Yes, it’s a new month complete with a new tropical storm (hi, Bertha). Kids are heading back to school, tax-free shopping weekend sales are starting, and the thought of a quiet house between 8 and 3 pm is making parents giddy.
Sorry, kids. Well, no, not really.
To me, the start of a new month is time to reflect on the gains of the previous month and set new targets for the current month. Notice I said gains? It’s my way of focusing on the positive. In July I increased resistance, speed, and strength. I hit a smaller size. I wanted to shop for clothing instead of just grabbing whatever I thought would fit. It sunk in that I need to eat if I’m going to succeed. No more drastic cuts to calorie intake. For August I want to increase my aquatic therapy sessions. I want to wear a certain top and have it look good. I want to improve on July’s fitness targets. See, all positive and also realistic and attainable. It took years to fall apart and it takes time to fully recover, heal, and thrive.
What are your August targets? You can reach them. I’ll be right here, cheering you on.
So, what’s shaking? The same old thing here, but with a little more happy.
If it seems like I’m extra happy right now it’s because I am. I went to physical therapy as usual on Wednesday and was released as a pt client. That means I’ve improved enough that I can start the work on my own. While I plan to stay on as a wellness client (to use that fab Endless Pool), I’m also going to slowly get back to my old activity level. Part of my ramped up activity includes more low impact bodywork, including PiYo.
I’m sure you’ve heard of PiYo by now because it’s the newest Beachbody release from Chalene Johnson – love her! It’s a home version of the PiYo classes offered in clubs all over the place. I need low impact workouts like Pilates and yoga so that I don’t hurt myself or slow my recovery. As much as I love 21-Day Fix, even the modified movements are too much for me right now. I’ll go back to it when I get the all-clear to do so.
There’s no shame in admitting that you need a change and moving on. Never feel ashamed or let anyone tell you that you’re lazy because you recognize your limits and are working around them . Do not ignore them for the sake of proving you’re not lazy. It’s better to work harder and smarter than to go all out when you’re body is unable. Trust me, I fell into that trap and did much more harm than good.
Now back to my regularly scheduled message.
PiYo has a six days on, one off weekly schedule. Because I’m going to listen to my body, my plan is to start with three days of PiYo with one day of aquatic therapy each week. I’ll train for a day and take the following day off. On my rest days, I’ll still get in my usual five to ten minutes of gentle yoga and walking. My eating plan will stay about the same for now with one exception. Gluten has to go, doc’s orders.
So that’s what I’m up to. If you want to know more about PiYo, my eating plan (regular and cheat day), or how I modify fitness and eating plans to suit my needs, give me a shout. I’m on Facebook and all over social media. Just look for Sherrie Thompson or WAHMinSC. I’d love to hear from you.
|Exercise, yes Early morning? Not so much.
Dream Designs photo.
Yeah, I am not a 5:30-6 am exercise person. Maybe by 6:30 I’ll be awake enough not to trip over my own feet. Maybe.
We don’t all have to get moving this early. I know how I am, and a morning person I am not. Trying to
force it makes me resentful and ready to quit. I won’t focus on what I’m doing, but on how much I hate being up and active other than the usual morning thing.
But that’s okay. Knowing that this isn’t my style is okay. Trying to force it when I have the option of flexibility is not okay. Making this time my time to reflect and awaken is good. Having breakfast (Shakeology with almond & coconut butter, ice, and unsweetened almond milk – noms!) and checking my calendar this morning is more my style. I like to ease into my mornings is I can. The alternative does not bode well. For me or anyone in my path.
So why am I up this early? Hubs is starting a new routine and that means I’m starting one, too. I don’t have to like it, but I am supporting him. So I’m awake for now. And working a little. Kinda. Checking the calendar and completing a little research isn’t going to kill me. I don’t think it will, anyway. Ask me again in a few hours.
Oy, I digress. How did a discussion on morning exercise turn into something about work? Oh yeah, I’m not completely awake. Wow.
Anyway, exercise is important to me. Whether it’s a walk, strength training, yoga, pt, or sweat time with my fav videos, I need it. Finding the optimal time for me to exercise mindfully is important. And the early hour wake-up calls are not optimal for me. I’m a late morning type. It’s when I’m more functional, so it’s when I need to move. The mid-morning or early afternoon coffee break is my sweat time. I fel better that
way and move better that way. And don’t want to strangle anyone that way.
So here I am, coming out. I am not a morning person and that’s okay.
Your turn. When do you schedule your time to move? There are not wrong answers; just different ones.