Yesterday something part embarrassing, part flattering happened; I almost lost my skirt. The skirt that I put on slipped down from my waist, to my hips and tried to make its way down my thighs! As I wiggled my skirt back into position I was struck by the thought that even though I have trouble seeing/believing that I am making progress, progress is being made and I am this much closer to my goal of looking better naked. (Yes, yes, I want to be healthy to but come on…I am deliriously excited about the fact that I am looking so good in and out of my clothes.)
August found me working out consistently but not everyday. I’m trying to give myself a break; my goal of 365 miles in 365 days is slowly dying a slow but good death (I am at 158 miles for the year). The good thing is that I am working out more than I have all year and I am making time to get up and out and going. I am telling myself that working out five days a week is enough and that I should give myself a break for, you know, taking rest days and allowing the sore muscles to recover.
My pace is getting faster!
It is true that I logged fewer miles in August than I did in July but yo; look at that pace! I shaved over a minute off of the average time of my wogs! Part of this is because I started picking up the pace while working out, partly to challenge myself, partly to get the dang workout done.
I look forward to working out. Honestly I used to part envy, part scoff at those people who set their alarms for o’dark thirty and went to workout. Now, I am becoming one of them! I love grabbing my sneakers and seeing what the body can do. It hasn’t been so bad, I am up and out, back before I can even think of excuses as to why I should be up and out! I am going to keep the momentum going with the school year starting; I’ll drop The Bee at her bus stop, or walk her to her stop and then do my workout.
Planks! I can actually do a minute plank! Thanks to a group I was member of on Facebook, I can plank without it being a thing! We started at 30 seconds and built up to a minute. The group was up to two minutes but I was not. I will take my minute and be happy.
Rest and Recovery Days. I had the worst shin splints and took a few days off to rest and recover. I did the stretches, iced my sore legs and took some time to take care of me. In the past this would have been an excuse to stop all workouts, eat all the things, and give up, Now…no. I am counting this as a win because not only did I not give up, I was able to workout better when I started up again!
Work up to wogging a full mile without stopping. I
think know that this can be done; my body is willing but my head keeps getting in the way. At boot camp on Wednesday one of the participants told me he was in the military and worked on his pace through the cadences his drill sergeants used. I looked on YouTube and found a few examples to use for my next workout.
Workout five days a week, 40 minutes a day. At this point in the study I am doing the participants are required to workout five days a week for 40 minutes a day. At first it seemed impossible but now, not so much. I look forward to working out and I actually have been setting my alarm and NOT hitting snooze to get it done.
Adding weight training to my workout. Back in the day I used to have the weight training portion of my routine down pat. Now…I wander the weight room at the gym like a lost puppy. A few friends have given me a few tips to create a routine and I will work with the weights I have at home until I renew my gym membership.
Time Management. As wonderful as it has been that I am working out in the morning, I find that my time management skills are quite sucky. I get up, workout, return home and fool around until I am rushing off to work. Part of it is that I truly underestimate the amount of time it is going to take for me to do my morning routine. I need to acknowledge that I am going to want to read a book, play candy crush or watch TV in the morning and I have been trying to deny that that is a part of my routine. Instead of acting like I am not checking Facebook I will allow time to eat breakfast and have a few moments to myself in the morning instead of the mad dash rush that has been my life. This one is difficult. Have been rusher forever and always told myself that “I am not a morning person” so I would sleep in as much as I could. I need to change the track and allow that even if I am not a morning person, my morning routine is important and not worth rushing. I will check in and let you all know how this goes.
As of this post I reached the goal that I have been dancing around…20 pounds lost! My new goal is to lose ten percent of my current weight so I am shooting for another 18 pounds (I am at 184). This time around the weight loss feels possible and not like some pipe dream so I fee good and hopeful and ready to go.
Your turn! Tell me your fitness wins for August in the comments!