me. So over the next couple of weeks I plan to get the workout page updated and start sharing some of my Boot/Bootie Camps (I’ve kept those up) that haven’t been shared and just get back on track in general.

So I hope you’re still out there and remember: