Monday, August 3, 2009

Help, I need somebody

Here, is where I ask for help. Remember a few weeks ago when I had a post written about a boot camp? Yeah, the reason there was no follow up, is that I only worked out one day. That seems to be typical of me. I don't want to be like that. I don't want to sit on the couch every day, afraid to go outside and work out. I want to be healthy and lost the weight I gained in college. Yesterday, I gave myself a new goal, and I want to, I really do, want to achieve it. I do not want to sabotage myself, again. The new goal? Lose 10 pounds by September 12th. I have a tank top that I really want to wear on that day, and people I haven't seen in 2years. I wrote out a week's worth of workout plans, and for the most part, it's about an hour a day of exercise broke up into two parts. Honestly, I have all day, everyday that I could be working out. I know this is doable for me. Heck last night, the hub and I went on a small hike (25 minutes), 4 mile bike ride and then a cool down walk and it was fine. It's stuff like that I want to incorporate into my life on a daily basis again. Instead of sitting in front of my computer all damn day.

What am I unhappy about? Everything would be the short and simple answer, however there are specific things. My arms are too flabby, my stomach is NOT pregnant, and my thighs do not need to jiggle.

This is what I have at my disposal. The internet (that's how I watch 30 day shred!), walk away the pounds 2 mile tape, 8 pound weights (too much for my back to do too much with), a jump rope. a bike, and pavement. I've never been much of a runner, but in the last year I have tried making myself into one. I am doing better on the breathing which is the main part for me. I've even started the Couch to 5k about 4 times and made it to about week 4 each time, and then I stop.

So, the reason I am posting this? I know some of you workout and run. What workout type advice can you give me? Want to plan out a day of exercise for me? How about a week? This is what I have planned for the rest of the week... I know I have to constantly change it up, or I will stop. God I don't want to stop, but I always do and I want that to stop.

Aug 4 - walk/run 30 minutes, 30 day shred
Aug 5 - walk/run 30 minutes, lift weights
Aug 6 - off
Aug 7 - 30 minute bike ride
Aug 8 - walk/run 30 minute, 30 day shred
Aug 9 - walk/run 30 minute, lift weights


Ashley said...

I am going to recommend the book called the 5 Factor Fitness. It provides a detailed workout schedule and some tips on eating. The husband and I were doing this constantly about 2 years ago and I saw great results and fairly quickly. I really need to get back on it and the fact that it's only 25 mins and 5 days a week is wonderful b/c I hate workout for long periods of time.

Good Luck! I think you have a great goal set!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Good luck! I don't have any fantastic advice for you - running has been my savior in my weight loss, but I know it is not for everyone. I think getting a mix of cardio & strength training is key in order to get some results.

I went from basically not working out for about a year, to working out about 4-5 times a week. The best thing for me was doing what I called a 'june-athon' - I challenged myself to run every day, and I announced on my blog that i was doing that. Which keeps a person honest! I didn't end up running every day, but i ran something like 21 or 22 days out of the month. And it takes about 21 days to form a pattern. So now when I leave work, I no longer thing - 'am I going to run tonight?' - now it is a given that I will get out there & run.

Good luck - you can do it! :) I wish I had better, more concrete advice!

Amber said...

Get it over with first thing in the morning! When your husband gets up to go to work, get up and work out, first thing, before you do ANYTHING else! Then it's over with and done, and you'll feel SOOO much better all day long.

Also, don't set unrealistic goals. 10 pounds by September 12 may be doable for you, but I know for myself, I only lose about 1-2 pounds a week. If you set unrealistic goals you will just end up disappointed in yourself and set yourself up for failure. Maybe 5 pounds by September 12 would be more realistic?

Finally, write down EVERYTHING you eat!! We have NO idea how much we snack and how many extra calories that can bring in. I use sparkpeople to track all my food and it's helped me lose 6 pounds in the last 5 weeks!!!

Good luck! Think about your blog/blog friends when the alarm goes off in the morning to get up and work out - that'll be inspiring for you!