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HIIT 30 day challenge Day 2

Friday, January 17, 2014

Yesterday I was worried I would already be screwing my program up. I was invited out for happy hour drinks with some co-workers. It had been a long time since I'd hung out with them outside of work, and it was my non-daughter day, so I went! We had a fun time, I had a couple drinks and left.

After that I picked up my husband from work, went home, and did my workout!!! So I'm pretty proud of myself! Once again it was really hard and I couldn't do all the moves they did, but I did the best I could. My hamstrings are sore and my pecs a little sore too but not too bad. I'm ready for day 3 tonight!




Thursday, January 16, 2014

Yes! I did it! I did the first day of the challenge yesterday. I sure took my time getting to it, though. I came home from work and I was hungry. I heated up some home-made black bean soup with maybe a little too much crusty bread and butter. I can't exercise right after I eat, so I made dinner for my daughter and proceeded to read the news on my Kindle and basically procrastinate until I knew my hubby would be getting home from work and so I better get the process started or I would get distracted and it wouldn't get done! Geez I have the slooooowest laptop on earth and it took forever to load the video, but I was really glad I watched it earlier so I knew what to do, basically. Now, knowing what to do in your head and actually putting it into practice are two different things! There was this crazy push-up, "spiderman kick" combo I simply could not get the hang of! And wow, I am super out of shape, I couldn't even do one true pushup! I just did the best I could, It was a very intense 12 minutes of all-out 100% effort, even the "breaks" of 10 seconds between sets were doing full plank and not really resting. It was tough but it also feels great to feel my muscles and I'm not too sore, so on to day two!!!

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MJRVIC2000 1/16/2014 11:07AM

    Make your FAITH bigger than your fears! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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HIIT 30 day challenge starting today!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I always enjoy reading blogs from my sparkfriends on here, but since I hardly ever blog, and haven't in over a year, I bet no one even knows who I am. lol. I hardly ever blog because I am embarrassed about my health situation. Even though the whole reason we are all here is because of our health! Also I don't like getting advice from people. I'm perfectly capable of doing my own research. But at the risk of getting all sorts of advice I will end up rolling my eyes at, I'm going to start blogging anyway! Maybe it will help me stick with striving toward a healthier lifestyle, since one of my old long-time friends is no longer that support system for me! Honestly, half the time I went to exercise was only because I knew she would kick my ass and give me a big guilt trip if I didn't do it! Long story. Anyway, here I am. I have been on Sparkpeople for several years. Each year I strive to be better or healthier than the previous year. I go through spurts, where I will be really great about exercising for several months and then get frustrated of either being too hot and sweaty, or just not really caring all that much. Then I take like a month off exercise. And the cycle continues, and I feel like I need to start over constantly.

The one thing I am most proud of is becoming a runner. It took 3 years, and I'm extremely slow, but I can feel the strength in my legs, and lungs, and even when I take a break, when I come back I always get stronger and can run longer and faster than I could the year before. I ran my second half-marathon in December and although I'm quite slow and take walking breaks, I got a 20-minute PR over my first half, last December! The December half-marathon is turning into sort of a tradition between my husband and I, as we got married in December 2012 a day before our first half! We ran this second one together also! It was really nice. I got my hubby into running and now he's so much faster than me, it's a little frustrating, but that's the advantage men have... that and fast weight loss with little effort! Just want to punch him sometimes, haha!!

Anyway since that last half I did, about a month ago, I've gone running a total of 3 times. That is ALL the exercise I've gotten in a month!!! Not cool!!! And guess what, I have gained like 4 lbs!

I just reset my weight ticker today. It's hard to actually know how much I weigh though, because it depends on where my scale is. I can move it to the right or left on the floor an inch and it gives different readings. I usually just take the highest one I get, or the one I get the most if I move it like 5 times and re-weigh. It's pretty sad, I'm the same weight I was when I was 9-months pregnant, with my 10-yr old daughter. I am frustrated and NOT proud of my weight loss progress over the last several years. When I first joined Spark, I lost 12 lbs in the first 5 months or so.... since then, I have battled between 156 and 164... back and forth for like 4 years. I have a hard time eating in range, food tastes so damn good (and drinking -- I like wine and beer). I think the lowest I ever got was a very brief 152, when I had a personal trainer and she was kicking my ass twice a week, and I was doing Atkins at the same time. Then my personal trainer quit, and I loved her, so I quit too, as it was too daunting to pick a new trainer and I couldn't stick with the Atkins long. All the weight piled back on! I am a picture of failure here! This is why I haven't blogged. Because every time I do, and I say "I'm going to do this or that to get back on track", I usually fail! Then I'm embarrassed!

So I signed up for a 30 day challenge with Bodyrock.tv. I know some of you are familiar with this, but basically it's a very intense workout that is only about 10 to 15 minutes long, but you will feel like dying at the end. The challenge starts today. I watched the video for the first day sitting in my cubicle at work feeling like a wimpy lump. I don't think I can do all those push ups. I will give it my best shot. And I know those lunges are going to KILL me! During my Half training last year, around September and October, I was following the program in The New Rules of Lifting for Women book, I did it for about 7 weeks and I was getting so strong! I was upping my weight pretty quick. Then I quit because... why? I don't know... I think it was all the miles I was running to train for the half. I just kind of gave up weightlifting because it would make me sore and I don't like to run when my legs are sore. So now my muscles are weak and spindly again. I feel like I had to put everything on hold that I wanted to do because of that Half, and now I have the freedom to try some new fun things.

Hope everyone is having a good day. Now that I've blogged about it, I feel much more committed to making sure I get that HIIT session in when I get home. Then I'll make a nice healthy dinner. Yesterday I was over my calories, stupid bottle of wine, just tasted so good! Watching horror movies and Hemlock Grove with my hubby, we like to have a few drinks and laugh and have a good time, the main reason I can't lose weight (my daughter is at her dad's house 50% of the time. I am really good when I have her, but when she isn't with me, I act like a damn college kid). Well I will report back about my HIIT session tomorrow!


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DDOORN 1/16/2014 10:03AM

    Excellent plans! Spark ON! :-)


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Half Marathon Training and Confession!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Week 5 of half marathon training!

Just finished my long run of week 4 which is 4.5 miles. Thought it was going to be a crappy run but started off strong and decided to push myself for a 1 mile time. I wish I would have started just a tad faster because I didn't really think about trying to run fast until a couple minutes into my run. Ended up doing my 1st mile in 10:08! I know I could do it under 10 minutes if I started better! This is huge.

Kept going and running and found it hard to keep my pace under 11:30. Until mile 3 and then I was hurting, but I would run for 6 mins, walk for 1 minute, ended up doing my 4.5 miles in 51:50. Last December I ran a very flat 4-mile race and got the same time. I'm making really great progress. And bought new running shoes last week! Big help!

One thing I think is making a huge difference is trail running. I mostly run in the forest trails, usually it's a big struggle, there are major hills and rocks and roots and just lots of obstacles, but it is seriously paying off. Today I ran on a paved path and just flew compared to the trail. On the trail, I can only run about 4 miles or less in the same time it took me today. It feels very hard and slow.

Now it's confession time. I have only been running twice a week!! My legs need the break because I push myself to the limit every time. I let my legs rest for a few days and voila, I'm faster and stronger next time. Maybe it's because I'm still in relatively short runs, but I do want to start running at least 3 times a week in the coming weeks of training! It's just awesome that I'm seeing such great progress, but I really think letting my legs rest a couple days after such hard runs is paying off big time.

unfortunately my weight is still the same. I have been over-eating a lot. I'm still 160 lbs. I hate that. I do really well during the week when I'm at work but then on the weekends, I tend to go nuts. I also drink way too much alcohol still.

Non-scale victories.. running faster.. I'll focus on that. Thanks for reading. Spark on.

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CRYSBROWN1 9/14/2012 6:29PM

    You are improving quite a bit with your run times! Volume can be important later on but ease into the 3 days of running, 2 days will not hinder you abilities as long as you cross train or strength train.

Nutrition is always the hardest part! No matter how long or how much training it can be a challenge, at least you are conscious of it so that you can make the right decisions.

Spark on!

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MRSLONO 9/9/2012 1:00AM

    Well you seem to be putting on a big working out facade...enough to get my ass back in the game! Running 2x a week..great, plus you are doing other exercises(so you say! hahaha!) So thats all great. Big question is the motivation and workouts helping you stay on track in other(liquid) areas? I find it extremly motivating and am so happy FOR YOU when you work out. It gives CORAL so much better life. Oh btw, be-atch i would loooove to be 160! Appreciate your workout accomplishments and the rest will come. xoxo emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JODROX 9/6/2012 9:14AM

    You're doing great! Just keep at it! Awesome. Can I ask if you're following a specific training plan or devising your own?


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TAMTAMM 9/5/2012 10:17AM

    emoticon emoticonYour doing a great job...keep going : )

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TRICIAE2 9/5/2012 8:14AM

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GIANTMICROBE 9/5/2012 7:33AM

    Resting is much more beneficial than most people think! Good for you!

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CSTERLING 9/5/2012 2:38AM

    Congrats on your progress... I have a hard time logging what I eat on my days off. I still try to eat healthy, I just don't log it and I know it's hurting me. We all have something we have to work on. Small steps my friend... they make a difference.

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Goals progress and setbacks

Monday, June 04, 2012

I woke up this morning with the cold my daughter had last week. Ugh! Right now it's mostly a very sore throat and swollen glands. I even had dreams about having a cold and blogging about it on SP. So I thought I'd better do it and make my dreams come true, haha. It's lame because today was going to be my Long Run day.

Overall, I'm so happy I made goals this month because it really gives me something concrete to work toward and so far I've been doing OK. I have missed a few, but I learn from my mistakes and it shows me what I need to work on.

Walk/run with the dog every day: emoticon
I have a very happy dog right now.

8 glasses of water every day: emoticon

No hangovers at work: emoticon
Not a lot of opportunity yet to screw this one up.

Lights out by 11:30 on work nights: emoticon
There has only been 1 work night (last night) and I had lights out by 11:45. I always have trouble going to bed at a decent time on Sunday nights because I sleep in a lot on Sunday morning. If I had not made this goal, I probably would have stayed up until at least midnight.

Get to work by 8:30 AM: emoticon
6/1 I was late by 30 mins.
6/4 This morning because of my cold, after I dropped off my DD at school, I fell asleep until 11 AM! Maybe today doesn't really count, though, since I decided to stay home from work.

Run 3 times a week (2 short, 1 long): emoticon
6/1 - no run
6/2 - 2 mile trail run
6/3 - 30 min hike with several sprints
6/4 - caught a cold :(

Do 1 race this month: emoticon
I did some searches last night, and am thinking of doing the Freedom 5K in Vancouver, WA on 6/16.

Do 1 exercise class a week: emoticon
I have a plan to go to a kickboxing class with my friend KLOKTEFF on Wednesday. Even if she can't make it, I will still do it.

Write up a budget and file divorce papers this month: emoticon
I haven't even thought about it yet!

Fast food 1x per week: emoticon
I had Burger King on Saturday so I'm not allowed to have any more fast food this week.

Track food 5x per week: emoticon
I am already off my goal for the week.
6/1: I tracked most of the day until dinner when I ate at the Mongolian Grill and then drank a bunch of beer, so I don't know my total calorie consumption.
6/2: No tracking
6/3: I tracked my first meal of the day and then all hell broke loose with a Cincy chili feast and red velvet cake.
6/4: I will track all food today and stay in my calorie range!

Now I'm off to make a healthy breakfast and contemplate cleaning the house, which is a total disaster from this weekend. I finished playing the new Silent Hill Downpour game yesterday (while the rest of my family were also playing video games on other systems - we are a total gaming geek family). Compared to the other Silent Hill games, it was just so-so. I didn't like the ending I got (there are 6 different endings depending on how you play the game).

I also watched the first part of the HBO series Weight of the Nation everyone's been talking about. I am looking forward to watching the other parts. You can watch it for free on HBO's website: theweightofthenation.hbo.com/films/m

Hope everyone had a good weekend! Let's have an active week!!
Cheers -

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EX-PRESSO 7/6/2012 3:12PM

    Great. I think I have to write down my goals.

Thanks for the inspiration!

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DDOORN 6/25/2012 10:57AM

    Step by step...living the SPARK!

Thx for the link to "Weight of the Nation"...been wanting to catch this!


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CRYSBROWN1 6/4/2012 8:21PM

    You ARE making progress on your goals! Hope you are feeling better soon!

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VTSQUIRT 6/4/2012 7:05PM

    Great Goals! emoticon

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