Saturday, July 11, 2009
Went to a birthday party for two nieces today. Had a blast. Swam in the pool. Went down the water slide!! My goofy brother took pictures of me going down the first time, when graceful as I am, I kind of lost my form and went in the water cock-eyed and tushie first!! Great, just what I need more embarassing pictures of me! Kids had a blast with their cousins. Only ate one piece of pizza and one small cupcake, did munch on yummy vegis! Not a bad day food wise and an enjoyable day all around.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I did it, I did it, I did it!! I finished week 1 training of Couch to 5K!! And I shaved 2 minutes off my worst time!! Yesterday I missed my walk due to a bum knee I wanted to rest and I was feeling a little overwhelmed with the task at hand. Feeling like "why bother any more, just save myself the agony, I won't be able to do it, I can't do a 5K in less than 45 minutes, what am I thinking?" But today, I got up, my knee was feeling much better, I wrapped my knee, and went. The wrap really helped, even more than I thought it would and I pushed!! I started each jog slowly, but then tried to lengthen my stride and make each movement longer and smoother and faster. And, by golly gee, it seems to have worked. Even at the end, when my sister is usually outpacing me by a longshot, and jogging in place at each corner to let me catch up, I was still hot on her tail. During the jogging she outpaced me quite a bit-she is way ahead of me on this fitness thing, but when we reverted to just walking-I ALMOST kept up-she only had to jog in place for a little bit. Last Monday by the end I was dying-dragging my feet-anxious for us to get back to the start so I could stop. By today I was not dying-tired, out of breath, still ready to stop, but NOT dying!! I think I might be getting fitter. I still have a long way to go until I will be doing 5K in 45 minutes or better, but today I saw that, if I keep working hard, I just might make it!! Today I am digging through my storage chest, somewhere in there is a medal I won YEARS ago-before I ever had children. The only reason I won it at all is because there were only enough entrants in our city's Turkey Trot in my division that we all won a medal-LOL! But, I won it. I think that race took me between 50-55 minutes and I didn' t jog a step that I can remember. I am posting that sucker on my wall to remind me what I once accomplished because when September 5th is over I will have a second medal to add to my poor, lonely Turkey Trot medal (or was it the Bunny Hop-oops it had been way too long-better get it out just to remind myself of which race it actually was!!). So, I have two days off from running and on Monday we amp it up again. I weighed this morning and I am still a few ounces above the weight I was before my birthday week meltdown, but the scale is finally moving in the right direction again. The running has got me moving again in more than one way!! Hurray!!
Update on library day. Son received his award for 2nd place in the contest...a teddy bear. Oh dear!! Yep, six year old boy was not too happy. He would have been thrilled with books-kid loves to read. He gave me his teddy bear, telling me that I "could have it because it was kind of a girl thing anyways." Today, after the walk/run I stopped at our 24-hr Wal-Mart (it was about 5 am) and picked up a Star Wars toy-they have these little characters called Galactic Heros that come in a million different Star Wars characters. He got a super battle droid and a jedi called Luminaria something or other (a girl jedi, but he is okay with that because she is a jedi after all and girls who carry lightsabers are still okay). He was much happier with that reward.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
The last couple of days I've been filling in the rest of the measurements added to the updated Weight and Measurements Tracker. LOVE the changes they made and the new things to track. I have always been disappointed in the limits set to the measurements section. I have always felt that arm, thigh, calf, etc should be measured as well as bust and chest (I think it is important for females to be able to measure both since the girls sometimes shrink pretty and the chest can be a better indication than the girls-plus if you want a bra that really fits you need to know both-hehe). Now, with the new changes I can measure all those things. I added bust and chest under the additional measurements section!! So cool-thanks for the changes Spark. Anyhow, I finally got around to using the waist-hip ratio calculator found under the Healthy Lifestyle-Fitness section to calculate my waist-hip ration. Now, I am good enough at math that I could have calculated that myself, but the Spark calculator also gives you your ESTIMATED body type as well as some information about each body type. I have always figured I was a pear. I am very hippy. Even at smaller sizes my pants are a size larger than my shirts to accomodate my hips. Come to find out I am not a pear and I am not an apple, but I am an Avacado! I have never heard of avacado before. The article says that avacados are not as common as pears and apples. Always I knew I was different from the norm!! Avacados carry a moderate health risk from their genetic body type-higher than the risk pears bear, but lower than the risk of apples. Interesting. The article says that your body type is genetically determined, but it also says your body type is an estimate. I suppose it is possible, once I get rid of some this padding, that I will actually be a pear. Have to wait to find out. The main thing is that, no matter what, I do need to get rid of the padding!! I didn't walk this morning, stupid knee is bugging me again, but tomorrow is our run-so I am resting it and stretching so that it will be loose tomorrow. I was stupid, the youngest was yelling at me about doing something for her while I was otherwise occupied, so frustrated, I jumped up to do her thing, but planted my foot at an angle instead of straight and wrenched it again. Ugg!! Good news is it is already feeling better today. Today is library day. Our library is launching their summer program today. A couple months ago the library held a contest for the children. Entrants were asked to decorate a printed letter. My kids got E, A and V. The decorated letters were used to create a sign reading "BE CREATIVE AT YOUR LIBRARY". My son, who decorated his E with dyed and broken egg shells in a mosaic rainbow, got second place!! He will receive his award today. We have no idea what his award is, but he is very excited!! (My daughters decorated their A with acorns we collected from the park and the V with violet tissue paper squares-only one other entrant followed the letter theme thing with an L that looks like a ladybug-very cute and hopefully first place because it deserves it-since we already know my son isn't first.) So, a busy, fun day today. Looking forward to my run tomorrow!!
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Whooo. Running again this morning. I really tried to focus on form today. My legs are definately feeling the work! I need to do more inner thigh and hip work. My hips are so tight I know that is one of the things slowing me down (there are an incredible number of things slowing me down and this is just one of them). This morning I focused my pre-run warm up on my hips and kept my warm up a little bit slower and I noticed a difference in my stride. Even at the end I was able to keep my stride longer. Now to just get used to running-whew!
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
What is food? Is it my best friend? Hardly. Is it comfort and peace? No. Is it the source of a good time? Uh-uh. Yet, this is what food has been to me for so long. The friend I turn to in times of trouble. The source of peace when I am depressed. The center of every celebration. My son is seriously tuned into my efforts to lose weight. He notices that I will turn down certain foods and he has, by himself, made the connection to calories. He has seen me look at a box or carton of food, read the label and put it back. He and I have discussed what calories are. I have explained to him that a calorie is a measure of how much fuel is in a food and if we eat too much fuel and can't use it our bodies store it as fat. So, if I can so scientifically explain that food is fuel-why is it so hard to make that connection work. Food is fuel. People are friends, blankets provide warmth and comfort and the source of a good time is the people you surround yourself with. My eating habits have slipped lately. My husband made cookies the other day and yep, I ate them, I ate too many of them. WHY??? I have no idea. Probably because I was mad at him and I equated his cookies with an appology. Jeez, that was stupid. He had offered a verbal appology, I didn't need a cookie one. If food is fuel why do I keep getting the cruddy fuel that clogs your fuel filter and dirties your sparkplugs, why not invest in the fuel that that has the special additives that clean your sparkplugs and keeps your engine working at prime levels? I keep chosing that gas at Thrify Gas instead of Chevron. So, it is time to get back to work. I have hit a plateau and need to get off and that will only happen when I start eating right again and get back to work. I previously haven't set up a real reward system, I did that today, so now I know what I have to look forward to and what I need to do to get it. Right now I've got to do alot of housework, get in my strength, which I, foolishly, didn't do this morning after my walk, and then prepare a nourishing dinner (chicken and who knows what else), maybe I will bake some wheat bread, haven't done that for awhile.
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