For whatever reason I just recently FINALLY figured out that I do better with a structured routine. Last semester when I was super busy with my work and school schedule, I managed to work in 4-5 workouts a week, not to mention daily walks with my dog (even if for only 15 minutes). Anyway, when school ended and I suddenly had all this time on my hands I wasn't nearly as focused or disciplined. Don't get me wrong, I did work out, but only 3-4 times weekly -- even though I had MORE time! Now, I realize part of that was that it was the holiday season and with visiting friends and family, my schedule was still pretty hectic. But my point is I do better when I'm busier. It's probably why my New Year's resolution to upgrade my workout regimen coincided with my first day of school (yesterday) and not the golden day of January 1st.
So, today is day 2 and for the 2nd day I started off just right: woke up 20 minutes earlier than usual to do 100 crunches and 45 leg raises and made my smoothie w/ whey protein (on my brand new Fit & Fresh smoothie maker from GNC, that I got on SALE). Yesterday I did 50 minutes of cardio before class and walked my dog for 20 min before bed. I hope I manage to do the same today.
Also, yesterday I upgraded my personal training at LA Fitness. When I signed up last year (Oct. 2007) I also signed up for a personal trainer through their ProResults (then Body of Change) sister company. I got a very basic plan to match my very basic budget - 2 sessions a month at $29 each. The theory was I'd have the training session and at the end he'd give me "homework" ("gymwork"?) to do until my next session. Yeah, well that didn't work out so well. I could barely drag myself into the gym when I had an appointment let alone do stuff on my own. But, again, once school started I made a commitment to myself to try harder and be more consistent. By then I'd accumulated all these sessions I hadn't used so I took it as an opportunity to jumpstart my program. I've since depleted those sessions and find myself wanting to train more. (OMG, did I really just write that?!) So, I bit the bullet and upgraded my program. Now, I have 54 sessions for the year @ $120 a month. I'm actually saving about $1.30 per session. I've worked with the same trainer since the beginning and Jason is really patient but demanding, which is good. I tell him I hate him every session. He understands.