I don’t do it often, but after weight lifting today, I was groggy and needed to sleep. Do others experience the same? I spend myself when lifting weights. I do 2 or 3 sets of 8 to 12 reps with the weight being set so that I cannot do one more—the muscle is fatigued. I have gotten stronger over 2 ½ months.
Interestingly, I usually chest press with 35# but today could only do 15#!! I listen to my body and back down when I must. I concentrate on good form and have an instructor to point out corrections. She has been invaluable. Throughout my sessions, she has corrected me in all kinds of exercises. I feel when I get it right—it’s an “aha” moment.
I did one hour of weights followed by stretching after I did forty-five minutes of spinning with my favorite instructor. The spinning got my heart rate up to 90%. I love that the instructor motivates me so much in her workouts. She mixes things up well and syncs well to the music. I love that I can lose myself in the music. It keeps me going.
I got a bike ride in with DH and DS. We are having great spring weather!
I picture Ancel Keys, father of WWII ‘K’ rations, early pioneer who used the BMI descriptor (an improvement over weight) and promoter of replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats in the diet. I picture the sedentary life of a researcher, hunched over his statistics, applying for grants and writing articles for peer-reviewed journals in the days before the word processor and statistical packages. Ugh!
I did not do it fully for weight loss. I enjoyed it! Exercise is helping my mood and energy level. I am reveling in new activities (like my first 5k!!)
My next focus in my journey is the quality of calories I consume. I have been pretty regular with logging—something I find necessary for me. The logging tells a story. I journal responses to my actions and it is revealing. It really helps me see my diet differently. It helps me see that the binging does not really take care of my issues. Sometimes, I need a nap. Especially, it seems, after heavy strength-training.
My weight is at a stall but I am encouraged this week with the need to go out and purchase new bras! I’ve shrunk. Unfortunately, I have to purchase a new enell and they are expensive. However, the enell bra has opened new doors of fitness to me—something skinny instructors do not think about as a barrier. I am aware of the problem an ill-fitting sports bra is for new exercisers who are overweight. Do yourself a favor and look into getting a great sports bra. A beginner has so many things to think about in this journey, don’t waste one thought being self-conscious because of an ill-fitting bra.
I’m going back out today for more great exercise. My son did not join me at yesterday’s 5k because of the downpour. But he is sharing his split times and enthusiasm with me that he has had from cross-country.
I did it! I walked at a 16 minute per mile clip at my first 5k!! I got weighed in for the walking/weight loss division for my local 5ks. Some people weighed in last week so will have a one week advantage at the end of the season. However, I will use this fact to motivate me to move more!!
It was a fun event. The morning started with cold rain. However, just before the race, the rain stopped. We were grateful.
I met a nice lady my age who introduced herself to me while I was warming up. It turns out that she came in 2nd running in our age division with a time under 27 minutes. She invited me to meet with her and her friends after the run. The event provided lunch. That was so nice.
I also met a fellow sparker briefly at the starting line. She ran rather than walked the event. She had lost 30 pounds last year on Spark. I felt encouraged.
I loved the people I met. The photographer shot me a couple times because I wore silly St. Patrick day glasses and the green event shirt during the run. Most people did not put their shirt on which I thought was interesting. When else would you wear the shirt? I think it looks good for the event in photos to have people wear them.
High school kids ran back through the course to cheer and encourage slow pokes. The other ladies at the end of the pack cheered each other, too, as did the course monitors. I thanked the drenched timers/course monitors as I passed them because it was cold and windy and they did stick it out there for us. They were hit by the downpour that preceded the race.
All in all, I loved participating in the event. I loved that they had little kids as well as older folks running. I felt really great. After the event, I burned another 500 calories at their local Y because it was right next to the 5k course and I was curious to check it out. My county is rural. The Y’s allow members to use other facilities other than the home YMCA. It’s a great way to combine a good workout with hikes and other activities around the county.