|Cousin and I coming biking across!|
As of late, my new exercise goal is to workout for 1 hour 5 times a week. Let me preface this by saying this is not to lose weight-I'm very happy with what I weight, but I want to feel and be healthier. I don't know about you, but I just feel so much better after I work out-especially in the mornings. After a morning workout, I feel like my day has began, I did something healthy just for me, and I feel like I really accomplished something.
Plus, I didn't really work out last week and I felt really lame. My excuse was that "I was busy." But you should never be too busy to take care of yourself and set aside at least 20-30 minutes to get in some "me" time. So this weekend, when my cousin came, I made this goal and adapted some of her exercise routines into my schedule. She's a college athlete so I felt like if I could do 1/3 of what she does on a daily basis then I'd be set.
Saturday morning, I walked the Dish, which is a 3.3 hilly trail that loops around the top of the hill.
Sunday, we biked around San Fran, over the Golden Gate Bridge and into the cute little town of Sausalito for lunch.
Tuesday, H and I got up early and hit the gym-after eating coffee cake, course. We spent 30 minutes on the bike and 30 on the elliptical.
Wednesday, I just walked and in my book that counts.
Thursday, I'm keeping up with my same routine of walking the Dish again with a good friend.
How am I making my goal a reality?
Talking it out. What I mean by this is I am telling my friends my goal and am setting up exercise meet-ups with them instead of lunch or dinner dates. I'm the queen of talking myself out of exercising so by telling others what I plan to do, they keep me accountable. They have also come up with great ideas for us to hang out and exercise instead of coffee dates. For example, a friend and I walk around Stanford's campus Sunday afternoon for 11/2 -2 hrs. We now have a standing date and I look forward to this each and every week. A time when we can catch up without distractions and feel good about what we are doing for our health.
Fitting It In When I Can. I'm not going to feel bad if I can't make it to the gym for an hour class or a 60 minute sweat sesh. Its unrealistic, won't last, and will ultimately make me feel bad. So on the days that I can't make it, I will walk our pup, Sadie instead of handing that chore off to Z. She goes on two 20 minute walks a day, which would is close to a 40 minute treadmill walk at the gym. I also have been getting up during commercial breaks to wash dishes, make trips to the laundry and put away dishes. These little chores help me feel like I'm not just maximizing my time around the house, but also like I am doing something with myself instead of lazing on the couch.
Throwing Out the Sweets. I refuse to buy cookies, cake mix, gummy bears, cupcakes or any other sugary treat. However, I am human and I do crave. What I do is buy a bag of frozen grapes and pop them in the freezer. They are the best after dinner dessert. Sweet, easy and to me, nature's own little popsicle. For the times that I just have to have something chocolately-I buy Skinny Cow dessert products. They are good and guiltless. The French Vanilla Truffle is my favorite and only has 100 calories. You really can't beat it.
I'll keep you updated on how it goes, but also, let me know what you guys do to work out. Do you have a set schedule? Do you run outside and have a great training program you use? If so, share! Or is there a class I should try out? Let me know! I would love to hear!
Also, I was going to update on how my Lent Resolution was going, but I felt like this post was already too long to add another lengthy subject. Update later this week!