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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.

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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. 🙂

August Goals Reached!

celebrate-small-success1I reached my August goal to do the Resistance Band and Broomstick workouts 16 times each. Which I am happy about, but I am completely bored with my current exercise routine, overall. I am switching things up this September. I am going to create a new calisthenic workout and build on it, and mix things up a bit.

I will continue walking faithfully, do Resistance and Broomstick workouts whenever the mood strikes, but add the calisthenics on a schedule – whenever I find the time to create a routine. I will probably work on it this week or weekend. I’ll let you know what it is and how long it takes to complete.

I’ll post again soon. 🙂

One Goal Reached, Two Not

goalMy goal for July was to walk 1000 minutes, and do my resistance band and broomstick workouts 16 times. While I reached my walking goal and even exceeded it once again (1079 minutes), I failed to achieve my other two goals. I was short three days for the resistance band workout, and short two days for the broomstick workout.

In my defense, having friends and family pop over without calling first was the biggest problem. No sooner would I begin a workout when someone dropped by unannounced, and I didn’t get a chance to finish. The other problem was their hanging around for HOURS. No offense to my friends and loved ones reading this, I do enjoy your company, but if I had known you’d be stopping by I would have tried harder to make time for exercise earlier in the day (which is difficult because of work/school). And when you stay till it’s almost dinner time, I’m hungry and I just don’t have the energy to exercise by the time you leave, because I’ve spent all my energy entertaining you. Again, no offense.

From now on, I will have only one or two fitness goals at most. Three is just too much anyway.

My August goal is to do both the resistance band and the broomstick workouts at least 16 days this month. I will still be walking, of course, but there will be no set goal.

I almost forgot to mention that I also changed the resistance band routine to 3 sets, just like the broomstick routine, weeks ago. I would like to add that I exercised more this month than I did last month, despite not reaching two of my three goals for the month of July. So, I don’t feel too bad about the two failed goals. I do feel a little bad about it, but life happen, things come up. Fortunately, I have almost the entire month off. Classes don’t start back up again until the 21st or 22nd. So, I will have more time to workout. Yay! 🙂

I’ll post again when I have made any new changes. I’m considering introducing free weights/ dumbbells this month. And maybe even creating that new calisthenics workout. I definitely want to do that before fall officially begins. By Winter, I hope to be back to the old Calisthenics & Abs routine, stronger and better than ever.

June Goal Reached!

CelebrateAs of today, I not only reached my June Walking goal, I exceeded it by 37 minutes, for a total of 1037 minutes. I’m very happy about that. 🙂

I think my next goal should be for my resistance band routine and broomstick workout. I slacked a little on the resistance band routine to make time for walking so I would meet my June goal.

So, my July goal is to do both the broomstick and resistance band workouts at least 16 days this month. I will try to hit 1000 walking minutes again this month, but not by skipping out on the resistance or broomstick workouts.

I’ll post again when I have something new to report.

 

Half-Assed No More! Resistance Band Update

My resistance band routine has been kicked up a notch. I doubled the repetitions (from 15 to 30) and since I am using the medium resistance band, I am getting some serious results! I’m considering increasing the number of sets to 3 by the end of this week, but haven’t decided yet.

In addition, I decided last week to break my exercise routine in half. Doing 30+ minutes of walking earlier in the day (now that classes are over till fall) and doing another 30+ minutes in the early evening. I add to each walking session either the broomstick workout or the resistance workout. I usually do both every day. So far, so good. I feel tighter already, and it’s only been one week. 🙂 Also, the muscle soreness in my abdominals and side muscles (forget what they’re called now) has gone away. I think I may need to increase the number of sets of the broomstick workout as well. Haven’t decided when. Maybe next week.

Will post again when I update my routine.