Just another installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…
Lots of teenage drama around here lately. Its so hard to be in the middle and try to keep the peace.
Fifth grade promotion – didn’t have that when I was a kid. We just moved on but now it is a big deal with awards, a guest speaker, student performances and of course the parade of each child receiving a certificate and handshakes from the principal and teachers. All this in a crowded gym, on a hot day with no fans -ugh!
Now we begin the joy of trying to keep to a routine of chores, learning and fun when all he wants to do is watch tv, play video games and eat lots of junk food.
Have been spending an hour a day in the garden – weeding, deadheading, weeding, watering, weeding. Still have a long way to go. Need to get some mulch down in some areas. I’ve started to dig out the island bed. I had originally planted some sedum, a sweet autumn clematis, some bulbs and something else that I can’t remember in there. But there are the inevitable weeds along with some oregano and clover mixed in now. I did try to pull out the unwanted stuff but that is just not working, so I’m going to dig up most of it and start over.
I am way behind on my goal to finish all the items on the completion list. I need to recommit to finding time to work on these items and actually follow through on the plan to work on them.
I’m also behind on my step goal and I haven’t done a very good job of doing any kind of fitness. It is harder to fit in a couple of walks when the boy is home but we are going to try to swim at least once a week if not more. Well, at least on the weeks that he is home. He will be off to camp for three weeks so who knows what will happen then.
Guess I’ll stop for now and try to get some work done. Hope you are having a wonderful day.
We are now one-third of a way through the year and my fitness routine has fallen apart. I was doing fairly well through March but then Spring Break came and things went haywire. I need to once again get back into a routine and make more of an effort to stick to the program. My stats so far are as follows:
12,000 steps per day 90/120 Some yoga each day 95/120 100 days of planking 54/61
14,000 steps per day 57/120 Strength/cardio 6 days/week 83/102
The goal for May is to walk at least 12,000 steps every day, practice the plank hold daily, do some kind of exercise for at least 8 minutes every day and to swim/bike/walk for at least 30 minutes 3 times. We’ll see how things go.
What are you doing to stay fit this month?
Just another installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head…
Tax time again – the business tax stuff should have been to the accountant last month but as usual I’m behind. You would think that after so many years of doing this that I would be better at it than I am. Then it will be all the personal stuff. I really need to get a system in place and then actually use it.
I’m really ready for spring to show up – tired of the gray skies, I need some sunshine.
Still feeling a bit off – haven’t really been able to get things moving since I got back from Israel. School delays, work duties, emotional ups and downs – it just seems as if everything is conspiring against me. I get in those negative thought ruts and can’t seem to get out. Then comes the emotional eating. A pattern that needs to change.
My doctor thinks I’m depressed again – wants me to try a natural supplement. I thought that I had finally put that behind me but I guess not.
I have been trying to keep up with my exercise goals. I missed one day of my hundred days of doing a plank but other than that I have been walking, doing yoga, riding the bike and doing some weight work. The weight work is tough – I have very little upper body strength and my knees aren’t all that great but I’m going slow and trying to keep at it.
Hope things are going well in your part of the world – thanks for stopping by.
Here’s the update for how I’ve done so far
January – yoga/stretching for two and a half minutes per day – 28/31
cardio/strength training for two and a half minutes 6x/week – 21/26
steps – 420,192 daily average 13554
February – yoga/stretching for three minutes per day – 28/28
cardio/strength training for three minutes 6x/week – 14/15 – did not count the 10 days I was gone
steps – 378,571 daily average 13520
The plan for March is at least 6 minutes of yoga/stretching per day, at least 6 minutes of cardio/strength training 6x/week, at least 12,000 steps per day and practice and increase my plank hold every day.
What are your fitness goals for this month? Please share in the comments.
I’ve been in a bit of a funk since I got back from Israel and haven’t done much in the way of fitness. I forgot to take my fitbit with me – left it charging at the computer when we left for the airport. I was really bummed because I was looking forward to some record breaking days. Several people in the group did have their devices so I was able to get an estimate of steps for the trip. Overall it was quite good but I’ve done little to no walking since then. It has been frigid again and the kids were off school three days this week. I’m behind my goal although I’m not sure how far behind – need to check my records and make a plan to get back up to speed.
Haven’t done much with the cardio/strength training since I’ve been back. I did do some type of stretching/yoga everyday of the trip and most days since. I need to learn to roll with the changes in my schedule – that is still a difficult thing for me. I’m not good at being spontaneous, I tend to get in a bit of thinking rut and spend way too much time bemoaning the changes instead of dealing with them.
I’ve found a strength training plan that I’m going to try. Not sure if I will be able to pull it off but since I’m going for developing the habit of exercising, I’m going to do minimal repetitions and hopefully I’ll manage it.
What do you do for fitness when the weather is so dreadfully cold? I’d love to hear your suggestions. Please leave me a comment. Thanks
Mid-month check in
Goal one – Two and a half minutes of yoga/stretching daily 13/15
Goal two – Two and a half minutes of strength training 3 times per week 5/5
Goal three – Two and a half minutes of cardio(not including my daily walks) 3 times per week 3/5
Goal four – minimum of 12,000 steps daily 13/15; stretch of 14,000 daily 12/15
Overall I’m pretty pleased. This week wasn’t very good due to cold weather and family drama. I didn’t have the motivation/energy to make myself go out in the cold to walk or to do much of anything else for two days. I need to let that go and remember that every day is a chance to start over.
How are your fitness goals going? Have you hit your targets or had a bit of a slump like me? Let me know in the comments.
Last year’s first goal was to walk between 3,650,000 and 5,000,000 steps. My final total for the year was 5,034,294. I made a strong push at the end because I wasn’t sure how much walking I’d be able to do with the holidays and our getaway. It paid off because I reached 5 million on 12/29/14. I did at least 10,00 steps on 327/365 days(89%) and over 13,700 steps on 207/365 days(56%). This year I am going to try for a minimum of 12,000 steps per day and a stretch of 14,000 steps per day.
Last year’s other goal was to swim between 26,000 and 52,000 meters. I did not even come close with a total of 3200 meters for the year. I wanted to do more swimming last year but putting a distance on really brought out my resistance and did not work for me. I am working on how to get myself motivated to get to the pool more often but I’m not going to make it a goal for the year.
I’ve been doing my short yoga/stretching routine at least once every day and I’ve been trying out some weight training exercises. For cardio I did some roller skating with the boy, some bowling with the family and a 15 minute ride on the stationary bike. I’m going slow and hopefully by the end of the month I will have developed the habit of doing some kind of exercise most days. Then next month, I can add more time each day.
How did your fitness goals go last year? Are you working on anything for this year. Leave a comment and let me know what you are doing to stay active this year.
Today I am at 4,954,683 steps, so barring any strange unforeseen events I should definitely make my goal of 5 million steps this year! I am very pleased with myself. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it at different points in the year but I kept plugging away and now I’m almost there.
Since I haven’t found an exercise that I like and want to commit to doing regularly, I think I’m going to go with a time goal for next year. First I need to develop the habit of doing something every day. I am walking every day but I’d like to add some yoga or stretching in the morning and/or evening. I’d also like to add in some kind of cardio and weight training on alternating days.
I’m going to start very small because I am still really reluctant to add this to my day. I will just try to do two and a half minutes every day of yoga/stretching and two and a half minutes six times a week of cardio/ weight training. I know that many people will think I should push myself more but that has backfired in the past so I’m going to try it differently this time around. By the end of the year, I’d like to be doing 30 minutes of some kind of exercise six days a week.
Next week I will be trying out snowboarding – we are headed out to the local ski resort for a few days. Hubby will be skiing, the girl will be snowboarding and the boy and I will do some tubing and take a snowboarding lesson. There is also an indoor pool, bowling and roller skating for us to try when we get tired of the slopes.
Anybody want to share their fitness goals? Please leave a comment,I’d love to know how you did this year and what you are doing for next year.
UGH! Yet another year where I do not reach my fitness goals(well, actually I do think I will reach my step goal but the swimming goals are definitely not happening). There has to be some underlying reason that is keeping me from getting there but what is it? Or should I say what are they? I know part of my resistance is anger – anger that the body that used to never gain weight has changed, anger that I feel deprived of my favorite foods, anger at other people’s expectations.
Of course another part of it is lifestyle. I am a rather sedentary person, my favorite hobbies involve sitting – whether that is at a computer, reading books, doing handwork or paying bills for my husband’s business. I do love my daily walks but they aren’t exactly vigorous.
Another factor is that I’ve never felt particularly athletic and still struggle with feeling uncoordinated and awkward. I’ve tried several different things but none of them have kept me interested enough to want to do it on a regular basis.
I still harbor the secret hope that just walking more would be enough. The truth is that if I don’t change my eating habits, I’m never going to make a move towards better health. They always say you can’t out train a bad diet and I’m finally beginning to believe it. I need to come up with a plan to shake things up, one that makes small sustainable moves towards a better lifestyle.
What is one thing you do that helps to keep you fit? I’d love to hear it – please share!
Just another installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…
I have written so many posts in my head as I have been walking the past few weeks – too bad I never really remember them once I get in front of the computer.
We did get a few more decorations up and the hubby bought even more lights for the yard. Just about done with the decorations – wish I could say the same about shopping for gifts.
Starting to think about next year and what plans I might make but first I need to review the goals I had for this year and how I progressed with them. Didn’t do as well as I had hoped but I made a start in all of them. Definitely need to finish up the books read list to see where I am with that.
This has been a bit of a rough time. It was the anniversary of my mother’s death and her birthday plus the parties over the holiday made me realize that my dad, my in-laws and my aunts and uncles are starting to struggle with health issues. It makes me wonder how long they will be around to spend time with and wish that we all lived closer to each other.
I’m struggling with the middle school decision. None of the schools are clear cut winners – I dislike something about all of them. Oh how much easier it was for my mom. She had no choice, nothing to debate about, she just sent us to the local school. There is such a thing as too many choices and I think it may be harder to deal with than too few choices.
Send me wishes/prayers for good health as the virus has gone through my son, hubby and now my daughter. I hope I can stay healthy and I hope you do the same.