I’m in a workout rut. I’m beginning to get way too good at making up excuses as to why I don’t lift weights, for example. The past 15 years, I’ve been consistent with my cardiovascular exercise. I don’t know that I’ve ever gone more than a handful of brief stretches where I didn’t workout regularly. I consistently get in 4-5 workouts a week, every week. Most often, my exercise is either running or ice hockey. There’s some elliptical and random other activities thrown in, but by and large, running and hockey are my main forms of exercise.
The funny thing about exercise is that being “in shape” for one activity doesn’t always translate to other activities. Case in point: I almost died on the ice Wednesday night (chile rellenos for dinner too close to game time didn’t help my cause). Literally. I hadn’t played hockey in 2 weeks and had been doing way more running. I got out of hockey shape in a very short period of time. Scary fact, really!
This leads me to knowing that my muscles must be insanely out of shape. I hate resistance training of any kind. I don’t enjoy the feeling of being sore – it’s miserable! And so, I’ve skipped out on any weight baring exercise for…………a really long time. Way, way too long.
My first excuse was needing the equipment for home. Well, now I have the equipment and it has spent the past year gathering dust.
My next plan was to take classes at the gym at work. Except I then realized that the class times were far from ideal and before and after work were just not convenient. Lugging a gym bag with me every day and planning to stay after work for a workout was just not going to happen. I complained to the director of the wellness center about class times, but he didn’t budge And as for doing weights on my own at the gym — that’s so not likely to happen. I know myself too well for that.
Yesterday, I formed a new plan. I joined a gym less than 1 mile from my house. LESS THAN A MILE. They have lots of class times, some of which include mornings. I am going into this with very realistic goals. My goal is to attend 2 weight/sculpt classes per week. I am going to try for morning classes and if those don’t work…6pm classes. Hopefully this will give me 1. options and 2. flexibility. Plus, I can join a Saturday class whereas the gym by work would require a 35 minute commute. Not going to happen on a weekend, people.
I’m sick of making poor excuses for myself. This change needs to happen. Today.
This kind of reminds me of folks that are yet to acquire popsicle molds. That’s not a good excuse to not make these popsicles and enjoy, guilt-free, the wonders that are homemade popsicles. No more excuses!
- 1½ cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 cups fresh peach, about 3
- ⅓ cup honey
- 2 Tbsp peach vodka
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- ½ cup peaches, finely diced
- In a blender, puree the yogurt, 2 cups of peaches, honey, vodka, vanilla, and salt until smooth.
- In the bottom of each of 10 popsicle molds, distribute the finely diced peaches. Pour the peach puree into each mold. Gentle shake the mold to allow the puree to reach the bottom of the molds completely; top off molds with additional puree if needed. Arrange a popsicle stick into each mold.
- Freeze for 6-8 hours or until completely frozen. Remove from freezer 5 minutes before serving to help release popsicles from the mold.
Friday, I’ve been ready for you since about Monday at 9am. It has been a loooooong week. TGIF!