I Have A Workout Plan, Stan

14 Feb

Dear Stan,

Two weeks ago I blogged about getting my ass in gear and making a workout plan that will get me back into my A game. Since that time, I never made a plan, just took it day by day like I usually do and hoped for the best. What happened was… nothing much happened. Bullocks.

In general, once I reach the two week mark of not working out, I scare myself daily about ideas of how out of shape I am and how hard it will be to start up again. This mindset is such a downer because clearly you can’t get back into it unless you take a step to get there. After a week full of waking up at 6am and planning to do some exercise and failing almost everyday (snooze button greed), I finally decided to pull it together and make a plan.

So, here’s the plan (stan):

Now let me explain the strategy behind this a little bit. I have three goals:

  1. get my running capacity back up
  2. incorporate toning exercises
  3. lose about 5 pounds in the process

To hit goal #1, I kept the mileage at 2-3 miles throughout the whole month. I also wrote “however I want”, meaning if at the beginning I need to walk or slow down, that’s cool, just reach the mileage. Or if I’m at the gym and choose the elliptical instead (fat chance knowing me) that’s okay as long as I meet the 2 miles. Basically I made this plan to allow myself to ease in and not get scared of how out of shape I am. The spinning classes will give me a change of pace during the week and help get my cardiovascular system rockin. Note: I didn’t schedule any days off because I know they’ll happen on their own.

Spinning is also a key element for goal #3. To be completely honest and bare it all (ah) I am at the highest weight I’ve been. Before you flip out and tell me I’m not overweight–i know this. I don’t think I’m overweight and I think I have a pretty healthy view of my body. But, that being said, I reserve the right to want to be in the best shape I can, and I feel a little more comfortable at about 5 to 6 pounds lower than where I am at the moment. I’m not going to obsess over this at all, but it’d be nice.

Now I’ve never had a problem (per se) getting a run in when I want it, but weight training/toning is a weak spot for me. Enter goal #2. I have the strength of a 10 year old girl and pretty much never do any type of workout besides cardio. I’ve dabbled here and there with DVD’s, gym classes, and yoga, but I never really stick to it. If I did, I’d be pretty kickass at this point. Too bad. So, throughout the workout sched* (pronounced skej), “Level 1 Shred” is a 20 minute total body workout from this Jillian Michaels DVD, and 20 mins of Tae Bo is a quick workout from this Billy Blanks DVD. I also threw in that ab class from the NYSC gym. Let’s see if I get ripped.

This is the first time I’ve made a legit schedule for myself. Today is day one, and I’m actually excited about this whole idea. I have to be my own drill sergeant. Although I’m still taking applications for someone else to kick my ass, so email me if you’re up for it. Or if you want to join me, let me know. :)

Love,

Mel

P.S. you’re such a good listener stan.

*Does anyone else make themselves a sched?

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7 Responses to “I Have A Workout Plan, Stan”

  1. crunchygranolagal February 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    Stan will make sure you get that Tae Bo done. I trust him. I haven’t even heard the words Tae Bo in YEARS. Love the old school workouts.

    I have a sched, provided by the coach for my running group thingybob. It’s actually really great because it’s not too intense, so I can easily stick to it (i.e., no running every day, a rest day and cross training days). Today is my “Active Recovery” day, which means mind-numbingly dull elliptical or bike and weights (time to get mad buff… yo).

    • melruns February 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

      interesting! can you send me the sched? I’m curious

  2. Nicki February 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    I have a schedule as I am training for my first half marathon (3/13). I didn’t get my long run in this week due to weather and travel but got the mileage in anyway. Have to get in a long run this coming week REGARDLESS!

    • melruns February 14, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

      Rock on Nicki! That’s so exciting and also motivating to hear. You’ll get the run in!

      • Nicki February 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

        Thanks, Mel! I got in miles – 33 – this week just nothing longer than 8.5. Need to get that 12 miler in this coming week around work and everything else.

  3. anj February 15, 2010 at 2:03 am #

    I just worked on a schedule today! I started a new job and need to have the run/workout on the books. I have a friend who tells her husband, “if it isn’t on the calendar, it isn’t happening.” So I am taking that advise for my workouts. We’ll both see how week one goes!

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