Since getting back to Memphis from Vermont I’ve had trouble getting myself to exercise. I have all the time in the world since I don’t have a job (which I’ve looked for something within walking distance and there is NOTHING, which means without a car I am out of work), but unfortunately having free time doesn’t motivate me to work out. Neither does the cold weather in Memphis. Funny, I never felt very cold in Vermont, but I’ve been freezing here in Memphis. FREEZING.
I haven’t completely abandoned exercise or anything. But what I’ve been doing seems like a huge cut back from the two hours or so I did on week days in Vermont. But since I did absolutely nothing my first day back, I should be proud of myself for doing what I have done the last couple of days.
MY EXERCISE FOR THE WEEK
Sunday 12/6 –
- 30 minutes Taebo kickboxing video
Saturday 12/5 –
- 1 hour walking: 2.5 miles
Friday 12/4 –
- 20 minutes walking: 1 mile
- 30 minutes lower body conditioning
Wednesday 12/2 & Thursday 12/3 –
Tuesday 12/1 –
- 45 minutes kickboxing
- 30 minutes Zumba class
Monday 11/30 –
- I honestly can’t remember, but I did stuff.
See what I mean? It’s less intense and less time, so I feel like I’ve been doing nothing. Thankfully because I’ve been doing less I’ve been able to cut back on what I’ve been eating. Since I haven’t been very hungry I’ve cut out snacks for the most part. At least I seem to be averaging out.
MY WORKOUT OPTIONS AND PLANS
Just because my first couple days back were shaky doesn’t mean I’m throwing in the towel. I might hate the cold weather but I’m not letting it stop me.
As far as option for cardio go, I’m going to have to go outside. Since I can’t afford a gym membership I will have to use the great outdoors for my walking/running options. I want to get at least a walk a day in, which has been easy since I moved in with my friends Hilary and Chris. To get anywhere in town I have to walk, plus they like walking with me (Hilary and I walked to breakfast!). I also have to walk to a park with a gravel track so I can do my jogging workouts that Jen set up for me to start next week. The interval one requires actually running (ahh, really sprinting) which I won’t do on concrete due to my sad little knees. But I will force myself to get out and do those workouts because they will be good for me.
Additionally, I am now the proud owner of several workout DVDs (that may or may not have previously belonged to my mom and others). I’ve never been someone who likes to workout at home, but I now have a Dance workout DVD, which hopefully is a decent substitute for Zumba which I love, a Biggest Loser workout DVD, and a TaeBo DVD. Jen recommended TaeBo for a kickboxing class substitute, so I’m really excited to try it!! Once I’ve tried them all I will post a review so you know if they are worth getting or not.
And for strength I am going to continue using the workouts I did at Green Mountain and add in more fun strength moves. There wasn’t much variety there, so I want to try to some new stuff and things I used to do. I decided that strength is the one thing I will keep up no matter what. Even if I don’t do cardio I want to do strength training. I want to be strong!
So I’ve got options and I’ve got a plan more or less. I’m a total sucker for gyms, I love the environment and the equipement and the energy and the ability to try new classes, but for now I can do this at home. I kinda have to, so I will. Hurray exercise!!