November Fitness Chat

Despite us having a week off last week (read: a week where we went out for dinner every single night and made zero effort to workout), I feel like we’re still on track with our health and fitness goals at the moment. For the most part at least. At the core of it we’re both feeling motivated, although translating that to some kind of regular life practice is the hard part. I don’t think I did too badly with my October goals, so let’s see how I went –

October Goals
Although we did make good progress with the month’s worth of workouts, it was a trial-and-error experience for me, and I’ll be changing up my method slightly when moving forward. We’re now in a place where we prefer to workout together, so the few yoga workouts that I’d included on the sheet did not get done. We’ve started strength training after our run, although this is hard because I’m not used to coming up with ideas for male muscle groups. I definitely need to do a bit more research here. Add to that the fact that Sebastian has a leg issue that needs operating on next month, and my regular ‘do 5 million squats!’ method doesn’t work too well. We managed to finish off 8 out of 20 workouts, which isn’t great, but it’s better than we had been doing. We also incorporated a lot of running into our schedule, and made use of the running track near our house – which was another of my goals for the month. So far we’ve stuck to the one takeaway meal for the month, but it’s been easy for us as we’ve been going out for dinner so much recently. So I don’t think that really counts.

November Goals
I plan on sticking to a similar monthly workout method as last month, only this time I won’t be writing down the type of workout that we’ll be doing. Mostly because at the moment we’re doing the same thing over and over again. As soon as we’re in a set routine, I think we’ll mix it up a bit. I also plan on sticking to our ‘one takeaway meal per month’ plan – December will be Sebastian’s choice. I hope it’s something good (I picked fish and chips). I’ve noticed that my water intake has been dropping quite a bit lately, which is not good. I need to bump this back up again. I’m also going to try and switch out my daily morning coffee at work to a green tea. Which is cheaper, and better for me in the log run.

Health & Fitness Goodies
* Bree Loves Beauty mentioned the Pump Up App in a few videos recently, and I decided to check it out. I’ve only just downloaded it, so I’ll let you know what I think of it in more detail in a future post. ** Sebastian is a big fan of Knife Party, so I’ve been listening to their music whenever I’m in his car, and I think some of their songs would be great to workout to. This is my favourite at the moment.

6 Thoughts on “November Fitness Chat

  1. In regards to strength training, you don’t need to come up with ideas for “male muscle groups” … men and women have the same muscles! 🙂
    You could do either an upper / lower body split or further break it down into chest / back / arms / legs etc and do exercises accordingly.
    Weighted squats are better than doing millions of squats (I wrote a whole blog post on this ages ago happy to link you to it if you like), but of course this is all dependent on S’s knee.

    Looking forward to hearing what you think about the Pump Up App!


    • Jessica on November 19, 2014 at 8:50 pm said:

      I know it seems a bit silly to be thinking of separate strength exercises for Sebastian, I think it’s mostly because a lot of the stuff I do is “booty focused”, which is not really something I think he wants to work on, lol.. I love weighted squats, but he can’t even do regular squats unfortunately. I’m sure we’ll find something eventually!

  2. I always enjoy reading your updates on your goals.

    I’ve been making it my goal to sweat once a day (usually in the form of 20 minutes of hola hooping in the morning but I’m also trying to incorporate a couple of morning jogs). I read about the benefits of creating a morning routine so I’m working on waking up earlier consistently, sweating a bit and then getting on with my day.

    • Jessica on November 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm said:

      Thanks Pia! I would love to be able to work in a morning routine, but on a day that I sleep in I’m still getting out of bed at 5:30 to get myself/everyone else ready to start the day! One day… Good luck with your goals!

  3. It’s always really inspiring to see you “check in” each month, it makes me reflect on my fitness plan going forward.

    I’ve been doing a lot of Bodypump lately and also yoga as I want to build my strength – plus I don’t like cardio during summer when it’s so warm! I should check out the Pump Up App, looks really interesting.

    • Jessica on November 19, 2014 at 8:34 pm said:

      Thanks Tess! It’s actually really inspiring for me to stay on top of my goals and check in every month. It helps make me feel accountable for everything I challenge myself to do.

      I used the Pump Up App for the first time today, it’s a great way to keep track of what you do, I think it’ll be a good motivational tool for me in the future too.

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