Another week went by without a real plan, and I’m not seeing the results that I want.
Sunday: 2.5 mile run + Pilates at Ignite Yoga
Tuesday: Active rest Hot Vinyasa Flow at Ignite Yoga — not my favorite class. I have a hard time timing things to my breath, and I’m supremely inflexible.
Wednesday: Day 65 of LiveFit
Thursday: Active rest 5K walk over lunch.
Friday: (I have the day off work!) PLAN: Run + Hot Yoga at Ignite Yoga
I’m all over the place. I need to come up with a concrete plan to achieve my goals.
It’s funny, because last year at this time I was kicking ass at the gym. I’d just started LiveFit, and I was basically living in the gym. And I’ve always been a rock star at the working out part of the equation. However, I wasn’t (and really had never been) eating properly. I’d been doing a lot of stress eating while trying to tie up loose ends at my previous job, changing to a new job, and dealing with some personal issues. But now? I have my eating and nutrition under control (thank you, Fitmixer Bootcamp), but I’m totally sucking at the fitness part.
I have to admit that I saw the Turkey Day challenge that Janetha posted about this week, and thought long and hard about participating. It’s a great fitness/eating challenge, and the penalty for not following through with it is that you donate money or food to your local food pantry. Brilliant.
But … in the spirit of yesterday’s post about not over-committing myself, I’m going to refrain from joining yet another challenge. It would support Operation Pants Fit, but I’ve already got enough going on to support that goal. Honestly, the hardest part of doing that challenge would be making sure to check back in daily, and committing to blogging about my results.
However, her post did remind me that it’s hard to reach a goal without measuring and planning. I didn’t really outline a concrete fitness plan for how I was going to fit my butt back into my pants. I just said I was going to do it.
I’m torn between a few major things: Cardio (fat burning), strength training (toning + muscle building), and yoga (stretching + already paid for a 6-month membership). My yoga membership is really putting a wrench in my ideal training plan. I signed up for a 6-month membership to Ignite Yoga when I was injured (I love Ignite — but the classes/class times are not supporting all my fitness goals, unfortunately), and it’s costing me $100 per month — so I’d like to go to 10+ classes per month.
Doing cardio and strength training ala boot camp style doesn’t work well for me. I’ve had the greatest weight loss/toning success when I can do 45-60 minutes of good hard cardio and then 45-60 minutes of strength training 5-6 times a week.
As far as yoga goes? I need it so I don’t keep getting injured, but the class times don’t really work for me. There’s a 6 AM (I’ve signed up and barely shown up), a noon (not enough time with distance from work), a 4 PM, a 5:30 PM (when I would be hitting the gym), and a 7 PM (would add an hour to the 90 minute gym time). I’d like to go 2-3 times a week to get the most out of my membership, but these times don’t jive with my schedule. I’d go to a half hour class over the noon hour, and I would be a regular for a 7:30 AM Saturday and Sunday class, but the 7:30 AM class continues to get cancelled, and there isn’t a 7:30 AM Sunday class. And after reading my friend Laura’s friend’s guest post about Yo-Run-Ga yesterday (run to yoga class), I realized I’d love to do that, but I can’t because I don’t have a mat there (if they would donate a freebie to me so I can run there, my problem would be solved).
My ideal workout schedule is: Yoga over lunch + 45-60 min cardio after work + 45-60 min strength after work (M-F with wildcards on the weekend and one rest day during the week)
My current lack of schedule goals: 5 sessions cardio per week (30-45 minutes) + 3 strength sessions per week (45-60 minutes) + 2-3 yoga classes per week This requires me to combine some things, which I mentioned doesn’t work for my fitness goals.
So, I keep waffling. Instead of having a real plan, I have a bunch of options, and at the end of the day I pick something and say “good enough”, or fall back on the fact that I’m still recovering from a sprained ankle.
Well, what I’m doing isn’t good enough because I’m not seeing any results. I still suck at yoga. I have lost a ton of my strength (I had to use single-digit weights the other day!). And I can’t run very far, or do much more than 30 minutes of cardio.
I’m really torn on trying to get the most of my yoga membership, or making the most of my time to workout for my body. Any advice is appreciated.
Have you ever been stuck in this position? How did you overcome it?