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The first step is the hardest . . .

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

. . . except maybe with boot camp!

One of the classes I attend at the rec center does a boot camp at the beginning of the month: they set up about 15 stations, each one having a different kind of exercise - both cardio & ST - and you have 1 minute 15 seconds at each station before rotating to the next station.

All I can say is thank God we only did 2 circuits because I really didn't think I had a third in me!

I'm not terribly sore today, but man! was I wiped out the rest of the day yesterday.

This is why I like classes - they push you harder. I *could* do something like that on my own, but I would never work as hard or as long.

And I'm proud to say even tho the class whipped my butt, I was obviously a great deal fitter than my much younger partner (2 people per station). Don't get me wrong, I think it's great she's there, but a girl's got to take some satisfaction where she can.

It got me to thinking, tho, how things usually aren't as hard as we make them out to be. We get so paralyzed thinking about how hard something will be that we do nothing at all. And if you do nothing, you get nothing.

Take a leap of faith. Just do it. As I said recently to my husband, you rarely regret that you at least tried. I definitely don't regret yesterday's class - in fact, looking forward to next month's while at the same time glad next week will be back to normal - despite the fact that it actually WAS harder than I expected.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 1/13/2012 8:59AM

    Loved this blog! I am so proud of you for doing this!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/12/2012 11:36AM

    emoticonglad you went and best of all you had fun and pushed yourself. I'm like you, if I did it on my own I probably would give up pretty easy. A little friendly competition helps. Way to keep on rocking it lady. Soooo proud of you. emoticon

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BREW99 1/11/2012 4:09PM

    Although its scary, I agree with you its just the first step but after that its totally great!

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FREELADY 1/11/2012 1:47PM

    You are a great motivator; you make me want to try new stuff!

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KKINNEA 1/11/2012 12:02PM

    Love it! I'm with you - I often work harder if someone is cueing me than on my own and it's worth it to try something new. I totally think you should feel satisfied about being more fit than your partner!

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DDHEART 1/11/2012 10:05AM

    How true! It can be so easy to say we can't when what we really are doing is saying we won't....being pushed shows us we can! AND...I think it's super when we um mature women can kick butt!!!

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MELODYSUE 1/11/2012 9:24AM

    Love your blog. I use to go to classes all the time when we lived in GA. Now here in AZ there aren't as many available. I agree, a class is often better and making us push ourselves and there is always the satisfaction of doing better than someone else. It's not a mean thing because I would bend over backwards to help them get better but at the same time it does make you feel a little extra pride knowing that you are the one that is helping instead of being helped.

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TEMPEST272002 1/11/2012 9:20AM

    Good for you for pushing yourself at boot camp. I totally understand the small satisfaction of being fitter than the younger ones! lol

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JANETRIS 1/11/2012 8:50AM

    I am a class girl for that reason. They push me and I work so much harder. They make me do the 10 more than I would have not done on my own. I like your blog! emoticon

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SHEILA1505 1/11/2012 8:23AM

    It's funny isn't it - we older ones at my gym are always amused when the students turn up to do our classes - we know they are going to pull out before the end! Happens nearly every time

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FRECKS96 1/11/2012 8:00AM

    So true! It's easy to say that we're going to do something, but until we take a step and start building momentum, we're still just sitting around talking.

Great work!

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2012 word: fulfillment

Monday, January 09, 2012

Do you have a word for this year? Your mantra, so to speak?

Mine just came to me in a flash: fulfillment:

1. Satisfaction or happiness as a result of fully developing one's abilities or character

2. The achievement of something desired, promised or predicted

Good word, huh?

Filling out my potential:

Potential for a welcoming home
Reach my GW
Be content with my spending habits
Feel fulfilled by my food - healthy, but not deprived
Fulfill my running capabilities
Fulfill my creative side

These are all goals I've had for a while. What will make this year different from the last few? I'm still thinking on that one.

Feel free to borrow my word - or share with me your word.

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DDOORN 1/13/2012 9:22AM

    Good word...definitely fits with what I'm hoping to experience more of in 2012!

One plan I have yet to fulfill which I'm hoping to accomplish this year is a multi-day trip on my bike. Haven't yet honed in on WHAT trip to take, but have a few ideas in the hopper: a trip from Binghamton up to the 1,000 Islands area and maybe back, the FANY (Five hundred miles Across NY) or the BRAG (Bike Ride Across Georgia).

To accomplish this, I'm planning to be much more diligent in tracking my food so that I can shed some pounds to make those miles roll by with greater ease!

Thank you for continuing to share so many of your lessons and the wisdom you've acquired along the way!


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SKFEREBEE 1/9/2012 3:10PM

    I think my word is progress, because I always seem to be a work in progress.

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TEMPEST272002 1/9/2012 1:20PM

    Fabulous mantra for the new year. On my bulletin board, right in the center, I have a post-it that says: WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? I smiled when I saw your comment on my last blog about knowing what I really needed. That post-it keeps me focused on just that. FULFILLMENT is such a good word to help push past the momentary flickers and remember what it is you really want and what it takes to achieve it. I like the idea of adopting a new mantra for a new year. I'm going to think on this while out walking today. Thanks for the idea. Hope you're having a great day.

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KKINNEA 1/9/2012 12:00PM

    Great word! It really incorporates well with you goals. I've been mulling a word or phrase but haven't come up with anything yet.

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NATPLUMMER 1/9/2012 11:48AM

    Great word! I'll have to think about it.

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FRECKS96 1/9/2012 11:15AM

    I'm not sure I could pick one word...I have a poster! emoticon

I do love your word though, and everything it encompasses. I'll think on mine more.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/9/2012 9:48AM

    Laugh. Laughter. Laughing. At life. Challenges. Everything.

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KARBIE18 1/9/2012 9:34AM

    Wellness is my word - emotional and physical wellness is my goal.

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BUTTERFLY742 1/9/2012 8:10AM

  Love your word.

Fulfillment can be incorporated in our lives in so many ways.

I shall use that word as well.

Thanks, and well wishes

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Why can't every day be new year's?

Sunday, January 08, 2012

I must admit to loving new year's: that sense of hope, of potential change - everything old is new again, right?

I added some new healthy habits last year:

Morning wipe down of the kitchen
Almost-daily short yoga practice
2 days mostly clean eating per week

In all fairness, that last one was only in the last few weeks of 2011 & I don't yet know if it's truly a habit.

Some healthy habits started 2011 strong, but somewhere along the way they fell by the wayside:

Not stopping at the discount stores almost every time I grocery shop
Reading out devotional/motivational books daily
Using fitbooks to record my food & exercise in addition to my WW app

So I am adding these back in. I think I made it half a year with most of these last year - can they truly become habits this year?

I am also adding in reading my weekly WW newsletter daily. All too often I take it & never even open it & there's always good stuff in there. And I know I learn by repetition.

But the real question is how can I make every month seem like a new beginning - even every day? Because they are. How can we keep things exciting & hopeful?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/9/2012 9:59AM

    You need a wall calendar with some gold star stickers. Everyday that you meet your goals you get a sticker, save up 30 stickers for a treat. Yes it seems silly and elementary - but highly effective.
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TEMPEST272002 1/8/2012 4:12PM

    It's hard to stay motivated month after month. I like to change things up a lot. I make it a goal to try a new activity every month (like the ice skating tonight that I'm very nervous & excited about)and I'm always looking for new recipes to try.

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NATPLUMMER 1/8/2012 10:28AM

    Trying to make them habits again may cement them this time.
Every day is a new beginning. You just need to start thinking of them like that.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/8/2012 10:24AM

    All my life, I've said that I make every day a holiday. Since I've had tragedy and traumas from a very early age, I realized the gift each new day is (for example, I jumped from a burning building's third floor w/o a net, after first throwing my baby down). When I say that every day's a holiday, I mean it. Even during this sad time when I've had so many losses, I still make each day fun amidst whatever else is going on. I try to keep that flame of joy in my heart.

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Nice to be running with a group again

Saturday, January 07, 2012

One of the problems of being a slow runner is finding other runners who are as slow as you.

Don't get me wrong - I like to be pushed sometimes. Left to my own devices I most definitely don't push myself too hard. But for long runs, I need to take it easy. The group today was just right.

There were 5 of us: 2 people I've run with before - definitely faster than me; worked out well because they ran together & ran farther than us.

The other 2 were probably a little bit slower than me - which is really perfect for a slow run. It was great! I've been missing running with a group. Even better, the 2 people I ran with today take walking breaks, too.

The plan is to hopefully make it a regular Saturday morning run . . . we'll see how old man winter cooperates. Right now I'm just loving the fact that there's no snow out there & I haven't had to shovel yet!

Just 3 more serious long runs & then I get to taper . . .

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/9/2012 12:04PM

    Glad you found a group; it's so much more enjoyable that way.

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BESSHAILE 1/8/2012 7:29AM

    Sweet. Nothing like finding like minded ... and like footed ... exercise buddies.

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TEMPEST272002 1/7/2012 5:46PM

    Glad you've found people who have a compatible pace. The miles seem to go by quicker with company.

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KKINNEA 1/7/2012 4:31PM

    Nice finding a good group at a pace with walk breaks! It definitely helps on the long runs.

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FRECKS96 1/7/2012 1:34PM

    Awesome!! I ran with a partner today too, it really can make a difference.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/7/2012 12:44PM

    Fun to run and walk (in my case) with others. I like to do both - alone and together. Have fun!

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NATPLUMMER 1/7/2012 12:31PM

    Yay!!! I'm glad you've found a group that fits your pace :-)

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Maybe I should become a yoga instructor . . .

Friday, January 06, 2012

I had my fitness assessment today. Mostly good, some just ok - sort of as I expected. The test itself was so much easier than I expected it to be.

So they started off with my weight - no surprises there, since I'd just weighed in the day before.

Next up wad BP - just slightly elevated at 121/82 - damn white coat syndrome. At home, I average about 110/70 (sometimes lower). Resting heart rate is 75 - which, while average, is on the high side for a runner but that jives with the readings I get at home.

Body fat is 28.2 -I thought that was high, but she said for my age up to 35 is still average. BMI 27 - still need to get that down; that's what WW is based on.

Now I don't agree with the waist OR the hip measurements 31 1/2 for my waist - but she did it at my belly button, which is NOT where my waist is thinnest. And hips were 38 1/2. Apparently I must be measuring wrong, cause I get like 3" less.

My VO2 MAX was 41.2, which she said was very good. They get that from the treadmill test somehow - I was a bit worried about that part, but it's walking & only goes up 5% incline & 4.5 mph - that was a piece of cake (maybe my BP will be better next time now that I know).

I did 40 girlie pushups & am sure I could have done more (it's not timed, you just do as many as you can) - that put me in the 90th percentile.

She was stunned I could reach 20" . . . I've never had that measured before . . . apparently that's way above average . . . all that yoga pays off (she said I must do a lot of it). In fact, I got complimented on my down dog last weekend with a different teacher . . . maybe I'm missing my calling . . .

Overall I think she was very impressed. In fact, she said she tried to train for a HM once, but gave up after making it up to 8 miles (i'd guess her to be at least 20 yrs younger than me) - but she followed some plan that had her running 6 x week; I only run 3 x week typically. Signed up for a group run tomorrow that will probably be challenging . . .

It's good info, tho. Now I have things to shoot for. I can get re-evaluated for free every 2 months.

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MZSLYDE01 1/12/2012 4:12PM

    You go girl. Very nice.
Very proud of you

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TEMPEST272002 1/6/2012 4:48PM

    Interesting to see the numbers. Guess that answers my BMI question from yesterday & it seems like the WW weight goals are spot on. Why not become a yoga instructor? Bet you'd be fantastic at it!

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ON2VICTORY 1/6/2012 2:18PM

    I love getting an assessment, it is a non-scale way of measuring where you are really at, not just your own personal perceptions on how bad (or good) you think you look, feel etc....

great job!

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CHRISTINA791 1/6/2012 2:00PM

    I love health assessments. Just having a baseline is a fantastic tool, and it's great to compare progress in areas other than just the scale. It sounds like you're doing great!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/6/2012 1:58PM

    Yes, I think you should. I've always pictured you in a role like that cause you're so helpful and motivated. Have a fun day.

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NATPLUMMER 1/6/2012 1:44PM

    Very good numbers!! I always measure my waist at the belly button...it's easy to find ;-)

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