Monday, January 28, 2013
I love running and I love lifting. The two don't normally go together well. I have found that if I want to run distance, then my lifting lacks...and vice versa.
I'm trying to find a happy middle. I'm not running anything over half marathons (yea, I know...I said 10, but what's 3 more?) And I really want to start lifting heavy again. I enjoy being strong. I never had any desire to be skinny, just strong and healthy.
Does anyone else run and lift? Any hints on running and lifting big? I could use any advice on workout routines too. I'm excited to start lifting big again...starts tomorrow, the hubs is spotting me :)
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I normally wouldn't do this. I like to grieve in private, but I need to share this with you.
My sister weighed 340+ pounds, she was around 5'4," she was 38 years old. She smoked cigarettes a lot and was on prescribed medication for depression and COPD and for foot surgery. She had foot surgery on Monday, Jan 14th and died Wednesday, Jan 16th. She had a heel spur removed which required that her achilles tendon be cut and sewn back together. The recovery process would be 3 months of almost complete immobility. Due to my sister's size and a previous car wreck, she was not able to get around very well anyhow.
My sister passed away mostly due to her weight. She had to change the way she slept because of the surgery. They had prescribed her percocettes (?) for pain. The way she slept on Wednesday virtually crushed her. Her weight was too much for her body to bear in the position she was sleeping.
I tell you all this because I know there's a lot of us out there trying to lose weight for one reason or another. Frankly, it could mean the difference between life or death. I had no idea this was so common and I had a difficult time believing it, at first. My sister gave up trying to lose weight and healthy lifestyle, she said she couldn't because of the medication and she couldn't move well.
I want you to know about my sister because if you ever feel like giving up on a healthy lifestyle; if you feel like it's unreachable, I want you to think about the alternative. I'm not trying to scare anyone, I just want you to know that this happens. It's so sad because it didn't have to happen.
I am a Christian and I love the Lord. I know that He has a wonderful plan for all of us. I know that He will guide me and I will follow. I am at peace because I know my sister is at peace.
Please don't give up on your battle for a healthy lifestyle. I promise you that you are worth it and so is everyone in your life. If you ever feel like giving up, please send me a message. I refuse to let anyone else give up.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The thing I hate the most about people suddenly passing away is that sometimes I forget they aren't there.
My sister passed away suddenly on Wednesday afternoon. I just got back from Tennessee yesterday. I already caught myself texting her. I closed my eyes and shook my head and just started to cry again. I was texting her to tell her that we made it home last night.
My sister was 38. She would have been 39 on March 12th. I have a 15 year old nephew who does not have a dad or a mom now. He is staying with his other aunt until the end of the school year and will be moving in with us this Summer.
Monday, January 14, 2013
I used to teach classes at the YMCA. I taught a beginner's class for those who were just beginning to join exercise classes and needed to ease into it and get a good idea of work outs. What I discovered was the majority of my ladies had children, jobs, and very little time for themselves. I only got to see them twice a week so they had to do a lot on their own. I introduced them to what I call "100's"
It goes like this: Set aside 20 minutes-3 times a day. For example: Morning, afternoon, and evening. I give myself a 20 second rest after the 2nd set if I need it. :) This also works very well for kettlebell training.
Morning: 4 sets of 25 of each: shoulder press, lunges (stationary or jump), reverse crunches
Afternoon: 4 sets of 25 of each: curls, plie squats, 30 second planks
Evening: 4 sets of 25 of each: push-ups, burpee's, steam engine
I'm taking my own advice now. BUT! if you're looking for a quick fix 100's are a really good alternative to spending 60 minutes at a time in the gym. Also,
20 minutes is a very liberal time allowance- you may only need 15 minutes. You can change/add your own exercises just do 4 sets of 25 and do 3 different exercises each time. Just think, by the end of the day you've done 200 ab exercises, 100 push-ups, 100 burpee's, 100 squats, etc!!!!! And then, think...you're pretty awesome. :)
Sunday, January 13, 2013
I ran 6 miles yesterday. It was the most I have ran since I had to quit marathon training when my dad passed away in October. My last long run was 18 miles. I had injured my hip while training last year, but I had planned to run through it. It does bother me a bit and the doctor told me to put marathon aspirations out of my head and learn to be happy with shorter distances.
I put on my own little run mix: Mumford & Sons, the Naked & Famous, Old Crow Medicine Show and I was off. I wasn't fast, I averaged 10:06 a mile but my splits were okay and my fastest mile was around 9:07 (3rd). I am considerably slower and I'm okay with that. If I can run slower, but keep gaining in distance then I'll be happy. Sprinting kills my hip :( I'm considering keeping my distance low, under 10. I'm going to see how that feels and after the Charleston Bridge run (if I can run a sub 55:00) I'll start trying some speed training.
Sure, I may never run a marathon. I just want to run. It's my therapy.
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