Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I'm still on a bit of a high from Tuesday's run. I KNEW it would improve my mood.
It was my first day of C25K Week 4 and I was a bit intimidated by the TWO five-minute running intervals... But I did them with no problem! Sure, I sweated a little more than usual, but I have learned that You Have to Sweat Sometimes. I couldn't believe that at the END of those five-minute intervals, I was NOT about to die... I could have kept going! (I didn't, but I could have.)
Guys, I have never run 5 minutes straight before. Never. But this training is making me think I CAN learn to be a runner. Or at least, that I can handle more intense exercise than I thought I could.
One other thing, I still can't believe that my knees aren't hurting. Usually that's the first thing I have trouble with. I'm not even wearing new, good running shoes, but I'm not complaining! Actually I'm scared to try new, real running shoes (although I do want some), since the ones I'm wearing seem to be working so well.
Thanks for all the support! Today's a yoga day but tomorrow, I hit the treadmill again.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Man, did I ever have a "case of the Mondays" yesterday. Bleh. I was grouchy and kind-of disheartened about everything. Couldn't get much work done, didn't want to be with anybody... I managed to eat within my calorie range, but just felt pretty cruddy.
However, I read something on Pinterest yesterday. It said, "Your body hears everything you think: Stay Positive." It's so true. My attitude yesterday just made my body feel slow, and tired, and even fatter than usual. So I'm going to work on turning the attitude around. It's always hard on Mondays, I have to give myself a pass for yesterday.... But gratitude, laughter, stopping to be present in the moment, and deep breathing are good ways to keep the mental balance.
Plus, getting some good endorphins this afternoon during a walk/run should help!
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
How were your holidays? I had a great week off before Christmas, my parents came to stay with us, and we enjoyed time together, good food, and the special things that make Christmas wonderful.
I worked out 2 days a week, basically, the last 2 weeks. Not my ideal performance but better than nothing.
However, I got off-track with my calorie range, in a big way. Although it's also a certain week for higher numbers on the scale, I didn't like the 5 additional pounds I saw there this morning. Seriously? That can't be right, can it? I hope not, and I'm disappointed, but I know it is normal for the holidays. So I'm back on SP, along with everyone else and all the newly-resolution-ed (hi new people!), and I hope to make EXCELLENT progress before Feb 21.
Today I'm chugging my water, and for lunch I'm eating a salad with pork tenderloin, whole wheat crackers, my trusty V8 serving (I always know I'm back "on" when I'm drinking V8, LOL). I will be walk/running week3 day 3 (again) of C25K this afternoon!!
Friday, December 09, 2011
While I'm waiting for the treadmill to be freed up (there's only 1 in the office building's mini-gym), I ate my lunch (Soup at Hand, and some crackers and cheese) and thought I'd write a quick blog post.
My November goals sort-of got sidelined when I got sick, but then near the end of last month I decided to start the Couch to 5K program. Did I ever tell you my sister is a triathlete? And has always been a runner. She's pretty amazing. I got NONE of those genes, as far as I know, but so many people I know have used the C25k and I thought, why can't I just DO THAT? I also thought, the only real way to lose these 10 lbs will be to STEP IT UP. My sporadic walking was just not going to cut it.
What I like about this is the regularity -- 3 times a week -- and the way it eases you in. Running for one minute at a time, with a rest in-between? I can get behind that plan. So far it's felt easy, and at times a challenge, and just really energizing.
I haven't been doing terribly on eating, but I could do better. Still, I'm so focused on the exercise goal right now. I did manage to run over the weekend, btw. Sunday morning I made it known that was my priority, and my husband was happy to accommodate me. Grateful for that! Running outside is harder than the treadmill but it was the perfect day - overcast and cool. I couldn't have asked for a better opportuity.
SO my December goal is just to KEEP RUNNING, and not let the holidays mess me up. :) And I think that's plenty for such a crazy, busy month!
Friday, December 02, 2011
It should be EASIER to fit in a workout during the weekend, shouldn't it? But somehow for me, it's harder. I guess it's because that's when we have to do not only all our errand-running, but also our "quality time" activities. I know that I could combine the exercise with the quality time -- a quick family walk, or bike ride, or hike. No problem there. But now that I've started my Couch to 5K program, I want to do my RUN! By myself.
Hmm. Maybe I'll get up early Saturday...? (Earlier than my kids would mean 5:30 am, which isn't much of a WEEKEND. Harumph!)
I hope I can figure it out. Wish me luck!
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