For anyone who doesn't know, the temperatures around here have been colder than the North Pole. That means I have not been able to get outside and run recently. Plus, the sidewalks and roads are icy/snowy/covered in salt, and I really don't want to break anything. I kind of like my whole bones!
I know if I want to keep moving on with my weight loss and getting myself back to a healthy lifestyle I was going to have to step out of my comfort zone. While running isn't easy for me, it has become "comfortable", and was my only workout I did for the most part. I haven't pushed myself like I used to, and my times have slowed waaaaaaaay down. Distance has been the focus for the last year, and I'll be working on it again this year. I'll be adding in speed workouts, along with strength and cross-training.
So tonight, after making and enjoying a healthy dinner of baked pork chops, green beans, and mashed sweet potatoes (no butter...just a touch of brown sugar and cinnamon), I got into my workout clothes before I could get too comfy on the couch. One of my friends had given me the Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred DVD 4 or so years ago, and I haven't done it in a LONG time. Like I mentioned, running was it when it came to exercise.
Even though this workout is just about 25 minutes or so, it's great because it works just about every body part. And yay - it was easier than it used to be!!! Don't get me wrong - I'm sure I'll still be sore tomorrow...but I gave it everything and still had a tiny bit left in the tank. It felt great to break a sweat and work out some stress that's been building up.
Now I'm going to enjoy a nice cup of Sleepytime tea, and relax with a book - and no guilt!