I’m writing this post while also listening to a webinar called “The Radiant Lifestyle” – it’s produced by a few bloggers I follow and is mostly devoted to encouraging listeners (mostly women, naturally!) to pursue their fitness/health/personal lifestyle goals. The moderator began the session by asking the three women to give three adjectives on how they would describe a “radiant lifestyle,” and I really liked that – the descriptors were: expansive, adaptive, inclusive; purpose, trust, compassion; and possibility, passion, and action. All thought-provoking and not as hokey as I sort of thought it would be! 🙂

I usually use Wednesdays for my weigh-ins because they’re the middle point from the weekend. Happily I lost my carbo-loading weight, so obviously that means today was off to a good start, haha. 🙂 I slept so well last night but was really tired at work today – I did get over to the gym for a yoga class and felt a little better afterwards. I knew I needed to get to my neighborhood gym tonight for a better workout, and by 4:00 I was really struggling. I can’t wrap my logical head around the illogical fact that I LOVE the HIIT class that I take on Wednesday nights and LOVE the instructor, but it’s just hard to motivate myself to get there! Part of the reason is a time gap; I usually have about a half hour in between getting home and leaving to get to class – sometimes I take a little nap and it totally charges me up and gets me out the door; sometimes I take a little nap and all it does is make me want to stay in bed. Especially in the winter.

Well I changed it all up tonight – I rushed out of work and got home as quickly as I could (power walking to the L and from my stop to my house!) so that I could get to the gym for a 6pm class, a new one called “312” (yes, Chicago’s area code). The class is based on…Jillian Michaels, I think?…some workout that incorporates four blocks of a blend of exercise: 3 minutes cardio, 1 minute core, and 2 minutes strength, with no breaks in-between. I’d heard it was super hard so I was a little apprehensive, but once we got going I realized I could handle it. I have to say…not my favorite class in the end. It was strange, like at times I felt it wasn’t intense enough, and at other times I wished we could just take a quick break (for water if nothing else) – it just wasn’t the best class for me. That HIIT class I’m always yapping about is just more my format – go super hard, dial it back, go full force again, etc etc etc – for whatever reason that’s just best for me.

But I’m super glad I got to try this class; it’s only offered at my gym too late on Tuesday mornings (I’d never get to work on time) and usually too early on Wednesday nights (I just got lucky I was able to duck out a few mins early tonight) – now I’m not going to stress over missing it!

I definitely felt more on track with food today, so that’s good. Also – I don’t know if it’s annoying that I share my food stuff; I just really appreciate it when other bloggers are honest with theirs (especially the ones who look like “after” pictures – when you realize they still struggle I guess it could be frustrating, but it makes me feel less alone),  so I want to be honest too.

Okay definitely time for bed. We have some visitors at work tomorrow so I cannot sneak out for a lunchtime workout, and I have a feeling I’m going to be zonked by the time I head home, so I REALLY am hoping that I get my butt out of bed tomorrow morning. There’s a spin class that also incorporates weights, so that’d be perfect for me – but really, if I can’t get there…not going to beat myself up about it. I do enough. 🙂

Good night!

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