My exercise routine has evolved (or perhaps devolved) significantly over the course of 2012. For the first half of the year, I was easily meeting my goal of working out 6 times a week (with 5 times a week being acceptable). But that was an easy goal for me to reach, as I was unemployed at the time, with a lot of free time.
But then in June, I started my new job, and exercising became more difficult, as I went from jobless to 50-55 hours a week in an office. I never stopped exercising altogether, but I did cut back significantly, to 3 days a week. Earlier this fall, I felt myself getting a little lazier with my workouts, which was one of the reasons I signed up for the 10K I ran last month. My plan worked: prepping for the 10K was the perfect way to get focused and excited about working out again.
After the race was over, though, the laziness returned. And I had no plan in motion to combat that laziness. Until I stepped on a plane and flew to Colorado for Thanksgiving. Sometimes there’s nothing like a getaway to reboot your system!
I’ve already written about how I handled food over Turkey Day, but I’m even more happy with how much I exercised. I was in Colorado for almost 4 days, and they were extremely active! Check it out:
- Thursday (Thanksgiving). Completed a 70-minute workout. Combination of running and a variety of push-ups, sit-ups, squats, etc. Shortly after getting back to my sister Sarah’s place, Sarah and I rode bikes with my niece and nephew to the park, where we ran around and played on the playground. We were gone for about an hour.
- Friday. Sarah and I went to the pool at her rec center, and swam 2,700 yards (I think it took a little under an hour). Later that day, we walked around the zoo for a couple hours.
- Saturday. I borrowed my brother-in-law’s bike and went for a 9-mile bike ride, which took about 50 minutes.
When I got back to Los Angeles on Saturday night, I decided to see if I could keep the momentum going. And I did.
- Sunday. An hour workout at my gym, primarily focused on weightlifting.
- Monday. Back to the gym after work, where I spent about 35 minutes on my favorite piece of cardio equipment, an Arc Trainer.
- Tuesday. Rest day.
- Wednesday. A roughly 40-minute run around Hollywood after work.
It wasn’t until the end of the week that I looked back at my calendar and realized that, starting on Thanksgiving, I worked out six times in seven days. I immediately pulled out my calendar and started flipping through the months, and realized it was the first time I’ve done that since mid-August!
I’d like to continue my little streak, but it’s hard now that my little Thanksgiving break is over and I’m back to work. But I did go for a 35-minute run after work last night, and on Saturday, I went and took one of Richard Simmons’ classes, which is always a good workout. It sure would be nice to end 2012 with a bang, exercise-wise, so I’m going to do what I can to keep this going.
Which brings me to another fun update… my weight loss chart update!
Let’s get right to it, shall we?
DOWN ONE POUND! It’s my first loss since August, and it feels good! That puts my weight at 240 pounds, which is a 162-pound weight loss. Woohoo!
Here’s my entire weight loss chart:
Keep it up, David!