New Goals: Two Weeks Notice

by Rachel on August 17, 2010

I definitely think that when you move to a new place or really undergo any big transition (new semester, new roommate), you have to start into your healthy habits right away. If you give yourself too much time to “settle in” and wait for things to “settle down,” pretty soon, you’ll be “settling” for a crappy routine.

I didn’t make August goals, given the major transition I was going through, and part of me really wanted to wait until September to make new goals. Then things would have totally settled in. But like I said, if you just keep waiting on things to settle, then it can be much harder to get going when they do. I’m not going to change my body in any major way in two weeks; I think it’s more mental.

Two weeks is a good amount of time. It’s enough time to get yourself feeling on track again! It’s also enough time to completely fall off the wagon. So I guess we can use two weeks as we choose!

I’ve had really good intentions about working out lately, but there has been one major thing keeping me from feeling my best: I haven’t been on my spin bike in a month! I didn’t spin on my last visit here, didn’t have time while I was home, and since I’ve been officially moved in here, my bike has not. It had been in the back of my car, threatening to decapitate me every time I slammed on the breaks in the lovely Houston traffic.

All Eric and I needed to do was bring the bike up to my bedroom. But considering it weighs about 40 pounds 103 pounds (I just checked Amazon and updated after my mother’s comment) and considering the two steep flights of stairs we had to lug it, you can imagine why we kept putting it off.

But Sunday night I realized that we absolutely had to do it. As I said yesterday, my weekend of food left me feeling pretty sluggish. But I’ve been feeling off for a while. Because of the heat and the fact that I have to drive everywhere, I’ve just felt really slowed down in Houston. Even when I’ve been moving, on the treadmill or the elliptical, I’ve just been craving my bike.

So after the two-flight haul on Sunday night (not as bad as I expected, actually) I spent most of Monday looking forward to the moment when I could just go crazy fast on my bike.

And oh, it was everything I had wanted it to be!

Spinning was the final piece in the puzzle to getting my workouts back on track! And although it’s a bit late to make big August goals, I did come up with a two-week workout schedule to get my body (but really my head) back in fighting shape.

First, the spins! There is absolutely no reason I can’t hop on my bike for a half hour most days of the week. In fact, I want to. I’m really aiming for four days a week of cardio, but five would be nice too. But the sessions are going to be short and sweet; the point is to move, not exhaust myself.

What’s so great is that I go into work late enough in the morning that I have the perfect amount of time to do my cardio before work and then shower. I can just get it over with and feel ready to roll with my day. And not that I have much of a life at night, but I do like having my evenings free and I hate having cardio hang over my head all day.

Second, the strength! I’m going back to YogaVibes for some Core Fusion action!  My plan is to do a full-body Core Fusion workout three evenings a week, with a fourth day as a bonus. I like doing CF at night, especially before bed. It makes me feel so relaxed.

And on Saturdays I’m going to suck it up and do Core Fusion Sport. I’ve already written about how brutal it is, but it’s also a great workout, and doing it once a week won’t kill me. (I hope. I did it on Saturday and it nearly killed me.) Anyway, I like to push myself and I think taking a class is always a good way to do that. And a virtual class works too!

(Don’t forget, you can still get a 20 percent discount at YogaVibes on all purchases with the code sheddingvibes20!)

I really like splitting up my strength and cardio like this. It makes me feel like I’m doing less, but totally gives me the good “Oh I just worked out!” feeling more often.

And I have that feeling right now! I was up at 6:15 this morning, which was pretty gross. (I’m going into work early this week.) But even at the earlier hour, once I got warmed up, I had a great workout/dance party, watched the sun come up, took a shower, and now I’m enjoying my Greek yogurt, Bear Naked Fit granola, banana, and almond butter.

And just like that, I feel so on track!

How are your August goals going? Anyone else need to set mid-month goals? Do tell!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angela @ A Healthy Fit August 17, 2010 at 8:01 am

I just signed up with yoga vibes and did my first core fusion class today. Unfortunately, I only had time for 1/2 of the hour class, but 30 minutes is better than nothing. I also did a spin class this morning…I love spinning!

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2 Rachel's Mom August 17, 2010 at 8:52 am

40 pounds? I seem to remember when we moved that bike up the stairs at home it was about 100 pounds!

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3 Bess August 17, 2010 at 9:35 am

I need to recommit to regular Core Fusion too! I’ve been sick with a bad cold but going to get back into it tomorrow.

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4 Dori August 17, 2010 at 11:01 am

I plan on doing YogaVibes next week when I am in Seattle! Glad you’re getting back into it and are excited about your workouts.

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5 Dori August 17, 2010 at 11:01 am

Hmmm CommentLuv isn’t pulling my most recent post. Weird!

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6 Paige S August 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

I made some mid-month goals too! I’m a freshman in college and I just moved into my dorm last week. My goals are to hopefully meet some new people, get good grades to start, and try to suppress this awful homesick feeling.

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7 Jessica August 17, 2010 at 11:13 am

I would love to know what bike you have! I feel like home gym equipment can sometimes feel so flimsy compared to gym-gym equipment. Do you like yours? (Sorry if you’ve posted about this before!)

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8 Rachel August 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

Hey Jessica! I LOVE my bike; it’s definitely not flimsy, which can be a very annoying thing about buying home gym equipment. Here is the post where I wrote about it and the link to Amazon where I bought it! The Break-Up, The Rebound, and the Fling with the Ex I definitely recommend the bike to anyone; it’s great quality for the price!

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9 Jessica August 17, 2010 at 11:21 am

Thank you! And hell yeah! Last question- is it noisy like some home equipment is?

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10 Rachel August 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

It’s louder than a spinner brand bike, but I don’t consider it too noisy at all. (I get self-conscious on loud gym equipment. Makes me feel huge.) Because it doesn’t plug in, you don’t have that loud motor running, so I think it’s fine. Mine got a little squeaky at one point, but nothing WD-40 couldn’t fix.

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11 Hayley August 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Sounds like an awesome plan. I’m with you… if you can start feeling great TODAY, why wait??

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12 sarah @ syrupandhoney August 17, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I love this post because the inspiration, to me, is not to wait until tommorow. A few weeks ago when I was having a shitty day, I told a friend that tomorrow would be a new day and she told me “Today is a new day”. Why wait two weeks when you can start right now?

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