Saturday, September 03, 2011
Actually I slow-jogged 25 minutes, but to go from just walking to jogging that long in only 4 weeks is pretty good! There is an SP article featured today about the value of playing music when we're exercising. I know it made a big difference for me to listen to upbeat music as I ran.
I was playing a podcast that also gives me my time as I run, so I don't have to worry about anything except putting one foot in front of the other and breathing. It was made by a young lady who started running to lose weight. It's free, and I think it's good. If you want to check it out, and have an mp3 player (or can borrow your kid's :), here is the info--they're both free:
Running plan and schedule:
Podcast for each week:
Thursday, September 01, 2011
I knew I had to take a friend from out of town to dinner tonight--no time to cook, school meetings all day. Besides I had a plan even though his favorite food is italian, I was going to order something I liked but bring 1/2 home. Well, I boxed up a little less than 1/2, but half way through the meal the waitress brought fresh garlic bread topped with parmesan cheese to the table. All bets were off. I kept dipping into the bread basket. My mind couldn't make my hand stop dipping, and my mouth stop accepting it. Well, it was good. So much for this week's weigh-in. There's always next week, as my southern grandmother used to say, "If I live and nothing happens...."
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Today was the first day of our "Back to school seminars"--all day meetings. What a way to begin a job in which you very rarely get to sit down. Anyway, I got up early cause it was a jog/walk day and I wasn't going to miss it. I came back, ate my oatmeal made with protein powder instead of milk, sprinkled with chunks of peach and walnuts, and planned the rest of my meals and exercise, responded to some blogs, and to some of my various teams' topics, read some articles, and -- yeah, you guessed it -- almost missed the first meeting. Actually, I got there just as they were finishing their donuts & muffins and was able to say Hi to everyone with just coffee in my hand. I grabbed a yogurt for a snack later, but didn't have a moment to eat it, so I had it later for lunch with the celery and peanut butter I had brought. Next time I'll bring more; I just grabbed that as I ran out the door.
At 4:00 I headed for the gym before I had a chance to sense how tired I was...and was so glad I didn't have to work off muffins & donuts (I can't stop once I have one of those).
Yep! It's going to be a different year...
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Well, I'll be...
I've been doing the walk/jog program for 4 weeks--faithfully, no skimping , and now here in the middle of week 5 we were to run 20 minutes straight--no stopping to walk. "Isn't that rushing things a bit?" I whined. "I don't think my endurance or my knees are ready for this quite yet."
Competitive spirit that I am though, I decided I was just going to huff & puff my way through it so I could at least say I did it once. Well, surprise, surprise. It wasn't hard AT ALL. The previous weeks' training really does prepare us to do this.
Now I wouldn't have won any race at the slow pace I ran--I was determined to last, so it was a s-l-o-w jog. I ran in the cool of early morning, music playing in my ears-- and I didn't even get winded! It looks as if I really will be able to eventually run a 5k. Well, well....
What a confidence builder.
Friday, August 26, 2011
End of my second week as a Sparker
After being downright discouraged by my lack of weight loss (although I tried to laugh it off), I can finally say that I lost a pound. But that's only half the story: what I think is making the difference in the way my clothes are fitting is the inches lost--I've lost 1 inch off my waist, 1 off my hips, and 1 off my thighs (I hardly had it to lose there). None lost off the arms (I tend to see results of weight training first in my arms.)
I am super pleased with the Spark program. Yes, I've spent a lot of time planning meals and tracking each one--but I must say, I was rarely hungry. And I've pushed my limits with the exercise: walking 4-5 miles when I'm not jog/walking (which is about to become all jogging), Bootcamp Shape-up (a video each day); Yoga video, cycling (the days before I jog/walk--have to save those knees). Whew! Can you see why I was expecting results! And I got them.
My picture is from 2009 showing me the way I want to look in that outfit again. The blouse doesn't fit as loosely yet, but the pants are zipped up and hooked. Not so 2 weeks ago.
Thanks to all of you for cheering me on when I was whining about no weight loss. I think I've figured out what's important now.
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