This blog is going to deal a lot with the theme of yo-yoing, but that term itself isn’t even encompassing all that i mean. What i mean is getting super into something, going crazy about it, and then falling off the wagon completely and forgetting about it.
I am the worst at it and part of the reason I am blogging about it is to try to uncover WHY I do it. (Spoiler alert: haven’t gotten there yet).
So this morning, after 3 weeks of doing body weight fitness AND jogging AND keto, AND feeling great and not burdened by any of it, i thought “Ehhhh i don’t feel like jogging today”. And there it begins. Up till now I didn’t feel like i was overdoing anything or suffering. In fact, I’ve been viewing it more and more as that it is giving myself a gift. I feel better, i have so much more energy than ever before, and yet? The idea of a 5 km jog all of a sudden feels like it is too much. And once the jogging stops, the boredom starts and “just a nibble because i’ve been so good these last three weeks….” There we go again.
I decided to surf the information superhighway and found an article by one of my new favourite bloggers, and man, it was like it was sent straight from heaven to answer my mood and get me motivated again:
The title isn’t exactly the same topic as what I’m talking about, but keep reading. AND THEN GET OUT THERE AND MOVE! Don’t give up! One of my favourite take-a-aways is this: It is easier to create a deficit in calories than it is to burn off bad foods by overworking your body. a 500 kcal deficit means 1 lb of weight loss per week. This deficit can be easily divided into 250 kcal of exercise per day plus a 250 kcal diet deficit. That is TOTALLY do able. There’s no need to over think it.
So i think I’m getting closer to my answer. Part of the reason why i was burning out was totally overdoing exercises that were exhausting, not enjoyable, and all wrong. P90x. Hiit. Those 30 days sit up challenges, which actually, don’t do much at all.
Is already having the stuff.
After years of getting more and more lethargic, and motivated by the early spring we had, I decided, suddenly, I wanted to be strong. Also, my obsessive hobby was gardening, which requires a lot of pulling and bending and the use of a shovel, and I thought how cool would be it for the neighbours to notice that its me digging the hole, not me sitting on a lounge chair sipping a lemonade and barking orders at my husband? Ok that sounds pretty good too.
Ok, several people have influenced this. First, my long-time instagram buddy, Lindsay Mills, who does aerial silks. Another instagram I follow that’s been extremely motivating is Gabriella who is a power lifter. And Lorelai Gilmore, who’s not real but still eats a lot and has a nice body.
I can’t do aerial silks or lifting and nor do i want to try until i have some semblance of muscle and don’t look pregnant. So somehow, i came across the bodyweightfitness reddit and read and read and read and it sounded pretty good to me. Surely, when i can do a handstand on rings, everyone will admire me.
Lucky for me, it starts off very very easily. It’s doable. It’s time effective. And i actually enjoy it. I didn’t need to buy anything this time, all i have is my yoga mat, a resistance band and a pull up bar (all garnered from three different past hobbies).
My routine so far is a beginners routine, all from the recommended routine on the bodyweightfitness reddit.
Warmup – Stretches
10 shoulder rolls
10 scapular shrugs
10 band: straight arm overhead pull downs
10 band: straight arm chest flies
10 band: dislocates
5xeach wrist mobility exercises
10 front and side leg swings
Warmup – Bodyline Drills
30 sec Plank
30 sec Side Plank
60 sec Reverse Plank
60 sec Hollow Hold
60 sec Arch Hold
30 sec parallel support
(note there is more to come, but until my plank is solid I am not moving on to handstands yet)
3×10 seconds foot-supported L sit
3×8 vertical rows
3×8 wall pushups
As i progress through the plank and pushups, there are far more exercises to come.
Do you ever find out about something, get REALLY excited, get REALLY into it, maybe read all the things, buy all the stuff and hope this is now you, finally really being hardcore about something, for life? And then about a month or two later, slowly it starts disintegrating without you noticing until its not longer a thing anymore? You get busy, you forget about it, you think “tomorrow”. Several months later, you are feeling antsy and then you find something EVEN BETTER and start all over again.
I know it, that’s me. I hope you didn’t come here looking for answers or a solution, because I don’t have one.
I’ve done it all my life. This is why i own:
- golf shoes
- water colours
- fitness bands (P90x)
- A kettlebell
- korean beauty products
- A mountain bike
- A sewing machine
- Le Creuset
- roller blades
- Climbing gear
- a viola
- Yoga blocks
- baby carriers
- Books about strawbale houses
- track and field spikes
No, i am not rich (and that list is probably why). I’m just over the age of 40 and this has been going on all my life. Ok the Fimo is rock hard, and the climbing gear is so old it can never be used again.
Rather than worry about it anymore, I decided to celebrate this about myself. I’m not a guru on anything. I’m not pro-expert-level anything. But I do like hundreds to thousands of different things and trying new ones all the time. Don’t come to me to look for advice, mine is outdated. But if you ever felt bad that you never stuck with anything, I’m here for you. We can be best buds, get excited together, buy some shit and talk about it 24-7, and then move on to the next thing. Let’s enable each other.
Of course, this blog will probably never get any dedicated readers, because blogs that do well are those that stick to a topic. Oh well, that’s so not me.