Tuesday, September 28, 2010
First, thanks everyone who commented on my blog yesterday! Lots of great tips! I tried to keep a focus on water yesterday and noticed that I did feel thirsty through dinner when I had probably finally gotten enough water into my system. So, my focus for the next week is going to be water, water, water. It has been horribly hot here and it takes A LOT of water to keep up with triple digit heat (even though I make sure I exercise while it is still cool-ish). Hopefully that will help. Allergies do seem to be playing a role so I will have to try some Claritin or something like it and see if it helps. I kind of gave up on allergy meds a LONG time ago because they all made me fall asleep. I know they have come a long ways in solving that problem so I'll have to revisit the issue. If it means fewer headaches it'll be worth it :)!
So, on to "Day 1"...I've been a Sparker for awhile and mostly active for over a year so what about Day 1?
Yesterday kind of didn't go as planned. I fully intended to run-it didn't happen. I fully intended to do strength-it didn't happen. I fully intended to do a lot of things that didn't happen. I did manage a short (very short) nap and that was nice-lol! Evidently a little sleep was what was needed and "I just didn't have any motivation" one might say I "fell of the wagon", but actually I was too lazy even to fall off (haha-those statements there are a little funny if you read this blog from NOTABOUTTHEFACE-it's an awesome blog-go read it when your done with mine, of course (unless you've already read it then feel free to go do something else (: ) www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Actually, I'm putting the blame on husband again...I was just about to stand up and do what I'd been planning all day, when hubs comes over, sits next to me and starts rubbing my back...yeah, I didn't exercise...so I guess I really didn't have any motivation...what was a priority changed. Shame on me!! And I did feel guilty because I'd had all day to get the exercise in and had procrastinated it into oblivion.
Last night I told myself I was going running, no putting it off, no procrastination. And i did!! But, I almost didn't. I turned on the computer first and ALMOST let myself get caught up Sparkpeople. I got the run in though and it was nice...It was hot and I was slow, but it was still a nice run and it always feels good when it is over . So, I got back, read the blog by NOTABOUTTHEFACE while the kids finished getting ready for school, and made a determination. I will NOT let things get in the way of my exercise ANYMORE. Short of an illness like the one earlier this year I will not break my streak!! So, a small clarification of MY rules regarding a streak...I will work out everyday EXCEPT Sunday. Sunday is my off day. It is my food day off, where I don't count, weigh or measure (yes I still pay attention, just not as closely) and I don't exercise, not in a formal sense at least. I may take a walk with the family or on certain occasions I might go for a swim, but it is leisurely and not "exercise". I have planned on Sundays to do some yoga and meditation, but if I happen to miss it I am not going to count it as breaking my streak. Sunday is my day to make sure I am getting some balance in my life (He only asks for one day so I can't really argue with that-I consider Sunday my day of Spiritual exercise )
Today is day 1...wonder how long it will go? The answer to that would be "as long as I want it to". Happy Tuesday All!!
Monday, September 27, 2010
So, in the grand sceme of things this is kind of a minor problem I suppose, but lately I've been getting headaches after every workout. It doesn't matter what kind of workout it is, cardio, strength, whatever. The headache is never severe, it feels mostly like a sinus headache and maybe it is.
This is the thing...maybe it is a sinus headache brought on by exercising (usually outside and thus exposing me to pollen, smog, etc)?
Is there something I can do to prevent it? Is hydration a factor? Anyone else experience this?
It has been a hottish summer and we are currently in the middle of a high pressure system that could be a part of the problem with my head.
Not overly concerned about it, it's just kind of obnoxious is all. I feel like I'm keeping Motrin in business :P!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
So the last little bit has been rough and I have just not felt like doing anything exercise related....Which I KNOW is counter-intuitive. I really needed to get out and workout. Saturday my sister picked me up and we met up with the rest of the Sparked Running Club (or something like that...I can't remember our name-OOOPS) which consists of 3 of us so far. Two of us ended up walk/running 6 miles. At least I'm calling it 6, I lost my GPS signal on my phone, which was tracking the run, at 5.77 and we did a couple small parking lot laps before we called it quits so I am calling it 6. Kristen, running warrior that she is did almost 8 miles-AWESOME!! It was a great run and I was glad to get it in and done because by 8 o'clock it was already warming up. We had a really mild summer this year so apparently summer feels the need to stick around a little longer and we are expecting triple digit temps through Tuesday or Wednesday or something like that. I am ready to break out the sweaters and instead we need to get the swimsuits back out. Crazy!!
When I got home I was sorely tempted to shower and change right away, but I resisted the temptation and got in the first REAL strength session in a long time. I just had a lot of fun with it, mixing things up and enjoying the feeling of my muscles working. My husband came in very handy at one point. What I had done is pull a bunch of strength exercises from various articles and magazines and put together a variety of exercises that covered all the bases. I did stuff with the ball, I did basic dumbbell work and a variety of core exercises. One exercise I did was a one-armed triceps press with a band. I was supposed to anchor the band to something sturdy behind me. I am standing in the middle of the living room looking around holding the band in my hand and my husband looks at me like I'm crazy and asks what I am doing. Must have looked like some weird form of exercise-LOL!! I told him I was looking for a place to anchor the band, but I didn't see any where that would be really great. He gets nice and comfy in his chair and says "come here". I walk over and he grabs onto the end of the band and says "okay, it's anchored". So I did my arm presses standing in front of him while he anchored the band-LOL!! I think, just maybe, he had ulterior motives ! Finally, I think I am done with everything and then remember that on Monday I want to start the 200 squats challenge along with the 100 push-ups challenge. Both challenges ask you to do a pre-test to find out where you already are and then gives you a plan to follow based on your current acheivement level. I don't need to do the push-up pre-test because I've done it, but I still needed to do the squats pre-test. Basically, as many good form squats as possible.
I didn't have high hopes for the test. I'd already done strength and running and I could feel my muscles already feeling a bit fatigued, but decided I really needed to get it done instead of waiting and putting it off because then I wouldn't start on Monday because I still needed to do the pre-test...make sense? So, I started the test. Again husband is lingering and hanging around while I work out. So of course I have to explain what I am doing and then he still sits there and watches as I do squats. And I mean actually watches, like I am a t.v. show or something. Obviously I do feel flattered that he actually WANTS to watch me work out, but at the same time it's like "um hun, I love you I really do, but please don't watch me, I'm all sweaty and disgusting and slightly stinky, not really my best foot forward, ya know?"
So, anyhoo, I am doing squats and I am doing quite well. I've always had a powerful lower body. In junior high I actually held the girls' leg press record for both highest weight pressed and most repetitions of a set weight (this was before it was determined that lifting any weight over and over until the muscle is past fatigue can actually be dangerous). So I am counting and I am thinking that 35 is a good place to stop and I do stop and before I can really call it quits hubs says "why not go for 40?" Okay...so I do 5 more and call it 40 which puts me in the high column for squats. It is at that point that I turn to hubs, legs quivering, totally sweaty and say..."look what you did, now I have to do the hard level!!' Lesson learned...never do squats in front of husband....
I went and showered and then we immediately left the house to take the kids to the Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival. There is usually lots of fun stuff for the kids to do and we wanted to get there before it got too hot. When I got in the car my legs protested the action and I knew then that 40 was too many!! I did it, but I didn't even get to sit and relax before the soreness started to set in-LOL!! I am taking myself down to the medium level! I will still eventually do the 200, just in a more reasonable way :)!
It was a good workout and has me looking forward to tomorrow's workout! Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sometimes life is just a crap hole and then it gets worse...So, blah, blah, blah, economy...everybody knows and is living with the facts of the current economy. We've been scrapping by, we are far from rich and far from middle class, but we can afford some of the things we want, but the "savings" we are supposed to have is non-existent, we do live debt-free, no credit cards, etc. But, over the past year things have gotten tighter and tighter. Last week my husband lost his job. I am a SAHM so basically we are screwed. He applied for unemployment, but complete approval is still pending...we won't know until after a telephone interview next week whether we will be getting $340 a week for the next who knows how long.
So, we are both putting resumes, etc out there but it is looking more and more like staying in California is not an option. Unfortunately my state, of which I've been a citizen since the day I was born has been a safe haven for welfare recipients for so long that our economy is more in the crapper than others. Businesses are fleeing the state because small business taxes are out of control and factories that used to thrive here have mostly fled the state and many have fled the country. It sucks. Pulling up job lists there is very little offered here and the jobs that are available have a lot of people applying. We pulled up job lists in Utah and found a lot more available for both of us, including a job I would love to have, but probably wouldn't get because I'm not already in Utah. This job is the PERFECT fit for me. So perfect that I don't want to apply because if I don't get I will be devastated.
That all is bad enough, but now I also can't afford ANY of the races I've been planning, no half, probably no Turkey Trot, no anything..
I'm mad at my husband and I'm depressed and worried so...I haven't done ANYTHING resembling exercise in a week. Which is probably just making things worse...I've been spending most of my time looking through internet postings for jobs for my husband...and tossing physical garbage out of the house. Apparently I am making room in the physical environment to deal with the emotional environment or something like that...So, life sucks and then it gets a little bit worse...might actually feel like going for a run later...just a warm up to get ready to run in the a.m. at 4:45 with my sister...
Saturday, September 04, 2010
I've been kind of AWOL lately. Things have been busy, but I am getting a schedule down and will make time to catch up with as many of my friends as I can tomorrow. :)
Today the Beast died. For those of you saying "what the heck is the beast"...it is what my sister named the hill we decided to run up before Labor Day. Today was the day.
My sister (4everadonegirl), AWEISE, and myself met up at 0530 in the dark, to start our run. It was darker than usual due to a stretch of streetlights being out and the moon being a mere sliver. Where we begin our run is at the bottom of a hill leading up to a reservoir lake. The lake is man made, created by a damn and for the express purpose of storing water. To make it a little more fun for locals they added some fish and let boats that pass an inspection onto the lake. Every other Saturday we show up and there is a long line of trucks, boats and cars waiting to hit the lake in hopes of catching something fresh for dinner. I call it the guy version of "open, open, open".
Usually we run just a small section of this road and once the line mo ves to the top of the hill we see only the occasional car and boat. Today was a bit different.
We started out with our normal warm-up loop and headed up the hill. My sister, of course was way ahead, she's getting quite speedy!! AWEISE and I hit our normal "stop here and start repeats" section and kept going. We stayed right together until the top. I got to the guardrail where Kristen usually turns around and took a walking break. Got past a fairly steep section and started running again. Made it, maybe, 2/3 of the way up the next section of hill...
This is the view from just about the top of that hill. Right at the top we caught up to all the cars. Turns out once they head up the hill they end up in a new line waiting to pay their fees and be let in. So now, here we are running past a hundred or so guys, kids, and occasionally a woman. We got a couple odd looks, oh well . Several people said hi. I walked a bit again and then lo and behold a downhill stretch ending at the parking lot!! Downhill was a lot of fun!! Before we knew it we had gotten to the top!! That really wasn't so bad at all.
The beast had nothing to say. My sister, who blasted up that hill, stuck the knife in and Aweise and I finished him off. A dad and son ended up joining us for the last 100 yards or so, just for the heck of it. I think they were bored and just wanted something to do. We met up with Kristen and picked a good spot to take a couple pics....The dad who raced his son took this one for us...
Oh look, I almost forgot, my sister and I are wearing our Bondi Bands!! My sister is in the blue-her's says "It's just a hill-get over it". I'm in pink and mine says-"Hills...What hills?" The Bondi did it's job just fine, kept sweat from dripping and kept hair out of my face.
Just my sister and I...courtesy of Aweise.
Pretty soon it was time to turn around and go back. Remember that little downhill we got? Well, naturally now it turned into an uphill!! But, even though my legs were tired, I was tired, and it was uphill, I made it all the way up that short hill without stopping-YAY!! This was our view on the way back. We totally missed the awesomeness of the view on the way in because it was behind us as we ran in.
You can see some of the many cars waiting for the lake in this shot too.
Now, downhill all the way babe!! Walked for a tiny bit to recovery from the uphill and then down we went...
Met two runners coming up...
Around the bend and done!! Up and down in under an hour (not counting taking pictures, talking, etc, at the top). Took about 35-36 minutes to get to the top (including warm-up run), took about 20 minutes to get back down. Overall, not bad, something to work from. Because of course, now that we killed the beast, it will be to the top everytime .
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