Monday, January 2, 2012

The Right Start to the New Year

I'm trying to do at least 15 minutes of some form of exercise or fitness each day during January to get myself back on track. To commit to more than 15 minutes would just be settig myself up for failure due to a heavy workload and kid-related commitments. I had gotten lax in eating right and had started heading down that slippery slope of making excuses. A pulled hamstring should not have prevented me from ab crunches or arm work, but it did. And I have a bowl fully of jello to prove it. This morning I got on the scales and, while it wasn't as bad as I was feeling, it was still 4 pounds over my "normal" weight. It's time to pull my shit together, quit making excuses, clean up my eating (good bye Halloween and Christmas candy), and start incorporating more movement into my day. And as lame as it sounds I will blog my results so that I'm forced to write it down and, hopefully, that will serve as encouragement and motivation (or shame, which works well, too!).

Sunday: 6-mile run and polar plunge!
Monday: 3-miles on elliptical with resistance, 1000m rowing, 20 squats & 20 lunges with weights.

I tried 30 minutes of P90X last week and it wasn't as soul-crushing as I thought it was going to be. So I'll keep giving it a try and maybe work on my weak core. I've noticed that I've had twinges of knee pain and I know it's because I've done zero core work and have been neglectful of hip strengthening exercises. Working on the core really makes a difference, but putting it into action is a lot harder to do. So baby steps and maybe I can banish those twinges and get stronger, leaner legs in the process.

Here's to hoping your exercise regimen - whatever it might be - stays consistent during 2012!


  1. Sounds like a plan, Robin. It won't take you long to feel like you are back to your old self. I sooo know the feeling. Core work is a dirty word in my house. Time to do some house cleaning, IF you know what I mean.

  2. Definitely know what you mean! I even told my oldest daughter to take all leftover candy to school!All evil must be banished!

  3. Holiday sugar and salt are just brutal, unforgiving fiends! I bet you will see big changes within a week - here's to another exciting year for you and yours :)