Friday, August 10, 2012
I've created a new folder in the picture file on my computer. They are not "before" or "after" pics. They are not evidence of how far I've come or me in the new dress I can slink into. (Those will be forthcoming, trust me). These are going to be "effort pics". Badges of honor that I will combine into the biggest sweat collage ever.
This is today's:
It's the result of the second round of workout for the evening. The first sweat ring dried during the activity in #2.
1. 30 minute personal training session, HR 135-150 the whole time
2. 30 minutes of answering e-mail, texts, etc. for work (yeah, even after work at the gym--can someone say *boundaries*?), HR mid 70's
3. 10 minutes on the rowing machine, HR 120-130
4. 5 minutes on a side-ways elliptical-type machine that is new to me (like speed skating). Had to get off since it was hurting my knees in a not-so-good way, HR 120-ish
5. 35 minutes on the treadmill with varying speeds and inclines to vary the HR from 130-150
6. 15 minutes on the elliptical (my fav), HR 140-150
7. Two easy walking laps around the track to cool down
Stayed within calorie range for the day, too, so basically had a very successful day. I will sleep WELL tonight!
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
When I first joined Sparkpeople.com, I thought it was funny that you got little points, rewards, and "trophies" from Sparkpeople for various accomplishments. For reading articles. For logging food. For simply drinking water. I didn't think it was much of a motivator for me. But then I found myself reading articles just to rack up some points. To graduate to the next Sparklevel. Logging on just to spin the wheel and taking the quizzes to see if I could get enough points in one day to get the bonus spin. Oh, and just happened to also learn about portion sizes, nutritional yeast, and other healthy stuff along the way. I was hooked. Then I got that first trophy. The 250 Fitness Minutes Trophy. That felt goooooood.
What happened? Something in me *really* liked getting that virtual trophy! Then I saw that people were getting 500 Fitness Minutes trophies. I thought, "I wonder if I can do that, too? 500 minutes shouldn't be that hard, right?" Well, I work a *lot*, and fitting that 500 minutes in was harder than I thought. But I did it. And got another trophy. Ooooooohhh, I really liked *that*!
I was suddenly in 6th grade, eager to earn more gold stars on my math chart, calculating how long it would be before I earned the next star. Did those shiny gold sticker stars make me love math, or did I love math because it got me lots of those gold stars?
I'm 47. I should be well past wanting a "gold star" for doing a good job. Apparently, I am not.
So, I entered my exercise minutes and found that I missed the 1000 Minutes trophy by 147 minutes this month. Surprisingly, this wasn't disappointing to me--instead, I found myself calculating which days I could work out this month and how many minutes each session would need to be to get that trophy!
I'm jonesin' bad for a sticker, man. That trophy will be mine!!!!!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Went to Vegas this past week and assumed I would not make the best choices in terms of food and alcohol during my stay. But hey, this is Vegas, right? Who really makes good choices while they're here? I had to have that attitude or the guilt would have ruined the trip for me.
In reality, I really didn't do THAT badly. Gained about a pound by eating some pretty decadent food and sipping on a variety of calorie-laden adult drinks. I am not one to drink my calories, but if you ever have the chance to try a Portafino, all I can say is YUMMY. I will be making those for holiday get-togethers, that is for sure. I did manage to buy some new kicks while I was there (my shoes were shot and the local running store didn't have the shoes I wanted in stock in my size before I left), and I exercised once for about 25 minutes on the elliptical. On a full stomach, I might add, hence the *abbreviated* workout. Had a great gait analysis done at Canyon Ranch Spa at the Palazzo (Grazie, Kristen), and now have a renewed motivation to wear my orthotics.
Vegas was a strange bird for me. I'm not used to the decadence and financial "casualness". I can't imagine anywhere outside of a casino that I would voluntarily repeatedly plant $15 in front of a stranger with the knowledge that that stranger has more than a 50% chance of legally taking that money away from me without providing anything tangible in return. But oh, the hope and excitement that it purchases! Luckily, I know when to walk away. Won 3 hands, lost the fourth, and walked away. Felt pretty good, as if I had really done something special winning those 3 little hands (technically only ahead by 2, since I lost one). But it was a personal little victory for me, winning more than I lost, like I "beat" the casino. Compare that meager amount of winnings to what I dropped on food and adult drinks in the same resort, and it's laughable, but I'll take my victories where I can!
All in all, a great vacay--lounging by the pool, shopping, a day at the spa for massages and whirlpools, and sensory rooms, Canyon Ranch workout, gait analysis, a smidge of gambling, and a feast of foods whose recipes I will be trimming and replicating at home (oh, the goat cheese salad was to die for--what the heck was in that dressing?). This was my first vacation not attached to travel for work in about 12 years, and I typically work 60 hour weeks, so I gave myself permission to just relax and enjoy. Totally. Worth. It.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
I have been inside all day. Time to get out. it's hot and sticky out there, but it is OUTSIDE. Sometimes ya just have to be outside. And I am not an outside kind of gal, so there is a STRONG urge at work here!
I'll probably be back, dripping sweat, ready to be enveloped by the glory of air conditioning, but at least for a brief stint, I will have been an "outside" person. Gotta flex the comfort zone once in a while, right?
Maybe I'll be an outside person as long as it takes to get to the gym LOL
Friday, June 29, 2012
I find it ironic that I have spent more than 2 hours sitting on my bell-bottomed-butt, cruising around SparkPeople webpages, reading about activity, writing about activity, and being, for the most part, completely inactive.
Well, SparkFriends, tatafornow as I lace up my shoes and hit the pavement for a bit of a walk. I've gotten inspiration from your posts, and now I'm going to put it to good use!
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