Saturday, August 20, 2011
After not budging for months, this morning the scale showed a 1 pound loss. That's interesting because I hadn't done anything different for food or exercise, but I've been on vacation this last week. Much less stress, and better sleeps. (Except for the one night when the cat was hiding in the linen closet and we all thought she had been eaten by a koyote but that's a different story.)
I'm fairly happy with my weight. I'm still a touch above "healthy" BMI but I know that my strength and fitness are continuing to improve. Today was a surprise but it gives me some insight "why" I'm having difficulty losing those last few pounds.
Now I'll have to think about taking that lesson back to my "real" life which still includes full-time work.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
So far I've been to the gym almost every day - well, except for Sunday but I ran outside instead.
Today I completed Day 2 of Week 3 of my 5 week walk/jog 5k program and I'm seriously considering to continue with the 5k Rookie running program - it's 8 weeks and it seems the first 5 weeks are very much like the 5 week program so I could simply carry on. I still don't "love" running but it's less hard than I thought it would be. I'll see how I feel at the end of the 5 weeks.
I'm also getting better at Group Step. It's still a beginner/intermediate class which suits me fine since it's the only class where the instructor actually teaches the patterns. From what I can see, in the other classes you're expected to just follow along. That's not good for me since I suffer from right-left confusion and I tend to trip over my own feet.
Finally, Group Power - I've been increasing my weights pretty steadily. I can't wait to get back to doing kickshields and see Sensei's face when I'm going to kick him through the wall - well, not really but I hope he'll feel the difference.
Other than working out, I'm being very lazy - a little gardening, watching videos, walking the dog, actually reading a BOOK, getting started on dish cloths for Christmas presents... I could get used to this!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Week 3, Day 1 of my 5k program. It's perfect running weather so I decided to take it outside instead of the gym. The benefit for me was not to get hung up on the numbers in front of me. The downside is that I have no idea how far I ran but I figured it couldn't have been less than 2 miles as I was at that level already.
And the bonus benefit? Here's what happened: my cat likes to go outside and lose her collar. It's a break-away collar and sure, I'd rather replace the collar than have her strangle herself if she gets stuck somewhere, but this was the third time!
The first time some neighbours found it sitting in their driveway. They called us, all upset because they thought she might have been eaten by a koyote or a raccoon. The second time, we never found it. So off to the pet store for another one, plus name tag - ka-ching!
Last night she came home late again, sans collar. When I did my run, I kept a look-out for it - not hard as it's red, with rhinestones. (Yeah, I know )
Anyway, on the last 2 minutes of running, I saw it, once again sitting on somebody's driveway. Woohoo! Kitty 1; Humans 2!
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