July 2, 2011

Workouts: June

I've been looking over my data for the past month to figure out why I'm stalling. Go figure, you eat more and you move less and the scale stops showing results!

I had nine rest days in June - four of which were complete rest days, and the others I walked at least 5 miles. It's more than usual, but I gave myself permission at the beginning of the month to spend a couple of days hanging out with Matt and not obsess over missing the gym. Now that we're settling into a more normal routine of seeing each other once or twice a week, I have no excuse.

Here are a few graphs showing my June results compared with the data from other months.


Swimming (yikes):


Weight training:

Wii Fit:

And last but not least, elliptical:

I'm not thrilled. My workouts were weak across the board - I had a few good long runs (and kicked crazy amounts of butt on my 10k in the beginning of the month), but focusing more on speed and less on distance had my mileage down for the month. The biggest hits were in biking (I had over 100 miles in May but under 40 in June) and the elliptical (workouts were fewer and less intense). Weights and swimming were both zero minutes/miles logged, which isn't crazy compared with other months, but I'm still not entirely pleased, and I'm going to do something about it for July.

I woke up early yesterday morning for my weigh-in, blogged about it, felt sad, and took a nap. I ran some errands, then came home and decided I wasn't going to go to the gym because my legs felt like they needed a break. Then, no joke, the voice of Dennis Duffy from "30 Rock" popped into my head:
Then get in the pool, dummy.
So I went, and I felt great. I forgot how much I love swimming ... and how hard it works the arms! It reminded me of a quote I've seen in various forms on quite a few blogs: you always regret overeating, but you never regret a workout. And it's so true. I ate well and was even a little under my calorie goal yesterday, had a fantastic workout, and this morning, I'm already seeing (and feeling) positive results.

For July, I'm making a comeback - back on track in every way. Big things are going to happen in the next month, I can feel it - all of which will be a direct result of the strong efforts I'm committing to put forth.

You heard it here first, folks. Expect big things from me this month. Who else is with me? What are your workout goals for July?


Weight Wars said...

TOTALLY with you ! I've set myself a challenge on fitness for the summer challenge so I can stay on track.

Caron said...

I have a brand new, very cute July calendar thanks to Heather at www.leadingtheweigh.com and I have already put my exercise in for July 1st and 2nd. Yea!

Jillian said...

This was a great post, although I have to tell you that I literally laughed out loud when you classified a five-mile walk as a rest day. I don't even walk five miles on the days I work out! You're a frickin' machine, man! In July, I plan to work out more than I did in June, and I also plan to try some new classes and videos. Also..what software do you use to track your workouts?

Colleen said...

I'm looking to up my mileage goal for the elliptical for July and get in 45 miles for the month. When I first started on the damn thing I couldn't go longer than 5 minutes and now I really enjoy it!

Amy said...

June was SO SO SO weak for me and I'm feeling the exact same about July.

I actually ate some crappy food yesterday (I was drunk all day for Canada Day what can you expect) but I walked probably about 10 kms yesterday so I feel good about that element of it.

I just feel like I'm at the stage of my single game where it's time for me to start sorting out how to be healthy for one and not just by exercising!

Yay for July and fresh starts!!

Kelty said...

I absolutely LOVE that Dennis Duffy helped push you through! Too funny! I am in a similar boat- my June wasn't NEAR where it should have been. The slow weight loss I've been doing the last couple of months is starting to irritate me, because I know I can do better.

July=AWESOME progress!

Ann said...

I'm glad that you have some clear goals for July. You can do it!! :)

Anonymous said...

Yah yah YEAH! Way to rebound! High five and yahoo!

I am gonna be right there with ya and will also commit to less laxilaziness in my working out! AND I promise to be more intense. I am going to be making some sort of concrete commitment for the 10 week challenge. Now I am AMPED to make it something fun and to stick with it!

I love that you went to the pool. You could have loafed, but you didn't. So freaking great!