Skinny Kari's Blog – Adventures in Fat Loss and Beyond

{March 25, 2010}   Getting my Skinny Ass Moving

A brief recap from the previous blog “Slow Start or Screaching Halt – My Fat Loss Plateau.”

In the beginning of February, the onslaught of stress, additional sleep deprivation, and inability to stay on track with taking my slim correctly sent my fat loss progress into a tailspin as I closed down my business, starting a new job at the same time and was trying desperately to maintain my composure while narrowly avoiding a nervous breakdown.

I was getting barely 4 hours of sleep each night, eating at random hours whatever I could grab and basically working from wake up to sleep time. I have been taking my slim randomly. Sometimes once a day, sometimes twice, sometimes not at all. I have never in my life been more stressed out, not even when I went through boot camp for the US Army. Being that stressed out also affects your hormones, which I experienced with the erratic behavior of my menstrual cycle last month. Exercise during this period was completely out of the question, unattainable…I tried not to even think about it.

Well March is here, Thank God! The crunch time is done and I’m making great strides in my effort to get back on track with my life.  Both my acupuncturist and my Man Mate assure me that it will take some time to recover and that I should not expect to be perfectly back to normal after only two weeks of working just one job…but per usual..I am pushing to see results even with relaxation.  (Can you say Type A?)

So here is my plan.

  1. Drink More Water
  2. Get More Sleep
  3. Move my “Skinny” Ass.

So far I’ve got the more sleep down.  I’ve been getting between 7 and 9 hours a night!

Next…drink more water.  My new water plan goes like this.

  1. Drink 1 16 oz glass of water before bed, refill glass and place on nightstand
  2. Before getting out of bed, drink the next 16oz glass of water.
  3. Insert hygiene / wake up ritual here
  4. Take Slim, Make breakfast (high protein of course + a cup of coffee) and drink 1 more 16oz glass of water.

That takes care of 6 of the required 8 glasses of water a day.  I easily take down 2 more at work with a bottle of water, or just sitting around the house.  Water Ritual Success!! I’ve been doing it every day for about a week and a half now.  Its going great and I’m feeling MUCH MUCH better.

Now that I’ve got the sleep situation, and water ritual under control, its time to get moving.  UGH. Work OUT? I don’t wanna! For whatever reason..I hate working out.  I hate sweating.  I am NOT a gym rat.  I know, I’ve been told, that if you do it every day you get addicted to it, but let me tell you.. I WAS IN THE ARMY!!  I DID do it everyday..and I hated it every SINGLE day. I was in great shape.  I ran miles and miles and miles.  I never got used to it and I never liked it.

Here’s what I do like.

  1. I love yoga.  Yoga saved me during culinary school.  It gives me balance, it gives me energy, it makes me feel more connected and focused. I freaking love it.
  2. I like walking.  Did you know that walking at a brisk pace gives you 90 percent of the benefits running does AND its easier on your joints? Walking is nice, and it gets me outside.
  3. I love to be outside. Hot or cold, sun or clouds..outside is good.  If I could figure out how to see my laptop screen in the bright Texas sunshine, I’d be out there right now.
  4. I would rather talk with my friends than do any kind of exercise. I hate to be alone. I am a social creature.  Exercizing with friends makes me infinitely more successful because of the added bonus of jaw jacking.

In order for an exercise program to be successful, I truly believe that you have to like what you are doing.  If you hate running, don’t run.  If you hate lifting weights, don’t lift weights.  There are other ways to get exercise I promise.

It is my intention to move my body everyday in one form or another. Starting TODAY. (I have in fact already started, even before today but I wasn’t commuted to a daily ritual until today. I’ll write another post about rituals here very shortly.  I’m learning all about them from a life success coach named Eban Pagen as I take his “wake up productive” 90 days to a twice a productive you course Its really useful and pretty inspiring)

Here’s how I’m gonna do it.

1. YOGA!! As previously discussed I love Yoga.  I also enjoy pilates, Nia, and dance of all kinds. If you haven’t looked into taking yoga classes I recommend you at least try it once.  Its amazing. The one downside to yoga classes is that they are really really expensive.  A monthly unlimited yoga memebership at a studio can cost anywhere from  $99.00 – $150.00 a month. UGH.  No thanks. Not an added cost my current lifestyle is willing to bear.  That being said I am trying to make yoga part of my daily ritual, so I went on a search and found, to my utmost BLISS
I love, LOVE, love this website. Membership cost not $10.00 a class, but $10.00 a MONTH!! Beautiful videos…unlimited access…yoga whenever I want. I’m totally in. I’ve been doing the classes in the morning as part of my “morning ritual” Just after brushing my teeth and just before breakfast. Its awesome. It gives me energy to start the day, it gets the blood flowing, and clears my mind. Its perfect. My yoga online rocks because they have SO many classes. Beginning to advanced, small workshops and varied lengths of time. So if I’m in a hurry I just do a 15 minute class, and if its my day off I can do a full on 90 minute, get down to the nitty gritty class. They also have pilates, belly dancing capoiera, and more. This is a great way, my favorite so far, to get my Skinny Ass moving.

2. If I’ve skipped yoga for some reason I sometimes I walk to work. If its a nice day I’m all for it. It takes me about 30 minutes to get there, and when I arrive I’ve had plenty of time to think and clear the cobwebs out of my brain and I’m ready to rock and roll. I realize this isn’t an option for most people as many of you live pretty far from work, or in bad weather for a lot of the year, but its good for me. If you live within a couple of miles from your workplace, I recommend it. Its refreshing and gives you a new perspective on the world. You smell things you don’t smell in your car, good and bad. You see things from new angles (ground level), you have more time to look around, and you have more time to think. You may even get to interact with OTHER people. Surprisingly most people are nice. I think we spend too much time avoiding “strangers”. America is becoming Isolationist…get out of your house people. If you life too far to walk to work, you can get some walking in by simply NOT searching for the closest possible parking spot when you go shopping.  Park as far away as you can.  Sprinkle your life with these mini workouts.  It all adds up and its kind of fun to watch peoples faces as you pass rows of empty spaces to get as far away as possible and then briskly walk in as if you’re running late.  😉

3. I’m doing my own yard work. Raking, Mowing, bagging leaves, weed eating and trimming the shrubs are all a great work out. You can read about it in my post The weed eater saved my purse from a couple of days ago. There’s even a link there that will tell you how many calories you burn doing yard work. You can do other household chores briskly too, to burn more calories, or take on a project like painting your privacy fence, re-staining the deck or the pick nick table, or simply scrubbing the floor on your hands and knees. In addition to getting some exercise, you will also have the satisfaction of beautifying your homestead. I highly recommend this.

4. Walking and Talking with friends. I started a group called walking and talking with friends. Its where a group of us get together at a predetermined location and meet new people while we walk around and get some exercise. This is good for me because, like I said, I’d rather talk than work out. Talking makes me forget I’m getting exercise. I slacked off a bit on the follow up with this group over the last stressful month, but I’m about to get it started again, so let me know if you are interested. You can join the group to get all the updates by visiting the facebook fan page HERE.

There you have it folks…I’m moving my skinny ass.  All rituals take at least 30 days of doing them every day to become habit, but once they are ingrained you just won’t be able to live with out them.  I am totally going to make moving a ritual.  I’m keeping a calander and checking off the days until my ritual has been ingrained as a habit.  The Yoga is the one think I intend to do every single day.  Everything else will be added benifit.

Inspired? I hope so.  Join me in my daily yoga ritual by signing up for MyYogaOnline and see how it makes you feel to get that blood flowing in the morning.

Want to join me for a walk? Drop me a line or join the Walking and Talking with Friends Group.

Let me know what you are doing to get your skinny ass moving.  Leave a comment below.

Love Ya, Mean It!

Skinny Kari


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