October 8, 2012

weekly wellness | week 3: stretch

During Week 2 of Weekly Wellness, I had quite the realization: Rest, it seems, isn't my thing. Every night, my "time-to-wind-down" alarm would go off and I'd panic because there were still so many things I either wanted or needed to do. So I'd do a little more, stay up a little later, and — oops — wake up a little later, too. In other words, that whole regular sleep schedule thing didn't quite pan out.

Looking back, I think my biggest issue was that I didn't prioritize very well. My new plan? Keep working on Week 2's goal until I've maintained some semblance of a normal sleep routine. (Feel free to share any of your rest-up wisdom, too — any tips or tricks that seem to work well for you?)
In the meantime, on to Week 3: Stretch — a week I've been looking forward to from the beginning. Although a sleep routine isn't my strong suit, I tend to be a bit too routine when it comes to exercise: Walk to the gym, do some weights, hop on the treadmill, repeat. Sure, every once in a while I'll mix it up by hiking or yoga-ing or running the Lyons Steps, but in general, I'm a creature of habit.

For Week 3, I'm planning to switch up my workout pattern with a mix of new machines, cardio intervals, a group class or two, plus the workout DVDs that are collecting dust in our closet.

What are your goals? Any new forms of exercise you plan to try?

You can keep up with our three-month project by following the conversation here, on Meg's blog, and on Twitter and Instagram — Use the hashtag #WeeklyWellness to join our dialogue!

9 comments:

Anna-Lisa Fredrickson said... [Reply to comment]
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Anna-Lisa Fredrickson said... [Reply to comment]

The sleep week was hard for me, it's sooo hard to put things down and head off to bed. I'd rather watch a tv show, browse the internet, or read! The problem is if I stay up late then I can't wake up early and my mornings go by too quickly, so I'd really like to go to bed at 10 and wake up before 7. This week for exercise I would like to find a fun dance class. I love dancing for exercise. Anyone in the East Bay (Oakland or Berkeley) should go to Hipline. So much fun! I moved a few months ago so I can't go there anymore and I miss it so much. :(

Elsha Bodily said... [Reply to comment]

So I have to get up for work at 5 am and I always had the hardest time feeling rested, BUT THEN I found this thing via Pinterest that works with your sleep cycles and tells you when you should go to bed based on when you want to get up. So I need to get up at 5am so I need to either be sleeping by 9:30, 11, or 12:30am in order to get proper sleep cycles. I've been doing it for a few months and it is a black and white difference. But if I miss the first deadline it does mean that you should stay up till the next...food for thought:)

Whitney said... [Reply to comment]

i have joined you in your challenge!! i am blogging about it later this week :) working on rest right now, too. it's so hard!

Liz Moody said... [Reply to comment]

Hipline is the best!!! It was one of my saddest things to leave behind when I moved away from the Bay Area!

Anisha Pradahn said... [Reply to comment]

I wish I was as motivated as you!

+Not Just My Allegories+

Camilla Salem said... [Reply to comment]

UGH i need this so much right now. I may start on week 1 next week.

Camilla Salem said... [Reply to comment]

UGH i need this so much right now. I may start on week 1 next week.

Holly said... [Reply to comment]

I signed up for the hot chocolate 5k! I'm not the best runner, but I've been training (more often than I would have normally) and it's been so much fun! I, too did not do so well on the rest week, but nursing students hardly ever sleep ;) I don't have a twitter but I thought I'd share! xoxo