Last week, I’m excited to say, I found a new friend and workout buddy!!!! I’m happy to report that I’m even more motivated to get active and healthy now that I have someone to share the experience with! She really pushes me. Its awesome…and I have to say that I highly recommend having one. =) If you have the strength and determination, you can get fit and healthy even if it is just you. I promise. But for my part, I sometimes lack the willpower. And even worse, I lack the belief that what I’m doing is making any kind of a difference. I’m ready to try and turn over a new “optimistic” leaf.
***Neither of these people are us. We are not yet cool enough to have a photographer follow us around at the gym…!!!***
I went to my first-EVER group fitness class at my gym thanks to her! It was a “Step & Strength” class at 24 Hour Fitness. Do you have a 24 Hour Fitness membership? If you do – and you’re like me and haven’t been trying the group classes – I suggest you re-think your position. I think that anything that can vary a routine or push your boundaries is a great goal to strive for in your fitness life (at least)! And beyond the fitness class, I did about 25 more flights of stairs on the %$*#^! Starimaster than I usually do. I give all the credit for those extra flights to the fact that she was right beside me, and it gave me a quiet, magical motivation to continue!
On the days I went to the gym by myself, I did my cardio thing that I always do, and then I tried the weight machines! This was another area completely lacking in my fitness routine. I was scared to death of all the (potentially hot) men staring at me while I, in turn, stare blankly at the machines and want to crawl into a hole. Confession = I’m still terrified of people watching and judging me. But I’ve decided to do it anyways. All I’ve worked on so far are shoulder presses (that was all I was sure of how to do). But I’ll get there.
I’m here to assure everyone – the journey is just as inspiring as the finished product. <3
The “low” of my week I must note was in regards to my diet – not my fitness. I’ve been striving very hard to not go over my calorie intake I set for myself. And really overall I’ve been managing it every day. But at work on Friday, I developed a bad stomach cramp after downing a “Naked Juice – Green Machine”. Let me say first – that other than the decently high sugar content, I LOVE this juice. But something was definitely not right and I even went home early from work.
What was it, you ask? Well…I think I figured it out…
I WAS HUNGRY!
I was simply not eating enough on Friday for my activity level…and the juice in my empty stomach made it upset. When I got home, I had a sandwich and took a nap…and woke up fine!
I think that calorie goals are important. I overate by just about a ton when I was married. I didn’t even know how to focus on what I was eating. I just ate everything I could get my hands on. The accountability of counting calories helps me a lot. But what I need to monitor is how my body responds. Staying under a goal – especially while trying to lose weight – is helpful. But not at the expense of feeling horrible.
This week, my goal is to do a minimum of 90 minutes of exercise a day. Not all of this will be cardio. Thanks to my workout buddy, one new goal I have for myself is to have enough muscle to effectively use free weights. I don’t just want to lose all the fat that has taken up residence in my “core area”…I actually want a strong core!!!! Right now I can’t bench press 30 lbs. Not ideal. But everyone starts somewhere. Even if fitness has been in your life from the beginning, there was a time you still had to learn what to do and how to do it effectively.
Example: I’ve been doing squats and lunges wrong for about 27 years of my 27-year life. =)
Regarding my eating and calorie counting – I’m going to find some good snacks to have on hand in my purse. Protein bars…and anything else easy and simple that I can think of to keep with me at all times. I’m not starving myself, but I also don’t want to have another situation ever arise where my body has to hurt to remind me that I’m not treating it right.
I hope you all have a fabulous week!
<3, SomedayFit Girl