So setting goals, and setting timers really does help! By setting a goal of 100 laps of swimming (last week and then, again, this week) I definitely swam more than previous weeks. I started my week Sunday and as of yesterday I logged 90 laps. That means if I get in the pool today OR tomorrow, I will definitely reach (and exceed) my goal. With blazing hot temperatures in most of the country, where better to be than in a pool, if possible!
By setting my timer for 8 minutes, and doing 10 minute training (with the 2 minute stretch) I was able to forget about everything except continuing to move from one exercise to the next without pause, and accomplished 3 days in a row of this type of workout. Since yesterday was technically a “yoga” day for me, I just did 10 minutes of yoga postures, making sure to include some balance work and some of the postures than I don’t teach in a group because they might be contraindicated for some.
Thanks, Rita, Carol and Jeff for sharing great conversation, sites and products, all, of course, somehow related to health and fitness. In conversations, I have become aware of some frustration with Weight Watchers. I can’t help but wonder if tweaking their point system to make fruit “FREE,” is hindering weight loss. Fruit is wonderfully healthy, and I do think it should be encouraged in a healthy diet, but it’s not free of calories, and should not be free of points. I used to be able to pretty much convert most calories to points in my brain, but when I make a shake and it has half a banana, diced mango, some pitted cherries and other berries, there is NO WAY that shake is “free.” It would have to be at least a couple of points, probably more. The moral of this story is….YOU HAVE TO COUNT CALORIES BECAUSE CALORIES COUNT! Carol, thanks for sharing the www.veganwolf.com. I will definitely be checking that out, later today. Jeff, thanks for sharing info and pictures about KT (kinesiology tape). I did a bunch of reading and video watching on that yesterday. While I have seen it on athletes I never really knew much about it. For me, personally, my only concern would be that relying on it too much, I might be masking (and hence making worse) an injury since I don’t have the luxury of having a full-time sports doctor or therapist like, say, the Williams sisters. That said, if one has an injury that can’t be fixed, or is temporary and they don’t want to miss a game, or a workout, the tape must be the greatest tool I can imagine. Again, I would just strongly encourage proper therapy or specific exercises geared toward mending the injury, whenever possible. I am really glad it is helping you to get your game back on!
Derek, thanks for being my exclusive dinner date, last night. It was nice to have a little quality time with you and introduce you to a couple of new dishes. Thanks to Nicole for those spaghetti squash, which I did make great use of! I’ll be having my leftovers for lunch, too.
Have a fabulous Friday. I am off to my first session where I will loop together some 10 minute trainings for my client who has been away on vacation and probably can use her butt kicked a little, first day back. Eat some breakfast Jane 🙂 A few other training sessions, and fun Friday at 11:30 SilverSneakers class.
I hope you have a fun Friday. Find some time for fueling foods and fun fitness. Set some goals and make them happen. You are closer than you think!