Monday, December 21, 2015

#MotivateMe Monday: A Monday Off and Other Happenings

How are we at Christmas week already? If the weather is as wonky as it is here in Jersey, it doesn't feel like it! It was a bit chilly this weekend (by which I mean temps in the 40's), but will be 60 again by Christmas Day! Not complaining though, since I'm not a huge fan of the cold. ;-)

Since it's Monday (and I forgot last week), it's time for #MotivateMe Monday! To join on the fun, link up at Janice and Rachel's blogs! =)

I worked on Saturday morning (long story that I don't want to get into here), so I missed my morning classes at the gym. Instead of doing nothing, since that would pretty much be a cop-out, I went to the gym after work and banged out my Rock n' Roll Bonus Track Virtual Run, complete with #WeRunSocial gear. ;-)

Not the best I've done, but given that I was on tired legs, and dealing with a sore hip, I'll take it! If you love virtual races, go for this one! It's only $25 (including processing), you can run ANY distance from now until New Year's Eve, and the medal is awesome! Check it out here!

Yesterday was uneventful. Gym, laundry, and watching the Giants, Dolphins, and Rangers ALL lose. All I want for Christmas is one of them to win. That's not asking too much, right?

Since I worked Saturday, I was off today. I decided to hold off on my workout until tonight (Monday night Fight has become my jam again!), since my sister is also off. The two of us went to this new local place called Meemom's for brunch. Totally worth it! I got the Peppermint Bark French toast, which had vanilla bean marscapone, dark chocolate peppermint drizzle, powdered sugar, and white chocolate shavings. All washed down with a Thin Mint latte. Um, totally amazeballs.

The sissy got The Big Bun, which is a cinnamon roll served French toast style. As she put it, "That was yummy."

Okay, so the fun is over for a few days. Time to buckle down and get back at it! Here's the workout plan for this week:

Monday: Core and Fight
Tuesday: Yoga
Wednesday: Ride and Power
Thursday: REST
Friday: Short run or REST
Saturday: Ride, Core, and possible Centergy
Sunday: R30 and Power

As for food, I'm not too worried. I plan on sticking to my normal way of eating and limiting the treats as much as possible. After brunch this morning, I think I'm good for a few days there. ;-)

Have a great holiday week, everyone! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

#MotivateMe Monday: Keeping the Momentum Going!

I actually find myself looking forward to Mondays a bit more than I did. Partially because of spin and also because I get to link up with Janice and Rachel for #MotivateMe Monday! Join the fun on their pages too!

This week was a good one, both food and fitness wise. I took yoga for the first time in ages, and loved it! It's tough if you do it right, and it's also awesome for the mind! Think I will be adding it in to my workout schedule now! It's working for me. 

I did change a few things up in the gym, like doing Fight instead of Ride last Monday. I was just in a rut on the bike and needed a break. Plus, I forgot how much fun cardio kickboxing can be! Not to mention that my arms were on FIRE for about three days! Who says you need weights to get a good upper body workout? ;-) I only did one and a half spin classes last week, and think the break was what I needed. Ready to get back on the bike again.

I've been doing really well with the stretching too. It has been a rude awakening in realizing just how tight my body is, especially in my hamstrings. I'm not all Gumby yet, and probably will never be, but I'm noticing improvement already after just a week.

As for food, I did awesome! I ate at home more than out, although I did have pizza with the family once. There was one night where I wanted to crack and grab something after the gym, but I stopped myself and stayed on track! This will get easier with time, but as long as I have food to cook in the house, then it will be no problem.

For this week, I'm keeping it almost the same. Only change is I may have soup ONCE this week. It's getting cold here, plus I love Wawa's baked potato soup! So I may have that one day

Here's my workout plan for the week:

Monday: Core and Ride
Tuesday: REST
Wednesday: Ride and Power
Thursday: Yoga
Friday: 2 mile run
Saturday: Ride and Core (possibly Centergy too, see how I feel on Saturday)
Sunday: Power and 20-30 minutes easy/moderate cardio

This week, I decided to set mini-goals just to keep myself in check. The monthly ones are good, but it's nice to break it down into smaller ones every so often. So here's what I hope to accomplish this week:

1) Cook something new! 
2) Unplugged and in bed by 10 every night. 
3) Blog once (other than this post).
4) 10,000 steps at least four days.

There you have it! Planning on keeping the awesome momentum going this week!

Have a great week everyone! =)   

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Goals!

How are we at December already? I'm not ready for Christmas, or winter, or any of that stuff! Can I just go back to summer and sit on the beach all day? 

I guess not. ;-) So, I'm looking forward and setting some goals for the coming month!

Here's what I want to accomplish:

1) Stretch daily. I don't stretch nearly enough, and when I do, it's very brief and usually at the end of a class. All it takes is 10 minutes, and with a plan, I can do it! Plus, I'll feel better!

2) Limit dinner out to one night a week. I've been eating out more than I should. I do pretty good overall, with mostly salad places, but it's not good for the wallet. So I figure one night a week out is good. It'll take some time and planning to eat at home more, but it will be worth it.

3) Do one "self-care" activity a week. I don't take enough downtime for myself. My life consists of work, sleeping, the gym, and playing with the nephew. No wonder I'm bored and exhausted! Once a week, I plan on taking some time for myself that isn't related to any of the above. I need it for my mental and physical health.

4) Two core workouts a week. I've been slacking in this area. Again. Even if I can't get to a core class (which I usually do once a week), there are still TONS of options to rock my core! I just need to utilize them!

5) Plan a budget. I struggle with living paycheck to paycheck, and with the holidays coming up, that can't be the case anymore. I have three paychecks this month, and plan on sitting down before payday and budgeting where my money is going for the two weeks. I'll be able to do more with less that way, plus won't struggle as much.

Part of how I plan on accomplishing everything this month is by utilizing all the resources at my disposal. One of which is Pinterest, where I actually found this nifty printable for my goals! I have so much I can use, so now I need to actually USE IT! 

As for a reward, I am getting myself another Sparkle Athletic skirt! I haven't decided which one yet, but I will when I accomplish all the goals! 

What do YOU plan on accomplishing in December? How do you plan to do it?