Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Weekly Weigh In: See Jane Spend

I am 100 miles past excitement and jogging straight into boredom. I’m over treadmills and elliptical trainers. The air is quickly getting too crisp for outdoor walk/run intervals. Boxing is still fun but there are days when I’m tired of that too. What’s a girl to do? This week, the answer was nothing. I had a meeting every day except Friday when I had a black tie dinner. By Saturday, I was congested and run down so I clung to the bed like…well, like my former (in need of a fitness intervention) self. The only thing I did properly was stay within my weekly calorie allotment. Confession: That’s only because I was either too tired to have dinner at the end of each day and went for quick things. Carrots and hummus, 90 second Ready Rice with avocado, oatmeal…you get it. Luckily, that has helped maintain my weight loss.

So, what’s going to become of all the progress I made? I’m not willing to let it go and I still want to be at a certain place by the end of the year but I lack motivation. The solution for me is going to be a shake up to my dreary workout routine. NO MORE TREADMILL. Luckily, my desire need for something different lines up with a new gym opening in my area. It offers every class I can imagine (and even some I’d never have thought about) at great times for my busy schedule plus a pool, sauna, steam room, basketball court…you get it. It’s a nice gym.

The drawback is that it is about $50 to $60 more a month than what I currently spend on my gym membership. I’ve done the whole expensive gym membership thing before and I didn’t mind because I was one of those people who went to the gym AT LEAST 5 days a week. Now, with my schedule and my health, it’s hard for me to say I will absolutely go 3 times a week. I’m more of a “fitness is cheap and can be free” kind of girl at this point. Run outside, do aerobics DVDs/YouTube videos, lift light weights at home, punch the heavy bag in the garage/workout room. It can definitely be done.

That said, there is some extra money in the budget and I’m ready for a change. Secretly, I’m hoping the monthly cost will motivate me to get to the gym as often as possible. I don't want to—hell, I can't afford to—flush my money down the drain. I’m also hoping this move will infuse some excitement into my workout routine and take me out of what is becoming a very long slump save for a couple of workouts here and there.

Last week, I said I wanted to do another 5K to make up for how HoBOOken went. I still want to do that and plan on doing it next Sunday. Hopefully by the time my partner in crime returns from Australia, I will be back on track and won’t burst into tears when she suggests running a 10K.

What do you do to get back on track when you fall into a fitness slump?

This week's recipe is Spinach and Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells. Check it out here

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