Scheduling My Workouts

I am having a problem creating a schedule and sticking to it.  The few times I actually take the effort to create a schedule, something comes along to mess it up.  Or I just don’t get up early enough to stick to it.

I am currently on Day 4/90 of my Challenge.  I am proud to say I have not missed a workout yet, but am getting them done late.  And I mean like 11:00pm late.

This is screwing with my plan to get to bed earlier.  So I am yet again trying to use my planner to put in the time of my workout and will make sure I am done before 9:00pm so I can take a relaxing shower and then get to bed.

Tonight’s schedule is to workout at 8:00pm.

Anyone else have issues with scheduling???

Grateful for Thinking Time

Even though I was crazy busy today, I was actually doing many household chores that don’t require too much brain power.  And during these chores, like dishes and laundry, I did a lot of thinking.

I truly need to focus on a schedule this week and make things consistent so they stick and become a habit.  I have always had a difficult time with a schedule.  I have no problem getting up at a certain time, or getting to work or an appointment on time, but things like exercise and even meals often wildly fluctuated in my haphazard schedule.

Darren Hardy's The Compound Effect

Darren Hardy’s The Compound Effect

I am creating habits slowly so as not to rock my boat too much.  As I create them I will share them here, and if they help me, then perhaps they can help someone else.

The Compound Effect is helping me shape this new schedule and will form over the next few weeks.  My first new habit will be to spend me time each morning with my coffee to plan out my day and schedule the important things first.  Everything else will form around that.  It’s a start and hopefully will create the momentum I so desperately need to get my life back on track.

Weekly Weight Update

Today’s number is 228.  Yes, once again it is up, not down.  And I am getting ticked off big time.  Sick of it.

I have to get serious.  No more thinking I can eat good foods and not drink enough water and skip meals, and still expect to lose weight.  Not gonna happen.

I have to do something I seriously don’t like doing.  Plan.  Prioritize. Prepare.  I think I’ll call them my 3 Ps.

I must plan out my schedule more strenuously starting this morning.  Like right after I get off this computer and grab my planner.  I have one and need to use the darn thing.  If I plan things get done but when I just let the day ride, then it’s getting dark and I’m thinking, “What have I accomplished today?  Nothing…”

I have to prioritize my time for me.  Of course I will get done everything else that needs getting done each day, but the first one put into the planner is ME.

And prepare.  Ahh, this one kills me.  I have always been a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl, but that is just getting me bigger pants as my butt gets larger.  I need to prepare planned leftovers, keep healthy fruits and veggies chopped up and in glass covered dishes so I can see what’s lurking in the depths of my fridge.  And shop more frequently to get fresh ingredients instead of buying what looks fresh and yummy once a week and then forgetting about it.  And discovering the decomposed “fresh” veggies rotting in the crisper drawer.  No more…

Posting the weekly number online has caused a shift in my thinking.  I contemplated making up a number and putting it online.  Something reasonable, maybe down a pound or two that I could catch up within a week or so.  Make me look good, like I was doing something.  But that’s cheating and I can’t abide cheats.  I promised to post the weekly number, good or bad, and there it is.  Up 1.4 pounds in 2 weeks because I haven’t shifted my mindset yet.  But those gears are churning now.

Off to plan, prioritize and start the rice steamer.  Brown rice even!

Enjoying the New Walking Schedule

I have truly been enjoying getting out on the Bike Path each morning this week right after I drop my son off at school.  I am hoping that once I get into the routine, I will stick with it when he is out of school next week.

The view from the bridge of the Blackstone River between Cumberland and Lincoln RI.

The view from the bridge looking out over the Blackstone River toward Lincoln, Rhode Island

The same people are now becoming familiar as I pass them each morning.  Walking at the same time seems to be a very common thing for these folks, and now me too.  We either greet each other with a soft hello, good morning, or occasionally a slight nod or wave for someone running or biking.

The weather here in Rhode Island has turned nasty the past two days with temperatures in the upper 90’s and brutal humidity.  Walking at 8:00 am definitely has its advantages, with the worst of the heat and humidity an hour or two behind me.  I completed 3 miles on the path yesterday and just 2 today since the heat was already worse.

Does it sound strange to say I am proud of my sweat marks?  I almost keep an eye on myself and go a little faster if I’m not sweating enough to make a distinctive wet stain on my t-shirt, preferably around my neck and on my back.  I’m working out dammit, and I want the proof to show!  Ok, it is weird, but it’s a mark of someone out there trying to get it done.

I ran into an old friend on the path yesterday morning.  Or he ran into me since he was jogging and I was walking.  We used to work together and trained for an advanced position at the same time.  We reminisced for a bit and he revealed to me that he is planning on moving to Hawaii before the end of the summer with his soon-to-be fiancee.  Except that he hasn’t asked her yet, and not even told his parents.  I am the very first person to know he plans on asking her to marry him, and that’s so cool!  I won’t say anything since I don’t even know her name, but it made me smile to think of their future plans and getting to spend time together in Hawaii.  Best of luck to both of them and I hope she says yes!

Back In the Saddle Again

The blogging saddle that is.  I have been away from the computer for most of this month and I regret not posting more.  But the more I thought about it, the longer I put if off, and voila! Nearly 3 weeks of nothing from me.  But here I am, alive and kicking and ready to kick it up a notch just like Emeril!

I have been following my Eat Clean Diet and exercising a minimum of 5 days per week.  My running is still progressing, albeit a little slowly, but I am still running.  Up to 8 intervals of 45 second runs interspersed with walking to recover.  It is getting better and next week I will be putting in 1 or 2 full minute runs.  I know this is taking me longer than I thought, but I want to run and live to tell about it.  And walking the next day is also a good thing!

I will be posting my first month weight loss and inches lost tomorrow.  I am going to be hitting it harder now since the weight is moving away very slowly.  So slowly in fact that I started using what I call “Alternative Forms of Measurement” using an old pair of size 18 jeans that I could not even zipper closed.  Over the course of several weeks I took pictures of me looking down at my belly and it is obvious at the start how far apart those pieces of material are.  Then I finally get them closed!  So the inches are moving too.  Time to get a new pair of jeans that don’t fit.

Weight Training has been added and I hope it helps with the weight loss and reshaping my body.  It definitely makes me feel better when I have done the exercises, and I welcome the “pain” of a good workout.  I will be looking for a local race to sign up for soon so I have a goal to achieve.

This month my focus is trying to create a schedule for my life that I can stick to.  I have always been a rather spontaneous person, but there are too many things that never get finished due to my spontaneity.  I need to get up at the same time, go to bed at the same general time, and eat on a schedule of every 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  And schedule in my training, teaching, and then other add-ons.  Family will always come first, but I can maneuver things around to best suit my needs and get me taken care of.  If Momma’s not happy, then nobody’s happy!

I have a goal I am thinking of posting tomorrow and will write more about it in the morning.