Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wins, Woes and Whoa!'s

There was a much different Training for Tuesday coming your way for September, but when Alyssa reminded readers of this link-up and used the phrase "wins and woes" I had to steal it for myself.

"Wins and woes" because I want to talk about some of the yays and nays of how my fitness journey has evolved since fitness-for-two became the new norm. No, not fitness-for-two as in big-family-planning news. Fitness-for-two as in integrating my lifestyle with that of my fitness-shy boyfriend. 

It's a delicate balance between finding the lifestyle I need while being encouraging of the lifestyle he wants for himself. A delicate balance between chicken + lettuce for dinner or succumbing to the cravings of sausage rotel velveeta dip at 10pm on a Tuesday.  Life's real, that happens.

Wins

I'm wearing my FitBit again and actually keeping up with some stats, logging water and hitting step-goals. It's also a win for my brother who taunts my steps once a week while I cheer his steps back. Maybe it's his way of saying hello in the way that only brothers know how.

Brian wants to hang out on the elliptical at the gym? Fine, I'll elliptical too. I love being close to him. But he can keep his coasting at Level 5 / 6.2 average pace to himself. Me, no. I'm cranking my tunes, firing up to Levels 12 - 20 and pacing at > 7.5. As I learned from Firebrand in Portland, "you don't need more time, you need more intensity". His idea of thirty minutes doesn't match mine, but I'm respectful of the workout he wants to get because he's usually the one who suggests our gym date.

I'll be in Portland for a Pound Class! I can't wait to see my favorite trainer ever and tell him I'm only in town for a few days and visiting him was a huge must on my list, even more than craft beer. Does that make me a fake Oregonian? Meanwhile Brian and family will be drinking that beer for me.

Woes

I tried to come up with a sweaty morning routine, but it was replaced with a more intimate one. Actually this one is a win. I tried to come up with a walk after dinner routine, but it was replaced by weeknight football. Actually this one is a win(tertime) win. I tried to come up with a while-he-works-at-home routine, but he stopped working at home as frequently. Actually this one is a win. I tried to come up with a workout while we watch football routine, but one night after a "brutal" 20 body-weight squats to pay for a touchdown he was sore for 4 days straight. This is just funny.

The things that haven't gone exactly as planned didn't fail, they just looked a little different to my partner than what my vision was. That's okay.

If fitness is important to me, I will make it a priority that doesn't compromise our relationship.
If fitness is important to him, he will make it a priority that doesn't compromise our relationship.
If fitness is important to us, we will make it a priority within our relationship. We do.

Bonus: Whoa!'s

Whoa! There's a Yoga Class at a Brewery in Memphis for $15 that includes a fun all-levels class and a pint. Do I invite lady friends I've made here, or do I go solo and meet new friends?

Whoa! Putting a tax on eating ice cream out of the carton actually works! In our home, one serving of ice cream in a 4oz dixie cup is free, After that, any consumption out of the carton or if the carton makes in to the carpeted area, it's $5 from the offender into the adventure fund. The only way we can go for a second 4oz serving is if both of us shake hands as a team and agree. The tax / handshake hasn't happened yet.

Whoa! I moved desk locations this week and I get to add more stairs into my life! This comes alongside my twenty-five minutes on the stairmaster at the gym and my new favorite 1,000 stair loop at home consisting of 32 round trips up 32 stairs in our 3-story apartment complex.

Do you have any Wins, Woes or Whoa!'s?!

Linking up with Alyssa and Tracy, two ladies kicking butt in goals and life. 

18 comments

P!nky said...

I love the idea of an ice cream tax.

Helene in Between said...

I've had trouble fitting in fitness since our move to nashville, it's HARD! i need ot get over my excuses.

Nadine Lynn said...

Hahahahah I would call your morning workout a win for sure. *wink* So ummm I think yoga and beer must go together because there is a brewery here that is doing yoga classes too! Such an interesting concept. Though, if I had a beer BEFORE yoga....I would fall out of nearly any pose. Counter productive? Meh!

Ali said...

I would be very poor if we had an ice cream tax! Last night, I poured chocolate syrup (just a tiny bit) into the carton. I am the primary dish washer in our house, so I figured I was saving myself some work!

Sarah :: Plucky in Love said...

I love that you guys are working on it together! We actually both were in a lot better shape and worked out a lot more before we moved in together. We've definitely developed that relationship pudge, but now we have a goal (#SweatingForTheWedding) so that's helping!! Love the tax idea. We try to include money goals in our health plans but we both are terrible at sticking it to it. haha

MacKensie said...

lololol. I love you.

LisaMDee said...

My boy loves to work out but I'm not super fitness savvy and I keep bugging him to help me be super awesome at working out but sadly, no dice. I'm super jealous of your motivation and I vote invite lady friends you've made to yoga ! Even if no one wants to go, you still get cool points for offering and if they do go, you can ALL make new friends :)

Life with Lolo said...

I really need to work on my fitness schedule and goals. It's a whole lotta nothing right now. I'd love to do gym dates with the BF, but he insists on going to his school's gym (he graduated YEARS ago) way accross town. It just seems so out of the way and silly to go to a college gym. I'd feel so old! I guess I just need to suck it up.

Amy's Fashion Blog said...

ya for wearing your fitbit. I have been think of switching from my garmin to a fitbit

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alyssa said...

I so love this all. I love your mutual approach to fitness, and I love how everything that's important to you still has room in your relationship, even if it wasn't before a mutual priority. You guys really emphasize teamwork in your relationship and that's so inspiring!
Meanwhile, invite friends to yoga AND go and make new friends! And send me snaps of it because it sounds like the best day ever.
Thank you for linking up! <3

Tracy said...

LOVE the way you formatted this! I know you're both still learning to navigate your new life but it sounds like you're doing a great job of integrating the things that are important to you both. Even if you don't have the same workout philosophies or goals, it's awesome that you can still share the journey together.

DeborahYanni said...

I love my Jawbone for keeping track of my steps but it's rare that I actually meet my goals. I need to step my fitness game up and try to shed these pounds! I want to run so bad but the motivation is just not there. womp.

Allison said...

Love how you approach fitness within your relationship as a give-and-take. It's SO much easier when you're both on the same page/respectful of each other's goals. And I may have to borrow your idea for "paying" for a touchdown with squats. I absolutely won't borrow the ice cream tax since I'm really the only one who eats it, so I'd definitely be the only one paying.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

$5?! That shit is steep. I wouldn't be able to afford myself.

Laura Darling said...

Oh man, that ice cream tax is brilliant. May need to institute that at our house! Especially with gelato-that's our downfall lately!

Kathy@MoreCoffeeLessTalky said...

are you kidding me morning bedroom cardio trumps pretty much errting LOL

Caroline said...

Oooh, cute linkup title! Inspirational post, too. I'm slightly feeling the urge to move my butt off the couch, but mostly to the freezer for some ice cream. Okay, I need to start taxing myself on that...

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

lol @ your ice cream system. we don't allow ice cream in our house #zerowillpower lol.