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I think I have tried to write like 10 times in the past few weeks.

The last two weekends have been packed – all with wonderful things. A girl’s day/night of truffle making, dinner and sleep-over, dinner with the in-laws, a beach day in Maine, dinner with husband, my bestie, and her husband, a pool day at a friend’s, including their 3 year old and almost 1 year old who were the sweetest little girls ever, and a serious cleaning and grocery shopping day. I just feel so content, so much so, I’m almost nervous the rug will be pulled out from under me.

Yesterday I ate an entire pineapple. (And no that’s not part of my eating healthy plan…or any eating healthy plan for that matter.) I don’t know what happened. I blame it on having canned pineapple as a kid –now the real deal is so darn delicious in comparison. Anyway, I was cutting it up and of course every few cuts I would eat a piece. Then I put it away in the fridge. Then I went back for a handful of chunks. Then I went back and made a big bowl and topped it with whipped cream. (Genius idea.) Then finally, an hour or so after that, I finished it off. One whole pineapple in my belly. I don’t recommend it. Yet, I do wish I had pineapple right now!

The Husband is doing a power lifting competition in the next few months. He is following a pretty particular diet because of it, which is fine, I will of course be supportive. However, because of poor planning he keeps ending up in scenarios where we are in restaurants with friends (this happened twice in a row last week) where he gets so hungry he goes completely silent and legit can’t be part of the conversation until he eats. It makes me want to hit him over the head with snacks.

I was all motivated this morning to get to the gym, eat healthy and focus this week. And then I got to the gym and got so nauseous during my workout I actually had to stop. (I think it may have been my last antibiotic taken at 5:45am, hey at least my UTI is gone!) Then I realized I have dinner out tonight with friends, dinner out on Wednesday night with coworkers and my old boss, on Friday the Husband and I are meeting friends for the Jason Aldean concert at Fenway, on Saturday we’re spending the day with my bestie and her husband, and on Sunday we have dinner with my in-laws. Oh and I get my period on Thursday, cravings have already started. In other words, I can make the healthiest choices possible this week, but I can’t control it all.

We watched the movie Side Effects last night. In some ways it was predictable, and reminded me of Primal Fear. I think my years of SVU, CSI, NCIS, Cold Case, Blue Bloods, Rookie Blue and more have finally made mystery thrillers not that great. Pretty much just guess the most disturbing ending, and you’re right.

I just started to read “And The Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini and within 30 pages I was hooked. I am actually looking forward to reading before bed tonight. It’ll be good to take a break from reading blogs and crushing candy (do not download candy crush) to read a real book.

Speaking of reading, I miss Google Reader. A lot. I still get a few favorite blogs via email, and now the rest are via Feed.ly which is OK. It’s just not the same though.

So I have a childhood friend, who was actually one of my bridesmaids who still lives in NY, who I talk to every single day. Usually via emails and/or texts but if a 24 hour period goes by and we haven’t talked – one of us is usually worried asking the other if their OK. Yet, I haven’t seen her since my wedding. It’s crazy how distance can be hard, but really it’s all about putting effort into friendships. She knows just as much, if not more than anyone about my life.

As much as I have baby fever, I’ve hit this strange point where I think the Husband and I want to wait a little longer before expanding our family. In reality, we’ve only been together for about 2 and a half years, and married for a little over 7 months. We’re thinking we’ll spend a lot of time together doing some things we have wanted to for a while – like a week-long trip to Arizona this Fall, and a few Caribbean vacations soon after – before talking about trying. We’ve been having so much fun lately, spontaneous fun especially, that I want to keep it just the two of us for a little while longer. Plus I want to grow more as husband and wife before baby (or babies) come into the picture and really make sure we put our relationship a priority, now, and after babies. I won’t lie though, I sure do wish I could go on maternity leave sooner.

And lunch is over. Time for coffee and work. Meh.

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If I could list my current goals, and what’s really important to me right now and would make me happy, I would say I want to:

  • Lose weight, be more active and get fit
  • Start swimming again
  • Spend more quality time with my husband, family, and friends
  • Cook and prepare healthy meals
  • Get consistent good night’s sleep
  • Spend more time outside in fresh, sunny, spring air
  • Read more books
  • Clean, organize, and toss old crap out of our apartment
  • Travel or take fun day-trips
  • Write my wedding thank you cards (seriously, I need to get on this even though I don’t want to)

So here’s the thing. I could easily focus on each one specifically, the way I did with working out last month. But when I started to really think about how I could accomplish all of these goals and what the biggest obstacle might be to them – they share one major culprit.

The TV.

In the last year or so I have become seriously addicted to the TV. Sometimes I feel like I have no free time, but really I do, I just waste it on TV.

On mornings I don’t go to the gym, I watch TV while getting ready. On week nights that I don’t have plans, as soon as I walk in the door I turn the TV on. Sometimes this is as early as 6 or 6:30pm. Meaning I watch TV, while sort of cooking, or maybe throwing in laundry or loading the dishwasher – until about 10pm. On weekends, I’ve spent hours watching various series or catching up on my DVR.

Most days I’m watching a minimum of 2 hours of TV. But more likely, it’s about 4 hours. Four hours where I’m not outside, I’m not reading a book, I’m not engaging in conversation, I’m staying up past my bedtime and usually, I’m mindlessly eating. Twenty-eight hours or more a week.

TV has become something I look forward to at night. It’s an easy go-to when the husband and I have dinner and want to relax for the night on the couch.

What made me finally realize this? This past Monday I planned on seeing a few friends for dinner. They picked 7:30pm, a couple of hours after I usually get out of work. I was immediately anxious at the late time – that would mean I wouldn’t get home until around 10pm. But what was I anxious about? The Husband was busy too, all I had to do when I got home was pack up my work bag for the following day and since our dinner location was right near my office I would just have to kill some time (not enough time to commute home). I’d already gone to the gym in the morning so in the end, I decided I really wanted to spend time with them so I bought a book and read it in the nearby hotel lobby until it was dinner time.

It was amazing. Not only was the book incredible, but sitting there, relaxing and being fully engrossed in a book was something I haven’t done in months. Dinner with the girls was fun too – a chance to catch-up, relax and laugh with each other. I was home around 10 and in bed around 10:30. Perfect.

The more I think about it, the more I know that with fewer hours of TV a day, I’ll be removing a huge barrier in accomplishing my goals. So for the rest of May I’m going to try something. Something that I bet some people will say, no big deal – easily done, but others, who are currently like me, will realize… crap, only one favorite show a day?

One hour of TV a day. Max.

Let’s see how tonight goes…

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Looking back at April Power: Week one, Week two, Week three, Week four

  • Week one workout time: 4.59 hours
  • Week two workout time: 5.75 hours
  • Week three workout time: 3 hours
  • Week four workout time: 4.25 hours
  • Week five (2 days)* workout time: 2 hours

Total work out days: 21
Total workouts: 23
Total workout time for the month of April: 19.59 hours out of 720 hours (30 days)

Things I don’t love after a month of pretty solid workouts:

  1. Showering at least 4 days a week in the morning at my gym. I’ve gotten it down into the routine, but I swear I always have 6 bags of crap with me.
  2. The scale. It hates me, it jumps by 3-5 pounds daily, and it’s not getting much lower after the initial 5lbs down. I can feel the difference so F that little thing..

Things I’ve grown to love, like really love:

  1. Working out in the morning. Even if I hate when that alarm goes off, there is nothing better than feeling accomplished by 8am, and at the end of the workday – having hours of free time to do whatever I chose.
  2. I’ve been tracking my moods, happiness, energy and motivation quite a bit and there is a mammoth difference in my attitude at work, over the course of the day, and at night when I get my workout done in the morning. 
  3. Running classes. I thought I’d hate being on the treadmill but the truth is, I love being in a group, I love being pushed, and it’s a good mix of treadmill and strength. I am going to continue my running classes.
  4. Strength training/mix up of workouts – I’m no longer getting bored (the way I was when doing just cardio). I feel stronger, more toned, and my body is just shaping differently and I love it.
  5. My routine – a workout, for 4 days a week, is solidly scheduled in my calendar. Sure I’m aiming for 5-6, but I know no matter what, it’s routine to get those 4 in. It honestly took the better part of the month though to feel like this was my routine and habit, which is good to remember when starting out.  

Overall, I’m feeling good. Accomplished. And ready to tackle next month’s goals…

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Monday: 60 minutes strength
Tuesday: 60 minutes running/strength class
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: 4 mile walk
Friday: 60 minutes kettlebells
Saturday: 5k jog
Sunday: Off

Last week I signed up for a 5k on Sunday that I was really excited for right near my place. I rearranged my normal Thursday running class in hopes that I could save my legs and really push it. Unfortunately towards the end of the week the race was postponed due to a high number of registrants and it not being safe. I was disappointed but decided to just run a nice slow 5k on my own on Saturday morning.

I absolutely love my new Friday morning kettlebells class. It starts the weekend off right to be done with my workout by 8am. The setup is very circuit like – here’s a sample of what we did this past week:

.5 mile run
15, 12, 9 of kettlebell swings and front loaded squats – x3
.25 mile sprint
15, 12, 9 of kettlebell figure 8’s, push-ups, planks – x3
.25 mile sprint
5-10-15-20-15-10-5 ladder of kettlebell cleans and windmills
.25 mile sprint
50 sit-ups

It was a doozy, but it went by so quickly! Those windmills are sneaky – by the end my obliques and shoulders were dying!

Two more days and then time to think about May goals…

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Have you ever dated or been in a relationship with a guy that you knew you shouldn’t be with? But you were addicted and for whatever reason you just kept letting the crappy behavior slide and you’d still hang out with him?

Or have you ever watched that happen with a friend? You mention multiple times to your friend that the fact that this person cancels on them 90% of the time and usually only calls them after 11pm on weekend nights is less than what your friend deserves?

I find that no matter what you say, usually it has to run its course. In the friend instance it’s painful to watch, and you talk it through over and over but somehow it keeps happening.

But then at some point (sometimes months too long) it clicks for that person. They deserve better. They aren’t happy. They have been pretending the whole “see you when I see you thing” works. But it takes that person getting to that point to be able to change it. You can’t push them there.

This post is not about crappy guys and dating. Although I have (and am) watching quite a few friends go through that exact scenario. And I want to shout over and over, YOU DESERVE BETTER, but they have to want better.

Anyway, this post is actually about fitness and health.

For the past few months I have wanted to get back into the groove. I’ve signed up for race after race and added many Google calendar appointments to work out.

But I haven’t. Aside from one 5 mile race and one triathlon I’ve fallen through on the rest. I watched as the scale crept up and I posted about my frustration, sadness and disappointment with my weight gain and outlook on health. I kept saying I was going to change, I came up with strict goals and signed up for more races.

But it didn’t change. If anything it got worse. 2 slices of cheesecake and 1 slice of blackout cake (in one night) from Cheesecake Factory finally set me off.

Maybe it’s my all or nothing personality.

Maybe I just needed a break.

But yesterday it clicked. Finally. That moment of knowing that I’ll make the effort because I really, truly, deep-down want to make the effort.

I met with my trainer yesterday who did initial measurements. My weight, my BMI, and other assorted fitness tests. He wants me to lose 4% of my body fat (which is about 8lbs). I agree. It’s not a crazy goal, in fact it puts me at a comfortable weight – one that I know I could maintain in a healthy, easy way.

I needed that slap in my face of seeing my weight written down by my trainer.
And now I need someone I am held responsible to.

So honestly? Screw my previous September goals. I didn’t meet half of them, but I’m over it. I’m not dieting, I’m not giving up dinner with friends, and I’m most definitely not giving up alcohol or all desserts. I’m doing this the real way.

Slow changes. Getting my booty to the gym 4x a week. Making healthier eating choices. Controlling my portions.

And GO.

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I knew I had gained a bit of weight over the past year. I stopped using a scale but I could feel it. I was getting snug in my clothing, feeling more lethargic and a brutal new chaffing issue which I never had before started happening.

Yet I somehow managed to ignore it and just convince myself it was minor weight gains. Or it was the summer heat and being swollen from the humidity.

And then, I had a bit of a breakdown this morning.

I can’t get into my work pants.

PantS.

I’ve been wearing flowy summery dresses and skirts for about 3 months now and haven’t thought to pull my pants out. And then I pulled my grey pair out which were snug to get on and then, the button just wouldn’t pull shut.

On to the black pair. They were snug enough just trying to get them up my thighs that it’s uncomfortable to think about attempting to zip them.

The worst? A black & white dress that I fit into 2 years ago in what I felt was a heavier phase of mine. Stretching/pulling in the stomach now makes it look like I’m trying to get into a dress two sizes too small for me. And I am.

I can’t ignore it any more. It’s not just a gain in numbers that has become obvious on the scale but I can’t fit into my clothing. It’s taking a toll of my mood, my confidence, everything. It’s such an overwhelming and disappointing feeling. How did it happen? I’m not talking 3lbs here, I’m talking 17-19 lbs in one year.

I know how to fix this. Get to the gym, reduce the portions, eat healthier and cleaner. So why doesn’t it sound so easy?

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Today is just one of those days. I’m hormonal. That causes irritability and rage combined with a horrible headache. Add in a few people at work who are acting as if I am their secretary today and then getting a backhanded compliment from someone. It’s driving me just a bit nuts that since my soon to be promotion announcement, it feels like I’m being pushed a step back.

ANYWAY, as much as I want to whine, and eat cheese fries in a cold ac’ed comfy bed while watching Pretty Little Liars…I won’t be.

So here’s what’s great about today:

1. I woke up feeling rested. Thank God for a night under 85 degrees so I could actually sleep.

2. I had a nice catch-up lunch with my friend V. We’ve felt distant for a while and seriously it was nice to feel reconnected again.

3. I did a basic cleaning of my apartment last night along with 3 loads of laundry. Going home today into a clean-ish apartment is going to feel amazing.

4. I am seeing the Townie tonight. We’re swimming together (I really believe the benefits of working out together as a couple) then having dinner and relaxing. I’m more than looking forward to some cuddle sessions with him 😉

5. 3 more days to this work week. This weekend I have 3 besties from NY coming up for touristy Boston fun. Then next week I have training. Then the week after that…VACATION WITH MY GIRLFRIENDS AT THE BEACH!!!

 

 photo from weheartit.com

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