Monday, January 28, 2013

Spin or Swim

If you would have seen me in the minutes after spin yesterday you would have probably asked which workout I did. Dave the manics spin class or did I swim.

Dave can push you like no one else I've ever experienced in spin. Maybe its the way he yells at you. Maybe its the fact he doesn't give a shit if you puke, pass out or die during his workout. Maybe it's both, but I hate to admit I love it.

Its painful, don't get me wrong. You don't want to do much after one of those workouts but its refreshing and rewarding.

It is one of those workouts where you pour sweat out of every pore of your body. Arms, legs, face, head, you name it the sweat drips off of you.

I gained 1.2 after eating at Olive garden Saturday night and was pissed. I didn't eat the tuscan potatos taht should've come with my Chicken Marsala, and I ate only one breadstick. However after a solid sunday I lost .6 and hope to drop another couple of pounds this week.

Today was great, tomorrow will be treacherous territory with a lunch meeting at a pizza place. I'll get home for a yoga workout before heading to class.

Until next time.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Resolutions - 2013 Edition

I realize its now the 27th day of January.
It's been a busy month. With the updated job duties at work, travel in back to back weeks and more, I'm just now taking a deep breath and thinking about 2013's plans.

I've narrowed my resolutions down 3, and will be working on the plans to achieve my goals. I think 3 goals is a  good number, not to many to where you can get confused, not too few where a singular focus can turn into a bad thing.

Without further adieu:
#1 - Weigh Less than I did to start the year. 
This goal encompass exercise and diet.
I started this year at 226 and haven't really made any solid progress. I lost about 6 pounds, and then subsequently gained more than that back with travel. As of today's writing I'm at 225.8. I have gotten back into a solid exercise plan this week and I feel like I will see at least a 2 pounds weight reduction for the month by 2/1.

What success will look like.
     Minimal success - 214 or less
     Moderate Success - 205 or less
     Ultimate Success - 198 or less

#2 - Have significantly less debt at the end of the year than the beginning. 
I haven't managed my finances as well as one could in the past and is something that I have vowed to fix.
This is a very personal goal and will only be updated with a "doing good" or "doing bad" in the updates for the purpose of the blog.

So far in 2013, I'm doing well.

Success in this department will most likely include getting a part time job to expedite the payments on some of my debt.

#3 - Improve my golf game while always having fun with it

This goal is listed last and is expected to progress, possibly at a slower rate, in accordance with goal number 2. I have worked out a budget system that includes entertainment and golf and I now have a separate account for those type of expenses. Proper planning will be needed to ensure playing and practicing can happen on that budget. No money in the fun account = no golf. Which might be a good thing with more time on the bike or in the gym.

I took some lessons in 2012 and to be honest I'm not sure it was the right teacher for me. I went back to my first swing coach for a lesson in early 2013 and an excited by the progress we made.

I thought about including more blogging but with a busy work schedule, a possible part time job, school and life in general I didn't want an extra layer of stress. I will do at least a monthly update (sometime during the month) to be able to look back on progress or lack there of and be publicly accountable.