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Week Two: Life Happens

January 19, 2012

I have a confession to make: last week was not my greatest in my quest for healthy choices. From my limited gym time to my bad food choices, I did not choose the healthiest options and I am definitely feeling it.
I did, indeed, manage to get to all three workouts early in the week, but I will give you a spoiler for next week's column and admit I haven't seen the inside of my gym since last Wednesday morning. I've tried to blame the weather, I've tried to blame my schedule –– then again, I did spend the better part of Sunday watching the Golden Globes. (Because, obviously, I really needed to see the red carpet arrivals that started four hours ahead of the show. Did anyone else think Piper Perabo might have gone a tad overboard with that skirt?)
I have given myself every excuse in the book, but the fact that I was up most of the night Sunday with terrible heartburn from eating a steak the size of my head for dinner was not the best way to end last week, nor the best way to begin this one. I am pretty much worthless when my husband grills steaks –– it's as if I have no will of my own. Okay, to be totally honest, I literally begged him to cook me a steak for dinner. (One of the many reasons I married him were his grilling skills, but I digress…)
Since I worked out early last week and have yet to begin this week, I will tell you that both my mind, body and spirit are feeling the loss.
My mind is cloudy. My mind has always been a little bit cloudy –– I have a pretty bad case of ADD, so that's not really new –– but this week it is definitely worse. I know on days that I work out, I sleep better. I have not been sleeping well for the last several days. This lack of sleep has done nothing to sharpen my mental faculties, and it sure as heck doesn't help me find my keys any faster. I am unmotivated and generally a little grumpy. I blamed my mental fatigue on a migraine one day and a cold the next, but I wonder if either would have affected me if I had kept up my pace.
My body feels bloated and sluggish. Just working out that little bit of sweat each day really did make a difference. I think the pride I felt from accomplishing each workout actually made me walk a little taller, literally and figuratively. I have aches and pains that I can't blame on a workout that have popped up just in the last few days. I think back to that great post-workout feeling, when I was tired and sore, but it was a good tired and sore. I miss it.
My spirit is –– well, my spirit is probably the biggest victim. To put it bluntly, I have not been in the best mood the last several days. No reason to account for it, I just have the blues. As Audrey Hepburn described in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," one gets the blues because they're getting fat or because it's been raining too long. You're just sad, that's all. I'm letting the blues zap my motivation to feel better by doing what I know works, and that is working out. I want my endorphins back, and I know exactly where to find them.
For all of you keeping up with the blog and this column who have sent words of support, I appreciate every last one of them. If you have tips or questions, please feel free to add those, too. I am hoping there are a lot of you out there that are turning over a new leaf this year and I'd love for all of us to support each other. For those of you who'd like to get involved, visit
Here is your bonus for the week: Some excellent advice from local personal trainer and firefighter Brian Arnett. I got to hang out with him some since he was one of our cover subjects this week, and I thought I'd take the opportunity to ask for his favorite work-out tips.

Brian Arnett's Holy Trinity for Getting in Shape, Staying in Shape and Life in General
1. Intensity: Whatever you do, do it with intensity. If you only have a certain amount of time in the gym, make the most of it. Do every exercise with intensity, and you will start to see and feel the results.
2. Consistency: Whatever you do, do it with consistency. If you've decided to go to the gym three days a week, make it three days every week. You cannot accomplish your goals unless you are consistent.
3. Accountability/Honesty: Don't lie to yourself or anyone else about your choices, especially not your trainer. Honesty is key in not only working out, but in life.
If you would like to contact Arnett about personal training, visit

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