Thursday, June 17, 2010

Need New Cardio Ideas, Maybe Goals Too

Cardio Woes
This was one of those mornings when I felt like I could have easily slept another two hours. Maybe it's because most of the week I've been waking up at 5 am and not being able to go back to sleep. I am really starting to miss being able to run at lunch. I love summer, and I don't mind it being hot. But, it's just too hot to run at noon now. So I'm starting to feel like I'm flailing with cardio. I can only do so much kickboxing (I only have 3 kickboxing and 1 boxing DVD). Step aggravates my plantar fasciitis problem, so I've been trying to avoid step now. I love doing boot camp/HIIT/interval style workouts, but those are typically short.

So what's a girl to do on a cardio-only day? Oh, that was a real question by the way. I have no answer. I don't have any cardio equipment at home. I have gotten to where I simply dread the mere thought of running on the treadmills at the gym. I will say that when we were on vacation and I ran at the condo's gym and was able to watch what I wanted on tv, that helped tremendously. At the gym, however, it' CNN or ESPN period.

I was totally on the fence about my workout because nothing sounded appealing enough to do for 45-50 minutes (let alone an hour). I came very close to just calling it a rest day, but that wouldn't change the fact that I would need cardio for tomorrow. So I sucked it up and chose Cathe's Cardio Fusion. It is comprised of step segments from 2 other DVDs as well as non-step drills/boot camp style cardio from another DVD. I also did stability ball abs after.

I used to LOVE this workout. But I have really gotten used to breaking out my workouts into 2 shorter sessions. So the length seemed daunting. I only did about 45 minutes of it (opted out of some of my least favorite drills). While there was some clock watching, it did go by faster than I was expecting (I had been psyching myself out obviously).

Let's Talk Goals
I read a lot of blogs and hear a lot of people mention setting goals: fitness goals, personal goals, mini-goals, etc. I very rarely set a goal for myself for anything. If I am going to do a race, then I'll set a goal for that perhaps, but other than that...none. I don't set weight lifting goals; I just lift. I don't set cardio goals; I just "cardio."

With my musings about careers, it made me start to wonder if perhaps I shouldn't be setting goals for myself. Jason often asks me my goals with my workouts. He sets goals such as signing up for a race as motivation. Perhaps I need to set some sort of goals to help motivate me career-wise, and maybe even workout-wise. Perhaps I'm losing focus and motivation and haven't truly noticed.

Sorry for that ramble. Do you set goals? Do you think they're important?


Lucky Gal & Easy Dinner

I received another fantastic goody package today. I've apparently been lucky lately winning a couple of giveaways. I don't normally win things - do you? I won a terrific NuNaturals Stevia set from Angela @ Southern Grace Gourmet. My box o' goodies included: Vanilla Stevia (love this stuff), Stevia Powder Packets, and Stevia Baking Blend. If you haven't tried NuNaturals products yet, you really need to. I don't think you will be disappointed.

We decided to take the easy route for dinner. It just wouldn't cook itself no matter how long I procrastinated. I grilled both sweet and russet potato "fries" to go with Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers that I made and froze a few weeks back (recipe here).