Friday, December 31, 2010
I know many many people will surpass 10,000 fitness minutes this year, and I hope I do next year. Correction - I WILL exceed 10,000 minutes next year.
This year though, I'm tickled that I've hit this milestone today, the last day of 2010. What a great way to end my year.
It was cold and crisp and clear this morning, so I decided to head out to the golf course for one last run this year.
It was a fabulous day and I was so happy to be out on the trail again. I did my five minute walking warm-up, then took off doing my run 1 min./walk 1 min. It was so cold, it hurt to breathe at first, but that eased up eventually. I finished the 2 mile loop in 30 minutes. My best ever. Then, I did the unexpected. I sent Bill a text that I was going another 2 miles, and I'd be later than planned.
And I ran 2 more miles. I was only going to walk the loop, but I felt good, so did the 1:1 run/walk all the way through. This time I finished in 32 minutes, and I couldn't have been happier! It was that same bouncy, I can do ANYTHING feeling I had after the Jingle Bell run. Completely awesome!
When I got home, everyone was awake (they weren't when I left) and mostly ready for the day. I logged my run, and realized I was 49 minutes shy of breaking 10,000 fitness minutes. I could def. do that!
Mom volunteered to get dressed and go on a walk with me. WooHoo the family's going to help me break through! Kristan dressed as well, and we set out around the neighborhood.
The wind was howling around us, so rather than going my usual 3 mile route, we cut it short to 2 miles. 36 minutes down, 13 to go LOL
I rounded out my efforts with hip flexors, reverse crunches, lying leg raises, and back extensions. Nothing like a little ST to finish off the day, eh?
There. I've done it. The number seems incredible to me, although so many of you have so much more. I'm thrilled, not only with my own efforts, but also with my family helping me achieve this at the last.
Kristan has signed up for SP as well, and we've been going through the site, checking out the features and helping her learn how to use the trackers (she has some really yummy items on her SP provided menu LOL).
We're going to enjoy a small buffet-style dinner tonight with a few indulgences, and try to stay awake to see the new year in. Even if I'm not awake for it LOL I'm looking forward to 2011. Guess how I'm going to celebrate it tomorrow?
Happy New Year, everyone!!
Monday, December 27, 2010
I've waited for what seems like a very long time to create this particular blog.
Thanks to SparkPeople, my family, my Spark-family, and my own stubborn determination, I have created a healthier life for myself, including quitting smoking and losing 50 lbs in the last 7 1/2 months.
This time last year, I was sad.. miserable really, and trying to put on a good front.
Last year, I could not wear my wedding rings on my left hand properly, and I tried to hide myself away as much as I could.
Now, my wedding rings are loose, and I take pride in how I look.
I'm a goofball, yes, and that has helped make this journey, a journey that can be hard and makes for a long struggle sometimes, much more bearable and fun.
The morning I woke up to discover I had finally lost 50 lbs (Christmas Eve in fact), I took it all in stride, and headed for the treadmill. It wasn't until I was in the midst of my run - yea, I run now. No really, I do, I haul my bootay along and wrack up the miles, slowly but surely - I realized "I've lost 50 lbs, and I never thought I'd do it" and I got all weepy and teary-eyed. Whether you're a runner or not, you know crying while you're trying to do something makes it that much harder LOL I dried up the waterworks long enough to finish the run, and head back upstairs. Bill was awake by then, so I told him that I had finally lost 50 lbs. This has been a big deal, a big milestone number for me, and just telling him that simple statement, I started crying again. Ninny LOL
I'm proud of me. I'm proud of my accomplishments. I know I still have a LONG way to go - 70 more lbs in fact. It's not easy, it's not quick. But it IS worth doing, and it IS something I am committed to accomplishing.
Thank you, SparkGuy, SparkPeople, and SparkFamily! Happy holidays to all!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I'm smiling today. I'm at work, and I'm smiling. Kinda sorta odd, eh?
I've had the last two days off to spend with my Mom, who arrived way-too-early Monday morning. We've done our first and second round of shopping (the woman is a shopping champion!) and have gotten most of our gifts out of the way, including buying for each other. She sees something she likes, I get it for her, and vice versa LOL It's nutty, but it works.
I've managed to get my fitness minutes in so far. I ran and did core ST Monday morning, I did my kettlebell DVD yesterday morning, and I got up at 4 a.m. (!!!) this morning to run again. We're supposed to go out to eat for dinner tonight, so I didn't want to get home, go down and run on the treadmill, then have to shower to go out, and make dinner much later than usual. I will have to do my upper body ST this evening, but that shouldn't be a problem.
Eating has been going well. We've gotten snacks and treats, mostly on the healthy side, and I'm not having trouble avoiding those that aren't.
For instance.. Costco chocolate chip cookies have 210 cals. each. Now, these are some delish cookies, but I don't want to blow that many calories on one cookie.
Instead, we made whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, and they're 90 cals. each. Yea, a very nice alternative!
Today and tomorrow, I work. I'm off Friday, and my daughter and her boyfriend arrive by Greyhound that morning, and then we're off to the all-inclusive Bailey-clan Christmas Eve gathering at the step-ex-wife's house.
Oh! Lindsay, our middle-child (youngest step-daughter) is pregnant, and just found out yesterday that she's having a boy. We'll have a new grandson (my first baby grandchild) in May.
So yea, I am smiling. It's been a great week so far. I'm balancing everything out pretty well, not going too far overboard in any one particular direction, and enjoying this time with our family. I hope your week is going just as well, and will be just as great!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Today has been a good day. Today, I won. I succeeded. I triumphed. And I feel it.
Today, I ate well and healthy. I had filling, delicious, satisfying meals, fruits for snacks, and I'm about to have a whole wheat chocolate chip cookie for dessert - and yes it has been logged already, and I'm still within my ranges.
That's right, that's my nutrition percentages for today. Yay me!
I ran tonight. I did upper body strength training tonight. I felt that good 'ow..ooohyeaaaaa' feeling while I lifted my weights. I felt my knee click, then settle down, as I made my distance. I felt my body respond better to running 1 minute, walking 1 minute, over and over (Galloway's suggestion for someone who runs at my slow pace) than it did to the C25K W4 session. I finished 3.1 mi in 49 minutes, and felt like I could do more, but I didn't. I'll do more on Friday.
Today, I won. I am a Warrior, and I persevered. Tomorrow, I might falter. I might stumble. But today.. tonight.. I'm going to bed, tired, happy, satisfied, and proud of myself.
Monday, December 13, 2010
HollyL7 had a great blog that brought home a message I needed today.
Up and down.. off and on.. in and out.. yin and yang. Ok, I'm playing with my words, I admit, but still. I've been dithering about, getting serious on one aspect of this lifestyle gig, and letting another component slip. Then I'll flip-flop and buckle down on the slippage, only to find the other side lacking. Well, time to tighten up and bring it all together. Sort of like gently but firmly drawing the laces of a corset tight.. tighter.. to attain the most pleasing affect. Heh. I've had corsets on the brain lately, but that's another blog.
I need to firm some things up, and I'm sharing with YOU for accountability. Especially with the upcoming weeks. My mom arrives for a 2-week visit on Monday, Dec. 20 (next week, YAY!!). The woman can eat. Let's just leave it at that. She out eats my DH somehow, and he packs it away as well. AND I just found out my daughter and her boyfriend are coming home for Christmas. I'm nearly in tears simply typing that, because she's been gone so long! No weeping until I get home!
Accountability--- Fitness minutes for the week 12/13 - 12/20
~ Strength training (core) before running - it's the only way I'll be able to get it in, I know myself.
~ C25K W5 - I'm repeating, yes, but it's a good thing. I'm happy with it. 2.5 mi and/or 40 min.
~ KettleWorx DVD - 30 min - I'm counting this as ST for the day
~ ST (Upper body) before running
~ C25K W5 - 3.1 mi and/or 50 min
~ Shred-It DVD - 30 min
~ ST (core)
~ C25K W5 - 3.5 mi and/or 60 min
~ Fit, Firm, Fired up DVD - 45 min
Sunday - rest (I'm building in a possible elliptical workout here if I need to burn off nervous energy)
~ ideally I'll run, but Mom arrives this day, at 1:30 a.m., so I'm allowing myself to free-float on this day if need be.
That's my fitness plan. Better than "I'll run three days this week and.. uh.. hm. Well, do something else," which is what I've been doing lately.
I'm also going to sit down and get my menu in order for the rest of this week, especially for dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and daytime snacks are fine, but dinner has turned into a question mark, which isn't good. I'll get that organized this evening.
Once they're here, I'll have to work around them, and/or incorporate them into my routine, which I would much rather do. I think I have a chance with my daughter, not so much with my mom, but mom surprises me sometimes, so we'll see.
I feel good. I have it in writing now. I can come back and check off my goals as they're completed. I like that. Good.
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