6.23.2016

Consistency


3 weeks. That’s how long I’ve been consistent with the program I picked (found). I’ve been increasing weights and not missing a workout. And it feels like FOREVER. But that’s okay. I know I get bored. It’s my thing. Even if I’m good at something I just want something new. Sometimes it takes months or even years before I’m bored, but it happens. My husband is a little worried ;)

Am I bored with this program yet? Maybe. It’s not that I’m just bored, but there are a few things lacking in this program – shoulder work, for example. And it’s a free program from a website, so I doubt it’s meant to be a long-term solution.

So what will I do? I’m not sure yet. I finally did miss my session yesterday, so today I am combining the “full body” and “upper body” workouts into some hybrid workout (I’m going out of town tomorrow and know I won’t lift again until Sunday or Monday). On Sunday, I’ll look back and see what’s what. I already found something I’m interested in using – it’s a pretty intense paid program that is made for "working people." 2 lift days with 3 optional workouts. Hey, what a concept. Reality.

Oh, and progress in these three weeks? Lifts are up in weight and/or reps, so yes, progress. I feel good. I haven’t really weighed myself and definitely haven’t measured. I guess I should do some of that.

For today, I’ll hit the gym with my planned workout.

6.01.2016

Still Trying

If you read the last post prior to the gap in time here - some three years ago - you'll see that I was trying everything, like anything, to get in better shape. Needless to say, I've still been spinning my wheels. And it's not working.

Up until about 10 years ago, I was fine. I never thought I was fine, but I was. I weighed about 115 at about 5' tall. I had muscles. I could DO things - lift, rope climb, play sports. I could wear a damn bathing suit and feel OK about it. But I always wanted to be better. Lose that 5 pounds. Be stronger and leaner.

Around 2009, I don't know what happened, but I got depressed and tired - and stressed at a job I HATED. I tried some things - diet and exercise things - that didn't work, and, with all that, I gained about 10 pounds.

So, once I really got my head back in the game, I had 10 MORE pounds to lose (on top of the 5 I've always and forever been trying to lose). And I'm still trying. I'm older and that matters. And I feel like I look old. My fat is flabby and cellulite-y, my arms have no definition, I've lost muscle. I'm still not horrible, but it's not what I want. My face is saggy. (More on my body image later, eh?)

So I am trying to do this living a normal life as a lawyer and wife (I don't even have kids - I can't imagine!). And living a normal life doesn't always lend itself to the type of day described on a lot of fitness and health blogs -- drinking hot lemon water and journaling and doing yoga before work and then writing for 3 hours (seriously, how do they make money?) and taking my dog for a walk on the beach every day at sunset. No. It's more like, let's try to fit in a workout somewhere during most days, try to look like I got a little sleep last night, and spend all day Saturday cooking so I can have a halfway healthy meal in between my work meetings and then maybe get an hour of downtime to watch Game of Thrones after I get home.

I'm just trying to do some Real Life Fitness. It's hard, but I keep trying, even if it's not working! Two steps forward and some steps back every day.