Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Back on Track

21 Days with the Sisterhood!

I'm beginning to get back on track now that I have had my "blah week". I'm trying real hard to eat better and I started exercising again with a vengeance. I did just over an hour Sunday night and last night. My muscles are protesting but I already feel better physically and mentally. I am using the "Biggest Loser Body Sculpt" DVD and my WiiFit Hula and Yoga. I am on level 2 of the DVD and it goes through 40 minutes of intense exercise. Level 3 will be 50 minutes so I'm going to give myself an extra week to build up to before I start that level, which I was scheduled to start on next Monday.

A new challenge starts today over at the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans . This go around is only 21 days (3 weeks) and we are trying to establish new habits and break old, bad ones. I think I finally have the "no exercise" habit broken. The days last week that I didn't exercise, I felt physically and mentally bad. I feel GOOD when I exercise! and I love how I can see my body changing and becoming more physically fit!

So what habits am I trying to establish?

How about eating enough fruits and veggies? I am not a fan of veggies, in fact about the only veggie that I can honestly say I really like are carrots and a plain garden salad with lettuce, carrots and a few tomatoes. But I LOVE fruit....I just find it difficult to make myself grab a piece of fruit instead of something like, say bread!

So my new habit -- eat 5 servings of fruits or veggies EVERY DAY!! That means I need to go to the store and buy some, but I do have bananas and apples in the house and I've already had 1 banana today, so I'm off to a decent start.

Another new habit I want to establish is -- getting my day started with reading my BIBLE and having a little bit of prayer time. Usually I get up out of bed, and go lay down on the couch for a couple of hours then fix breakfast for everyone, then shower, eat breakfast myself, then get on the computer for a couple of hours! I want to change this habit. In about a month I am going to start school with That Other Kid (kindergarten - homeschool) and I need to be able to devote at least an hour to hour and a half every day to school. If I don't change something about my morning routine, it's going to be late in the afternoon before we even start and I really don't want that. I want to be able to let him play and burn off energy in the afternoon's and I want to be able to go to the gym and do some cardio during the afternoon.

My third habit to establish over the next 3 weeks -- spend some time outside EVERYDAY! Summer in North Texas is brutal, but being outside is good for me no matter how hot it is, and That Other Kid loves to be outside. This will be a good way for him to burn off some energy and for me to soak in some Vitamin D, which the Endocronologist has told me I need to boost. I figure if I spend 30 minutes outside everyday then I will do both me and my son some good!

So there you have it, 3 things about myself that I AM GOING TO CHANGE over the next 21 days! So I'm off to eat another piece of fruit, read my bible and go outside with That Other Kid....

Edited *** I managed to eat 5 fruits/veggies, read my Bible and spend some time praying, but I didn't make it outside today except to go to the car and back when we went to indoor soccer practice. Oh well 2 out of 3 is better than none, right???!!


Christy - The Sisterhood said...

I'm glad to hear you got back on your workout routine! Isn't is amazing how much better you feel. Working out is one of the habits I'm trying to form during this challenge. I'm also going to work on my fruits/veggies as well. Normally, I don't have an issue with it, but I've been so bad this summer!

Good luck with all of your goals! I know you'll do an amazing job accomplishing all of them!!

Anonymous said...

Ann, I'm with you on establishing a morning routine. Luckily, I'm feeling pretty *unschooly* toward kindergarten. We're doing English (phonics, literature, penmanship, et al), French, and math. Everything else we hit just as it comes up. Still, having a routine seems terribly important.

I can really relate. There is no fitting in exercise or other daily necessities when the kids board the bus to school, etc, for us. We need to schedule it in to make it all work!

Heather D said...

Great goals! I love fruits and veggies, but if you need to disguise them to get them in, google some Jessica Seinfeld recipes. She puts butternut squash in Mac & Cheese. And it's good!

Anonymous said...

That's awesome that you are back on the exercise bandwagon! You are doing great!

Washing Away the Gain said...

Great goals!! I love fruit too, and I hear ya on it being hard to pass the bread instead! There are so many wonderful fruits out this time of the year! Be adventurous and go for it!!! :D

april said...

I'm so proud of you getting back into the work out routines! Great!

Good luck with your goals!! :o)

DALewis said...

Great job getting back into the workouts! That will help tremendously. Your goals are awesome. Best of luck!

Brooke said...

if you would have told me this time last year that exercise could make me feel good - i would have told you that you were full of crap. but its amazing once you get into how truly great it feels. great work!!

and can I borrow your Bible reading goal? I don't know that I'll be able to do it in the mornings, but I've gotten into a bad habit lately of going straight to bed. i need to commit to reading my Bible before I sit down to watch TV for the night.