52 Mondays: #11

March 13, 2017

Last week sucked. There is no nice way to say it. I didn’t make it to the gym at all. That is ZERO times. That is NOT good.

I had plans on Monday that changed kind of last minute. Since I had already not planned to go to my trainer, I finished a couple of things around my house that I had needed to finish. That’s pretty much where the good of my week ended. It was a productive week but it certainly wasn’t what I had wanted.

To top it all off, I didn’t go to the grocery store. That means I didn’t do my meal prep for the week. That also means that I had to eat takeout type food. Unfortunately, when I am stressed, I don’t make the best decisions about what I’m going to eat. I consume more calories than I should because I don’t make good choices. The adage says “fail to plan and plan to fail”. That has me written all over it.

While I know that takeout will lead to bad choices, I am conscious to try not to eat terribly and I do log everything. I may eat crappy but I’ll hold myself accountable for that.

I think I left work early one night last week. And, when I say “early”, I mean I was out by 6 PM. I don’t mind putting in the hours because I’ve got several projects in various phases that I want to keep moving. I also get interrupted about a billion times a day. Going in a bit earlier gives me some quiet time to work without being bothered by the phone. Staying late gives me some time to catch up on emails and notes and such at my desk. I love my work. The long days make for one tired person though.

By the time Friday rolled around, I felt like I needed toothpicks to hold my eyelids open. I got home Friday night and didn’t have anything in the house to make for dinner. I let Shelby ride with me to go get something. I ate dinner, put on my pajamas, and was sometime around 10 PM. I woke up sometime around 2 AM with the TV playing some random infomercial. I couldn’t even tell you what they were selling! All I remember is trying to find the remote under the pillows, shutting off the TV, and going right back to sleep.

Saturday was a bit lazier than I intended. I managed to get most of my laundry finished including folding the basket leftover from the previous week. I cleaned my bathroom, unloaded the dishwasher, and reviewed my bills for the week. I sat down on the couch and ended up taking a nap. I don’t know why I’m so dang tired all the time lately. I know that I’ve been working a lot and I know I don’t always sleep well. This, however, is a whole new level of groggy.

When I woke up, it was late. I didn’t feel like going anywhere, so I made an egg and cheese burrito for dinner. And, I FINALLY watched Frozen. I may be the last person on the planet to watch this movie. I’ve had several friends tell me to watch it and I’ve basically avoided it like the plague. I don’t know if it’s that damn song; the radio stations have worn a hole in it; or if it was just so much hype that it made me disinterested. But, it was on TV, so I watched. Go ahead and get your pitchforks ready; I thought it was just meh. I didn’t dislike the movie but I didn’t like it as much as I love Aladdin or Toy Story or even Cinderella.

The time change got me this weekend too. I have a clock radio next to my bed. I never reset it after the last time change. I don’t really use it; I use my phone. So, I just never bothered with it. When I woke up Sunday morning, I looked at it; because it’s the clock I can see without my glasses; and subtracted an hour. I got out of bed, started the last load of laundry, and got to work making a grocery list. Then I looked at the cable box. This is when I realized that it was NOON! I’ve been so busy that I didn’t even realize that it was time for the time change. Holy time change, Batman!

Considering it has been two weeks since I’ve grocery shopped, and I bought all the ingredients for a couple of things I don’t make often, I didn’t do too terribly at the store. I bought a lot of fruits and veggies and I bought some chicken to portion and freeze since it was BOGO (buy one, get one free). I planned all my meals for the week so I can get back on track.

We’re back to Monday and I’m so happy to say that I made myself get to a stopping point this afternoon so I could get to the trainer. And boy did he have a doozey for me. We did three rounds of the following circuit (he planned for five rounds; after the first round, I told him I wasn’t sure I’d make it to five and, after three rounds, my shoulders felt like they might fall off my body!)

Cardio/Abs Circuit

30 second interval w/10 second transition

Jumping Jacks

Standing Knee to Elbow (Alternating)

Punches/Jabs

Burpees

Mountain Climbers

High Plank; Step out-Step in

Plank w/knee tuck

Standing Toe Touches (Alternating)

Squat, Squat, Jump

Spiderman Plank

High Knees

Jump Squat

Side Stepping Butt Kicks

Standing Knee to Elbow (Alternating)

Bear Crawls

Plank w/Left Leg Raise

Plank w/Right Leg Raise

Seriously, that circuit was tough on the shoulders. All the plank movements and balancing on the shoulders made my shoulders like Jell-o by the third round. Not to mention how hard I was breathing since I haven’t had a good workout in over a week! But, I loved it! It felt so good to be in the gym and to get my heart pumping and my blood flowing!

Now, I’m well on my way to being in bed at a “decent” hour. Decent for me is anything earlier than 10:30. I’ve got my lunch prepped for tomorrow; my clothes for the gym tomorrow are on the dresser and just need to be put into my bag; I’ve eaten dinner and cleaned the kitchen. I’ll be in the shower shortly and hopefully in bed by 10 PM. That’s basically a miracle for me.

The weekly run down…

The good:

  1. I logged all those takeout choices and, while I ate badly, I didn’t eat as badly as I thought I would.
  2. I made it to the trainer today and it felt sooooo good to exercise!
  3. Food prep done! I make much better decisions when I food prep!

The bad:

  1. I’m seriously dragging ass. I feel like I’m in a fog. A lot.
  2. I have some things I need to around my house that I keep pushing off because I’m so tired.

The ugly:

  1. No gym days and not the best food choices (I ate a lot of potato chips!). Leave it here though; I’ve planned for next week already!

I’m going to take this one day at a time and really focus on getting back on track to meet my goals. I can still achieve my goals if I work hard and make time to take care of me.

Until next Monday…gotta run.

~B

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