Week 5: The Excuse Train

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Christ, I need to get my eyebrows done.

We are into Week 5!

Woo!

Last week, I hit the gym twice. Which is not something too exciting. Mike and I were going through some fun times with moving things around for his job so we were busy all last week and barely had a moment to breathe.

This week, I have hit the gym twice so far (taking today to do body weight exercises) and continue to rock Thursday as well as Friday, too.

I was talking to a friend this week about how they can’t find the willpower or motivation to go consecutively to workout. Let me tell you, friend.

If you think every single athlete in the world never misses a gym day, you are so incredibly wrong.

Remember, it’s okay if you miss. Don’t beat yourself up but don’t make it a habit. If you miss, just make the effort to go the next day. It takes 21 days to make a habit so you gotta keep on top of it and it’ll get easier, I promise. No one is perfect in any stretch. Just keep going!

Some tips for not missing the gym (Doesn’t work for everyone but if you want to try!):

  • Make it a meeting in your calendar. I live and die by my Planner and Google Calendar. If I see it, I know that it’s on my To-Do List.
  • Bargain with Yourself. Every day I go to the gym, I bargain with myself. I say, “If I go today, I’ll take off tomorrow.” I never take off tomorrow but I tell myself I will to motivate me.
  • Keep a Journal. When I really don’t want to go, I look back on my progress. I try to write in it here and there about what goals I achieved. How good I felt. It reminds me that going is better than not.
  • Count Down. I set a time specific to go the gym. I always go before rush so I don’t have to fight people for the machines. If I go at 2:00, I have a goal to get my day work done and housework so I can do it. “2 more hours. I am going to do laundry.” “One more hour. I got to start getting ready.” and then when it’s time, I have no distractions, work, or housework.
  • Singing Reminders. I am a terrible singer, but I have a song I sing when I am getting ready that is basically, “Go to the gym” over and over. I sing it when I put my clothes on, get in my car, and go. I am hearing it, saying it, experiencing it.
  • Rewards. I will admit I am not on top of this but when I remember, it helps. For every workout, I reward myself with $1. That way, when I get enough money and reap the benefits of working out, I can get a new workout item (clothes!).
  • Following Inspirational People on Instagram. While you may not be rockin’ Crossfit, I follow a few of their top athletes from Stacie Tovar to Julie Foucher (which is easy. She works out at my Cleveland Box). But, also, I have picked up some friends along the way. My friend Nicia is always rockin’ updates. When I am in a slump and I see that they have hit the gym, it sparks me to get moving.
  • Social Media Accountability. There was an article that a friend of mine posted that said those who post their workouts are sociopaths. Call me a sociopath, but it’s literally the most beneficial for me. I don’t post my workouts to say, “Look what I did” but instead, I post them to say, “I did this. I need to be held accountable.” I also sometimes will look back at it and go, “I didn’t want to go that day, but I did!”
  • Accountabilibuddy. My husband is mine (though he’s slid since changing jobs. But, that’ll change soon!) but sometimes I would check in with another CF’er and say, “Hey! I went to the gym today. When are you going next?” And you motivate each other that way. You don’t have to go to the same exact gym at the same exact time to have an accountabilibuddy.

You may even find your own way to motivate yourself. If it works, stick with it. You can do this. I know you can.

Week 2 & Eating Habits

Well, weighed myself and lost 10 lbs my first week. This is normal for first week exercise/dieters. You lose a crap ton of weight the first week and then it levels out to one to two lbs (sometimes) every week after. I am glad I lost the initial 10 because that number was not a good one.

Last week, I went to the gym four times which is awesome! I did body weight on the third and fifth day. I need to incorporate more strength training but I have been gun shy at the gym. I finally found the weight section today and will be trying it out this week.

Motivation

  • My sister’s wedding in September.
  • Laura and Justin’s wedding in April 2018.
  • Not dying before 35.

Today, I rocked the elliptical for the first time in many moons. My FitBit was not having it, sadly, and only recorded half of my steps. I did 30 minutes and 3 miles and my FitBit was like, “Great job on that one mile, champ!” I gotta just keep moving.

So, I don’t tell many people this because it’s not a topic of discussion, but my healthy eating habits come from my sister, Jodi. On the right, she was 290 lbs. She’s now a cool 150 lbs and rocking out for her wedding in September. She did Weight Watchers and the gym (she taught me to schedule the gym like meetings and I live and die by that) a few times a week.


Here are some tips that I learned from her and I hope they help you! Not one size fits all (and I am not professional!) so see what works best for you. 

  • Eating slow. Put food in mouth, chew 30 times, swallow, put fork down, wait five seconds, repeat. This seems super tedious, but it helps you recognize your full limits faster.
  • Stuffed does not equal full. You’ll know when you get full when you feel full and satisfied. Stuffed is when you’re in a food coma and can barely move after. Knowing the difference will help.
  • When eating a salad, get the dressing on the side and not on top. Before stabbing your salad, dip your fork in the dressing on the side. You’ll use about a half less and each bite has a full flavor of dressing. 
  • When eating out, ask the server to give you half the order and wrap the other half for you. When eating out, portion control is difficult so cutting it in half will be a huge help. And you get a surprise leftover later.
  • Water. When you’re hungry? Drink a cup of water and wait. Your body may be thirsty. If you’re not hungry, you answered that question.
  • Got a sweet tooth like me? If you’re hard craving bad desserts and treats, brush your teeth. You can always, of course, eat healthier treats but if you’re in a pinch, brushing your teeth will get rid of the craving.
  • Never deprive yourself. If you love tacos, try a healthier version, get a small version, or treat yourself on a rare occasion. My sister loved her frappachinos so she would get a tall rather than a venti once in a great while. When you swear off food you like, you’ll crash and be more tempted to try it.
  • Quick diets should be temporary. I learned this from a friend who is a nutritionist, too. Last year, Mike and I did Paleo for two months and then went back to normal healthy eating. Diet change is good but the really difficult ones (Paleo, Whole30, etc.) should be done in bursts. A lot of those diets take away important stuff. The plus side of those diets, however, is that you will find ways to be creative.
  • Make food. Stop ordering out. Key! Mike and I found not only is it healthier to do but we save a ton of money while we are at it. Ordering out is okay now and then but it’s always a roulette on the nutrition and macro count.
  • Try 2-3 new veggies or fruit a week. I found to love cauliflower this way (I remembered how much I hated it before). If you don’t like something, try cooking it a different way (I love fresh spinach but cooked spinach makes me gag.)
  • Count everything you put in your mouth. Every single thing. Even if you take a taste? Count it. 
  • Going out? Eat beforehand. You’ll end up picking and grazing on a small dish than a big one.
  • Going to a party? Bring a dish you can share that’s healthy. I do this with hummus and veggies – always a hit and great for you!

Tomorrow, I am going to elliptical again and then weight training! Very exciting! I like the ability to have freedom to go whenever I want.

Enjoy your weeks, swolemates!

Day 3 of 2 Gyms.

Before I begin, I gotta give some mad love up to my Crossfit Buddies, Laura and Justin, who just got engaged last night. Laura and Justin, if you’re following along at home, are the reason I got into Crossfit. After talking to Laura about their wedding plans, I realize I have even more incentive to get my butt into shape. (Their wedding, my sister’s in September of this year, my best friend’s in July next year.)

Laura and Justin have been dating for a long time and they are crazy in love with one another. They’re super important to me. Here are their gains (Left side is most recently and right is roughly three years ago)!

(They inspire me daily).

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So, signing up for a second gym was probably the best decision of my life.

Last night, Mike and I were supposed to go to Crossfit. He couldn’t make it (brewery kept him way over and Crossfit closed) so I went to the gym all by myself. I have a ton of energy that I have been lacking in the past few weeks (not going to CF or any gym will do that to you).

Planet Fitness is great for just walking into and doing my business and walking out. It’s a super zero hassle life and I really appreciate that I can go to it whenever I want. Tomorrow, I have to go in the afternoon but god knows before 4:00 because that place gets insane at 4:00.

So far this week, I have completed:

  • Monday: 60 minutes on the treadmill.
    • 30 minutes HIIT. 30 minute brisk walk. I was so excited about the gym that I lost track of what the hell time it was.
  • Tuesday: 30 minutes on the treadmill.
    • 30 minutes HIIT.
  • Wednesday: Bodyweight Workout
    • 50-40-30-20-10 of Squats, Pushups, Jumping Jacks, and Sit-ups.

My only hang-up is FitBit. It doesn’t record my treadmill work properly. It’s probably because my hands are on the heartbeat railing but I am going to test that theory out again.

Water intake is still going well. I have my water bottle next to me at all times.

Eating healthy? Got that in the bag. I am actually really excited because at the store yesterday, I was eyeing the Chia Seeds and said, “Alright, let’s do it.” I am trying to make Chia Pudding and as I am typing this, I realized I forgot sweetener or honey in it. I will report back on its success. I used Noosa Yoghurt which is – y’all – bomb.com. I love them.

I ordered a new gym bag!

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I never needed one for Crossfit, really. I would tuck away my Converse in the car that was two feet away and brought my water bottle in. We also never had lockers so there wasn’t a purpose for it.

Now, at the other gym, I have to have a lock, facial wipes, and now – I need to add toiletries and emergency stuff, too. I have a lock for the locker, might as well use my gym bag right. I am thinking of adding first aid items in there, too. Basically, I will fill this bad boy with good things that are needed 🙂

Thursday and Friday – I am going to Planet for the elliptical for HIIT and then also do some weight training.

Saturday – I am going to walk in my first protest! Pretty exciting!

Sunday – Rest Day.

So far, so good! I hope your weeks are going super well!

February Plan

So, January (after Midwinter), I:

  • Tracked food.
  • Walked 10k a day.
  • Drank a whole butt load of water.
  • Ate healthy

In February, I plan to:

  • Continue January Goals.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Go to Planet Fitness 3 times a week for cardio and will increase times when I get comfortable with three.
  • Go to Crossfit once – three times a week with Mike.
    • However many times Mike does not go to CF, I’ll supplement weight training at PF.

Exciting news, too. My friend Leia, my very best girl, has been wanting to get in shape for some time. Crossfit was too much heavy lifting, yoga was expensive, and so on. I proposed Planet Fitness to her and she is all about it. So, I have a workout partner! Which is pretty exciting.

I called PF to see if I can come in tonight, late, when Mike goes to bed. They said absolutely as they are staffed 24-7. I am pretty excited that I will be able to go whenever I want.

I am feeling really motivated right now. I know that if I can’t go to Crossfit, I have a 24-7 gym at my disposal. No excuses.

Are you in a ditch, Meredith? Y/N

  • First and second week of January were dedicated to prepping for a huge convention in Milwaukee. We had a lot of things thrown at us (including, but not limited to – three of our staff members getting wicked sick) so it took me for quite the loop.
  • We have had visitors for three weekends in a row so constant cleaning.
  • Being a god damn activist. So, we are going to get a little political – so, hold onto your seats. After the election results, my entire heart and mind were confused, lost, and angry. So, I did what I learned I needed to do. Between throwing donations at Planned Parenthood and ACLU, calling my representatives every single day, I ran around collecting letters for marginalized friends, volunteering, creating artwork for #makeartnotwar, and making sure my marginalized friends feel as safe as I can make them every single day, and fighting fascism on the internet.
  • Feeling a little down? Anxiety, maybe? I have been completely sluggish (probably due to bad eating and lack of exercise) so we are gonna try this all over again.

Where does that leave our heroine?

Well, I talked to a health-nut friend of mine and I explained that I was hustling hard, eating healthy, and then December hit and I went downhill super quickly. I kept trying but I would slip.

She said, “You’re trying to do too much at once.”

And I always thought doing too much at once was a good thing. You get more done. When it comes to health? You can’t do this. People try to juggle 300 things from nothing and they end up failing because it’s too much. So, slow rolling back into routine and I’ll kick it up each month.

So, I am going to do resolutions/goals by month and not this long string of hopes and dreams that I can’t accomplish in a short period of time. So, revising my list for January, starting tomorrow:

  • 10k on my FitBit every single day, not just weekdays. This is pretty easy to accomplish.
  • Water intake has got to go back to a gallon. I have a nifty water bottle from Lesley and I just got to use it more.
  • Watching what I eat and recording it. Actually having meals and not skipping two to be starving at dinner.
  • Floor exercises in the morning and evening.
  • If I make it to Crossfit this month, great. If I don’t – I have to do an at home WOD.
  • Go back to accountability on Instagram.
  • Get 6-8 hours of sleep (This is the hardest thing to do but I am going to try)

Baby steps to get back into routine.

I gotta applaud Nicia who has fallen into a similar boat with me. It’s nice when you can read something and go, “You know what? Yeah. I feel you.” And it’s that level of closeness and understanding of sharing similar situations and knowing that you got each other to lean on. I know I can do this. I know Nicia can do this. I know we’re gonna kick ass together this year and I am really glad the internet brought us together. She’s rad AF.

Tomorrow, we start.

Running: The Painful Memoir

I love walking. 

I hate running. I had to clock my mile time today and it was not something I am proud of. I was sort of bummed and did my WOD anyway. 

12 MIN AMRAP

  • 10 DB Push Press
  • 7 Box Jumps
  • 4 Deadlifts

I knew my deadlifts were going to be slightly under 200# because I didn’t work out much last week (except for the mileage I earned) so I was very fine with that.

But then, only then, my friend Addie (talesofacaffeinejunkie.blogspot.com) posted the following. 


What matters is I ran today. What will matter is that I run again. I’ll get a better mile time. Just gotta keep at it. 

Work, Work, and Hustle.


Well, this is my Wednesday – Saturday of last week. Sunday, my FitBit F I N A L L Y died but my IPhone still calculated.

44.8 miles, y’all.

Gen Con is a huge convention with 200k attendees as of last year. You walk literally everywhere because everything is walking distance. It’s my work’s biggest convention so it’s all hands on deck!

I got to see NotAwesomeYet for a whopping three seconds. I hope to see her a bit more in the fall. 

A little bit of anxiety happened but I made it home in one piece.

My smart self posted a selfie on my Instagram to which Coach Carl saw and said, “You ready for next week?”


Praise be to the Gods of Crossfit that I didn’t have to do running. My feet are a little raw still. I should be good to go tomorrow, regardless.

WOD was good. It was a nice, sweaty WOD. I realized, too, that my normal KBS was too light halfway through which makes me feel absolutely amazing. I am gonna go up a size next time. 

I hope your week is full of sweat and hustle!