Monday, September 1, 2014

PiYo Day 45: Core

Welcome to Labor Day Weekend!

For me, this has meant starting a very important hot dog tasting bracket, eating lots of Entenmann's chocolate frosted donuts, and binge watching Once Upon a Time (they just released the third season on Netflix!).

It also meant forcing myself to work out today.

Sous Chef has no problem filling his days off of work with meaningful projects, running errands, and getting lots of stuff checked off of his to-do list. I, on the other hand, use my holidays to go off the wagon - though not as much as I used to, that's for sure.

I'm learning to balance; to eat a couple of donuts but not the whole box. To binge watch my favorite guilty pleasure shows but still make myself get up and move around and even work out. To be disciplined, but to let myself cut loose every now and then.

I am confident that when work starts again tomorrow, I'll slip right back into my routine. I'll get up, work out, drink my Shakeology, go to work, and come home. I'll keep going, and I won't get off track. Well, at least not for long.

Now please excuse me while I go back to fairytale land and munch on a really good hot dog.

See you bright and early tomorrow.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Food for thought

"Bacon did not write Shakespeare.  Shakespeare ate bacon."

-  Professor Irwin Corey

 Bacon Lardons

Saturday, August 30, 2014

PiYo Day 44: Sweat

What a difference a day makes.

Yesterday, I had to stop unexpectedly when my back decided against my working out.

Today, I woke up, rested and once again craving a workout. I've become one of those people who just can't wait to exercise. Don't hate me - you'll get there one day, too. That's what makes it so frustrating when my back has other plans.

I don't know if I'm ever going to be able to complete a workout program uninterrupted. I may have to do one week on, one week off. Or maybe a month of PiYo, a week of walking, then back to PiYo. Or perhaps a couple weeks of this, a month of that, a week of this other thing, then a couple more weeks of that first thing.

I may have to play it by ear; and that's sort of scary. Terrifying, actually. I am a person who likes control; who goes into something having thought of many possible outcomes, and having prepared for as many of them as possible. Aside from presents and parties, I don't really like surprises. Especially the ones that knock you on your ass for a month at a time and give you no sense of what the future holds.

On the other hand...

Some of my best moments have come after an unexpected surprise. In college, I was at an indoor rowing competition and found out it was my turn to row only seconds before I had to do it; I thought I was in a later heat. I strapped my feet in, my head spinning because I hadn't had time to prepare.

I ended up rowing a personal best.

I think the state of being caught unaware, of being unable to prepare, ended up giving me the fuel I needed to row faster and harder than I ever had before. Not being able to mull over the options, plan for any possible outcome, ended up being the key to my success.

Perhaps that is the whole point of this journey; learning to adapt my approach as things arise. Go with the flow. Roll with the punches.

Find comfort in the discomfort of not knowing.

Friday, August 29, 2014

PiYo Day 43: Sculpt

This has been an interesting week; since I decided/discovered/hypothesized that much of my back pain is due to my left hip anteversion, I've been really focused on trying to strengthen my glutes during PiYo.

As much as this program already works the glutes, when you consciously focus on them, it's absolutely amazing how much of a difference it makes. I've basically been walking around with a sore ass all week because of it.

I didn't work out this morning (I made an executive decision to snuggle with my sweetie instead), but I popped in that DVD at eight thirty tonight, fully intending to complete Sculpt.

My back had other plans.

We'd been shopping earlier in the evening, and my back was definitely feeling tweaky during that portion of my day; I was wearing the flats I wore to work, and as cute as they are, they're certainly not known for their cushioning support. By the third store, my entire lower half was aching and I just needed to go home.

You'd think that would have been a clue that maybe a workout wasn't the best decision. I can be so stubborn sometimes.

I got through the warm-up just fine - I felt energized and invigorated. The first series of leg work was fine, too. But that very first down dog...

"Nope," said my back. It seized up in such an unexpected way that I immediately stopped and lay down on my back, willing my muscles to calm down and not completely spasm. It seemed to work, and I mentally calmed myself down enough to do the pushup series at the end of Sculpt.

Everything in the middle is a blur of anxiety, Chalene's voice, and the nail pops on my ceiling.

I iced my back, read some Harry Potter, and now I've gone to bed. I'll spend the night spooning Sous Chef (which doubles as extra support for my back when I'm lying on my side), and I've made a promise to try again in the morning.

As long as I'm trying, I am succeeding.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

HoCoLife Episode 2: Back to School!

Last week's podcast was all about the new Whole Foods...have you been yet? I've been there five more times since the Grand Opening! I made a yummy chicken salad inspired by an episode of "Friends" using a rotisserie chicken that was one of the store's Doorbuster Deals.

This week on HoCoLife, we're talking all about Back to School season - the excitement, the fresh start, the traffic. Pat shares what it feels like to be an empty nester now that "back to school" at his house means sending his daughters off to out-of-state colleges.

We also talk all about the FREE (yes, FREE!!) education offered by the Howard County Library System. Did you know you can learn 45 different languages for FREE? Or take more than 300 six-week courses for - you guessed it - FREE? Go here to learn more.

Kids aren't the only ones going back to school nowadays - you can too!

Tune in via iTunes or Podbay today! (And if you leave us a rating and review on iTunes I will love you forever!)

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