True Confessions and Weekend Roundup

We are two weeks into the new year and I’m officially back at school (work). So that means I am back to my long commute, my super-early mornings, and my mentally taxing job, aka my normal schedule.

Time for some true confessions:

  • It isn’t that I didn’t want to blog last week, but I had technical difficulties and a shortage of time when my computer was actually working. Ah well…excuses aplenty over here.
  • I did get in my workouts as planned last week. I’m proud of myself for that. I don’t always want to work out, but I found that I made it non-negotiable (in my head) then I didn’t try to talk myself out of it.
  • I feel like I gained 15 pounds in the past month. None of my clothes seem to fit me comfortably. I went shopping over the weekend to buy some new pants and was completely discouraged by the experience. I definitely enjoyed myself over the holidays, and I definitely gained some weight. I don’t want this blog to be about weight loss, because that is not my primary concern, but I have to admit I’m not feeling very good in my skin these days. As a side note, I did weigh myself in the beginning of the year. I only want to use that number as a base line, but it is higher than it’s ever been.
  • I do have body image issues. I have always been thin, healthy, and active. And I have always thought negatively about my body. I don’t even want to write the things I think because I would never, ever say them to my worst enemy. But why it seems ok to say them to myself I do not know. There are times that I do catch those thoughts and I am able to reframe them. Like I said, my body is healthy, and this journey is not about weight loss. It’s about fitness and feeling good in my body for once. This true confession could (and should) be a blog post all its own. This is a huge issue for me and it affects me in every aspect of my life. And I think if I can make peace with my body image once and for all I know I can be successful in my fitness goals. These two things are inextricably linked and I will not be successful in one without dealing with the other.
  • I am exhausted. I am so tired even though I’m getting plenty of sleep. I’m guessing this is because I’m back to my work routine and adding in some moderate daily exercise. I feel like I have no energy at all. Thank the gods for coffee!

I think that’s enough over sharing for now. Here’s my workout schedule for this week:

Monday

Boot camp: www.shrinkingjeans.net/bootcamp  week 3 day 1 (Done! Booya!)

Tuesday

Run 2 miles

Wednesday

Boot camp w3 d2

Thursday

Run 2 miles

Friday

Rest

Saturday

Run and Boot camp w3 d3 (or machines at the gym)

Sunday

25-30 min easy run or crosstrain

Last week I substituted Saturday’s boot camp for a strength training session at the gym with the machines. And I felt that sweet muscle soreness on Sunday, so that was a smart move. In case you’re curious I used did 30 reps on: leg press, inner and outer thigh machines, hamstring and quadriceps curls, pullups and dips (assisted). Then I did some ab work with a 10 pound medicine ball and planks. And I always finish up a workout with a good stretch. And Sunday I didn’t run but I did take my pup Dio for a long sniffabout, I mean walk.

So this week is all about establishing this new fitness routine. I’ve gotta make this exercise after school nonnegotiable.

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