Overdone

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Two weeks ago I doubled my daily workouts to add variety and work harder. In the beginning I had so much ambition and added a lot of extra housework and snow shoveling into the mix too. I quickly felt exhausted. I felt like I did when I first started getting off the couch 6 months ago. I also felt like I did last November when I increased my workout time for the Fall Into Fitness Challenge. So, the problem when I feel that tired is it draws me to the couch, the place I’m trying to run away from. I remember reading somewhere that when you increase your workouts, to do it only 10% at a time. I guess that’s good advice for myself and that might work better. I don’t know exactly what 10% would mean though.

So this last week was a real downer. I was frustrated, depressed, lost motivation. I haven’t been losing weight (again!) which has nothing to do with exercise. It’s all about the eating. I read a post this morning that I found inspiring. It talked about the three things I’m forgetting that can help me get back on track. They are: 1) this is a forever change, no going back and 2) why I’m doing this in the first place 3) healthy food is delicious, not depriving.

First, when I get frustrated and lose motivation my thinking starts going something like: I can’t do this, it’s too hard. I’ll never reach my goals. It’s just one treat, I’ll make up for it. Maybe I should take a break so I can regroup. At least I’m not gaining. I don’t feel like cooking, let’s go out. I’ll never be a runner. I’m not in the mood for fruit. You see, none of that thinking supports this being a permanent, forever, lifestyle change. I can’t stop those thoughts. I’ve learned to accept that I can’t control which thoughts pop up in my mind. But I can control how I respond when I have those thoughts. I need to recognize them for the saboteurs they are instead of believing them. Sometimes a “life sentence” is a good thing. A great thing.

Second, I am doing this because I value being healthy and living a healthy, fit life. I admire those that do it. The reason I admire you who are doing it is because I value it. It’s very damaging to my fragile self-esteem when I don’t live according to my values. It’s really that simple.

Third, I really do love eating healthy. It tastes great to me. I love vegetables and fruit. I don’t really miss fried foods, white flour, sweets. If I’m craving or wanting or eating any of those, it’s almost always because I’m soothing my anxiety, not because I’m actually loving the taste. Well, there’s the lazy factor too. If it’s in front of me and I’m hungry, I just might eat it. Sometimes I believe that I’m missing something and will eat it. I usually find out that it wasn’t worth the eating, that is, I wasn’t missing much. That’s one thing about eating healthy. It doesn’t come with emotional baggage. How can you eat healthy and feel guilty, or ashamed, or regretful? I think my thoughts are all over the place on this one, so maybe a good thing for me to continue to think about (sigh). Anyone with some insight that might help me?

From the picture posted here, I was intending to do a review of the new DVD’s I used. Some were brand new and some were dusted off from my shelf. So here goes:

#1. Jillian Michaels, No More Trouble Zones. Most effective. This was a great workout for me. Much more intense than #2 that I have been using. I was really sore after this one. I also quit after 30 minutes, I was so exhausted. I did this one later in the week which contributed to the soreness and fatigue. I would love to do this again. The 50 minutes are broken down into mini-sets that you can opt to do each on it’s own if you want to concentrate on an area. The ones at the end that I skipped were all core and abs. I watched them without doing them and thought they would be very hard for me to do. Something to work towards.

#2. Biggest Loser, Strength and Sculpt. This workout is great for beginners. It’s only 20 minutes (aside from warm up and cool down) and covers most of the areas of the body, front and back, up and down. The dvd has four different workouts, but I like to use the Strength and Sculpt for my c25k strength workout.

#3. Jillian Michaels, 30 Day Shred. I’ve always like this one. I was happy to be able to do the cardio portions way better than I could years ago when I tried, when the dvd first came out. I like the approach of incorporating the whole body with exercises and mixing it with cardio.

#4. Shaun T, Rockin’ Body. Most fun. I tried a few of the workouts on this 2 dvd set. I had a blast. The time flew by and I was able to forget how tired I was by focusing on how to do the moves. Once you learn how to do a move, he encourages you to add your own attitude, which is also fun. It was fun watching the different people on the stage and seeing how they added their own attitude.  I’m not very coordinated and can’t dance, but I still found it a lot of fun. I can’t say it was a hard workout though, but these workouts are also totally adjustable according to your fitness level. The more energy you add, the more of a workout it is.

Challenge Check In

We’re two-thirds of the way through the FIF challenge and it’s time for the second check in. If I had to grade myself on this mid section of the challenge, I would say… a… C? At first I thought maybe a D, but it’s not like I blew it off and did nothing.

I managed my goal of 5 hours of exercise. Yay! But I only posted once (this is the second) and only lost 1 pound. Why did I only lose 1 pound? This is where I get the poor grade. I spent more time back on the couch: planning, blog reading, forum posting, internet reading, TV watching. Ugh. I think I was so tired the first third from the new ramp up in activity, that I was a bit disheartened. Where was all this great boost in energy I was hoping for? Curiously, this second third I have had an increase in energy. And an increase in mood. So, voila! Persevere and be patient. Baby steps.

I also did not eat quite as well as the first third. Not terrible, but not quite as well. I’m pretty sure this means the holidays will be a struggle. That’s half the battle though, knowing ahead of time it will be hard work. I plan on walking Thanksgiving morning. A full 5k worth of walking and hope to throw some jogging in there too. I’m still too chicken to do an actual 5k like a turkey trot, but I can do one on my own! I also plan on leaving some plain sweet potatoes out for myself. {I’m the cook and can do that.} One of the many great things about that delicious Thanksgiving meal is the sweet potatoes. But, for me, I love the sweet potatoes and don’t need the butter and brown sugar or gooey browned marshmallow topping (stop drooling!) It’s thinking ahead and coming up with a plan so as not to get derailed that will save me from the usual 5 pound gain.

I’m ready and excited for the final third of our FIF challenge. I always have been a procrastinator and thus the poor middle third of the challenge. I think to myself, eh, there’s plenty of time. Well, here I am, and I know I won’t make my weight goal in the last ten days. But I have been learning a lot and have gotten a lot of inspiration from the other challenge participants. I want to make the best of the rest of the challenge moving forward.

I like this guy’s story. It’s a simple message.

Inspirational Running Video

I saw this posted on Facebook. It was up on YouTube over a year ago, so some of you may have seen it, but I never had. I found it very inspiring.

Inspirational Running Video (HD) – YouTube.

One of my favorite lines: “It’s not about finding out who you are, it’s about creating who you are.”