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Quarantine and Routines

Monday, May 04, 2020

Friends, it's been a minute. I believe the last I posted here was early March, at which point I was probably feeling a little unhappy because February wasn't fantastic, but also things weren't spiraling yet.

Hi, there pandemic and quarantine. Y'all aren't great for my fitness efforts. I realize there's nothing to done, and I'm trying to figure out a different approach, because I'm sure not going to the gym for awhile, whether it's open or not.

In March I pretty much gave myself permission to let up a little on the exercise. In January and February, I was doing 2 strength classes per week, 2 spin classes, and then running 2-3 times a week and walking 2-3 times a week. It was a lot! So, when the pandemic hit and all the anxiety with it, I decided to relax and see how things went.

In April I was getting pretty restless, so I started working much more in my garden and then started making walks a regular thing. But my Apple watch didn't recognize any of those activities as exercise :) So, last week, I started getting more serious. I'm trying to institute more rigorous discipline into my workout routine. We will see.

Today I made a list of 10 exercises. My goal is to do 10 reps of each one, for 10 sets throughout the day. Today I did 3 sets. I think that'll be fine to get started. Here's the list:

1. squats
2. lunges (r/l)
3. pushups
4. tricep dips
5. crunches
6. side leg raises
7. hip bridges
8. plank (30 sec)
9. starfish crunches
10. bird dogs (r/l)

I really feel like I'm losing the strength I'd built up so painstakingly over the last couple of years. I know it's not true, but it sure is bringing me down. So, I'm aiming to run (I can run in my backyard or at the farm either one) at least 3 times a week, to do a couple of workout videos each week, and to work toward the 10 sets of those strength exercises. At first I thought I'd do a set here and a set there, then I did two sets of each one back to back and it was challenging. Tomorrow I'm going to try to do one set of each exercise and repeat the whole list three times in a row and see how that feels. My watch might finally recognize it as exercise LOL.

Wherever you are, I hope that you're healthy and safe. I hope that you've found the balance between giving yourself grace and kindness and doing what you need to do to feel good mentally and physically. I believe that love -- for ourselves and for each other -- is the only way forward.

Here's a recent photo of my garden, and then one of the two new beds we built for veggies.

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    I’ve done a couple of brief walks these past couple of days, and my fitness level has declined dramatically which is indeed discouraging...
    Watching YouTube videos does not equate to DOING!!!
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    260 days ago
    Wow! That garden is magnificent. You must get quite a workout taking care of that.

    Stay safe. Be well. emoticon
    260 days ago
    You have a beautiful garden.
    260 days ago
  • MYTURN19
    Your garden is gorgeous!!
    260 days ago
    Good to hear from you. Your garden is beautiful! Isn't it a blessing to live in the country so that we can be socially distant and still outside, doing all the things we love? Take care!
    261 days ago
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