Archive for the ‘Commitment’ Category


Hubs and I went on our first vacation since our honeymoon in 2007, in early September. It was a glorious work-free week in the Outer Banks. I loved every non-gym-workout day of it.

Work Stress

When I came back from said vacation, my work world had erupted. Or at least it feels that way. And it hasn’t stopped!



Busy Social Calendar

Hubs and I are normally pretty much homebodies, but lately…vacation, get-togethers with friends, hubs white-water rafting, hubs birthday, best friend’s wedding, and more! We’ve been on the run for 8 weeks now! This upcoming weekend is our last event until Thanksgiving…thank goodness! 🙂



Junk Food

Yeah. Food? Not so good. More junk, and WAY more sugar than I should. The scale (and my jeans) are showing it. Cake, ice cream, more cake, apple dumplings, truffles…oy vey.

(Okay, maybe not as bad as this…but you get the idea!)



And finally….

Bad Workouts

I am seriously in a workout rut. I find myself not making time for my cardio sessions, and continuing with my weights (but I’m stuck here too), but I’m not stretching like I should, or doing enough yoga, which means my left hip is acting up…even though I’m not running.

Something has to change. I’m not sure what to do. I always feel like there isn’t enough time to do them all, but I worry that skipping one of them will result in problems (like missing the yoga, and now my hamstrings are approximately the length of a paperclip).

My cardio endurance is down, and I feel like crap, mentally and physically. I’ve been in the hamster wheel too long, and need to make more of a conscious effort to up the ante and get back into the game.



Susan and Janetha have both posted about goals/goal setting recently…and I think it’s what I need. Yes, we’re 4ish days into the month, but I’m still going to put some goals out there for October.

Stay tuned!


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07.14.10 – Recommitment



I need to recommit. There have been more days than not with dessert in the last few months. More treats. More sugar.

Maybe even a DAILY 2pm chocolate-at-the-office situation.



It’s time to get a grip.

So here’s the focus. Any tips for any of them? 🙂

1. No afternoon sweets at the office

I’m usually not that harsh on myself, but really. I don’t need it. We’re going cold turkey, people. Chocolate, cookies…the whole shebang. 2pm will just have to deal.

2. Focus on meals + snacks.

I often ‘skip’ a snack here and there because I’m not hungry, but it comes back to bite me later. For example, in the morning I’m normally not that hungry, so I have my Citrucel and my breakfast, and that’s it. But then by 2pm, I’m hungry, and I basically stay hungry every hour or so from that point on. This is where the ‘afternoon sweets’ problem comes in. Throw a workout in there, and then going immediately home and walking the dog for ½ hour, watering the garden, prepping for the next day, and finally cooking/eating dinner – it’s a recipe for disaster. 🙂

I’m not exactly sure how to structure my food…I like breakfast, lunch, a snack before my workout, a small snack after (enough energy to walk the dog and make dinner only) then dinner…but admittedly, I find my belly growling right before bed. I’ve tried ignoring it, but it just wakes me up during the night then. LOL

3. Snacks before bed – are fine – but need to be nutritious.

No more random ice cream cones, bowls of ice cream, etc. It needs to be mindful, moderate, and nutritious.

4. Continue to focus on (creative) protein intake.

I feel better when I have a little more protein – especially when I’m lifting hard. I’m not right now, so I have gotten back to less protein, but it makes me feel better and fuller so I need to make a conscious effort to not just always reach for fruit or carbs when I’m hungry.

5. And just for fun… finally get the balls to try a spin class. I’ve never even been on a spin bike…and our spin room is TINY and it’s a super-popular class, so it’s always crowded. But I need to try it 🙂 I scoped it out yesterday to see how many people are in there, and the class was kind of ½ empty, and I was surprised to find the instructor to be a girl I make brief small-talk with in the lifting room. So I may ask her advice on a ‘low key’ day to try it 🙂

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