Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day & March Challenges

I was going to wait to post this until tomorrow, but this will be my only chance in the next 4 years to post on a Leap Day, so here we are!  Not to sound like an old woman, but I swear this year is flying by!  I can't believe that tomorrow is March, but I am shockingly happy that we're getting nearer to spring.  Very unlike me because I am not a huge fan of warmer weather.  Hilariously enough since I've started to drop weight again I am cold all of the freaking time, which I think still surprises Eric!  We used to argue like crazy about the thermostat in the winter because I was always hot, but now I rarely cry uncle.  It's crazy the different a few pounds will make, I'm constantly having to cover up or throw on a shawl to stay warm.

So during February I didn't have a goal or a challenge to work towards, and while breaks are nice sometimes I think I really do need to push myself more from a physical standpoint.  I do walk anywhere from 1-3 miles every single day during the week and usually at least one day on the weekends.  While walking is great for you and I really enjoy it, it's definitely not challenging me the way I need to be challenged.  It's great that I'm dropping weight, but there are times I'm self conscious over flabby areas, especially my stomach, and really the only solution for that is to start running again or take up something else that will be a little more hardcore.  As I already kind of covered, I'm taking a hiatus from running, so I've definitely been soul searching on what I can do to challenge myself for March.

Obviously there are any number of exercises I could do or take up, and I know I am very bullheaded sometimes (ok all of the time), but there is just certain stuff I'm not interested in and I'm not going to force myself to do something I hate.  For instance, I know I hate gyms and have tried 700 times over the years to be happy going to one, but it just ain't going to happen.  If I wasn't happy at our last gym that had all these great amenities, including a steam room, then I'm not going to be happy at some basic bitch gym.  I prefer to work out alone, so joining classes doesn't do much for me.  Anyway, the list of my quirks goes on but I have settled on focusing on strength training and HIIT workouts for the month of March.  I think especially with being self conscious and unhappy with my fluff and lack of muscle definition, this is the perfect thing to focus on.

A bulk of my month will be following the 30 Day Plank Challenge, the 30 Day Wall Sit Challenge, and doing this basic Hand Weight Workout.  I love 30 Day Fitness Challenges, especially since you can do them anywhere!  In addition to those, I am challenging myself to choose from a list of HIIT workouts I found on Youtube from Fitness Blender at least 4 times a week.  I'm honestly kind of excited to start these workouts because I miss having exercise that makes me feel sore and like I actually did something.  I also am excited at the prospect of tightening my body up a little and hopefully shrinking my midsection!  It will just be good to try different things and shake things up a bit!

I did remember to start taking pictures of my meals this week, so I'll put together a post next week with all my pictures.  I also started typing up my own personal experience with CICO and some tips on how to get started, if people are interested!

I hope everyone has a fabulous Leap Day!

3 comments:

  1. I love Fitness Blender! My favorite part is the countdown clock on top. I like knowing how much I have left in a workout. Helps me get through it. Crush those goals!!

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  2. I think picking new workout goals every month is a great way to mix it up. Can't wait to hear how these go, especially the HIIT workouts - those always kill me!

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  3. Love that you are putting together workouts that you can do on your own terms - gyms are definitely not for everyone. Your flabbies won't know what hit them :)

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