Exercising while on vacation

Another great thing about Club Med is there are activities for just about everyone.

(And if your thing is to just lounge at the beach and drink, there’s plenty of that for you. That’s my favorite pastime.)

Like most trips I brought exercise clothes with me. And about half the time they don’t leave the suitcase. This trip seems to be turning out that way.

Besides, sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba and other water activities “regular” exercise classes are also offered along with a gym.

There’s power walking, stretching (which I think is kinda like yoga, but since I haven’t gone I am not certain), abs and butts, Zumba, boot camp, water aerobics, etc.

There is also the circus where I tried doing tricks on the trampoline. It’s fun, but man, is that a work out. I probably did 15 minutes on the trampoline and then took a break before trying the trapeze.

The beginners got a quick lesson on how to stand, hold the bar and the few tricks we were going to do.

The scariest part for me was when I had to grab the bar with my second hand. That meant I was trusting someone to hold on … Continue reading

Have mat, will travel

I stole that headline from a friend. But I love it. So I had to use it.

I don’t believe I announced to my readers about my trip to Vegas this weekend. Though between my Facebook friends and fellow Challengers and my mom I think I got my readers covered.

Curt and I have made it a tradition to come to Vegas for the first weekend of March Madness. Our friends Jen and Dave have joined us for the past three years.

I decided for this long weekend that I would eat and drink whatever I wanted and tomorrow I would get back to my healthy lifestyle.

(Next week is going to present some major challenges with a planned co-worker lunch and two evening farewell drink and food fests for my boss who is about to retire.)

I hit the gym every morning this weekend, doing cardio and focusing on the push-up challenge. Damn, my shoulders, arms and upper abs are sore!

I also made sure to get my greens pretty regularly as well.

Getting greens in was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be.

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A week in the life of Ann on Weight Watchers

One of my regular readers, Jen, asked if I would be willing to share what I eat to be successful on Weight Watchers®.

So I am going to share my “menus”/tracking/what I have eaten this week.

For those of you not familiar with WW–just a few things I want to mention before I launch into my food intake.

Right now I don’t attend meetings (I do highly recommend finding a meeting that works for you. The support and ideas are amazing.) I track my food daily online.

When on WW you get daily points, weekly points (which can be distributed throughout the week or maybe for one big outing or “frivolous” meal or party) and you can also earn activity points–if you exercise you earn more points for the day (and week).

To be successful in weight loss or maintaining your weight planning is very important. I will admit that lately my planning hasn’t been great. Lucky for me at work we have a salad bar with a good variety of items and usually a lot of protein.

Monday

Minus 1 drink, abs/core work are featured in this Monthly Challenge

The first Go Fit Girl! Monthly Challenge seemed successful. Trying to increase or get your water intake to at least 48-64 ounces a day and either trying yoga for the first time or if a regular yogi, trying a new teacher or new kind of class/practice.

Today launches Go Fit Girl’s October Monthly Challenge.

And the challenges are:

Nutrition: Minus 1.

Do you drink more than one cup of coffee a day, how about numerous Diet Cokes? Do you have more than one glass of wine or beer when you get home at night?

If you are a regular soda drinker, whether regular or diet (I know there are a bunch of Diet Coke heads out there) or caffeine or booze … try to eliminated just one a day every day this month. If you want to cut the amount down by more feel free.

If you normally drink 10 Diet Cokes a day, try to just have nine. If you have three cups of coffee each morning, try to just have two. For booze, either try to just drink on the weekends (my normal alcohol intake is Friday through Sunday) or if you regularly drink during the week … Continue reading

I love my carbs, booze

Recently at the gym I ran into one of my spin teachers one early morning. As he and I were chatting I told him I had gone to a body conditioning the night before and then was back at the gym first thing in the morning.

His response, you must really like to exercise.

Uh, no. But I love my carbs and booze.

Believe me, if I was “skinny” I would eat and drink whatever I wanted and be a lazy ass on the couch.

But lucky for me, that is not the case. As I have tons of knowledge on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which makes me so much healthier than my skinny self would be.

Because of my regular exercise, which includes weights and yoga, I have some definition in my arms. And I kinda like having definition in my arms. I’m no Madonna, which frankly, I am OK with. But I am still pretty awesome.

I can still enjoy my carbs and booze in moderation while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I love to eat and drink.

There are things I won’t give up no matter what. I try to only drink alcohol on the weekends. … Continue reading

It’s time to exercise

So you have made the decision to start exercising (or maybe you haven’t but this post may just motivate you). Now where to begin?

I recommend starting slow. You don’t want to hurt yourself or do something unpleasant that makes you never want to exercise ever again.

When I started exercising seriously (believe me I joined gyms in the past and half-assed the workouts in the past) about 5 1/2 years ago I walked at least three times a week. Going from absolutely nothing to walking around 30 minutes three times a week was a big deal. I did this for about a month.

The next month I started the run/walk practice. Just a few days into the addition of running I hurt my knee. I was able to rehab myself. After that I reevaluated my exercise program.

Running is easy cardio and can be done anywhere–the only equipment needed are running shoes and your legs.

But I hate running. And I hurt myself doing it. So I quit the running and started exercising on the elliptical.

A couple of months after that I joined a gym. Previously I had been exercising at the little gym in my work building.

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Learning about my sway back, core

On a day when I can sleep in, which is usually 6:30 a.m. Yes, 6:30 in the morning is sleeping in for me. How sad …

Anyway, Fridays I normally work from home. So I usually just roll out of bed and turn on the computer and work.

Today I got up about 5:45 and headed to the gym for a 6:30 a.m. hard core class.

Will pushes us pretty hard. But he never gives you a hard time if you take a break or just can’t do something. He will come over and correct you or give you an alternative.

The last 10 minutes or so of class we do ab work. In a lot of the ab exercises my back can only handle so much and I just can’t continue with the discomfort in my back.

So I asked him about it after class. I mentioned my weakish core (no matter how much yoga and abs I do I still don’t have a super strong core), my back issues, like my kyphosis, which is a curvature of the upper spine, and my sway back, which Will told me today is called lordosis and he also … Continue reading

Working through sore muscles

Last night and most of today I have been doing what I call the “old lady walk.”

On Thursday night I worked out with Jenn and Monica. I am pretty much sore all over. But my thighs and butt are what are really feeling it.

I knew after the hour-long program we did I would be feeling it later on. All day yesterday I could feel it deep in my muscles. I went to yoga last night and it was difficult.

Before I went to bed last night I was doing the “old lady walk.”

I did a little more than 10 minutes of stair climbing today before spin as part of a work wellness challenge. Spin was tougher than normal with the sore butt, thighs and abs. Then my usual 30 minutes of abs. I was gonna skip out on body conditioning as I didn’t think I could handle weights or squats or lunges. I did the class. But wow, that hurt.

I have been switching back and forth between ibuprofen and Aleve. I have also been using my heating pad, which I normally use for my back pain and cramps.

In this WebMD article, it mentions … Continue reading

Committed to eating healthy

I am having a food intervention with myself.

I am coming along great with the exercise. I exercise 6-7 times a week and I vary it with yoga, spin, weights, abs and body conditioning.

When I was working on losing my 30 pounds about five years ago the first 20 pounds I lost without any exercise. I lost 20 pounds by portion control and making better food choices. The last 10 pounds lost was a combination of my “diet” and exercise.

Many things that I have learned over the years I continue to practice. Such as dressing on the side; Splenda instead of sugar; at least eight servings of water a day; fruits and vegetables make healthy and filling snacks …

I feel like I am not fully committed to my healthy lifestyle. I need to be fully committed, not partially committed. I know how to lose weight. I know how to maintain my weight. I know how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There is some will power involved. And I just don’t always practice will power.

Planning meals and regular grocery shopping are a big part of maintaining my healthy eating. I don’t enjoy cooking and wouldn’t say I … Continue reading

6 days of yoga

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. This week has been an exhausting week. Work was crazy busy with a few nights of coming home and working some more.

My goal was to hit yoga seven days in a row from last Friday through Thursday.

I had to go into the office on Friday, which meant I wouldn’t be home in time for the evening yoga class. And I figured a day off would be just fine.

I worked from home on Thursday and planned to attend a 10 a.m. yoga class to make it Day 7 of yoga. I was so busy that I wasn’t able to make it to class. And we had our Corporate Counsel in town from Switzerland. A group of us took him out for drinks and dinner. So no late night working or workout that day.

So I skipped exercise Thursday and Friday.

I slept in today until a little after 7, which is “late” for me. I still felt tired and knew I could go back to sleep if I really wanted. But I decided to get up and hit the gym. I did my usual 2-hour Saturday routine of spin, abs … Continue reading