All About the Balance

Okay kids, it’s like this…

The last few months have been nutso. Between starting a whirlwind romance, moving into a new home with new people and new ways of doing things, and returning back to campus in Corvallis once a day each week, my whole way of doing things has been upended onto its ear and spun around a bit.

For some people in this world, having a schedule is really important. It becomes even more important when you’re trying to fit necessary self-care into the picture and it has to compete with those also important things such as your hot new girlfriend, family, friends, work, and personal interests.

I’m one of those people. I’m absolutely terrible when left to my own devices, without a plan. My default is “procrastinate”…and this is not a good look. I really need a framework to manage my time by.

It took me a bit to get it together, but I think it’s all in place now.

And here’s how my new fitness schedule maps out:


  • 8:00 – 8:45 am – Yoga
  • 8:45 – 9:30 am – Core
  • If I can get in some cardio, I’ll do it, but I don’t sweat myself for it

Monday – Thursday (work from home)

  • 5:15 – 6:00 am – Yoga
  • 6:15 – 7:45 am – Gym
    • Monday: Chest and Biceps
    • Tuesday: Legs
    • Wednesday: Back and Triceps
    • Thursday: Shoulders and Forearms
  • Noon – Walk for 30 minutes
  • If I can grab a walk in the evening as well, all the better

Friday (work on campus)

  • 5:15 – 6:00 am – Yoga
  • Noon – Walk for 30-45 minutes


  • This is my restorative day of doing absolutely no work and no workouts. It’s meant to be spent with the people I love, doing the things we love. I sleep in as much as possible, eat whatever I want, be super lazy, spend time writing, or plan fun things with people.
  • This restorative day is crucial because life is about experience and connection. This is what we spend the rest of the week working and being healthy for, right?

So, all that being said…

Today was the first full on core day that I’ve done in a really long time.

I always work a little bit of core activity into my yoga routines every morning…a cute little boat pose, a little planking, 50 crunches after my bridges, etc.

I’ve been considerably lax in focusing on that gut for a very long time now, tho, and it’s time to stop this bad behavior.

So now, on Sundays, I have a 45 minute core workout. Mmmmm imagine that…45 minutes of crunches, sit-ups, planking, leg raises, hip thrusts and all that wonderful stuff.

How did it go?

Actually better than I thought it would. I will say tho, that I haven’t done actual sit-ups since high school. I decided to work them in to the program because I need to strengthen my hip flexors due to all the sitting I do for work and this, combined with a few other exercises are really good for that.

Sit-ups are not crunches.

I may have peed a little.

The bar is very low at the moment. 😂

Published by Jonah Sheridan Fenn

Nerd herder, word wrangler, working on the next chapter...

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