I have not been feeling very well today, but I have discovered that no matter how crummy I feel; light exercise and movement helps me to heal and recover better. When I spend all my time resting and sleeping the aches and pains start kicking in.
I spent about 3 plus hours trying to figure out some things in Java and still have not completely gotten all my questions answered. It is frustrating because I feel like I am struggling with basic tasks, but I will not give up.
I was craving sushi and a cake pop today so I had both and they were delicious. My new thing is that if I indulge in one way I will exercise will-power in another.
Today’s Workout of the Day is:
MIXXEDFIT!!! I know what you’re thinking… “This girl is so predictable. She rarely ever mixes it up it’s just Mixxedfit, Mixxedfit, Mixxedfit every day!” Is that such a bad thing?!?!
When I started going back to classes a little over two weeks ago my whole body was sore and my feet ached like crazy especially my right foot. It was hard to breathe and laborious to move quickly. Usually I will give every workout everything that I got, but this time around I have had to remind myself to pace myself. I have become dizzy and light-headed a few times in my past so I am trying to be mindful so I don’t discourage myself from coming back.
I think that there is a lot of value in taking a specific class consistently. It gives you a chance to learn (the moves), develop stamina, and grow. I like the dance classes because they are full of variety and are so much fun! I always know that when I take a dance class I will push myself maybe even more than I would on cardio equipment.
There is so much that I want to do. I want to dance, swim, do yoga, pilates, bike, run, lift (The fact that I am saying this shows tremendous growth… I used to DREAD working out), but there are only so many hours in a day and I have other tasks to do also. Another thing that I am trying to be aware of is making sure that I do not overdo it and burn myself out.
My goal is to live a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable and a long-term way of life. I do not want to injure myself or overdo things to the point that I fizzle out and quit. I am happy because I am sticking with it and enjoying the process.
I have been a little discouraged this week especially today by my appearance. I have more rolls on my body than I would like to admit and sometimes I wonder if my efforts are just in vain. What if I work so hard and the weight never comes off?… Then I remind myself that this did not happen over night. My body is a result of months of overindulging, enjoying whatever I want, lots of sweet coffee drinks from Starbucks, lots of wine and cheese nights with my honey, and all kinds of goodies. Also, I changed my lifestyle drastically in September. This is the most sedentary I have ever been in my entire life. I was an athlete in my past and from 2010 to July of 2015 I have either taught swim lessons or coached swim team. It could be that I was burning way more calories than I was even aware of. It is these little reminders and reality checks that keep me from getting discouraged.
So I have a little more fluff on my body right now and I don’t like the way I look in my clothes… Quitting and not exercising is not going to help and neither will coping with junk food and candy. I am going to enjoy the process and learn about myself.
Barely a year ago I was so uncomfortable in the gym especially with resistance training. I would avoid it at ALL costs. This time around I am making it a point to incorporate my resistance training every time I go to the gym. That is a huge step for me and things are finally a lot less scary.
Today was: LEG DAY!
- 4 x 12 Squats with the smith machine
- 4 x 12 Deadlifts with dumbells
- 4 x 12 Stationary lunges
- 4 x 12 One-legged Deadlifts
Eventually I want to learn how to challenge and push myself harder. Right now I am building my foundation.