Thursday, August 06, 2009
I have been a member of sparkpeople since 2005!! You would think I would have reached my goal by now wouldn't you. Well that time includes lots of inactivity on the site. It has been almost 5 months since I came back determined to do it this time!! During those 5 months I have done quite a variety of things. Videos, aerobics classes, strength programs and yoga. 5 weeks ago I started running, something I NEVER thought I would actually do. Every time I envied someone going for a run I told myself, you are too heavy, you are too out of shape, maybe when you are skinny you can run. Well, I am more than half way through Week 5 of C25K, my first 5K run, ever, is less than a month away (I've walked 5Ks before but never at any time did I break into a run). Sparkpeople is introducing me to new, fun things all the time and making me believe I can actually do them. I totally believe that someday I will run a half marathon and be in a triathalon and my ultimate dream is to someday, it might not be anytime soon, but someday, run the Catalina Island EcoMarathon. This marathon is held on trail and is hilly and is a real challenge to real athletes. If I can hang the Catalina Island finishers medal on my wall I will know I can say to anyone, anyhwere, "I am an athlete" and have the evidence to show them. Of course I am hoping by that point my body will speak for itself. But, that is the other thing I am learning, I can be athletic even if my body doesn't reflect that attitude. So, anyway, with C25K a mere 4 weeks and one day away from being over it is time to start thinking about trying other new things. Tomorrow is our 20 minute run AND our hike so cardio is WAAAAY covered, but what can I add in to my routines to make me a more rounded person, athletically speaking that is.
One team has us trying some pilates to blast our hips and thighs. I haven't had a chance to fit it in this week, but I've looked at the video to get an idea of what I will be doing and that looks fun. I love yoga, but I've never really gotten into Pilates so that might be something to try. I know the Pilates rings you can buy at the store look kind of fun!! I've always kind of thought of Pilates and Yoga as being too similar to do both. But I am starting to see that the two are more differnt than I thought and complement each other without being exactly the same.
Jump Rope!! I used to be the Queen Jump Roper in Elementary school. Between myself, my friend Tammy and my friend Kelly we ruled the jumpropes. The three of us could out jump any other kid in our grade. If the teachers had let us we could have probably jumped from the first bell to the last never missing a rotation. Somewhere along the way I totally lost my ability to jump rope. A few years ago, for some reason or another that totally escapes me now, I had to pick up a jump rope and give it a try. It was a miserable failure. I couldn't co-ordinate the rope and my jumps to save my life. Jump rope is such a great exercise I should really learn how to do it again. Until I lose more weight I'll probably use the skipping technique to be a little more gentle on my knees and work up to the regular jumps.
Biking. My sister has been talking about getting a bike, I already have one. Mine is a mountain bike and someday I might want to trade it out for a road bike. But, for now, my bike does the job just fine. It would be nice to get more biking in. I do need to take my bike in and have it fitted. I don't think the guy did it when I bought it and even so, since I bought my bike I have had 3 kids and aged at least 10 years, my body has changed a bit. Last time I rode I noticed my knee "clicking" a little. What do I mean by that? Basically it felt like there was a rough spot on my patella and every time I rotated the pedal, moving from the highest point down, it felt like my knee was catching and sticking just a bit. I am sure if the bike is adjusted so that the seat and handlebars are exactly right that problem will be minimized if not completely done away with. Since my bike has the quick release levers I did keep stopping and making adjustments to the seat until it felt a little more comfortable, but couldn't do anything with the handle bars. So, one goal is to get my bike tuned up and start doing a little more of that.
Balance ball. Used to have one and used to use it occasionally. It made a really cool seat and I would use it more for that than for other things. My kids liked to play with my old one and it eventually passed away due to them using it for all sorts of things. I was in the fitness section of the library recently and saw a book entirely about Balance Balls. It gives beginner, intermediate and advanced level workouts that look really fun. So, time to get a new balance ball. Kids are a little older now and maybe they can follow the rules for ball use now. Because, I have to accept that with three kids in the house and a giant ball there is no way they are going to be able to keep their hands off of it, but maybe they can at least follow the ground rules.
Jillian Michaels. Ugg. I have serious doubts about turning myself over to the most infamous fitness instructor of all time-LOL! Nah, seriously, I have heard such good things about all of her programs so it would be fun to try. 30-day shred might be just the thing to take my fitness routine to the next level.
I am totally open to other ideas too!! What's your favorite fitness activity?
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Knew it was coming today. Knew that today Robert Ullrey of Podcasts for Running was going to tell me that it was time for day 2 to run for 8 minutes. Knew that he would tell me to do this twice. Annnnnddddd? I DID IT!! Slow but steady and I did it!! I ran for 8 minutes without stopping, without falling over and without straight up dying!! The first 8 was actually pretty easy. Well, don't know if easy is exactly the right word, but it is still only 5 in the a.m. and my brain is having trouble coming up with a different word for "not hard". I had to push and I had to use my mental techniques, but it was over before I actually anticipated it would be. The second 8 minutes was a tiny bit harder and I was quite a bit slower for most of it. When Robert said that there was one minute left though, I put on the afterburners-hehehe-not really. I did get a little faster, I did push a little harder and I was a little more winded by the end of the last minute. I did not go as far as I did when we ran the same amount of time broken into 5 minute intervals, but I am okay with that because right now (I've said this a million times I think) it is about endurance. It is about being able to run for time not distance. Once I get the endurance part down the speed will come. It was another good run and the real lesson from today is that I can push myself a little harder. Even though I am pushing my personal boundaries by running at all I am not really pushing as hard as I could. Friday is a twenty minute run without stopping. I am going for it I am going all out and see what I can do. I depend on my ipod to tell me what to do so I don't run with a watch or stopwatch. On this week's podcast Robert has three different days he is giving instructions for and I find myself mentally calculating how much longer I have to run by the directions he is giving. I am not sure if this will help or hurt on Friday when I just have to keep running. If I count on him to tell me what is going on will I have the attitude of "half way through, keep going" or "10 minutes in slow down and conserve energy so you can make it another 10 minutes". During the 20 minute run would I be better off just listening to my "Move it" Playlist and focusing on what my body is saying and just keep pushing until I really cannot run any longer? I don't know..something to think about until Friday. Tomorrow is our longer distance walk and we will be taking Pepper with us. She is a young-ish German Shepherd (3 years old?? I forget-niece's dog not mine) and in the past she has not done terribly well on walks, but if we can get her trained she will be a great walking partner. Built for endurance, smart, competitive and big. Tomorrow is going to be fun, I have a feeling the faster we go the happier Pepper will be!! Today I still have strength to do today. It was scheduled for yesterday but I was in the pool all day and just too exhausted to fit it in when I got home. Hehehe-I just had a mental picture of trying to do strength in the pool with traditional dumbbells!! Not a very good idea-LOL- I have used my kids' floaties for resistance training though. Get those inflatable arm bands under water and they provide great resistance. Biceps curls, Triceps press, Shoulder shrugs, etc., all work pretty well using floaties in the pool. Okay, Daughter is already up and wants breakfast. She is stacking various bins in order to see what goodies might be hiding on top of the refrigerator!! She found the crackers-LOL!! Okay, not a bad little snack. She is such a monkey. Hope everyone has a great day!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Yesterday I felt like I had to switch to goldfish mode due to the humidity. Today I feel like a goldfish after all the swimming I did. Took my niece and my kids out to see their grandma and cousins (who live on the same piece of property, but in different houses). We swam and swam and swam and even when I tried to get out and dry out someone wanted me back in the water. I am water logged!! Totally wore out the kids. They are sitting and eating dinner in a stupor. Silly me created a new game that involved old and young alike and everyone found totally entertaining so of course I got stuck doing the game over and over and over. I just kept reminding myself of the calories I was burning. My niece is 15 and a very good swimmer, another niece is 6 and part fish (her pool we were swimming in), my son is just now becoming a good swimmer and today was his first day of the diving board and pool slide without some sort of flotation device. That leaves niece #2's sister who "swims" with floats and supervision and my two daughters who are not swimmers yet. So anyways, my older daughter pulls the small two person, inflatable raft into the pool and is having fun. Eventually younger daughter wants a turn too so I take them for a "tour" of the pool. I take the raft and tug it all around the perimeter of the pool. Pretty soon youngest niece wants a turn too so now I've got all three non-swimmers taking rides in the boat, sometimes separate sometimes all at the same time. Oldest niece and son take turns jumping over the boat as we pass under the diving board, we were literally under the diving board so, totally safe. 6 year old, part fish, niece becomes a mermaid who likes to visit our boat. A crocodile shaped float attacks the boat each time we pass and sometimes my son pretends he is a shark attacking the boat. Think Disneyland's Jungle Cruise combined with the old Submarine ride, all done on a very amateur level and you've got my "tours". The kids LOVED it and I ended up tugging that raft around the pool for who knows how long. We all had a blast and now I am exhausted. I feel like I turned into a fish today-a very tired fish. Good day anyway and a great way to stay cool. Hope everyone else had a good day too.
Monday, August 03, 2009
So...week 5 is off to a great start!! Can't believe I am already to week 5. Kind of a humid day today so until I switched to goldfish mode it was a little difficult!! Remember that super hero-Aquaman?? Kind of felt like him today, that is to say, I felt a little bit amphibious!! The first run gets going and I am huffing and puffing like I haven't been training for the last 4 weeks. I am thinking "wow, I am never going to make it if I can't breathe at all". But, I shook off those negative thoughts and persevered and before the first run was over I had switched to goldfish mode and could breathe both air and water!!! LOL! The second and third runs were just fine. Today's time was the same as Friday's but that is okay. I've got 4 more weeks to keep improving and getting faster. The point is that today I ran for 5 minutes 3 times!! That is HUGE compared with where I was 4 weeks ago. 4 weeks ago all I had to do was run for 30 seconds and that felt as hard then, as 5 minutes feels now. No, that is not true, it was HARDER!! If anyone out there is seriously considering doing C25K and doubting your ability to do it, shake off those negative thoughts. If I can do it so can you!!
I am still a little frustrated by the scales refusal to move beyond a certain point (it is ping ponging all over the same 4 to 5 pounds), but I had to do mid-challenge measurements and I have lost, on average, an inch or more all over and that is ONLY during this challenge, that is not including some inches I had shed previous to the start of the Swimming Through Summer Into Fal-Done Girls Challenge. Only my calves haven't changed but they are not included on the challenge and I only started tracking them at the beginning of July. What I am seeing on my calves is a little bit more definition. WooHoo. So, this week is off to a good start. Wednesday will see us doing 8 minute runs, can't wait to see how that goes and Friday is a little bit scary I must admit, 20 minutes non-stop!! I'll do my best that is for sure. Hope everyone has a great Monday!
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Yesterday was my tenth wedding anniversary!! It is hard to believe my hubby and I have been together for 10 years!! It all started 11 years ago when my, now sister-in-law, insisted that her brother take me out on a date. Thanks goodness I believe in second and third chances because those first couple of dates were disasters. My husband is a shy guy and doesn't speak much until he is comfortable around you. Yeah, being shoved into a first date, not the best idea for my hubby, but look...it worked!!! 10 years later we have 3 beautiful children, a dog, a cat and a fish, a mini-van and a long term plan for the future and I get to be a stay at home mom (which means things are often really tight and we make do without alot of STUFF, but who needs stuff)!! Livin' the American dream!! I started my anniversary with my best run yet!! WooHoo. I made it to a point that I have NEVER made it to by running before. I have to guess, but my guess is I went at LEAST 150 yards past my previous best. My sister and I made the goal to really push and shave off some time. Well, honestly, my sister made the goal and I went along!!LOL. We did shave a little time, I think, about 2 minutes. It is hard to say because just before our warm up ended we stopped to stretch and the pedometer stopped counting our time at that point (darn). But, it was still a really good run!! I got to go home shower and clean up the daughters' bedroom. Then the anniversary really got started. My husband took the day off from work, my mom baby sat and we just spent the day together goofing off and doing nothing. We went to the library (no kids), this was purely a treat for me. My husband is not a big reader, but I am and getting to go to the library without any kids and just look around and browse for whatever I wanted was a huge treat! We followed up with lunch at a favorite Mexican place. I ate a little too much, but didn't go too far overboard. This restaurant offers a lunch portion of fajitas, a half portion of the dinner order. Yummy, yummy, grilled steak and vegis. Peppers must be a little expensive right now because the vegis were a little onion heavy and light on the peppers, but I like onions, and so does hubby, so oh well. My one failure at luch was the refried beans. I could not eat just one bite, I thought I could, but I forgot how good this restaurant's beans are. Once I started I couldn't stop, oops. Oh well, I have been pretty good lately so it was a small indulgence. I did opt for the slightly healthier corn tortillas instead of flour. After lunch we burned off a few calories walking the mall. I had a blast making my husband uncomfortable by dragging him over to the lingere and holding up different samples and asking him which ones he liked best!!! Hehehehe, remember shy guy? Yep, that was fun. We didn't buy because I want to buy a new size not the size I am now. My mall faus pax was an Orange Julius. Could not resist, it was hot and the Strawberry Lemonade flavor, soooo yummy. I had not budgeted the Orange Julius, but we didn't get dessert at the restaurant so....yeah, I'm trying to justify here, but you'll see in a minute there was no justifying, it was simply one of those "I want it, I'm going to get it" moments. Went to Target and browsed somemore. Went home let my mom off the hook. Fortunately the kids and their freinds had all been really good. Since it was my anniversary and I didn't want to cook we got KFC for dinner, but we got their new grilled version so it was a tiny bit healthier. No coleslaw, no mashed potatoes either so we did well there. We had promised the kids ice cream though so off we go, supposedly to Cold Stone, but UGGH, disaster, tough economic times have shut down our Cold Stone, nearest Cold Stone is now over 1/2 an hour away. Daughter cried, she wanted gummy bears in her ice cream. So we decided a compromise would be going to Wal-Mart and chosing one or two flavors of ice cream and then getting whatever the kids wanted to put on top. I'm thinking, maybe I'll grab a sorbet or a skinny cow. Well, our Baskin Robbins is in the same shopping center as the Wal-Mart. Son, who can read now, sees the Baskin Robbins sign and suggests that instead, so now we are going to 31 flavors. Do I choose a sorbet? No. Do I choose a sherbet? No. A smoothie? No. Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Oops. Now, I had already factored dessert into the day's equation, but I did not factor a LARGE Orange Julius AND a scoop of Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream AND eating out twice . Dang. Oh well. My anniversary is only once a year!! Just have to be careful to not start saying, but the first of August is only once a year, or our ten year, 6 month anniversary is only once a year. ; p It was a good anniversary and we had a great time. Monday will have to be a good running day to help burn off some of the residual calories from the weekend!! Yesteday, thank goodness, was no longer a typical day for me. Yesterday I was successful at being a little more like a hummingbird in the morning. Not so successful the rest of the day, but patience and practice and I will get there. Hummmmmmmmm, the sound of my lightning fast wings as I take off to take care of the rest of my day!! Have a good one everyone!
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