Monday Project: Project Me

The Monday Project

Okay, this is my first Monday Project, so I’m going to start at the beginning of the projects and try to catch up (though this might take a few weeks!!). The first project was Project “Me” – a chance to look at what’s worked/not worked in the past, goals for moving forward and reflecting on both of these.

I’m not sure how much to write here, but I have been thinking about these questions throughout the week.

One of my big issues has always been exercise. I *know* that my weight-loss and goals of getting healthier only work well when I work exercise into my life. In fact, they go best when I have some form of weight or resistance training. Fitting into my schedule has always been the problem. Last year I tried getting up before work to do a 20-30 minute workout – this entailed setting the alarm for 5AM and getting up at the first alarm (no snoozing). I managed to do this for nearly 6 months…but it was a fight every.single.time. I figured it would get easier over time, but it was a constant fight. It also meant that I had to start getting to bed no later than 9PM – in bed, lights out ideally by 9:30, no later than 10PM. I ended up basically quitting exercise as of October/November last year. I just couldn’t face 5AM.

So, I’ve gone back to exercising in the evenings, after work. When I get home, I change into my exercise clothes, and head downstairs. One of the reasons I got away from evening exercise was that my husband now works later. When he got home relatively early, I would go exercise when I got home, he would start cooking dinner when he got home, and usually dinner would be ready about the time I was done showering. Now with him getting home later, I feel like I need to get dinner going, so we’re not eating at 7 or 8 PM. However, he’s making an effort to get home a little earlier, and he wants to support my efforts to exercise, so we’re making it work. And its a lot easier than getting up early.

Another thing about exercise – I’m a biker, and I do much better biking when I have a clear goal for that season’s biking. I push harder when I have a goal I’m working toward. SO, my husband and I have decided to train for a half-century ride this year. It’s a little scary, since we’ve only ever done a 30-mile ride twice (maybe 3-times), and when we did, it took everything out of us for that weekend. On the other hand, it means that we’re going to push this biking season; and we’re setting up a training schedule, and with both of us on board, we’ll be pushing each other (prodding when necessary!).

Eating-wise…that’s a bit harder. I’m still figuring out what works there, though I seem to do best when I’m not on a formal plan – instead, I just need to be constantly aware of what I’m eating and why. I’m a little embarrassed to say that in the past several years, the best I did was when I was following Dr. Phil’s plan…I may need to resurrect my copy of that book and go through it again.

3 Comments

  1. AnnG said,

    March 13, 2010 @ 4:01 am

    It’s great to have the support and help from our spouses. You just have to find what works best for you and your family and make it work, because taking care of you should be the number 1 priority. Just remember all of us over at the Sisterhood are there for you, especially if you need support and a hug!! You are doing great…keep up the good work!

  2. Christieo said,

    March 13, 2010 @ 8:42 am

    I am so glad you did this! When you physically look at the things that worked and the things that didn’t, it makes moving forward so much easier. I too am so much better with goals! Without a goal, I am literally a lost puppy. I KNOW a half-century ride is doable for you!!! I’m so excited to watch you meet your goals!!!

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