Back on track: how
September 4, 2013
Last week I let on that this week would be all about getting “back on track”. In an attempt to do so I spent a good bit of time thinking about how I wanted to do that – workouts, mentally and nutritionally.
On the workout front, I managed to finally, finally get back outside for a run. Since moving, I developed an inexplicable aversion to running outside in my neighborhood, for the ENTIRE summer. Thoughts like “oh, the kids will see me and what will they THINK?” would sneak through my head. And I am the first to admit they are perhaps some of the most ridiculous and ludicrous thoughts, ever. When I trained for my half marathon, I’d be out in the snow and rainy winter nights in OTHER people’s neighborhoods to get in my runs, but yet, running in my own had my butt parked firmly inside. I did get in some treadmill runs, but staring at my basement wall is oh.so.interesting. when it comes to helping those minutes crawl by. It wasn’t a long run, persay – about 3.5 miles, but after limiting myself to mile interval runs lately, it was nice to see that my body could still run for distances more appropriate for a full length “run”. And of course, like most things – once I got started, it was one of those “wait, why was I worried about this again?” moments. Which we all saw coming, I’m sure. I topped off the run with 2 hours of mowing the lawn, with a non-self propelled mower. You never fully appreciated hills in a yard until you have to haul a lawn mower up them for 2 hours in the heat. Yikes. Needless to say, with a run and the mowing – my legs were pretty tired by the end of my morning.
I’ve also decided to try something fun and new with my workout routines this month to keep things interesting and frankly hold myself accountable. I’ve never really been a fan of workout dvds, mostly because I feel pretty ridiculous marching in place while staring at ladies in pastel leotards and legwarmers (thanks mom, for that childhood memory). Although, I would probably sweat to the oldies with Richard Simmons anyday of the week. Kidding. Sort’ve. Moving on. Plus, I never stuck with a dvd long enough to see any “results”.
I will always be an advocate of regular, no excuses exercise – hopping on a bike, getting in a walk, a run or lifting – etc etc. But like I said, trying to keep things fresh and fun over here, plus with my legs being sore and overall just tired from the weekend of moving – I purchased the Jillian Michaels 30 days to Ripped DVD workout series and her killer butt and thighs dvd (a constant trouble spot for me). The Ripped is a 4 week series of workouts featuring her 3-2-1 system of 3 strength moves, 2 cardio moves and 1 set for abs for 30 minutes (including warm up and cool down), with 3 separate rounds per workout, changing it up each week for 30 days. The purchase included a meal plan, but after giving it a brief glance over, I was pretty confident that my current eating habits, while could always do with some tweaking, don’t need a major overhaul. Now, I’m not kidding myself into thinking that these workouts alone will get me results that diligent cardio and weight training will ultimately do, but the goal for me is to incorporate the workouts on days that I’m not running or doing heavier lifting as a way to keep toned, gain endurance, etc. So last night, with strict instruction to Brandon that if he dared to walk into the bedroom while I was working out he’d be toast, I went for round 1 of Ripped with Jillian Michaels. The workout didn’t have me dripping with sweat, but my legs and arms were definitely tired by the end without feeling overly wasted from the workout. I enjoyed that it wasn’t too “aerobic” in style and of course, I’m a big fan of working out multiple muscle groups with one strength move – which most of her moves incorporated. There were also a good number of pushups and forced ab time, which I need – since I tend to wimp out on the abs in my own workouts (shame shame shame) and pushups are something I think are badass if you can do more than a few at a time. I haven’t tried the butt and thighs workout yet, but may try that tonight with some cardio tacked on.
And because being healthy isn’t just about what we eat and how we workout – I’ll leave you with some shots from our weekend, where I was determined to experience something beautiful, although the three don’t have to be mutally exclusive, which we proved this weekend – enjoying a morning of hiking in beautiful beautiful PA.