September Workout Summary & Why I Don’t Go To The Gym

I’m still not sure if it’s fall allergies or a cold. My dad told me the pollen is bad lately, and he should know. It might be that. Either way, I woke up this morning with half a stuffed up nose and ultra tired. I’ve been getting about 5 to 6 hours of a sleep a night, which I can usually handle, but lately it feels like I need more.

So I slept in a little today – all the way to 5:30am, wow!!! I walked the dogs around the block and assessed how I felt: my nose was better but I still felt… weird. Weak. I decided not to run and instead do an upper body workout. If I feel better tomorrow (on my usual upper body day), I’ll run. I’ve learned it’s good not to push myself when I feel crappy, because that just makes me feel more crappy. And I want to feel less crappy, not more crappy!


Feeling less crappy

This morning I did Fitness Blender’s Kelli’s Upper Body Workout for Arms, Shoulders, and Upper Back. An oldie but a goodie. I’ve done that one so many times I know it by heart and don’t even know why I bother playing the video. The only thing I don’t like is that Kelli over-explains each movement before the set, and it takes forever, so I wind up fast-forwarding through a lot of the talking. It says the workout is 50 minutes but I think it’s more like 30.

I really hate missing a workout. I’ve been super consistent about it lately and the idea of breaking my little streak makes me… uncomfortable. I wrote about my need for streaks in a recent post. I’m not sure why I’m like this. I had a daily diary when I was a kid with the date on each page. It really bothered me to skip a day, and if I did, I’d write two pages the next day to make up for it. It’s partly an anal thing, partly a fear thing – if I skip a day, who’s to say I won’t skip two? That could easily turn into three. Then four. Then I’m skipping an entire month. Before I know it, I’m a 600-lb. homeless woman who can’t read or write. You know, logic.

I thought it would be an extra motivator to post my workout calendar here at the end of each month, and at the same time keep track of how many miles I’m logging.

Here’s September. 0 days missed. 87.83 miles. I skipped one long run so I could do the Cow Harbor 10K, and shortened another because of my schedule that day. It would be great if I could get this number to 100. I like round numbers!

September 2017 workouts

All the “gym” days are just me doing strength training in my basement. I don’t belong to a gym. I don’t see the need. Some people like the atmosphere and feel like being around others who are also sweating helps motivate them. I think I’m the opposite. I like being alone. I also like not spending money or being naked around strangers.

I’ve belonged to gyms before and they didn’t necessarily make me feel motivated to work out – I either was or I wasn’t, but it always came from me. When you’re motivated to do something, you’ll just do it. You don’t need a special building. You do it because you want to. That’s just me though!

I think for me, there’s never a good reason not to exercise. A couple of those September days only have 20 minute workouts on them – those were days I either felt extra tired or was low on time. But I could squeeze in 20 minutes, so I did. I know this routine doesn’t work for everyone, which is understandable. I don’t have kids. I’m not going to night school. I don’t work 18 hours a day. I’m not sick or injured. I have no good excuses. So I don’t make any.

I also STILL need new running shoes. It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I bought new ones. I’ve been waiting for my local Super Runners Shop to get a specific Saucony model, and I think they should be in this weekend. That will be exciting. It really doesn’t take a lot to make me happy.

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