Cubicle to Fit-ish

How a wimp becomes fit(ish)

Fire Up into Fall #6: T-minus 5 Days Until Vacation

What have you done to achieve your goals this week?

  • Get my eating under control: Slowly but surely.  I brought my lunch to work every day and focused on portion sizes when I was at home.  I still need more fruits and veggies (well… ANY fruits and veggies), but I am on the right track!
  • Find 2 days for cardio every week: This should be so easy… I don’t know if it is that I am going on vacation on Saturday and I’ve been stressing over getting ready or if I am still too exhausted from moving to 3 days a week of boot camp, but I just don’t have the initiative to go to the gym.  I hope to, at least, walk around work (there is a ¾ mile walking path) at least twice this week…
  • Find two ways to relax that do not involve watching television each weekLove this new goal.  This week, Remy and I played a massive game of tug and I made a new mix CD (I am so old school). 
  • Get on a better sleep schedule: This is actually happening, too.  We left a Halloween party around 11:30 so I could get 8 hours of sleep.

What have you done to make yourself feel fabulous?

I got my hair trimmed in preparation for my vacation AND I bought a new pair of pants that I absolutely love.  I don’t usually try on GAP clothes as they are a weird length and hip fit on me; however, this time I just went for it and now I have super comfy pair of blue pants that work for both work and my weekends.  AND they were on sale.  How fabulous is that!?!?

Do you listen to music when you work out? What gets you fired up?

It depends on what I am doing.  Boot camp is a toss up – I don’t get to choose.  When I run, if I am going for speed, I listen to super motivating and fun songs (fun to a former theater person, punk loving, nerd like me – Bright Eyes, Avenue Q, Adele, Ben Folds, Bo Burnham, Ryan Adams, Urinetown: the musical, Dropkick Murphys, Against Me!, Kelly Clarkson, etc.). 

But, if I am going for distance, I listen to a podcast (like the Nerdist one) so I can really concentrate on what they are talking about, instead of how much further I have to go.

What’s your guilty pleasure music? How does it make you feel?

I am never guilty about my music choices – I rock out in my car most days!  But, I have hidden my love for certain Jason Mraz songs as they make my guy laugh at me (he needs to learn that not everyone is as into Norwegian death metal as he is, haha).

 If today were a song what song would it be?

New Slang by the Shins.  Really smooth, peppy, and Zen.

 

Here is Remy getting a new perspective on things! 

 

 

October 24, 2011 Posted by | a case of the Mondays, Fire Up for Fall (FUFF), General Nerdiness, kick kick punch punch, music, my hair, podcasts, vacation | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Where I actually get better at things…

So, I didn’t want to go to boot camp last night.  I wanted to go to bed and read a silly magazine.  This is what happens every time I say or think that exercise will be my stress relief – I automatically become exhausted and don’t want to exercise anymore.

But, my guy told me to go (as he does every week) and I figured we’d be doing the punches and stuff, not the crazy circuits.  My guy and I call boot camp “kick kick, punch punch.”  And, it isn’t that the Muy Thai days are not a good workout, they are just not as exhausting as some of the circuits we do.  Thank god the teacher can’t see this because I would get my butt kicked doing eight billion punches and kicks to prove me wrong!

I was so wrong about last night, though.  We did the usual random circuits (20 push ups, 30 crunches, 40 squats X 3), but then we did a burpee contest.  Now, these are burpees without the push up, but they are not easy and we already do a ton of them in the warm up.  But, apparently, we had to do MORE.  The contest was:

 

Minute 1 = 1 burpee and then rest

Minute 2 = 2 burpees and then rest

Minute 3 = 3 burpees and then rest

And so on…

Your rest time keeps getting shorter and shorter and the burpees keep getting harder and harder.

I actually made it through 12 rounds (and 5 into the 13th) – I was shocked!  That is 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 5….

 

83 burpees!

 

That is INSANE!  I couldn’t even jump both feet back at the same time when I started.  And that is not counting the ones we did in the warm up.

On days when I don’t see progress, I’m going to remember this:

6 months ago, I could barely work out 2 times in a week.

Actually, I could barely work out at all!  All I did was walk on the treadmill.

 

Now, I work out at least 3 times a week and I can do 83 burpees in 13 minutes – progress does happen!

(no matter how slow it feels, sometimes)

October 12, 2011 Posted by | boot camp, kick kick punch punch, Who am I?, wimpy-ness | , , , | 2 Comments