Friday, July 30, 2010
So, I got the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred dvd from Netflix today and I'm making today Day #1 for completing 30 days of Level 1.
It was challenging, but not super-tough. I didn't take any breaks and actually probably need to use heavier hand weights, as I only used 5lbs and I use 10lbs at Jazz with no problem. I thought it was a great workout for only 20 minutes and I can easily see myself making it a part of my daily workout. I think that adding in the strength training is really going to make a difference for me.
Thanks for your comments on my blog from yesterday - I was feeling really down on myself and the process and definitely appreciate your support. Today was better - I talked to a few of my friends in person about the frustration I've been having and was able to get some additional support and affirmation that I'm doing the work and will see the changes I want to make. One friend echoed my frustrations in thinking on her own weight loss journey and we were able to be frustrated together, which is always helpful (in small doses!) The other friend offered to switch up our workouts together, as she is the person I go to Jazz with the most. I think we're going to try an aqua aerobics class at a pool that's really close to the Jazz studio for a change of pace. I've done aqua aerobics before, so it is familiar enough to me to feel comfortable, but different enough to hopefully stimulate some progress. Plus, it will just feel good to get in a pool - I haven't done a water workout in so long!
So, all in all, good day. Hope yours was just as good!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
So, earlier this week I felt like I was making progress and staying on or near my [readjusted] goal line. Not so much today. Both yesterday and today I have felt like I'm making choices to not eat when I am bored and otherwise really stay on top of my eating with little to no results on the scale.
I have been fluctuating between the same 3-4 lbs for the last several weeks and its getting frustrating. I want to hit my next milestone and get to my goal reward of a new workout outfit. I told myself yesterday that it would happen this week, but its definitely getting frustrating to realize that I last hit a milestone in JUNE....it's practically AUGUST - thats almost eight weeks of little to no progress - in terms of seeing numbers go down, feeling "smaller" or feeling like clothes are fitting differently or noticing any other physical changes that aren't associated with a scale (ie, face thinning out, more toned muscles, etc). I don't feel like anything has changed in the past month to month in a half and if anything (like pictures taken of me last weekend), I feel like I have stepped backwards. There is one picture in particular of me standing on a deck with a dessert in my hand that makes me look just as fat as I did when I started out. I need to remember to untag it on Facebook - it makes me feel bad about myself.
I'm getting worried that Jazzercize isn't doing it for me anymore in terms of an exercise. I still sweat like crazy and feel like I'm working when I go, but maybe I'm just adapted and not working as hard as I think I am, since I've been going since January and have had lots of time to get used to doing that workout. This makes me sad, because I like going - I like the workout, I like the people, I like the music. But I'm not totally convinced that its moving me toward my goals as much as I want it to.
Which then makes me think I need to be looking for -another- new, different workout. And that makes me tired. I don't really want to go to another new place and learn new people and habits all over again. So, to try to not have to do that, I'm going to try just adding in more strength training, which honestly, I have been neglecting. We do some strength training at Jazz, but its not a full workout that is dedicated to just strength. Maybe if my muscles are better calorie burning machines even when I'm not working out, I'll be burning that much more efficiently.
I just want the numbers to go down and to hit more of my milestone goals!
I know I've made a lot of progress already and that this is just a phase and I will continue to move on my journey and eventually get to my goals. Sometimes I just get impatient with trusting the process and not trying to hurry. Something I need to keep working on.
Monday, July 26, 2010
So, I ended up completing 5 laps around Ross Island with the team - over 5 hours of paddling, working out to roughly 30-ish miles.
#1 Must get what is lovingly referred to by all my teammates as a "butt pad." I am so glad I took a beach towel with me and was able to fold it up to give a little squish to my backside. Since I've lost all my padding back there, my bony bottom was rubbing on the hard bench quite nicely until I got smart and used the towel.
#2 This was probably one of the most physically demanding challenges I have ever participated in. There were definitely many times that I wanted to give up and leave, but being with my teammates and hearing them complain a little, then re-energize themselves really gave me the boost I needed to keep going.
#3 If we ever do this again in the future, there MUST BE some kind of music on the boat while we're paddling. I don't know if I can take hearing 20+ women singing "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey again - though, it did make the time go faster to sing along.
#4 My team has come such a long way in terms of event-day snacks brought by everyone to share. We used to bring chips, cookies, candy, etc. Yesterday, we had so many blueberries, bananas, strawberries, nuts, seeds, veggies and healthy dips that we were joking all day about it. "No no, we really need MORE blueberries - we don't quite have enough." It's awesome to see so many people making healthy positive choices.
#5 We raised over $5000 for clean drinking water projects with Blue Planet Network. We were able to designate our funds to go to a project in Cambodia to help supply 160 people, mostly schoolchildren, with safe, clean drinking water. They already had $10,000 pledged to this project and just needed the last $5000 to make it happen. It makes me feel so good to know that I was able to be a part this.
#6 I was not sore at all today except for 5 minutes this morning right after getting out of bed. After stretching for a few minutes and getting in a hot shower, I felt fine. Which is amazing to me, because I was super-sore on the boat yesterday. The human body constantly amazes me in what it is capable of achieving.
So, amazing event - glad I participated, glad that it's over. My bottom is definitely glad!
On to Relay for Life next Saturday and my goal of walking a half-marathon! After completing this event, I know I can reach that goal with no difficulties!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
So, on Saturday I've commited to participating with my dragonboat team, Team Velocity of Bridge City Paddling Club, to raise money for Blue Planet Network's efforts to provide clean drinking water for life to people in developing countries.
This is going to be a mammoth effort by everyone on my team, plus many other Portland paddling folks, to man boats continuiously from 8am to 8pm in making laps around Ross Island, covering an estimated distance of 75 miles and completing approximately 864,000 strokes! While I am looking forward to the endurance / cardio challenge of participating, the forecast of 94 degrees F and sunny is a little daunting. Proper hydration is going to be key to not getting sunstroke. That, and lots and lots of sunscreen.
So I'm conserving my energy today and tomorrow in preparation for taking part in this marathon paddle. Think good thoughts for me and if you're so inclined, donate the $30 it takes to provide clean drinking water to one person for life.
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