It has been far too long since I’ve made (and stuck to) a true workout plan. Since I have these next two weeks off from work, I definitely wanted to get myself back on track in that area. Plus, after two weeks of solid workouts, I’ll be in a nice routine. That way, I can begin the new year (and go back to work) with a nice little system set up. More on this week’s workouts in a minute.
I have been writing about it a lot lately, but for some reason as soon as I get overwhelmed, the first thing to go is my workout plan. And it shouldn’t. If anything, I should hit the gym more. Because nothing helps me de-stress like a good workout. It helps me clear my mind, release any frustrations, and feel so much better about myself (and maybe even the stressful situation).
The main thing is to make it a priority, even in the midst of a busy schedule with lots of other responsibilities. I was talking about this with my sister last night and with her help, I’ve decided that I have to change up my “plans” during the winter, when the days are so short. The main issue is getting home from work in enough time to take Sofi for a walk while it’s still light outside (because it’s still dark when I leave for work). I have to also factor in getting more daily grading done. Because this year has been really tough on me in that area. Having 3 honors classes (and the workload associated with them) is killing me, and by the time I get home I’m so mentally exhausted from the day, that the last thing I want to do is grade essays. Which gets me behind, which stresses me out, and so on. So, here’s what I’ve come up with. It’s a very realistic, workable plan that will allow me to get everything I need to done and not feel like I’m letting any one area of my life slip.
- On my “early” days:
- 12:10-2pm: grading/planning
- 2:30-3:30 gym time – elliptical or the bike for 45 minutes
- 3:45-4:15 (or so) – walk Sofi
- On my “late” days:
- 2:25-3:00 (or so) – grading/planning
- 3:30-4pm: walk Sofi
- 4pm-5pm: workout DVDs/Wii
- 10am: Zumba
- 11:30-1pm: Clean the house
- 2pm: Walk Sofi
- “Rest” day
- Walk Sofi
- Grocery shop
- Meal plan
My sister made me put in a set rest day, because as she pointed out, if I don’t, it’s way too easy for me to fall into the bad habit of just saying, “oh, I’m tired, today will be my rest day.” And then continuing to do that for 3-4 days.
You’ll notice that the plan doesn’t have any of the classes that I love taking. That’s because the ones that I can go to are in the evenings, and when I’m tired from working all week, and it’s dark outside, I am more than likely not going to be motivated enough to go out into the cold night and go to them. If I decide to hit a class every now and then, great, but I wanted to make a plan that would be very realistic for the way that I know my life is.
Since I won’t be going to my favorite classes on a regular basis, I want to make sure to fit them in these next two weeks, so here’s what I’ve come up with:
Monday, 12/19: 5:30pm – Zumba
Tuesday, 12/20: 10am – Yoga
Wednesday, 12/21: 6:30pm – Aqua Aerobics
Thursday, 12/22: 9am – Workout DVD/Wii at home
Friday, 12/23: 10am – Yoga
Saturday, 12/24: 10am – Zumba
Monday, 12/26: 5:30pm – Workout DVD/Wii at home
Tuesday, 12/27: 10am – Yoga
Wednesday, 12/28: 6:30pm – Aqua Aerobics
Thursday, 12/29: 9am – Workout DVD/Wii at home
Friday, 12/30: 10am – Yoga
Saturday, 12/31: 10am – Zumba (w/Kim!)
I haven’t taken yoga at the gym before, but the teacher at 10am on Tuesdays/Fridays is my favorite Zumba teacher, and I’m sure she’ll make yoga just as fun. She’s really good at giving directions and showing the moves, and that will be helpful in yoga, too. I’ve really enjoyed the bikram and yin yoga class I’ve taken at the studio, and since 24 Hour Fitness offers this yoga class as part of my membership, I might as well take advantage of it. Yoga is a great de-stressor, and after the last month, I need all the help I can get in that area. Look for a post about my thoughts on this yoga class later in the week.
This schedule works around plans that I’ve already made with friend, and I’ll make sure to work any new plans around this schedule. It’s just that important, and I want to look at my exercise time as MY time; a way for me to treat myself well and take care of myself.
Getting intense workouts in consistently is the final piece (and what has proven to be the most difficult aspect) of what it will take for me to lose the weight toward my goal(s).