Posts Tagged ‘motivation’


Week 6: Second verse, same as the first

July 6, 2009

I’ve decided that because week 5 was an absolute failure, I’m not going to be hard on myself and I’m going to give myself a second chance to get week 5 right. So I’m going to carry over the goals and get it right this time. To recap:

Week 5 6 goals:
1. Add crunches/push-ups to my home fitness routine. I will do these twice a week instead of whenever I happen to remember, which is probably every 17-35 days. Harrumph, I say.
2. I WILL NOT LOSE MOTIVATION. If needed, I will seek motivation anywhere I can find if I feel my resolve weakening.
3. I will find and try out two new heart-healthy recipes this week.

I tested a new recipe tonight and it was a GIANT success! I’ll share for those who are interested:

-cherry tomatoes
-grape tomatoes
-green onions
-campanelle pasta
-feta cheese
-hot Italian sausage

1. Brown sausage in olive oil
2. Sauté garlic/green onions on high for about a minute. Add in all tomatoes and sauté until the tomatoes begin to wilt
3. Boil campanelle pasta. Dump out excess water when pasta is al dente
4. Mix sausage and garlic/green onions/tomatoes into the pasta
5. Dump in a whole lot of spinach and mix until the spinach is lightly wilted
6. Sprinkle feta cheese to taste

This recipe is DELICIOUS. Dan couldn’t get enough of it. He passed up on key lime pie shipped up from Key West to eat more pasta. There is no greater praise, people.

And finally, an old magnet of Dan’s that I found buried in the junk on our fridge:

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.


So here is to the new week! It will definitely be more successful than last.


Week 4: Mid-week round up

June 26, 2009

This week’s activities thus far:
-A lengthy walk with Dan around our neighborhood
-Normal cardio-focused gym visit
-Special training session / strength training at the gym
-Another lengthy walk with Dan

I didn’t make it to Centergy this week because my wrist has been bothering me. I changed my workstation around and it seems to have helped, but since my entire forearm was swollen for a few days, I didn’t want to do any further damage to it by going back to Centergy stuff before my wrist was truly ready.

I’m not doing too badly this week. I just don’t feel as motivated as when I started the 12 weeks. I think I’m starting to lose momentum. At first, the 12 weeks were fun and exciting and something new — and now, four weeks into them, they feel more like a chore, a responsibility. I guess that changeover was inevitable, but how do I make it fun again?


Week 4 Goals

June 22, 2009

I’m a bit disappointed with myself about Week 3. I did alright, but not stellar with my goals. It was an incredibly hectic week for a variety of unexpected reasons, which made it extra difficult to eat healthy foods, an extra serving of veggies, etc. But the great thing about Monday is that it brings the beginning of a new week — and I love new beginnings.

Week 4 goals:
1. Be active even on days I’m not going to the gym. So for those keeping track at home, that would be four visits to the gym and non-gym physical activities the other three days of the week. Because I don’t want to hurt myself, I’m going to do three days at the gym and three days of non-gym activities, and move to four days at the gym next week because I’ve noticed my ankles acting up lately if I do too much.

2. I’ve noticed that I have a tendency to nibble on snacks when I’m bored. So what I’m going to do is drink a glass of water when I think I’m getting hungry for a snack. If after that I’m STILL hungry then I’m actually hungry and will have a healthy snack.

3. My main meals will be at set times. Rather, between set ranges of time. That way I won’t skip meals like I do on busy days. Here’s the schedule I’ll be trying out this week:

Breakfast: Between 6:30 and 8 a.m.
Lunch: Between 12 and 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: Between 6-8 p.m.

My idea for this week is actually a reward/motivation and I think I’ll continue it for the rest of the 12 weeks. Every time I go to the gym or an exerting non-gym activity, I’ll put $5 into a box. Physical dollars, not IOUs. And I’ll save them until my next vacation with my husband and use that money as “play money” — put it towards lodging so we can stay in a hotel a grade up from the norm, or for a night out on the town, or special event tickets. Think about it — on my current plan, that would be $30/week. So if we’re planning on a vacation at the end of the 12 weeks, that would be over $250 to just enjoy ourselves with… a good reward for me meeting goals and a good reward for Dan putting up with my complaining ;-)

Because I like graphs and piggy banks, I’m going to have a visual representation of this goal in progress on each related post. Onward and upward, ladies!


Victory Toes!

June 12, 2009

I’m leaving for Miami early tomorrow morning, so posting may be a bit lighter until I’m back in the middle of next week. I WILL find a computer so I can post my weekly goals on Monday, however.

But until then, a few glorious days of sun, water sports, old friends, and, I suspect, copious amounts of wine.

I leave you with an image of what I like to call “Victory Toes” from Week One (just don’t stare too closely at my feet; their whiteness might blind you):



Centergy: Yoga that makes you glow!

June 2, 2009

I went to my first Centergy class last night and I’m already hooked. Leaving class was the first time I can remember where I left with more pep in my step than I came in with — it was great! Even Dan commented that it was the first time he’d seen me leave the gym without dragging my feet. He had a hard time doing so, however, because I didn’t shut up long enough for him to do so for a couple of hours. So that was that mysterious endorphin rush I hear people talk about! Dan said I was positively, in his words, GLOWING when I came out of class. I call that sweating, but then again, pigs sweat, men perspire and ladies glow. I was drenched with glowing, people.

I know some people are curious about this Centergy class. It is a class that mixes yoga and pilates for 60 minutes of strenuous fun. I’ll admit, my abs already hate me a little bit, but they’ll get over it. May I venture to say that they may even enjoy this after awhile? The class is set to music, and the focus of the excercises changes with each song. It begins with salutations, which is just a fancy yoga term for stretching. Then it moves from muscle group to muscle group, and focuses on upper body, core, and lower body for the bulk of the class. There is a whole set designed to work on your balance, which I regret to say I have none of. But I guess that’s the point, right? To get some? And the last song is spent laying down on your mat concentrating on breathing.

I’ve tried a few different forms of yoga in my time. My university had a really good yoga schedule with several different types to try out, from crazy sitting-on-your-head yoga to mellow I’m-meditating-and-calling-it-exercise yoga. What I like about Centergy is that it is somewhere in the middle of all that. It feels acceptable to be a human instead of Stretch Armstrong when you’re in there. It’s ok to make mistakes. My kind of class!

Arguably the coolest part of the evening was when Dan picked up me (he’d borrowed my car to run some errands nearby). He saw me talking to the instructor and came over, only to find out that the Centergy instructor is also in charge of the gym’s Boot Camp and has decided to try it out! Fitness for everyone!


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