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It's a new day

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I've been going to the gym quite infrequently as of late. If I'm lucky, once a week. It's a little embarrassing. But today is a new day. And more so, it's a new year. I went to the gym today fully prepared to have to wait for a machine because of all the New Years Resolutioners (maybe I'm one too). But I didn't have to, and I took full advantage of it! I ran for 45 minutes. Or, more accurately, ran and walked for 45 minutes. And I ran/walked 3.75 miles. Not a time to go around bragging about, but it's the longest and farthest I've run in MONTHS. So for that, I'm proud. And I plan to keep it up in the future. Fluctuate between 30-60 minutes of running and slowly build up my endurance. And, on the weekends I'll be playing in a touch football league with work! I'm really excited for that. There are two 23 minute halves, and I won't be playing the entire time, but I'll burn more calories than I would sitting on the couch. Slowly but steadily I'll find my groove of balancing work and working out. I've gained 5-10 pounds in the past 6 months and I plan to lose them in the next 1-2. And then some. 2012 is a whole new year and a whole new me.

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CLAYARTIST 1/3/2012 10:15PM

  you go girl...

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ING NYC Marathon

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I always have my ups and downs with working out and running, but after watching the ING NYC Marathon on Sunday and being on the subway with someone who had just completed the marathon was truly inspiring. Since I started running a year ago my end goal has been to eventually run a marathon. Eventually being the key word there. Now I have an actual goal.

ING NYC Marathon 2013

That's 2 years away and is completely doable. I might enter the lottery for the 2012 marathon and will take it as a sign if I get selected because the odds are very slim, especially considering I'll be entering in the NYC region with thousands of other crazies! But if I don't get picked for 2012 I'll be on track to run it in 2013. Guaranteed entry is 9 races with New York Road Runners and 1 volunteer within a calendar year. Basically, if I run one race a month next year and volunteer at some point (which I love any way so I'm not worried about that AT ALL) all I'll have to do is pay the entry fee and I'll be running 26.2 miles!! It seems kind of crazy since I've only run a handful of 5k's and am running my first 5 miler on Thanksgiving in the local turkey trot. But I've wanted this for a long time and putting an end date (as opposed to "eventually") makes it more of a reality!


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JOAN_HEO 11/9/2011 8:53AM

    Fantastic! I have a dear friend who is running the Philly marathon on the 20th. I'm so excited for her! She lets me run with her and I am honored beyond belief!

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Running Again

Thursday, October 13, 2011

So after being a member of a new gym for 13 days I *finally* made it there. I actually got out of work at a decent hour to get my butt over to the gym, and it felt good! My running isn't where it was a few months ago (last time I've really run regularly). I had to walk to cool down a few times, but I was on the treadmill for 30 minutes and that's 30 minutes more than most days so I'm counting it as an accomplishment. Hopefully I'll be up to speed again soon. I've thought about running/working out in the morning before work, and just pushing back my start time from 830 to 9, which would still put me at work earlier than most people. I think it'd be easier for me to go to the gym more times a week if I go in the morning.... it's just difficult. Plus, I really enjoy working out at night, after work. I'm torn, but that could be laziness. Or, fear of the unknown. I've never showered at a gym before, carried stinky, sweaty gym clothes to work that will just sit for hours. I'm definitely torn about what to do, but I think if I can get to the gym after work twice a week and do something on the weekends (gym, running in the park, yoga, workout videos...) I'll be good. I don't want to do too much too soon. Usually when I start working out again I go hard for a few weeks and burn myself out. So I'm taking it one day at a time, and am going to try to space out the days I go to the gym so I don't get burned out and continue going. I think this is realistic, regardless if I go after or before work.

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LOVEAZ 10/13/2011 10:01PM

    30 minutes is 30 minutes! Excellent perspective!

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PATSWIFE 10/13/2011 9:57PM

  Congratulations! Keep up the good work. I understand, I too struggle with getting to the gym and just started back this week.

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Whew, out of shape!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

So it's definitely been a while since I've worked out, and boy is it obvious. Beside the indicator that I couldn't run a continuous mile (let alone a couple of miles which I had been running before my impromptu hiatus) but after doing some abs work I'm sore all over today. And boy does it feel good! I love the feeling of being sore because it means I'm working muscles I haven't worked in a while. Granted, I shouldn't be sore because I should have been working all along, but I'll take what I can get! So my abs and lower back are sore from Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack and Coach Nicole's pilates abs workout, but also my legs are sore (quads AND hamstrings) from running yesterday (including a few times running up some steps in the park.. why I thought that was a good idea I'm unsure, but I'm glad I did it!) I might be sore and recognizing just how out of shape I really am, but at least now I know where I"m starting from. And it's not even 2, still plenty of time to get a workout in today..

Plus!, I went to Trader Joe's and bought basically every fruit and vegetable they have. Apples, oranges, mangos, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, bananas. Zucchini, onion, garlic, lettuce, spinach, butter nut squash, I think that's it? So now I"m relaxing with a mango-orange-banana smoothie and am going to start making a recipe I found online where I basically make a stew with all these vegetables and serve it over cous cous, I'm so excited!! Back to healthy eating, new recipes and a steady workout!! This is going to be a good October :)


It's been awhile

Saturday, October 01, 2011

It's been almost 4.5 months since my last blog entry, and it's probably been about as long since I've tracked anything on SparkPeople. I ran my last 5k nearly 4 months ago and probably haven't run much since then. I played recreational soccer once a week during the summer, but that's not as much as I probably should have been doing. I've definitely fallen off the bandwagon, but I hope I've learned from it, because if I have then it's not as bad of a setback. I weighed myself today for the first time in months and took all my measurements, and really saw some differences, and while sometimes it's easier not to know, it's definitely better *to* know, that way I can work towards achieving my goals: to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle.

I've noticed a weird correlation between times that I work out a lot and really watch what I eat and times that I don't. It tends to fluctuate with the seasons. I'm really motivated in the fall and spring and less motivated in the winter and summer. I'm not sure if it has to do with the change of seasons and temperature outside, it being the seasons I used to play sports in high school and college, or it being the two seasons that The Biggest Loser is on. It's slightly pathetic, but The Biggest Loser really does motivate me. Seeing x amount of contestants really changing their life for 2 hours a week helps get me and keep me on track. It makes me miss finding new healthy recipes and trying new things, and going to the gym and getting in a good sweaty workout.

Need less to say, I was planning on skipping this season of The Biggest Loser. The past season, Jillian Michaels last season, was alright but I wasn't sure I really wanted to watch the new show and see new trainers. I've been watching the show for a while but don't necessarily feel like taking 2 hours a week to watch the show. I'm so busy with work and watch other shows that I figured I could cut that one from my line up. But recognizing the show as a motivational tool for me, I realize that I need to invest the 2 hours a week into the show if it'll get me to go to the gym 4-5 times a week and eat healthier. So, I caught up on the first 2 episodes and joined a new gym yesterday and am about to go for a run in Prospect Park, a really big, nice park a block away from my apartment!

Wish me luck on restarting my journey, and hoping I've learned enough of myself over the past year to stick with a new lifestyle for a healthier me!

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IAMSHE 10/1/2011 2:04PM

  Good Luck

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