Fitness Check-in

It’s been a while since I have done a fitness post, so I thought I would check in and share what I have (not)been up to the past couple weeks.

The past couple weeks of my life have been a weird in-between period. I am in transition from school to summer to work/real life. Immediately after graduation, I finished up some school related things. Recently I have been slowly getting things together for my move to Charlotte and starting working in mid-June.  However since I have not been too busy, I have the tendency to put things off that I just don’t feel like doing immediately….Which usually results in things just not getting completed. I justify my complacency by intensively planning for the future (you don’t want to know how many excel spreadsheets that I have created), instead of being active in the moment.

One big area of my life that is feeling the effects of not living in the present is my fitness goals. Mornings are the best time for me to workout, but it has not been happening in the way I would like. I have been slacking off in a big way on running. I often don’t feel the pressure to go out and run right now, so I push it back to later in the day until something else comes up. A half marathon is definitely something I want to do in the near future, but I am waiting to sign up for anything until I know my work schedule and when I might be traveling.

Swimming has supplemented my workouts a bit, and it’s nice to be back in the water after 9 months. However, I have not been getting out there as often as I should/could. Thankfully, I am also participating in Kara’s Strong Core Challenge, which is keeping my abs sore! Checking off the exercises on her spreadsheet holds me more accountable for completing the moves.

I am interested in starting some sort of challenge or workout regime in the near future. But I want to commit to something 100 percent, and my schedule is about to get a little crazy since I leave for the cruise on Saturday for a week and then start work!

Anyway, for the next couple of days I am focusing on quick intense workouts. Once I get moving, I love it and will usually keep going. But before I start, working out can sound so unappealing especially if I know it will take a long time. So blogilates and bodyrock workouts are definitely coming my way!

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Tips to Keep Running

Often when I run, the second mile is the hardest. It doesn’t matter how long I am planning on running. It could be 3 miles or 5, but the second mile is ALWAYS the one during which I want to quit. After I make it through the second mile, I usually fall into my pace and really enjoy running.

On one of my last runs I made a mental checklist of things I do/think to just keep running when I want to quit.

It seems to fall into four stages:

1. Avoidance-Instead of acknowledging the fact that I want to quit, I try and distract myself by thinking of other things

-Focus on what I will eat when I get home

-Make a mental list of things I need to do

-Plan my outfit for the day

2. Mantras– These are especially helpful for me when I am running up hills, and I can no longer avoid the thought that quitting would feel really nice

-You quit when you are done-not when you get tired

-This will be the hardest hill

-You have to run for the race

3. Mini Goal making-If a mantra is just not persuasive enough, I try and trick myself into going just a bit further

-Just run to the next stop sign (block, stop light, etc)

-Run up hills and jog down

4. Peer Pressure– When all else fails, the fact that people around me will see me quit (even if they are mowing the lawn and totally not paying attention to me) keeps me going. 

-Why do I want to stop?

I am out of breath? (no), Does anything hurt? (no)

So…there is really no reason to quit

-Those people will think you are a wimp for quitting now, are you even sweating?

 

Do you have any workout mantras? What do you think about to keep you going when you just want to quit?

Workout Goals

Every Sunday I sit down a make a schedule that looks something like this

Being able to visually see my schedule of classes, mandatory meetings, and rehearsals allows me to better plan out my time for school work, workouts, work, and fun time! Last week I had a lot of fun with the game, concert, and going home. Unfortunately that also made slack off a lot a bit in the workout department. This week I thought I would share my fitness goals for the next 5 days to make me more accountable.

Cycle– 2x’s I love cycle and always make it to my Tuesday afternoon class, but later in the week I get busy and taking another class doesn’t always make it into my life.

Running– 2x’s 3 miles each, I have really gotten out of the habit of running since I came back to school. I ended last summer with my first ever triathlon, in which I ran a 10 K (by far the longest I have ever run). During my 12 week training I went from 4-5 miles per week to 16! I can’t really say that I enjoy running, but it is such great exercise and a good destressor for me. Honestly, I am kind of a baby and hate running in the cold, but I am going to suck it up and get out twice this week.

SBS– 3x’s one each of arms, legs, and abs

Push ups– 3x’s a week- I have been doing pretty good with this plan, and am really happy with my results so far 🙂

I love checking things off my to-do lists. Confession: sometimes I write a task down on my to-do list after I complete it, just so I can check it off and feel accomplished. I hope that listing everything will motivate me to complete all my workouts this week!

What motivates you to work out?

Also, totally random but Lisa posted about visiting Fearrington Village and eating at the barn for an awards ceremony. The barn is gorgeous; a lovely place for a reception. Definitely going in my “wedding planning” folder on my computer 😉