Trying the Fitness Diet

My March goal to take action was intended to mostly be political but being a type A- personality I had to one up myself mid month and make it physical.

 

I’m an amateur runner. I’ve done a couple half marathons, 10ks and hikes but I am not the perfect example of a runner. Every weekday after work B (boyfriend) and I go to the gym. B and I run 3 miles at the gym at least twice a week and a mile every other day when we go in to do weight training. While this is great and my body is getting fitter, it is really wreaking havoc on my social life. I want to skip happy hours and other engagements to go the gym and after the gym I barely have time to make dinner and hang out before bed.

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This is not at all what it looks like when I run, but an image of the MOON didn’t seem aesthetically pleasing.

So, after months of careful fitness consideration and many failed attempts before I am COMMITTING to getting up at 6am to run or do yoga every weekday (allowing more time in the evening for weight training and hanging out). I have recruited B as my inhouse accountibilibuddy and Kate as my over the phone motivator. I kept a daily diary accounting the results and difficulties I’ve faced during the first seven workouts below:

 

Day 1:

I started this on a Thursday to allow myself a couple days of getting up and then immediately reward myself with a weekend. This morning wasn’t the worst. Waking up when the sun is still sleeping is hard and running in the cold is semi-uncomfortable but finishing 3 miles before 7am really jump started my day. B had time to make us coffee in the morning, I had time after the run to do my makeup and not feel rushed. Most importantly I had that high that only crazy people who work out in the morning have. I only had one cup of coffee the entire day and I was still pretty energetic.

 

Day 2:

My arms were sore from the gym this morning. My lungs did not want to cooperate and some monster flowers are in bloom so I only made it 2 miles this morning…but I did do it…and I didn’t complain too much when B woke me up. TGIF my friends.

 

Day 3:

I have decided on a MWF running schedule with a TR yoga/rest day/weight training after work. B has agreed because he is always a good sport about these things. So run it is. Sunday night I had horrible, mundane but exhausting, anxiety dreams. I woke up exhausted, confused and mad at B for waking me up (how dare he make me follow through with my commitments). I somehow managed to put on running clothes and run (albeit a little slowly) our 3 mile loop. My only motivator was coffee this morning and boy was it not worth it. I remained weirdly groggy at work all day until around 3pm when I finally got my head in the game. I’m praying for rain on Wednesday so I can get out of my new “diet”.

 

Day 4:  

Thank the Lord it is YOGA DAY. Waking up was still insanely difficult but climbing onto my mat was so much easier than preparing to go outside. I was still a little sleepy throughout the day and had a significantly lesser high from yoga than from running but I think I’m slowly adjusting to this lifestyle.

 

Day 5:

I begged B to let me stay in bed this morning. I prayed for rain…but no…there I was at 6:15am halfway down the street giving B the silent treatment for “making” me get up (I warned him before we started this that he would have to force me from bed every morning and apologized in advance for the dramatic comments I make when the alarm goes off). By mile 2 I had forgiven him. I was thrilled that by the time we finished our 3 mile loop the hardest part of my day was over.

 

Day 6:

Today my plea for 5 more minutes was greeted with a rather rough no…so I got out of bed and dragged myself to the yoga mat. The YWA video we chose involved a lot of half moon/ balancing practice so I had to do a lot of yoga for the brain to keep myself standing and awake at the same time. I may have spent a vinyasa or so in child’s pose…but I did it! B chanted “Day 6, Don’t Quit!” at me after we finished the video and giggled at his own rhyme so I guess getting up was worth it.  

 

Day 7:

I officially have bragging rights after finishing my Friday morning run (and evening leg day) although I tried to hide my head under the covers and pretend that I was part of the bed. This did not fool Detective B who TOOK THE COVERS AWAY (monster, I know) and refused to let me have another 5 minutes. I was too tired to put up much of a resistance and before I knew it I was a mile into my run.

 

I DID IT! A ginormous thanks to B for making me get up. If it takes 28 days to make a habit I am ¼ of the way to this being a permanent part of my life.

 

Action packed March is almost over, crazy, right?

 

How are you doing on your goals?  

A Guide to Buying Gifts for the Man in Your Life Based on Relationship Length

Buying presents for others is hard. Buying presents for boyfriends is really hard. Buying presents for a new boyfriend is damn near impossible. Never fear, I am here to help.

Below is a semi – serious guide to the best gifts for your guy based on how long you have known him. Hope this helps – And don’t forget to get a little something for yourself from Kate’s Treat-Yo-Self guide while you’re shopping.

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0-3 months – Much like a newborn baby, in a newborn relationship you still have no idea what each other’s true personalities are like. You vaguely know his favorite color, movies, facebook interests and maybe music he is into but you don’t know what makes him tick yet. I recommend playing it safe (unless he’s a dud- then just dump his ass for Christmas). Play it safe presents consist of pint glasses with his favorite tv characters on them, funny boxers, bottle openers and alcohol. If you are crafty this is your time to shine, maybe make him some ReignBeers (for you uncrafty folk these are beers with antlers made with brown pipe cleaners). My rule of thumb, keep it under $30. You may regret buying him those $60 vinyls when he annoys you by New Years.

 

3-9 months – At this point you think you know him. You may have seen him cry over Bing Bong watching Inside Out, but do you really know him? For this period of time I recommend something in relation to an inside joke you have OR something you’ve bonded over. Books, movies, music are all good presents. If he’s into Game of Thrones maybe get him the books. If he loves video games maybe get him a new controller. If you have an inside joke about how stinky his farts are may I suggest Poo-Pourri? My rule of thumb for this is to keep it under $60.

 

9 months – two years – By now you actually know him. Props to you if you have decided to keep a man around this long. Warning – he may still be pretending to be a wonderful man, when in reality he is a dud. Watch out for red flags! If you are certain he doesn’t suck then feel free to spend a little more. When you are this deep in a relationship I believe honesty is the best policy – ask for a list. Do not make assumptions about what he wants or likes because even if you are right, he probably already bought it for himself. Men suck like that. Also, this gives you an opportunity to give him a list so he can stop buying you fuzzy socks and sickly sweet smelling perfumes.

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Image from here. Loralie and Luke exemplifying the “put a bow on it” rule.

Two years/ when you move in together – forever- Congrats, you have someone to love you over the holidays for the foreseeable future. Aren’t you lucky? At this point I suggest just buying things you want for your home. Need a new dishwasher? Put a bow on it and tell him it’s his present! Want to get that new closet organizer from Ikea? Ho ho ho let’s clean the closet! After all, it’s the thought that counts. 😉

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Now go, shop, take this guide and run with it…but remember, I am not an expert, your results may vary.