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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Part of the reason I joined a bigger gym this year was because I wanted variety in working out. I have a very small gym at work that is free but I was bored. Until this morning I was doing the same things at LA Fitness as I did at work's gym but the vibe is different in the big gym - so that's been good. One of the appeals of LA Fitness was the pool.

Now, I haven't swam more than a lap of a pool since high school and even then I'm sure it was for a few weeks during swim class. I thought, though, that I would enjoy it. It has taken me about a month and a half to get there, though. Admittidely, part of it was that fear that people would be watching me (I know, no one does, but fears aren't rationale, right?) and my shyness came out. A big part was the not knowing how to start. I didn't think I was going to be able to do more than a couple laps - so do I waste a time slot that I allotted for the gym? Do I try to do it before or after the treadmill - that didn't sound like a good option, either.

Last night I decided to give it a go this morning. Then if I didn't like it or I only did 2 laps and was done - I could go back this afternoon for a "real" workout".

I was in the water for about 25 minutes. I could only do 2 laps at a time but I decided to just keep moving. Even if that meant to walk to the other end of the pool and breaststroke back. It sure is harder to be out of breath in a pool than it is on a treadmill! I enjoyed the time (although a bit envious of the man two lanes down who never stopped the whole time I was there) and look to go back and do some more. I'm sure, like anything, I'll be able to do more with time. I'm not sure if I felt like it was a huge workout ... maybe because my other forms of exercise produce sweat ... but the fitness tracker said differently. I'll trust it. I'm decided not to go after work to the gym but rather do a yoga dvd tonight, instead.

So today was a good day!

  
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JAZZMINE 2/28/2010 2:08PM

    Do they offer aqua aerobics? I love that!

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ALDANAD84 2/24/2010 4:16PM

    Ive been thinking about joining a gym too but financially I cant do it. I would love access to a pool! Keep up the good work variety is key to any workout plan!

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FLYINGB16 2/23/2010 7:52PM

    My Mom grew up going to North Park and they have an awesome pool. We have one opening in our area hopefully this summer. A big fancy aquatic center. I am looking forward to joining. Congrats to you for trying it out and sticking with it. You will be swimming more laps before you know it!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 2/23/2010 2:37PM

    WooHoo!! Way to get in the water and challenge yourself! 25 minutes is great and it's awesome that you went with the flow and did what YOU could:) Another thing that you might try in the pool is water aerobics-- they probably even have classes at LA Fitness!!

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KORISTA1 2/23/2010 1:03PM

    I enjoy swimming, even though I am not good at it. I wish I had a swimming pool. I wish I could afford to join a gym to swim in the pool.

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SBHPATRICK 2/23/2010 1:02PM

    Awesome! It's terrific how you're stretching yourself, confronting your mental barriers and trying new things. Thanks for being an inspiration!

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LDSMALL 2/23/2010 1:02PM

    Congrats for facing those issues and jumping in!!! That is really great!! 25 minutes in the pool is an awesome workout!! emoticon emoticon

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One song, two songs, one mile - maybe more!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Before the big storm that shut us down for a few days, I was kind of doing the C25K program. I'd slightly modify it - usually for the better (meaning I'd run a little bit more on the run intervals). Last week, I resumed my jogging at the gym. Well the first day was killing my calves. So the other days I remembered what a friend of mine suggested a couple years ago when I started out - get some good songs going and run a song, walk a song. So that's what I did for a few days, including Saturday. As I was walking out I said to Bonnie - I probably should try and do two songs in a row running - or something. A song is only like 3 1/2 minutes.

So this morning I get up early to go to the gym and tell myself that I'll run for 2 songs (after I warm up to my usual "Champion" by Queen Latifah) at least at first. I'll see what I feel like after 2 songs and one song walking. As I'm going along, I decide I'd try for a mile. I thought that would be pushing it but I thought I would just stop if I didn't feel good. A couple times I thought about stopping but I kept saying "you can do anything for .1 mile or 2 minutes". So I hit a mile but I was in the middle of a good song - so I said, "until the end of the song". Then I got to the end of the song and realized I was like .1 miles to 1 and a quarter miles - so that's what I did. A straight mile and a quarter! Now I've done that before but it's been a long time. I also realized that I feel about the same at a half mile as I did at a mile - so why stop at a half?

I have always known that this journey is more about the mental than the physical. This morning was just a huge a-ha that I put so many mental limitations on myself. I am so capable of doing more that I think I can. At the gym and in life.

I keep looking at the old Britt and think of what she would do - instead of looking at the current Britt and determining what I'm capable at this very moment. Not even looking at tomorrow but at today. What am I really capable of today?!!?!! Apparently a whole heck of a lot. emoticon

  
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SBHPATRICK 2/22/2010 8:44PM

    Awesome blog! And congratulations on your great success today, especially the "a ha" moment!

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MSSUNBUG 2/22/2010 5:35PM

    congrats! It's so easy to get caught up in the mentality of what the "old" you could do--and it's fantastic to have your sights set on updating that sense of yourself.

Can't wait to see how your running progresses from here after this insight--I bet it will be fast!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 2/22/2010 4:12PM

    That's a fantastic run!! You are SO on your way to running a 5k!! I also do the "song method" when i haven't run for awhile, or just to change things up. Keep up your running and keep the blog-o-sphere updated on your progress!!

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LDSMALL 2/22/2010 2:51PM

    That was awesome! It is amazing how much of this is mental. Way to go realizing when to push through. I'm sure you just felt great! I'm proud of you!!

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KAHNE9_FAN19 2/22/2010 2:35PM

    Woo Hoo...Great Job..Keep it up..You can do it!!

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January Review

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I had a pretty good January. The scale hasn't moved much this month and I'm trying to take my own advice that I've given many on the message board - you can't control the scale, so don't try. Most of the time, it works - that frustration creeps out every once in awhile.

I have had a major focus on eating more fruits and veggies every day. So far, I've done well. Usually it was 2 fruits and 3 veggies a day. That is something I could be proud of. Since, I've had this focus, I feel like I've had much higher quality calories throughout the day. One day I was at my desk and thought, I feel better! I'm trying to be conscious that all calories aren't created equal.

Fitness has been going well. I joined a real gym (work's doesn't count - although, free is always nice). I haven't minded going, either. I'm doing mostly the treadmill but also some bike, too. I started doing some weights this week and will have to put more of a focus on that going forward. My arms are really sore, today! I tried yoga for the first time and have enjoyed that. I'm going to put it in once a week, too. Also, in February I'm going to try swmming. I even bought goggles today. Oh, and I bought some more workout clothes. I've discovered that cotton is so much hotter and heavier to exercise in - wicking shirts are the way to go!

Having a lot of time to think while on the treadmill, I decided that on my 40th birthday, I'm going to make it an active day. I want to start the day off by running 5 miles. I have a 5K I'm shooting for in April - I figure by August I can do 5 miles and then at the end of September, there's generally The Great Race in Pittsburgh - my 10K goal. Cross your fingers for me.

Here's to February. A month that I'm going to continue to focus on healthy choices. Also, I'm going to learn a little more about weight lifting.

  
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SLIMGRAM2 2/1/2010 6:47AM

    Good for you, stay focused and you will accomplish what you set out to do. Your doing great. I admire you for putting running into your fitness regimen. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 2/1/2010 12:23AM

    Wow-- sounds like a great month! You can totally make your goal of 5 miles by your birthday! And all the new stuff that you're trying-- that takes strength and courage to do! Keep up your great progress!

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MSSUNBUG 1/31/2010 9:19PM

    Way to go!

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SBHPATRICK 1/31/2010 8:50PM

    That's a great January! Upping the quality of your calories is an important step.

And I like your five mile goal for and ON your birthday! I just posted a blog about my birthday goal. I think your post is getting me to think about what will be next and when. The what is definitely a 10K; the when is still in question. :)

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BUSYMAMABEEOF5 1/31/2010 8:21PM

  Hey! That is great.. keep it up.. I am glad you are doing so well!!

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Been here 2 years and haven't added a friend

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I have been thinking about this a lot in the past week. I've been here over 2 years and the only friends I have on my page are my partner and SparkGuy. At this point, though, I feel like it's too late to start adding. I have had a lot of people add me to their list but I have never reciprocated - it feels kind of rude to start adding people now. Where would I start if I did?

Also, I'm trying to figure out why I really haven't added. Is there a certain maintenance to the friendships I don't think I can commit to? I think that may be it. Almost like I would feel rude if I didn't check in on those who I added as friends. Although I know that there is not THAT much maintanence to be had.

I think I have to figure out my obsession over "not being rude". I often don't do something because of it. Is it because I don't want others to think I'm rude, or is it to be nice to other people? Or is it a combo?

More to think about this week.

  
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RUNNER12COM 2/3/2010 3:34PM

    The best part of adding friends is that I can check the activity feed and see where they have been posting. So far, it just means that I have better visibility on many of the blogs and message threads that I might otherwise miss.

Just my opinion, but I think Spark People should be a benefit to each of us, not an added responsibility or duty. I post when and where I feel drawn, but I do not consider my presence here an obligation. I would hope that my friends feel the same.

SDJ

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SBHPATRICK 1/24/2010 7:24PM

    I'm glad you decided to start adding friends! : )

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KOKGIRL 1/19/2010 9:52PM

    I wondered the same thing when I first joined. Is there some kind of unspoken etiquette that I'll not get? I decided to add people anyway. It's fun to go through the friend feed and see what everyone else is reading and responding to. It's like getting in on a conversation (and it doesn't matter how late you were to the party).

I've added a few people who haven't reciprocated adding me - that's ok, I figure everyone has their reasons for how they decide to add or not add. I just look at it as some kind of shyness they haven't overcome yet (which I can relate to).

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BASKETLADY6 1/19/2010 9:12PM

    Add those with whom you have something in common with...outside of Spark People. Since you're active on the boards, it won't take YOU long to figure out whom you want to add.

I didn't add very many people for the first months either. Whoever I added, I wanted to be sure they were people with whom I shared different interests. It's worked out. Some people I've communicated with, others only temporarily. But it works out.

Do what you're comfortable with.

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SLIMGRAM2 1/19/2010 8:40PM

    Don't be so hard on your self. Add some friends, we can give you support when and if you want it. I find that adding friends gives you a chance to socialise and opens a lot of doors. If you feel like giving support do it. If you want support ask. It's that simple emoticon emoticon

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MSSUNBUG 1/19/2010 8:08PM

    No expectations, pal. Just support when you need it and want to give it. :-)

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 1/19/2010 6:54PM

    It's never too late to add friends here on Spark-- I'm glad you're reaching out and becoming more involved in the community. There will be people who you never check in on and there may be some who you really click with and talk to/post everyday. This journey is still about YOU, so if you're overwhelmed, don't worry-- your friends will understand!

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ADAMARIE1617 1/19/2010 4:52PM

  I am new here and I have just been adding people who have been sending me encouraging words or respond to my blogs or posts... I hope I can then eventually find a few good friends that I can really bond with and loose weight with!

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LOCATEKIM 1/19/2010 8:38AM

    I haven't added any either. Now's the time, I think.

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MYCUTEGIZMO 1/19/2010 8:29AM

  Yes just add them and don't think too much..

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JOYCEMARIE9 1/19/2010 8:28AM

    I have not added any friends yet but I have not belonged all that long and I have not really thought about it I should look into this and its never too late and it could be fun go for it.

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LAURABELIEVES 1/19/2010 8:27AM

    I agree with Wonderwonderwho. Friends are great. They are there when you need them. But you are not expected to send email, ask about their kids, or anything. Just learn from them and accept help from them when needed. And who knows you may be able to help them without any special effort just by the knowledge you must have from being a part of this!

Good luck! I will add you as a friend and would love for you to add me! :)

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MHINTZ0929 1/19/2010 8:27AM

    Be easy on yourself! Add some friends, it will make you smile. There are no implicit expectations! Be well.

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WONDERWONDERWHO 1/19/2010 8:23AM

    You are thinking too much. Just add some friends - it is fun and there is really no expected protocol.

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Joined the gym

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Well I joined on Jan 1st (got a good deal) but went for the first time yesterday, then made a repeat performance today. The jury is still out if I'm going to like it. My company has a gym, but it's small. I think there's 6 cardio machines, 5 weight stations and a bunch of free weights. It is nice to be able to go when I want and most often have the place to myself (I'd be there at about 5:40 in the morning)

The new gym is quite intimadating. People everywhere, lots of equipment, and everyone looking like they know what they're doing. I need to schedule my inital meeting with a trainer, so I'm hoping that it will help ease some of that discomfort.

A large part of why I wanted to join was for the pool and possible classes. I think I need some variety in my workout (I already liked the bikes they had there better than the ones at work) so I hope that I like things like swimming as much as I hope.

It's all new - I hope I like it!

  
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SINGER73 1/12/2010 9:44PM

    Have a great time at the gym. Don't let the other people intimidate you. You are there for you NOT to impress other people. Get with the trainer and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Take the group classes. They can be very motivating and you get to meet people that you will see all the time.

I miss the gym and can't wait to go back in March.


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