Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sorry I've been quiet for a few days. Struggling to finish that one assignment for school, busy with kids, I did have a blog all ready to go on Saturday and then it disappeared and I just didn't have the heart to recreate it. So, here it is Tuesday, I'm tired again and catching a cold and have lots to do. Today I can focus more on exercise and home and not so much on school work so of course now I am torn as to what to do next so I am here on Spark.
I did bust my excuse for today-I was soooooooo tired this morning when the alarm went off I tried REALLY hard to talk myself out of running. But, the running won and I got out of bed. The plan for today said a two to three mile run. I didn't really feel like hitting the three mile route so instead I got ready and headed a completely different direction than normal, in fact exactly the opposite direction of where I usually go. I had no route, no plan, no idea what I was doing. I ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN!!!! My recent assignment for school was on learning styles-the Kolb learning styles-I think I mentioned this...but, these learning styles had me all confused and turned around, they finally started making sense while I was sitting by the pool yesterday and the character traits of each finally started to click too. The MAJOR character trait of my own learning style was the only one that really clicked from the beginning because I could truly see myself in it. There are several other points where I was nodding my head and thinking "yep, that's me", but the MAJOR one, so major that it is the nickname for this learning style is "Planner". That's me...I'm a planner. A completer maybe not so much (procrastination-one of the character traits), but definitely a planner!! The real name in case you have heard of the Kolb learning styles or are just curious is Assimilator. I pull lots of information together into one cohesive thought. Yep, that's me alright. Unfortunately, sometimes I think I need more information before making a decision or taking action. Sounds familiar too. Anyway, babbling is not a character trait...So taking off for a run with out a plan-TOTALLY out of character, but kind of fun just the same...
I have not done much running in the direction I headed-north, I usually head south and west. I ran down this part of our street on the way back from my first 6 mile run and that is it. So I just keep running and checking my watch to see when I have to head back. I get to the street that served as my main return route on that 6 miler and decided that was far enough, time to head back-I've never gone further north than that street, something to try one of these days...Came home tracked my route and found out I'd gone EXACTLY two miles. Good enough!! I kind of felt that it had been right about two miles and was amazed to find out I was right, my husband thought it was less...
No route, too tired-both busted (too tired gets busted A LOT).
A bit later I am in my kitchen doing dishes and thinking about a casual dinner I am cooking tomorrow for the missionaries from our church. I'm making home made pizza, salad, and I don't know what else yet, maybe some bread sticks, kind of redundant with the pizza crust, but they do it in the restaurants all the time...I start thinking about what I have to pick up at the store...some tomato paste, parmesan and soda. Wait a minute back it up....
Because it is what you serve to company...
Really? Why not juice, or water, or if I still wanted to give them something not healthy and super sweet I'll give them Kool-Aid, at least it doesn't have HFCS.
You've seen the t.v. add--you know there is nothing wrong with HFCS.
I trust what I read not what I see on t.v.
Then why did you drink soda on Father's Day?
Special occasion...hey, I'm getting a little uncomfortable with this conversation.
That's okay. I think I've made my point.
Just keep having those "special occasions"....
Conclusion I came to...it is time to say good-bye to an old, old friend. Saying good-bye to soda was a hard enough thought, but then a couple old friends came by to ask what I was going to do about them...
(not beer-rootbeer float and his friend sherbet/lemon-lime floats) If you say good-bye to soda then what about us? Are you seriously saying you will never have another float in your entire life? We have been there for you through thick and thicker!! We have stood by you during hellish hot summers and emotional meltdowns. We are your consistent go to treat!!!!
Guys, I gotta do this for myself. It is my health at stake. You guys know how many calories are in you, and how I just can't have just a little one. Not right now. I'm not saying it will be forever, but I want to see what I can accomplish if you aren't in the picture. Maybe someday I will be able to say, just a small one and have it be true. But, this summer I am going to have to find another way to get through the heat.
(Rootbeer float) How can you leave me? Don't you remember? One of your earliest memories. One that you hold dear and that is why you love me so much, don't you remember?
I remember. Shame on you for playing that card. I have to separate you from that memory. That memory is not about you anyways. It is about the people in the memory. I remember sitting at the kitchen table at Grandma and Grandpa's house. The little table inside the kitchen, not the dining room table. I remember the table. Today it would be called retro chic. The 50's style table with the aluminum trim around the edge, the glittery vinyl covered chairs. I remember the curtains in the window. I remember Grandpa sharing his favorite treat with us at that table-a root beer float. I remember one time we made it with chocolate ice cream because they didn't have vanilla, but they always had root beer. Grandpa's absolute favorite soda. My absolute favorite soda. You are making me cry thinking about it...sometimes I miss him so much....
I remember other occasions when we went, as a family, to the A&W drive-in where we ordered our meal and of course the floats through a speaker and then the girl brought out the tray that hooked onto the window. The glasses were always so cold that they frosted over. I remember eating those floats in an old blue VW bug.
I remember the "punch" at Grandma's piano recitals. Really just a sherbet and lemon-lime soda float. Ahh, those piano recitals....
I remember it all. I know the role you've played in my life. You play a part in an awful lot of my memories. But, you are not the people. You are not the body of the memory. Hate to say it this way, but you were just the accessory.
Sorry guys, bye.
You are so harsh.
Floats storm out and don't look back.....
hmmm, wonder what I could do with sparkling water and lemon sorbet? Would that be totally disgusting? Maybe I'll drink the sparkling water and treat myself on the hottest days to a fruit pop....
Monday, June 21, 2010
So tired today. It has been a battle getting things done today.
The upside is...I sent out a message asking for some kicks to get me going and people responded -thank you!!!
I started by putting the stuff I had to study for my class in a plasitc sleeve so that it would not get ruined if it got splashed. Then I took the kids to the pool. I jumped in for a half an hour of serious swimming. For 20 minutes it was no goofing off, no playing, backstroke out, breast stroke back, got the breath going, heart pumping. Then 10 min. of side stroke and treading and I was done goofing off-oops I mean working out!! Got out and sat on a chaise poolside and studied while I kept an eye on the kids and they kept playing. Came home, had dinner, checked on spark, then time to do my assignment.
The way this works for my program is that all the classes are on-line. This particular class has 8 lessons. Each lesson has Mastery Check sections spread throughout the lesson. It asks questions, you fill in the blanks and then hit the check answers button and preloaded answers pop up from the instructor so you can see how you are doing. Then sometimes at the end of the lesson there is a homework assignment, questions to answer or a project to complete. Then, always at the end of each lesson there is a FastBack Assignment. Basically a test. On the honor system it is closed book, the questions are multiple choice or true/false. When you are done you hit the submit button and poof just like that you get your score back. So...first assignment I got an A, second assignment a B, so I am a little worried that the alphabet will keep going-lol!! It was this assignment that I was studying for poolside....I got a 93%!! An A, the alphabet reversed itself, whew.
I am thinking I am liking this studying poolside thing. 30 minutes of serious pool time felt good, I'm feeling my shoulders already. It gotthejuices flowing and points I had been confused about started making sense!! I think part of it was the kids were not constantly saying "Mommy", I kept stopping to make sure every head was in sight, but it was on my schedule. Nobody said "mommy" right in the middle of a thought!! Might have to try this a few more times!! The kicks I received got me out of the house and we found a plan that worked for today.
Now it is time to finish up the plan for the day-a strength workout, the 28-day challenge and bed. Maybe I'll do a strength that also has a little cardio thrown in...can't wait to sleep!! Long day today.
See you all tomorrow!!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Yesterday I got up at the b-crack of day, actually even earlier than that-the sun was just coming up as I was going home from my 2 mile run. Anyways, it was a great run, I ran hard and finished my 2 miles (plus a little) at 35 minutes which is a good time for me lately since I've been taking it so slow. It felt good to run a fast, yet sustained, pace.I started to get on Spark, but the internet freaked out just as I posted and I lost my blog and I was tired so I said "forget it". I turned off the computer and shifted my focus to the rest of the day. I had a lot to do. My house is suffering the effects of summer vabation. The dishes are piling up faster than I can wash them and all the fun we've been having has left a MOUNTAIN of laundry needing attention. I focused on getting my room in shape, laundry and dishes and got a lot done. I really did make a huge dent in the things that needed to get done. Unfortunately what I didn't do was tie the kids to their bedposts so while I made huge headway in some areas, other areas slid backwards while the kids were left mostly to their own devices.
The kids have been getting grumpier and grumpier as they fight their bedtimes and try to stay up WAAAY too late each night. We've adjusted bed time by about an hour, but they want to push it past that too and stay up until we go to bed. The grumpy kids combined with my increasing fatigue over the course of the week, along with the volume of work I had to do, prompted a "no swimming today" clause. My personal fitness schedule called for just the run and the 28-day boot camp workout (10 min.) so I decided that no swimming was going to be a good thing for me too and give me time to rest a bit and that I wouldn't add on anything else either. I would be happy with the run and the 10 min. workout.
So here is where we get to the meat of the blog today. I've had a super busy week, I'd scheduled a lighter than normal day on Thursday intentionally. There is not a day this week where I do NO exercise-except Sunday. I knew that a lighter day would be good for me and let me recover from some of the stuff I've been doing this week. Yet, when it came right down to it I had to keep fighting myself all day. This is how it would go..."Ahhh a great run and that little video, that was a great workout today"....(just decided I'm stealing my sister's devil/cheerleader routine because it actually works really well right here and I am having trouble formatting the plain typing so it makes sense, except mine has a little twist to it-Thanks for the idea sis!!)
You haven't done that much exercise today, just that little run and video. You should go lift some weights. That would make you feel better.
That's a good idea. I think I'll go do that.
Wait a minute there missy...you've been going full steam all week, you lifted yesterday you need a day off. You just don't want to clean your room. Forget the lifting, get back to work and get this job done.
You are right, okay back to work. Maybe if I put a Star Trek video on while I clean that will make it more interesting.
A few episodes and a whole lot of dusting, closet rearranging and laundry shifting later...
You know, the kids really want to go to the pool and you've got time to fit in an hour of swimming right now, why don't you put down that dish and get the suits on-a dip would feel really great right now.
You're right, a swim sounds like just the thing-I can do some laps and work those shoulders and my chest some more.
Seriously? You know the kids are quarreling because they are TIRED and you already told them no pool today-it's a rest day. Besides you are on a REST day, remember?? You've been working hard this week and your muscles need the day off to recover-you already ran this morning that is enough for today. You just don't want to do the dishes-back to work!!
Okay, okay...I hate dishes, almost as much as I hate the cat box.
I know, but you need balance and today is about the house-you can work out again tomorrow.
Got more stuff done, made dinner (which was fast and easy and delicious-canned beef mixed with teriyaki, water and quick cooking brown rice with stir fry vegis on the side-vegis could go in the beef and rice mix, but thought the kids would like it better with them on the side and I was right) and then it was time to face the MOUNTAIN of laundry waiting to be folded.
You know, you REALLY haven't done that much exercise today. Now would be a great time to do a little cardio and then some pilates. You've been eying those pilates videos as something new to try, now would be a good time to do that.
(I know not exactly pilates, but the best I could do-crunches work your core and so does pilates) Yeah, I have been wanting to try one of those pilates workouts-my core does need so much help...
I KNOW!! You know what-you are both starting to get on my last nerve. Missy cheerleader I've got this-you can go to bed now.
As for you little devil guy-I've done enough for today!! I got up waaaaay too early and went for a run and it was a good run to, and you know as well as I do that I've gone full speed all week! I've done more so far this week, than I've done in entire weeks for a long, long, long time. For the first time in MONTHS, I met and exceeded my fitness goals. So you can just stuff it mister. I've done well for today and it is enough. I'm not making any excuses. I met my goals and today was supposed to be a lighter day. Quit trying to make me feel guilty for not doing more. I've done enough and I need to be happy with that. If I can't be happy with enough then when will I ever be happy??? I'm kicking you to the curb.
Now, let's get on with that laundry shall we? Hey honey what's on tonight? Ohh I love Mentalist!! And then Iron Chef America? Oooh love that one too!! Good, two good things to watch, I'm going to need something to keep me entertained while I tackle this mountain of laundry. (We finally hooked up to the t.v. network again-we'll see if it lasts-we went broadcast t.v. free for more than a year, but decided to try it when the company that provides our cable internet service called with a special 6 month deal. We might drop it when the special price drops!! My youngest daughter actually thought you could pause a show and finish watching it later.)
It was a constant battle yesterday to be happy with enough. Even where the cleaning was concerned. I accomplished a lot and when I was done, all I could see was what I still needed to do. It's been that way with my exercise too. I definately need to work on being happy with enough. I could turn into one of those people who works out ALL day and never has time for anything else, but I have more to my life than this. Spark is great, but so are my kids, and my husband. My house is nicer when I give it the time it deserves. I am not going to stop my workouts and today is back to the regular schedule. We'll hit the pool later and I'll pop in a video or go to aerobics, either way I'll get my fitness in for the day. Exccuses will probably have to be busted today, but I am working towards more balance and tomorrow after my run I will be happy with it and enjoy the rest of my weekend guilt free!
Excuse busted yesterday-I'm thinking, thinking, thinking-well there is the one about 4 a.m. being an insanely early time to get out of bed...but, how about the one about I can't be happy with just enough-I can only be happy when things are perfect...Excuse BUSTED!! (Though in all honesty I'm probably going to have to bust that one over and over and over!!!)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Woke up REALLY tired this morning. I think fitting a full week's worth of exercise into two days has left me exhausted!! The kids seem to be feeling the effects of the start of summer too. Today we had exercise class on the schedule, but I think we are going to alter the plan a bit. Aerobics would start in half an hour and we are all still dragging, nobody's had breakfast-I've got a farmer's casserole in the over due to be done in 10-15 minutes so everybody can eat, but I think a somewhat quieter day is in store for us all. So since I can't use tired as an excuse for not exercising I've got a compromise.
I've still got my 28 day Bootcamp video to do and I'll do that a little later in the day. The library opens at 9:00 and we haven't been for a couple weeks so we will take a trip to the library this a.m. to get out of the house, but still have a bit more restful morning. Then later when the temps get high again we will hit the pool for an hour or so. I spend almost the entire time in the water doing very slow laps (so that I can crawl or doggie paddle and keep my face out of the water) or I tread water so that I can keep my eyes on the kids while I still get in pool exercise. Son became a strong swimmer last year and I trust him, but 6 y.o. has not mastered swimming yet, but is brave enough to "walk" herself around the inside edge of the pool. If those fingers slip off the edge I need to be ready. Occasionly the youngest wants to leave the kiddie pool and come into the big pool with Mommy. She clings to me and pretends to be a sea star, while we do that I hop or do lunges in the shallow end. After the pool while I am still feeling cool and relaxed in goes a video to replace the aerobics class we are replacing with the library.
Recently we finally hooked our Wii to the internet and through that we can Netflix a whole host of instant viewing videos. I now have access to a bunch of differnt workouts and I've only tried one so far-I want to try more so this is a good opportunity to do that too. There are a couple of Crunch workouts in the line-up, I might try one of those for cardio and then follow it up with some power yoga for muscle definition.
So, excuse busted for today="I'm too tired to workout today". I will let myself be tired this morning but later it is game on and then I can go to bed tired and happy and sleep well. No excuses allowed, but compromise is good...I'll still be getting the same amount of exercise, probably even a little extra, but I still get a lazy morning to gain back some energy. Everybody is happy.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
First, thanks to all the Sparkers who clicked on the button to nominate me a motivator, I am honored and touched!
Now, Excuse Busters...I should see if there is an Excuse Busters team, that would be cool or SP should have an Excuse Busters challenge. My sister (just in case there is SOMEBODY out there who is not aware-4EVERADONEGIRL is my sister, we live 10 minutes from each other and we run together a couple times a week) has been on a bit of an excuse busters streak lately. Her background is "no excuses" , she's written several blogs on the subject and she does this really cute cheerleader/devil dialoge that is fun to read...here is her latest check it out www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3333907 . So, anyways, I can be pretty good at making excuses-"I'm too tired", "My kids won't let me use the t.v. to do a video", "I need to do this instead....", blah, blah, blah. And the result of all those excuses is a body that is still too heavy and a running pace that still resembles a wog (walk/jog) more than a run. The excuse busting actually started last week when I did sleep in instead of running, but by the end of the day my kids had soooo gotten on my nerves that I REALLY couldn't stand one more minute of being in the house with them. I did manage to wait until my husband got home and we had dinner. It was a warm day and I wanted to let it cool down outside a bit before going out for a run. And then I did it, I went out for an evening run. I don't do evening runs. Too many people out and about, I'm too visible, I actually see people I know!! But, I did it, I went out, I saw people I knew and I did just fine. I decided that I might actually like the occasional evening run. Not until summer is over though...yeah, not an excuse-life preservation-it gets REALLY hot here during the hottest parts of summer and heat stroke/exhaustion is something I've dealt with once and never want to do again thank you, I still bear the scar!!
After that one day of "excuse busting" I've kind of been on a roll. Now I am seeing all kinds of excuses I can bust. Yesterday my legs were "too tired for cardio", -BUSTED!! There were actually several I busted yesterday, but that was the start of the streak. So, I've been thinking about excuse busting and I'm going to try to find at least one excuse I can bust everyday and see how long I can keep the streak going.
Today was a great run, on a whim I pulled out the old clunky ipod that has the C25K program loaded onto it and strapped it on today. I had Robert guide me through speed work!! W1D1 running intervals were "all out, I'm not stopping for nothing, how fast can I go without sprinting" runs and the "walking" intervals were my slower, steadier pace. One word-WOW!!!
I learned today that I have been playing it WAAAAY safe on the running front. I think those shin splints still scare me. I'm afraid of going too fast because they might come back. I forgot that they didn't appear overnight. It was a process of pushing too hard and not treating myself right that brought them on in the first place. I am hoping that now that I've "been there and done that" I will recognize if I fall into old habits and traps and change it before it becomes a problem. Those all out runs today were AWESOME!! It felt so good to push it, to go hard and win my own personal race. I noticed that towards the end of the intervals my energy was starting to lag and my legs were getting heavy, but if Robert said "go" I could still dig down deep and find the reserves necessary to push myself again. I ran 2.75 today and made it through W1D1 almost two times. I just used the cool-down and (2nd) warm-up walking intervals as an extra-long slow run recovery and that was nice, it gave my heart rate time to come down just a bit and when I got home and checked the HRM I was VERY happy with how much time was spent in my target zone. I'd been having a lot of time coming in below the target zone. Of the 47 minutes tracked, 38 of them were in the zone. I also forgot to stop the timer when I started my cool down walk, so 5 minutes of the total time was cool-down. I'm having a lot of fun with this HRM, next I want to start playing with zones of high target and low target, but I am thinking that as I increase my times of speed and recovery that will kind of take care of itself. There are some days when I am guilty of the sin of coveting. I REALLY wish I could have trainer who would explain all of this to me in a way that was soooooo easy to understand. I feel like I am kind of fumbling my way through, but it seems to be working anyways. I just wonder what I could do if I had a trainer-oh well, now I am just rambling.
Anyways, my excuse busted today is a HUGE one, GIGANTIC, HUMONGOUS, THE KING KONG OF ALL EXCUSES!! -I have to run slow, I'm too fat to do speed work, I can't push myself that hard I'll suffer an injury. BAH!!! Excuse BUSTED!!! I can push myself, I should be pushing myself harder. I am NOT a STUPID runner. I know when I'm going too hard. I've been doing this for almost a year now. I know when I am TOO out of breath. I know when my legs are saying enough for real and not just as an excuse to stop early. I know what a tight shin feels like and how to get rid of it. I know how my body feels when I am running on form and safely. And after today I also know how it feels to run ONE, 60 second, all out, running for my life, arms pumping, legs flying, ponytail bouncing, sweat flying, breathing erratically, the finish line is right there and nobody is going to beat me SPRINT and then return to a nice pace and keep going run and dang it felt good!!!!
Which excuse are you going to bust today??? Hope it's a good one!
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