Early start to the day today, as Logan had a Gymnastic Meet in Harrisburg. I will make that a separate blog entry. Either way, I was up at 6am and again and I am pleased to say that I actually got a decent nights sleep. Sleep is just so very important and I believe it has been the number 1 root of all my evil in these last couple months. So to say that I have had a couple of nights worth of halfway decent sleep is a huge step. I am back to work tomorrow for a 2 days cycle, so, we shall see how that goes.
From the get go this morning I knew that today was a run and a weight day, so I had to keep that in the back of my mind going forward with the day. I think if you set your expectation that you ARE going to work out and not MAYBE I’ll work out, it becomes a little easier to try to follow through. Don’t get me wrong, it was a long day and I wanted nothing more than to crawl into my pajamas when I got home and just veg out, but you know what? Doing the latter is the easy way out. Like the saying goes, no one ever says they are sorry they : ran, lifted, rode bike etc..etc.. after they are already done. You just need to get it done.
If you are reading this, did you do some sort of exercise today? Think about it. Are you already in your pj’s? Did you eat more than you probably should have today AND not do any form of physical exercise? Ask yourself why. Seriously..go ahead. Ask yourself. Only you know the answer to that. Don’t make up some sort of crappy answer. Basically your answer will be, I did not feel like it. Or, I did not WANT to. The not enough time thing, really baffles me. Listen, I have 3 kids, a husband, I work 36 hours a week and ALL my kids are engaged in sports. Should I add that I also have 2 cats, 2 dogs and 2 hermit crabs? (hmm, why do my animals come in doubles?). You MAKE time. Then there is the, “No, you don’t understand, I really don’t have time, I go to school and then I work and I have to study and I just don’t have the time” You make the time. seriously. Make. The.Time. If It is important to you , you will make the time. You WILL have to take some time away from your family and YOU will hate it at first, but you MUST do it. Start small. Take a walk. Do 5 crunches AND take a walk. Something.
Working in the field I work in, I see a lot of obesity. A lot of it. You have CONTROL over that. YOU. It is not healthy and it is not fair to YOU or your family. Do yourself a favor and write down some short-term goals for yourself and try to stick to them. Don’t start big, start small. Take baby steps. Go out and buy yourself a little notebook (if you’re a girl, buy yourself a cute little frilly one if your into that) and write down those short-term goals and then keep the book by your bedside, in your purse, next to your couch or anywhere you can see it on a daily basis. It takes about 14 days to form a habit. So start with just 14 days and pick 2 things that you are going to do for the next 14 days and make writing in your notebook one of those 2 things. Write what you did that day to be healthy, write something positive about yourself and then write something you did that you probably should not have done that day.
Before you do that I want you to do something. This will probably sound crazy and it will probably make some of your cringe at the thought, but trust me on this. Go in the bathroom or your bedroom, somewhere in private where you have access to a full-sized mirror. Take off your clothing down to your undies and top (bra, tank whatever..just do it) and look at yourself. Really REALLY look at yourself. Don’t worry, no one but you can see yourself. Look at everything, take yourself in. Name something positive for every negative you say for your beautiful body. What do you like? What don’t you like? What don’t you like that YOU can change? You certainly can’t change some things thanks to genetics, but there is a LOT you can change when it comes to weight and fitness. Then go to your notebook and write it all down. Then once you do that, pick out that other thing that you will do for the next 14 days (along with writing in your notebook). Will you do crunches? Will you do push-ups? Will you take a walk daily? What will you do? Whatever you choose to do, it has to be a lifetime of committment. It truly does. Give yourself that gift. I don’t believe in diets. The way we eat is a lifetime committment which goes hand in hand with physical fitness. I’ll talk about that another day. I love you, you should love you enough to take care of your beautiful body AND soul.
Today I did:
5 miles on the treadmill @ 48:46
3×15 leg extensions at 30lbs
3×12 exercise ball leg curls
3×12 lunges (each leg)
3×12 lying leg curls @ 30lbs
3×12 barbell squats @ 25lbs
3×12 one-legged standing calf raises
Oh and Greg did 30 minutes on the bike trainer! yay him!!