Tag Archive | fitness goals

New Goal for 2015

keep-calm-and-set-new-goals-257x300I’ve decided to challenge myself with a bigger goal: 14,500 minutes. Nearly 3,000 minutes more than my narrowly missed goal for 2014. This will encourage me to make more time to workout all through the year, because I will have a bigger number to hit.

I also plan to switch from resistance bands to tubes; I just have to decide which weight I need to advance to the next level. I’ve also been considering returning to my calisthenics routine, with some tweaks. Perhaps, only the standing exercises, to start.

I will post again after I’ve decided on my new schedule.

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Failed to Reach December and Year Goal

failure-successDue to the flu, which is still dragging me a bit, I failed to meet my December and end-of-year goal. It was disheartening, but I’m optimistic about 2015.

My goal for the whole of 2014 was 11,509 minutes, but thanks to my success in October and November (1800+ minutes) I’m quite certain that I can do even better in 2015 – provided illness does not, once again, intervene. I haven’t decided on a 2015 year-end goal, but I think 12,000+ is more than doable, as long as I stay on task throughout the year. When I decide on the exact number I’ll post again.

For the month of December I exercised 1024 minutes, even though I spent more than half the month very ill and unable to workout. My total for the year is 10,983, so, I missed my goal by only 526 minutes, which means that had I not fell ill, I would have not only reached my goal but exceeded it.

I am back to working out regularly, despite the lingering sickness, that is still affecting my ability to take deep breathes. I am not doing as much as before, but I hope to be back up to speed soon. 🙂

My Dumbell Workout

2kg-dumbbellI FINALLY created a dumbbell workout and performed it for the first time on Saturday, and I have already determined a schedule for this workout: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

These are the moves:

10 Dead lifts (to standing position)

10 Dead lifts to sky (hold above head 2 counts)

10 Bicep curls

10 Tricep kickbacks (bent knee, leaning forward)

10 Overhead presses

10 Curl punches (one arm at a time)

10 Side lifts (straight arms, straight legs)

10 Cross body curl (one arm at a time)

It’s a short workout, only takes about 6.5 minutes to complete, but it isn’t as easy as it may seem. I’m using a 5lb weight (wimpy, I know), which is what I was using when I stopped doing dumbbell workouts after moving to my current home, but I have arthritis and I’m weak as tea from not using free weights for so long.  I was really sore after the first time, but it didn’t last long. I hope to increase reps to 20 by the end of the month, but a problem with my medium tension resistance band may make that harder … or easier. Who knows?

Two days ago, my medium resistance band broke, as a result of a mysterious 1/2-inch cut whose origins I still haven’t determined. I saw the cut before beginning my workout but did it anyway; less than half way through my workout it broke. I immediately switched to the red band – a heavy resistance band, and it has been HARD. Moving that band through 3 sets of each move is so much harder than I ever imagined it would be, but today was slightly easier than Tuesday, which is encouraging.

While shopping, yesterday, I considered purchasing 20-lb tubing. I decided to think about it before making the purchase. I have always been leery of tubing, because of the things I’d heard about them breaking free and hitting the user in the eye, blinding them. I chose bands way back when because I thought they would be safer and I would not have the breaking problem (which happened anyway), but since that was no guarantee, though I was not harmed in any way when it broke, I still think I should give tubes a try. Maybe, next year. I think it’s a little late in the year to change my equipment now. Maybe, I’ll move on to tubes when the red band become easy.

In the meantime, I will continue getting my resistance workout done with the red band and consider adding dumbbell reps at the end of next week, if I don’t believe I will be too sore as a result. I’ll post again when something changes. 🙂

October Goal Achieved and Exceeded!

kept-calm-and-reached-100-goalIf you read my last post, you know that my goal was 1800 minutes of exercises by October 31st. Well, I have reached 1905 as of this morning. Yay! 😀

I am so proud of myself, because I wasn’t sure if I’d make it. I had to skip a few days this month, due to last minute plans/emergency, sickness and Murphy’s Law, even this morning I had to cut my workout short, but I still managed to surpass my intended goal.  I can only hope that I have the stamina and will to reach another 1800 minutes or greater by the end of November.

Tomorrow, I start from scratch. I plan to do what I did this month and stay on schedule as much as possible. No one can control every thing in life, but I will concentrate on controlling what I can. Continue exercising earlier, to help avoid interruptions. Interruptions are what interfered the most with my Summer workouts. Going to bed earlier and getting up at the same time every morning has also helped. I feel less lethargic in the mornings. Also, still drinking green tea. It is a great energy booster, especially when I walk for long periods.

I should mention that, in addition to exceeding my goal, I also switched to the blue resistance band two weeks ago, then I got cocky and upped my sets to 3 sets of 30 reps this week. Now, my resistance routine is kicking my butt! I am so tired afterwards I can hardly believe it. I never would have thought that one extra set of the same moves could make such a huge difference. That is why I decided to wait on the dumbbell routine and also adding a 4th set to my Broomstick workout. I need to get used to the blue band and extra set first. Maybe in a couple of weeks.

My November goal is, of course, 1800 minutes, but I’m hoping to exceed my goal once again.  I also hope to introduce dumbbells back into the mix. If I can do both of those things I will be very happy. 🙂

Will post again when I have made any significant changes.

Definitely Making Progress

Progress01As I mentioned in my last post, in order to hit my end of year goal, I must exercise for 60 minutes per day, for 90 days  in October, November and December. Luckily, two of these months have 31 days, which gives me extra time to make up for any missed exercise sessions between now and December 31st.

Well, October hasn’t even reached its midpoint and I am already ahead. As of today, I am more than 1 hour ahead. I’m basing this on 60 minutes per day every day. As of today, I have exercise 904 minutes. To remain on track, I only needed 840 minutes of exercise. I plan to remain ahead by abstaining from any unnecessary “exercise vacations”. Every day will be an exercise day, even if I cannot get everything I want to do that day done. Of course, no one can plan for every event, and there’s always Murphy’s Law, but, if I remain focused on my end goal and plan carefully, I feel confident that I can hit 1800 minutes and beyond this month and every month till the new year.

I have yet to create a dumbbell workout routine (yeah, I know, what is my problem?), BUT I rebooted my resistance band routine last week. I am doing the same number of sets and reps and moves, but with the magenta band (the easiest one) . I plan to move on to the blue band I was using earlier this year in a few weeks, maybe sooner. It depends on whether or not I introduce dumbbells into the mix this month.

At this point I walk pretty much every day, do broomstick workout at least 5 days a week, and I’ve done resistance almost every day but Sunday since starting again. I think that I should change things, so that I am only doing two exercises per day. Maybe, walking and resistance one day, Broomstick and walking the next, and dumbbells and walking the day after. I haven’t decided. I don’t mind doing three different exercises per day, so far. Broomstick and resistance don’t take long. They’re both under 20 minutes. But if I add reps or sets it would be a different story, I’m sure. I’m actually thinking of increasing the reps of the resistance routine before switching to harder bands and adding a 4th set of reps to the Broomstick workout as well. If that happens, I may switch my workout days around as I described or something similar.

I’ll write again at the end of this month or beginning of the next. Hopefully, I will have exceeded my 1800 minute October goal by a wide margin. 🙂

New Goal and Autumn Exercise Plan

autumn exerciseFor the past several months, I have kept my exercise routine fairly basic – walking and a few other exercises that it would not be feasible to time, such as yoga. In September, I walked more than 1100 minutes, which is more than the previous two months combined.

I plan to walk just as much in October, but I also want to (finally) add dumbbells into the mix. Because of construction issues, I no longer have a a space to do my Calisthenics & Abs routine, but I am hoping to make up for that lack of space with other exercises, that require less floor room.

My year to date total, not counting October, is more than 6,000 minutes. I could have definitely done better, but there’s no point in crying over spilled milk. I will simply strive to do better in the future. I believe that I can and will hit my year end goal of 11,509 minutes. Only 5393 more minutes to go, and three months to get them in. It will be difficult, but not impossible.

My Autumn exercise goal is to continue walking at least 5 days each week, add back (because I stopped doing) broomstick workout and resistance bands. I also want to begin doing weights. I said I would earlier this year but never got around to it.  I am making the creation of a dumbbell routine a by-November goal. In all, I want to average about one hour of exercise each day for the next three months. If I can pull it off I will have surpassed my goal for 2014.

I will blog again once I have set up a definitive exercise schedule that I can live with, while successfully managing my growing workload. 🙂

Time to get back on the wagon

fall-off-wagonSince February, I have been having trouble keeping to my exercise schedule due to work and school and newfound hobbies, like crocheting. In January I exercised 1313 minutes, but between February and April I exercised a total of 1464 minutes. That’s only 151 minutes more than January. I should have had at least 2000 minutes, but I just didn’t have the time and at times the will.

I’m hoping with classes ending very soon I will be able to get fully back on track and meet my end of year goal.