Pulled from my Tumblr, because who reads words on Tumblr. Â Tumblr is for pictures and short quips, right?
I swear I am doing more with my days than an exercise routine. Â Seriously. Â Iâ€™m baking bread and dealing with small pockets of clutter. Â Iâ€™m trying to reprogram Wii remotes, cooking meals, and settling squabbles among siblings. Â And I am prepping for a camping trip.
But I am excited about the working out because it is an exercise in control. Â Iâ€™ve been thinking about control quite a bit lately. Â Usually in life, control is an illusion. Â As humans we are subject to the whims of fate and circumstances and other people. Â We only control our internal response to external events.
But there are two facets of life where we do determine both what happens to us and how we respond to it. Â Exercise is one of those. Â Being able to say â€œnoâ€ is control. Â But making yourself say â€œyesâ€ when the natural inclination is to say â€œno,â€ thatâ€™s ultimate control. Â Thatâ€™s what I meant yesterday when I said I win every day, but it wasnâ€™t until later in the day that I figured out exactly what I meant by â€œwin.â€
Iâ€™ll not go into the second scenario. Â Some things are just sweeter when you discover them for yourself.
Today was the first day of the fourth week of the plan. Â I did a total of
185 squats (3 sets of 50 and 1 of 35)
a 60 second plank (it was a plank â€œrestâ€ day)
90 crunches (1 set of 50 and 1 of 40)
35 push-ups (1 set of 30 and 1 of 5)
50 calf raises (This is a challenge I just added today, modeled on the squat challenge. Who knew these would also work the back of the thigh?)
Iâ€™ve broken these into sets alternating upper and lower body so that I can do the reps. Â Once I reach max reps on everything (and I am still planning to add the wall-sit), I will slowly work on being able to do all the reps in one set each. Â If I can keep to the plan as I have laid it out, that will occur sometime in mid-September, at which point the routine should look like this:
330 second plank
250 calf raises
330 second wall-sit
And that, ladies and gents, is a level of fitness that is more than acceptable in a 46 year old fat chick.
BTW, the scale shows +1 today. Â But I marveled at how nice my feet and ankles looked as I was doing those calf-raises in front of the mirror. Â Iâ€™ll take how I Â look over a number any day of the week.
So, I finished organizing the little girlsâ€™ clothes today. Â This was made somewhat easier in that they wear the same size, so it was just one set of clothes. Â Summer stuff in the dresser they wanted to dress out of, winter stuff in the other. Â We donâ€™t have the storage space to actually store it. Â Plus, weather. Â It is fickle. Â The cool weather stuff needs to be somewhat accessible.
Then, the shelves in my room. Â I had two sets that were stack-able but not with each other jerry-rigged together. Â Every time I walked by, I was afraid they were going to fall on me. Â Plus, for some reason, stacked stuff that is taller than I am makes me feelâ€¦..vaguely uncomfortable. Â Not claustrophobic by any means, butâ€¦.no spot to rest the eye.
So, I dismantled them. Â The bottom section, which held shoes, is now in the closet still holding shoes. Â The section that held clothes and the tv is now on the floor in the same spot. Â My sons borrowed the tv, and I never watch it anyway, soâ€¦..weâ€™ll see what happens there. Â It was originally theirs anyway, and I took it because they werenâ€™t caring for it properly. Â If they do so now, I may let them keep it.
All that shelf shuffling entailed moving some stuff, mostly scrapping stuff, out of the closet. Â I need to look at the clothes shelves and figure out how to neaten them, because I just put the stuff back on them without evaluating. Â I need to clear the top of the craft cubby. Â Then I need to set about crafting and reading, because I am rapidly reaching the point where this room is not going to get any better until I start using stuff up.
And here is the highlight of all that: Â aside from the de-cluttering that can only occur through consumption and creativityâ€¦.the only clutter left in this house is in my disorganized kitchen cupboards. Â Which I did actually have organized until my teen â€œhad a better plan.â€
Yeah, guess whatâ€™s happening next week? Â If you said â€œkitchen cupboards,â€ you are the winner of tonightâ€™s round of the Clutter Lottery.
Oh, I forgot to mentionÂ two shelves at the bottom of one of the living room bookcases. Â Iâ€™ll be sorting those with my cousin when she visits in August or September. Â I want to wait on her because I want to preserve the â€œnot knowing what all is thereâ€ until we are together.