BodyBeast Go!

Across the globe today, thousands of women marched for many many reasons.  I had intended to join them, but my anxiety and agoraphobia got the better of me, and I didn’t make it downtown.

Instead, I practiced my own kind of self-care, which involved buying a weight bench, putting it together, and starting Week 1, Day 1 of Body Beast.  I think this program will be something positive to focus my attention on for a while.  Even though there is a ton going on in politics, my work and my personally, or maybe _because_ there is so much going on, I need a new outlet.

I’ve been doing parts of P90X on and off, and more recently P90x3 semi-regularly, and while those programs include weights, they’re very cardio focused.  I’m excited to give real weight lifting a chance for a while.  I’m not afraid of lifting heavy and gaining a little weight if it comes with greater functional strength and more chances to show off my biceps.  So, let’s Beast Up!

An ‘insane’ start to the new year

It was an atypical start to the new year of workouts around here. It was storming when we woke up at normal long-run time this morning, so we, of course went back to sleep. And by the time we woke up again (3 hours later!) neither of us really felt up to the effort involved in making it to the park. But we got dressed and figured we’d just run around the ‘hood. But as I put on my shoes, I realized that my toe was hurting more I expected it to, and told my husband I wasn’t sure how far I was going to make it. He suggested we just beg off the run all together and do something else.

I can’t think of another time I’ve been dressed and ready and begged off a run (heck, I can barely think of times I’ve skipped a planned run), but it was the right call for today.

So I ended up doing Shaun T’s Deluxe Upper Body Weight Training. Even though it’s a 5+ year old workout, it was my first time doing it, and it kicked my butt upper body hard! It was great.

So that’s how the day/week/year started for me. I have some vague fitness goals and plans for the year, but mostly I can’t wait to keep bringing it!

Weekly Wrap (er 02 and 03)

So I skipped a few weeks of wrap-ups. It’s that time of year when life gets a little crazy. 2 weekends ago my husband and I had a great day out and about and then both I got sick (I mentioned it previously). Unfortunately it took both of us almost a full week to feel back to normal, so we had a week of very little formal exercise. We did get in some good walks as the week wore on. Then, all of a sudden it was Thanksgiving and we were having a friend over (we actually put it off until Saturday because we still weren’t eating much on Thursday).

After all that, I finally jumped back into official week three of p90x3 running hybrid. It was pretty straightforward. Total Synergistics, CVX, and running. I also got in tons of steps as I was at a conference all week. But I made up for all those steps with work sanctioned drinks at dinner. oops. I skipped The Challenge on Friday since I took the day off to celebrate my husband’s birthday.

Today is normally long run day, but the weather was cold and rainy and gross, so I did Plyometrics instead. I did the whole 58 minutes or whatever it is and I was pretty proud of how much I brought it.

Hopefully this week will be fully back on track. Tomorrow I shift into the a new subset of workouts for p90x3 and I’d love to get back to running our normal schedule.

We are also looking at heading to Florida for some family biz in January, and don’t tell my husband, but I’ve found 2 suitable and nearby half marathons happening, and I might try to drag him to one depending on our schedule! In which case, I really need to up my mileage in the coming weeks to prepare.

weeklywrap I’m linking and wrapping up with with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin.

non alicujus interesse

I think I’ve said this before, but I often write blog posts in head – in the shower, on runs, while commuting.  But they so rarely make it to the page, and I then I forget what brilliance I was going to share with you.

I am currently working on self-care.  More running, more yoga, more music, more routine.  I also need to work in better work focus, more blogging, more socializing.   But I’m getting there.

We’ve been sort of half thinking, half talking about getting a new car, but I think we’re leaning towards more serious exploration now.  Hopefully we’ll go this weekend and check out a few options.  It would be more exciting if it wasn’t such a pain in the ass. Someone make Amazon for car-buying (oh wait, I think I read about a guy who tried that in the hey-day of the bubble and got laughed off the internet).

Anyway, this is boring, but that’s life sometimes.  I’ll try to come back when I have something more interesting

P.S. wtf with new WP making my sideway smiles into emojis with no way to disable?!  ugh.

P.P.S technology is great, but there are some things I’m never going to be down with, and reformatting my smilies is one, and if you know me at all, webfonts are another (even though this theme uses them [cause I’m lazy], and there are more instances of good use of them lately; in general, I still say, ‘get off my lawn’).

 

Yoga

“Zalary, relax your neck.”  “Zalary, relax your face.”  “Zalary, this isn’t an academic problem for you to solve.”  These are things my yoga teacher admonishes while I attempt to ‘hold’ or ‘relax into’ a pose.

I’m not sure if I’m an easy read, or she just has my number.  But glob flabbit are these are things I need to remember outside of yoga.

(I never thought I would do yoga seriously, or have a yoga teacher.  The reasons I resist it are the reasons I need it.  Ugh.)

SmartPoints

I know quite a few people have talked about the new WeightWatchers SmartPoint system, but I’ve been following it since Christmas day and I feel like weighing in (hah!).

If you’re not familiar, I’ve been successfully maintaining a 50lb weight loss that started with WW in 2010.  Whatever combination of eating and running I have been doing over the past 5 years has worked pretty well for me.  But winter and stress and a bunch of trips to Florida were slightly eroding my happy weight cushion, so I freaked out a little and joined WW again on the spur of the moment on Christmas day.  I knew they had a new points program that wasn’t sugar-friendly and I was okay with that.  In fact, I welcomed it.

However, after a month on the program, I think it may be time for an early break-up, despite my 3-month pre-payment.

There are so good things about the program for sure:  I really like that fruits and veggies are now ‘free,’ even in recipes.  The ‘points’ vs calories mentality works for me.  There is a really lovely community and some great blogs that focus on WW-friendly food.

But for me, there are a few negatives that I can’t seem to overcome.  Mainly that the way the points are weighted, I cannot eat even close to my normal diet without going over points for the day.  And those are on days when I eat in a way I consider to be healthy and balanced.  Like today (not today, but the day I wrote this).

2016-calories-vs-smartpoints

I mean, it’s certainly not a perfect diet, and I could use a little more fruit and veg in there, but it’s not bad for me.

However, the thing that I find untenable is that if I eat this way, I’m going over my daily points by a few, meaning there is very little wiggle room for something like a big lunch out or a margarita (or two).  And that’s not sustainable for me.

I’m also under 1000 calories for the day and while I try not to get super caught up in that, if I’m eating decently and feel full, but that’s on the low end, even for weight loss.  And I’ve tracked my points vs my calories over a few days, and it generally shakes out this way.

I’m currently down a few pounds and back into my happy zone and maintaining.  I would still like to lose a bit more, so maybe I should try to eat WW’s way, but honestly, I’m probably not going to.

So there you go, the most boring WW/calorie comparison review on the internet today.

Back into the groove

I started my year with 18 Days of Yoga from Brett Larkin. Though I’m not sure if I’ll make it the entire 18 days, it’s a nice focus for now. I’m going to visit mom on the 13th, and the nature of everything makes it challenging to stay on top of exercise, though she will do some light yoga with me if she feels well enough.

Day 1 kicked off with a sequence called ‘Hope’ which I really enjoyed. If you’re into home yoga-ing, you should definitely check out the series.

Running is off to a slow start this year. I am pretty fair weather runner. I need it be over 40º, under 85º, and only light precipitation before I’m willing to go out. Saturday morning was wet and 35º, so I stayed in bed (that’s a lie, I got up and re-caulked the bathroom). Since I knew it was going to be crappy out, I ran on Friday and busted out a 5k PR which was a nice start to the new year at least.

On Sunday we went up the park/trail, but instead of running we just walked around together and decided to detour into downtown for lunch; which was great.

Today it was back to work and reality. I didn’t, despite all of my best intentions, become a less dorky, less snarky, less cynical more focused and productive employee. But I’m probably no worse than I was last week. And I can use the next 52 weeks to work on that.

Second of January

We spent most of this morning working on the bathroom. We needed to recaulk the tub, which led to some serious cleaning, which led to some tossing of junk which led to laundry and the shower curtain rod falling when we tried to put the curtain back up. So, basically, a typical day in home improvement.

But then I got to go shopping for new bathroom things which was fun. $50 and 8 hours later and the master bath is in much better shape.  I’m constantly reminded to be grateful.

Today I’m grateful to have a nice cozy house and money to fix problems as they arise. 

Live like a mighty river

Happy New Year! It’s an arbitrary fresh start. And, hey, I’m all for it.

On Wednesday, after a 30 minute run dropped my phone battery from 85% to 12% my husband said we should buy me a new phone. And of course I didn’t argue. So I got the new 6s which is bigger and has taken some getting used to, but the screen size is nice when I’m playing on it

Last night we rang in the new year with drinks and pizza and a really terrible horror movie called ‘Deadly Friend’ and then we watched 80s videos into the morning, pausing for a few minutes to make sure we kissed our way into the new year.

I don’t really feel like looking back too much into 2015, it was a decent year with the glaring exception of my mom’s cancer diagnosis. That basically shaped a lot of everything in 2015. But she is currently doing pretty well and I spent a lot of time with her and have plans to spend even more in the coming year. And I’ll never stop praying for a miracle or being grateful for every day I get with her. (That was more than I even wanted to say about the whole thing, but there it is.)

I haven’t come up with any real goals for 2016. I just want to be more present and more whole. I want to connect more with people. More time with friends and family, more travel, more living with intention.

Last night, my best friend linked to Ted Hughes’ letter to his (and Sylvia Path’s) son Nicholas, which ended as follows:

And that’s how we measure out our real respect for people—by the degree of feeling they can register, the voltage of life they can carry and tolerate—and enjoy. End of sermon. As Buddha says: live like a mighty river. And as the old Greeks said: live as though all your ancestors were living again through you.

And so that, my friends, is my intention for 2016. To live like a mighty river.

A New Start

I decided to start a new blog.  Yes, I already have like three blogs.  And no, it doesn’t even have a fancy design or it’s own domain.  I thought maybe I would just start typing and see how it goes.  When I was writing for nanowrimo, I realized how much I missed blogging.  So here I am.

Today, I didn’t feel up to a long run.  I started getting a cold on Wednesday afternoon and it’s just sapped all my strength.  But my husband suggested we just go up to the park and walk for a while instead.  So we did 5 miles – even walking up to the greenbelt where we used to live, talking about how life just keeps moving on.  It was nice.  I spend a lot of time with him, but I am never sad about more time – especially out in nature (even if it’s muggy and warm out).

I joined WeightWatchers again, on Christmas Day actually.  I’ve been feeling complacent and unfocused, and it felt like the right thing to do.  I probably should go to meetings so I can gain Lifetime membership if I ever hit my goal, but alas, I probably won’t. Meetings are probably great but they’re also a hassle and I have too much hassle already.

I spent too much of this long weekend sleeping, but I’m excited to have another one next week.  And I’m excited to see Star Wars tomorrow (at the ridiculous hour of 8am), and I’m excited for 2016.