Tuesday, January 25, 2011
A good blog, share-worthy. I'm learning this, and I'm grateful for it.
Everywhere I see runners, I'm checking them out - I'm not judging, but I'm looking at what they're wearing ('Oh, neat hat!' or 'I need to get some capris') and how they're running ('Such long strides, will I ever be able to stride like that?') and the weather and in general thinking "You go on runner. Run. Good for you!"
I was passed several times on Saturday by other runners, and I hope they had those kinds of thoughts, too. Just run...
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I thought I'd do a bit of a weekly wrap-up to help put in front of me my efforts, and their pay off.
Sunday, 01/09 - Rest day
KettleWorx - 10 min.
Run 3.0 mi - 46 min.
KettleWorx - 20 min.
Elliptical - 30 min.
KettlleWorx - 20 min.
Run 3.5 mi - 55 min.
KettleWorx - 20 min.
Run 4 mi - 60 min.
KettleWorx - 20 min.
That's 291 fitness minutes, and 3,341 calories burned. I went from 236 last Saturday to 232.2 this Saturday.
I just impressed myself LOL Wow! Now I'm wishing I would have had an extra 9 minutes.
That also decides for me that even though Sunday is supposed to be a rest day, I'll do a little something today. Even a nice easy session of yoga would do nicely to round up my minutes for this coming week.
I plan on this coming week to be a basic carbon copy of last week. I'm doing the KettleWorx 6-week program, which is 3 sessions a week, Cardio, Core, and Resistence. There are three extra DVDs to spread out through out the main workouts as well. I should likely add back in my ST as well, to avoid neglecting that aspect as much as I have.
My lesson for the week - trust the process, do the work, because obviously it pays off, and it feels fantastic!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
It's ok for me to say that, because.. I am. I'm fat. I'm obese. I'm not making a harsh judgement call on myself. It's simply the way I am - at this point in time.
My BMI is 34.8. That's Obese. That's also MUCH better than 42.2, which is what it was when I started this journey.
I embrace that success!
I weigh 235.2 (as of this morning, yay!). That's a huge improvement over 285, my weight when I started.
I have 33 more pounds to lose to be only Overweight. I'm excited to reach that milestone! That'll be a BMI of 29.9.
So, why all these declarative statements? I recently joined the Slow Fat Runners team here on SP. A couple of very dear friends worried about my being part of such a group, or at least, a group with that kind of name. I reassured them briefly via a quick message that it was ok to be a part of this team, that it was not a negative in any way. I'm expounding further here.
I am slow. I am fat. I am a runner. The team title just lays it all out without apology or sugar-coating.
Slow Fat Runners
Even overweight folks can run or walk a 5K to a marathon with pride in their accomplishment and fitness. This team is for us slow, fat athletes for whom winning means finishing the race.
I think that's totally awesome, and I'm slowly investigating the team, the posts, the members, getting a feel for things.
I'm never going to be an ultra-runner. I'm never going to win medals or finish in a top spot in any of the races that I participate in. I'm never going to be svelte or gazelle-like.
I AM going to run. I AM going to participate in and enjoy races. I AM going to continue becoming more healthy, more fit, less fat, less slow.
I'm fat. Yea, so? I am a whole lot more than that. One little three-letter word doesn't define me, stop me, or scare me.
Thank you both for your concern. I DO appreciate it, and love you all the more for it!
Friday, January 07, 2011
I wore a hoodie to work on Thursday (I got tired of being cold all the time) and rather than wear the hoodie while drying my hair and hence getting too hot, I had on a tank top. Bill has a habit of hanging around the bathroom while I'm getting ready in the morning - fixing my hair, applying make-up, that kind of thing. Sometimes, it drives me completely up the wall.
Bill: Oh, you're wearing a hubby-beater.
Me: That's right. Don't make me use it!
He wandered off muttering at that point. Heh.
**Disclaimer** No husband was harmed during the making of this conversation, or blog post.
Here's to a healthy active weekend, for all of us!
Use your mojo, move that thang, shake your bootay like you stole it.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
It doesn't seem like it's been that long since I've blogged, but I suppose it has been. I've been composing bits and pieces of this in my mind for the last week or so, but never committed to the time to actually do the writing.
Where to begin......
The family holiday went really well. It was a great time, with Mom and Kristan and Steve 'home' for the holidays. We had lots of laugh, not as much eating as in the past, and a low-key celebration. Being together was present enough for us, although there were a few gifts exchanged. Mom got to go out to eat enough to keep her happy, and we got to stay in and cook enough that I didn't gain a drastic amount. That was important for me, having broken that 50 lb barrier so recently. Of course, I fluctuated up a bit, but have it back under control and I'm still doing well.
You'll find no resolutions here - I've already done the big two LOL Losing weight and quitting smoking - the first an on-going process, the last a done deal. I do have commitments in mind, though.
I commit to 16,000 fitness minutes for 2011 - that's keeping the same effort that I put in last year (which, granted, improved/increased the longer I was involved with SP).
I commit to 3 5Ks and 3 10Ks, February through July. I'm also committed to volunteering for our Sparkin' Hood to Coast team to work the Mother of All Relays! (that makes me giggle)
I commit to continue my healthier lifestyle. I've made great strides the last 8 months, and I intend to keep on keepin' on. When I joined SP last May, I had wanted to lose 100 lbs total by June 2011, and I've accepted I'm not going to make that goal. That's alright, I'll be thinner, lighter, healthier, and happier by June - how can I not be happy about that??
I commit to continuing with kettlebells. I really enjoy the workouts, Shred-It and KettleWorx, and what's not to like about watching Pavel? Uh.. yea, anyway, I feel strong when I work with the kettlebell, and want to up my workouts and efforts.
I'm running. I'll continue to run. I did leave the C25K team. I'm not following the podcasts anymore, so I didn't feel like I belonged on the team. I'm also not running continuously. I'm running 1 min/walking 1 min. It's sort of Galloway, but not. I might try out the SP Galloway team to see how I fit there.
I thought to myself "I'll have to ask if it's ok if I skip running a 5K completely and just do my own thing."
**edited for clarity - I walk/run 5Ks. I'm actually slowly increasing my distance (I was beside myself thrilled when I did 4 miles last weekend!), working toward the 10K distance, again with the walk/run.***
Then I realized - who am I going to ask? Really??
Go on with your bad self and do your own thang, girl. It's FINE.
I may, at some point, want to commit to more than a 10K. When that day comes, I'll get more serious about training. For now, I just want to run. I want to run against myself. I want the bouncy thrill of running further than ever before, not in a race, but simply because I can, I want to, and I did. That sounds pretty contradictory to signing up for 6 races this year yea? LOL I know. I do want to run races, but for fun, as benchmarks of my progress.
I've been waffling about some of my other teams as well. I love connecting with the people that I meet through the teams, but I don't think I'm a very good teammate when it comes to contributing to the group effort, at least for the large teams. I find myself feeling spread a bit too thin, and think I'd rather focus on what's important to me, rather than only dabbling in too much at once. We'll see.
I will continue to appreciate you, my friends, regardless of what team we are or aren't on. I love reading your efforts, cheering your successes, and learning more about you each time. I truly appreciate my Portland friends that I've met, and really look forward to more face time and taking on these coming challenges this year, side by side.
8 months on Spark. A new year. A different me - improved, happier, healthier. I am loving this groove that I've found.
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