With the holidays over and 2012 plans in the works, I knew that I definitely needed to start getting back into shape.
It's not so much that there's a big race coming up. Other than a half or a 5K here and there, I don't have any major race plans soon. And now that I'm temporarily unemployed, I don't intend to sign up for many races right now.
But I don't want to let myself get too out of shape. At a minimum, I want to be able to run a half marathon at any time.
Plus, I'm going skiing in a few weeks. I've only gone twice, and on my first trip 10 years ago I never left the bunny slope. I got confident on green slopes when I went last year, but I'm hoping to work up to blues this time. I figure it'll be easier on me if I'm back in a bit better shape.
So I've started running more regularly again, and it feels great! I am always glad for the breaks I take because I believe they really do help me avoid burnout. I pick up from a break and remember all the reasons why I love to run and the way it makes me feel.
When I realized that going on the ski trip would mean putting on a swimsuit in front of my boyfriend to hang out in the hot tub at the cabin, I knew I needed to also work on toning up a bit. Running definitely keeps me trim, and without it my love handles had made a bit more of an appearance than I cared for... on the recommendation of my sister, I bought Jillian Michael's Get Ripped in 30 DVD at Target (it was like $10).
I had bought her Shred DVD a few years ago, but I never really liked it that much. I wouldn't have bought this one if I hadn't seen how toned my sister's tummy was.. she swore it was from this DVD.
The concept in Get Ripped is similar to that in her Shred workout... 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs three times. The main difference is that there are 4 workouts (each about 25 minutes with a warmup and cool down) - one for each week. You do each move for 30 seconds, and they never repeat in the other weeks' workouts.
I've done week 1 (I purposefully started 4 weeks out from the ski trip), and I can tell a tiny difference. When I did the first workout the first day, I thought I was going to die. Now, I'm still super sweaty at the end, but I can manage to do everything in its entirety. (So I'm a little nervous about moving on to week 2.) I don't see a ton of difference in my body yet, but I can definitely feel myself getting stronger.
I'm also getting back to running three days a week, so I'm sure the combination will help me trim up.. even if I'm not in marathon training mode.
Of course, I know diet matters as well. I've been trying to limit my coke intake to one a week (this is what I'd been doing for almost 2 years, but I always cheat a bit during the holidays), and I'm mostly drinking water. I LOVE dessert (another thing I splurge on over the holidays), but I've been limiting the sweets to just little treats here and there (I will never give them up). I'm mostly just trying to make sure I don't overeat, making good choices when I eat, and allowing myself to splurge and eat something I want even if I know it's not super healthy. You only live once, right?
So we'll see how this goes... nothing can stop me from looking ghostly white in my swimsuit, even if I do get as toned as I would like. I'm not about to go to a tanning bed. Everyone will just have to make do. HA.