Friday, January 04, 2013
I peaked at the scale this morning and I'm down a pound from Wednesday. Now this isn't "official" and I know all about weight fluctuation, but it was good to see the number down. I'm about 90% back to routine now after the holidays. The girls go back to school on Monday, so that will put me back 100%. I've had 3 days of healthy breakfast/lunch and ok dinners, so that's helped.
I'm also a little sore today. I'm not sure if it's from the bowling, the resistance band workout, or a combination of both?! We went bowling after I got off work Wednesday (DH, DD#2 & friend and DD#3 & friend). I haven't bowled in a couple of years. It was a lot of fun and of course I beat everyone! Unfortunately we were there at dinner time, so we had pizza! I only had 2 small pieces and drank a lot of water. I came home after that and ate some fruit, so not too bad.
While cleaning over the weekend, I found the resistance band I had bought DD#1 (she hardly used it). Of course she lost the "workout guide", so I printed a workout from Spark. I didn't really like it because it was a "seated" workout and it seemed a little lame. However, by last night, I was so sore - arms & legs and my back was hurting. I think I overdid it because I didn't think I was doing anything and I may not have done it properly. I found a couple of videos on Spark, so I'm going to try them tomorrow morning.
I also printed out the 5K Your Way on Spark. It's very similar to what I did with my running class almost 2 years ago. It's supposed to be for someone who can walk/jog for 30 mins. I've definitely lost my running "spark", so this should jump start me. The first week is 1 min. walk/3 min. jog (repeat 7 times) 3x a week. It increases after that and after 5 weeks, you should be ready to run a 5K.
I did that last night at the indoor track. It was really hard! By the 6th circuit, I was really feeling it. My legs were already sore, but I pushed through. With the 7 circuits and some extra walking, it was about 32 mins. After I finished, I joined DH & DD#2 in the gym. DH was really working her and I rebounded for about 30 mins., so that was extra exercise. A group of boys asked if we wanted to play a "pick up" game, (I guess they were desperate for a couple of extra people or they wanted a pretty blond to play with them - DD#2, not me or DH!). DH and I opted out (I could see me pulling a muscle or hurting my ankle playing with a bunch of teenage boys!). Anyway, DD#2 played with them for about 15 more mins., so DH and I shot baskets for a while. She did pretty good since she was the 3rd tallest of the 6 people playing. So, all in all I got about 1 1/2 hours of exercise!
Today DD#2 starts back with her basketball practice (they have a game tomorrow), so there goes that motivation! I'm still pretty sore today, so I'm going to take a rest day. DD#2 wants to watch the varsity teams play tonight, so we might go. A Freshman girl that has played with her for 2 years (and we've known the family since the kids were babies) plays on varsity (she's 6'5"!), so we've been wanting to watch her play.
I'm going to do the resistance band workout tomorrow morning before going to DD#2's basketball game. I'll be picking up DD#1's boyfriend (he lives near the high school where we're playing) and then back home to take down the Christmas tree and then watch football! I'm going to run on Sunday morning and then settle in for some more NFL playoff games. My beloved Falcons have a bye!
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
I was thinking this morning as I was getting ready for work (and after weighing myself for the first time in over 2 weeks), that it has been 2 years since I had to make a "weight loss resolution". I reached my goal weight (Weight Watchers) in March of 2011 and I was only over a few pounds January of 2012, so losing weight really wasn't my "resolution" or "goal". I had a fitness and maintenance goal.
Now I find myself 10 lbs. over goal! How did this happen? (rhetorical question!). I am up 4 lbs. in 2 weeks and now need to loose 10+ lbs. instead of the 6!. I know a lot of it is probably water weight. I've had high sodium the past couple of days. I really didn't want to weigh myself this morning, but I have to be accountable for my actions!
I really did have a great holiday. I've been on vacation since 12/20 and off routine! I was extremely busy the couple of days before Christmas finishing up shopping, wrapping, cooking, etc. We had our live nativity at church on 12/23 and then was busy Christmas Eve & Christmas with family, etc.
The week after Christmas I spent cleaning, organizing and putting up decorations (only the tree is left). I also spent a lot of time watching football & our new satellite TV stations (I'm addicted to HGTV!).
Fortunately I got some exercise in there or I fear the gain would be more. DD#2 has run/played basketball every day except Christmas Eve, Christmas & New Year's Day. I wasn't able to go every time with her, but I got in 7 out of 12 days of exercise (running/walking). My running has really suffered and I struggle to get in a straight mile of running. I know the reasons - not pushing myself, extra lbs. & crappy eating. DH is taking her this afternoon and we're all going bowling when I get off work. Not great exercise, but it will be fun!
So as I sit here at my desk at work in my uncomfortable pants (did I mention I also lazed around in sweats most of my vacation!) and finishing up my healthy lunch and reading blogs, I'm contemplating my resolutions & goals. Goals for 1st Quarter 2013:
Loose 12 lbs (ready for Spring clothes!) - that's a little aggressive, but I need to be aggressive!
2 5K's - 2/23 & 3/16
Strength Training (my nemesis) - I found the resistant band I bought for DD#1 (and she never used) and I think I'll try these out.
I'll get more specific and there might be some tweaking, but that's pretty much what needs to be done.
I'm glad to be back to my routine and Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Today is my last day of work before I leave for the holidays! I don't go online much when I'm at home, just check e-mails, so I probably won't be blogging until next year! I'm still holding my own with weight! I'll probably start the new year with the same 6-8 lbs. to loose that I started 2012!
I ran last Friday. I ran 1 loop outside and then went inside (it was already dark) and ran another 20+ mins. I was really struggling on the hills Friday and was sore after that run. I went shopping Saturday morning and then tried to get in some cleaning before DD#2's basketball game. They played a really good game and only lost by 3 pts!
We had our extended family party on Sunday (over 50 people!). My 2 sisters and I were in charge (for some reason) and we had it at a subdivision clubhouse. We spent 3 hours Saturday night setting up. The party was 1-4 on Sunday and then we had to stay to clean up - a lot of people helped though. It was an exhausting weekend! I did eat a lot at that the party, but I didn't have dinner that night!
The rest of the week has been so busy. I played a little Bball with DD#2, friend and DH on Tuesday and then ran/walked for over 2 miles. DD#2 didn't have practice yesterday, but she was really tired and needed to study for her mid-terms, so we didn't go yesterday - made Christmas cookies instead (but I didn't eat any - yet!). She had 6:30 am practice today and tonight I have to go to a Christmas party at my boss' house. I'm not too thrilled about it - I think his wife is bored and wanted to have a party! It's really raining today and then a cold front will come in and it will be real windy & cold the next couple of days.
Anyway, tomorrow even though the kids are out of school and I'm on vacation, I'll be busy with running around, eye doctor appointments and helping set up for the live nativity, so I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to run. DD#2 might not have practice, so she'll want to do something. The weekend will be busy - going to mall with daughters and DD#1's boyfriend on Saturday. I'm done with most of my shopping, so it will just be a day of people watching and strolling through the crowds. The mall we're going to is very festive for the holidays. Saturday night, I'll be watching the Falcons clinch home field playoff advantage! Sunday is our live nativity from 6-9. We have to be there at 4, so it will be a very long night!
The good thing is DD#2 wants to stay conditioned and practice Bball over the holidays. The varsity team is going to Disney World for a tournament and all the coaches are going, so the Freshman & some JV are pretty much on their own for practice from 12/28 - 1/1. This will give me plenty of motivation for exercise going into the new year! Hopefully I can keep the eating/snacking in check!
Wishing everyone a blessed holiday season and a happy new year!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I stayed about the same with my weight. I've been ok with my eating. We've been sticking with the menu, so I've had some pretty healthy dinners. My breakfast & lunch is always healthy during the week and my weekends have been so busy, I don't really have time to over indulge (although I do manage to get in that late night snacking!).
Exercise has been almost non-existent this past week. The last time I ran was last Wednesday. Thursday was a marathon shopping night. I left right after work and "shopped until I dropped"! I was gone for 4.5 hours and hit 13 stores! I got a lot done. I'm counting this as exercise though because it was a lot of walking! I wasn't in a mall, I went to 3 differenct strip malls. So I parked in the middle of a parking lot and walked the length. My feet actually hurt when I got home! Friday & Saturday were spent cleaning, driving & wrapping! DD#1 had to work Friday & Saturday, DD#3 had play practice for 4.5 hours on Saturday and DD#2 had a basketball game at a HS an hour away. I don't even remember what I ate that day, but I know I skipped lunch!
We had an unplanned get together with my family on Sunday. My 2 sisters came over earlier in the day to finalize the plans for our extended family party on 12/16 (we're in charge for some reason!) and then I left to pick up DD#1's boyfriend and then go to a meeting at church for our live nativity on 12/23 (fortunately I was so busy, I missed the horrible Falcon's game and also lunch!). When I got back home, my niece was coming by with her new baby! So everyone came back to my house and we had a pizza party!
This week so far has been insane! DD#2 had a bad basketball game on Tuesday (she was really disappointed in herself - she missed a lot of scoring opportunities, but so did everyone else - she's really hard on herself) Anyway, they don't have practice tonight and she wants to run and practice shooting. Again, I have a shopping tripped planned (this time with DD#1), so DH will have to take her. She has early practice tomorrow, so she wants to run after school. I'm determined to go tomorrow!
DD#1 wants her boyfriend to go paintballing with her and some friends on Saturday and guess who has to pick him up?! I'm not sure what she's planning, but DD#2's has a home game @ 2, so maybe I can squeeze in some exercise!
Sunday is our extended family party (about 45 people), so I will be busy setting up, partying and cleaning up (we've reserved a clubhouse, so at least it's not at my house!). It will be a long day!
I'm determined to maintain, get in some running (and ST, but that's not working too well) the rest of the year. I'll hit the new year with a vengeance to get rid of the 6+ lbs. I'm still planning to do the 2 5k's in February even if I have to walk some of it! I only work 4 days next week and then I'm off for 12 days. I'll be busy, but I should get in some exercise!
I'm hanging in there!
Thursday, December 06, 2012
DD#2 didn't have basketball practice yesterday, so she wanted to run. The plan was DH was going to take her and a friend and I was going to take DD#1 to work and then go myself. DD#1 was working on a school project at the house with a friend and he said he would drop her off at work. So, DH, DD#2, friend and I went to the park to run. DD#2 wanted to do the "hilly loop" at the back of the park and then shoot some baskets in the indoor gym. I've been running on the greenway (very flat). The last time I was on was on the hilly trail, my sister and I walked it and it was a struggle.
We parked by the gym and walked briskly on the sidewalks around the parking lot to the trail. DD#2 & friend barely stretched, so they set off to run. I started before DH and was going to just run the best I could. I ran for 10 min (this was a real struggle, I forgot how hilly this trail is). I walked for about 3 mins. and then started to run again (down the biggest hill). I ran for about 7 mins. (hilly again), walked for 5 mins. and then ran the rest of the way - 10 mins. for about 35 mins. I did 2 loops which is almost 3 miles. While I was finishing up the second loop, I passed DD#2's friend! DD#2 had already finished at that point and was walking back to meet her friend. DH had just finished and walked back to meet me. I was really proud of my run! I think I might do this hilly trail at least once a week to get ready for my first 5K in February which will be a pretty hilly course!
Tonight I will be doing a Christmas shopping marathon! I have it all mapped out and am going right after work and plan to hit 9 stores (if I don't run out of time)! There will be quite a lot of walking involved, so that's my exercise today.
DD#2 has morning practice tomorrow, so she wants to run again after school, so we'll hit the trail again.
I'll squeeze in ST over the weekend and once again before Wednesday. I've added some ab exercises because I need to get rid of the belly! That's where the pants get tight first.
We had another healthy & tasting dinner last night (baked chicken), so that's 3 days in a row! DH is going to make the baked Ziti (healthy recipe I found), but I'll have to just pick something up on the run since I probably won't get home until after 9 pm.
Started my week out pretty good! (Wed-Wed).
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