May 26, 2014 by Darlene McC
A quick review:
2 months ago I started an awesome/crazy job as a manager in one of Equinox’s premiere locations in the heart of SoHo’s bustling shopping district (dad and I were joking last week – I finally made it to Broadway!). I spent the first 6 weeks busy out of my mind and only exercised a hand full of times. I felt like crap, was getting mushy, and wasn’t living the lifestyle I hold my clients accountable to.
2 weeks ago I’d had enough, and gave myself a challenge: 100 consecutive days of exercise. To prevent injury, it must be:
A balanced program that follows these simple rules:
- every day a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise with “intention”
- if something hurts I just stop
- yoga, pilates, or dancing in my underwear count if I need a few recovery days
- Photographic evidence required (for me, that’s Instragram)
This week got a way from me a little bit in the post department on UA, but Instagram I keept up with. Despite being crazy-busy I made working out a priority. It felt good to commit. I started off the week with scheduling exercise to be sure my 5 hour meeting blocks (not all the same meeting!) didn’t overwhelm my good intentions.
And some days I just made time. I never said the 20 minutes had to be consecutive, so I blocked last Tuesday in between clients and meetings to total the 20.
However; I fell into a very common “just started exercising” pitfall: eating whatever the hell I want.
For most people, it’s impossible to out-exercise a shit diet. And this week was full of wine, burgers, fries, pizza… literally everything that shouldn’t be going in my face: was. (I’m glad to say it also had plenty of spinach and berries.) I need less of that other stuff. Last night I cut off the chocolate cake and wine mainlining and I’m refocusing on lean protein and healthy fats. Success this week will take planning; which is something I just haven’t had time for in the last 2 months.
Maybe I should start #100NotEatingLikeShitDays? Just kidding…
Week 2’s Workouts:
Finally: here’s the breakdown of the week, in pictures (& 2 videos of ViPR complexes):
Day 14 – 4 mile speed walking:
Day 13 – Yoga & Myofascial release:
Day 12 – ViPR Complexes
Day 11 – Rolling hill climbs on the spin bike:
Day 10 – Squat & Bench:
Day 8 & 9 – Tug E War Rope Training:
Clearly the ViPR complexes and rope pulls are my favorite. They feel more like sport and are more functional in the long run. It’s been about 2 years since I squatted; turns out I had the bar too high and it bruised my cervical/thoracic junction pretty good.
Last night I numbered out a calendar so I could keep track of what day I was on and realized: I wont finish this until August 19th. That’s a little insane. Whelp… too late to back out now!