Saturday, May 28, 2011
Okay, so heck isn't the word I was thinking this morning, but it gets the point across . If you are here about my question just skip to the end :).
So, we probably all know that there are times when you need to "listen to your body". We know that when we don't listen we run the risk of "burning out", "over doing it", fatigue or at worst injury. Our body is an amazing mechanism with safeguards in place to help us protect ourselves. Some of those safeguards are pain or fatigue. So, when we are tired or sore, our body is telling us to take it easy, right?
Well, yes and no. When you are as overweight as I am sometimes it also is just protesting the fact that you are making it do things it is not accustomed to. My body thinks that sitting on the sofa is just fine-lol! So, when I get up at 5:15 and start getting ready to go for a run and my body complains about that is it a warning or laziness?
Today's plan was to hit the beast for some hills. I did NOT want to go this morning. I got up and felt stiff and tired from swimming the last two days. I told my lazy self to shut up and got dressed. I was the first one at the meet site so I closed my eyes for a quick power nap-lol!! It wasn't long though before everybody had arrived and we were warming up....still not feeling the need to do ANYTHING except go home and go back to bed. Faked it through a warm up stretch and started running. Well, that didn't work, shin got tight before half a mile was done. So, stopped and did it right this time and started again and YES...this was starting to feel better and right and well, okay, maybe it really was just lazy me speaking up instead of a "warning" to take it easy.
It didn't get a lot easier though and it was kind of a battle all the way up that darned hill. I wanted to walk the entire thing-lol! Instead I kept up the mental aspect of running and walked enough to satisfy the part of me that simply did not want to be there, but pushed enough to satisfy that part of me that needed to have a run and a good one at that.
The original plan was to do the hill once OR twice. Guess which one I went for....once. I was tempted to go twice, I really was, but I also knew that twice really might have been too much. I had pushed hard and done a great job and was really feeling the workout in my hips, hammies and glutes.
So, I guess today I reached a balance between listening and telling my body to just shut the heck up and let me work. I guess in the end that is what really matters. Am I pushing harder than what the lazy me wants? Am I being smart about my training? Am I doing enough without risking injury? Am I going to let not doing it twice bother me? Maybe, just a little, until I go swimming and make up for it with some laps :).
Some days finding that balance is REALLY hard.
On that note...I have a question for some of you who know lots more than I do regarding strength training. I know that ST is supposed to happen every other day if working all areas. Every day is okay if you are alternating....but....here's the question...What if I'm doing some exercises in the pool, could I, or should I still do the land based strength exercises? Are they different enough that I can alternate days with them (ex. pool m-w-f and weights on tu-th-sat)? Do the pool exercises daily (or almost daily) and the land based every other day? Now that summer is here I want to maximize the time I spend at the pool with the kids and in my training, but at the same time I want to find that balance between enough and too much. Any thoughts? Thanks :).
Hope everyone has a great Saturday.
Friday, May 27, 2011
I'll start by saying that I give little credit to things like horoscopes, etc. However, I am a Cancer and the sign got right is my relationship to water!
I LOVE the stuff! I love to swim, I love to just relax in the water, I love to float, I love to just tread water!! I am a water creature through and through. Other little girls love to pretend to be princesses, I always wanted to be a mermaid-lol!
We have all been anxiously awaiting the opening of the pool. It is a community pool right in the middle of our neighborhood and just a short walk from our house. There are 3 pools in all. One in front of the community clubhouse and two behind. We always swim in the ones behind. There is one standard type pool-small for a community pool, but bigger than your average back yard pool. Right next to the bigger pool is a wading pool for the kiddies. I love this set up since my youngest hasn't graduated to the big pool yet. Myself and the two older kids can swim while keeping an eye on the youngest.
So far this year we have already had several HOT days and really wished they had the pool open, but they work on some sort of schedule that apparently has nothing to do with the temperature, but more with the date on the calendar. This week has been warm-ish, temps in the eighties, but with a cooling breeze so it hasn't felt as hot as the thermometer says it is. This week they finally opened the pool!! As soon as we found out my kids HAD to go. I kept the decision up in the air until homework was done, but secretly, I couldn't wait to go either. Homework got done in record time, but after checking daughter's math we had to wait a bit longer. Instead of actually doing the work, I think she just wrote in random numbers-lol!!
Finally we were on our way...too big beach towels dragging in the street, flip flops flopping and goggles swinging from cute little fists. Son was very frustrated when the gate closest to us was locked and we had to walk around-lol! Not that it is that far of a walk, he was just that anxious to get in the water.
Once inside the gate he jumped right in. The girls took a more cautious approach, as did I. The girls got in the wadding pool first, it is usually warmer than the swimming pool :). I got in inch by inch. That water was COLD!! Made me wish I'd gone on a 7 or 8 miler first so I could call it an ice bath-lol! Once in though it was WONDERFUL!! Everything you expect of a first swim of the summer :).
I didn't do anything specific for awhile, just paddled around and trod water (trod? I know treaded is wrong, but trod?-lol). It felt so great to be in the water again. I felt muscles working that somehow strength training always misses. I did some ab curls and twists and scissor kicks and other goofy things that can kind of be considered exercise :). We just had fun until everybody started shivering. Middle child gave up first-she has zero body fat and therefor no insulation. Youngest went next. I had to convince son that it was time to get out...he didn't believe me when I told him he was turning purple-lol!! I think he really would have stayed in to the point of hypothermia, he was having too much fun!
I woke up this morning with stiff shoulders :). Yep, stiff shoulders gets a happy face. Stiff from all the work they did yesterday.
I got on the computer a few minutes ago to look up other "exercises" that can be done in the pool so that I can count more of my pool time as fitness time :). Going back to the pool today :).
There is just something special about the first swim of the summer :).
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Has it really been almost a week since I last posted? Wow!
Anyways, just a quick check in to let you know I'm still here. I'm reading blogs when I get the chance.
It's been a busy week. Friday the hubs and son took off for a Father/Son camp out. It was girl's night here at home and I didn't eat really well...oh well, tough. Saturday hubs and son came home, then it was off to baseball. The score was tied and we were all really happy, since we are kind of the underdog. Sunday was restful. Monday was PTA, lots to do before I officially take over as Prez on July 1st. Tuesday was end of school year awards. I missed my daughter's assembly because nobody told me when it was. Her "real" teacher is off for the rest of the year on maternity leave and the subs, while really nice, are not the best at keeping parents informed. Daughter got Perfect Attendance and was recognized as having perfect attendance for two years. Son, the one who excels acedemically, got Academic Excellence (basically elementary school's version of Honor Roll), Perfect Attendance (also 2 years) and a Service Recognition for serving on the School Student Council. Today was going down to the district office to get daughter signed up for Kindergarten. She had to get some immunizations and was such a brave girl. A few tears fell, but no crying or screaming, not even an ouch. She got a Barbie for her heroism :). I think the Hello Kitty band-aids helped too :).
So, now it is rush-rush to go get the other kiddies from school and then back to house work, kitchen is in need of some attention :).
Hope everyone is having a great week :).
Thursday, May 19, 2011
1. Stay asleep until the alarm goes off...there is no point in wondering if it will, it always does and if it doesn't, at least I'll get some good sleep.
2. Trying to do plank (modified or regular) with my cat in the same room is impossible.
a. Arm placement really does make a difference and a cat in between your elbows makes plank a LOT harder.
b. Getting licked by sandpaper cat tongue is not helpful while trying to stay focused.
c. On the plus side...being afraid you are going to fall and smash your cat helps you stay in position longer.
3. Back extensions hurt when you have a giant bruise on your abdomen, even more than a couple days ago when the bruise wasn't fully developed.
4. What was easy a few days ago, might not be easy today. Somehow 8 pound bicep curls were much harder today, despite 8 pounds being standard and nothing new.
5. I REALLY like how my bicep looks under my long sleeved tech shirt.
6. That is REALLY bugs me that when you let Spark set your strength workout you can't adjust sets, reps or track the weight you use. Didn't realize how much it really bugged me until today when I am adding a 3rd set to some of the exercises because I'm not ready to jump up in weight but need a little extra. Hey, Spark, could you work on that for me, please? It would be really great if you would tell me what to do, but I could track how much I do on my own.
7. I need to add some extra triceps exercises...I've got some rocking biceps developing under there but the triceps are still pretty flabby...even taking into consideration the bat wing skin hanging off the bottom of the triceps muscles.
8. I like to scrunch my neck when I do certain strength exercises, gotta watch that and put a stop to it...it gives me a sore neck and isn't as effective in the muscles I'm supposed to be working. Plus, I don't really want to be known for my developed neck muscles-lol!!
9. Lying on the floor, trying to do Hip Adduction (that's the one where you lay on your side and the bottom leg lifts up) makes me wish I had a Thigh Master-lol! (Not my fave exercise-gotta look up something different)
10. I like to get distracted when I do Strength Training :).
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This is my favorite pic from the mud run. Hubs took this from the side line as I scaled the cargo net. I wasn't too certain about even attempting this as I approached. I mentioned in my last blog that my family was right there cheering me on as I went through the pipes and approached the cargo net. I said to them something along the lines of "how do I do this?" To which my 4 year old replied "You just have to climb really good Mommy." So this is me, "climbing really good".
I LOVE this picture because in it I look FIERCE. I didn't feel really fierce, but I look fierce. I look like someone who knows what she is doing (I didn't). I look like someone who climbs cargo nets during her lunch break-lol!! The person in this pic is a good example of the person I want to be, and yet there I am already who I am.
I was the 4th or 5th slowest person out there, but I was out there. I tried every single obstacle...unlike some others. There was this girl, close to my age, but considerably thinner, but evidently not considerably fitter!! I passed her shortly after the second mud pit and before the cargo net. As we approached the net I tackled it to go over and she....went around!! I was shocked!! I was even a bit mad, because now she was ahead, but only because she didn't even try!! I stayed mad at her for awhile as I watched her skip obstacle after obstacle and get further and further ahead.
I finally talked myself out of being mad though. I told myself-"Self, here you are, considerably heavier than her and YOU, yes YOU my friend are doing the challenges and she is not. She will have to live with the knowledge that she did NOT even attempt most of these challenges. You however, are succeeding in doing something that she is not. Feel good about your success!! Ignore her failure, it belongs to her not you." She finished with a faster time than me, but she did not beat me!!
I kept tackling challenge after challenge and completed every last one until that wall. I didn't make it over the wall, but I have a really nifty bruise along the bottom of my ribcage to prove that I tried!! I didn't bypass a single obstacle saying "I can't". I tackled each one saying "I'll do my best".
In this picture that is who I see. The person who says "I'll do my best". I'll do my best to climb really good. This one is getting printed and framed-lol!!
To all you who are considering doing something, but are a little or a lot afraid of failure...just say you'll try. You might not succeed, this time. You might get a little bruised up trying (physically and/or emotionally). But, in the end you will know where you need to try harder and you will find out that you can do more than you ever imagined.
Next year you will get a picture of me going over the wall. I'll tell husband he has to get close enough to get it-lol!! Because now I know where I have to work harder. Upper body strength-lol!! Gotta get those guns strong enough to shoot me over the wall-lol!! Next year I'll be faster AND stronger. If that girl comes back she can skip all the obstacles she wants, she'll still be eating my dust :).
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