Monday, September 25, 2017

September Update

Well, it has been 2 weeks since my public declaration of goals for September so I though I would post an update on how things are coming along and where I am with those goals and how I plan to finish out the month.

Exercise
  • I am happy to have been continuing with my Sunday-only runs - yes, they are short, and yes, it is only one day a week, but I am not in training for anything right now so this works for me. I have so many other activities I have no interest in spending more of that time on running and missing out on my other favorites. Honestly, running is time-intensive and there is only so much of that.
  • I am still playing tennis twice a week. The warm weather is holding and even though we have had some rain, the courts are dry on the days I want to play. As long as the weather holds, I intend to keep playing. I love it so much!
  • I have been working out with Metabolic Prime on Monday and Wednesday mornings, followed immediately by a 20 minute walk.  These workouts are killer and after the first couple I had DOMS so severely I could barely lift my arms to play tennis the next day... but that has passed and I am loving being back in the fitness room pumping weights and doing pushups!  Really... who IS this woman?
  • I have been using Friday as an alternative activity day.  It is working well for me to have one day designated to spending the day doing some kind of exercise that is all about enjoyment and having fun. The first Friday we spend the day at a PGA event and it was so fun to see PGA legends and stars that we have been fans of for so many years... you may have seen my IG post about John Daly.... and the second Friday we spent the day walking... to a far-away local mall for lunch and a bit of a shopping outing.  Was good to spread all those thousands of steps over the whole day!
Eats
  • I tried kombucha for the first time this week and have been drinking 1/4 cup of the fizzy elixir when I first get up in the morning. So far I have not noticed any effects from it so I think I will do this for a few more days and then increase to 1/2 cup.  I keep reading about how fermented foods are good for us so going to give it an honest try.  This particular brew is locally made and I quite like the taste.


  • I finally bought myself a donut pan and made my first high protein, gluten free donuts from a recipe that Kaila showed me on her own blog.  Chunky Monkey Donuts!  I know she has more so will be checking them out... lemon perhaps?


  • I am enjoying the new format that Weight Watchers is taking with their meetings and on Saturday mornings we have lively and worthwhile discussions about mindset, and changing our 'stories'.  As for myself, I am working on shifting that ALL OR NOTHING attitude.  

Extras
  • I was planning to color my hair, and do mani/pedi but have not done any of this yet. I cut my finger quite badly with a kitchen knife and want that to heal completely before I start messing with chemicals, even with gloved hands.  But I do want to get to it this or next week.
  • I have just purchased a women's only program from the same doctor/trainer that produced Metabolic Aftershock, Metabolic Prime, and the Metabolic Effect programs... It has similar workouts but the added benefit of a nutrional component that is customizable to whatever stage of life you are in, so that it works with your hormones. I will start the workouts along with one of the workout models who has set up a FB group, in a couple more weeks, but I have already started the nutrition protocol and so far so good.

So tell me, how is September shaping up for you?  Anything on your radar that you still need to get to?



Monday, September 11, 2017

September Focus on Self Care

Normally I love Fall but this year, because we have had such a hot and dry Summer, I am trying to put it off as long as possible. However, as much as I hate to see these beautiful long Summer days come to an end, I know that Fall brings more structure to my life.  It is a real opportunity for me to focus on some much needed self care too.  In the Summer I tend to let things slide a bit... workout and play when and where I can... eat less structured meals... indulge in sweets a bit too much.  This year I even discovered ice cream!

I have been giving all of this some thought over the past week because I need to find a way to make the transition from Summer to Fall... it is a bit overwhelming but I know if I have a plan in place I can handle it.  I still want to do all the Summer things but I want to do all the Fall things, too. So, I have to put on my seldom-worn patience hat and do a gentle easement into Fall. I have realized I can have a foot in both seasons to a certain extent.  I can't do it all... but I can do some.  

Even though I am not ready to give up all of my Summer activities there are a few things on my September to-do list that will help me with the transition:

Exercise
  • Continue to run on only on Sunday mornings
  • Get into the fitness room on Monday and Wednesday mornings for a strength/conditioning workout followed by an outdoor walk 20 - 30 minutes
  • Continue to play tennis on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Schedule a fun but movement-intensive activity for Fridays... this week I plan to spend the day at a PGA golf tournament that is going to be held at a local golf course so I will be on my feet about 8 hours wandering the golf course to spectate the event.  Fridays may also find me golfing or hiking or picking berries... that kind of thing.
Eats
  • I want to concentrate on fuelling my activities with whole real foods as I know I feel better when I do
  • I have a plan to follow that will allow me to create tasty and healthy meals and snacks that also allows for the occasional indulges so I do not feel deprived or over-restricted
  • I am going to use a journal with colored pens as well as My Fitness Pal app to keep track of my food intake
Extras
  • I have joined a couple of online challenge groups to give me some extra help and incentives... one concentrates on increasing NEAT (you know non-exercise movement) as I do tend to sit a lot ... and the other is a short Fall Kickstart Challenge sponsored by Ariana Fotinakis who blogs at Evolution by Ariana that will inspire/require some introspection along with daily movement and offers support in her FB group.  I have done her challenges in the past and always get something valuable from them.
  • I need to take care of some personal/physical details too... hair color, manicure, pedicure, facial... fun things so these will be easy, just need to take the time to do them!

What are you looking forward to in September? Do you hate to see Summer come to and end or do you like Fall?