Monday, January 18, 2010
I need to lose a couple of pounds & I've been in denial about this. Since starting with Spark I haven't really tried to focus on the scale as my real goal was to become an athlete. Happily though as soon as I started running the weight just melted off. Even though the scale didn't always reflect the loss my body changed. Now I'm running more miles each & every week & am pretty proud of some of the races for which I have participated. However, all of this has led to a newfound arrogance, I'm out of control & I need to be stopped! All of a sudden because I run & swim I think that I no longer have to watch my diet so closely & I expect also to just be able to keep up my perfect goal weight without putting in an effort into my diet. How delusional am I?? Well, it stops now! I discovered over this past weekend that I like to seriously sabotage my diet. All week long I eat proportioned meals, 3 meals a day, I exercise, etc, etc. The the weekend comes & I lose my freaking mind! I ate chinese food, BURGER KING of all things (mind you in the same day), Nachos, URGH! So, every Monday morning when I step on the scale which I try to avoid like the plague but typically is the only thing that stops my binging train, I find out that I gained sometimes 5-6 pounds, over a weekend!!! That is CRAZY! THEN all week I behave, come weekend my destructive cycle begins again! It wasn't always this way, over the summer & right before I went to Jamaica (well that WAS good incentive) I was slim as can be & very disciplined about what I ate for the most part. The biggest help was my 100 day no fast food challenge which really helped me during the weekends. Then the holidays hit & I started having more & more cheat days. My point is & I guess the reason why I am admitting this is something has gotta give! I mean what an absolute waste of time to control what you eat during the week to then end up exactly where you started because you decided to act a fool over the weekend! I for one am DONE with this vicious cycle! I am reigning in these "cheat days" immediately! No more free for alls!
Okay I feel better now!
Onto the January Goals...
1. 100 crunches per day - DONE for last week, only forgot to do them on 1/9/10 & it was simply because I forgot not because it was difficult
2. Strength train 3x per week - DONE & I am impressed with myself for this one! I may even like lifting weights, it makes you feel sooooo strong & even after you done & you're just walking around, your body feels so different, I think I even flex involuntary right now!
3. Penguin Challenge - DONE, still plugging away, adding miles, support, drinking lots of water which has gotten a bit easier as time goes on, the trick is to drink earlier in the day so that you don't have to go to the bathroom all night!
4. Redecoration Project - DONE, okay, I'm going to shamelessly take credit for this one because I was the one that decided that this project needed to be done & mandated a specific timeline (January) for completion. Well...I'm going to be honest here, that's the extent to which I contributed to this project. DH completely took over & I am absolutely okay with that! You see, DH is a bigger procrastinator than I (can you imagine such a thing!) & only because I dictated that this project had to be done asap did he get his butt in gear to do it. But somehow in the process after I initially shopped for furniture & didn't find anything he ended up doing everything. I'm talking the painting, the buying of the furniture, the purchasing of the curtains & bedding. & me, well...I bought the decals & the book shelf! Then I cheered him on as he did everything & it turned out really great! BRAVO to him (& me to for being an A+ cheerleader!)
5. Swimming 1 HR per week - DONE for last week! This is the goal that I am MOST proud of completing over the last week! Not only did I go to swim class on Monday as scheduled & put in 50 minutes, I got the schedule for the pool & attended open swim on Saturday! I only ended up doing about 20 minutes because my oldest had basketball but I DID it! & it wasn't all that bad either! I think I can keep up with this one as long as I keep making baby steps like this...go me!
6. HM Training - DONE, still plugging away...I'm actually a week ahead as far as the training schedule because I found out that my HM was actually 11 weeks away from the day I started training which means that I would miss a week on my 12 week plan. So instead I opted to go up 1 mile per week which shouldn't be that big of a deal since I've done up to 10 miles before. What I'm liking though about this training is I feel like I'm not overtraining even though I'm doing more than what the original schedule called for & because this training is more than 2 weeks - which is all I typically train for before a race - I feel like by the time the HM comes up I'm going to be really really prepared.
7. Eating - Did well Monday through Thursday but on Friday we had an appreciation lunch at my job so chicken parm it was! From there I threw in the towel on the rest of the day & just ate crap...that led into the weekend (please see above)...I will do better this week!
Well that's all for now, hoping this week is as productive as last...OH & I'm just saying no to...
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I'm sooooooo over treadmills! I know they serve their purpose BUT sheesh I feel like I'm going nowhere very, very fast! (Literally!)
So, I successfully finished my first week of half marathon training last week entirely on treadmills. That's right, I did workouts on my home treadmill & the gym treadmill. I am pleased that I got them done & happy that I was able to check those workouts off my training schedule BUT that is where the satisfaction ended. You see, I cannot get over the hampster wheel feeling & I've tried EVERYTHING to keep myself distracted while completing these workouts! I've gotten so desperate now that I now blast the I-POD, watch TV AND sing at the top of my lungs to get me through these workouts! NOTE: I do forgo the singing part at the gym as not to encourage stares but the other day I was singing so loud in my basement that my DH came running down the stairs because he thought I was injured or something (LOL!). There is nothing interesting about a treadmill...Period! Not to make it all sound negative though because I will say that the home one is extremely convenient & an awesome thing to have especially when you are trying to squeeze in a good workout in a small time frame. I think I just may kind of frustrated with all of this treadmill work because it's all I've done for the last 3 weeks or so when typically I only do 1 or 2 days of it...
Soooooo, all of this has prompted me to explore something new. The entire reason that I've decided to do my training indoors on the treadmills is due to the snow & ice conditions still present in my local neighborhood. I don't want to fall & risk injury by running outside right now. The other reason was my ridiculous stance that I took after my Norfolk 10M race in which I proclaimed that since it was soooo bitterly cold I would NOT run outside until March. BUT, I'm thinking if I just explored a little bit more I may be able to locate a track that has been pretty well salted & cleared by now, I just have to look. AND, maybe the cold isn't so bad so perhaps I should just stop being a crybaby & suck it up (don't quote me on that part!). I'm doing this today because I refuse to suffer through 7 miles on the treadmill!!!
Anyhow, beyond that, week 1 of January goals I'm looking okay...
1. Did half marathon training...I think I beat that one to death!
2. Eating...did really well until Friday but we had a celebration that included dinner & karoake at work
3. Participation in challenges...still logging in my PP January Challenge
4. Swimming...yeah, still lazy there, only 1/2 hour last week but this week I did 50 minutes...woohoo
5. Redecoration project...bought new bed, bureau, comforter set for baby, painting this weekend
Well Happy Track Hunting to me!
Thursday, January 07, 2010
So, part of my half marathon program that I have started this week includes some speedwork...I'm new to this. Typically when I train for most races I just train for mileage at a reasonable pace. When I saw that this program included some different things I was pretty excited but now I think I may be a bit skeptical soooooo I'm hoping some of you runners out there can tell me if it's the real deal...
So, I was supposed to do 7 repeats of .25 miles at a very fast pace. I did this last night but instead I did .30 on my treadmill because I thought that this would be a piece of cake! It was tough to sprint so fast for each interval! Harder than I initially thought that's for sure! BUT you could rest in between which was oh so nice, which I did. That part was really nice. However, by the end of this training session, total miles only amounted to slightly over 2.5 miles which is really not much. So I put in another 6 or so minutes just to make it 2.9 miles but I really felt like that wasn't a real deal workout. I KNOW I did not burn as many calories as I typically do when I put in a lot of miles or go to the gym but as much as I felt like a big slacker, it was what the training called for & who am I to argue with the experts, right?
So, I guess my question is does speedwork work? I mean does it really result in increased race speeds? I know that I see a lot of people do it, most of the time on the track & these people definitely look like the opposite of slackers but I just want to make sure that I'm putting in 100% for each training run & if I feel like it's really not an exertion of that much energy, that many miles & doesn't burn as many calories it just makes me questions it's effectiveness...
Friday, January 01, 2010
I'm really excited about starting a new year & the prospect of sooooo many new adventures that await! As much as I was so OVER 2009, the year wasn't oh so bad...here are the Spark highlights...
- I exercised consistently the entire year!! Although I love to work out I've never been so good about keeping up with a routine & this year I actually did. Now it's like breathing, I know that I have to put in at least an hour workout 5 sometimes 6 times per week. It's amazing to me that this is now a lifestyle whereas in the past I've tried every fad workout under the sun - I'm talking Tae Bo, Boot Camp, Hip Hop or whatever famous celebrity was promoting a workout tape of the moment - & maybe stuck with the routine religiously (almost fanatically) for a good 3 months before resuming my couch potato lifestyle. This year I even started working out on the weekends & believe it or not, it's been fun! I feel stronger & in more shape than ever before! Oddly enough I haven't even gotten sick in 2009 which secretly I attribute to this exercise thing.
- I watched what I ate the entire year! Now let me explain because sometimes that meant that I watched the chocolate cake & chips go into my mouth (HAHA!)...what I mean is that 2009 is the first year that I was mindful of trying to have a healthy diet & worrying about my portions. Never in my life has this been a concern. A lot of that I credit Sparkpeople with because once you log in it's impossible to ignore your bad food choices. Especially when everyone here is talking about it whether it be good, bad or ugly. In the past I have had crap-o-la diet habits & this year, although I fell of the wagon quite a bit, I got right back on & put in a great deal of good days which I'm sooooo proud of. & this has really paid off! Up until the end of 2008 I needed to lose about 10lbs, I wasn't in the greatest shape after baby #2 & now I can go to the store, purchase a size 6 & not even worry about it.
- I fell in love with running races! I did my first 5K back in March of 2009, it was a thrilling experience & I have been addicted ever since! I've had my highs (hello Norfolk 10M Road Race & Artistry in Motion 10K!) & my lows (yeah, that's you Down & Dirty Duathlon & L'il Rhody Runaround...BOO!) but I wouldn't change a thing...it's been a fun ride! Can't wait to see what's in store in 2010 but I'm ready for whatever comes my way!
- I became a swimmer(?) or something like that! In any case, when I started 2009 I hated the water & now I drag my sorry behind every Monday (of all days huh?) to see Coach Andrew for swim lessons. This is something that I never thought I would do & I'm still sticking with it. I'm getting better(?) & closer to my tri goal!
- I became not just a typical runner BUT a physically fit runner! I finished C25K at the very end of 2008 & in 2009 I got to show my stuff. The program taught me the technique & now I have discovered my passion for it. I've run further than I ever thought I could & I'm amazed still that if you just put one foot in front of the other your body will do all the work. Had I known about this running thing & all it's benefits & rewards years ago OMG I would be an Olympian by now! - OK maybe I'm exaggerating a bit but I would have been really good! Now I feel like I've begun a running "career" & I can't wait to see how far I can go!
So, for 2010 here are my goals
- Run in a half marathon - planning to do the New Bedford one on 3/21
- Reach the holy grail - DO A TRI! Just a sprint one - so far I've picked out the Oh My Goddard one in June...I'm scared about this one but I need to find a really good training program to get me there. There are a lot of things that I don't know about tri's, equipment, something about "brick" training so I hear but that is why I have this wonderful Spark resource because you Sparkers are athletes!
- Keep on, keeping on with my races! When the weather gets a bit nicer at least 2 per month during the season. I may have to modify this a bit around tri-time but I had a good time last year doing races even just 5K's (I LOVE how I belittle 5K's like they're such a cake walk when I only ran my first one in 2009!). Contemplating even freezing my butt off & doing some races in February even though I said I wouldn't...
- Going to give it my all in the eating department, just like last year I am going to be mindful of my food choices & do my absolute best to make sure that I'm putting in my body good food on most days.
- Going to sculpt the guns! I need some upper body strength people, I have chicken arms seriously! From running they are really small now but I want arms that will give me an excuse to point just so that I can flex them! I will be incorporating dreaded weights into my routine at least 3x per week.
- Crunch time, at least 100 crunches per day. Even though I am most insecure about my stomach I ignore it quite a bit. When I go to the gym I put in ab work but during my normal run days I just skip it & really it's the area in which you typically see results the quickest but that would be if I were actually doing something huh?
- 2 hours of swimming per week...this was not my goal this was the Manager from Envious Swimming's recommendation last week when Andrew wasn't there & she matter of factly told me that swim lessons one time per week with Andrew weren't going to get me to the level I need to be to do a tri...so I'm facing the music & I'm going to do it...this will be the hardest challenge!
- I will participate in Spark challenges for at least 7 out of the 12 months this year! Challenges keep me motivated & actually force me out of slumps (i.e. November 2009) & secretly I'm a competitive person (shocking I know!) so it's good for me.
- Since my goals are so cumbersome I'm going to break them down each month & each month I will blog & plan my monthly goals. This worked really well for me in December & help me with my procrastinating tendencies because all of the physical goals that I've listed are fairly long term & I'll need to have mini-milestones along the way to achieve them.
Well I think that's about it...ah, the possibilities! Here's the the New Year!
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