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Leo Full Moon Goals: A Review

So in a day or two there will be another full moon—this time it will be going through the Virgo constellation. This means that I need to reflect back on the goals that I set for the last full moon and had aimed to work on during the month of February. In addition acknowledging my current mindset and coming up with ideas on how to switch it to being a more productive mindset.

So what were my goals for the Leo Full Moon?

  1. Getting back into a workout routine
  2. Working on my transition plan for moving into industry from academia
  3. Spend time working on crafts (knitting, photography, and doodling)
  4. Meditate, tarot/oracle readings—getting back on track with my spirituality.

So how did I do with each one goal?

In terms of getting back into a workout routine—I’m happy to say that today I finished day fourteen of Morning Meltdown 100—which is a hundred day workout program that launched on Beachbody-on-demand late last year.

I think that this is going to be the program that helps get me out of my depression/funk that I’ve been in for quite a while. I truthfully didn’t think I was that depressed last year, but looking at the stats on the total number of workouts I’ve done over the past not quite two years—yeah, I barely worked out (at least using Beachbody-on-demand).

My goal is to continue with Morning Meltdown 100, and the program will see me through until the beginning of June.

In terms of working on my transition plan for moving into industry from academia—it is slow going. I actually joined an accountability group to help an extra little push, and while it is uncomfortable at times trying to push out of my fear zone and into my learning zone—I’m slowly getting there. While I’m going to be going at my pace, I know have ideas on how to connect to others, adding value, inquiring on informational interviews, and so forth.

In terms of working on crafts—I managed only a couple of walks up at Boomer for doing some nature photography, and I’ve done a little backyard birding as well. I’m actually going to schedule in more time for crafts over the next couple of weeks.

This was something that I really didn’t do that well on—I really haven’t meditated nightly, and I’ve only done one or two oracle/tarot card readings over the past month. Again, this is something that I’m going to schedule more time for over the next few weeks.

One thing I’ve noticed over the past few weeks is that I’ve fallen back into the mindset of focusing on just one thing and ignoring everything else. That one thing I’d been focusing on is building my job search spreadsheet—so I’ve been spending literally days looking at companies on linkedin, glassdoor, their own websites to determine which companies I wanted to add to the list. I would take breaks for eating, an occasional walk at Boomer Lake, or just go sit outside in the backyard and watch the birds.

This isn’t a beneficial mindset to be moving forward with—but it is the automatic response of how I handled school from public up through getting my graduate degree and to an extent how I handled all the jobs since graduating (to an extent). But I’ve decided that mindset needs an overhaul—so I’m going to actually try to plan out my days somewhat. They’re going to be fluid in terms of the fact I’m not always certain when I’m going to do a walk at Boomer Lake or when I’m going to take my pup for his walk through the neighborhoods.

So while I seemed to be only about fifty-fifty on hitting the goals—I made a lot more forward movement on mental health side—so for fourteen straight days of exercising, and admitting that the current mindset needs to change and will start implementing those changes over the next few days/weeks.

I’ve also been reminding myself of this quote on a basically daily basis: “Progress over Perfection”

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Photography Challenge Day 7 (a few days late and a little short)

Well the winner for today’s photography challenge was the progress picture of the increase in weights for LIIFT4. Technically this should have been the end of week four, but I started week three over as I had a major migraine headache and other issues last week that had me putting the program on hold. I for one didn’t want to try to lift weights when I felt like my head was going to explode from the pain.

              Weight Tracker

I’m really liking this program–while the exercises are the same week to week (though the legs have HIIT every other week–not looking forward to next Friday night), the order is changed week to week. So I was able to increase my weights on most of the exercises–though I’m probably still going really light on the shoulders (but they are one of my weak points). I’ve also learned that when it comes to pushups–I can’t do a tricep pushup to save my life and I might just try to work on doing normal pushups during that part (instead of just staring at the computer screen).

Next week is the measurement weekend (it will be basically four weeks of doing the program) and we shall see if there are any changes. Currently all I’m going for is to actually complete a program, if I lose some inches and pounds that is a bonus. I’ve had so many set backs that now I’m just doing things a day at a time, while still trying to focus on the long term goal of getting into the best shape of my life. I’m thinking that after I finish with LIIFT4 I’m going to maybe make my own hybrid calendar of different workouts and just switch things up daily and see how that goes (mix in the cardio with the resistance training).

 

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Update on fitness and health journey

So I’m again trying to refocus on my health and fitness journey. I do well for a while, and then I slid off course (both in terms of nutrition and fitness). Since we just got back from a mini vacation in southeastern New Mexico (Carlsbad Caverns, the White Sands, & Roswell), I’ve decided that its time again to try to focus on getting back into shape.

I’m not trying to get back into shape to impress people, or to get to a certain size—I’m doing it for myself (to hopefully negate some potential health difficulties, and to be able to check a few things off my bucket list). There are several different hikes that I would like to do, and I know that to be able to do them (and not be totally out of breath the entire time) I need to get into shape and lose some weight.

I’d like to hike at the Grand Canyon, visit the Incan ruins in Peru, and go on several other hikes that probably haven’t made it onto my bucket list but probably will be getting added within the next few weeks.

So how am I getting my fitness routine back on track? I’m currently doing Insanity Max:30 as my main workout program. As the name implies it’s an insanity workout, but each workout is only 30 minutes long, plus there is a modifier you can follow (which they don’t have in the original insanity workouts). While this is my main workout program, I may be subbing in other workouts for some of them until I feel like I can do the workout without quitting 8 minutes into. Last night I was attempting to do Sweat Intervals and realized that this was the workout that had me quitting the program the last time I attempted it, so instead of totally stopping a workout, I exchanged it for Country Heat: Giddy Up (and while I only made it through about half of that—combined they were about 20 minutes of working out). I’m going to try Sweat Intervals again this weekend, and just try to figure out the best modifications for some of the moves (right now there is no way I can do squats to lunges without falling on my face; so I may just do squats the first time and then lunges the second round). So while I may not be totally making it through the full 30 minutes (daily goals are a minimum of 20-25 minutes; depending on what the last round or so of exercise are), I am doing it daily. The other programs that are probably also going to be used are Country Heat, and then for some more resistance training: Les Mills Pump.

One other things that I’m going to do is watch the entire workout (even if I don’t do it) so that I have an idea of the exercises that are going to be used during that specific workout.

Nutrition wise: I’m removing the word “can’t” from my vocabulary and exchanging it with the word “don’t” to where my mental talks with myself I’m telling myself that “I don’t want something” instead of saying “I can’t have something). This way I still allow myself treats (and chocolate) and hopefully will now not have that many episodes where I’m bingeing on foods that in small moderations aren’t that bad—but when binged upon can add up in the calories.

I’m hopefully going to start eating more fruits (and maybe some more veggies), and try to cut down on the amount of processed foods that I’m eating (namely cutting back on the processed meats and some of the cheeses, and pasta, and a few other things). But again—replacing the word “can’t” with the word “don’t” and telling myself that I can find something else that will also satisfy me, but be better on the nutritional scale than some of the things I’ve been eating.

So things that I’ve come to realize this week:

Trying to work out daily: 1) I don’t have the space to do side-to-side burpees (going to have to do front-to-back burpees); 2) I still can’t do a push-up to save my life (something to continue working on); and 3) I have zero upper body/arm strength to try to do tricep dips on the floor (going to have to modify and use a chair or something for those).

Therefore, while I have a “goal” weight listed in various fitness/health apps—I’m going to judge my progress by other markers as well: 1) measure monthly (how many inches have been lost); 2) can I start lifting more weight in different programs (so I may switch up the resistance training with different workouts from different programs and keep track of the weights and see after “x” weeks between the programs if I’m lifting heavier or doing more reps with the current weights); 3) can I go from a “modified” form of a workout to the “non-modified” form (i.e. push-ups on the knees (or leaning against the wall) to actually doing an push-up on my toes); 4) buying clothes in a smaller size.

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