January…is DONE

Wow, where did time go? I guess time pass really fast when you’re having fun (or really busy). On the very last day of January, I looked over the workout spreadsheet that I’ve been keeping. I’m happy to report that I’ve ran 15 out of the 31 days!! And combined with yoga (and a couple other gym sessions), I’ve worked out a total of 22 days in January!! I think that’s the most active month I’ve ever had! Anyways, I’m really excited to make this change in my life 😀

As I head into February, things are gonna get hectic at work. But hopefully the good habits that I’ve built in January will help me push through the days when it seems easier to not workout (and take the wasy way out). Looking back, I think there are definitely health benefits of working out constantly and being active  — I’ve consumed less caffeine in the past month and I am less sluggish in general. I can hardly remember any days in January where I suffered from the mid-afternoon dip in energy (but this could also be attributed to me getting 8 hours of sleep almost every night…)! My productivity at work has gone up and I’m overall, a happier person!

I’m excited to see what February brings! Oh, and I’m running my first half-marathon of the year is less than a week! Wish me luck!!

 

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Random Thoughts

I’m not sure where the following two thoughts fit on this blog but it is remotely related to my journey of fitness and health so I think I’m going to write them down.

1. My SIL called me yesterday and we caught up on each other’s life. She told me about her new found love affair with vegetables and drinking water. I’m happy that she is looking to become more healthy! She is one of those naturally tall and fit-looking girls that I had never realized that for a while, the doctors had told her that she’s pre-diabetic. She also revealed to me that it was recently did she realize that how much her upbringing affected her relationship with food. For example, before last year, she had never purchased fresh green beans before from the produce section before. Since her mom had always given them vegetables from a can, she didn’t know how to use fresh vegetables in her meal. It made me realize that parents can have a tremendous effect on how their kids see food and what they choose to eat. I’ve always cooked with my mom before I moved out on my own and by the time I left home, I already had a couple years of experience handling food and is somewhat knowledgeable about healthy eating.

2. I went to yoga today. And in the middle of my Sun A, I looked out the large floor to ceiling window of the studio and saw a homeless man also doing yoga. He was mimicking our movements in the little courtyard outside of the studio. Suddenly I thought how incredibly privileged I am to wear my stretchy yoga clothes while enjoying the beautiful and heated studio. But it also reminded me what yoga was really about – outside of our workout gear, nice mats, and fancy studio, the most important part is our dialogue made out of movements and connections. Everyone and anyone can do yoga. I’m pretty sure the gods of yoga are happy to draw every practicing yogi into his/her embrace.

Adjustments

One of the most valuable lesson I’ve learned in the past couple years of my life is the art of being “flexible.” This was a winning trait to have, especially if one is married to a military man 🙂 Now I also have to be flexible in my road to fitness in 2014. After a couple days back at work, I’ve realized that my schedule makes it REALLY difficult to accomodate the workout schedule I had originally envisioned for myself. This doesn’t mean that I won’t workout but that I should reconfigure the schedule. I’m still keepng with the yoga and running (yin & yang) theme but just with a different schedule. Here’s what’s new:

Mon: 6am Yoga

Tues: REST

Wed: 6am Yoga; Run

Thurs: Run

Fri: 6am Yoga; Run

Sat: Run

Sun: Run

Since my goal is to train for a marathon, running 5 times a week is important. I might consider adding a yoga day on the weekends after I’ve mastered this schedule. As you can probably tell, my week is loaded in the beginning of the week – Tuesday is especially hectic :/ I love the idea of the 6am yoga (and I love the energy of the class I went to this week) so that’s what I’m going to stick to.

Will this schedule change again? Maybe. But at least, it’s currently tailored a little better to what my week looks like for the next 3 months or so and I’ll have a better chance of succeeding in my fitness plan! Alright, back to work.

It’s a new year!

This will have to be a short post because there’s lots going on. But I’m happy to report that I’m making decent progress in my training. I’ve been able to run 4-5 times a week in the last two weeks with an additional of 1-2 days of yoga. Now that I’m back at school, I’ll need a period to readjust but I’m hoping to hang on to a similar schedule.

I was able to go to yoga today (at a new studio) and it felt great. It’s always harder to get started but once you get going, it gets more habitual (easier) and much easier to stick to a workout regimen.

Here’s an example of my progress from before the new year:

12/23/2013 3.2 miles
12/24/2013 3.1 miles and yoga
12/26/2013 3.1 miles
12/27/2013 4.2 miles
12/28/2013 the Incline!!!
12/29/2013 x

Fitness Progress

Wow, I can’t believe this year is almost over!! This end-of-year period is usually pretty bad for me in terms of what I’m eating and how active I am. (Un)Fortunately, I decided not to head home this year for the holidays, so I don’t get to enjoy all the rich and delicious food that my family prepares during this time of the year. Although, I’ve been having more cookies than usual (those holiday cookie exchanges!!), I’ve also been able to run and go to yoga.

I know that I’m trying to return to an good fitness routine. Although I’m not 100% at where I would like to be, I’m doing much better compared to where I was only a couple weeks ago. This last week, I was able to run about 3 times and practiced yoga on 2 different days. I think I’ve underestimated the time my body needs to reacclimate itself to working out regularly again. But as long as I keep working on my fitness goals, I will keep improving!

I’m going to keep working on myself and I can’t wait to hit my stride again 🙂 Merry Christmas and happy holidays!