Wednesday, March 26, 2014

If it wasn't for you, I'd be on my own.

Accountability is a beautiful thing, and it's at the core of group fitness, and this whole Fit Club thing.


Oh, and to explain this post's title, check out this week's current jam (thanks to MoveYourBooty)

It's been a while, and I want to own up to a few things. Also, HOW is it almost April? I've asked about 5 people that this week, and I'll keep asking.

1) I'm not perfect.
I slacked a little bit on my MyFitnessPal logging (in terms of owning up to every single day's intake), but I'm on an 87-day log-in streak (meaning, I haven't missed a day since I started religiously logging in January).


2) As the saying goes, "If you want something you've never had, you must do something you've never done." 

You can't out-exercise a bad diet. You also can't just do cardio. You have to mix in some strength/weight training to really get that body of your dreams. The second you break away from your tight routine, things start to fall apart/get flabby. I'm living proof.

In 2012 and January-May of 2013, I had a rock-solid routine, which looked a little like this:
  • Logging every single meal, and being extremely careful about my intake.
I put Outlook calendar appointments for every single class I took, and never missed a class. Ever.
  • M: 6A RPM
  • T: 7P BodyPump
  • W: 7P RPM
  • TR: 7P BodyPump
  • F: 6A Cycle
  • Sa: 9A RPM
  • Su: 10A RPM
What's different now?

What had happened was...

I won't make excuses, but I'll give you the facts:

I got certified to teach RPM in April, and started officially teaching a Wednesday 6A class, on top of the occasional 7P Wednesday class, ended up taking over the Saturday 9A RPM class for one of my mentor instructors, and then was given a Sunday 1030A RPM class.

And as of October, I also started teaching RPM at a luxury apartment complex in town two days a week, and had to stop going to my all-time favorite class, Thursday night BodyPump with Rudy, the instructor who literally got in my face week after week until I perfected the clean and press.
Great view, but SUNNY AS HELL at 7P, thanks to DST...



These bikes are FINE as HAIL

Work got a litttttle crazy, and having to suddenly not just show up to a class, but teach, and stand and deliver, sort of got in the way of getting my ass to classes like BodyPump.

I was tired. I felt for the first time in years that I needed to take a (GASP) rest day.

And as I owned up to in several posts, I thought I was invincible, and started slacking on my intake.

That added up to a few too many lbs back on my body that I'm still struggling to get rid of in a big way.

Here's what my schedule looks like now, with my most recent additions in bold, since I started making a conscious effort to put myself first in the last few weeks:
  • M: 7P RPM at Apts
  • T: 7P BodyPump (FINALLY getting back into the routine)
  • W: 6A RPM (either team teach, or just me), and 7PM RPM (as a participant, team teach, or solo subbing)
  • TR: 7P RPM at Apts.
  • F: Occasional 545A FLY60, or a rest day
  • S: 9A RPM (my class!)
  • Su: 1030A RPM (my class!) and 630P BodyPump (I put this one on my calendar for a year, and never made it until this past Sunday. It was incredible! I'll just have to rearrange my life/schedule to make sure I still get to the grocery store Sunday, and get all my meal prepping done so I don't get behind schedule for the week)


It's so easy to give up the second we slip-up, citing #YOLO.

Think about where you are right now, and where you want to be. 

Define what your barriers are, and make a plan of attack. Don't hold yourself to a number or a date on the calendar, but check in with yourself every now and then, and realize what's causing you to fall off track.

For me, that meant hiding the honey and Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips I bought a few weeks ago and started sprinkling on top of a sliced banana with 1/4 c almonds. Mama don't need so much sugar. 

It meant making myself take the 5 minutes to prep a green smoothie this morning after teaching my first RPM class of the day.

It also meant taking the 10 minutes to prep all of the zucchini and sweet potatoes I bought this past weekend, spiralize them, and cook them, and then set aside a portion for lunch today.

Little changes are often what yield the biggest changes, whether it's literally in spin class, adding just a touch more on the wheel than the previous round of hills, or just removing a few hundred calories here or there from your daily intake.
Clean eating at the Whole Foods salad bar. All veggies, fruit, a little spoonful of guac, and 1 hardboiled egg.


Just removing the two times a week of BodyPump completely set me back, so just making that effort to pack a bag Monday night and leave on time from work, and then revising my Sunday a bit is going to make a world of difference.


Here's to a sexier, fitter, and more confident Spring ahead.

XOXO,
Stel

PS: I've been binge-buying music on iTunes lately, and here's another favorite, musically, and lyrically.
"I've got a little bit longer...I've got a ways to go." Enjoy.




Tuesday, March 4, 2014

month three (nine more to go)

Is is just me, or is twenty fourteen absolutely flying by?

If I think about where I was last year, it can be depressing, or mind-blowing when you think about how much time has passed:

*In one week, I'll be another year older, and it's the first time I've made zero fuss/plans about the whole birthday thing. I'm more looking forward to the day after it, and getting past it. Please respect my wishes at this time...

Google "birthday blues"


*I've almost had my "new" car a year (I got it in May 2013)


*This month marks six months in my "new" apartment, and I couldn't be happier. It's amazing what regular running water, upgraded appliances, plentiful parking, and respectful neighbors will do.
Moving is the WORST, but this was the best decision I've made in years.
New mgmt is painting EVERYTHING, so the green is now red, and the door is now brown. It works.


*I used 12 fewer expensive eye drops a day (And what I'm using now really hasn't made much difference. Gotta love Chronic Dry Eye disease...)
SO so so so blind that my coworker photoshopped this beaut of me in an eyepatch. Leaning in.


*I'm about 8-10 lbs heavier than I was last year, and the love handles I lost in 2013 are back. I'm working my darndest to turn this around, because it's probably the most annoying/depressing thing I'm dealing with this year. It's my own fault. As I fessed up to in a few earlier posts, I screwed up the last half of 2013, so now I'm having to undo all of the bad decisions and laziness that got me to this heavier place.

Let's be real: there's no way I'm getting to my goal weight in one week from now, but if it takes until this summer, or even New Year's Eve, I'll be okay with that. Slow and steady wins the race, and nothing kills progress more than putting a time stamp or a definite number (like a goal weight) over your head.

I'll just keep on keepin' on with my clean eating/paleo lifestyle bit, and continue slowly adding back in things like BodyPump and CXWORX to complement the cardio. My schedule won't get better. Life won't get easier. You just have to make it happen if you want to achieve things that require effort, like a better, fitter body.
January 1, 2013. What I wouldn't give to look like this right now...(11 lbs away...)


*Next month, I'll be participating in launching my fifth Les Mills RPM release: RPM 62. I'm not jazzed at all about the new release, but I'm sure once I actually get into the music/notes (I just got it yesterday, so I can't make a fair assessment), I'll get there. Let's hope...


*Our new agency is about six floors in the sky (out of eighteen). Remember in July when I moonlighted as a construction worker and helped break ground? We're set to at least have some of the agency move in... September? December? I'm hard of hearing (sometimes) and I'm not sure how to separate rumors from truth. I'm pretty excited, though...
I'm 2nd from right, barely getting any dirt up.
New Agency is right behind the right turn only sign

*My bestfriend Stephanie's wedding was almost a year ago. HOW????
Bridesmaid army.


*May 2014 will mark five years since college graduation. How is that possible? I got an invite to my college's reunion weekend, and I can't say that I'm going. I did post the invite on my cubicle because it reminds me of the beautiful Occidental campus, and that's enough.




Here's hoping that twenty seven won't be as awful as I think it will be. 

Twenty six was maybe just too good - at least, the first half of it, when I felt and looked better than I ever have in my entire life.

And Spotify just put on "Birthday" by Katy Perry, so I guess today/next week won't be half bad...


XO,
Stel