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30 minutes arms ST in 10 minute intervals

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Yup, you really can squeeze in exercise in small increments. Got my walk in with the dogs, ate some lunch, washed the sheets . . . and then ran out of steam. I decided that I'd do 10 minutes of upper body ST. Luckily, I have a lot of exercise DVDs that are broken down into 10 minute segments.

First I did a sparkpeople DVD. Since I'm still resting the hamstring, I knew that a lot of that segment could be done sitting down! When I came back to put the sheets in the dryer, I did a 10 minute arms segment from Rapid Results Pilates. I wasn't sure I'd go for a third, but when I came back down to put the duvet cover in the dryer I tried out the arms segment from my new Kathy Kaehler DVD.

Just goes to show you really don't need a large block of time to get in your exercise - works particularly well when you're tired & not feeling it. I just didn't want to change into workout clothes, so I didn't. And I didn't get too sweaty in just 10 minutes.

It's a winter wonderland out there, which would be fine if I didn't have to go out this afternoon, the snowplow hadn't just plowed in the end of the driveway & it's still coming down steadily. Can't really complain as this is the first really big storm of the winter!

Just bought Easy Vegan Meals from Sparkpeople on my kindle - looks good! No, I haven't yet bought the SP Cookbook - I was a bit po'd that you don't get the extra points if you buy the kindle edition, frankly! A few of the recipes in this cookbook are from the SP Cookbook, but not too many. For $2.99, it looks worthwhile!

  
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FRECKS96 3/3/2012 9:14PM

    I adore 10 minute workouts! Great job getting so much in. :)

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DDOORN 3/2/2012 11:16PM

    Cool to hear you've gotten the new Vegan cookbook!

Don

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NATPLUMMER 3/1/2012 8:55PM

    Yay!
Poor hamstring. Hope it's back to normal by Friday so you can run.

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KKINNEA 3/1/2012 12:35PM

    I'm interested to hear how the vegan recipes turn out.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/1/2012 10:24AM

    Thanks for reminding me about the 10-min workouts, it's much easier to fit in 10 instead of 30 somedays. Sounds like you should whip up a new recipe in the kitchen since it's a snowy day out. Bon Apetite. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/1/2012 9:01AM

    I usually buy SP stuff to show support, but the cookbook is too expensive and is mostly success stories and recipes similar to those on the site.

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OPTIMIST1948 3/1/2012 8:30AM

    Ditto MissG's comments!

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MISSG180 3/1/2012 8:26AM

    That's a great example of how we can squeeze in our exercise. Thanks!

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I blame it on the sun & ramblings

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I ran 3 days in a row. For most runners that's nothing, but I usually only run 3 x week & I don't think I've ever run more than 2 days in a row before. But yesterday was "warm" & most importantly sunny & we don't get a lot of sunny days so they're hard to pass up. So I donned my Livestrong tshirt & jacket (you get the tshirt; I bought the jacket).

Unfortunately I pulled my hamstring stretching afterwards! So weird. Bothered me the rest of the day, but with some walking around today it's better & I don't have plans to run til maybe Friday anyway.

Went to my WW meeting a day early since they're predicting a killer snowstorm & I have to take Chester to the vet tomorrow afternoon & don't really want to have to deal with shoveling twice. Down just a tiny bit, which isn't bad since I've only been hone a day shy of a week & TOM is supposed to start today, even if it doesn't look like it will.

But the snow sure started as soon as I got home . . . the dogs sure weren't pleased to be taken for a walk. But now I can hunker down & enjoy the white stuff - altho I do still have to ge out there & rescue the mail.

A couple of recent GSFs

Picnic to go - something like that - it's a box with hummus, crackers, dried fruit, roasted edamame & dark chocolate. I took it along with me on our trip . . . didn't use it, but it will also be good for tomes when I'm hungry but don't want to cook. Just missing veggies!

And I finally tried something I've eyed before: Qrolls. They're wafers covered in dark chocolate. Pretty good & only 2 WW pts+ each. Handy for chocolate cravings.

I've noticed how much easier it is to strike up a conversation with strangers now that I'm smaller. I'm a naturally shy person, but also much more likely to chat up total strangers these days.

I suppose I really oughtto suit up & get the mail before the snow gets deeper . . . gotta strip the bed & do the sheets not to mention fold up Monday's laundry . . .

  
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ASHERAH38 3/1/2012 8:18AM

    Snow? what is that? :-) It has been non-existent our way--only a figment of our imagination. Enjoy the beautiful snowscapes.

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TEMPEST272002 2/29/2012 10:53PM

    Hope that snow doesn't get too deep. It's much nicer in small quanitities. lol

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/29/2012 2:30PM

    Talking to strangers now are we, lol. It's your confidence coming out and your SPARK radiance, you exude it. emoticon

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DDOORN 2/29/2012 1:37PM

    Negligible snow down our way, looks to be petering out...around 1:30 now.

Don

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KKINNEA 2/29/2012 12:56PM

    I hate when I pull something after I run - so frustrating! Glad you were able to be out in the sun!

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Sometimes giving in is a good thing

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My downfall is those little nibbles. A coup,e of chocolate chips here. A lick of PB when I fill the dogs' kongs. A taste of whatever I'm baking. It never seems like much until I step on the scale.

Yesterday I had a nice day of clean eating planned out. Only my stomach wasn't having it; it was screaming carbs! Carbs! CARBS!

So I made a conscious decision to give it what it wanted. Because I knew if I ignored it, I would undoubtedly end up nibbling. I'd already had oatmeal for breakfast. I went with popcorn for a snack, instead of the planned for apple with almonds. More oatmeal for lunch. And more popcorn for my afternoon snack.

I was worried about the complete lack of freggies, but in the end I just squeaked thru with a banana and a large salad (I use a large pasta bowl for my salads). It wasn't emotional eating; it was hormonal eating.

I just knew if I gave in to my cravings - in a healthy way - that I'd prevent eating around the cravings until I'd eaten way more than I should have & the wrong foods at that. Been there, done that. It's not about perfection; it's about balance over time.

  
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NATPLUMMER 2/28/2012 9:53PM

    Some days carbs are the only things that satisfy. At least you made them healthy ones :-)

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DAYHIKER 2/28/2012 2:02PM

    emoticon Good job! Eating around the craving usually winds up with giving into the craving after many unwanted calories. emoticon

Cindy

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KANSASROSE67 2/28/2012 1:31PM

    I like your idea...it's amazing how listening to our bodies makes all the difference!

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KKINNEA 2/28/2012 10:11AM

    Smart, smart plan. I'll have to remember this the next time I'm feeling carb-y.

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DDOORN 2/28/2012 8:52AM

    Isn't it something how there are times when absolutely NOTHING is going to do it but CARBS?!?! Man how I hate those spells! I'll try chewing on endless alternatives but usually relent and jump into some sort of carb or another. Kudos on the ju-jitsu of not fighting it, but caving in a planned and healthy way!

Don

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/28/2012 8:47AM

    Very true. Good for you!

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Who will I listen to?

Monday, February 27, 2012

God, I was sooooo tired all weekend. Saturday I barely moved at all - I listened to the devil. It was too cold & windy (like 40 mph winds) to even walk the dogs. I know, I know: we all need our rest days. I had every good intention of doing some turbo jam in the afternoon, but it just didn't happen.

Sunday I have a yoga class I love, but was once again too tired to get myself out that early. I decided I'd go for a run instead. When I looked at the temp, it was 25 feels like 15 with 10-20 mph winds. The devil whispered in my ear again but I listened to my angel instead. And even tho I knew it would be warmer later, chose to go in the morning because I knew I might never move if I waited til later.

I knew i'd enjoy it if I could just get myself out there - that's the hard part. Yes, it was cold, but brilliantly clear & we don't get a whole lot of sunny days this time of year. I listened to my angel, left the garmin at home & had a pretty good run - even going about 10 minutes longer than I'd planned to. I even made sure we got out to walk the dogs in the afternoon.

This morning I'm listening to the devil again. There's a class I've wanted to try for forever, but it would've meant getting out the door around 8:15 & I'm still not ready for that. It's supposed to warm up, tho, so the plan is another easy run this afternoon. I'm writing it here so I'll listen to my angel & not my devil! There's a class I can take tomorrow at 10:15 that looks interesting.

Who will you listen to today?

  
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DAYHIKER 2/27/2012 8:02PM

    I listened to the good exercise angel this morning... emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/27/2012 11:31AM

    Some days are devil inspired and some not.

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KKINNEA 2/27/2012 10:31AM

    I always have to push past the lazy voice in my head when it's ugly, windy weather. I've been resorting alot to the work treadmill - more work to put together workout clothes and work clothes but far warmer.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/27/2012 9:30AM

    Feeling kinda devlisih at the moment emoticon . will be more angelic this evening when I get home. emoticon

Sometimes it's REALLY HARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/27/2012 9:16AM

    I'm so good at finding excuses.....
Good job getting out!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/27/2012 9:11AM

    Good for you! I'm afraid that both my angels would have kept me indoors.

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DDOORN 2/27/2012 9:03AM

    Love the Sun! It is a natural for pulling me outdoors for doing something, ANYTHING! :-)

Don

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KASHMIR 2/27/2012 8:44AM

    i've had to be the exact opposite this week, my angel is staying not to run and heal, and my devil is saying GO GO GO. so far my angel is winning even though I'd much rather get out and GO!

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How hard are yo willing to push yourself?

Friday, February 24, 2012

My buddy IFDEEVARUNS also ran the Livestrong HM. She came in half an hour earlier than me, despite feeling unprepared. She said she really pushed herself . . . obviously - she shaved 10 minutes off of her time from the previous year. She also said she was very sore afterwards.

Which got me to thinking . . . I felt I really pushed myself, too, but I know I was cautious at the same time. With knee pain starting at mile 6 I was afraid of how I'd feel if I didn't ease up more; I could barely move after my 8 mile race when I had knee pain the last 4 miles.

And that is my nature, too: overly cautious. Does that hold me back in life, in many ways? No doubt. Does it hold me back in my weight loss journey? Good question. I'm sure in some ways it does. This is all just sort of jangling around in my mind right now.

I know you have to really want it, sometimes fundamentally changing your very nature. Maybe I still haven't been willing to change enough. Willing to push myself enough. I'm not willing to tackle the full marathon, for instance. I've really no doubt I could do it if I put my mind to it, but I don't want it that bad.

I can easily see in my HM photo that those last 10 lbs really need to go. Don't get me wrong, I think I look good - certainly much better thsn 3 years ago & 3 years ago no way would I be running HMs. but I am not there yet. I also know you're never really there, never really done, but I can see what still needs work.

I guess it all boils down to just what do I really want, anyway? And how badly do I want it?

  
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REDSHOES2011 2/26/2012 11:42AM

    Everyone runs their own race.. Even if I can't do it as fast as other people anymore, I succeeded 5 years on maintenence anyway.. Exercise should be a joy, not a pain in the joints.. It is me, the elements, the road and some great music in my ears and being at one with it all..

Comment edited on: 2/26/2012 11:44:11 AM

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DDOORN 2/26/2012 11:04AM

    I'm sure you'll find that happy middle ground between pushing yourself, but not into dangerous territory.

Great to keep moving forward!

Don

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DDHEART 2/25/2012 10:41AM

    As is often the case you spoke the words that have been rattling around in my own head. I don't always know if it's my caution or my "not wanting it badly enough" that keeps me where I am. Thanks for giving my mind some additional pondering.

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TYKXBOY 2/24/2012 12:56PM

    Being cautious with pain is different than not pushing yourself.

I know I run a little slower than my potential because I am overly cautious about running out of steam at the end of my races, so I back off too much in the beginning and end up with extra energy at the end that I realize I could have used. That means I'm not pushing myself enough.

However, with knee pain or being sick, deciding to take it easy is being cautious. That's also being smart!

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CINDYHN 2/24/2012 12:32PM

    This is such a personal thing. Only you know how you feel. When I did my first 1/2 my ITBand acted up at mile 10, the last 3 were torture....but I pushed myself to keep running. Fortunatly I did not do any thing major, just really tough to go down stairs for a few days, but I could have really hurt myself. I also new I didn't have a race anytime soon, and my sister flew in to do the race with me, I didn't want to let her down, she felt GREAT and wanted to "run" the whole 1/2. I Amy run the same race this year, I want to see how it is to run it pain free, so I have to be sure I don't stop training like I did this year when it got close to the race.

There's also a time in out lives when we just decide to "Just do it" for whatever reason.

You are doing GREAT!!!

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NATPLUMMER 2/24/2012 12:00PM

    I think you were right to be cautious since you were having knee pain. It's not worth an injury just to have a faster race. It's not like this is the Olympic trials.
I think you're looking pretty darn good in your photo.

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FRECKS96 2/24/2012 11:27AM

    Great question! And with so many things, the answer is subjective. I am much more willing to push myself when it comes to my running than when it comes to eating better.

Could I eat (much) better than I do? Sure. But I don't want it bad enough yet. I've been finding that for me, there needs to be some sort of "tipping point". A decision that I've had enough of X and won't do it anymore. Once I hit that point, it gives me the courage and drive to push myself in that area.

For running, it was setting goals and having them go as yet unmet (a marathon and PR goals). In my personal life it was being tired of letting my ex control my emotions-it gave me the strength to stop engaging him in conversation.

I think our fears can hold us back, but there is a quote that I love...“Change happens when the pain of holding on becomes greater than the fear of letting go.”
¯ Spencer Johnson

Also said: “When the pain to stay the same exceeds the pain to change, you change.”

I love it and it's so true. I have no doubt that you'll push yourself when you need to.



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KKINNEA 2/24/2012 11:08AM

    I agree with DEEVA, there is a balance between over-cautious and cautious - I think you did the right thing.

I believe the key is to choose a time to give yourself a push and see what happens. I did that this past week with stepping up my training times - I'm trying and evaluating to see if I can get past that barrier or if I should fall back and regroup.

I know you'll find a good balance!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/24/2012 9:36AM

    There's more to it than that. You were cautious because you didn't want to injure yourself. I've done that before too.

If I'd felt pain while running, I would have slowed down. My pain only started the next day, DOMS. In part due to under-training for the race.

Persistence is what matters here, and you give ample evidence of persistence. The race isn't always to the swift, you know!

And now I have to decide how much I want to lose that weight I've gained back. After seeing some of my race pictures, I'm starting to want it much more. Ugh.... emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/24/2012 9:18AM

    Every runs their own race - both literally and figuratively. To me, a knee is more important than my best time. So, "pushing hard" is subjective.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/24/2012 8:38AM

    You are smart to err on the side of caution during the race, wish I would have done that. I'm still paying for it. You continue to be a huge inspiration to me - you have such a positive outlook. I know we both "want it" really bad and I have no doubts whatsoever that we will both "get it". You are a rock star. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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