Cubicle to Fit-ish

How a wimp becomes fit(ish)

Fire Up for Fall #1!

I’m a wicked lurker.  I read a ton of blogs every day, but I keep quiet and don’t really say much.  It is like small talk at a party – so overwhelming.  I know I was a theater major and I teach community college classes at night – put me in front of a crowd and I am fine.  Put me in a one on one interaction and I am an anxious mess.

However, when I saw the Fire Up for Fall (FUFF) on Weight Wars, I thought it would be a good way to meet some bloggers and set some realistic, fun and focused goals.  On Mondays, I will be answering the questions they send me and posting a picture that inspires me.  Fall is my favorite time of year, so hopefully FUFF (that sounds a little dirty, doesn’t it?!) will make this one even better!

What are my goals for the Fall Challenge?

  1. Get my eating under control.  Between the hurricane, the bathroom remodel, major work stress, and many, many etc.’s, I’ve lost my healthy habits and gained a few pounds.  I’d like to get back to a place where I am.  Mini goals:
    • Have a protein based breakfast that includes a piece of fruit
    • Have small, protein and carb based snacks
    • Bring my lunch to work (as I tend to black out in the cafeteria and end up with a roll and a bowl of cereal) with a protein, a vegetable, and a one-serving carb (rather than a plate of stuffing – which is delicious, but not nutritious).
    • Plan yummy dinners for me and my guy that include new vegetables that we don’t usually have
  2. Find two days to do my cardio each week.  I am really into going to Boot Camp three days a week and that serves as my strength routines.  Although, we do some cardio there, I want to work on my endurance (especially as one of my 33 things I want to do this year is to run a 12 minute mile and I only have 2 months or so until I turn 34).  This would also have me working out 5 days a week, which is where I want to be.  Cardio doesn’t have to be crazy – it could be a nice walk with Remy and my guy at the state park, a bike ride (I REALLY want a bike), or a nice jog on these awesome fall mornings.
  3. Eat dinner at the table at least 2 times a week.  In the three years that we have owned our house, we’ve eaten dinner at the table twice – both times with guests over.  The table ends up being a catch-all for books, bags, and clutter.  I am trying to get control of my afternoons (see #4), but I also think I would eat more mindfully at the table, and Brian and I might actually talk – rather than zombie out to Family Guy, or whatever.
  4. Do not sit in front of the tv until 7PM on Monday and WednesdaysDon’t even turn it on.  I am a lazy, lazy girl.  I am also a girl severely affected by momentum.  If I leave work and go DO SOMETHING(be it make dinner, clean the bathroom, work in my garden, go for a walk), I’m good to go for an active afternoon.  If I leave work, get home, and sit on the couch because Food Network or Cooking Channel is on, I’m there until I go to bed.  I need to fight inertia – once I’ve sit, I’m sat.  Tuesday and Thursdays, I have boot camp and this doesn’t happen because I am out the door after I’ve run home to change and snack.  Fridays is a dinner/shopping date with my best friend.  There is so much I could get done on Monday and Wednesdays if I just didn’t get sucked in.  Mini goals:
    • Dust my bedroom and living room once a week
    • Clean my bathroom once a week
    • Clean my kitchen each night
    • Clean my kitchen floor once a week
    • Take Remy somewhere fun once a week

    These make me look like a slob (it’s not that I don’t clean, I just tend to get so overwhelmed by it that I start major cleaning initiatives at 11PM on a Sunday, which exhausts me).

  5. Get on a better sleep schedule.  I’ve been a mess the past few weeks between the hotels and stress.  I also try and stay up with my guy every night, which only leads to bickering and exhaustion.  With working out more, I need to be more concerned with getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night and less concerned with my shows (that is what the dvr is for).  So, I hope to be in bed around 10:30 Sunday-Thursday and up by 8:30/9 on the weekends.
  6. Track my progress.  I am in a constant battle with numbers.  I tend to make super-rigid goals that I have no chance at keeping and then feel like a failure when I don’t live up to my extreme expectations that I just wallow in my bad habits.  On the other hand, I love crossing items off lists and feeling like I accomplished something.  I read The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin, and it really spoke to me about how I look to others to validate my successes.  I can give myself a gold star – I don’t need to puppy dog eye my guy into doing it. Hopefully the goals I’ve made here aren’t so out of reach that I can’t see the good in trying.  So there may be a check list/spreadsheet in my future.

Why have I chosen these goals?

I tried to explain above, but, in general, I have such an opportunity right now during my semester away from teaching to start some awesome and healthy new habits.  I don’t want to look back at the past 6 months and be the same – I want to evolve into a happier and healthier person.  I did purposefully stay away from lbs lost goals as they tend to make me give up the moment the scale goes up.  I want to focus more on feeling better than actual weight lost.

What have I done this week that’s made me feel fabulous?

The past week?!  Oh, gosh.  I went to boot camp three times in one week for the first time last week.  Thursday night, the instructor was my partner for the Muy Thai combinations and I pulled myself together after a horrid day at work to not accidentally punch him in the face or burst into tears (both a real danger that night).  On Saturday, there were only two of us there (TOO MUCH INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION – SOS – MAYDAY), but I was able to stick with the circuits we were doing and work at my own pace.  AND I did one handed rows while balancing on one foot.  YAY BOOT CAMP!

What do I think will be my biggest challenge in reaching my goals?

My biggest problem is always consistency.  I am really good the first day, and then life happens and I just give up.  I really want to commit and see some improvement.

Fun Question: Where in the world do I live?  What’s amazing about it?

I live in Rockland, Massachusetts on the east coast of the US.  I have never described it as “amazing” before, but I guess it is pretty nice to be so close to active and fun cities (Boston and Providence), but still have a somewhat neighborhood-ish feel to where our house is.  I like that I am not too far from a supermarket or movie theater, but not so close that I don’t see trees or stars.

Inspiring Picture:

I am trying to take better pictures.  I really like the light in it.  It is a tree near an old Fort on Nantasket Beach and is appropriately fall-ish!

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September 19, 2011 Posted by | 33 Things to do While I'm 33, boot camp, Fire Up for Fall (FUFF), guilt, photography, Who am I? | , , | 10 Comments

If a tree falls in my yard, does anyone hear me stuffing my face?

AKA: Life during the Tree-pocalyspe

I need to start this off by saying how lucky I am.  I still have a house and hot water.  No one I know was hurt or killed by the hurricane. 

Hurricane Irene knocked one of my neighbor’s trees down, ripping the power and cable lines from my house.  After multiple calls, we found out that we needed a permit, an electrician and an inspection before they could even consider turning our power back on. 

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Now I love my guy, but we know that a week in a dark house would end in a Thunderdome moment (2 people enter, 1 person leaves); I’m a reader.  He is NOT.  + a puppy.

So after spending Sunday night in the dark, we hightailed it to a hotel.  Now, mind you, this hotel has a kitchenette IN OUR ROOM.  And a fitness center.  And free laundry (?!).  But, I have used this week to eat my way through the fast food spectrumMcDonalds.  BK.  Chips.  Pizza…

… and I have been super sick every night!  Guess I can’t live like I was still in college anymore, can I?  Haha!  Suffice it to say, I will be quite glad to get back into a routine.  I just bought 10lb weights before the storm!  Bring it on!

And, I am super excited to clean out my fridge and start over.  For real.  New condiments.  All those hidden freezer cookies (what?  You don’t hide emergency cookie dough in your freezer?) gone.  Bring on the vegetables and fruits!  Well… after I get the smell out of my house.  At least we got someone to take all of the frozen steak tips and pork tenderloin.  I may need to disappear when everything is being thrown out.  YUCK!

So, it has been a quiet week, blog wise, with good reason.  Not much healthy going on.  However, next week is my mental health week (a staycation, really).  I plan to get back into good routines and good habits and cull out those stress points (clean out my closet, get some clothes that fit, new hair cut, etc.)…

If you had 7 days to change your life, what would you do?

August 31, 2011 Posted by | Remy, tree-pocalypse | , , , , , | Leave a comment