Monday, October 19, 2015

Busy, Busy!

My workout plan has been kind of relaxed lately since half marathon training starts TOMORROW. I'm so excited!!! And so not excited!! It's already cold... And I hate running outside in the cold.  Now that my actual plan is starting, I'm hoping that will be motivating. It's either that or the torturemill, and honestly, some days it's a toss up.  Until it's super nasty, I'm going to remind myself that I'll have to deal with the torturemill soon enough so I should enjoy the days outside!

Anyway, so I've continued a mix of CLX and whatever other workout sounds good.  I've continued to do some Turbofire, walking, and threw some Combat into the mix.  I didn't do much running the last couple weeks... I wasn't feeling well and then I'm not quite sure what happened last week.  It was pretty cold...Maybe that was it.  That and the week flew by!! I also had a free trial for spin, which I LOVED. I will definitely be purchasing a punch card for spin and yoga classes.  I'm currently debating which plan I want to purchase, and making sure that I have room in my schedule to get a value out of the payment.  Always planning and figuring... That's me. Pretty funny for someone who has disliked math for....forever.

I'm thinking I'll do the unlimited plan which is only $80/month. I can take as many spin classes and as many yoga classes as I want in a month for that price. I should be able to do spin 2-3 evenings a week and yoga at least twice a week. For this month anyway.  I really like that it's month by month rather than some contract thing like some gyms have. I'm not locked in and don't have to worry about cancellation. I simply buy what I want each month (via an app), schedule the class, and it takes records the class as used. If a punch card (five or ten visits) is used, it will deduct one class from the card. Obviously, this isn't the same with the unlimited. Pretty cool way to do it and keep track! I believe there is a website too so if someone doesn't have a smartphone, they can manage their classes through the app.

So, anyway, spin was great!!! The instructor was really nice, friendly, and motivating.  The workout itself was good - I definitely worked up a sweat (which isn't uncommon for me, as I am a "sweater"). I liked how it was up and down a lot - some some standing and pedaling and some sitting.  The seats are not the most comfortable (what bike seats are, besides the granny style seats?) and even the instructor said she likes the up and down classes because the seats can hurt after a while.  It is about a 40 min workout, start to finish, so it is fairly easy to work into my schedule - and there are multiple times offered. Yoga also has various times so I should be able to get to a couple of those classes in a week, which will be much needed with all that spinning and running I'll be doing for my training. I hope that pigeon pose is included for a decent length of time. That's my favorite. And my body generally needs it! I'm excited to take a live yoga class. Mine have all been DVDs so I'm sure it'll be an entirely different experience.

I have been doing MUCH better at clean eating. Yay! I did indulge a little in some drinks this weekend but nothing outrages (because I couldn't handle that) but eating has been good. I did have a couple nibbles of some not so great for me stuff but not at all like it had been.  My boyfriend was pretty compliant with my wishes, so that's been nice. It's always good to have support and someone else who's on board (and his diet needs way more cleaning up than mine does, sooooo it's good for him!).

This coming weekend will be a challenge... We are headed on an adventure for his birthday so we will have to eat out. I know that at least one day will be a lot of walking, and unfortunately the drive there and home will be a lot of sitting. I'm going to take some workout gear and hope to get up early the morning we are there to at least get something done - it'll be a training day so even if it's only two miles, that will be something.  I'm hoping to get up super early the day we leave, but who knows how that will go.... I tend to have trouble sleeping when I'm excited. We should be home early enough for me to get my Sunday workout done so I'm not worried about that. One rest day won't be a bother, but I do aim for 10,000 steps a day and with all that sitting in the car, I'm not sure if that will happen!! But these weekends don't happen often so it'll be okay.  AND it'll be fun, so hopefully I won't obsess.

I suppose that's it for now .... I need to go get this (healthy!) dinner going.

Hope you are well!


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

So Many Things!

Remember when I was getting back into blogging consistently? Yeah, me too. Fail.

So - I've completed my 30 day run streak challenge... Actually I surpassed it because I wanted to do the full month of September.  I ran for 35 days before I took a rest from running. I've still been running, but not every day. In fact last week I wasn't feeling well so I did quite a bit of walking before I ran again. The first day being sick, even walking was rough. It's always clear to me when I have a bit of a fever because I exhaust so quickly, sweat like crazy with light activity, and everything takes ten times the effort is usually does. So my walk felt a bit like a run that first day.  I kept up with my CLX workouts too. Toward the end of the week I started feeling better so I added some running back into the routine and did some run/walks with the dogs. Now I'm back to normal.

On Sunday I randomly decided I wanted to do Turbofire. I'm not following the plan but wanted a little variety and some extra cardio.  So Sunday I did Fire 30, a short jog with the dogs, and my CLX workout.  Monday was Fire 55 and a walk (walked to/from work that day).  Yesterday was CLX and Fire 30 again. I really love Fire 30 - it's quick but so intense.  I also like that the 30 minutes fits easily into my day with other things!! Today was a longer CLX workout so I'm not sure what else will fit into the plan.  I'd like to do at least a 30 minute jog but I work a little later so by the time I'm home and have dinner... Dark. UGH... I hate shorter days!!! I like when it's dark until 10:00 so running at 7:00, or even 8:00 isn't a big deal. I believe it's next week, or maybe the following that my schedule will have more runs built into it (half training begins) so those will become priority and other workouts, like Turbofire will be supplemental.

I haven't done Turbofire in quite a while and my body can feel it! Even though I've consistently worked out (PiYo, Combat, runs, CLX, biking, elliptical, walking, etc...) I can still feel the difference in my body from doing Turbofire. It is much more intense than I remembered and I love it.  I love the muscle soreness that comes with changing up any program, so I'm pretty happy with how my body is feeling this week!! That also reminds me of how important it is to have variety in workouts!! The body adjusts and the benefits (for weight loss, to work the muscles in a different way, etc.) lessen over time.  So, change is good. Very good. I plan to continue the variety even when my running is more regimented with half training. We (finally!) have spin in our little town so I'm hoping to go to spin class at least once a week for additional variety.

In short, in terms of exercise, my body, my mind, and my soul are very happy thanks to exercise.

Eating has still been a little all over the place.  It's particularly frustrating when my boyfriend wants to order out or buy unhealthy foods at the store. I'm weak when it's around. And really like if he orders out some junk I'm gonna say "no?" I didn't this weekend but I did put my foot down and tell him, "no more of this."  Of course we have a trip coming up and then there will be eating out. UGH. I honestly have a love-hate relationship with food. I love how some of it tastes but I hate how some of it tastes. I hate that I HAVE to eat to live. I hate feeling hungry.  Food, you're an a-hole.  Speaking of a-holes, I still haven't eaten at McD's, haters.  Anyway, so I told the boyfriend, that's it... We are eating clean. No more take out, no more delivery. I cannot do it so it's not gonna happen. Unless he wants to end up with a super fat girlfriend.

So I suppose that's the update for now. Love exercise. Hate food. Such is life...For me anyway.

I'm still working on getting a runner feature going. I just clearly haven't taken the time to do so. Need to do that.

OH!!! I signed up for ANOTHER half... This one is the Gazelle Girl, in April.  Because 13.1 miles is fun. Winter training, not so much, but these two half marathons will keep me focused and working hard.... My body is going to need proper nutrition to perform at the best possible level.  Sorry, boyfriend, prepare for mantras and such to be plastered all over the house and for a no junk ban to be in effect.  Ha... Poor guy will be hiding it in his car and forced to munch outside!! Okay, maybe I won't be that bad, but.... Pretty close.  I suppose I'm preparing to go into hiding again...But I have to. I can't be out having dinner and drinks right now... Just can't. My body doesn't like it, which then makes my mind not like it.  And I just want all things me to be happy.

Okay, THAT is the update.  There won't be so much time in between posts.... PROMISE.