I am going to try really hard not to sound down and out on this blog! Because I am not. My life is good, I am newly married, I have a wonderful family, blessed beyond words... but there is one horrid thing that I can't seem to get a hold of in my life... WORKING OUT!! As I have mentioned before, I am CONSTANTLY trying to be skinnier/healthier...always trying to better my bod :)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Ok let me explain a little background... in high school I was a cheerleader. Slim and slender at 5'9"! A size 6 (and I thought I was fat then!), flat stomach, shapely legs and slender arms! Ok well... on to college... I worked out all through college at the Student Act. just your basic cardio. Ok now let's fast forward to 3 years out of college. I am one size bigger... and several pounds heavier. I have never been what I call "tiny." I mean I am tall so I try not to beat myself up too bad, but I desperately want to me my "perfect" size 6! So, you might ask, what's holding you back from achieving that goal??? Well, let's evaluate! As far as food goes... I am one of the pickiest eaters you will ever meet (or read about :) ) It's bad. I don't really like meat. I don't really like vegetables. So what do I like you ask? CARBS CARBS CARBS!! Pasta, rice, bread... PIZZA (mmmm). So I try to count my calories each day so I don't go overboard. I do pretty well Monday-Friday at lunchtime. Then for some reason I think it's time to go CRAZY on the weekend and eat everything in sight! :) It's almost like calories don't count Friday night - Sunday :) So you see, my diet is one problem but I think I do pretty well with it given I am SUPER PICKY!! On to the next challenge... I workout 4-5 days a week. And I refuse to miss a day! I can be sick... I am there! Here's my typical workout schedule...
Monday: 30 minutes on the elliptical/Body Pump (calories usually burned - 800)
Tuesday: 1 hour of walking & elliptical OR Spinning (calories usually burned - 600-700)
Wednesday: 30 minutes on the elliptical/Body Pump (calories usually burned - 800)
Thursday: 1 hour of walking & elliptical OR Spinning (calories usually burned - 600-700)
Friday: 30 minutes on the elliptical/Body Pump (calories usually burned - 800)
So you see, my schedule is pretty repetitive! But that's ok because I love Body Pump. Now here is where my question for you all comes in... whether you work out or not I would love to hear some advice and how you deal with this day to day!
Where I am struggling with this is... where do you find time to be a GREAT WIFE (because I desperately want to be the most AWESOMEST!!) Now one good thing I do have on my side is that my husband works out too. At the same time, so at least that isn't a conflict!
See with all of those days, I go right after work and don't leave the gym until... sometimes between 6:30 and 7! Then I rush home, let the dogs out, cook super, clean kitchen, shower, plop on the couch and I am so dang sleepy. Where do I find time to... run to WalMart, get my cell phone fixed, go to the post office, cuddle with hubby, wash clothes, clean house????? You get my drift? This is my daily schedule. It rarely changes from Monday to Friday. And I refuse to miss a workout so that really cuts into to any social life I might have Monday - Friday. But I just can't help it. All of our friends hit up Trivia at a local bar on Tuesday but guess where you will find me??? THE GYM!
But I have decided to start getting up Tuesday and Thursday at 5 and going to the gym and getting that over with to have my afternoon's free to do what I need. WELL TODAY I DID IT!!!! Let me tell you, it was TOUGH. Wow, getting up at 5 and losing that other hour and a half of sleep was BRUTAL! Especially since my husband was still sleeping so peaceful when I left. Boo. I drove 10-15 minutes to get to the gym. Worked out for an hour and then drove 10-15 minutes back home to get ready for work. Now I will admit that after I was finished working out, I felt good. Got those endorphins going and the calories were burning up :) But getting up is the toughest part. But I just have to do it at least 2 days a week. That does mean giving up spinning on those days, but that's ok... I am kinda burnt out on that for now!
So tell me how you handle working out and balancing your home life! How do you handle a husband, working out, social life, kids????? It's tough for me I know. I am just hoping that it gets easier soon! :)