Welcome to another edition of Random Fitness Thoughts (aka “I got nothin”), by Fitness Friday Girl.
The first edition of Random Fitness Thoughts occurred a few months ago at the end of a long day when my body was tired and my brain was mushy. Tonight I’m more mushy than tired. Actually, my brain isn’t exactly mushy. It’s crammed with all sorts of important data. House hunting data (don’t ask). Book proposal data. Writer’s conference data. Simplifying data.
And while I’m writing this, I hear the sweet serenade of kids melting down while a very patient and tired Daddy is trying to maintain his composure and get them all to bed. You know that muscle across the back of your neck that starts to ache when you’re stressed?
I think my head actually swelled today from all the data. Does my head look bigger to you?
I can’t think of a better occasion for Random Fitness Thoughts than data-induced head-swelling. Let’s begin, shall we?
1. I am bored to death with my workout routine. I’ve been doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (which I love and highly recommend), combined with walking and the elliptical, and sometimes free-weights. But I’m ready to move on and I’m completely uninspired. My neighbor offered to let me borrow her P90x DVD’s. I’m excited, but scared. Why? Muscle confusion. The last thing I need in my life is more confusion.
2. My neighbor’s husband (who technically, is also my neighbor) said the first time he did the P90x, he couldn’t get out of bed the next day due to full body soreness, and thought he may need to call in sick.
3. The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. Incidentally, I do love my neighbors. They are great people and have the cutest kids in the world. Next to mine.
4. It is completely normal to get bored with your workout routine. The important thing is to find something quickly to replace it or spice it up. Otherwise, it’s too easy to stop working out altogether.
5. A guy that my husband works with is doing the P90x and lost a ton of weight. He said it’s really hard.
6. My husband is training for the Ride To Conquer Cancer. It’s a 150 mile bike ride. Prior to this, he never rode his bike. Now he is a “cyclist.”
7. It’s important to share the road with the cyclists. You never know if the guy blocking your lane will be my husband.
8. Due to hours and hours of bike training, my husband is getting smaller and smaller. And he wasn’t big to begin with.
9. The other day, he put on a suit that he wore in high school and it fit him. Granted, it looked like this, but it fit him:
10. I am totally wondering why my husband still has a suit he wore in high school.
11. The smaller my husband gets, the bigger my head looks.
12. The other day my husband said to me, “Hey, for the first time in our marriage, I’m working out more than you!”
When he said that, I replied “Oh yeah??? Bring it on”
I mean, “That’s wonderful, dear. I’m so very proud of you and all your fitness accomplishments.”
13. One great way to shed pounds is to train for something like the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Remember Amy? She lost all her weight when she trained for a triathlon!
14. Maybe I need to break my boredom by training for something.
15. Living a fit and healthy life is not easy. It requires discipline and planning. I can honestly say that I am conscious of every single bite I take (whether good or bad) and every move I make (or fail to make) in the way of exercise. It’s not an obsession. It’s my lifestyle.
16. “Every breath you take, every move you make, every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.” A song by The Police, written the same year my husband bought his suit.
17. A common misconception of fitness is that when you reach a certain fitness level, you can stop thinking about it and go into auto pilot. That’s a myth. Like anything worthwhile in life (your walk with God, your marriage, your parenting, your career, your finances), living a fit life takes time, effort and attention. I don’t know anyone who is truly fit and healthy and maintains that condition mindlessly.
18. Mindless eating is a great way to sabotage your fitness plan.
19. Want to stamp out mindless eating? Keep a log of everything you eat. EVERY. SINGLE. BITE. You’ll be shocked how many calories you’ve eaten when you see it all written down.
20. I’m in a bad habit lately of mindless eating. And it’s starting to show up on the scale. I hate that.
21. Losing weight and being healthy requires more than just watching calorie intake. I know some women who eat 1200 to 1500 calories a day and cannot lose weight. You must eat the right foods at the right times and move your body…a lot!
22. Contrary to what some experts recommend, I weigh myself every day.
23. I allow myself a 5 pound weight window. When I reach a certain weight, I pull in the reins until I reach the low end of my 5 pound window.
24. By “pull in the reins” I mean no junk food, no eating at night, and extra effort on all my workouts.
25. By doing this, my weight never gets out of control, and I never gain so much weight that I bust out of my clothes. Busting out of clothes is unattractive.
26. The older I get, the easier it is to gain 5 pounds and the harder it is to take it off.
27. It is much easier to maintain weight than it is to lose weight.
28. Unless you are my husband…all you do is hop on a bike and you’re golden. Long live Miami Vice.
Here’s a final random thought…if you like this blog, I would love it if you’d subscribe or follow me. While the numbers don’t matter a whole lot to me, they do matter a WHOLE lot to the nice publishers I’m meeting with next week. Thanks guys!!!