Working it out.

I spent the first week of the month trying to get my nutrition on (or close to) point. Was I perfect? No. Do I expect to be? Definitely not. But I planned and I ate healthy meals and I only had take-out twice in two weeks which is a major win for me.

I finally added exercise back into my life, too. I wanted to make sure I was focused and had a good handle on my food before I added another variable. Let me tell you – it was ROUGH. I think I always dread starting a new workout program because of the burn. You know what I’m talking about… You can’t sit down, you can’t stand up, you can’t bend your arms, you can’t lift anything. But I also know that once I get beyond the burn, I won’t feel it quite so bad again as long as I just keep doing it (negative reinforcement, am I right?).

Quick side note: I began a cycling challenge for St. Jude. I figured it would be a great way for me to start really using my new MYX bike. I did a 45 minute ride and my butt hurt so bad I couldn’t even feel it by the time I was done. It hurt for like 3 more days. I ordered a new seat, which got lost in Amazon transit, and it arrived yesterday. It’s the most comfy thing ever. I can’t wait to get back on it!

I was reading an article on Jennifer Aniston (I absolutely love her!) in Shape magazine and she talked about how one of her go-to workouts (as recommended by her trainer) is jump rope. Who would have thought? It was around this time that I was trying to decide what I wanted to do for exercise. Did I want to try my hand at running again? (I loathe the cold mornings.) Did I want to ride my bike? (Read side note RE: butt.) Did I want to try something brand new? Did I want to do something I’ve done before? I really, REALLY, really want to try this older program that I’ve made half-ass attempts at before, but I know that I’m not ready for it. That was the problem when I did it before, I tried it out of the gate after an exercise hiatus, I got frustrated, so I quit. So what do I do to get myself ready for it? Jump rope! I’m not even kidding. Reading that article reminded me about this other, short program that uses a faux jump rope.

I’ve finished the first week and the muscle ache in my legs is gone. I will not quit. I will not quit. I will not quit. Starting over SUCKS. I did miss one day, but guess what? I picked up where I left off without a second glance. Sometimes you need a day. Sometimes your schedule just can’t be their schedule. I **think** I’ve finally gotten that into my head. Missing a day doesn’t mean you failed. I missed a day of nutrition and I’m still at it, I can miss a day of exercise, too.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at. I think I missed posting last week, but I’m nothing if not inconsistent, so it is what it is! See you next week!

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