I am not 100% confident – because, you know, it’s still stupid cold here – but I’ve been telling myself that spring is coming….. eventually. That means that, at some point in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future, I’ll be busting out the tank tops and cute, short skirts again.
That has led me to realize that, while I haven’t completely abandoned my healthy habits, I have relaxed them a bit in favor of hibernation behavior and comfort food (it’s been a rough winter, y’all). That being said, I’ve decided to use the start of a new month as an excuse to recommit to my diet and exercise routines.
Yesterday, I downloaded a few new songs and started running again. I’ve eschewed running in favor of elliptical time in the winter, mostly because I am bored running on indoor tracks and treadmills scare me; observe:
I was horrified by how hard it was to run. I used to be able to run for 35 non-stop minutes, but I was lucky to get through 5 at a shot yesterday. Side note; it pisses me off that it takes six weeks to get into shape and TWO to fall out of it. What the hell is up with THAT? Anyway, I have to put my alternating walk/run playlists back on my phone and ease back into it, I think, but I want to be ready to run when the weather finally breaks.
I’ve also recommitted to logging my diet on myfitnesspal. I’d let this habit drop a while back; I felt like I had a pretty good handle on what I was eating and I didn’t really need to keep such close track of what I consumed day-to-day. While I still think that’s true – and I haven’t really gained much weight this winter – I want to track at least for the month of March to make sure that I’m not kidding myself about this; it’s really too easy for me to overestimate how much I move and underestimate how much I eat.
I’ve got a pretty good exercise routine set up – one that I’ve maintained through most of the winter – but I’ve got to add some cardio (and maybe some weight training) in there, too. Mondays will be cardio in the morning and teaching back-to-back yoga classes in the evening. Tuesdays will find me trying to get either cardio or weights in sometime during the early afternoon. Wednesdays, I’ll teach back-to-back yoga classes in the evening; I’m not sure I’ll have time for much else. Thursdays will repeat Tuesday. I teach a step class on Friday mornings, and I usually spend a half hour or 45 minutes on the elliptical before that (though I may start my indoor run intervals then). Saturday gets me on an elliptical about an hour before I teach a yoga class, and I’ll have back-to-back yoga on Sunday mornings staring next week. That’s 13 hours a week – 7 yoga classes and 6 cardio/weight sessions. This coming week is the pilot for that routine; I’ll report back and tell you how it went.
I am confident in my ability to get back into my good habits; I feel (and look) good when I do these things, and the inspiration of cute spring and summer clothes doesn’t hurt, either.