sarahmichigan: (fitness)
Remind myself that it's not selfish to make time to exercise, and things that need to get done will get done, even if I spend an hour on "frivolous" things like exercise.
sarahmichigan: (fitness)
I was tracking my exercise fairly religiously for a while, but I've fallen out of the habit for a variety of reasons. One was that I was tracking in a small notebook in my purse and then compiling them later on my LJ, but that notebook was falling apart so badly that it was frustrating to try to use it.

I also just had a kind of "don't wanna!" tantrum about tracking. I've still been exercising at least 3 days a week, more often 4-5, but didn't track except in my head for several months. But now, I've started tracking over at the [livejournal.com profile] fathletes community instead. They have a Monday morning training thread where you state your goals for the coming week and/or talk about your successes or challenges of the previous week. I'm finding that works fine for me.

For anybody curious, here's my activity from Mon-Sun last week:

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sarahmichigan: (fitness)
I was doing really well on my fitness challenge to myself: to do at least one sun salutation every day for 30 days. I kept it up for just shy of 3 weeks, and then I blew it a couple days after Christmas. I'm glad I at least kept it up through the most stressful part of the holidays though- I think it helped physically and mentally. I'm going to start over in the new year and try to do one sun salutation every day for the entire month of January.

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sarahmichigan: (fitness)
If you bother to read my activity updates, you'll see that I spend a lot of time beating myself up for not doing stretches. Stretching is important for a variety of reasons, perhaps the most important is that therapeutic stretches help a lot with some of my chronic pain issues, IF I do them on a regular basis.

Since I'm seeing this pattern, I'm challenging myself to do one - just one - sun salutation every day for 30 days. I'm on day 6 today, and so far so good. They're a pretty good all-over body stretch, so even if I don't hit all my physical therapy stretches in a given day, I'll at least have done that much. Plus, daily yoga seems like a good idea during the stress that sometimes accompanies the holidays.

We'll see how the rest of the 30 days goes...
sarahmichigan: (fitness)
Between our trip up north and dealing with the aftermath of our accident with the deer, I'm really off my schedule & I haven't been tracking very closely, but..Read more... )
sarahmichigan: (fitness)
I kind of fell off the wagon on vacation- not that I haven't been exercising, but I haven't been tracking very closely. Even while on vacation, we walked quite a bit, and we went to the local YMCA to do weights and cardio  one day while in Virginia. I'm sure I got some kind of exercise at least 4 out of 7 days for the last few weeks, but I can't recreate every day, so I'm just going to start over as of mid-October.
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sarahmichigan: (fitness)
The last few weeks, I've been making the mistake of not tracking my activity at least every other day. If I wait longer to track it in my little notebook, I have to wrack my brains to remember what I did for the last week or so. But, to the best of my recollection...

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sarahmichigan: (fitness)
July 16-22

Total days active: 7 out of 7
Total days did full body stretch: 4 out of 7

Comments:
A lot of "lifestyle" activity this week, including painting the guest bedroom and walking to/from work, but also some more intense gym workouts. Still would like to get stretching to be 6/7 or 7/7 but some weeks are better than others.

July 23-29

Total days active: 6 out of 7
Total days did full body stretch: 2 out of 7

Comments:
Again, not so good with the stretching. One of my other "self-care" activities is eating more than the recommended 5-a-day of fruits and veg, and that's been really easy lately with how much produce we've had around the house. Gotta love that about summer!

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