So, I gained a pound this week but c’est la vie. I saw it coming, so I wasn’t surprised when I stepped on the scale Monday morning. I haven’t had a gain since May, which might sound like a good thing, and it is, but there was a period of time when I could have told you what week I could expect to go up just a smidge. It stopped right around the same time I noticed changes in my cycle, so apparently it’s all connected in some weird mystical way. Only this gain wasn’t a standard monthly thing, this was entirely my own fault. So, again. Not surprised and still at 105 pounds lost. I mean, hello. One pound in the grand scheme of things? Not worth complaining about.
The number is such a small part of this overall journey, I don’t stress or worry about it at all. It is what it is, good and bad. The way I see it, putting too much focus and pressure on the losing can be just as warped as putting too much on the occasional gains. The number does not define you, whichever way it is moving.
I think we all sometimes just need to refresh and reboot, so I’m viewing last week’s funk and gain as an opportunity instead of an obstacle. The pressure of running three days a week removed, of focusing on overall distance instead of days, I feel free to find other ways to fill my before-work exercise void.
You know I love me my iPhone Apps, so after doing some quick hunting I decided to download the free app, Nike Training Club (not to be confused with Nike+ Training). The app offers multiple 30-45 minute workout routines with focuses like getting lean, getting toned, and getting strong. Most seem to require some kind of equipment like free weights or medicine balls (right now I’m just using one of my heavier dumb bells instead). Each routine has quick snippets of different activities and so far I’m really liking it. The quick pace keeps me on my toes and from getting bored. One thing I never liked about strength training was the tedious repetition of sets, but I don’t have that problem with this and it is surprisingly quite challenging. I was shocked at how much I was sweating by the end of the first routine.
I’ve also started doing the Hundred Push Ups program, after I saw a friend mention it on FB a few times. Attempting to do Day 1 showed me just how much I need to add more strength training in, so better late than never.
Best part is, with both programs/apps I don’t have to leave my apartment. Seeing as how I pretty much sleep in yoga pants 90% of the time, all I really need to do is roll out of bed and throw on a sports bra. Since I’m doing it in my apartment, I don’t even bother with a top. I can just get up, get it done, and get on with the rest of my day.
My plan is to use Nike Training once or twice a week, Push Ups three times a week, running on Friday and yoga on Saturday, with Sunday as a rest day. Of course, even after finding an activity I enjoy doing before work, waking up at 6:30 to exercise isn’t exactly fun, so I’m giving myself a bit of alarm clock encouragement.
Sometimes you just need to put things in perspective.
Love from the ashes,