Monday, August 10, 2009
Done Being the Fat Girl has been at the top of my favorite teams list since the day I joined!! This team has is goin' on big time!! I loved how the team celebrated birthdays and celebrated the great women who take time to make this a great team by having a Done Girl of the Day and Done Page of the Month. I love to visit the Done Girl of the Day pages and say congrats and see the diverse group of women that make this such a wonderful team. Some Done Girls are young and some are young at heart. Some have met their weight goals and are finding new things to keep them going and some are still working, everyday to meet those goals and get fit. Done Girls are found living all over the world and come in every shape, size and color. It is a great experience to come everyday and find a new friend in the DGOTD. Today, I am here on Spark and it is time to deal with those Sparkmails that I collected over the weekend. First message on the list is Frankiefrog's DGOTD message. "Okay, let's do that first. Who's page do I get to visit today?" I skim along looking for the name, not really reading the introduction and read "ITSHOWYOULIVE". "Okay, go click on the link, hey wait, THAT"S ME!!!" I read it again, actually reading the intro, yep that's me!! Cool!! Did I expect to be Done Girl of the Day?? Not on your life!! Does it totally make my day even that much better, because I was already having a really good day? Yes it does!! Thanks for the love!! Done Girls ROCK!!! Thanks Frankiefrog for all the hard work and Wolfkitty for the birthday announcement and everybody else who makes this team freakin' awesome!!
Monday, August 10, 2009
What a beautiful day!! Today's run took us for the longest time, intervals included, yet. Only 18 minutes total run time today, but a total of 35 minutes including 5 minutes warm up, 5 minutes cool down and 7 minutes of walking intervals between the running. We actually made it back to my sister's house before the program ended and had to walk a few houses past her's to finish the cool down!! It was another great run and completely do-able after Friday's 20 minute non-stop run!!! Started a new strength program today. It works you everyday, but different areas so you work shorter times but everyday. I have done similar programs and really enjoyed them. I think it helps me to stay on track to have a similar program everyday instead of trying to skip a day and then remember to pick it up again. Today was upper body and I am really feeling it! I not only did the new program but I also added the 3 upper body strength exercises from the Sculpting a New You Team I am on!! WooHoo!! For SP New Exercise Challenge I have to try 2 new cardio exercises I am not already doing. One is going to be jump roping, but I still have to do another one, maybe I'll go for a bike ride, it is not a regular part of my work right now. I am already walking, running and hiking, I could hunt down a new video, maybe check one out from the library. We'll see!! Anyway, today was another beautiful morning and it is time to start closing up the house and getting busy. I could swear that somebody up and shifted my town a few degrees northwest!! Normally this time of year we are sweltering even at night-110s and up during the day and low 70s at night, but lately our days have been staying in the lower 90s and our nights have been in the mid-sixties and a tad damp. Don't get me wrong there is no way that I am complaining. It is just strange and wonderful!! It has made exercising in the morning such a pleasure and making me look forward to the time we our days are always like our mornings. I love the cold. crisp fall and usually have to wait until October (sometimes even November) so maybe it will come early this year. That would be awesome!! Hope everyone has a great Monday!
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Sorry I didn't blog this yesterday, but it was a busy day!! Up at 4:00 to go running at 5. And, let me tell you about the running. I was so jazzed and ready for the run I felt like a little girl ready for the first day of school!! We do our warm up walk and before we know it, it is time to start running. About 4-5 minutes in it got a little hard. I really felt like I wanted to stop. But, I told myself "just think how it will feel after you run the entire distance". So, I kept running and I kept running. I played my usual game of "run to that spot", but I made my distances further apart and gave myself a mental image of where I was running to, trying to picture it in as much detail as possible then told myself, you've run to this spot before, it's easy, just keep going. I didn't remind myself that I usually walked some in between where I currently was and were I was headed to-LOL! Before I knew it I was kind of on autopilot, just listening to my music and running along. I checked the time on my pedometer and could see we were getting close to the end of the run and set a goal to get to the "clubhouse"-the community pool and clubhouse in my sister's community-this is roughly the point I usually get to. Just as I reached the clubhouse I saw my sister walking back for me-she always gets farther ahead, and knew the run was over, but by that point I had a new goal and I was going to reach it. At, this point I am running in the street and just a few feet in front of me, painted on the street, is a white line with the words STOP right in front of it. Well, it seemed to be a message just for me-lol! Get here and you can stop!! So I kept going till I got to the STOP. I did it, I did it, I did it!! I ran for 20 minutes plus a little without stopping!! It was sooooo freakin' awesome!! After the run it was time to run home, change my shoes and get the kiddies ready to go back to my sister's where her 15 year old was going to babysit so my sister, my mother and I could go hiking! I had just enough time to get on and change my status, then it was off an running again. Kids got settled with thier cousin and we headed up the mountain. Yesterday was a rare day in our area for August, it was cool and damp in the valley in the a.m., perfect for our run, and then cool and clear in the mountains. It was a perfect day for a hike. My sister, our own personal Jillian Michaels, set a mean pace up the mountain, but it was a plan with a purpose and it worked. We all wear the same pedometer and it registers aerobic minutes after you have kept moving for 10 minutes. Stop before the 10 minute mark and the minutes don't register. So, she kept us moving in 10 minute or more intervals until we reached the trail head. Great plan!! There were only a couple sections of the hike that kicked our behinds so hard we really wanted to stop, but we proved ourselves equal to the task and kept going. We stopped only once on the way down for a water break and finished the 5 miles up and back in 2 hours of actual movement!! Not bad at all!! It was a beautiful hike and we celebrated with some excellent sandwiches from a deli in Idyllwild center and I splurged on a greek salad. I consider it a splurge due to the oil in the dressing, but it was sooooo good. Cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives. It was a great day. Picked up the kids, did my grocery shopping and came home and fell asleep!! I was TIRED!! I pampered myself in the evening though and gave myself a little pedicure!! It was a fun, fun, day full of accomplishment and new goals to reach!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!
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!
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