Wednesday, August 12, 2009
My legs are feeling the effects of working out!! Wooo!! Yesterday I did 3 different, short, lower body workouts. Day 2 of the Prevention Magazine 2 week turnaround, SP's Butt Blasting workout and SP's Pilates-Thighs workout. Today I went running and boy did I see how much I actually worked all those muscles yesterday!! The Pilates-Thighs video does this exercise called the Bicycle and it showed me muscles I forgot I had!!! When I woke up this morning I didn't really feel sore, but then I started running and put all those muscles I worked yesterday through their paces and they were not too happy about it, let me tell you!! I am switching around my workouts to make it so that lower body is worked out on run days instead of walk days, that will give all those big muscles a chance to recover before I make them run again!! I thought it would be better the other way around, but I guess not-live and learn!! 24 days to race day!! I am working on a game plan that will include walking and running. I am still not fast, but next week is all 25 minute runs and then the week after that is all 28 minute runs so I think those weeks will give me a better idea of how on track I am and how much a walk session will help me recover and come back a little faster. I think, today, we were pretty much on track to have finished the race on time. I know that we did 1 mile in the 15 minute time frame so that was good!! Well, time to get busy, hope everyone has a good day!!
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!!
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