Yearning To Do a Kelly Coffey Meyer Workout

My sleeping schedule is completely out of whack again. Today was the worst. After staying up all night, I got, maybe, three hours of sleep before I was woken up by the alarm. I had to wake up to call the therapist I’ve been doing phone sessions with for the past couple of months. (More about that in a future blog post.)

After the session, I ordered out for food. Submarine sandwiches to be exact. Lately, for some odd reason, I’ve been craving tuna. Granted, a mayo-laden tuna salad sub isn’t exactly the healthiest way to take care of a fish craving. Nevertheless, it is a lot healthier than a lot of my past food choices and contains far less sodium.

I went back to bed and slept for a couple of hours before my ringing phone woke me up. After the call, I went back to sleep. A couple of hours later, same scenario.

As I write this, it’s just after midnight and I’m exhausted. I really want to do a workout, but I just don’t have the energy. I’m going to wrap a few things up, go to bed, and hope I get some decent sleep and get back to my goal of having a 2AM bedtime and wakeup time of 10AM.

The thing that’s most frustrating is that there’s a few workouts I found that I am dying to try. I’ll include videos of them below.

What the hell is wrong with me? I want to workout. I have tons of time to workout. I have many workout options. Yet, at every moment of the day, I choose to do something else and not workout.

I feel so disconnected from my body right now. It’s so frustrating. I feel like all these rapid-fire thoughts going through my mind are more powerful than the yearning I have to change my body. By “rapid-fire thoughts” I’m referring to my obsession with researching things. I’m constantly reading about things, and people, that really have nothing to do my goals. It’s everything from wondering about random people I haven’t thought about in years and searching for them on Facebook to watching an incredible 8-hour British miniseries that aired in the 90’s and then finding out as much as I possibly can about the guy who wrote it. (The miniseries is called Holding On and the writer is Tony Marchant.)

The one good thing about researching Tony Marchant was that he inspired me. In an interview, he mentions how he does his writing at libraries. I thought that was brilliant. I need to get out of my apartment to write. I didn’t want to go to a coffee shop (total cliché) or a food court (too noisy). A library is perfect. I live four blocks from one. Ideally, I’d wake up in the morning, workout, and at a certain time, walk to the library to write for an hour or so.

If only I could get my sleeping in order to be able to do that…

I love intellectual stimulation so much, but I know there’s a price I’m paying for it.

The workouts I mentioned:

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“You Are the Expert on You” –Danielle LaPorte

I’ve been reading a book called The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte.

Just before I did today’s workout, I was reading the book and came across this declaration (made in a huge font): You are the expert on you.

I thought about those words while I moving my body.

For years now, I’ve been comparing myself to other people. I would see how they got the results I wanted. I would try to do exactly as they did hoping to get the same results. More often than not, my attempts wouldn’t feel right or work the way I thought they would and I’d give up.

I remember, when I was younger, my mom had a plastic container of buttons she kept in her sewing machine cabinet. They were a mismatch of buttons either bought or taken from well-worn clothes before they were cut up and made into rags. Whenever she made anything–from clothes for my Barbie dolls to a blazer for herself–she’d always have just the right buttons on hand.

I don’t think comparing myself, and in turn, learning from, other people was a complete waste. Just like the button collection, I have accumulated a lot of information, ideas, and inspiration.

I was thinking about these long-term challenges I set for myself—how I’m so in awe of people who can stick with them and always discouraged when I can’t. I realized. It’s just not me. I don’t like doing the same thing repeatedly. I don’t like to do things in a “steady state” unless I’m tired.

Granted, often times, when you do a long-term challenge of some sort, you spend time building up to it before attempting one. Typically, I bypass the “building up” part and just dive in. Mastering the art of consistency could leave me feeling differently about things.

The point of all of this is: I don’t know myself well enough to know what works and what doesn’t. I want to change that.

I also thought about how, from here on out, I’m going to document everything I’m doing. At first the focus in mainly going to be on workouts because I’m still at odds with what food routine works best for me.

My hope is that, sometime in the future, someone who weighs as much as I do now, will find these posts, find them informative, and then go on to discover what works for them.

Workouts:

For the past few days, I’ve been doing tabatas and loving them.

I do five exercises for 50 seconds and take a 10-second break between each exercise. I do three rounds of all five exercises along with a one-minute warm-up and a one-minute cool-down.

I’ve been really enjoying creating my own based on how I’m feeling each day.

My first one:
bicep curls
jabs
tricep extensions
squats
hook/upper cut

My second one:
Squat/hip abductor
Shoulder press
Wall pushups
Leg thrusts
Swimmer’s press

(This one was exhausting! I think I’m going to have to do tabatas for awhile before I’m ready to do Les Mills Pump DVDs.)

Today, I thought I’d try doing 30 seconds on, 10 seconds rest x 6 rounds. I prefer the 50/10 method.

Today’s workout:

Bicep curls
Step ups (on an aerobic step)
Bent over row
Leg lifts
Tricep extensions
Back fly
(used 7lb dumbbells)
On the treadmill:

I’m doing my (very slow) version of Couch to 5K:

My walking speed: 1.6
My “jogging” speed: 1.9

Thanks, again, to Nanette at Drop It Like It’s Hot for the inspiration and support.

Photo by: Bombardier

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