So the holiday rush is on.
Things have been pretty quiet with me concerning pole, because I haven’t been doing much of it. The last time I saw Samantha was before Thanksgiving, and even though I have my pole up at home, I don’t use it. It’s in the middle of the living room, and I have animals that shed everywhere, so I don’t want to roll around on the dirty floor, and… And I’m making up excuses because I just can’t get motivated at home, by myself. It’s difficult, because pole is very much a social sport for me. But enough of that.
In other news, I’ve been working out consistently at least twice a week since the middle of October, and I’ve been off my bc pills for 2 months as of today. But the best part of this is that the end of last week, I had three people, including the guy that teaches the cardio class I take at the gym, tell me that I’m looking thinner and more toned! I don’t see it myself, and my clothes are all still fitting the same, but I’m glad other people are noticing! And all I’ve really changed is the fact that I’m working out twice a week. It’s cardio, with strength training (think old-school step aerobics with modern music and moves). My diet is still the same – pretty clean, with no fast food, no soda, and very little junk food. I drink at least 64 oz of water a day. I want to start adding in a pure strength training day once a week, too. More muscle means more calorie burn!
Another big milestone last week – I have calf touchdown in my front splits on both sides for the 2nd week in a row!
I’ve taken to doing some deep stretching after my gym classes while I’m super warm, and I’m getting more flexible! I’ve never been able to do heavy flexibility training every day – my muscles just don’t like it. I get better results when my muscles are super warm, and I only flexibility train 2-3 times a week, max. I do stretch after working out, but I only work on deepening stretches a couple days a week. But I’m so happy! This has been consistent for the last couple of weeks, and I love it! I’ll get flat splits yet! I may not keep them, because I’m terribly inconsistent, but I’m going to get them!
I’m busy with the holidays, like everyone else, finishing up getting and making gifts, and I started a new job (which I LOVE) the Monday after Thanksgiving, so I’m adjusting to that, too. It’s a desk job, too, so I’m not up and walking around during the day like I was before, and that’s really hard. I need to start packing gym clothes in the morning so I can head straight to the gym after work and walk on the treadmill for an hour or so. My legs are not liking all the sitting – I have to get up and walk around once an hour or so – I just can’t stand it. But in a couple of months, my department will be moving to a new building that will have a fitness center inside! So excited. I unfortunately came down with a cold this past Sunday, too, that had me down for 3 days. And I missed both my gym classes because of it. That sucked.
But even though I’m busy and it’s the holidays, I’m staying consistent with my diet, and I’m making fitness a priority. It helps that I have a gym class that I love to go to, and a friend that meets me there. I’m feeling better, stronger, healthier, and a lot happier, despite the scale and my measurements.