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Exciting Football Weekend

Monday, January 14, 2013

I'm exhausted by my weekend of football! My beloved Falcons pulled it off Sunday afternoon and live the play another game!

Needless to say, my weekend was spent mostly watching football! I started Week 2 of my running program on Thursday. DH, DD#2 and I went to the indoor gym. I did 1 min. walk/4 min run (6 times). I was able to transition to this pretty easily (but it was still hard).

Friday night DD#1 had to work and DD#2 had a basketball game. They lost the game, but she played great! She's finally starting to "play as she practices". The first half her team didn't score many points, but they pretty much "shut down" a much better team. DD#2's team only had 8 players since 3 of the girls were playing for JV that night. It's been a little weird this year because some high school's have "true" Freshman teams (like the team Friday night), where the girls only play on the Freshman team and don't also play JV & Varsity. It usually means these schools have a big basketball program and are able to "field" 3 good teams. It also means that a "true" Freshman teams practices as a team at all practices. It puts some teams at a disadvantage, but Freshman teams are really just "transitional" and gives a lot of kids a chance to play and get ready for the competiveness of JV & Varsity. DD#2 was a little disappointed she's not playing JV also, but she gets a lot of playing time just playing Freshman (she played all but about 2 mins. on Friday) and she's really starting to mature as a player.

Anyway, DD#2 scored 12 pts. the second half (team high) and played awesome on defense! After the game, she wanted to get ice cream, but we ended up just going by Publix and picking up some stuff for sundaes. I didn't eat any that night (but did give in Saturday night!).

I spent Saturday morning/early afternoon cleaning house, doing laundry & driving kids around. I was going to do some ST and by late Saturday afternoon I had the house all to myself! DD#1 was on a double date with my niece and wouldn't be home until later, DD#2 & #3 were spending the night away and DH was working until 10:30. So what did I do, I took a nap and watched football (also ate a bunch of crap included before mentioned ice cream)!

I planned on waking up Sunday and running before football. I was waiting to hear back from DD#2 to run with me (still at friend's house), but she didn't get home until 12:30. My Falcons' kick-off was 1:00, so I didn't want to run then. I had already done my resistance band work-out that morning and showered, but I was still planning on running with DD#2. She ended up going by herself and walking to the greenway. I wasn't too thrilled about her going alone, but it's a very active neighborhood that's behind us that has a greenway entrance and she had her phone. I wasn't leaving because it was only the 3rd Quarter!

After much excitement and more eating of the "crap", I felt yucky and didn't sleep well last night. Today is a very rainy Monday, but I'm determined to run tonight. I'll drop DD#1 off at work and go to the indoor track. I'd really like to run outside, but it's supposed to rain this week until Thursday - so no excuses! It will be another busy week. DD#3 has play rehearsal Tue/Wed/Thurs the next 3 weeks to get ready for the first performance on 1/31, so that will add extra stuff on the calendar. The good news with her rehearsal is it's right after school, so she doesn't get picked up until 6:00. So there's still plenty of time to work in the exercise!

We'll see on Wednesday if my crappy eating over the weekend did any damage. Plans this week:

Monday - run
Tuesday - ST (or rest) - DD#2 has basketball game
Wednesday - run
That will get my 3 running days in this "week". On Wednesday it will be 1 min. walk/4 mins. run (7 times), so that will increase the run time and the workout 5 mins. I'll do that same routine for week 3 (starting Thursday) and by the 4th & 5th week I should be jogging/running 35-40 mins. That will get me back to my "pre slump" running. It sounds a little aggressive, but it's not like I wasn't doing that a couple of months ago.

Just need to stay motivated!
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ARUSHING2 1/14/2013 12:14PM

  Best thoughts for a great and successful week for you.

Keep it up and keep with it!

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Did OK

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I did ok after my first week "back to routine". I kept up with the exercise and was pleased with that progress. My eating was better, but I need to get back to a plan & tracking. I really haven't gone to the grocery store yet to stock up, so I've just been eating what's on hand (we always have fresh fruits & veggies, whole wheat, etc.) and I've managed to eat pretty healthy (if I can just stay away from the salty Scrabble Cheeseitz).

DD#2 didn't have practice on Monday so we went to the gym as soon as I got home from work. I thought my walk/run routine would be easier since I was back on a flat track, but it was still hard! I finished that up and then rebounded for DD#2 for about 20 mins. I did a resistance band workout last night. I tried to play the upper & lower body videos from Spark, but they kept "loading" so it was annoying. I ended up just doing what I could remember from those and part of the "seated" routine. I did about 20 mins., so I guess that's ok. I really need to find something consistent that I like with this, or I'll probably quit like I did with the dumbbell workouts!

My sister called me last night. She and my oldest sister were going to join the fitness classes that the county has at their different rec. centers. They live about 15 miles north of me, so they were going to go to one closer to their houses. My oldest sister decided not to join (her husband is cheap!), but DS#2 went ahead and signed up. I think she was trying to convince me to, but we just can't afford it right now and I really can't commit to go to a particular class with her (distance and my wonky schedule). I really would like to do a strength training, core class, but I guess I'll just have to stick to what I'm doing for now.

On a positive note, I did loose 2 lbs.! I figured I'd do pretty good the first week just getting back to routine and stop the crappy eating.

Tonight is a "rest" day on my running program, but I might do a resistance band workout. I have to get dinner started and DD#1 to work and then take DD#2 to Bball practice @ 7, so I will be pretty busy. DH is off from his "regular" job the next 3 days, but he started a side job today, so he's not sure what time he'll be home at night.

Tomorrow starts the first day of Week 2 of the running program. I'll have to do 1 min. walk & 4 min. run (6 times). I think I'm ready to advance to this. It's about the same time, just a little more running! DD#2 has am practice on Thursday and the team dinner @ 6, so she'll probably want to run right after school. If not, I'll just go myself right after work. If she doesn't go, I'll go to one of the "greenway" trails if it's not raining. I haven't been to one of those in a while since DD#2 likes to run at the indoor track. I'll have to get back to take DD#2 to the dinner and pick up DD#3 from play rehearsal.

DD#2 has a game on Friday night, so that will probably be a rest day.

I'm looking forward to playoff football this weekend. I did a lot of "running" around last weekend and missed parts of the games, but I told my girls not to bother me (especially from noon - 4:30 on Sunday - that's when my beloved Falcons play!). DD#2 doesn't have a game on Saturday, but they might have practice. I'll try to get a run in and my cleaning done before the game @ 4:30. DD#1 is making some kinds of plans with BF and my niece and her husband (niece is 27, but really close to DD#1 who is 17). I told them whatever they plan, if I have to do any driving, they'll have to work it around football! DD#3 has 4.5 hour play rehearsal on Saturday (the play is at the end of the month), but she'll be done @ 2:30.

It will be a busy rest of the week and weekend, but I'm determined to stick to it!

  


100% Back to Routine

Monday, January 07, 2013

The girls went back to school this morning after winter break! I kind of think they were glad to get back (they spent 12 days with me!). Of course we had some running around - DD#1 & 2's bus was late, DD#2 couldn't find her phone and had to leave without it (horrors!) and DD#3 couldn't find her jacket! I had to get up earlier and I'm a little tired now, but it's good to get back. I had my healthy breakfast and packed my lunch!

I did pretty good with the exercise over the weekend. I went to the varsity basketball game with DD#2. Her former Freshman team mate (the girl who is 6'5") scored 33 points! I read on the website that she scored 35 pts. on Saturday! If only she could play on the Freshman team too!

Anyway, I woke up Saturday morning and did the 7 min. upper body and 5 min. lower body resistance band workout. It was a pretty good workout! DD#2 had a game and DD#1 went with me so we could pick up her boyfriend after the game. They lost the game, but did pretty good. The team they played was undefeated and had been winning by at least 30 points! DD#2 lost 34-22. They were beating them the first half, but I guess the team woke up and got "mad"! They were very aggressive. One girl actually tried to jump over DD#2 and knocked her down. She was bruised and sore after that game! She was also a little disappointed. She's been working so hard on her own during the holidays and did really well the couple of practices before the game. The coach still started the "other" girl who did nothing over the holidays (her own admittance) and was slow and clearly out of shape during the game. DD#2 still played a lot, but it's not the same as "starting". I told DD#2 (I heard a NFL football player say this over the weekend) that "a champion works hard when no one is watching" and all her hard work will pay off, so not to be disappointed. Plus it's really kept her in shape and now she's skinny!

So, she still wanted to run yesterday. She had 2 friends with her and DH took them. I went to the hilly outside trail with DD#3 and my sister (and 3 dogs). I told my sister I was going to run and I did my 1 min walk/3 min. run (7 x). It was really, really, hard on the hills. I actually did it about 8 or 9 times. I ended up looking for my sister and DD#3 on the trail and ran/walked for over 45 mins.!

DD#2 doesn't have practice tonight. Her coach is a Notre Dame fan and wants to watch the game (come on coach they need the practice!). Anyway, I'll run/walk again tonight and do my resistance band tomorrow & Wednesday and that will be my first "week" of the new year.

I did ok with eating, but I'm clearly not back on plan! We'll see how it looks on Wednesday.

  


Routine is Good!

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!

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New Year and back to routine!

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!

  
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KOFFEENUT 1/2/2013 6:08PM

    Sometimes just getting back into a routine can help shed those pounds. It sounds like you have some great 2013 goals - we look forward to celebrating with you as you accomplish them!

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