Monday, August 23, 2010
Things have been really crazy around here - family visits, business meetings, hot summer days, a gym without working treadmills and a spot on my skin that is getting checked into right now. Boy oh boy, busy....
This week though I plan on getting my husband and me back into the swing of exercising on a daily basis. We have been really bad lately with a gentle walk each day with the dog for about an hour and that is it. Some days, gasp!, we didn't even go on that long of a walk. I know I know... yikes, right!?!!
So, here is the schedule for this week. (Barring nothing happens with the consultation with the doctor tonight)
Monday: 3 mi @ 70% MHR
Wednesday: 4 mi w/ 2 mi @ LT pace
Friday: Rest - gentle walk
Saturday: 6 mi w/ 4 mi @ 60% MHR
Sunday: Rest- gentle walk
Total: 13 mi
This includes at least ten minutes of yoga each day also however not on the plan since its a daily activity. We are planning on building our bodies back up to 10K. We have been off running for a little bit of time so we have to build our bodies back up to reach this distance (sad, I know but that's what happens when we decline for a while). I'll try to keep everyone updated. Today's goal: Try to stick to the plan and have some fun with it!
Sunday, August 08, 2010
My former favorite bottle of sunscreen, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, was just about to run out so my husband and I decided we wanted something healthy, possibly from the health food store. It is important to not only eat healthy food but to also put healthy things onto our bodies, aka sunscreen. As we were looking, we were alarmed at finding that our sunscreen was not the best option, actually the SPF has been challenged as being incorrect or something like that... We found this wonderful website that actually tests SPF (the gov't supposedly doesn't require the companies to test it themselves before putting the label on the bottle). Yikes, we also found the list of "Hall of Shame" sunscreens to be the most popular on the market. This is alarming seeing that we are all trying to better our lives but could have danger times ahead because we were active and chose the wrong sunscreen.
So, I highly recommend looking at this site listed below to find the best sunscreens, lotions, and lip balms. It does baby and children lotions too! You can also look up your current produces in your household.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Just read a good reminder blog article from the "motivational site" from SP. See this article: "The Importance of Systems in Achieving Goals" . Then I saw that SUGIRL06 who had taken up this advice (not sure if she read the same article or not); nonetheless, it got me to thinking, I should start up a reminder blog just to tell myself what I am trying to do. If it's out in the open, then I can't fall back on it, right?
So my first motivational goal is to teach my husband yoga... Well, infused yoga! This will not only help my husband but if I am teaching him, I know I will do it too.
Remember to always smile... just watched/did a yoga/pilates video the other day where the "man in charge" said that we should all put a smile on our face. So, even if we aren't having fun while doing a routine, then at least other people are tricked. Not only do we then encourage others around us but we might even start to believe it ourselves. I love this little idea, I'm sure it works!
Try to stay within my ranges for nutritional and exercise needs for dieting. This includes one "cheat day" a week if I need it. Let's keep it real, I know that I will never 100% give up everything but if I minimize the things that aren't the best for me, I can splurge one day while still seeing the benefits. I think this also helps me to stay focused on my health instead of losing weight - it's not a game.
Love, Hate, Love, Hate running... Remember that sometimes running is fun but there might be some bad days... just keep with it no matter what!
Remember exercise is about getting healthy, let your body control your exercise not the weather.
Remember that my body knows best, if I think I have overdone the exercise, I will stop myself. If I know I need more food, I will eat a little more of something healthy to satisfy my body. Listen to the body for health.
Don't over do it! Remember that the scale is just a tool, you are healthy now - live the life you want to live - a healthier one and don't give up!
Smile smile smile
Saturday, August 07, 2010
So today is Saturday, my normal "husband and me" day. It is the day we do our longest exercise together and just plan something fun to do together. Unfortunately today was "race day". For some reason (really, I know the reason haha), I purchased tickets for my husband and a few of his friends to go to this big race today that he has been wanting to go to. Lucky for him but unfortunately for me... meant I had to spent another day at home, unless I planned something. I was feeling really depressed since I work at home all week long alone, so I always look forward to our fun "outings" on Saturday. We live in a new place and seeing that I work from home, I know very few people... Seriously got to get out more ...haha
But, after a morning of slight sulking, I decided to throw on a new pair of running shorts and hit the gym. I figured if I was going to sulk I was going to do it in style and while in motion. Thanks to my motivational speech as I walked to the gym, I got into my groove and ran about 6 miles. Not a race pace and not the longest distance, but it was a good run and I was sweating out all that depression. Yay!
So, if you are feeling a little depressed today, clean yourself and go on to the gym or out for a good walk in the sunshine. It will do miracles to your mood and you will get your daily workout done at the same time. Just make yourself do it, it will change your entire day around.
hmmm.. maybe some yoga would be nice now...
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Maybe many of you already know this but Hulu.com has free exercise videos. Some are short ten minute workouts while others are an hour long! They are 100% free and the site actually has a good selection. I highly suggest going there to see what it contains... (sorry, no Zumba, I eagerly looked).
Today it is again very hot and humid. I love hot weather! Unfortunately, the air is very dense and hard to breathe outside, so indoor activities are in order. This afternoon I was looking for something to wake me up and get me in the mood for some more exercise tonight, thankfully I remembered that Hulu had some videos that I had been wanting to check out. I tried the Yoga and Pilates mix video that was around 20 minutes, loved it! I had forgotten how much I loved yoga since I hadn't practiced it in a few months. Wow! Now I'm hooked again. www.hulu.com/watch/38653/yoga-and-pi
Food today has been a challenge. It's the Dog Days of Summer, hence, I have a small appetite for anything really that is cold or warm. I again made my lovely breakfast mixture of fresh veggies (haha, minus a carrot this morning to ease my mind about the sodium content) and couldn't eat all of it. I had to actually make myself eat it this morning so that I had nourishment - never thought I would have to force myself to eat. haha Then I had a serving of homemade bread from the hubster. We aren't eating that much bread right now but we just got "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" and the hubster is hooked on baking bread. So, how can I stop that? I just double check to make sure everything is vegan and he bakes away. Lovely!
Now I'm waiting for my husband to come home so that we can get some more exercise in before a thunderstorm comes around our townhouse. Then, we are going to BBQ! Yay! Butternut squash (slice in half and throw on the grill) and then BBQ tofu. mmmmm
Husband's First Artisan Bread: 50 calories per slice!!! Yummy!!!
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