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Back to normal... (post #57134)

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I find it's so hard to get back to normal at this time of year.  After doing things towards the holidays before work, at lunch and after work, I still can't get motivated to go back to the gym.


Add to this that it was frustratingly cold here in Clearwater (I kid you not!) and I curled back up into a ball and continued to sleep when I really planned on returning to the gym. 


I'm really peeved at myself because I let my schedule get in the way of fitness and feel like I'm back at square one in the motivation department.  ranting.gif image by chiffonade


Call me names, please.  I need to make sure I can actually make it out of bed to exercise.  Soon.


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"Sandra Lee is the Culinary Anti-Christ and I am the Anti-Sandra Lee.  The precious moments you may take to measure a level cup of flour are NOT wasted time!"


Chiffonade

*You're a REAL person, eat REAL food."

Chiffonade

roz's picture

(post #57134, reply #1 of 99)

I was trying to think of something to say to motivate you to get back in the gym. But...you've heard it all before and are smarter than that. Perhaps you could, while still in bed, stretch your body and feel, really feel that stretch. Get out of bed, do a sun salutation, touch your toes, drink lots of water, do ten push-ups and then ten squats. Take a brisk shower, get dressed and go on with your day.

Start out small and increase it everyday until you are sick to death of the same routine. Go to the gym. Meet new people in the gym who will only be there a short time (like the month of January), but chiffonade, you will still be in the gym no matter what!

Good luck!
Roz

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
chiffonade's picture

(post #57134, reply #2 of 99)

Thanks, Roz.  I'm really beating myself up over falling off my regimen.  I hate how hard it is to develop one and how easy it is to forget.

"Sandra Lee is the Culinary Anti-Christ and I am the Anti-Sandra Lee.  The precious moments you may take to measure a level cup of flour are NOT wasted time!"


Chiffonade

*You're a REAL person, eat REAL food."

Chiffonade

SallyBR1's picture

(post #57134, reply #3 of 99)

I don t know how I would cope with the overindulgencies without exercise -

these past couple of weeks were hard, but we managed to keep our schedule even during snow. Yesterday's run was pretty horrible, not only it was cold (28F) but the North wind was against us on the second half - you talk about a wind chill, that was it.

normally I absolutely DESPISE going out to run in those days - so I trick myself, saying - I am going for one mile only. One mile. That is it, no need to do more

I leave myself some room to turn around and go back home at every stretch of the way - it never fails, I end up completing the run every single time. This weekend I will profit from a predicted 60 F temp for Sunday, and go for a 10 miler. That should put me back in shape and help bring my weight back to normal - I gained 2.5 pounds from the trip to Brazil to New Year's excesses, in my size that is noticeable. In two weeks they WILL be gone.

I still go to the Y a couple of times/week - also not that easy in this cold weather, as I gotta be out of the house by 5:50hs max - but it feels so good when I go, it seems that the harder it is, the better I feel afterwards. So I do it.

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

RuthWells's picture

(post #57134, reply #4 of 99)

What works for me when I am so stuck is to lower my expectations of myself. We have a stationary bike in our basement, so I put on sweats and say to myself, "Just do 15 minutes on the bike." Often the simple act of overcoming the inertia gives me the motivation to spend a longer time on the bike, do some weights and stretching, etc. But if I set out demanding all of that of myself, I get overwhelmed.

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw


www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

annieqst's picture

(post #57134, reply #5 of 99)

I know what you mean! Yesterday I had to grab myself by the shirt collar to get me to the gym, but I did feel better after going. The gym closes between Christmas and New Years and I sure do feel it even though I'm only a twice-a-weeker. What I do to motivate is remind myself that I'm only hurting myself if I don't do something. Do you want a sore back, Annie? No. Do you want little wimpy, weak muscles? No. That usually is enough for me. (Easy mark!)


The biggest asset I have, Chiff, is my dog. I have to walk her twice a day no matter what the weather. If I choose to skimp on the walk, I just tell myself I'm not being fair to Lucy. This is her only outing and she needs it to count. ...Do you want to borrow her?

chiffonade's picture

(post #57134, reply #6 of 99)

Thanks so much for the words of encouragement.  I don't feel like such a slacker because...


Today was the big New Year's Luncheon thrown by my boss for all the employees.  I normally take part in cooking the fare but this year we left it to a very good restauranteur friend of his to cook to our specs.  Everything came out great.  Well, the dweeb who usually schlepps everything around for this company is on vacation this week (even though he knows FULL WELL my boss does this every year!).  I wound up setting up tables and chairs for 150 not to mention stirring huge cauldrons of collard greens, black eyed peas and lentil soup (although cooked by the restaurant, it was served out of the big pots).  I also had to run to Sam's because aforementioned dweeb let all the disposable plates and cutlery dwindle down to nothing, and then didn't share this information with anyone.  I hefted cases of soda and bags of ice for good measure.


I know it's not deliberate exercise but I feel like I definitely burned some calories today.  No worries though...I will be back in the gym taking my favorite classes.  Tomorrow is cycle which I detest but I think I'm going to go just to ball$ it out!!


"Sandra Lee is the Culinary Anti-Christ and I am the Anti-Sandra Lee.  The precious moments you may take to measure a level cup of flour are NOT wasted time!"


Chiffonade

*You're a REAL person, eat REAL food."

Chiffonade

Maedl's picture

(post #57134, reply #8 of 99)

First, stop berating yourself for falling out of your routine. Maybe the real problem is that you are bored--after all, it is a routine!


I've tried the gym route and I simply hate it.  I hate the noise, the smell, the stale air, the feeling that everyone is in his own little world, cut off from reality by headphones, that you have to schlepp somewhere just to exercise.  So look for some alternatives--try out some new experiences and see if you can't fit exercising into your daily schedule and make it unavoidable.


Ditch the car for a day each week and do your errands on foot, if you can.  Not only will you burn calories, you'll save money on the gas and maybe even make a new friend or two! Use stairs rather than elevators or escalators. Find some alternatives that will get you outside in fresh air, where you'll see something more interesting than a bunch of sweaty people puffing away on exercise machines. Do you have any nature paths in your area, where you can walk and do a few exercises along the way? Or do you have some older friends whose dogs need walking/running? Do you have a yard where you can put in a garden (let me tell you, you'll get more exercise working in a garden than you ever thought possible!) Another great source of exercise is working at home--do you have a room that needs painting?  You'd be surprised how fast the pounds disappear when you are going up and down a ladder, taping the woodwork, painting, etc. In addition, this is great quadruple tasking: you get exercise,  a fresh room with a new look, a better result than if you hired the job out, and again, you save money. You can always hit the gym once a week to exercise if you feel that some body parts still need more work.


I think you'll find all sorts of alternatives that will make up for gym avoidance. It might even be more fun!  Good luck!


 

Margie Between the Alps and the Chesapeake Bay: Where Food and Culture Intersect www.alpsandbay.blogspot.com
chiffonade's picture

(post #57134, reply #9 of 99)

... do your errands on foot, if you can. 


I miss New York.


I think it's more getting over the inertia, as mentioned above.  I guess I just have to get back on the horse.  The gym environment really doesn't bother me because I'm a social person and there are actually a couple of others who also enjoy a "social" environment to work out.  I always did better with a partner, someone I knew would be there day in day out.  When I didn't want to go, I still would because I knew she'd be waiting.


I can't believe how sore I am just doing physical labor yesterday!


 


"Sandra Lee is the Culinary Anti-Christ and I am the Anti-Sandra Lee.  The precious moments you may take to measure a level cup of flour are NOT wasted time!"


Chiffonade

*You're a REAL person, eat REAL food."

Chiffonade

DeannaS's picture

(post #57134, reply #10 of 99)

Seriously the thing that works for me is to set a goal. A goal that involves paying for something - the more expensive the better. In other words, I pick a race, and pay for it, and then I'm obligated to keep working towards it. Signing up for a January half marathon was the best thing I could do to keep my butt in gear over the holidays. That is not to say that I didn't gain weight over the holidays (dang cookies). But, at least I did enough exercise to stay sane. That and good training partners. My coworker and I make sure we keep going to the gym on our lunch hour, and now I've found someone to do Saturday runs with. In the summer I have a neighbor that bikes with me. That definitely helps, too.

And, hey, if I can do it in Wisconsin in the winter (where all my running has been outdoors), you can do it in what, Florida? :D

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

chiffonade's picture

(post #57134, reply #11 of 99)

Guess what I did today???


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You had to hear the fight going on in my head while I was doing the class. 


"Do NOT bail...do not bail..."
"Why not???"
"Because you're better than that."
"How long is this #&@^@ class??????"
"No matter, you have to finish.  Think of something else.  Make a shopping list or a list of errands. Go somewhere else (in my head)!"
"OK...it's past 6:30...we're half done."
"My feet are NUMB, I have to stop."


So I got off the bike, stretched out my feet and got back on.  OMG, what an improvement (which reminds me, I need a gel seat).  Conversation in head continues...


"OMG, she's slowing down.  I think we're getting ready to finish.   The music is that 'cool down' music."


Noteworthy to add...I have never done a whole cycle class.  Today, I did.


"Sandra Lee is the Culinary Anti-Christ and I am the Anti-Sandra Lee.  The precious moments you may take to measure a level cup of flour are NOT wasted time!"


Chiffonade

*You're a REAL person, eat REAL food."

Chiffonade

DeannaS's picture

(post #57134, reply #13 of 99)

Spectacular! Congratulations!

Okay, so now do a little web search and find an early spring bike ride to sign up for. Make it a little longer than you're comfortable doing now, so that you've got something to work for. You'll be super motivated!

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

Syrah's picture

(post #57134, reply #15 of 99)

Well done. Something that I think should be noted when it comes to cycle classes is that some people are show offs. They would prefer to ride at a lower resistance and look good and comfortable to actually working at the level the instructor is asking for. I ignore the pace of everyone else in the room.

I believe in champagne...

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

chiffonade's picture

(post #57134, reply #16 of 99)

...some people are show offs. They would prefer to ride at a lower resistance and look good and comfortable to actually working at the level the instructor is asking...


The batch of folks where I workout is a pretty nice bunch.  They're very supportive.  Most of them are definitely in better shape than me but they never rub it in anyone's face and they're all "team" players.


I try really hard to maintain the level of exertion requested by the instructor (who is an AVID bicyclist and in phenomenal shape) but sometimes I settle for perpetual motion.  i.e. If I'm tired and can't maintain the "5" or "6" level of exertion, I'll back off the resistance, keep pedaling, and pick it back up when I can.  I can't stay at the top of the "peaks" as long as others in the class but other than that one time I had to stretch my feet, I maintained perpetual motion.


"Sandra Lee is the Culinary Anti-Christ and I am the Anti-Sandra Lee.  The precious moments you may take to measure a level cup of flour are NOT wasted time!"


Chiffonade

*You're a REAL person, eat REAL food."

Chiffonade

Syrah's picture

(post #57134, reply #18 of 99)

That's pretty much what I meant. You need to focus on you. Recover when you need and slip back in you can. I did find when I was starting that some people just skated along. Not much point in that.

I believe in champagne...

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

roz's picture

(post #57134, reply #20 of 99)

You are great! Cycling class, what a truly hard workout! I find cycling classes next to impossible to keep my brain on track. When I used to run, running was so easy, out in the fresh air, whatever the weather, but cycling classes are a wretch of endurance. I am constantly fighting my thoughts, when is this going to end?

Our little group of workout buddies have started doing interval training on a cardio machine of choice. Three minutes easy, one minute really hard, and so on for about 20 minutes. This is after lifting heavy weights. Exhilarating! Today was a day off.

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
whatscooking's picture

(post #57134, reply #23 of 99)

Congratulations on getting "back on the horse" or bike.  It sounds like you had a good strong day.  I thought of you the other day because I received a Pilates DVD for Christmas and I have been doing it somewhat routinely.  On days when you don't feel like going to the gym, a DVD workout can be a nice alternative.  This  is a Gaiam  beginner one but I find it somewhat challenging and I'm very aware of my middle the day after using it.  So I figure something has to be going on in there.  Plus, it is somewhat relaxing since it is all floor work.  And it is only 25 minutes long.  That goes by pretty fast.  At least if I miss a gym day for whatever reason, I have something I can do.  I hope to work up to the intermediate level, so that will be my goal with it.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. 
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

SallyBR1's picture

(post #57134, reply #24 of 99)

Curious about your Pilates DVD - do you need any "extras"? Elastic bands, ankle weights, or is it all using just your body?

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

whatscooking's picture

(post #57134, reply #25 of 99)

No special equip. for this one.  I take a class at the gym where we use the little balls and such.  I know a lot of the moves from the class but I have a hard time doing them at home without a leader.  This helps and though vigorous, I still find it relaxing.  Except the rollups, those are murder.  I don't know if it is two c-sctions or what, but that move is nearly impossible for me.  I keep trying though.


A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. 
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

SallyBR1's picture

(post #57134, reply #26 of 99)

thanks....

could you tell me the exact DVD you got? I know there are plenty out there, would like to get one with good recommendations like yours

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

whatscooking's picture

(post #57134, reply #31 of 99)

Duh, I meant to attach the link before.  Here is is: http://www.amazon.com/Pilates-Beginning-Workout-Ana-Caban/dp/B00005M1XE/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1199638019&sr=8-1

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. 
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

SallyBR1's picture

(post #57134, reply #32 of 99)

Thanks.... just placed my order. Got it used, very cheap.... :-)

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

chiffonade's picture

(post #57134, reply #33 of 99)

Just wanted to check in and let you all know that I have been diligent and gone to the gym (last) Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Today marks the first ever Wednesday workout at this gym since I joined.  I'm shooting for M-F.  I'd like my weekends to be mine. 


Monday was cycle.  icon_rolleyes.gif image by chiffonade


Tuesday was "just pump" (mostly weights)...YAY!


Wednesday was attaching myself to another member who is very inspirational.  She had me on the treadmill for 33 minutes doing intervals of climbing, running and walking.  Notable:  That's 30 minutes more than I usually spend on a treadmill and 100% more time than I usually spend running on one.  The suprrise of the morning came when we started to do abs and I was actually much stronger than she.  Woo hoo!


Thursday will be Elizabeth's class which is somewhat wimpy but several of us want her to do at least 30 minutes of step-type aerobics and she can use the other 30 minutes to do whatever she likes.


Friday is cycle again.  icon_rolleyes.gif image by chiffonade


"Sandra Lee is the Culinary Anti-Christ and I am the Anti-Sandra Lee.  The precious moments you may take to measure a level cup of flour are NOT wasted time!"


Chiffonade

*You're a REAL person, eat REAL food."

Chiffonade

roz's picture

(post #57134, reply #34 of 99)

yeah! A great week of workouts!

Today we did a shoulders routine, which is fairly whimpy, as the shoulder muscles are not my strongest. Started with a tabata crunch pushup combo, that is, 20 sec. crunches, 10 sec. rest, 20 sec. pushups, 10 sec. rest, for eight reps. That doesn't sound hard, but is a killer.
Then the standard standing military press, upright rows, side lateral raises and front lateral raises, with cardio at the end. I was whimpy today and didn't do the intervals during the cardio.

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
chiffonade's picture

(post #57134, reply #35 of 99)

OMG.  I am so sore...LOL.  I am stretching using the support beam of a staircase leading up to my boss' loft.


Problem is that I don't know why things hurt...i.e. Do my arms hurt from pump or leaning on the cycle or hanging onto the treadmill today for dear life!   Not sure why things hurt - just that they do - in a good way.


Today is BF's birthday so we are going to splurge and go out for dinner.  We have been off restaurant meals since the first of the year.  Consider - we had been doing restaurant meals daily, sometimes twice!   I put my foot down and said we need to be responsible for our own food - we both cook (and love it) - and that way we could control what goes into our mouths.  His question:  "What do you mean 'we'?"  LOLOL.


"Sandra Lee is the Culinary Anti-Christ and I am the Anti-Sandra Lee.  The precious moments you may take to measure a level cup of flour are NOT wasted time!"


Chiffonade

*You're a REAL person, eat REAL food."

Chiffonade

RheaS's picture

(post #57134, reply #37 of 99)

I was doing one core blast plus two yoga classes per week and the occassional quick workout on the elliptical machine then I took a break over the holidays. Back into the gym this week. I'm very fortunate that there is a free gym at my office where we can also pay to take various classes such as yoga. Monday was yoga. Yesterday was cardio day, so 30 minutes on a bike. I'm also trying to walk to and from the train station and my office -- usually a brisk 15 minutes. Tonight will be snowboarding. My body is complaining a little, but the exercise keeps me sane.

RuthWells's picture

(post #57134, reply #36 of 99)

Go, Chiff! I overslept the Sunday yoga class I meant to attend, so I stretched and biked for about 50 minutes (we have a stationary bike and a few weights set up in our gym). Felt great until I stood up later that night and realized I'd thrown my back into spasm. Luckily, the bike is recumbent and I can still pedal without hurting my back....

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw


www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

chiffonade's picture

(post #57134, reply #38 of 99)

Felt great until...


Isn't that always the way??  Do you know what put your back into spasm? 


I'm reminded every time I stand up that I'm sore.


BTW, we went out to lunch today and ordered a small flatbread appetizer and salads.  I could not finish my salad.  This is a higher-end restaurant using great, excellent quality ingredients.  I took the rest of the salad to go.  I stopped when I was full.  If this same food was served to me at the end of December, I could have polished that off no problem!


"Sandra Lee is the Culinary Anti-Christ and I am the Anti-Sandra Lee.  The precious moments you may take to measure a level cup of flour are NOT wasted time!"


Chiffonade

*You're a REAL person, eat REAL food."

Chiffonade

RuthWells's picture

(post #57134, reply #39 of 99)

My back has been in crummy shape for months now. I have a feeling I stretched little too enthusiastically on Sunday. : (

On the good news side, I have an appointment with a highly recommended accupuncturist a week from today. (Two months of weekly massage have not had a lasting effect and I'm ready to tear my hair out.)

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw


www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

Marcia's picture

(post #57134, reply #40 of 99)

Best of luck with the accupuncture. I had thought the massage was helping. :(

RuthWells's picture

(post #57134, reply #41 of 99)

It helps symptomatically, don't get me wrong, but it's not getting rid of the humungous knots and trigger points all over my shoulders and lower back.

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw


www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...