Stiffy

So what they say about why you should work out with a personal trainer? TOTALLY true.

I’m still sore from my Monday workout. I’m being challenged and pushed to my limits. I’m challenging my body in ways that sometimes makes me giggle because they are so simple, yet so hard. I have trouble verbalizing why I’m laughing or shaking my head.

Can I afford it? Well, that’s a tricky question. I’m not currently generating income. I am however, willing to spend the money to work with a trainer because the benefits and the overall impact on my life are far more important than the things I may have to give up, or the struggle I might have to deal with in terms of work.

I feel like I’m on the right path now. I was walking down one path for so long and at some point it took me away from my goals. My true life goals.  Anyhow, more about all of that on Tremendous Blondette within the next 2 weeks (whenever I finish the post and publish it.)

And now, I’m off to take my stiff, sore body to get some blood pumping – cardio time!

 

Update on December Goals

So, I wrote out my goals a few days ago. How am I doing?

  • Fit into the jeans I grew out of recently by ChristmasI’m getting there! They are still a tad too tight to wear comfortably.
  • Hit my Dec #GoTheDist goals (log 50 miles and 6 strength sessions) – I’m getting behind in my miles. I’m at just over 9. I have 2 strength sessions logged with one of them being the hour long Project Poolside last night. I killed it. I really did.
  • Stick to my high protein, high veggie, lower carb diet until Christmas (gets me back on track with meal planning and getting my veggies in!) – I added grains back in my diet on Monday after only eating protein, nuts, and veggies for a few days. So far, so good! I did eat some chocolate candies today, but I’m trying to be kind to myself about that. There are a few days in the month where it’s okay to say yes to that urge. Just don’t go crazy. So, I was pretty moderate but serving sizes are a total joke.
  • Workout 5 days per week (Funny thing about being active; you have to BE ACTIVE!) – FAILING! Gosh I like sitting on my ass playing on the internet and napping in the afternoon with my cats. I had a particularly nice nap in front of the fireplace this afternoon – on the floor!
  • Remind myself it’s okay not to do high intensity, high stamina workouts EVERY TIME I workout (perfectionists mount up!) – Yeah, I’m still sucking big time on this. Project Poolside isn’t exactly low energy.
  • Make sure each workout is at least 20 minutes – Yep, doing good on this one when I work out. Once I start I usually go at least 30 minutes. The first 10 is the hardest. And even harderest is the step out the door or pushing the on button on the dvd player.
  • Track my water consumption better (this one is really hard now that I’m not working) – I’m not logging it well at all but I am definitely more aware of drinking it.  Special cups with straws help.
  • F*&% THE SCALE!  (This time, I have pictures and I’m going to measure so I have a better idea of what’s actually happening. I want to lose fat, gain muscle and slim down. F*&% the numbers on the scale as long as the other 3 things are happening.) – I feel thinner. I know I’m doing the right things for my body. I won’t get on the scale until January unless my trainer (YAY! I contacted a personal trainer!) makes me. I’ll do it for science.

Also, my “before” pictures that I took of myself DISAPPEARED from my computer. I looked at them after I uploaded them. So weird. Time to check the Recycle Bin. I’m not stoked about taking those pictures again, but I will if I have to. IT’S FOR SCIENCE!

Are Challenges and Goals the Same Thing?

I was never really in to The Biggest Loser…until Season 11. While I enjoyed some of Season 10, I really felt genuinely connected to the Season 11 cast, particularly the sisters Hannah and Olivia. They were just so earnest and enthusiastic. In fact, I liked them enough to follow them on Twitter and Facebook. They are a daily positive reminder of what a lifestyle change can bring.

Enter Hannah and Olivia’s December challenge. Their December challenge is to commit to one goal, large or small, in the month of December instead of waiting until January and the start of the new year. Resolve to do something now! Don’t wait!

(And this challenge includes prizes for 3 participants. Not my main concern. I just like challenges and goals (are they the same thing?))

Anyhow, as I read through the goals people posted, I started thinking about my own goals. Which goal would be right for the challenge? How could I choose just one? I’d made a decision earlier in the day that I was going to fit into my new jeans by Christmas. Only, they aren’t “new.” I was doing really well with my workouts and eating until about mid/late September when a bunch of things just piled on and I lost control of my eating and workouts. I was so emotional that I was in survival mode. Instead of working out and finding more productive ways to deal, I reverted back to old habits of sweets and isolation. The jeans I’d been wearing, purchased over the summer after I slimmed down to a new size, stopped fitting.

I got out of my rut in November (yep, it took that long) and while not every day was a perfect food/nutrition day and I certainly skipped the gym more often than not, I started to notice changes again.

Goals for now through January 1st:

  • Fit into the jeans I grew out of recently by Christmas
  • Hit my Dec #GoTheDist goals (log 50 miles and 6 strength sessions)
  • Stick to my high protein, high veggie, lower carb diet until Christmas (gets me back on track with meal planning and getting my veggies in!)
  • Workout 5 days per week (Funny thing about being active; you have to BE ACTIVE!)
  • Remind myself it’s okay not to do high intensity, high stamina workouts EVERY TIME I workout (perfectionists mount up!)
  • Make sure each workout is at least 20 minutes
  • Track my water consumption better (this one is really hard now that I’m not working)
  • F*&% THE SCALE!  (This time, I have pictures and I’m going to measure so I have a better idea of what’s actually happening. I want to lose fat, gain muscle and slim down. F*&% the numbers on the scale as long as the other 3 things are happening.)

So, those are my goals. What are yours?

Bum Bum Bum

I’ve been up for almost 3 hours. When I thought about the time off I’d have between jobs, I envisoned extreme drive to conquor workouts. I was going to be an energizer bunny of domesticity and health!

Three hours into my first Monday and I’m under my fluffy blanket, sipping now cold coffee, snuggled with Teebs, and working desparately to mentally gear myself to get off my bum, put on my workout gear, and head to the gym.

Bah. But baby it’s cold outside!

I really need to get some warm up pants or full length compression pants. Because winter is cold.

I will do it. I will get up and go. Elliptical here I come! After all, I don’t get a new outfit if I don’t hit my 50 mile pledge for December #GoTheDist.