Winning at Reindeer Games

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You have to take pics of your workout and post to Facebook to get your points! Tonight’s ‘after’ shot.

I have been crazy busy this week. I had the day off on Monday to run a top secret errand, and I didn’t get in bed Monday night until 11 PM. It was a rushed way to start the week especially when Saturday, Sunday and Monday had NO down time. It was back to back driving, working, playing and talking for about 16 hours every day. I regretted the decision to join the Reindeer Games with Jessica’s group Monday night because I knew I’d have to figure out a workout on Tuesday. I really just wanted to do nothing.

I was able to sleep late Tuesday morning, and when I came home Tuesday night, I had about 1 hour and 15 minutes before I had to pick up Ashok at my brother’s house. I really wanted to get some exercise points, so I hurried up and got dressed for some yoga at home. If I hadn’t had those points staring me down, I know I would have skipped it. Jessica said she was heading out for a quick workout. “Whose idea was this anyway?” she joked. I could see that this Reindeer Games participation was going to help me fit in exercise during the next two weeks.

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I even cooked some healthy dinners.

I jumped up Wednesday morning and took Ashok for a walk and decided that I’d work out again Wednesday night. I only get 1 freaking point for a 30 minute workout. Jess gave a bonus point for setting a goal for the games, and I set a goal of getting 25 points a week. I don’t know what I was thinking. That’s 3.5 points a day. But, it got my bohunkus out walking Wednesday night, too. This morning I took Ashok for another 30 minute walk before work. For 3 more points, I headed over to the gym tonight for an hour workout. I did my own thing with weights, aerobics and one of the cardio machines. I raced from there to Trader Joe’s to get the fixins for my cornbread dressing for tomorrow’s work party.

I’ve been cooking a little bit every morning to save me time in the evenings. Monday I put the giblets in the crockpot to make broth. Tuesday morning I cooked a chicken. Last night late I baked some cornbread. Tonight all I had to do was saute the veggies and throw it all together. I’ll bake it tomorrow morning. I can’t believe I did it! I even cleaned my house in between tasks. It’s amazing how much I can squeeze in when I have a lot going on. When I’m less busy, it’s easy to let things slide. But, when I don’t have a lot of time and have a lot to do, I can get stuff done. And I know I would not have exercised any of the last three days if this Reindeer Games wasn’t driving me. I guess that’s the point, right? Give me motivation to fit it in.

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One of my friends at work said she really needed to start exercising in the morning. When she felt her best she was getting up and exercising before coming to work. She’s working out now, but she’s going to an evening boot camp. I know it probably seems like I like to work out. I’ve been pretty consistent all of my life, but I would actually prefer not to work out at all. If I didn’t feel so much better, I could probably be a slug. But I know that my good health and energy depends on fitting in regular workouts. When the alarm goes off in the morning, I always want to skip my workout. I don’t work out every morning, but I at least walk most mornings. As soon as I think about having to drag myself somewhere to work out after a day at work, I often change my mind. It’s the ‘getting it over with’ that drives me to get up and go in the mornings. I love having a whole evening at home without needing to work out or worse, feeling guilty because I didn’t work out. It feels amazing to have it checked off the list.

I’m up to 11 points for the week. I only have 3 days left, so I have to get 4-5 points every day. I may not meet my goal this week. That day off Monday hurt me. But, that’s okay. It’s the trying that counts. And, who knows, I may get a couple of walks in both weekend days if I feel good and the weather doesn’t get crazy. Worst case scenario, I fall short of points but succeed in getting more workouts in than I would otherwise. I can start over again on Monday!

IMG_0296So, I’m sitting here with Buster kitty on my lap and Ashok next to me on the chaise lounge. I lit some candles and some incense and tuned Pandora to my Enya station. The kitchen is clean. My dressing is made. The dog next door is barking. I am drinking some lovely herbal tea that I bought at my friend’s yoga studio when I was in Memphis. I am a happy camper. My workouts are done, and I can eat our work holiday meal tomorrow without feeling like a slug. Tomorrow is Friday, y’all. I can’t wait until the weekend. I want to chill out a little. It’s been a long, exhausting week. And I actually feel really, really happy right now. Thank you, Master Reindeer. You got me on my game.

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