Thursday, October 3, 2013

Day #3 (or the day I fell off the bandwagon)

Today's workout:
One mile gentle walk from the Walk, Eat, Lose set

Please feel free to notice that it is day three and you don't see a T25 workout up there.


I am not proud, but I am also not beating myself up.  I had an exhausting, stressful day.  I honestly was considering skipping the walk this morning, but I thought it would make me feel better, and it did.  But I think T25 would have destroyed me.  I was ten minutes late to work this morning because of a cement truck that decided it could only go about 3 MPH.  Perfect.  It took me 12 minutes to drive what should take me about a minute and a half.  Then there was traffic in the parking lot and trouble with the bus... work itself was not stressful, but it is tough to recover from a rushed, panicked morning.

I had also forgotten that I had an extra long shift today, so I didn't get home until about 5:30.  Then I needed to run errands and pay bills... then I was a bit hungry so I made myself a snack... then I wanted to relax a little after my long day... and then before I knew it, it was 8:30 and I was falling asleep on the couch.  Yup.  I am still 80 years old stuck in the body of a 26 year old.  It's so sad.  But in my defense, I went to a friend's birthday party last night and didn't fall asleep until about 1 am, so when the alarm went off at 5 am, it wasn't pretty.  If I had remembered that I had a nine hour day ahead, I may have just turned it off and kept sleeping.


Regardless, today ended up being a one mile walk day.  I did walk plenty during the day - my Fitbit says I've walked about 6.5 miles today.  And since I did my one mile walk and I tracked my whole day, I am not going to beat myself up about skipping T25.  Honestly, I think doing it on 4 hours of sleep after a stressful day would have been dumb.  Today was supposed to be Total Body Circuit, which I think is the hardest one of the workouts in the Alpha phase.  I find it pretty intimidating.  Not perfect for when you're exhausted!  

I guess this means I have a fourth goal for the month of October - work on not beating myself up.  I'm choosing to work on that one today and leave Shaun T for tomorrow.


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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Day #2 (or why my bed will be the death of me)

Today's workouts:
One mile walk from Leslie Sansone's Ultimate 5 Day Walk Plan
Focus T25: Speed 1.0

I have to admit that I am really proud of myself for both workouts today.  I know it's only day two of my October challenge, so I shouldn't be hitting a wall yet... but let's be honest, sometimes getting back into the swing of things is rough.  I put off my T25 workout for a long time before I had to face the music today.


This morning my alarm went off at 4:30 am.  Oof.  The sun wasn't even awake yet, and there I was, struggling to function so that I could do my one mile walk.  I will admit that I got dressed and then crawled back into bed and thought about blowing it off.  I love my bed and it was super comfy this morning... just like every morning.  But then I remembered that it was day two and that I was going to have to blog about it later, so I better get it together.  I must be honest and say that I didn't go all out with this one.  I took it a little easy, because really?  That is too early to be going crazy.  But I got it done and that's what matters!

I then got ready for work, made myself a super delicious breakfast sandwich (note to everyone: buy Canadian bacon right now) and went on my merry little way to work.  Work was an adventure today.  One of the tours I do is called Family Magic, and it is quite fun, but the tone of it completely depends on the group because it is very interactive.  I've done that tour with one family of four and it's very different than it is with a group of 20, but it's always entertaining because kids are entertaining.  Today was a unique one for me because I only had two people signed up, a mother and daughter.  It ended up being a lot of fun (for me, at least, I hope they enjoyed themselves too).  You have to love how honest kids are, though.  At one point today, she looked up at me and told me my teeth were yellow.  Yikes.  Time to get some whitening toothpaste!

Seriously.  My day to day life is so fascinating I end up talking about toothpaste.

But I digress.  I did suffer a slight setback to my October challenge already, but nothing major.  I packed myself a healthy (also boring) lunch of a turkey sandwich and applesauce.  Then my tour admin suggested we get corn dog nuggets from Casey's Corner.  In case you're not a Walt Disney World person, corn dog nuggets are exactly what they sound like.  Little bites of corn dog.  They are heavenly.  Obviously I said yes.  Do you know what's not in the Weight Watchers database?  Corn dog nuggets.  I, too, was shocked.  But I decided to track them as two corn dogs and move on.  So yes, I tracked them!  I am still inching closer to that lotion!

When I got home from work, I crashed on my couch.  Then I crashed in my bed.  I love my job, but it takes a toll on me physically.  I am just exhausted after work most days.  So I took a half hour nap, then I sucked it up and did my T25 workout.  And you know what?  It wasn't awful.


Happy Wednesday!

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Day #1 of my October challenge!

I just want to note here that this is my second time blogging in two days.  This is the first time that this has happened since May.  I don't want to get cocky or anything, but this is exciting stuff, kids.


So here I am on October 1st and I am officially one day into my challenge!  It's pretty simple, really - I am just making a few important changes to my lifestyle because the lifestyle I'm living right now is not working for me.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm happy!  But I'm also dangerously close to my Weight Watchers starting weight and that is pretty horrifying.  Thus, for the month of October, here's what I am doing:
  1. I am setting my alarm 15 minutes early and doing a one mile Leslie Sansone walk.  I am aware that I am an old woman and that me and all my old woman friends are the only ones who own a bunch of Leslie Sansone DVDs.  But I know that a morning workout sets a good tone for my day.  When I worked nights, it was easy to work out in the morning, but now that I work crazy early mornings, I cannot face a long or intense workout before I leave for work (read: at 4 am).  So the one mile walk will have to do.
  2. I am recommitting to Weight Watchers.  I know, I know... I've said it a million times.  But I mean it this time.  I even went to a meeting last night.  It wasn't a great meeting and I am not sure I will be going back to that specific one, but it was a reset button for me.  My mini goal is to track every day this week.  As usual, I am bribing myself.  If I track every day, I get to buy this lotion. And I really want that lotion, so I am going to freaking track.
  3. I am restarting T25.  Kill me.  It's tough, it's exhausting, and I will be doing it after work.  And since work usually means tours now, I will be doing it after walking about 5 miles in the heat, in a costume made mostly of wool, pantyhose, and heels.  This is the part I am most concerned about.  But I really, really, really want to get back on track with this and I know it's only 25 minutes and that I can do it.  I just need to get back into the habit.
I successfully performed all three of these things today - I did one mile with Leslie this morning, I did T25 Cardio this afternoon, and I tracked my whole day.  I also made dinner for Jamie and I instead of going out, which I am incredibly proud of.  He and I have been eating out a whole bunch lately (and by lately I mean always) and it's rough on our bank accounts and our waistlines.  So I have been on Pinterest more than anyone should for the past few days just pinning recipes.  Apparently number four on my list of things to do in October is learn how to cook more than the 3 things I make regularly.  And I will be trying not to go to Chick-fil-a several times a week, which may actually destroy me.


That's it.  I have nothing more exciting to report.  I cleaned my apartment today, took a shower, washed my hair (which really is news, let's be honest), and hung out with Jamie.  I love days off.


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