Wednesday, February 17, 2010

EXERCISE.

Well, don't say I didn't warn you that the blogging might slow down during LOAD. I'm pleased to say I'm right on track with this Layout-A-Day challenge, having posted my 17th layout to the gallery earlier today.

I've been meaning to update with photos and write about the rest of Project ESCR, so I figured I'd tackle the E of ESCR today. (Perhaps photos, which I know are way more interesting to most of you, will come later today.)

Since I started this blog to keep myself accountable for regular exercise (especially running), the renewed commitment here shouldn't surprise anyone. But if 2010 is going to be a year of at-home achievement, exercise has to be a part of it. It definitely fits the bill of "something that makes me feel good" when I do it regularly. (As do the other components of Project ESCR.)

I've been taking a class at BPS called The Wellness Journey, at it has been awesome. It's an 8-week commitment, during which time you get yourself moving again and begin to make all sorts of little life changes to increase your overall wellness, as prompted to do so through course materials. With a great online community and a seriously motivating and supportive Wellness Coach, this has been a fantastic way to get the mojo going. (Not to mention the super-cute mini-book I made to track everything.)

So. I've been running three times a week and doing strength training twice a week for seven weeks now. I feel great. My stamina has slowly been increasing. Do I look any better? Who knows. Do I weigh any less? Who knows. (I hid the scale and haven't stepped on it in seven weeks--crazy for a control freak like me.) But here is the thing, as part of my overall wellness goal, I am trying not to let the number on the scale rule my moods. Instead, I am trying to make better choices throughout each day. It is not an all-or-nothing thing, it's a "do a little bit better today than you did yesterday" thing.

Anyway. Back to the EXERCISE. I hope my mother won't be ashamed of me when I say I am PROUD of myself for sticking to my exercise routine for seven weeks. Getting up early feels a little more natural now (I workout before the Gutsy Dad leaves for school), and having the rest of the day to feel awesome that I have already accomplished my workout is very motivating.

I'm still only doing 3 miles, but this will be changing next week as I begin to up my distance. I no longer use my 10-minute walking warm-up as part of my 3 miles. (I walk the 10, then start the clock on the run.) I am running in an 8&2 run/walk ratio, which is only one minute away from the magical ratio (8&1) of my running heyday. Frankly, I don't care if I don't get back to 8&1. I do care about increasing my distance, and I do care about improving my speed. So these will be my goals moving forward.

Was this the most exciting blog post ever? Not by a long shot. But now you know a little bit more about the E of ESCR. Read about the S here and the R directly below.

5 comments:

Shelleycee said...

I really wanted to sign up for that Wellness thing on BPS, but I didn't think I could fit it in with LOAD. Good job keeping up with it. After reading about your exercise though, I might think I was better off not doing it! Not that I couldn't use the motivation, I am just thinking I might not have been able to see it through since I hate exercise (and getting up early!!)
I do hope they offer it again sometime...maybe I will be ready then. Keep up the good work!!

AdventureMom said...
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AdventureMom said...

Good for you! You should definitely be proud. I'd say it's definitely a habit at 7 weeks. This was not a boring blog for me, evoking some great memories, and motivating my slightly more fledgling attempts at the routine. Yay!

pakosta said...

I signed up for the class too!
I didn't really utilize it like I should have. But I have exercised 31 out of 57 days this year and have logged 1, 628 minutes of workouts! I am feeling better and eating way better with occasional splurge days (one night per week) and have lost 6lbs.
I am proud of you for sticking with it and having goals! it's so rewarding!
tara

Scottie Mom said...

Awesome! You are inspiring me to start some changes when I get back to FL after Session. This is the hardest part of the 4...next comes Sort.