I noticed as I was reviewing my blog I don't have many fitness posts. I also noticed as I was reviewing the scale, it's obvious fitness has not been a priority. Fitness is one of my Fab 5(Faith, Fitness, Family, Finances, Fun) but I have been neglecting it for a while now. Neglect may be a strong word. Let's say I haven't been consistent in working out and eating healthy. There were weeks when I ate well, and weeks where I worked out 5 days but I haven't been doing either at the same time.
I began the year really being mindful of what I eat. While I'm not full vegan, I'm limiting dairy and meat, I'm intentional on the amount of water I drink and I make sure that I include fruits and vegetables in my diet every day. After a two months of that, I decided that I really needed to start working out more. I decided on February 27 that I would challenge myself to get 100 workouts in by the first day of Summer. That would require me to work out about 6 days per week. It's tough but I need to challenge myself. I wanted to really get back into working out consistently. And while I know it supposedly takes only 21 days to create a habit, I know I needed longer to really seal the deal! Plus I'm traveling at the end of June and dropping a few pounds would be nice! :)
Today is a rest day. I will complete workout #20 tomorrow morning. I fell a little behind when the pollen tried to take me out, and I didn't have the energy to workout. It's hard to workout when you can't breathe out of your nose! Stupid flower semen!! Initially I started out with two cardio, two strength training, a yoga day and a stretch day per week. After a month, I've increased the length and intensity of my workouts. I'm sleeping better, I have a TON of energy and I've lost a few inches and some pounds.
I have been working out at home. I gave up my gym membership in December because I wasn't using it and decided to put that money toward debt payments. So I had to be creative with workouts without spending money. So I have been using YouTube to stream videos and working out at home.
While I'm ok with giving up my gym membership, I really miss spin class. I decided to purchase my own spin bike. I initially started out wanting a Peloton bike. But BAY-BEH, they think a lot of those bikes! Too rich for my blood. I couldn't justify spending $2000 on a bike and THEN STILL having to pay monthly for the classes...my gym membership is cheaper than that! So with the help of Google, Pinterest and a few blog posts, I found a cheaper alternative to Pelaton and I'm super pleased with it.
Peloton bikes have a built in monitor and there are live classes streamed live to the monitor on the bike. The bike also has built in sensors that track speed and cadence( RMP's) to make sure you are pedaling at the correct speed and resistance as the instructors. In the live classes, the instructors can also see when you are streaming their class and they often give you a shout out. Chile for $2000 plus the monthly costs I need more than a shoutout! (no shade to those that have a Peloton, honetstly if I could afford one, I would get one!...lol)
I ended up getting a Marcy spin bike from my cousin Amazon and it came with free assembly. I bought a mat, a cadence sensor, and a phone bike mount for less than $400! And after weeks of research I decided to download the CycleCast app to stream instructor led sessions for $7.99 per month. It's not a video and I don't get a shout out but the instructors are motivating and the music is decent. If I add a speed sensor, a set of small dumbells, and the Peloton app for $20 per month, I could have the same access as those with the Peloton bike. But no matter how much you spend, none of it matters if you don't use it! So far I have been spinning every other day and even grabbing a quick 20 minute spin workout before I do my strength training.
As I get ready to get the magic #21, I do feel like working out is becoming more of a habit. Since I missed a entire week, I may have to do two workouts on some days to hit my 100 goal. I think I have about 86 days to get in 81 workouts! Tough but I can do it. Besides, my trip is 90 days away and I'm confident I will hit #100 by then!
After the 100 workout challenge I plan to continue working out at least 5-6 times per week. Taking care of myself is one of my top priorities. I no longer look for the energy to workout. I have learned that I don't need energy to workout, working out gives me energy.
I will check back in 30 days and let you know how far I've gotten. Wish me luck!