Here’s my 2011 workout schedule

January 19, 2011

I’m still in the process of honing my list of 2011 goals, dreams, and resolutions, but I have come up with a workout schedule that I believe I can stick with. Last year didn’t really go so well in the weight loss department, and I came to a conclusion. I was acting like a rabbit when really I’m a turtle. I would go fast and furious in great spurts, then I would look at how much I had accomplished and take a nice loooonnnng nap under a tree. After all, I DESERVED it, after all my hard work. The problem was that my naps and the snacks under the tree outweighed the spurts of activity, as evidenced by my weight loss goals not being met for 2010.

So, now that I’ve figured this out, and I am fully ready to embrace my turtle power, I came up with a plan. I know that consistent action is the key and that phrase is part of my mantra for this year. My word for the year is BRAVE, but that’s another post on another blog. So I have come up with the 30/30 workout schedule. I’m going to lose 30 pounds and I’m going to do it in 30-minute increments, consistently.

I recently had a massive schedule change for work, where I no longer go in at 5:00 a.m. Now I go to work at 9:30 a.m. With careful planning this allows me to go to the gym in the morning after I drop my girl off at school and before I start work. One of the biggest obstactles to my goal has always been lack of time. I always felt that if I couldn’t put in an hour, then what’s the point?  Well, the point is consistent action. So now I shoot for shorter increments….at least 30 minutes. My new schedule is as follows.

Mon:  8:30-9:30 elliptical + nautilus

Tues:  8:45-9:15 -dog jog. I have 2 dogs and take them separately.

Weds:  8:45-9:15 elliptical

Thurs:  6:15 a.m. Pilates or 7:00-8:00 elliptical + nautilus

Fri:  8:45-9:15- dog jog.

Sat:   11:00 a.m. Yoga class or a home activity…biking, walking, etc.

Sun:  Off

Also included in here is daily ab work in front of the TV at night and also evening dog walks with the family. Something almost every day for at least 30 minutes. So far, I lost 2 pounds last week, and that was a week that included 2 drinking nights (not heavy, just wine at art events but that adds up), 1 dinner at Olive Garden (bread-friggin-sticks!) and being led astray down the chocolate chip slice-and-bake path by the husband. Not every week will be like that, but some will and I am not very good at deprivation. It feels good and balanced and like something I can stick with…My goal is 30 pounds and I’d like to feel good in a bathing suit this summer! I’ll keep you posted.

Happy New Year everyone!

January 4, 2011

I got this forwarded to me today. It looks pretty interesting. I just got Marianne Williamson’s book, A Course in Weight Loss, and she is one of the speakers. Thought I’d pass it on, if you’d like to check it out. I’ve been feeling under the weather with a cold and cough. I am so over it. It is hard to get motivated to start the year right when you don’t feel good. Maybe listening to this will help. Hope everyone is doing well!

Merry, Merry

December 23, 2010

Before I fully succumb to a maple nut fudge coma, I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I’ll see you back here bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (translate sluggish and hungover) ready to start the New Year and the new ME!

Okay, I guess I did lose a LOT of weight…

December 12, 2010

Last night was our annual holiday block party. They kinda go to the extreme with the festivities with horses and a petting zoo and a fire truck and Santa zooming around on a Harley. I do have to admit it is fun and the kids have a blast. We always have something quick to eat and then we decorate cookies before heading out into the chilly night. I’ve learned that I can’t resist a fresh frosted sugar cookie, but I can resist cotton candy. And I’ve also learned that some of my neighbors are CRAZY!! This is the conversation that I had while waiting in the pony line.

Her: Oh, Hey! I didn’t recognize you! You have really lost a lot of weight!
Me: Hey! No, not really.
Her: Yes, you have.
Me: No, not really. I haven’t.
Her: Oh, yes, you have!
Me: I was running quite a bit for a while, but…No, not lately…
Her: Oh, you have!! I noticed the other day. I saw you guys out walking, and I said to Eddie, “Man, she’s lost a lot of weight.”
Me: Oh. I really haven’t.
Her: Yes. You have.
In my head: God, you friggin’ ponies, hurry up already!!!

So, I guess I have lost a lot of weight. No. I really haven’t.


December 8, 2010

It has been so long since I’ve posted anything that I’m sure many of you are probably going to be saying….”who the hell is that?” But I take comfort in Kim’s friendship, as I have many times in the past, so I figure that I’m still in. Also, I was kind of expecting to see my name erased from the author list, but it was still there, so here I am!

I’m kind of in the same space I was when this started. I need to lose about the same amount of weight and I have slipped into a state of semi-activity. During the year, I was running and I joined a great gym. I was walking and doing Jillian. I was weight-lifting and doing the elliptical bike and steps at home. And I still do. Just not with any sort of consistency or real committment.

to add to my non-commitment, I also had a skateboarding accident that put me on the bench for a while. My knee and shoulder still hurt a little. And let me tell you, when you have a knee injury, it’s very easy to not do anything…because it hurts.

I KNOW committment is the “secret” ingredient that is missing. I also KNOW that I am a pushover to giving in to the excuses of a little bite won’t hurt, I’ll work out tomorrow, and the most evil of all, “It’s the holidays! It’s only once a year!” Except the holidays actually last about 3 months. 3 months is a long time to be off the wagon surrounded by goodies. Anyway, I’m ready to re-commit now and for the new year. I want to transform myself. I don’t want to be meek and say, I’ll be happy if….No, I want to friggin’ transform myself into BAM!! One hot mama! I want people to freak when they find out how old I am because I look that good. I want to wear cute clothes and not be layed up for month because I fall off the board. Frig. So in the next week or so I’m going to revise my plan and commit and make a vision board and pray and whatever else it takes to get it done. Thanks for having me back!

Drastic Measures

September 25, 2009

Okay, after watching last week’s episode of Biggest Loser, I’ve been really giving some thought to my diet. In general, I don’t eat poorly. I feel like I eat healthily but I do have a tendency toward the standing snack. This is a snack that is consumed while standing at the pantry in small amounts….like 1 Oreo when I am putting the package away from the grocery store. Or a few Doritos when I am folding the bag closed after packing my daughter’s lunch. Individually these things aren’t diet killers, but collectively. Oh Boy.

I have really upped my exercise amount  in the last 6 months and still am not seeing the results I’d like to. So, I’m focusing on the diet now. And I don’t mean “watching my diet” because I clearly have been doing a lot of watching and not actively adjusting it. So, this is my plan.

For the next 2 weeks, I will institute the good old Slim Fast shakes for breakfast and mostly for lunch. (The Cappuccino Delight is actually…delightful!) I will reserve the option to substitute cottage cheese and salsa or tuna fish. For dinner, I will have a measured (eye-balled), balanced meal. I’m not kidding you or me if I say I’m going to stick to chicken breasts and lean meats and low carbs. That is really, really not going to happen. BUT, I can vow to have only 1 piece of pizza rather than 2, and keep the carbs as a small side, rather than star of the plate. I can limit my bread intake at restaurants and I can skip the English Toffee Creamer in my coffee. For 2 weeks. I can do it! I’ll let you know if I get results. As my reward, if I succeed, I will be enjoying guilt-free, buttered popcorn, when we go see “Where The Wild Things Are” which releases here Oct. 16th.

The Big Day

September 13, 2009

Today was the Autumn Rock and Run 5K. First off, no, I didn’t run the WHOLE thing. But I am so glad I did it. I feel exhilerated and proud that I finished strong. I think this was a pretty good starting point, and it’s kinda hard to explain but it was really nice to just be around people who were all there for a good cause and interested, on many different levels, in becoming or being fit. I think this run is always going to hold a special place in my heart for being the first and also because it was so great with the bands playing along the route. The route was through small quiet neighborhoods, and along a golf course, and the bands were just blaring, Skynard, and Aerosmith….it was great. Also I found out that my BMI is 24%, which according to their chart was Above Average. I was just happy, because I really thought the number was going to start with a 3! Anyway, I had a great time, and I totally see this as a jumping off point, and I can’t wait to see where I’m at in the next few months for the next run, The Reindeer Run in December. And yes, they do encourage the wearing of antlers! IMG_5296

One can o’ worms coming right up!

September 3, 2009

Okay, all you runners out there, I need some opinions. Okay, here’s my situation. I will be doing a 5K on September 12th. It was my goal to run the whole thing, but at this point with my cardio, unless something miraculous, like a cold front in Florida, happens between now and then, I don’t think it’s going to happen. But I am looking forward to doing it as I have never done one before and I am excited for the experience. Plus, it’s called the Rock and Run and they have bands playing throughout the route and the more I talk to people, the more friends I am discovering are participating in it.

So, here’s my quandry. My running pal in the hood recommends I run at a very slow pace to run longer. I have tried this and even at a very slow pace I know I won’t make the whole 3 miles.

Secondly, my husband ran with me today, and he recommends I run normally and if I need to walk at some point do so, and then run again. A run-walk approach. He believes this will strengthen my cardio quicker and in the long run (no pun intended) I will be able to run farther. He looked at my form today and said I looked like I was shuffling along like an old man….my dad in particular!

So, I’d like some opinions on what to do, what is the best way to run. I believe I enjoy it more when I run normally and just go for as long as I can, and then a little bit more, and then walk. It seems funner. So I guess I have to ask myself what my real intention is.

On top of this, there is an article in Fitness this month on how run/walking actually burns more calories than just regular running.

Okay, I welcome your valuable opinions now. Oh, and by the way, I’m doing an experiment tomorrow and am going to run/walk the 5K to check my time.

Jealous Much?

August 5, 2009

Today I talked with a friend whom I haven’t seen all summer. We talk on the phone and do a good job of keeping updated on each other’s happenings. We made plans to see other in a couple of weeks before summer is over. Then she told me that she ran 3 milles the other day. Then she told me that she dropped 10 pounds, without really trying. Errrp! My mouth was saying “That’s great!” But my heart was saying, “That’s my 3 miles….that’s my 10 pounds.” WTF!!!

The Artist’s Way book that I’m reading says that Jealousy is a Map. Instead of looking upon it negatively and kicking yourself for thinking such horrible thoughts, take a step back and try to see what it is telling you. It is NOT telling you that your friend just lost the last 10 pounds that anyone, anywhere will ever lose. It is NOT telling you that she just ran the last 3 miles and no one will ever be able to do that again.

It points to fear. Fear of doing something I really want, but don’t yet feel BRAVE enough to do yet. Fear that I am not able to get what I want. Or Fear that someone else is getting what should be mine. Jealousy doesn’t allow for abundance and multiplicity in the Universe. It says there can be only one. It tells us, “they are ahead, why even try?”

I don’t know of anyone who is enlightened enough not to feel the pangs of jealousy every once in a while. But I believe it can be a guide. A guide to what we really want. And a guide to what steps need to be taken to get there.

So after I took the hit, and felt sorry for myself because of my lack of progress. I took a long, hard look at what I have been doing and what I NEED to start doing in order to get on track to what I want. Because it is so much easier to say “That’s great that you lost 10 pounds.” and really, really mean it, when you are right there along for the ride.

Shifting Identities

July 15, 2009

There is a wonderful book by author Julia Cameron called The Artist’s Way. It just so happens that my weekly art group is discussing Chapter 4,  Recovering a Sense of Integrity. It is about self definition and integration of new self awareness.  The timing of this chapter couldn’t be more synchronistic.

I think we are all entering a phase where we are becoming new people. We are no longer loafers who amble along turning a blind eye to what we put in our mouths,  what we see in the mirror, or what our bodies are telling us. We are becoming more aware of our SELVES.  We pay attention now. We gingerly monitor our aches and pains so as not to go too far and take ourselves out of the game. We have become familiar with healthy foods,  healthy portions, and healthy habits. We know what will make us feel good, what will make us feel guilty, and what will make us feel just plain YUCK!

When I started this journey I basically wanted my outside to match who I picture myself to be on the inside. I can do comparisons to what I used to be, but that was a different time and I was a different person (with a different metabolism and different responsibilities).  Now I look forward to looking in the mirror and seeing someone who obviously takes good care of themselves,  who values and respects their body, and who is vibrant and ready to embrace life’s many challenges and adventures. 

The author writes:  “Shifts in taste and perception frequently accompany shifts in identity. One of the clearest signals that something healthy is afoot is the impulse to weed out, sort through, and discard old clothes, papers, and belongings.  When the search-and-discard impulse seizes you, two crosscurrents are at work–the old you is grieving and leaving, while the new you celebrates and grows strong. (I’m thinking of Kim cleaning  out her closet and having such a strong emotional response—you’re getting stronger, girl!)

I’m in the process of weeding out my studio in particular, and actually the whole house in general. It seems like a nesting is taking place. Like I’m getting ready for the birth of a new self.

I believe that as I go through this process, the more I examine and question how the F*** I got to this point, I  just might be more prepared to not let it happen again.


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