Monday, October 08, 2012
Good morning everyone!
I almost didn't blog today because I didn't think I had much to say.
Still sore from my adventures in Yoga? Check.
Back on the exercise wagon? You bet.
Working on getting back into the 1200-1400 calorie range? On target.
So, as you can see, it's situation normal around here. Just working at the usual exercise and calorie goals just like everyone else.
What did hit me is that I'm totally stumped on something. Something fundamental and so simple that you wouldn't think I'd be stumped by it.
Here's the situation, I work in a building with a gym and locker room in the basement. It's great and convenient and totally encourages me to work out more often than I would otherwise. I mean, how can you say "I don't feel like going to the gym today..." when you literally are sitting on top of it all day long. There is one itty bitty problem: I know for a fact that there are waterbugs (AKA, a breed of roach) living in the locker rooms. I've seen them crawing up the walls on a couple of occaisions. I'm not all that bothered, they have yet to bother me in the shower and So long as they don't attempt to fly at me I'm a live and let live kind of girl.
So, my problem is that I don't under any circumstances want to leave my shower kit down there any longer than it takes for me to go for a run and shower. What can I say, I'm phobic about having one of the critters hitch a ride with me upstairs (or worse, home!)
So, I'm looking for a couple of solutions. First, my shower kit lives at work and I've been toting it downstairs in a plastic bag for a few months now. I think it's time to graduate to something a little more... sturdy. Yes, I ripped the bag. Additionally, I need something a bit bigger to fit my towel in. Being that I shower at work following a run two or three times a week it's not like I'm changing my towel every day which leads me to my second issue...
... Is it wrong I'm considering one of those damned sham-wow's? I mean, they're compact and super absorbant... I'm just tired of hauling my big ass terry-cloth towl downstairs all the tie is all.
For the curious, my gym bag is a perfect size for my workout clothing. It fits a pair of shoes, an outfit, and sometimes a sweatshirt comfortably. Really, its the 'carryon' or 'overnight' sized bag from the luggage set I got for christmas a few years ago - but it's the perfect sized gym bag for me.
I'm thinking about getting a tote like the ones they sell at grocery stores for those who are far more earthy than me and shun plastic bags. (I use those bags, darn it!) Is there a better option, though?
Also, I'm buying a yoga mat this week for class. Yes, I'm going back. I love that I felt so grounded and stretched afterward.
So, here's wishing all my SparkPeeps a good Monday! Let's all start off on a good foot here - there's nothing we can't accomplish with the right attitude!
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Happy weekend everyone!
There are a lot of things I learned today, and I can't wait to share them all.
First off, my scale has been sitting at 196.3 for about a week. Inspection of my workout minutes as well as my calories has informed me that this is a stuck of my own doing. Firstly, i took it really easy this week and only did three two mile runs. That equates to about an hour worth of exercise. Second my calories in reality are probably closer to 1500-1600. Good to know what I'll get to eat to maintain when he time comes. So, it's back to the plan come Monday.
That's right, Monday.
I decided yesterday that I just need a couple of days off the program so I can hit it with renewed enthusiasm. I know, sounds crazy. I just need to not think about calories (still tracking) or how to fit in more minutes into my life. I just want a weekend to unplug.
So, in order to unplug I tried something on my bucket list: Yoga.
I've wanted to be a yoga person for years (much in the same way I wanted to be a runner.) Yoga people always look so good. They're almost always so grounded. They almost always seem to be so... comfortable and strong. Well, the yoga people I know. So, today I went to beginner's yoga class.
Confession: I told my brother I was going to 'stretching for runners' so that he wouldn't judge me.
Moving on - the class was crazy insane. First, it was heated yoga which meant the room was somewhere north of 80 degrees. I have never NEVER sweat so much in my life. I could have wrung the sweat out of my shirt when I was done.
Confession: I wore my StarFleet Academy t-shirt so as to allow everyone to generate appropriate stereotypes.
The class was an hour and 20 minutes in I was amazed I could at least pretend to keep up. So, I'm not graceful. So, I'm not really all that steady - I'm moving with all the skinny biznitches!
It was really a great experience and for $10 I got this week's class and next week's. So, I'm totally trying it again next week.
That's about it from here, I think I feel a nap in my not too distant future...
Friday, October 05, 2012
So, this morning as I got ready for work and packed my gym bag I came across my favoritest t-shirt in the world - my Star Fleet Academy T-Shirt I've had since I was 6. That's 24 years. It's held up well, I must say, and I still like to wear it on occaision. Let's call it vintage.
Back when I started with Sparkpeople I posted a photo of me in the shirt - it's a pretty good photo, I must say. So, this morning when I came across it again I decided to take another photo.
From 211 pounds to 195.
You can definitely see how the shirt is starting to get looser. I can certainly say from experience that it used to sit at the top of my hips and bunch there - now it's coming down over my hips with little effort. It's also getting looser around my middle.
One of the things I did want to mention is that I tend to get a lot of responses to my photos along the lines of 'OMG, you don't look like you weigh XXX!' I also get that response from family I don't see often who just follow my photos on facebook - that I don't look like I weigh as much as they remember.
To some extent this is true - I mean, I have lost 11% of the weight I carried in July. However, it also has a lot to do with as Tyra Banks would say, knowing your angles. I know my hips are wide so I do myself a favor and I turn them. I know I have a thin waist that I can accentuate by arching my back. I also know that the way to make my bosom look best is to get in a position that allows my shoulders to naturally lie back (such as hands on the highest part of my waist, or posing for the gun show.)
Why do I mention this?
Because sometimes I feel a bit like a fraud in my photos. I am a size 15 (somewhere between a size 14 and a 16, yet not truly being either) and I generally wear a size large top. I am by no means a 'thin' or healthily proportional person. However, I know how to fake it until I make it. Granted, I know that my fake-it photos look a lot better now than they have in recent memory; but, it doesn't mean that I am anywhere near my goals in terms of appearence yet.
Reality at 201lbs
I guess what it boils down to is that just because I have to embrace my flaws every morning when I get out of the shower doesn't mean that I want the internet to, too. Is that a bad thing?
Thursday, October 04, 2012
I think I've mentioned like a million times now that I have a plan for reaching my half marathon goal.
Well, I have a general plan.
I'm looking for feedback here, guys - especially from those of you who are or have trained - does this look insane?
Right now my top mileage is 4 miles. So, I need to build my base up significantly in the next seven months. In order to do that, I've worked out a series of race milestones to work toward.. by setting mini-goals I think I've increased my odds for success.
28October - Freaky 5K run
22November - Turkey Trot 5K
8 December - Jingle Bell 5K
MID-JANUARY - Unknown 10K
MID-February-MID-March - Additional 10K AND 10 mile road race
APRIL - Another 10 Miler
MAY - HALF MARATHON
October training: 2 days: 2.5 miles; 1 day 3.2 miles, 1 day 30 minutes; 1 day strength, 1 day Cross
November training: 2 days 3.2 miles, 1 day 4 miles, 1 day 30 minutes; 1 day strength, 1 day cross
December training: 2 days 4 miles, 1 day 5 miles, 1 day 40 minutes; 1 day strength, 1 day cross
January: 2 days 5 miles, 1 day 6 miles, 1 day 45 minutes; 1 day strength, 1 day cross
February: 2 days 5 miles, 1 day 7 miles, 1 day 45 minutes; 1 day strength 1 day cross
March Week 1: 2 days 4 miles, 1 day 7 miles, 1 day 45 minutes; 1 day strength, 1 day cross
March Week 2: 2 days 4 miles, 1 day 8 miles, 1 day 45 minutes; 1 day strength, 1 day cross
March Week 3: 2 days 4 miles, 1 day 8 miles, 1 day 45 minutes; 1 day strength, 1 day cross
March Week 4: 2 days 4.5 miles, 1 day 9 miles, 1 day 45 minutes; 1 day strength, 1 day cross
April Week 1: 2 days 4.5 miles, 1 day 9 miles, 1 day 60 minutes; 1 day strength, 1 day cross
April Week 2: 2 days 4.5 miles, 1 day 9 miles, 1 day 60 minutes; 1 day strength, 1 day cross
April Week 3: 2 days 5 miles, 1 day 10 miles, 1 day 45 minutes; 1 day strength, 1 day cross
April Week 4: 2 days 4.5 miles, 1 day 9 miles, 1 day 40 minutes; 1 day strength, 1 day cross
May Week 1: 1 day 4 miles, 1 day 2 miles, 1 day cross, HALF MARATHON.
So, I've called out progressive mileage goals - increasing semi-weekly. When I state a minute goal it's an easy paced run - not going for distance but for time. Strength training is my day to work on my core and upper body. Cross training will likely be biking. Maybe I'll swim, we'll see.
I've planned a few repeat weeks. As I learned with the C25K program, things don't always go exactly according to plan. I wanted the flexibility to step back if I need to. This also means I have the flexibility to step forward if I feel like I'm ready.
Alright, guys, have at it - does this look like a reasonable way to train?
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Well, this week at the club I weighed in about a pound less than last week. A loss, is a loss, is a loss; of course. Still, After having some AMAZING weeks where 3lbs magically disappeared, the 1lb weeks seem a little less.. Progressive.
Down, is down.
Fit, is fit.
And I to remember - as long as I'm working toward my goals I am making progress.
Yesterday at Club we learned about resistance training (AKA strength training.) We were reminded that the hours spent on this style of training do not count toward our weekly minutes total. I, however, an unconcerned with my weekly minute total meeting the prescribed goals. Why? Because I have other fish to fry. That's not to say I'm not going to get my aerobic exercise in; it's that with the way my training for the Half-Marathon is structured I'm very, very unlikely to reach 300 minutes for the foreseeable future.
For example I'm working up to completing a 4 mile distance. So, On Tuesday I ran 2.5 miles in about 28 minutes. I will run 2.5 miles again on Thursday for another 28 and on Saturday I'll run 3.2 for around 35. That totals up to 91 minutes. With a goal of 250, I have some serious explaining to do. Still, my plan calls for doing two shorter, 'faster' paced runs and one longer 'distance' run a week. I'm still going to bike on my off days; but, that's still going to just barely get me to around 200. Fortunately when I spoke to our 'instructor' at club, she seemed to think that it was less important to meet the minutes goals as to be congniscent of my calorie consumption.
After all, the club is ALL about the fat loss.
As winter rapidly approaches I'm starting to do my best to make plans for how to get my runs in - and cardio in - when the snow begins to fall. I'm really concerned that the trails won't be open once the snow really comes down; and then I have NO idea where I'll run. I'm not exactly a fan of running out on the sidewalks... I looked into purchasing a YMCA membership for over the winter months so I could get in and use their eliptical / bikes; but at $55 a month it's pretty darned pricey.
I have some choices to make. I also need to keep in mind that in order to May to work and 13.1 miles to be attainable I have to start building my mileage now and continue to do so... Gotta stick to the plan, that's all there is to it.
Now, I know it's taken me a while to get to the meaning of my blog's title today. Well, It's official - according to my BMI I am overweight and no longer obese. Let me tell you, it feels fracking amazing. I have about another 40 pounds to go until I'm 'normal'; but I also recognize 'normal' may not be attainable for me. 155? I don't know, it feels lofty.
My End of year goal is 175. It's going to require dilligence; but, I think that I can totally manage it.
Also, given my feelings of 'plateauing' as of late, it's time to get back on the stricter side of the calorie intake range. I've got to get back down to 1200-1300, I've had too many days of 1400.
With it being the last quarter of the year I think it's a great time to realign our goals. What have you guys reframed for yourselves? What are you doing now to make what you want be what you have?
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