Monday, June 03, 2013
Yesterday, I ran with my old running buddies. I haven't run with them in over twelve years. Truthfully, I'm not ready to run with them. I'm much slower than they are and can't even go a fraction of the distance that they do. I showed up at the regularly scheduled run with the idea that I would start with them, run DOWN the hill with them, and then turn left to continue on MY run while they go straight and continue on THEIR run. But one of my closest girlfriends was there and she encouraged me to run with her. It felt so good! I slowed her down, though :-(
I'm going to keep showing up. And one day I'll run with them again - and not slow down my friend.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Good golly, so much to say...where to begin?
I'll start at the most recent - I ran in a 5K race on Saturday! It was a really big deal and I did great and had a lot of fun! My two oldest children entered in the kids fun run and my eldest won! My other son came in 4th, which is really great too.
I entered as a recreational runner, which means that my time would not be recorded but I can see my time as I cross the finish line. I didn't want my first ever 5k RUN to be recorded - with my name, age, and time - on the internet for posterity. But had I entered as a competitor, I would have come in 2nd in my age group. So I did well but there is still a lot of room for improvement.
I've been exercising 5x/week, 30 minutes each time. Mainly running. I've been really enjoying it and having a great time. I've also been eating really well. I haven't lost much weight - about 6 lbs total since the beginning of the year. However, I'm so much healthier. I'm on the right track.
The other day, I went to the doctor for my chronic fatigue. She ordered a lot of blood tests. My cholesterol is great - for the first time in years! I'm definitely on the right track. I know that if I keep going, I'll eventually, slowly, lose this weight.
But after Saturday's run, my boys were so excited, they want to start running with me! So, yeah, I'll have some great running partners really soon!
OK, gotta go get ready for tomorrow.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Admittedly, I'm supposed to be working on our taxes right now. This blog entry is providing a much needed procrastination/distraction from them. (grin)
I had a great run this morning. On Saturday mornings, I get a full hour to run whilst my boys are in orchestra. I cherish these Saturday mornings - a full hour just to myself. It's pure bliss. Anyway, while they're in orchestra rehearsal, I run/walk/waddle around the campus wall. Lots of folks run or walk around the campus wall. One time around = 1.5 miles. I go two times around, or three miles.
I have an app on my iphone to help prepare folks for a 5K run (3.1 miles). Since I don't get more than one day to run, I haven't been able to get past week 3. In week 4, I need to run 4 minutes without stopping, take a short break, then run 6 minutes without stopping. It's the 6 minute part that's difficult for me. Six full minutes of running without stopping. Parts of the run are uphill, where six minutes is more difficult. So imagine my surprise today when I not only did the full week 4, day 1 workout, but I surpassed it and did it really easily. Woo hoo! Progress! It felt incredibly great.
My energy level still isn't great. It's about 55% improved from last week. I can't wait until it's 100%. Then I'll fly around that wall (grin)!
OK, let's talk about re-framing. I'm the biggest complainer around. I complain all the time about not losing weight. Truth is, I've lost 5 lbs. since January 1st. It's been demoralizing for me to see everyone around me here on SparkPeople who start changing their habits and lose 1-2 lbs per week and look great in a mere 12 weeks. Harumpf! I work really hard and the scale doesn't move. I track everything, exercise until exhaustion and see no benefit for that effort. It's demoralizing.
Coach Nicole talks about re-framing all the time. Admittedly, I hate hearing her re-frame. I feel like, "didn't you just hear what I said? Listen to me!" But she's right. It's all in how you look at it. Last year, I gained a pound a month - while watching my food intake and exercising. So this year, even though I haven't lost as much as I'd like, not only have I lost weight, but I've stopped that 1lb/month weight gain. So if I don't lose another pound this year, I'm still 17 lbs improved over last year. Seventeen pounds - that's a lot. I'll take that!
I'm still going to work on my small steps - my current food plan (which is different from last year's effort where I gained a pound a month) and my 30 minutes/day, 5x/week running. It's what I can do. And, if something happens where I can't do that, well then, OK. I'm human. I'll try not to beat myself up too much about it.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
First, thank you to my SparkFriends who have checked in on me. I appreciate your thoughts and actions more than you realize.
I've had this incredible bout of fatigue. It's bone-sucking, brain-numbing and completely debilitating. I know it's not lack of sleep because I'm getting enough sleep. Plus, it's not a tiredness like I need more sleep. It's something else.
Thanks, also, for all your thoughtful suggestions on what it may be. I think some of them are right on target. I bought and am taking some nutritional supplements and made an appointment to see my doctor. In the meantime, I think the supplements are helping and I'm getting back some energy. So, I'm getting back into the groove of things. I've been watching my eating and have been running for 30 minutes on the treadmill for three days in a row now. So...I'm happy.
Today at work there was a seminar on changing behavior. It was fantastic and I learned a lot. And while I was listening to this well-respected neurologist, I couldn't help but recall the advice from SparkGuy - who essentially said the same thing. But first, let me give some background.
In the seminar, we learned about the different parts of the brain. One part is the core, where the brain stem is located. This is the part of the brain that controls essential functions like breathing. Next part is the amygdala. This is the part of the brain that is deep in the temporal lobe. The amygdala does a ton of stuff, but one of the things it does is control behavior. So if you want to try to change behavior, the amygdala gets involved and says, "oh no you don't" and works really hard to resist any change. We see this here while we're trying to change our eating and exercise regime. We go gung-ho for a few days, maybe a week and then we just pig out again and get back on the couch. Next time that happens to you, you can go yell at your amygdala.
So here's how to trick the amygdala. You can take small steps. Go a little at a time and your amygdala won't realize that you're trying to change behavior. You do a small step - maybe ten minutes of exercise a day. And you do it for three-four weeks. Then you do a little more and a little more. And then one day, you've totally changed your behaviour. Do too much and that amygdala of yours will get in your way.
Now, where have you heard that before? Yes! SparkGuy says it all the time! Here I am listening to this accomplished PhD neurologist and I've already heard this message right here on SparkPeople. Our SparkGuy knows what he's talking about.
So, what this means for me is that I'm going to stick with the changes I've made to my diet and just keep doing the 30 minute treadmill routine for now. I'm not going to try to add more. I think part of my fatigue is trying to do too much. I added three days of weights to my treadmilling - and then - boom - extreme fatigue. So maybe I'm ok with just the treadmill for right now.
So that gets me to another thing I learned today - reframing. But this blog entry is already very long and I need to get ready for bed. So reframing will have to wait.
Thanks again for all your support, SparkFriends. I appreciate it more than you know.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
It's true: after more than a week away, I FINALLY got back to the gym. I ran 3 miles on the treadmill (5 MPH pace) and worked up a nice sweat. And I felt absolutely great when I was done.
On my walk back to my office from the gym, I was thinking about how great I felt and trying to capture the feeling to give me motivation for the next time I try to miss the gym.
So let me talk about the gym for a minute: There's a woman at the gym. I used to work with her; now she's the admin person for a different group. When we worked together, I never noticed her shape/fitness. But now that I've been going to the gym regularly (well, ahem...), I notice that she's there. She's quite over-weight, yet she shows up every single day and does the P90x DVD with the fit guys. Then, after the hour video, she pumps iron. She really works up a sweat. Last time I was at the gym, I told her that she was my inspiration. I admire her so much! She tells me that she's been at it for over a year! And today, I noticed that she was wearing some body-hugging clothing ...and she looked great! She truly is my hero and inspiration.
Now, I really want to talk about my exhaustion. I wish I knew why I was so tired. It's a bone-tired that I just can't shake. Yesterday, as I was driving the children home from school (at only 3:30 PM!) I was terrified that I was going to fall asleep behind the wheel. I was just soooo incredibly tired. When we got home, I left the children alone (I NEVER do this!) and went to bed and slept for two hours. And I woke up tired.
I've been getting adequate sleep. So what's this about? I'm still tired today and expect that I will feel equally exhausted at 3:30 PM again. It's this exhaustion that gets in my way.
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