It’s the last day of February and I find myself wondering where the heck the first couple months of the year went. There was something about flu. And business at the Evil Day Job. A cookbook. Writing a class. And a whole lot of not being able to drag my fanny out of bed on time in order to get back into any kind of fitness routine because…dark…and cold…and comfy bed. I’ve been rocking the Zen meditation “I am one with the bed.” And when I have made it up, I feel kind of…lost in my workout routine. I feel kind of lost in every normal routine in my life, as if I don’t have one anymore, or haven’t anyway, since before Christmas. My whole goddess in training mentality has, I think, gone off to Aruba without me. I feel squidgy and mentally foggy and just generally out of sorts. And I find that I’m not alone. Seems like everybody I talk to has been experiencing some flavor of the same.
Part of the workout malaise is because my very favorite fitness app, Gym Buddy, apparently is no longer being updated and won’t work with my iPhone keyboard anymore. So I can’t actually enter my weights and reps anymore. Which is a pain because I’ve been using it for years and it has all my different workout routines input. So I’ve been on the hunt for a new one that does the same thing. I tried to get into Fitocracy, and there’s a lot I love about it, but it doesn’t allow you to input custom exercises, and there are a whole bunch of things that I do that aren’t in their database. So far the main contender is Strong. It appears to do more or less the same thing as Gym Buddy and allows me to enter custom exercises. I have aspirations of getting several of my routines entered from Gym Buddy and starting to use that next week.
I also plan to turn Move back on. This was an app I discovered last fall that reminds you to get up periodically throughout the day to move. Given I literally LIVE at a computer between Evil Day Job and writing, this was a particularly appealing one. They have a free version and a paid version ($2.99 gets you all 313 exercises and allows you to input your own). I haven’t updated to the paid version. But I discovered that while using the app during the work day, I could burn an extra 100-150 calories a day.
Since we’re in the winter and it’s dark when I get up (or at the very least REALLY FLIPPING COLD), I’m just accepting that I’m really not going to walk first thing in the morning. That’s not going to change with the advent of Daylight Savings Time next month. Bleh. It’s hard enough to get out of bed without making it pitch black again. In any event, I think it’s time to go back to yoga for a while. Now that I’ve been back to taekwondo training for 8 months, I can tell that my balance isn’t anywhere near as good as it was when I was 19 (and 40 pounds lighter), so I’m thinking I’ll go through the Balance training program on New U Yoga and Pilates on my Wii a couple days a week.
I need to axe the sugar from my diet again. I actually did really well over Christmas (I even LOST weight) because I couldn’t eat most anything at holiday get togethers. But I made up for it afterwards making a fabulous chocolate pie when my bff came up to visit. And chocolate lava cake for Valentine’s day. And homemade vanilla ice cream. And a variety of other sweets. Well, now that my birthday is past, there are no celebratory anythings calling for nummies for a good couple of months, so it’s time to get back on the bandwagon (which will, I think, help with the mental fog and squidgy feeling).