Monday, June 30, 2008
Uh-oh, Iím telling you, it is a GOOOODDD thing youíre watching me! And a bad thing, too!
I didnít blog last night. I was not in a good place. I got rained out, and I was pi$$ed off about it. See, partly it was my fault. Iíll admit. I waited until the last possible minute to go. And then, it started lightning, and then it started raining. And I bagged.
Because Iím injured (chipped heel and shoulder), I donít have any indoor alternatives, and a nice long walk in the dark after the rain stopped isnít really an option either.
Then something else contributed to this, too Ė itís taking FOREVER to burn off the calories. All of a sudden, almost overnight, it is almost impossible for me to get my heartrate up to get the calories burned off! I used to burn 120 calories per lap at the Veloway. Now? 68-85! Whatís up with this!?! Going up the hardest hill as fast as I can go only gets my heartrate to around 150! So burning off the calories Iíve committed to burning off is now taking a dang long time.
So hereís where it stands:
Goal Ė 3200 (as it turned out, it was actually 3254)
Friday: I asked yaíll to watch me. And youíre doing that, right?
As I wrote in my blog Saturday night, I got 1296 calories on a goal of 1100. Itís a good thing, cuz if I hadnít banked those extra 196 calories, thereís no way Iíd get to my 13,000. Youíll see why in a minute.
My second ride on Saturday is the first one where I started noticing I couldnít get my heartrate up. Iím riding full out, hard, and it took me 71 minutes to burn 575 calories. Thatís a long time for that little bit!
Sunday: I will admit, I was tired Sunday morning. But I got up and was ready to go. However, my HUSBAND was not! So he dragged his feet, and we got out there a bit later than I would have liked. Translate: It was freaking hot to ride! And he quit a bit early, he wasnít feeling good. I still did another lap + a part of a lap after he quit, but I didnít want to leave him out there when he was having a hard time, just sitting in the heat. So I stopped at 70 minutes, having burned 546 calories. I told myself it was okay. After all, I still had Sunday night, Monday morning, Monday night to make up the deficit.
Sunday night? We didnít leave the house until late. Then we ran some errands. I was getting more and more upset by the minute, knowing I was probably going to miss being able to go. PLEASE NOTE: THIS WAS NOT MY HUSBANDíS fault. So we stopped running our errands because I was getting so upset, and we went home. We got dressed and ready to go, and then? It started lightning. My husband is NOT going out in the lightning like his stupid wife would. But then, it started raining. And raining would equal a blog about wiping out. So I was stuck with no choice but to get the remaining calories in on Monday. I had 1327 left at this point I think. That would be okay if I had Monday OFF, but I donít.
I went to bed early on Sunday night, without blogging cuz I was mad. You donít want to hear from me when Iím mad, trust me. Plus, my foot was hurting BAD. Ibuprofen and sleep; thatís what I needed.
Monday Ė thatís today: I got up early, then procrastinated. But I got out there. My music was all wrong today, so I decided to listen to David Sedarisí audiobook ďWhen I Am Engulfed in FlamesĒ or something like that. Donít get me wrong. Davidís hysterical. But heís deadpan, and his delivery is very calming. This is not a desirable feature of audio on a morning ride. I need invigorating. But my music was boring me, so I listened to David instead. And boy, did I pay. I bet I did somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 million laps. And I could NOT get my heartrate up either. I burned 60% fat!
But hereís the good news. I stayed with it. I kept pedaling around in a circle. It took me 2.5 hours, it did, it did. But I burned 709 calories. My butt has cramps, my legs are tired. But itís 11am, and I have a mere 703 calories left to go on my goal of 3254.
Will I make it? Weíll see what happens tonight. My goal is to leave work at around 5, get on the track about 6:30 or so. If I do that, I have 2 hours to get through the remaining 703. And then I am NOT going to be out there on Tuesday.
What have I learned?
1) DO NOT TAKE A WEEK OFF EXERCISE WHEN YOU HAVE A GOAL! STUPID, STUPID, STUPID. Because I do NOT miss my goals when Iím committed to them.
2) SparkBuddies watching motivates me. Are you REALLY watching? HM? Iím pretending you are, even if you arenít, so donít tell me youíre not. This will mess me up. I dunno why it motivates me, do you? You donít know me, you canít come to my house and kick my butt. In fact, I suspect if I screwed this up, youíd forgive me and give me an A for trying! To be honest, I do know what it is. Itís accountability. My posters, spreadsheets, calendar, heartrate monitor, SparkPage, fitness tracker, scale, tape measure, and now, SparkBuddies. These are ALL forms of accountability. And they are truly, completely causing me to show up and do the work.
3) These micro-goals, these baby steps, really make me show up, too. Each lap, each workout, each day, each week, each month, all add up to the overall goal of 144,000 calories, which, if it continues like this, will equal somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 pounds off my hiney. The baby steps add up to a trek up the mountain.
4) I am getting in shape! I really am. It is HARD to get my heartrate up now! I am not happy about that, you know? But really I am. Iím glad that I can haul butt hard, hard without getting very winded, without getting my heartrate up, but dagnab it, without burning off many calories either!
So, I better get to work, seeing Iím so late this morning. I have 703 to go. I sure hope I make it. Then, this week? Itís my turn to watch you. I canít right now, cuz Iím busy staring at myself, but as soon as thatís over, Iíll watch you if you want. Better make it good! Iíll blog about that on Tuesday if Iím alive.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I am an absolute witness to the power of being watched today! I stayed up until 2am last night, and I did NOT want to get up this morning and get on my bike. OOooo, I resisted! I even went back to bed after I had my exercise clothes on. (That's what I make myself do if I want to crawl back in bed...I have to do it with my workout clothes on. Doesn't make for a comfie nap, lemme tell you!)
Then, I made it outside and sat in a chair for a little while. Ooo, I didn't want to go. I was recalculating how I could still do this whilst bagging the morning ride.
Ultimately? I knew I'd have to confess what I did if I bagged. Now, I know you'd all forgive me, but it still wouldn't be okay. Plus, what's the difference between doing it this morning, or doing it later? It just needs to be done. So I got in my truck and drove to the Veloway. Oh, I wasn't done resisting, don't you worry!
I got there, and all these people are working out and sweating, and I'm just staring. The only thing that's moving on me is my lungs inhaling and exhaling. But I know you're back at SparkPeople watching me, and everyone's getting pissed at me for running my diesel truck to sit in the a/c, so I got out of the truck. I got on my bike, I did the first lap. Ugh. I wanted to get off the Veloway and go home. I did the second lap. Ugh. I still wanted to go home.
Then I realized that I was going to drive myself insane every lap if I was behaving like that. So I got off the Veloway and onto the road and made myself ride one way far enough to be more than halfway through my calories before I could turn back. That way, the argument with myself every lap would be over; I showed ME, didn't I! Next thing ya know? I had a 1 hour and 41 minute bike ride done, and I burned off 721 calories.
And it really WAS because you were watching me. I'm not kidding. I wouldn't lie about this.
Tonight? I almost bagged again, but it was just because it was getting late, and we had some errands to run, not so much about motivation. Tonight, I was only mildly motivated because you were watching.
Lemme tell you what REALLY motivated me this evening. I was in Academy Sports and Outdoor buying some new workout shirts. Now that I'm smaller, I can't STAND my big t-shirts. They're too hot, and they make me feel all twisted up in them. I took my t-shirt off, and all of a sudden I really SAW myself in the mirror. OMG, I look normal! I'm not skinny, but I'm not fat anymore. I. am. no. longer. fat. I'm normal. I look okay. I don't LIKE extra large anymore. Wow. I just kinda stood there. I was a bit blown away. And the cool thing is, tomorrow morning, I'm still going to look like this. And the next day, too. I feel like I dodged a giant life sentence fat bullet! I've changed. I'm different on the outside, AND on the inside.
And this time? It's gonna stick. Sure, I might gain some back at some point. But this time, if I do? I know three things I didn't know before. First, I know I CAN lose weight, something I didn't think to be the case before. I felt helpless, like there was nothing I could do. Second, I know exactly what it takes. I know exactly what to do to get the weight off. Third, I know the systems to put in place, the accountability to set up so that while I'm doing what it takes, I'm supported.
So all of this is going through my head, while I'm standing there in front of the mirror, not cringing, just looking. I picked out 5 or 6 workout shirts, and one new pair of workout shorts, and skeedaddled out of there as fast as I could, because the reason I just had the pleasure of being okay with what was in the mirror was cuz I've been showing up day after day doing what it takes to get the weight off.
So tonight, I showed up cuz I want to keep feeling like this, and because you were all watching. I went to the Veloway, and burned off 575 calories, while listening to my rearranged Bike My Butt Off Playlist with a new song called Ridin' by Chamillionnaire on it.
Amazing what a new song, a new shirt, a moment of reflection on my reflection, and a bunch of caring eyes all watching me will do for me. My total for today was 1296 calories. My goal was 1100.
I promise I won't ask you to watch me much, cuz you've got your own goals, but if you can just keep your eyes on me for 2 more days, I'll have June in the bag.
And in case I haven't said it lately? Thank you all so very much for showing up for me. :)
P.S. The picture? That's a little porcupine we came home and found, just about to shoot quills into Maggie's face. It was hard to be mad at him, though. He stayed under that chair for about 30 minutes while I watched him and took pics of him. He was pretty cute. And Maggie's a huge pain in the a$$, though I do love her. She was pretty lucky I came home when I did. She's not very smart, messing with him.
Friday, June 27, 2008
My goal is to burn 13,000 calories this month. I have about 3200 left to go. I'm behind because I was busy being completely devastated by that little German girl leaving me. But it's time to move on, and move on I've been doing!
We've picked out two new foreign exchange students, Silia and um...Sofia. No, the irony of yet another form of the name Sophie hasn't been lost on us.
Silia's from Germany and Sofia's from Finland and Greece. So that's taken care of for the moment, and I'll tell you more about that later (probably whether you wanna hear about it or not!)
But now there's this little issue of how far behind I am on my workout goal. I realized I was this far behind when I still had more than 7000 to go. I didn't think I could do it, but I decided to see what I could get rid of this past weekend. Turns out, I got more than 2000! And since then I've gotten it down to a little over 3200 left. I can't work out today, but I still have 3 days left after that in the month. So it's a solid challenge for me.
Can I do it? If you help me! Can you help me? I think you can. See, if you comment here that you're watching me, I'll show up and do what I say I'm gonna do. Does this work for you, too? This public announcing of what you're gonna do? It's been working wonders for me, so Imma try it here. See, I wouldn't want to let anyone down.
So here's my plan:
Workout twice a day Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with a goal of 550 each time. Ah, sounds easy, right? BUT, it's a million degrees here, and I'm an outside exerciser.
Don't take your eyes off me, cuz you don't wanna be responsible here for me failin'. :)
AND? I can return the favor. What do you want me to watch YOU for!?
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Now, seriously, just why did you just click on that link? What kind of person clicks on a link about some other personís crotch, hmmm?? Same kinda person who clickMus on the 3.2oz turd blog, Imma guessiní? But seriously, itís true, my crotch DOES hurt! So do my forearms and my hamstrings, but this is about my crotch!
Iíve been bike riding for months now. But on Tuesday, I went roller skating Ė Adult Night at Playland. When I was a teenager, I skated or biked everywhere. My nickname was ďSkeeterĒ. I had a nice muscular touchť and muscular legs to match. And may I share? Thatís all coming back from this bike riding Iíve been doing!
Iím ADD (read ďbored easilyĒ and attracted to new shiny, blinky things here.) The bikeís starting to bore me just a bit. So, recently, Iíve been watching people skate out at the Veloway, thinking, hmÖIíd like to try that again. My husband? ďNot without getting some pads.Ē Translation: ďnot without full body armor, you total klutzĒ.
So there I am, thinking about roller skating again. While this was in my head, I went to a little get together a friend held last week. The artistic director for Forklift Dance Works was there. Forklift Dance Works is a dance company that finds dance in common daily tasks like trash collecting, or, roller skating, her newest project. (Remember, Iím in Austin, where we have dancing on the sides of buildings.) Anyway, she was telling us about the Adult Skate Night at Playland on Tuesdays. HmÖ.you can see the proverbial wheels spinning here, canít you? One of the other women at the get together is a friend and client of mine, and she says ďWant to go to Playland on Tuesday?Ē I, of course, being someone who hates new things (hahahahaha) said ďAbsolutely.Ē
Last weekend, I bought some roller skates. And here comes another one of those nice life flukes. Right before I was about to use my brand new skates on the Veloway, I started talking to a girl sitting next to me on the bench about her skates. Turns out, I had bought completely wrong skates. Had I strapped those puppies on and gone just a few feet on the Veloway? No returns, $50, thank you very much. I postponed my skate adventure and rode my bike instead, and returned those wrong skates on Monday. I also asked her where in the world to GET skates, because I'd been having trouble finding them, and, yes, you guessed it PlaylandÖwhere I was going Tuesday night.
(Boring, but Useful Technical Notes: If you get roller skates, make sure you get good bearings Ė Abec 9ís are good. Make sure you get the right kind of wheels, too (indoor vs. outdoor, or 2 sets). The outdoor wheels seem to range from soft (less expensive) to hard (more expensive). Hard wheels are faster, but you feel all the little stones and stuff more. Soft wheels absorb more, but wear out more quickly. Youíll want to invest in the second set of bearings for the second set of wheels, or it will be a big pain in the butt to change the wheels out. Make sure you get a tool for changing the wheels. Make sure the truks are adjustable (underneath by the wheels.) Make sure you tighten the wheel bolts all the way, and then back them off about a turn and a half.)
Now, weíre getting to the crotch-hurting part. Tuesday, I met my friend at Playland. She only stayed a brief period of time (c.h.i.c.k.e.n.), as I mentioned in an earlier blog, but I stayed. And I bought roller skates ($150, but very good skates Ė might as well get somethiní Imma gonna use.) I had a total blast; it's People-Watching on Wheels! I only fell twice, and I only have 1 bruise. That's not bad after like 15-20 years, eh? Their music sukked, so after a few rounds, I got my own iPod out, and skated to my Bike It Off Playlist. Maybe because it was Adult Skate Night, they had some limiting belief that we wanted to hear all the crap that used to be played at the skate rinks back when we were teenagers? Not sure, but once I had my Timbaland, Ghostland Observatory and Basshunter playiní in my ears, it was all good.
But then, you know how the muscle soreness usually shows up about one to two days later. You know youíre in trouble as soon as youíre done exercising, cuz walking is a new challenge, but you just donít know how much. Towards the end up my meager 500-calorie skating extravaganza, I was a bit surprised to find that my legs were so tired going around the curves of the rink started being difficult. When I took the skates off, I was wobbling. When I got home, it was hard to go upstairs.
So last night, Imma riding my bike on the Veloway (for the 2nd time yesterday). Geez, that didnít feel so good on my crotch muscles, which are sore from the skating, you know? Then this morning? What RRRRR those muscles!? Do you have any idea how much you use them? Crossing your legs requires these muscles. Up and down the stairs? ďHoney, can you carry me?Ē Walking to the printer, going to the status meeting. AahhhhÖ.all in the name of getting in shapeÖ.
So me and my hurtiní-crotch are gonna get online and get some of those protective elbow, knee, wrist, shoulder, back and butt pads I need to protect me so when I have to blog about wiping out in the next week or two, I wonít have to upload some picture with a cast on a limb. And I gotta get me some outdoor wheelies and bearings, too. Then this weekend? I suspect my aching crotch will feel better, so youíll be able to find me on the Veloway damaging it again.
What new exercise thingee are you doing? I wanna hear! Did it make your crotch hurt? Enquiring minds REALLY wanna know.
And the picture? I figured you'd prefer a picture of my skates to a picture of my crotch.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
You know, it's just something new every day isn't it!
Today's grand adventures?
1) I got to chat for almost 2 hours on and off with Sophie. That was wonderful. She's going to the big soccer game tomorrow between Germany and Turkey. There's going to be 500,000 people on Fan Mile. Can you imagine? Where do 500,000 people gather here in the U.S. ever? That's just the most amazing number. She said she loves me lotz....I'm freakin' lucky!
2) We got serious about looking at exchange student profiles today. Wanna hear about it? We got some new ones today, and we, oops. Um. Well, you all knew this would happen didn't you. You knew, you knew. We, uh, well, I guess I better admit it right here. We kinda so, yeah, um, fell immediately in let's just say strong, strong "like" with one of them. Her name is Esther, and she's from France. She has the BIGGEST smile, she looks like she loves having fun, and she said all the right things. We asked them to "put her on hold". Isn't that just the oddest phrase?? Like she's merchandise? We filled out our paperwork. Now we have to get references. Lessee. Think we can find some of those to say we were good host parents to the lovely Ms. Sophie? I wonder if we should tell them about our belching contests. I'm guessing not, huh. I didn't say that. Erase, erase.
Anyway, then, we found two others we really liked, too! One from The Czech Republic named Aneta, and another one from Portugal named Carlota. We can have two, but we can't have three. That's unfortunate, I mean fortunate.
So we've asked for more information so we can narrow it down to 2. We're currently leaning towards Carlota from Portugal as our second choice. Aneta from The Czech Republic loves to kite-board and snow-board. That's awesome...but we live in Texas. No snow, nothing I'd actually call "a beach". I'm afraid she won't be so happy here. Anyone else interested in a lovely snowboarding girl? I'm telling you, it's the blast of a lifetime!
3) I went ROLLER SKATING! Adult Night at Skateland! I haven't been there in I bet 15-20 years! I met a friend there, but she only stayed for 45 minutes. I was checking out skates during that time, so we didn't really get to skate much together. After she left I was just going to leave, too. But what for? I drove there (30-45 minutes), I already paid, I just bought new skates. Why should I leave? So I stayed. For almost 2 hours, with my heartrate monitor going, I skated around. I am going to P.A.Y. for this, too, lemme tell you WHAT! There's some muscles that weren't bein' used for my bike riding, that's for sure!
I only burned about 550 calories, but what a TOTAL blast I had. Guess what I'm doing again next Tuesday night?!
And in the meantime, I have to get some outdoor wheels for the new roller skates I got so I can go on the Veloway with them.
I'll tell you about the rest of the adventures another time, but now it's late. I gotta meet KeyWest, who I met through SP, in the morning. We're gonna go bike riding at 7am in the morning. I'm gonna s.u.c.k. But I'm gonna be SKINNY while I'm sucking. :)
Thanx for always reading my blogs. It keeps me coming back, I ain't lying. What kinds of adventures have you been having lately? Write em here in the comments! True_Texan, how's your stuff going this week? You KNOW I'm not even an HOUR away from you, right? And I gotta car. They let me drive. Heehee.
Night all my amazing SparkBuddies! Sweet dreams.
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