According to my records 🤓, I haven’t been to the gym since July 11.
I am feeling this familiar frustration, where I want to do things, but “can’t”/ “am not making time”/ “life schedule has been way too wonky for consistency”.
We left for San Diego on July 14, got home late on Sunday the 17th. Ivan’s mom stayed with us for several days last week, before I spent Friday, Saturday, Sunday driving back and forth to Milwaukee for the State swim meet.
In between, my work department has seemed to be semi-imploding, with a brand new manager in place + the sudden, unexpected departure of a different key member…
I have basically been selected to jump in and take over a bunch of her duties and then train the new person (starting in August)….although this particular area is actually more adjacent to my job, meaning I am soooo NOT an expert on much of it, currently….😳😬
Also meaning, I need to first try to really LEARN these (Very Important! Transplant regulatory related!) tasks myself so I can, um, teach them to the new person. A lot of it is quite nuanced and complex stuff. On the plus side, they always say that if you can teach something, you really know it, so, I’m actually kind of excited to really dive in and learn more deeply about this other side of our department. More knowledge is usually always a good thing.
ANYWAY, between all of the above (picture me waving my hand in the air- “all of this”), way too many late nights with family events, increased meetings/ busy workdays and more, the gym has not been happening. I am sure a true time management/ productivity guru would be making it happen, but, I guess it has slipped down the priority list. I don’t know what else to say.
I have done a large handful of home workouts though, mostly in the evenings, after I’m done working or when the boys have been away. I finally finished Morning Meltdown for….the 2nd or 3rd time?? on Wednesday. This time I started it WAY back in like, November. I really was only using it as a filler around gym workouts most of the winter/spring, just chipping away at it little by little, not following any kind of real schedule.
I finally decided yesterday that there is no real point in even worrying about going back to the gym right now until we get back from Mexico. Or school starts again. We leave in about a week and a half. With work being crazy, it feels like a good time to let that goal go (temporarily). And sadly.
But I still want to exercise, so I decided to look for a new Beachbody program. Home workouts should be pretty do-able, in theory, even when life is very busy.
I am very ready for a break from Morning Meltdown. I liked that program a lot, overall, especially with the shorter 20-30 min. workouts. The cardio workouts in particular were a nice addition to my gym strength workouts, since I basically despise doing cardio on my own. However, there are two moves (the “bolt” and the “firecracker”, namely) in most of MM’s cardio workouts that I pretty much hate. I am very, very over those. I find them awkward, uncomfortable and challenging in kind of a bad way.
So, I decided from at least now until we go to Mexico, I will start Amoila Cesar’s 645 program. I’m going to aim to follow the exact program. Will give me some structure and exercise at least in the (very) short term
The basics are:
- 6 workouts per week
- 45 minutes per day
- 4 strength workouts per week (all technically full body, though 1 is lower body emphasis and 1 upper body emphasis)
- 1 mobility workout
- 1 cardio workout
- 1 rest day
- It’s a 13 week program.
I like Amoila Cesar a lot. One of my first BB programs, after 21 Day Fix, was his The Work which is SO HARD!!!! Whoa. Very effective, but I don’t think I’ll ever repeat that one unless I’m preparing to enlist in Army boot camp. But I still really, really liked him as a trainer a lot.
So far I enjoyed Day 1! I am really not a fan of strength workouts that are basically…. cardio. This one didn’t feel like that, so that was good.
This is the schedule for Stage 1:
I started on a Thursday, oh well. Will just keep following the days. For a little while, anyway, until we leave again. Ha.
I am grateful for slide sandals to slip on to run outside quickly, even if you’re wearing socks. 🙂