It is the beginning of week 3 and I have already learned a lot about myself and how to keep working towards my goals. Today I am taking time to restructure the last 3 weeks of this challenge.
First of all I am changing rest days. I do not currently work hard enough consistently enough to always need a rest day on Sunday. Sunday is actually one of my days off and a perfect time to get a full work out in. By taking the day forcibly off I am not utilizing my schedule to my advantage. Today, for example, actually works better to take off. I slept well for the first time in 2 weeks, I went into work early, I got a massage and it is raining outside. The weekend is going to be beautiful and I am already relaxed so why wait until Sunday to rest? Instead I am going to use an already naturally slow day to reflect on the last two weeks and throw myself hard at training tomorrow. Throughout the next 3 weeks I will be taking rest days only when it is clear that my body is asking for one. If I go hard for two days and I feel wrecked from head to toe then I will take the third day off. If the entire week is slow and I am capable of moving 7 days straight then I will. A rigid structure of 6 days on and 1 day off is not going to help me optimize my training. Instead I found that I was dragging myself through trying to ensure that I made all 6 days happen which was leading to half hearted training. Indeed I would rather workout every other day if it meant every other day was sweaty and intense. Knowing my determination to get this right, I am not concerned that I will take too many days off.
Second, I want to better clarify my goals for the next 3 weeks. Right now I am looking to increase my upper body and core strength and slim down to about 130lbs. My goal is to create a body that I want to see in motion. Something that I want to train to do incredible and graceful things. Yoga has been my gateway to this feeling but yoga is very stationary and I want something more animated and full of feeling. My commitment to my current routine is to reach this sculpted version of me and I am willing to renew it monthly until I have achieved my vision.
Third, I am looking into a new activity to help me along towards this goal. At the moment I play with my bo and I tumble around a little bit for fun but it is unstructured and lacking in the intensity I need to lose weight and increase strength. They are also not activities I can truly commit to in the Winter when I prefer to be indoors. I enjoy hiking but it takes time and I can not always commit to the travel times. Hiking also lacks the intensity I am looking for. Furthermore, all of these activities are done alone or with Chelsea but not with a group of people challenging one another to be better. I took time today to run through my options and I settled on boxing/kickboxing. There is a gym down the street from me that does classes and I already know I love kickboxing as a way of staying fit. I have a pair of gloves already and there really is nothing like throwing a punch to let off some steam. It hits all of my markers too. Upper body strength, cardio, capable of performing in the winter and entertainment. To top it all off it might be a nice way to meet new people too.
Fourth, I am implementing a visual reward system to keep track of how many days I complete a full days training. This means that any day I strength train, go running, do yoga, and keep all of my scheduled meals (no more and no less) I check off a box for the day. Since I am adding boxing I want to mark it but I don’t want it to be mandatory. The reason being is, it is an entirely new part of the schedule and I don’t want to punish myself for it. For now, any day that includes boxing will be marked with a plus for bonus time. This system will allow me to keep track of how many days in a row I am sticking to my training and dieting schedule and hold me accountable to my goals.
I look forward to making these significant adjustments in my schedule and in my training and seeing what the last 3 weeks has to offer before re-evaluating my progress. I am starting to see where this is more than a 30 day challenge and the beginning of a new lifestyle and I am loving it.