Monday, April 01, 2013
It's been a long time since I posted a blog -- and I've been writing a bunch in my head without getting them down.
Thanks to a BLC challenge -- here I am -- blogging at last!
It's been a wonderful experience being part of BLC21. I have put in more fitness minutes than I would have otherwise -- and I am now jogging 30 minutes straight, having completed training with Spark and following the Run Your Butt Off Program that MRSVK11 introduced me to. I've also added Body Pump classes to my week and this will add a great weight training element to my cardio.
Here are some of my thoughts for the BLC 8-week break:
To keep the momentum -- I'm planning to "stick with what works." For me that includes the following:
Tracking -- a must!
Working Out -- Spin, Body Pump, Hooping, Walk/Jog/Hike
Continuing with BLC habits of LCW, Weigh In on Wednesday, TNT, and weekend challenges
Prayer and Worship
Learning more about Brain Gym and Mindful Yoga
Setting up e-cards to arrive two times a week with encouraging words, reminders to keep the healthy fires burning. If anyone knows a good site for that -- where you can pre-schedule when a card will arrive (and it's free) -- I'd love any suggestions.
I'm at a crossroads weight -- a weight I've often arrived at and then went up from rather than down. So, here are some words to myself:
No self-sabotaging. Don't get lax or overly casual with your eating.
You can win this!
You can achieve this!
Many others have done so . . . you will join them!
Remember the quote from a teammate's Sparkpage:
"If you're tired of starting over, STOP giving up."
Will probably work on these a bit more -- but wanted to make sure I posted -- both for my own sake -- and to bring on more points for my team (Hi Team!!!!!!)
Wherever this finds you --
Smiles for you!
Peace, Health, and Living Fully No Matter What . . .
Friday, January 25, 2013
We all know how fast time can go by at times. I can't believe I'm already up to Day 9 of BeFit in 90. It seems to be flying by. Learning -- once again -- that today's decisions impact tomorrow's realities.
The combo of BeFit in 90 with my Run Your Butt Off program is working out great. While there is a cardio portion to BeFit -- for me, it all feels like strength training, toning, and stretching -- which I need! I am still doing modified Burpees and that plank thing (where you go down one arm and push up and do the same on the other side) -- but, I shall perservere -- and look forward to my upper arm strength getting better.
Walking/Jogging my way to a 5K is going great. I can really see progress here. I'm doing 3 minutes walking to 2 minutes jogging for 35 to 40 minutes. The last few days, I can see that I'm ready to jog/run again after 2 minutes, so I've added 2 rounds of walk 2: run 2. My mindset is still to go forward slowly and not rush the plan -- just don't want to get injured -- not worth it.
Started to read some running blogs and found out about shin sleeves. The running store near me had some by CEP -- and I like them so much, I've started wearing them a lot. It's sooooo cold here that having them on really feels great. They are staying up -- just as all the reviewers gushed they do -- and I'm hoping they will prevent injury.
BLC21 is now in Week 2 -- gosh I have a great team with the Mighty Mocha Hunters! I am so inspired every time I go on the chat thread. A blessing!
This weekend has no major food-centered events -- yeah! Last weekend had more than enough challenges in that arena. But, as one of my new favorite quotes from a Mocha teammate says -- I am no damsel in distress!
Here's the full quote from Marjimac -- this will be with me for years to come!
"Here's why I pack my snacks at home and why you should too--if I leave home without them, I'm quietly planning to eat something tempting, delicious, and probably not nutritious whether I admit it to myself or not. I'm at the mall, I'm hungry, it's lunchtime--of course I have to eat at the the food court. What I am supposed to do? Starve?
Did I know when I left the house that I'm be out past lunchtime? Most likely. But hey, I have to eat the Mrs. Field's cookie because I'm so hungry! Yeah right. If you want to eat at the food court, plan for it. Make it work in your eating plan. There really is no "oops". You're not a damsel in distress stranded in a sea of fast food. You knew the logical consequences of leaving home without food you could eat."
Warm hugs on this verrrrry coooooold day from a Damsel who is N.I.D. (not in distress!!!!).
Learning to be fierce, fabulous, and determined in new and fun and healthy ways . . . .
Smiles for you!
Peace, Health, and Living Fully No Matter What . . .
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Today is Day 3 of Be Fit in 90 -- a rest day. I'm ready to go further, but have decided to follow the plan as written, just to see. So watched the 20 second training tip about the importance of warming up -- and 'tis done.
I really have been liking it so far. It's very easy to do at home as, so far, all you need is yourself, some space to stretch out and move around -- but not too much, and dumbbells. A friend lent me P90x once and without a pullup bar, it just didn't make sense for me to do that program.
For BeFit in 90 -- Each day has 4 segments -- begins with a 4 minute warm-up, c. 10 min tone/dumbbells set, c. 10 minute cardio -- day one "boot campy", day two "MMA", and 4 to 5 minute cool down -- day one "stretch and flexibility", day two, "yoga".
Some of the exercises require a lot of arm and core strength and are beyond my ability to do multiples -- so I modify and do as much as I can, looking forward to the day I'll be rocking this plank maneuver where you go into plank and then go down on one arm, go back up to plank, and go down on the other arm. For me, that's tough to do at the pace these incredibly fit and buff people are doing them -- but I'm trying! Also often happy that I'm at home trying this stuff!
I already mentioned this on the Be Fit in 90 team forum -- but the trainers voices (love the main woman's accent!) are easy to listen to -- and they're encouraging.
The fact that it's only 35 minutes makes it very easy to incorporate for me -- at least for the first 2 days! Here's to 88 more days of easily incorporating 35 minutes!
Walk/Jog 5k mixed with Run Your Butt Off Program --
I'm between Stage 2 and 3 of RYBO (I'm doing Walk 4, run 1.5 minutes) --
Stage 2 is 4 minutes of walking to 1 minute of running (repeat 4x) for 3 or 4 weeks
Stage 3 is walk 4: run 2 minutes (repeat 4x) -- suggested to do for 3 or weeks also.
Stage 4 is walk 3: run 3 (repeat 4x)
For the SparkPeople Official 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program -- it's a faster pace program (although it may seem that way for me because I didn't start with the other plan, which has the 1st five weeks of only walking)
I completed Week One of Training (simultaneously, of course)
Week Two has Walk for 3 minutes, then jog for 1.5 minutes. Repeat 5 more times. (Total workout time: 27 minutes). Guess it's RYBO Stages 2-4.
So, have talked mainly about working out today. But, my nutrition is on my mind, too -- to stay on point, to know that this day leads to my success! And yours, too!!!!
Quote for the day:
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."
Smiles for you today!
Peace, Health, and Living Fully No Matter What!
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