Remember when I talked about my Goldilocks’s weight here? And I still stand by the fact, that generally speaking, I’m okay with being 5’4.5″ and 116 lbs. Then again, when you have to caveat something so much, there is probably an inkling of untruth in there, huh?
Part of the reason I call it my Goldilocks’ weight is because I can maintain with moderate exercise. I may b*tch and moan about wanting to lose more or toning up a bit, but the truth is, I don’t really put that much time and effort into my exercise.
I must admit, that I feel “less than”, lazy, and a slacker compared to other blogger’s fitness routines.
While the blog world can be motivating to try new things, push yourself harder, and attempt new activities, it can also result in comparisons and feeling like you have to exercise in the same manner as other bloggers.
So maybe you are more like me and can’t hang with the die-hards out there. If so, I wanted to share what I find to be realistic for my lifestyle.
Here is an honest 2 week snapshot of what exercise is like for me:
- Sunday: Maybe a Spinning class at Gold’s Gym (with 5 minutes of abs and 10 minutes on the treadmill at 3.6mph to warm up for class)
- Monday: Nada. I don’t work out on Mondays.
- Tuesday: 40 minutes in my complex gym, which would include 20 minutes on the elliptical at level 5 resistance and then walking on the treadmill for 20 minutes at 4.0 mph at a 0.5 deg grade. Less than 5 minutes of abs follow.
- Wednesday: Nada. I don’t work out on Wednesdays either (usually they are date nights).
- Thursday: Back to the apartment gym for a 45 minute treadmill workout. 20 minutes slow jogging at 5.5mph and 25 minutes alternating 1-5 deg at 4.0 mph. About 3-5 minutes of ab work follows.
- Friday: Nada — who wants to take a second shower before going out?
- Saturday: Maybe a hike or walking the Stanford Dish trail. If not either of those, a repeat of complex gym cardio from Tues or Wed.
- Sunday: Complex gym again (hey it’s convenient), where I’ll do a random hodgepodge of free weights (usually 5-10lbs) 16x’s in 3 sets and very little machine work. Maybe an additional 20 minute walk on the treadmill at 4.0mph.
- Monday: See previous Monday — no workout.
- Tuesday: Run intervals on treadmill and by intervals I mean 2 minutes at 4.0 mph at 1deg and 1-2 minutes at 6.5 mph at 0.5 deg incline. Hardly pushing it huh? I’ll do this for maybe 35-40 minutes. Of course, followed by ab work for a few minutes (planks and such).
- Wednesday: I got nothin’ for ya.
- Thursday: 20 minute precor, 20 minutes on the treadmill at my complex gym followed by ab work. Easy, minimal sweat workout.
- Friday: Might go to Bikram if it’s my off-Friday from work, in which case I feel awesome and always tell myself I need to go to Bikram more.
- Saturday: Easy cardio (light jog) or incline walking on the complex treadmill for 40 minutes. Ab work to follow.
There you have it. It’s clear I’m not living up some of my fabulous fellow bloggers. Why? Well one reason is that I’m not training for a marathon or Iron Man or some equally as exciting and challenging. Why else? I simply don’t have the time. No that’s not totally true – I don’t choose to allocate more time to working out. My day includes 9-10 hours of work, 30+ minutes of animal duty, 30+ min of chores / clean up, etc, 1 hr of meal prep (and maybe eating), and 9 hours of sleep. Yep, I need nearly 9 hours of sleep. I can deal with 8, but anything less and it’s just no good, plain and simple. Oh yeah, the remainder of the hours, I’m probably watching my DVRed shows or blogging
I guess my point is, that I can’t really complain about my weight and the lack of tone if I’m not willing to spend the time and effort to make it happen, right? And if that’s the case, I need to be at peace with my limitations and also my successes.
Do you feel pressure to work out like other bloggers?
How often do you workout per week? As you can see, I’m at 4-5 times for an average of about 50-60 minutes.