Tuesday, September 07, 2010
This Saturday, Joe and I woke up to a beautiful fall day, bright and cool. We decided to head to Percy Warner Park for our C25K run/walk on the 5.8 loop. I asked him what he wanted to do after we did the required intervals, and he said we could wait and see how we felt. There were a ton of people out there, but once we got into the park, it was very quiet. We did our intervals and were feeling great, so I suggested that we continue to do the intervals the rest of the way (90 sec run/90 sec walk, 3 min run/3 min walk). And we did it! Including the MASSIVE uphills that went on forever. As we were getting closer and were heading downhill, I suggested that we run the last bit, so we ran the last 11 minutes and finished the whole thing in 1:15 or so. We were SO proud of ourselves.
I'm especially proud of Joe because he's never run much before ever, and he was such a good sport. I told him to stop us if he felt any pain in his ankles or knees or shins, but he felt great the whole time. Now I know that we're not too far off from running the whole 5.8 loop, and now Joe and I are even talking about doing a half-marathon in the spring. I think Joe also feels a huge sense of accomplishment that we did that, and it's motivating him to keep on running. I really can't say enough good things about C25K, especially since it's gotten my husband to run when he used to swear that he would never run!
Thursday, September 02, 2010
In the past, whenever I've started running, I've hated it. It's a good workout, but I suffered through it and never looked forward to going on a run. I live in such a wonderful part of the country that I wanted to change that. I love getting outside, especially when the weather is nice, and by running, I can get a better workout in a shorter amount of time than if I walk, particularly at my fitness level. I wanted to learn how to like running. So my husband and I started the Couch to 5K program a few weeks ago.
So far, I LOVE this program. Running actually feels GOOD rather than miserable. Some days, Joe and I do the program together. Other days, I use a podcast to help me with the intervals. My heart rate no longer sky rockets during the run segments, and I'm glad that Joe is challenging himself to do something new. My ultimate goal is to be able to run the 5.8 mile loop at Percy Warner Park (VERY hilly) with Joe. That goal is a ways away, but mini-goals include finishing the C25K program, running the whole greenway (4.7 miles), and then moving up to the 5.8 loop at PWP but walking the uphills. Soon, I'll be able to say that I am a runner!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Four days of August in, four days of exercise, four days without artificial sweeteners or added sugar (to my knowledge!), four days with limited white flour, and I feel great. I'm putting a smiley face on my calendar for every day I exercise, and I can't wait until that calendar is full of smiley faces!
Tuesday had a wrench thrown into it: my parents stopped by to take me to lunch and wanted Thai. I got shrimp pad thai, which wasn't a great choice, but I was planning on having a healthy, light dinner. Then Joe and I met them later at an artist showcase for my mom's co-worker's friend's daughter who's trying to break in to the music industry. But her slot got shifted to later, so by the time she played, my parents offered to take us to dinner. We went to Qdoba, and I got a grilled veggie burrito without rice. The next day, I didn't feel so good. That'll teach me!
But yesterday was much better, even though Joe insisted on walking over to our frozen yogurt place after dinner. I just got the original tart flavor (basically frozen plain yogurt) and topped it with lots of fruit: blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, raspberries, and mango! It was even better than I thought it would be, plus no sugar hangover afterward.
The trouble will be this weekend when we go to Holiday World. I've already checked their restaurant menus, and they actually have decent choices like grilled chicken salads. It helps knowing that I'll be in a swimsuit since part of it is a waterpark!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
It's been a hard week. Joe has been working late, and we've had a lot of social functions that take away from "us" time. My debit number was compromised, and someone in Texas took $500 out of our bank account. The money will be restored, but it's just another thing adding stress, especially since now I don't have a debit card and I'm usually the one who does the shopping for our household. We're having trouble with Joe's mother who has been unemployed for six months and is understandably depressed and negative but won't take any suggestions or help from us. And yesterday I overexerted myself in my workout and in helping a friend move in the end-of-July heat and went to bed feeling nauseous and overly fatigued.
But right now, I'm alone in the house with a cup of tea, at the computer, watching the storm roll in, and listening to Janet Baker singing German lieder. And I feel peaceful and happy for the first time in a while.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
My weight keeps climbing even though I'm now off of hormonal birth control. Recent pictures show that my face is getting more and more round. No more excuses.
On October 15th, we'll be going to San Diego for a conference for my husband's work. By then I will be down to 130. I think this is a pretty reasonable goal if I really watch my food and stop making excuses about exercise. I WILL eat clean(er) and eat my fruits and veggies. I WILL hit the gym hard. Now that I have a heart rate monitor, I've loved seeing what my max and average heart rates are for my workout period. I WILL NOT succomb to treats every single night, even if it's "just" frozen yogurt or "just" another glass of wine. I WILL drink my water. I WILL lose this weight so that I can feel better and look better.
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