Motivation to Workout

I so didn’t want to exercise this morning.  I had a hard time getting to sleep last night with thoughts racing through my head.  Finally fell asleep around 2:00 am.  And I had to get up before 7:30 to wake my son for a bowling trip with his friends.  Not a cheerful person this morning.

But I got up, woke him, made his bagel sandwich to go and sent him on his way. Then I folded laundry, read 2 chapters in a motivational book and listened to a lecture from my online Integrative Nutrition class.  Then I was thinking, why am I putting this off?

The book I am reading is Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy and is all about procrastination.  I should have written the “what not to do” book on that subject since I have been an expert most of my life.  And it’s the reason I’m reading the darn book in the first place!

So on went the bright blue sneakers and I completed the Push 2 circuit of the ChaLEAN Extreme program.  Once I was done I was asking myself, “Why put it off?  If you don’t want to do it, then do it first and get it done!”  Brian Tracy would tell me that exercising was one of my biggest frogs and I have to eat that one first.

My Assortment of Hand Weights

My Assortment of Hand Weights (the little red one in the left corner belongs to the dog)

Done!

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Checking Out New Devices

I am a device kind of girl.  And today I checked out the Polar FT4 and the Nike Fuel Band.  I want both, but have to make up my mind.

I like to have a device that tells me how hard I’m working and something that tracks on the computer.  I like the pedometer type devices, like the Fitbit I currently have, and the Striiv pedometer.  I am using both of these right now.  But they’re lacking the added oomph I’m looking for.

So I checked out both the Polar FT4 which has been mentioned by a few folks I follow online, and the Nike Fuel band.  The Polar retails for about $65-75 and the Nike is more like $150.

The Nike is a bracelet which hopefully won’t fall off and end up in the toilet, which has happened to me in the past with pedometers that attach to your waistband.  It can be worn all the time and tracks your activity and comes with an interactive site, community, and game.

And the Polar is a watch and comes with a chest strap that you wear when exercising to track your heartbeat.  This is supposed to help you learn how to best push yourself for maximum effectiveness in your workouts.  I am assuming you don’t wear the chest strap all the time, so does the Polar track activity without the strap?  This I need to find out.

If that is the case then I will probably save up for the Nike Fuel band because I want to know my caloric expenditure for the day, in addition to when I’m exercising.

Tell me your thoughts please!

My First 30 Days Up Tomorrow

ChaLEAN Extreme

ChaLEAN Extreme

My first 30 days are up tomorrow and I am anxious to see how I’ve done.  I have been working hard at staying on track with my workout and eating goals, but I am worried that my hard work will not show on the scale.  Or on the measuring tape.  I already did lose a few inches, but the pounds have been so stubborn and I haven’t lost an inch since I started.  I actually gained a pound or two!

My Mat and Handweights

My Mat and Handweights

I will also have my daughter take new pictures of me in the various poses I did for the first set of pictures.  I hate looking at them, but without proof in a picture it is really hard to see progress.  Pictures have always been difficult for me since I don’t feel comfortable with having my picture taken, but perhaps it’s because I know I don’t look my best.  My hair is a mess, my double chin is showing, or I have acne on my chin.  There’s usually something I can find fault with.

But I am so over feeling I have to be perfect in every shot.  I am who I am, take me or leave me.  What you see is what you get.  I am a work in progress and working towards a better me.  Not perfect, but better. (At least take the double chin and acne away…I can deal with a bad hair day!)

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???