I've been stuck in this stop and start fitness loop since April. I commit to something and I try to maintain my commitment, but something always happens and I get off track. But I've had a convergence of a number of things that are moving me in the right direction, and I think I'm going to try to go with that flow. I'm going to put my money where my mouth is, though in this case it's my feet. I'm announcing my intention here, publicly, to help me keep myself honest about this. I'm making a commitment to do a few things starting August 1st:
1. My co-pilot Nancy and I are in a Facebook group dedicated to doing a plank a day, and that has morphed into a routine that includes bridges and squats. I will start at the beginning and do the whole monthlong program. It seems that most of the people in the group keep falling off and then starting again. I want to try to keep it up for a month.
2. I started working at a place where we have free yoga once a week. (Cool, right!?!) There are two classes, regular and chair yoga. I go to chair yoga fairly religiously. It's been a nice way to get back into yoga, and we spend less time on those balancing poses that always vex me. Plus, the person who invited me to go to chair yoga would probably be hurt if I switched to regular yoga. I did buy myself a new yoga mat for home and I'm going to practice more outside of the office. Initially, I will go the DVD route, but once school starts and the kids are back in their routine, I will see if I can find a class that works with all the demands on my schedule. I have chair yoga at work booked into my schedule regularly, and I don't book things that conflict with it. So does my co-worker, and when he mentioned that at a work retreat last week, the CEO gave him two thumbs up. (I could say so much about how much I love the CEO, who is also my boss, but that's not the point of this post. Just let it be noted that she supports wellness and that's huge to me.)
3. I have another new co-worker who wants to train for the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women, which is an annual event in Boston. She did it last year for the first time ever, and she walked and ran it. She's getting back into the groove training for it. I said I'd give it a try. If any of you are in the area on Columbus Day weekend (The race is Monday, October 14th.) this year, would you like to join us? You *can* walk the race and you can wheelchair it. You can't bring your dog, and they strongly discourage iPods.
4. Sandy just started the Couch to 5K running program last week and started a Facebook group for it. It's an open group. I'm not linking to any of the C25K apps or web sites, because there are a lot of them and I really don't know which are best. I'd say have a look at a few and find the one that has a format that works best for you. I figure that if I want to do the 10K, I ought to start at 5K.
5. It's not a fitness thing, but we finally joined a CSA this year. We are lucky to have Community Supported Agriculture right in our town. Every week, I go to the farm stand and pick up our box of fresh locally grown veggies. We also bought a fruit share, so we have fruit now, too. If you are my Facebook friend, you will notice that we have been eating a lot of blueberry muffins lately. But we are also making smoothies and trying new vegetables that we haven't had before. I must admit, we have a small veggie share and El Esposo and I sometimes can't eat all the stuff before it goes bad, but we are working on it and we certainly are eating better.
So, that's what I've been working to incorporate into my life, and I'm making a commitment to work especially hard during August to make these changes stick. Anyone want to join me? Anyone doing something similar?