Getting My Fit On

I kicked butt in 2008 and early 2009. And then I hit the wall.  Seriously, life can get quite hectic, and you start forgetting what is important.  I get so caught up in family life, working, and hobbies (cough, cough, cough…blog) that sometimes, I forget about me.  I need to remember that my health, and really mental sanity is more important than all of this. Because if momma’s not happy, no one is going to be happy.

“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.”
~ Carol Welch

I recently switched to a different work schedule that has me completely out of whack.  I went from working normal hours i.e. daytime of 6am-4:30pm to night owl hours of 4pm-2:30am.  I have been dragging myself home at night, and depositing myself into Angry Kid’s bedroom. It’s easier this way, because no one will wake me up in the morning.

Before switching my work schedule, I attended a fitness class at 24Hour Fitness every Thursday.  I slacked a little during the Holidays, but most of the past year, I attended.  I was all set to attend it yesterday, when my down comforter called my name.  Slacker!

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For my 2010 Goals, I list ten races in 2010 as my #2 goal. Well, I can’t really run all those races if I’m not running, right? So yes, I need to run more. Honestly, running is quite boring.  I can only listen to my music for so long. I’m a chatty-type and it kinda looks weird if I’m talking to myself.  I have totally flaked on my running partner, Pesha.  We used to do runs like at least once a week. Do you see this Pesha, call me!!! I also need to dust off that treadmill in my garage. Angry Husband re-arranged the garage last week, and now it’s not covered with tools. My race partner, Monique, sent me an e-mail that she signed up for a race training/prep class, so jealous and I wish I had the time.

Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred

I also have Jillian Michaels “30-Day Shred” DVD. Have you heard of that? Awesome workout that you can do at home, in front of your TV. This is especially nice if you have small kiddos and have to deal with nap times, etc. All you need is some tennis shoes and some light hand weights.  Seriously, this workout kicks my butt!

Do you have a gym membership that you barely use? Does it have childcare? I started taking Angry Kid to the gym with me last year. I personally waited until he was completely potty-trained.  He loves that place. I kid you not, he asks to go to 24Hour Fitness every time we drive by.  I can work out for an hour while I’m there and take 30 minutes to take a shower, etc.  Then I don’t have to worry about what trouble he’s getting into while I’m showering at home.

I really increased the use of my gym membership last year by diving into their group fitness classes.  I’m always been timid about jumping into things.  I tend to feel a little lost, and get that feeling “that everyone knows each other, and what happens in the class.” Well a good time to start is in January. There are a lot of other new people, looking to try something new. Most gyms (especially national ones) have their class schedules online.

Doris Dodge-Thews

My friend, Doris, is teaching what she calls “Triple Threat Thursday”. She starts at 8am with TKB (Turbo Kick Box), 9am is 24Lift, and 10am is PIYO (Mat pilates and yoga mix).  I’m not saying that I’m going to attempt all 3 of these classes. I’m not that nuts. But I may try and do that TKB and 24Lift, that is, if I can get up in time.  Doris is really inspiring too. She’s been teaching fitness classes for years…and she’s a personal trainer too. And on top of all that, she’s training for her second Boston Marathon and she’s an ambassador for lululemon. She also has a nickname for me, umm “cupcake”.

So with all these things? I should be fit, right?

I start my day off pretty good. I usually have either a protein drink, oatmeal, or some kind of yogurt.  I really need some kind of protein early in the day, because I tend to get fatigued easy if I don’t.  I try and have either a salad, some kind of soup, or something chicken-oriented for lunch. And well, dinner, four days of the week, I will be at work. This is always a challenge.  I also need to focus on drinking more water. I’ve actually done pretty good with my caffeine lately, but my water consumption needs to increase.

Wish me luck!

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31 comments
VivaRunVegas
VivaRunVegas

The dates for ET are Aug 21-22. I am probably going to run the full marathon for that. BTW, Joyce, the Calico Racing director for ET is a run Ambassador for Lululemon Las Vegas! You know you want to run Disney.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I like how you give me the specific dates for the events. And of course, you are running the full marathon. Addict!

VivaRunVegas
VivaRunVegas

Would one of those 10 races happen to include Disney or ET? :D

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I need the 2010 date for ET. As always, I say I will try and do Disney but flake. I'm such a loser. I was totally talking about you last night, were your ears burning? It was Disney and running related.

Jess
Jess

I've been wholly inspired by Husfriend lately. He just ran a full and half marathon in less than a little over a month. Not to mention he was able to start the half (yesterday) in the first corral with Olympian Ryan Hall. Said he was a cool guy. I. Am. Jealous. I know I can run, I used to have to for cross-training and endurance with dance and cheer. (Yes, I was that girl. No, I'm in no way proud/boasting.) I've even got me a fancy set of shoes I had professionally sized and fitted for my personal running style. Someone get me a Swiffer duster.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Such a dork. I'm a running slacker. I just need to make more time for it. I was soo good last year. I figure if I document it, I will be more responsible, right?

Kasandria
Kasandria

You freaking ROCK! I wish I had the discipline to be more fit. I start out ok then quickly let it fall to the wayside. You will be totally fit this year! Kas

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Aww thanks. My motto is, "I will not go and buy bigger jeans!" Say it outloud!

Bethany
Bethany

Good luck! I own the Jillian dvd too, I did pretty well with it for a while in the summer but then I lost my job and my schedule changed and I lent the dvd to a friend...who still has it ;) It's a GREAT workout though!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

The great thing is our local cable company has this thing called Fit TV or Exercise Tv, whatever. There's videos On Demand. How cool is that.

Allyson
Allyson

Good Luck!!! I think you should try the clases at the gym. I work out at home all the time and feel like I hit plateau as well. I joined a gym last week and tried a Yoga/Pilates class. I have never done yoga and did not even know what pilates was. But through the class I realized that you don't have to do the moves perfectly to get the benefits. I also realixzed I try much harder when there are other people around me. And lastly I realized that I was not the only one who fell over when trying to balance on one leg. This was completely out of my comfort zone but I loved it.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I want to try and do new things. I've been even thinking of doing a spin class lately, but I'm totally petrified of doing it. They scare me.

Shanna - My Favorite Everything
Shanna - My Favorite Everything

Try the YAS spin classes. They have a combo class that is 30 min spinning and hten 30 min of yoga! YAS is at Santa Ana and 17th and the class is GREAT! Just enough of each thing. I did this 3 days a week after my 2nd was born and lost 30 lbs in 3 months (and then found out I was pregnant with #3). Fun class!!

Mikalisa
Mikalisa

Good Luck w/ ure 2010 goals! Will check in2 that Jillian DVD. I love the show! Biggest Loser. U always crack me up! Never lose ure sense of humor!

kim
kim

I think I'll be picking up the 30 day shred... looks good... and thanks for your fun comment! How great it was to see you on my blog... I love reading your posts! ~ kim

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Awww thanks for linking me. I'm so proud of our silly little hallway closet. I tagged you in a post this week too! Check it out!

Holly L
Holly L

Hey there. Great post. Stopping by from SITS. I have a series of posts going on about health and weight loss and getting fit too. I LOVE Jilian Michaels DVD's - I have 3. They are so good!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I will have to check out your series of health and weight loss posts. I am always looking for good videos. There sure are, a ton of bad videos out there. Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa
Lisa

Coming by from SITS. You've got some great suggestions and goals there. I've got Jillian Michaels Shred. It is awesome and I think a perfect metabolism booster first thing in the morning. If you haven't tried the Biggest Loser Last Chance work out, you should. It kicks butt, too. Good luck!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Thanks for stopping by! I will have to check out the Biggest Loser Last Chance special.

Jenn
Jenn

Good Luck! In HS I was a competitive athlete, and worked out about 30 hours a week. Now that I'm "All grown up" and a mother, I don't work out, and I live off caffeine to keep me going. Perhaps I should try to be a little healthier too :P

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

It's soo hard to be a wife, mother, and athlete. Why can't I do it all? The celebrities do it!

Jenn
Jenn

haha, perhaps if we had personal assistants & nanny's we could do it too ;)

Date Girl
Date Girl

Good for you-it sounds like you definitely have the motivation! I am trying to up my workouts, but I'll go and go, and then hit a wall too. I miss 24 hour fitness! Their classes are the best! I had to switch gyms because we moved, and my new gym doesn't have any classes. They're so motivating! I miss the turbo kickboxing class. If you haven't tried it yet, DO IT! It's amazing and so much fun. You forget you're working out til you're drenched in sweat.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Turbo Kickboxing is the best. My instructor works us hard too. I can't imagine how much it would cost if I had to pay for all these classes. Their are a lot of local alternatives to TKB like 24Hour. You just have to hunt them down.

Julie
Julie

Good luck to you...just *thinking* about exercise makes me break a sweat..ha! You can do it!

Shannon
Shannon

Hi, stopping by from SITS! I'm a working mom too, boy can I relate! I need to get busy and exercise also. I checked out some 5K runs in my area also, and bought the Jillian Michael's DVD (but not the same one as you, can't remember the name.) Anyhow, good luck. Keep going!

Judi
Judi

I <3 Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred! It helped me lose 20 pounds last year. I also have two of her other DVDs, and yes, they kick my butt but I'm also motivated to try to keep up. I'm recovering from neck surgery (ruptured c6/c7 disk - ouch), and am waiting for clearance from my surgeon to get moving again. Can't wait.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

That's awesome. Good luck with your recovery!