I love to workout. Always have. Now, like 99% of everyone with a full time career and a family, time seems to be the biggest hurdle. I schedule everything out, my workouts neatly detailed in my Outlook, but my frame of mind regarding them needs to change. Right now, if a meeting comes up, that gets priority over lunchtime yoga or a 5:15 spin class. Getting up before 6am is reserved for flights and the idea that I am going to the gym after work and after I pick Captain up works....I mean, maybe 15% of the time?
Then there's the other side to all this; the absolute overwhelming array of choices I have. Just on 17th Street in Costa Mesa ALONE there are: three spin studios, two Pilates studios, three yoga spots, three barre classes, and two high intensity boot camps. Which one to do? How many times? Should I do a few things at once or focus only on one thing? Are my thighs going to bulk up in spin? And WTF how is Pilates Plus $39 A CLASS?!
Traveling does not help, either. I can't go sweat it out at lunchtime because...well because I'm a 35 year old woman who doesn't have two hours at lunch to work out, shower, do my hair, and do a complete refresh nor am I ever going to workout and then tromp back to the office in Lycra with all my post-workout mess thinking that that is okay. Because that's not. Okay. So with my travel it's nice to find something I can do on the road, and with how much Nate has been traveling, it's nice to find something that I can either do at home while Captain is sleeping or do at the YMCA since I love that place and there is an hour of daycare included in my membership.
So I took a step back this weekend and came to a 90 day challenge, just for myself, to help me automate this and see what happens. For the next 90 days (in a row) I will:
- Eat 45 net grams of carbohydrates a day because I do fully believe that working out is only 20-30% of the deal - and that eating right is what really makes things happen
- Not exceed 1500 calories a day
- Cheat day every 14 days
- Be completely fine with myself if I save some carbohydrates for red wine
- Avoid soy and tofu - which is a bummer since I found a ton of good recipes
- Do my Pop Physique DVDs 4 times a week
- Spin 2 times a week
- Yoga once a week
I would like to add that I'll get up every morning at 6pm and only drink wine on the weekends - but I'm trying to be realistic. So here we go.
Day one starts tomorrow.