Today’s post isn’t a list or recommendations or instructions, but rather it’s just what is going on with me fitness-wise. I’ve really struggled in the last 5-6 months to find the motivation to exercise; work is incredibly draining and life is hectic and I’m having a really hard time motivating myself to get off my butt and do something. I find that a lot of people are into that motivated state of mind right now, and I’m hoping that writing about it is going to force some accountability…
I enjoy the Zumba and yoga classes that I take at lunch at the gym, and while they aren’t the most challenging fitness classes I’ve ever taken, they are perfect for a lunch time class. I get a boost of energy for the afternoon without crossing over into being more exhausted than I started. Realistically, I need to add in a day of running for four days at lunch, and potentially swap one of my Zumba classes for another day of running. Running really works me out, and while I need to do a lot more stretching and care afterwards, I feel like I’ve really used my muscles after. We now have an elliptical at home, so running at night is also an option!
I also need to get back into regularly doing yoga at night. I’m really feeling sore from work- I end up at my desk for hours and I haven’t moved an inch. My lower back and legs haven’t done anything and yoga is great for strengthening and stretching everything out. I seem to always have a reason why I can’t spare 40 minutes for yoga, so I need to jump back down to the 20-25 minute sequences. Sure, it’s less than I would like but it’s better than nothing. My goal for the next two weeks is to do yoga at least every other day. That’s a reasonable goal and there’s no reason why I can’t make it happen. I’m going to go so far as to plan specific sequences in my bullet journal- I’m okay if I end up changing them, but that way there is a plan in place!
I also just need to focus on eating better. The trip to Fernie threw off our whole schedule; we usually do shopping on the weekend but that didn’t happen obviously. Starting this weekend, I’m measuring out fruit and veggie servings- that’s an easy area to tackle. I’ve been nursing a slight cold for a week now and I need to give my immune system the boost I need to beat it! (I’ve discovered the magic of banana and peanut butter together for a snack, and it’s probably the best snack I’ve had in years. It has protein AND I always feel full after!!) I think I will go so far as a full meal plan for breakfasts and lunches that I can make ahead.
Here’s where you come in: please feel free to come back and ask on this post how I’m doing, tweet at me, or message my page on Facebook on how I’m doing! And please send me your tips for motivating yourself; what makes you want to get up and move? I’m looking forward to hearing everyone’s suggestions, I know that quite a few of you are very active!