Working out, waking up, and wandering about
“I know it’s burning” is a phrase I’ve begun to hear on a daily basis. Every morning Lara Hudson says it as an encouragement to keep with a particular Pilates movement when I’m just about to give up and relax my body. For a little over a month now, I’ve been doing Pilates at least five mornings a week with a 10 Minute Solution Pilates DVD. Using one of these DVDs (I used one for a month then switched) has been an awesome way to ease into working out again because each DVD has five 10 minute segments. I can do just one, all five, or any combination of the segments. At the beginning, I started with just one. Now I try to do two or three segments every morning and all five on Saturdays. I’ve seen an improvement in my flexibility, a loss of excess body fat (just a little more to go), and a more toned (and therefore more sexy) appearance in the mirror. But the real test of my fitness level came yesterday when I went to the gym with a friend. I haven’t been to a gym in well over a year, and it’s been even longer since I lifted. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with Mal because she works out regularly. However, I was able to work out for the full hour and even lift 100 lbs with my legs on all the leg machines. It was fantastic! Also, I was pleasantly shocked this morning when I could move without pain. Apparently doing Pilates on a daily basis is quite the healthy habit. Once the weather warms up and I move to Portland, I want to begin biking and running in addition to Pilates. I just can’t quite convince myself to run in the freezing cold quite yet.
In addition to being committed to working out on a daily basis, I decided yesterday that I want to wake up at a reasonable hour to begin my day. Since I’m freelancing at the moment, I’m not really required to get up and frequently wake up between 9 – 10 am and don’t get out the door until almost noon. More often than not, this frustrates me because I don’t wind up getting much done. So I decided to wake up no later than 8 am and actually get out the door at a reasonable time. One of my friends also wants to start getting up early, so we decided to text each other by 7:30 am each morning to motivate each other. To be honest, I wouldn’t have gotten out of bed this morning if I didn’t have to text her. Accountability is motivating.
To keep with the alliteration trend and the healthy habits, I’ve also been wandering about Bowling Green recently. By wandering around, I mean walking more, but wandering about sounded cooler. The temperature is slowly, but steadily, climbing, so I love leaving a bit early and walking wherever I need to be. Since my Grandma gave me an iPod when I got back from China, I have sweet music to listen to on my walks, which I love. Walking helps me clear my head and organize my thoughts. There is something quite soothing about the rhythm of my feet hitting the pavement, which is also why I love to run. I can’t wait until I can legitimately wander about and explore Portland. A whole new world (ok, city) awaits!
What is your favorite workout? Where would you wander about if you could?