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giving things up
Running down the road
Lent officially began yesterday, and this year I'm not giving anything up.  Though I haven't been a practicing catholic in years, I find the practice of giving something up for lent useful, as a way to start or break a habit or just to be mindful for awhile.  For the last several years I've tried to create better health habits.

This year J decided that he wants to get in better shape, but wanted to have a specific time span he was working on things.  He decided several weeks ago that he would be good from the spring equinox to the summer solstice.  So I'm going to do the same thing.  Thirteen weeks is both bearable for the unpleasant things, and hopefully long enough to cement some better habits.  We each have weight loss goals, and both of us eating healthier will be easier than one.

For me, I need to add strength and flexibility to the cardio I already have figured out.  I also plan to put flossing back into my routine (a constant battle for me), and get better about eating fruit.  I'll probably also go back to keeping a food journal because it works for me whenever I do it, even if I get bored with it after a few months.

I'll be writing out a full set of goals to post by the spring equinox; it helps to be able to have it written down.  If anything, I'm trying to be careful not to be too ambitious.  Better health here I come, I hope.

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Those sounds like good and attainable goals. Good for you and good luck with it!

Thanks. I'm still trying to refine some things so I have uber-specific goals by the time we start. We'll see how it goes.

I finally found a strength/flexibility thing that didn't bore me to tears, or hurt too much, and it's making a big difference in my size and feelings. I run less often, but maintain my speed/cardio and hurt less.

the wickedly expensive bar method, but I like the classes/instructors here in NYC and the way my butt looks. I can't do it long term, way too much money, but it's nice.

everyone else says yoga for strength but I find it a. too hard, especially downward dog. My shoulders don't like! and b. booooring with the whole being mindful and not rocking out to loud pop music.

Yeah, I'll do things for a few weeks, but haven't found anything that survives past the first crazy schedule point. I'm thinking that with the right strength something I may even back off cardio some, I need a better balance.

I was doing the Wii fit regularly a while back, which is barely a workout but better than nothing, than we moved and rearranged the living room making it weird. I like yoga (though I agree that downward dog is evil) and even found a few classes set to pop music. The difficulty there is my whacked out schedule, every time I find a class I like my job shifts around and I'm working during it.

I've pulled a lot of home strength routines out of my Runner's Worlds and we still have the Wii. I need to look into classes at local gyms, and the local yoga studios. I figure even if I don't find something I love, doing something twice a week for 13 weeks will be good.

I took a couple kettleball classes and feel like I can now fake a good routine of whole body movements that would work. I also have a ball/weights routine that I can do in my living room. they're not enough to really increase my strength, but they work for busy weeks to bang out some lifting in 25 minutes. All compound movements.

I feel like yoga 1-2 a week could really, over time, increase a lot of strength. but dullllll. And I love the weight lifting classes if the instructor is good (usually they're boring or easy) but scheduling is always hard.

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