Howdy, ladies! Long time no blog again. How is this cold weather treating your training? Meh, mine too. If you’ve read my past blog posts then you know I have struggled with work, relaxing after work, taking care of Lily and working out/running. I don’t know how single mothers do it with real kids! I feel like there is barely time to chillax with my pup! The end of Daylight Savings is not helping either, might I add. I get home and it is already dark out leaving no time to walk Lily and/or run by myself. (I live by scary, child-snatching woods and am scared of the dark!) It depresses me. Thankfully, I have found my solution!
I have made it a personal goal to take better care of myself and Lily. To do this, I have created a realistic workout calendar for the rest of 2011. Basically, I do ABA workouts (arms, butt, abs) on Monday and Wednesday nights (while watching some of my shows, of course!) and do my Jeff Galloway Beginners training on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. My Tuesday and Thursday workouts have been scheduled for…the morning! I die, but that’s right, ladies! I have been getting up at 6-6:30am to run! This is sooo not me. I crave my sleep and comfy bed, but surprisingly it’s working great so far (for four days so far – and it takes two weeks to make a habit, right? :o). It means I have to go to bed around 10pm everyday, but I am usually tired by then anyway. Plus, we have DVR so I catch up on missed shows on the weekends. This also helps with my ability to play with and walk Lily better! My workouts do not have to compete with Lily Time anymore. Plus if I can walk her at 6pm – even though it’s still dark and super creepy – there are other people walking their dogs then too.
I didn’t schedule workouts for Friday and Saturday because I didn’t want to feel bad about myself if they don’t get completed. BUT, I’ll feel better about myself if I CAN squeeze a workout in on those days! They are also good “make-up” days if I miss a workout. Plus, 5 out of 7 days of working out isn’t bad anyway. (I’ll do a post with details about my ABA workouts soon.) Even better – I have the ability to add an ABA workout to my running days at night if I wish. Two-a-days for me?! Could be a possibility.
I suggest you make a workout calendar too! Don’t find one already made online. Personalize it! You know your abilities and your life schedule. If you can only fit in 20 minutes of working out, then schedule it! It’s better than nothing, right? I haven’t completely filled in my December schedule yet because I do not know my schedule yet around the holidays. I also suggest buying cute stickers or a bright-colored pen to mark off your successful days. I do smiley faces because they make me happy :o)
This plan along with good eating habits (I can’t diet or give up my desserts, so I am going with portion control and better food choices.) should have me looking like this soon, no? …darn my sugar binge at the midnight showing of Twilight last night!
Finally, I would just like to end on three notes:
First, I must remind Donna that we hung out twice last week when I invited her to the Twilight Breaking Dawn Cast Meet & Greet and my party at Fado Irish Pub for winning 3rd in the Halloween costume contest. Read those posts here and here! She will also be graced with my presence this weekend as well when we have our blog princess photo shoot! I’m excited for all the weekend festivities! Blog posts to follow soon on my personal blog, Adventures with Alexandra and photos up here ASAP!
Second, if you don’t know about my Operation: Princess Pen Pal then read this because I got my first letter from the Queen of England! It isn’t running related, but it is definitely princess related.
Third, this blog post on the craziness that the Victoria Secret Angels have to go through to prepare for their fashion show will definitely make you feel better about yourself. It made me happy that they don’t just roll out of bed looking like the above photo. We’re all human…err, angels.
Stay fit & fabulous,