For me, I'm the type of person that loves to try out new foods and this includes meal plans generated by dietitians. As I was reading a few blogs I came across this website that had a wonderful section containing meal plans for all sorts of eating needs or wants. Each plan has a seven day menu that includes recipes and calorie counting. This is similar to S.P.'s menu plans however everything is laid out in pdf form and can be printed off easily. In addition, the foods in eaten each day are generally inexpensive and can be found easily at most stores. I have a problem with S.P.'s menus because there aren't enough choices and the items are rather expensive when you get everything added together for one week. Check out this fun Canadian site in French and English at: en.chatelaine.com/english/food/artic le.jsp?content=904909
This last week was a real test of my will and dedication due to it being a "woman's week". My motivation and willpower to do just about anything was null but that didn't stop my husband and me from getting out there and hitting the pavement. Thankfully we have just about a week until our Turkey Trot 5K run and it kept me getting out there and running. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy running, it's just the power over cramps is much stronger than my willpower to want to sweat it out in 40-50 degree weather. Thankfully the week is over and my results are not terrible - it just leaves room for more improvement this week.
Pounds Lost: .5 pounds! This week was not the week to be losing weight, I have found out. My daily calories along with exercise were fine however the weight scale has decided to stick to its' guns just one more week. I am stuck at the plateau of the 140's which I plan on getting over this week.
Total Time: 0 Minutes! Weight lifting has been a downfall in our household again this week. It was my intention to get to the gym more frequently however my husband had pinched a nerve in his back so he was unable to get to the gym. His pain left me at home working non-stop around the household doing chores and taking care of his back. We were thankfully able to run since it didn't hurt his back however the weight-lifting and sitting was the problem. We were able to log in around 60 minutes of yoga which is just as good as lifting weights.
23.78 Miles Run! We actually ran less this week due to my husband getting hurt and my own personal pain. Thankfully we were able to get out most days and run our 5K distance. We got our time down again on Saturday and are just about 1 min 30 seconds from our goal for our Turkey Trot. We are extremely excited about our accomplishments and hope that the newly discovered cross country course will not slow us down in the least at the 5K. This week our goal is to run a little more and speed up our time for the race in ten days!
Our second week was not the most accomplished however it just gives us more room to improve this week with our running and lifestyle change!
Firstly, I would love to thank everyone for leaving lovely comments with encouragement and tips to make my adventure of completing my first 5K go off without too many hold-backs. I do have much to learn but thankfully I have my experienced husband and all of you here at S.P. to make the day go wonderful! I'm looking forward to the Turkey Trot in 14 days! Wow! That is just two weeks away - gotta get training some more.
Yesterday was Veterans Day and both my husband and I had off from work. We decided to check out a runners store about thirty minutes from our house and then enjoy a nice 5K distance run through a natural reservation near it. Again, I am not a runner but used to be a seated tennis player. Running is a whole new sport for me as it everything that comes with it. For tennis, clothes have always been a little pricey but when you are a member at an indoor tennis court training center and retired professionals teach you one can only expect slightly higher prices. I was amazed to find out that these high prices have been carried over to running stores. Now, I am loving the running experience but there is no way I am paying around $170 for a shirt to sweat in while running. Sure, that sounds like a reasonable price for a pair of running shoes but the shoes were the cheapest product in the store. Am I crazy, old-fashioned beyond my years or does it sound a little strange to everyone else? Is there really a difference between my cheaper running clothes and these "professional" products in the store?
Our run was thankfully more successful than our trip to the running store. We were able to run our 5K in 32 minutes and 15 seconds. It was much colder today and the wind was very strong so we are not complaining about the time we took to run our 5K. Our goal right now is to run the 5K in 25-30 minutes at the race.
Last night was the first of hopefully no more... My husband and I took out to run our normal 5K distance for training for the Turkey Trot in 16 days! We are thrilled to soon be registered in our first turkey trot together! Last night on the other hand was one of those nights that nothing seems to go just right. We started out feeling tired (hopefully this wasn't due to over doing it lately) and beat right from the start. It always seems like for the first mile is the hardest to complete - after that first one I could go on and on. Since the weather has been nice I thought it would be rather comfortable to run without my jacket - which has a nice pocket for my blackberry that contains all my Korean/Japanese Hip-Hop music. I find that this music really keeps me going throughout my running and I keep focused while singing to the music. Then the pounding started with my pocket to my lighter jacket that I had never run with before on any other occasion. It was beating into my stomach and let's just say that it was not comfortable knowing there was not a bathroom in sight. So, my lovely husband decided that he was going to carry it for me so I could try to get focused once again on the run. Unfortunately, it was all down hill from there. We were too fast in the first mile and ran out of steam on the second and third. It was just a run from a night that maybe we should have just stayed in and just stuck with an extra hour of yoga instead.
Thankfully, though I am not sure how, we managed to knock off another thirty seconds from our 5K run. Unfortunately we did have to stop once to hand over the music player and walk a little to catch our breath and re-focus. I guess we all have these nights but I hope that it was the last until after the Turkey Trot that I am so looking forward to doing.
It seems just like the other day when I was declaring that I was going to take my life back into my own hands. After taking a few months off this summer so I could enjoy the outdoors weather, I am back into the swing of exercising and doing a normal amount of exercise. This time around I am trying to not go overboard because I want to make a lifestyle change instead of a fad diet/exercise plan again. Not that my family and I are in terrible shape but things can always improve.
Pounds Lost: 2 pounds! So, this week I was able to lose the two pounds that I had gained from my time off from sparkpeople. The amount does not appear to be different in my weight tracker but at least I am where I seriously started about a week ago. Weight lingers on me, so I know I have to kick my plan up a little notch just so I can met my goal of losing at least ten pounds by Christmas (hopefully my birthday on December 10th!). Yes, I do sound crazy but I am a goal seeker and that is how I am driven.
Total Time: 10 Minutes! Weight lifting has been a downfall in our household this week because we can just not seem to get a break with our busy gym. It is hard to move around our small gym to get anything done - so we tend to shy away from it. I plan on working on lifting some weights at home before going out for a run. I am not looking to gain bodybuilding muscles - just lean muscle mass to burn calories and run faster.
26.1 Miles Run! I am extremely proud of my accomplishments this week with running. Let me first tell you that I am not a runner and never have been however I have fallen in love with the sport. I run daily and just this last week came up with the idea of doing a 5K Run. At first we were going to do just a 5K competition before Thanksgiving parties. We were surprised to find a Turkey Trot in our area where we will be for the festivities. Hence, we are going to compete in my first run ever on Turkey Day! My husband is an experienced runner however we are doing it together so we are going to try to finish around 25 minutes! We started out not running one mile and now are running 5K distance everyday for training. Our time has gone this week from 46 minutes to 33 minutes!