Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I *had* planned to do the first Sun Run training of the week yesterday. Couldn't do it in the morning as we have church in the morning. Tried doing it mid-afternoon. No deal. Got changed, warmed up, did the first 3-minute run stint on the treadmill. Couldn't do it. Too tired? Too well-fed? Too lazy????? Anyway I let myself off the hook yesterday and shoveled snow instead.
Today, though, NO EXCUSES! So I did what I was supposed to do: on the treadmill, run for 3 minutes, walk for 1, repeat 9 times. My treadmill is set at 5% incline; I managed to do my running at just over 4 mph and my walking just under 3 mph--I know, I know, these are not very demanding speeds but the incline is something, and I *am* a senior citizen : )
Anyway, I found after the first run/walk stint that running at that pace for that long put my HR way above my THR and walking for 1 minute did not bring it back down within THR. So I just walked longer for the remaining walk times. All good--more steps!
I recorded my HR frequently throughout the workout session and used the average rate to calculate calories burned using http://www.braydenwm.com/calburn.htm, which seems to be a good calculator. It factors in average heart rate, age, weight, gender and time. Today it says I burned about 640 calories and I think that's pretty accurate. I dreadmilled for 60 minutes, covering 5 k on a 5% incline. I felt well and truly worked-out by the time I finished.
*And* I'm being very strict about my nutritional intake. Remember, I'm not weighing-in at all during February, and I *really* want to have a super weigh-in at the end of the month. So I'm working hard and eating very, very carefully all month long.
You know what???? This self-managing is 'way harder than letting the scale tell me if I've gone off-track : (
Monday, February 20, 2012
OK. So Johnny didn't want to skate the last time he was here. Of course if I don't keep the rink cleared, he'll want to skate next time he comes. If I do keep it cleared, he won't want to skate. He is only three, after all.
So what to do? Well, clear the rink of course! If, contrary to expectations, he wants to skate, he'll be able to do so. Whether he skates or not, I've had the benefit of the exercise of shoveling snow. Two-for-one exercising: aerobics and weight-lifting in one workout.
Who's the winner? Me!!!!!
I win because I exercised, and I win by being the grandad who has a skating rink ready!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Sat around from the time I got up till I had breakfast and a shower--good because I was having my morning daily devotion and meditation time. Sat around for 2.5 hours as I drove to our church camp for a Camp Board meeting. Sat around for 3 hours for the meeting. Sat around for another 2.5 hours as I drove home. Sitting around now as I catch up on email and SparkPeople. Next I'll go to bed. Not exactly the kind of day a person can record in the Fitness Tracker : (
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Or maybe it was first work, then play. I dunno. I dreadmilled and weight-lifted for about an hour and a half this morning. In the afternoon I did a bunch of catch-up reading and prep for a volunteer society Board meeting I will be attending tomorrow. Which was work, which was play? Both are things I do because I *want* to do them and because I feel rewarded for having done them.
Maybe for me today it was first play, then play : )
Friday, February 17, 2012
Next after the DRE, what I dislike most about the Annual Check-up is the fasting prior to bloodwork. Nothing but water after midnight the night before, says the receptionist blithely as she hands me the lab requisition. My body is programmed to need sustenance within an hour or so of waking up. My hedonism is programmed to need a couple of cups of coffee within minutes of waking up! But not on bloodwork days : (
So I sleep in a bit, get to the lab as early as they'll have me, and wait. Today there were 7 people ahead of me, plus folks who had to have recurring blood-taking over the course of the morning due to whatever conditions they were having monitored. All told I waited a good hour for my turn. And can anyone out there tell an old guy how to provide a urine sample after 8 hours of minimal fluid intake?????? And then as the tech is about to take my blood sample she asks if the doc has advised me the regs have changed and I'll most likely be charged for my PSA test. Not a major charge, but something new. Medical plan has to cut costs somewhere, and men's health is as good a target as any I suppose.
What could I do afterwards but reward myself with a real breakfast in town? So I let today be my bacon and eggs for breakfast day for this week. And I drank all the coffee the server would bring me in my half-hour at breakfast : 0 And I drank water, water, water and juice. And I had fresh fruit instead of hashbrowns. Then, at 11:00 a.m. I was ready to start my real day. All good. I'll be fit and ready for Sun Run training right on schedule tomorrow morning.
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