#fitnessfriday [5] – life+running

#fitnessfriday [5]

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

run before yoga // lifeplusrunning.com

Monday: Laura‘s bitchin’ shoulder workout + 30 second cardio bursts between sets + 45 minute walk with Mr. Barney Stinson and Mark

post-shoulder workout // lifeplusrunning.com

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

Saturday: PLAN: Day 66 of LiveFit (early — because I’m going to be selling at Craft Saturday)

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? 

13 Comment

  1. It seems like you’re putting in a LOT of time working out….and I know this might sound strange, but do you think you might be overdoing it? If your body is too tired (over usage), it will hang on to whatever it needs to. Or, maybe your body is too used to the routine, so that’s why you’re not seeing results even though you’re spending so much time working out? Maybe it needs something different than what you usually do. Also, it can sometimes take a bit of time for the results to begin kicking in….hang in there! You are certainly doing lots of the right things (and you look great too!). happy Friday!

    1. Great thought!

      I know it seems like I spend a LOT of time working out, but I really don’t. This is a fraction of what I used to do, and I really don’t consider yoga a workout on its own. An hour and a half of hot yoga, yes, but the vinyasa flow class is really just guided stretching. And walking really isn’t a workout either.

      I used to bike to work, walk over lunch, and then do my workout. I’m trying to give my body a break by not doing more than one activity in a day, unless said activity is yoga or walking. I took 10 full days off of working out when I sprained my ankle (all activity, including yoga), and the next several weeks I was only biking lightly for 30 minutes or doing yoga.

      I’m taking this morning off though because I realized I haven’t had a true rest day this week. So thanks for the comment!

      1. Oh yeah . . . I thought of another suggestion . . . are you drinking LOTS of water? I’m not the best at remembering this myself, but I know it makes a big difference for muscle recovery, flushing of toxins and muscle growth. 🙂

  2. You definitely need to pick a plan. I know that I always do better when my workouts are planned out for me, even if it’s just on my calendar as “strength” and I plan out the night before what that means. After my 10k, I’m thinking about starting up LiveFit again for maybe try something new – we’ll see. But I’m also fighting that whole over-commit thing myself…Keep at it girl. You’ve got a great week of workouts up there^.

  3. glad you are not overcommitting, thats a tough thing to let go of, but so smart! wish i could run to yoga but it’s 10 miles away and on a highway. Maybe i could run around the park after?

  4. I feel the same way right now. When I was training for my half, I had a solid plan. Now, with nothing significant impending on the calendar, I’m a bit lost. Too many options!

    I decided I was going to post about it next week to force myself to make a decision. So we’ll see what happens!

  5. Joanna says: Reply

    I’m really perplexed that you’re not seeing results. You’re doing all the right stuff. But I seem to come across blog posts about having the same problem every so often. I think sometimes are bodies are just strange and need a little time. I think you will start seeing the changes you want soon!

    1. I see a lot of blog posts like that too. It’s probably because a lot of us are already fit and aren’t seeing the changes because it would require a lot of time that we don’t have.

      I’m trying to lose 5-10 lbs of fat, and I’m not seeing any change at all. I’ll give it another few weeks, but I’m 5 weeks in and the scale hasn’t budged one bit. My nutrition is actually on for once too.

  6. Aww honey, don’t be so hard on yourself! Honestly, I think I get the best results when I don’t put so much focus on getting results. If you’ve got your diet under control, that’s the most important. The rest will fall into place.

    I understand how you want to try to get the most out of your yoga membership though. It would kill me if I spent that much and didn’t use it. And even though it sounds like a long time at the gym, you may really like doing the class after your strength training. I prefer to workout just before my vinyasa classes…I feel like it helps my muscles recover better with all the stretching and breathing. Maybe on those days you could cut down your workout time to 30 minutes cardio and 30 minutes strength so you don’t feel like your camping out at the gym all night?

    PS, Laura’s shoulder workout ROCKS!

  7. kim says: Reply

    Hey girl. To start, give yourself a huge pat on (you’re probably amazing back) with your (probably equally amazing arms!) for working out as much as you are. Seriously! I’m in a similar boat right now, wanting to lose some extra pounds, but having problems. I think it has to do with a transition in age (literally, getting older) and my body just changing. Perhaps the same thing is happening for you. It isn’t bad, but I agree with others that you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself! You look fantastic. Seriously. All said, I understand and wish you the healthiest, best way to your ideal body. 🙂 Love you!

  8. No advice from this lady but I will say….
    Hang in there!
    Try to be positive!
    You are beautiful!

    🙂 Happy Monday!!!!! 🙂

    1. Aww … thanks! 🙂 that’s the best kind of advice.

  9. […] The reason I’m not seeing any results is because I’m not enjoying what I’m doing. I’m not enjoying what I’m doing because I don’t have a routine (as I discussed last week). […]

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