This is me, friends. A woman who lives by a to-do list, but isn’t afraid to ignore it when needed. Even the blog calendar. I haven’t felt this happy to write a post in a long time as I do right now. It’s been a crazy few weeks and I’ve missed it! Getting up this morning, sitting down with my tea and signing in to PPA felt refreshing and oh-so-perfectly normal. Life is settling down again.
Moving counts, right? There are 37 stairs round trip and a parking lot between old apartment and new apartment. I walked those 37 steps a lot. I counted the hours total we spent working, then averaged how much of that I was walking back and forth to be about 10 hours over moving weekend. Seeing as everything hurt for the next week, I’m counting those hours.
That equals about 37 hours of activity for the month of March. Only 15 days of actual workouts, as I took nearly a full week off post move. Best news is I am tracking my measurements and weight for monthly check-ins with my accountability partner – I’m consistently dropping inches and while the weight is slower, the number is moving.
What I learned this month:
• Stairs are the enemy. I have never liked stair workouts and I hate them even more right now. So I need you to do me a favor:
Tell me that a good stair running workout works in less time. Tell me the heart rate and VO2 max training results are better than anything else. Tell me it’ll make my ass look amazing. Please and thanks for the motivation.
Um, we moved! But really. I found I was in the mood for something new and fresh. Call it spring cleaning or something. This move just felt really good. We purged some more stuff, reorganized and have a much prettier balcony view now.
Sure, I’m convinced my new building is built over a sinkhole given the dramatic waves in the floor. And btw, sinkholes are f*** terrifying, so I most definitely had a moment of freaking out and “hells NO Jon, I can’t live here!” It passed.
Now my brother Matthew is our new housemate. My kitchen is stocked with Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs and Pop Tarts. Jon and I are boring adults I think.
In other fun news, IT’S SPRING. I enjoyed morning tea on my balcony for the first time this weekend, I wore sandals last week, I painted my toe nails for the first time this season AND it’s Cherry Blossom season so we took Sky Squid out for the Blossom Kite Festival (even though it was actually not spring that day, but almost miserably cold). Now I have a few online shopping carts of spring and summer tops that I can’t buy right now but absolutely need. You understand.
Favorite Instagram photos:
Confession time. The no sugar thing continuing through Lent didn’t really happen. I gave up pretty quickly. I’d already done it for a month! I’d paid my sugar dues. What did happen was much more mindfulness of said sugar intake. I’m quite proud of myself actually. *pat on the back* My February sugar detox was successful in that it caused me to be more aware how much sweets I was consuming and change accordingly.
My other success is my water intake. I’m averaging 7-11 glass per day. My goal is at least 100 ounces, preferably closer to 150. And yes, I track it daily in my work planner. I feel amazing you guys! Funny how you don’t realize you felt bad until you feel great. I’m less fatigued, snack less (hunger vs. dehydration) and my skin feels a lot better.
• >sugar + <water = great!
Moving totally counts and those stairs will do you good even if you hate them 😛 Great job!!! Oh and if it makes you feel better I stopped giving things up for Lent…I rarely stick with it so why set myself up for failure?!
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I haven’t practiced Lent in years. Probably won’t again. 🙂 I did accomplish my goal of mindful desert eating, though.
Stairs is a serious workout and will definitely get you conditioned in less time. You can do it. Less sugar plus more water is most definitely a win!!!
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The water has made the biggest difference lately! There’s also a park nearby with a good set of stairs to run and some park workout equipment. Now that the weather is nice I need to get back there regularly.
Congrats on the move–and yes, stair running results are better than everything else and your ass will look amazing!! 🙂
Enjoy the new diggs and congrats on going so long without sugar! I am on day 8 of my 30 day challenge–its all about clean eating and no sugar, I’ll get through but damn if I don’t want a piece of dark chocolate! HA!
I started tracking my water on Jan 1 and I get at least 100 oz a day and I agree, overall, I feel SO much better! Keep up the great work!
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We ALL know plenty of water is important, so why is it so easy to forget? I have to fill up my water bottle as soon as it’s empty or I’ll get involved in a project and completely ignore it. Way to go tracking your water this long! Now I can tell immediately the next day if I didn’t drink enough.
Yes stair workouts count!! I’m totally craving a move right now, ideally out of state. I’m so excited for Spring. I really hope the gorgeous weather we are having today sticks around and is not a tease!
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Out of state, huh? That’s a big move! Exciting period though. We did a half-country just over a year ago and I love living in DC, so I want to stay put for a while. Crossing fingers, the next step is purchasing! If only property wasn’t SO expensive here…
I was looking evehewryre and this popped up like nothing!
Moving DEFINITELY counts toward total activity. You can burn a lot of calories lifting, walking, cleaning, and just constantly go-go-going! As for stairs, they WILL do wonders for that bum and that overall endurance strength :). Keep it up!
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I gotta get out to the park and run some stairs. Maybe this weekend! I’ve recovered from my move-induced loathing of steps for now.
Oh, def. count that movement!! And yes, I understand on the clothes thing. And wow, look at your yoag stretches! And yes on the water! I’m trying to get 1/2 my body weight in ounces each day. Congrats on your move, and on spring, and life settling, and everything else good! 🙂
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Thanks! Still going strong with the water intake. I can tell right away if I’ve had less.