The Week That Will Be: October 29 to November 4

The plan for this week is simple: It’s exactly like last week, except I’ll try harder to whatplan-299x300execute.

Sunday, October 29th – Rest.

Monday, October 30th – Lunchtime Walk Club, Beginner Yoga, Monday night vinyasa.

Tuesday, October 31st – Lunchtime Walk Club, C25k W2D1, Tuesday night vinyasa, Gentle Yoga.

Wednesday, November 1st – Lunchtime Walk Club.

Thursday, November 2nd – Lunchtime Walk Club, C25k W2D2,

Friday, November 3rd – Rest.

Saturday, November 4th – C25k W2D3 (trail run).

My plan is to add a Sunday, Wednesday, Friday full-body workout, probably using the 7-minute workout app on my Garmin watch beginning in December. I’ll also be adding Sunday bicycle rides, depending on weather beginning in December.

I’ll also be working to remain within my 2000 calorie-per-day food limit, daily meditation practice, and daily steps goal. I want to have at least 210 “active” minutes for the week (which averages to 30 minutes per day).

What does your week look like? Do you have a goal and a plan to get there?

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The Week That Was October 21 – October 28

It’s accountability time, my friends!

I’m a firm believer in reporting your plan and then your progress on a regular basis.

The Week That Was will be my regular reporting to you on how my week went. They’ll appear on Sundays and report the previous Sunday to Saturday.

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Starting Again from the Beginning

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That was displayed on the scale yesterday. It’s not the heaviest I’ve ever been, but it’s darn close.

So, I’m starting over. Again. For the last time. Again.

Here are the rules:

I will record all food and drink into MyFitnessPal. I will stay within the daily calorie goal, not the daily calorie goal adjusted by activity. That’s going to be tough.

I started Couch to 5k yesterday and a vigorous yoga practice begins today with a 75 minute vinyasa class at Infinite Yoga and Wellness (if you want to stalk me, I’ll be there most week nights and Sunday mornings). I will also be taking daily lunchtime walks with a co-worker.

I will meditate twice a day to be focused and mentally strong.

I’m determined to get to a healthy weight and be a fit person.

The Week Ahead February 2-8, 2015

Here’s the week ahead:

  • Monday:
    • Running – Rest day.
    • Yoga
    • 7 minute workout
  • Tuesday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Wednesday:
    • Running – Easy run of 6 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Thursday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Friday:
    • Running – Rest day.
    • Yoga
    • 5 minute workout
  • Saturday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Sunday:
    • Running – Long run of 7 miles.
    • Yoga

The last week and a half has been pretty terrible insofar as having motivation to run. I’ve got to kickstart myself and get back into a running way.

2015: It’s Going to Be a Big Year

We’re getting to the end of 2014…And the beginning of 2015.

2015 is going to be big on changes and challenges for me.

In January I’ll be moving to a new job. It’s a promotion and an hour-long commute (each way), but I’m very excited. One of the challenges will be finding making! time to run when the biggest part of my day is sandwiched between two hour-long drives. The advantage is that there are some sweet trails between the new workplace and home and I’ll be able to occasionally hit them up.

I’m going to make it work, though, because I’m committed to 2015 being a breakout year in my fitness life.

I’ve been doing a lot of plotting for the next 12 months in my fitness journey. Even though the last 6 months have seen some pretty amazing gains (losses, actually!), I’m planning for some real breakthroughs in the new year.

This is what my 2015 goals look like (at the moment…):

A lot of running:

  • Two (three?) half marathons
    • Flying Pirate (April)
    • Marine Corps (September)
    • Southern Fried (November?)
  • Marathon?
    • Outer Banks (November?)

More yoga and meditation: Twice-weekly yoga practice

Bigger focus on weight-loss goals: Get to 160 pounds by December (that’s a loss of 28ish pounds from my current 188).

Keep in mind that this is just an outline and while I have a pretty fleshed-out running training plan, I really don’t have much of a plan for everything else.

Yoga Beginner Series: Week 1

Infinite Yoga and Wellness is hosting a 7-week Beginner Series of classes. It’s 3 classes a week: Friday at 8am, Sunday at 7pm and Tuesday at 6pm.

I attended all three classes this week.

We were introduced to the concept of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. The classes will mostly focus on asana and pranayama (poses and breathing) but we will be introduced to the other limbs throughout the series.

The first two limbs, the Yamas and Niyamas interest me very much. These are the moral/ethical guidelines of yogic practice. Though this course of beginner classes don’t focus on them, I will be exploring them in my personal practice. Anything that starts with “nonviolence” can’t be all that bad, right? Ahimsa, the first Yama, is nonviolence. It means to love all and hurt none. That’s a great place to start, especially with myself.

We focused on breathing control and learned a basic deep breath and the Ujjayi breath.  We also learned Sun Salutations and a couple variations.

The classes have been excellent so far, and I expect them to stay excellent. I’m glad that I found the courage to come back to yoga. It’s something I’ve missed a lot over the last few years.

Have you tried yoga? Does your local studio have a “beginner’s series” of classes? Share your yogic experience!

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…

It’s time for my regularly scheduled “I’m so lazy…I’m so fat…I’ve had enough!…I’m getting fit!…I’m eating right!…Starting NOW!” blog post.

Which lasts a week and then I’m back to being all lazy, fat, eating out, not exercising and paying for a gym membership I hardly ever use.

But maybe not this time…

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