Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Back from a long hiatus

So you may have noticed that I was beginning a rotation last time I logged on here (almost 2 months ago).  You are probably wondering: what happened?

Life happened.

I don't feel the need to go into detail, but a relative passed away not too long ago and it took a toll on my physical and emotional health.  While attending the funeral/wake and revisiting old relatives and friends, it made me reevaluate the life I had been living for quite some time.

When I graduated from grad school April 2011, I found myself truly lost.  This economy hasn't been kind to my generation, but I allowed every aspect of my life to spiral out of control.  I was in-and-out of internships and job prospects, my sleep and eating patterns were erratic, I exercised very, ended up gaining 20+ lbs and ended up shutting myself off from the world.

The past year and a half of my life has sucked.  But I have no one to blame but myself.

So now here I am...back at square one again.  Thinking about the obstacles my recently deceased relative overcame to live the life she lived--and she did live it to the fullest--I realized I needed to make some drastic changes in my life in order to get where I want to be....yet I have to be realistic and take baby steps in order to get there.

Okay, so this is a fitness blog and I need to bring this back to a fitness-related topic.  I have decided to put strict rotation on hold and go back to what I know I can do.  I'm doing a loose Jillian Michaels rotation that consists of 30 Day Shred, 6 Week Six-Pack and Killer Buns & Thighs.  It's funny, considering once-upon-at-time, I couldn't care less about Jillian Michaels and her workouts.   Nowadays, I think she is the most straight-forward and to-the-point instructor out there.  I have many other workouts of hers, but I'll use this for about a month and then move on to some of her other stuff.  I think I will use her workouts for the duration of the summer.  I'm just too haphazard at the moment to pledge the next 90 days to a stricter exercise program. 

My mother, with all the good intentions in the world, worried about my recent weight gain to the point where she purchased me this nifty little item: the AirClimber.  Again, I would have laughed at the idea of using this contraption not too long ago, but now I find it the perfect low-impact cardio to get me back in the game.

Along with my fitness plan, I guess it means back to good old blogging.  I due pray this is the last of my long-term hiatuses.



Marc Lebert said...

Hi Liz, it takes a lot of courage to share that. Thank you for sharing as it is inspiring to hear and see that you are not hiding from your challenges or giving up. Rather you are confronting them, embracing them and moving forward. Not easy... but necessary I think... keep going and keep your sense of humour :) I look forward to hearing more musings! Cheers, Marc

Liz said...

Thank you, Marc! And if you are who I think you are, I am still having a love affair with my LE.