Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I know, I know I've been complaining a lot lately about my Apps crashing on me.
I guess I wanted to get some feedback as to why I think this is a big deal.
When I started my C25K training I felt completely happy focusing on the minutes. Run for a minute, walk for 90 seconds. In fact, I found the framework stimulating. Why? Because I didn't have a clock to watch. I didn't have a milepost to aim for. It was just getting my muscles moving for that set amount of time and I knew when the voice said I could stop, I could.
For some reason,this formula worked REALLY well for me.
So, as you might imagine, when you find something that works you want to keep on doing it.
For example, I was looking forward to starting my 10x4's - 4 rounds of 10 minute running and 4 rounds of 1 minute walking. I mean, I really like this training style, it certainly encourages my endurance goals.
What can I say, I've never been able to set myself up for mileage.
Does this mean I'm setting myself up for failure?
This is also why finding an App that coaches me based on time is so important. If I don't have something telling me when to start and stop.. well, it's kind of hard for me to guage those on my own.
So, Sparklers, what do you think? Is duration training a bad idea? What has worked for you?
Monday, October 15, 2012
Welcome to Monday, everyone. I hope where ever you guys are it's sunny and warm! Here it's rather dismal looking and cold :( Still, I have every intention of going out and rocking my run today! Long sleeved Dry-Fit Tee and Capri pants.. I got this!
The plan for today is to run from Zombies since my interval trainer crapped out AGAIN last Friday. I need to find some advice from people who have bridged the gap from 5K to 10K - how'd they work up without an app like C25K to keep them on track? I need structure, dammit, structure!
In other news, unfortunately, I'm going to need to stop with the medication my doc prescribed for my PMDD. In short it's making me itchy and giving me heartburn. I've already said how I feel like I run better (with a clearer head) while on these meds; but, misery the rest of the time isn't a good enough reason to keep with them! I'll just have to find another solution.
A few years ago I had a very similar experience with (of all things) penecillian. Except, well, it was worse. Far worse. I wound up having a reaction called dermographia. What happens is that the response to the allergen is so severe that any amount of pressure on the skin is enough to make the sufferer break out in hives. Essentially, I could write / draw on my skin with my fingernail and wind up with a raised 'hive' in the shape. Sure, it's a neat party trick, but when you can't get to sleep because your skin hates itself.. well, you can see why I'm not playing with allergies to medication anymore.
Further, I've noticed that I haven't lost ANY weight in the month that I've been on it. So, it looks like the side effects outweigh the positives on this one. Here's hoping when I taper off that my hormones have magically figured out a way to regulate themselves..
In other news I had really one of the worst food weekends ever. I don't know why I thought ordering pizza was a good idea for Borderlands day.. but, well, four pieces later and I could have kept on eating.
So, it's back on the wagon today. Not that I fell that far off; but, I need to keep up my steak! I like the way I feel when I'm on track and successful!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Welcome to Thursday, everyone!
Thanks for all the positive comments on yesterday's video blog, I'm looking forward to getting pants that really fit and that I feel are flattering. Let's face it, when you're overweight the only thing worse than clothing that is too tight is clothing that is ill fitting because it's too big, too short, or simply not sitting where it should (the definition of pretty much every pair of pants I own right now.)
So, yesterday I stayed within my much more narrow calorie goal of 1200-1300, nailed my protein and fat intake, and felt pretty darn good. So, I'll call yesterday a success even if I didn't manage to get my run in. Today I'm going on my lunch run again. I'm going to make it my routine again (a routine I never should have gotten out of!) I mean, it felt good to get out of work at 4:30 and hop out on the trail; but, as things get busier and I'm working later, AND it's getting darker.. well, best to go with what will increase my odds of success: lunchtime.
What else is there to report? Not too much. Tonight my brother and I are going to play Borderlands 2 again - and I'm praying that he doesn't bring me snacks. In fact, when we talk this afternoon I'm going to tell him not to bring me snacks. No more permitting sabotage!
Oh, and yesterday I booked my room for DragonCon next year. Badge purchased, room booked at a host hotel, and costumes in the works.. Well, it's already shaping up. Don't worry, I won't start even thinking about sewing anything until March. I think I have a good reason not to start now anyway - anything I make will simply be too big by then. I used to be anywhere between 2-3 pounds a week and now upon looking at my chart I'm averaging about a pound a week. First, this is probably because I'm not exercising as much and second my calorie intake has certainly gone higher. It's a simple formula - you just have to apply it!
I know that my exercise minutes won't be getting back up to 300 with the weather getting crappy; but, I still lost weight when I was at 200 minutes. 200 real minutes, no walks mixed in there. Today's the first day of getting back on the train! All aboard!
We are currently two weeks out of the next 5K race and I'm still aiming to improve my time from 37 minutes to 36. I think 35 might be a pipe-dream; but, we'll see. After all, I've gone from only being able to run three minutes at a time to pushing 40!
So, do any of you guys have lofty fall goals? I'd love to hear them and maybe poach some for myself!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Victories! Still cheap... and a view of my kitchen.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Welcome to Tuesday, the most overlooked day of the week. Tuesday, poor Tuesday, just that day between Monday (dreaded) and Wednesday (occaisionally celebrated.) Tuesday, for me, is a milestone day each week. I go to Club and get weighed in. The club, I've noticed is getting smaller and smaller. We started off with a full 20 - 25 people in club. Now on a weekly basis we may have something like 6, maybe 8.
A couple weeks ago when we were discussing motivation and how it may have changed there was an obvious question: Why are you here?
I mean, nobody forces us to go to club. There's no real incentive to go to club. In fact, we don't really get any money until we hit the 'on your own' period. So, why go to these meetings? Hell, the meetings bore me sometimes more than they educate, but sometimes I get to think . Sometimes I get a little spark out of them.
Usually, though, the club just gives me perspective. The most sucessful people go to the meetings, stick to the plan, and keep themselves accountable. I intend to be successful.
So, yesterday's victory was a fantastic 2.5 mile jog. I have a general idea of how long it took me (25-30 minutes); but, I don't have an actual record. Why? Because my stupid App kept crashing. I had an app similar to my C25K one downloaded and ready to go. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a piece of crap.
Back to the drawing board.
Tonight's App extravaganza is going to be with Zombies, Run! which I'm going to use during my jog over to club this afternoon. I've only heard good things about it, so I hope that it doesn't let me down.
Of course, I think the majority of my frustration comes from the fact that the music purchases I made on Google won't play on my phone and are inaccessible to my apps. I love you, Android, but your app integration with your music integration lags far, far behind iTunes.
Well, time to get some work done around here. I hope everyone has a Sparktastic day!
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