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Mid-Month Check in

Friday, August 13, 2010

I feel like the Little Engine that could ... "I think I can, I think I can!"

So far this month I've managed to workout 12 out of the 13 days. I'll take it. One of those 12 days was very light due to a headache and fatigue but I managed to walk, so I count it.

Nike Says it best & it's my new Motto!

My TOM has come and gone and I must say emotionally it wasn't a complete mess. I was at full disclosure with the Mr. due to irrational thoughts, emotional outbursts, and the rage that I feel sometimes during this time. My emotions were a bit better this month and physically I made it without much pain. Plus, I didn't gain an enormous amount of (water) weight.

Workouts have been good but I find myself repeating, "I think I can, I think I can!" during my workouts. I am on Week 7 Day 2 of the C25K training and it is going well but tough. I have even logged some extra jogging time. I discovered my breathing is more relaxed while jogging which means my lungs are adjusting. My outer upper thigh's hate it when I jog and they remind me of that in the middle of the night when they start throbbing. After a four week vacation for the instructor, Step class resumed and I find myself struggling physically to get through the 45 minute routine. This brought on the "I need to cross train" thinking. After reviewing the class schedule at the gym and being very disappointed I decided I need to become creative on my own. I still don't know what that looks like.

I've been less than attentive to my calories and have overdrawn that account on countless occasions. I shake my finger at self! I know better. I can do better. I am better.

My weekly weigh-in is on Friday mornings. With the visit from my TOM I was up last week and mid-week this week - yuck! However, this morning I discovered I've come back down and I landed at 234.5! I'll take it with a smile and a sigh of relief. My scale even winked at me with a 234 so I know I'm close to moving on down.

On another positive, well a not so positive turned into a positive ... I was forced to use a different treadmill in a different part of the gym earlier in the week for one of my jogs and it went okay. Last night I actually choose that treadmill. Seems I have a new treadmill!

My plan for the weekend:
Eat sensibly
Enjoy the outdoors

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KITHKINCAID 8/13/2010 4:36PM

    You're doing great! Look up the Spark stretching exercises for stretching out your IT band. That's the muscle that's throbbing on you in the middle of the night and if you don't take care of it it can cause a whole host of other issues including lower back pain, pain masking as "lady pains" or ovarian discomfort, etc. etc. I had problems with mine about 6 months ago and because it was showing up as pain in all these other areas I was tested for a BUNCH of things that I didn't need to be tested for (kidney stones/infection, PCOS, endometriosis). Big doctor bills - could have been solved by just stretching...ugh. Started seeing a chiropractor who does ART therapy and she fixed it along with my stretching at home. So far it hasn't bothered me on my runs at all which is good since I've learned how to relax it.

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The Push & The Pull

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I pushed myself to go to the gym on Monday night to jog. I pushed myself to use a different treadmill in a different part of the gym. I even pushed myself to finish that 25 minute jog. Monday was a push!

Yesterday I felt the pull to go to the gym. The excitement and anticipation of the step instructors return from vacation pulled me to the gym, early. I was there early enough to do a 15 minute warm up on the bike, all good. After the ride I checked, yup the instructor was back - YES!

Class began and I was pumped. The music she picked was great. Her routine was new and fresh. All Good! Then it happened, the Push. After four weeks of not attending a step class, because there wasn't an instructor, caught up with me 10 minutes into class. I had Leg muscles that have been quiet suddenly started screaming in pain and I felt a wave of distress and discomfort roll through me. I push & pulled myself through that 45 minute step class and felt the frustration mount as each minute passed.

After class I took a moment to pull myself together, collect my thoughts, let my legs calm down and prepare for my walk home. I still have some muscle fatigue/soreness this morning.

My conclusion, it really is important to switch up those workouts. I struggled last night because my muscles had forgotten those moves over the past four weeks. This proves to me that all the talk of switching up workouts really does make since and that muscle has memory. Yeah, I can be hard headed about these things but with sore muscles I can admit I that I am now a believer.

Now, the action plan of change. That is a different post all together.

As a side note, I've become lazy about my calories and I've overdrawn my calorie bank account more than I'd like to admit. It is not that I eat "crap" I just eat lots of good stuff. A calorie is a calorie though. It showed today on my mid-week peak on the scale. I've no one to blame but myself and I scrunch my nose at that! I have noticed in the past that I do this from time to time. I loose focus, I slip, I slide and then it comes to a stop. Today is the day I stop it.

Lots of changes happening!

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SINCEKINDER 8/12/2010 12:40AM

    Great job with hanging in there. I'm very proud of you.

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KITHKINCAID 8/11/2010 2:18PM

    Good job girl. I agree - cross training is THE best way to get those muscles in shape. And I feel your pain when I don't do something for a couple weeks and then go back to it - OUCH!

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DAN13LLE 8/11/2010 1:18PM

  I really feel ur pain and guilt. The gym and i have just started up again and I love feeling sore, but I also feel myslef taking steps back in my meal intake. I will have to make up for it tonight, but I hate chasing my guilt. I just need to prepair better, instead of eating conviently. Great Blog!

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Sometimes I just want to take the day off

Monday, August 09, 2010

It's Monday and I always have the feeling like I want to take the day off. The day off from going to the gym. I play little mind games with myself during the day. I try to bargain. I try to bribe. I try guilt. I try it all. But sometimes I just want to take the day off.

Today is not that day no matter how much I want to go home and curl up on the sofa and turn on the television. Skipping the gym today would just muck up my workout calendar and I'm not sure I would recover from that later in the week. I worry most about going too many days between jogging ... like my body would forget what it's been taught somehow.

I managed to stay active while I ate the weekend away. Saturday I walked for 90 minutes and then Sunday I walked 2.55 miles in 55 minutes. I was happy about that due to not having any red marks on my workout calendar - I'm determined to best last month. So far, so good.

I have 30 minutes before I leave the office - I either turn right to go to the gym or left to go home. Truth be told, I will turn right. Guilt of skipping is already working on my nerves.
Also, I know - I KNOW - I'll get a high off jogging for 25 minutes on the treadmill. It's just that little girl in me that is jumping up and down screaming, " BUT I DON'T WANNA GO!" that keeps me off balance.

Today I will jog ... not because I want to but because it is necessary. Monday's really are tough!

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    Just wondering. Who won??? Did you go left or right??

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TSEWARD 8/10/2010 6:11PM

    Yes..I do know that voice. You have described it to a T! I am proud of you for talking back to it! It takes honesty and ability to look ahead to the long term benefits of what you are trying to get out of doing, and focusing on that instead of the short term enjoyment of giving in to the temptation to give up and give in...just once.
Your fight is encouraging! Keep it up.

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KITHKINCAID 8/9/2010 10:38PM

    Way to go for being the grownup! Sometimes we have to hear the inner child, understand the inner child, and then be the parent and know that even though the child doesn't understand right now, someday when she grows up she will :)

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JENNYBETHIN 8/9/2010 10:31PM

    Yeah! My inner tantrum throwing hooligan does that too... I'm glad you managed to avoid falling to her temptations.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/9/2010 10:17PM

    With my inner child still screaming, I did indeed make the right turn! Of course, I thought that inner voice would quiet as soon as I made it to the cardio section at the gym; but no, she just changed her tune.

Today, after dragging myself to the gym I found that all the treadmills that I am comfortable using were taken. I stood for a brief moment trying to figure out what to do ... I finally went to the other section of the gym and jogged on an "unknown" treadmill. We made friends quickly and I put in my time all the while staring at my pretty face. (There are no windows in this section just a bank of mirrors)

Hot, sweaty and with a smile I jogged 25 minutes! emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/9/2010 10:18:18 PM

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GAELENEC 8/9/2010 8:56PM

    Yep. Sometimes that little voice is SO loud.....

Hope you were able to jog; but in the event that you didn't, hope you forgive yourself and move forward.

It's a great week to be alive and healthy!

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No Shame in a Repeat

Friday, August 06, 2010

"No Shame in a Repeat" ... that was the name of the blog I came up with on Wednesday as I was finishing up my W6D2 of C25K. I thought for sure I would repeat that day today because it was so darn hard but I did not.

I left the office early today, I just couldn't sit there another minute. I took the long route to the gym - the sun was out and there was a cool breeze - beautiful. The upper cardio area was empty when I arrived and I set forth on my journey.

I went for it all. I warmed up for 5 minutes at a faster pace than normal and it felt good. I told myself to try the 25 minute jog and if it proved too intense back off and do what I could. It's good to push limits and not let the fear that creeps into your head win every battle. I started off at my normal pace and I watched the peeps walk about outside. I let my music take my mind to places far away and I allowed my feet to move. My breathing was steady today, nothing choppy. My body was relaxed. I was doing it! I was going for the 25 minute jog with no walking.

I was 20 minutes in and I was loosing focus and then "he" came along. I've seen him around the gym, a new member, quiet guy. He took to one of the treadmills near mine and I was thrilled. I love when runners/joggers are next to me on the treadmill, I like to keep pace with them - if only in my mind. He has to stand at least 6'5 and has not an ounce of fat on him. His stride was long and smooth. Of course, I couldn't keep up with him in a foot race but all I needed was him to keep on running. My pace smoothed out and my mind became calm again. I watched him out of the corner of my eye and I jogged. THEN, I glanced at his monitor ... and I nearly laughed out loud. He was jogging at mere 7.6! I wasn't laughing at him but at the situation. Here I am 5'4, jogging at 4.3 and he's 6'5 -/+, jogging at 7.6 - we couldn't have been more different. I finished with a 5 minute cool down.

Time: 35
Distance: 2.27 miles

Jogging time: 25 minutes - no walking

Oh yeah, I rock!

My blog title still holds true ... There is No Shame in a Repeat! Sometimes it is necessary but before you do, try to push yourself just a little bit - you might just surprise yourself! I know I did today.

Week 7, here I come.

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    Perhaps having a wonderful looking man next to you might be what it takes to jog even longer tomorrow.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/7/2010 1:20AM

    JENNYBETHIN, Thank you!
THATS_LOVELY101, his speed just took me by surprise. From the corner of my eye he looked to be just jogging at ease so I was expecting a much lower speed. When I saw the 7.6 - I thought a sprint would have been more in line. Probably with his height and long, long legs the speed was just right for a nice jog. (He looks like he could be a pro ball player.) Between lack of experience and short legs my speed stays low, for now.
By the time this run ended I was up to a 5.5 but that was only for 90 seconds. It'll come.

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THATS_LOVELY101 8/6/2010 11:27PM

    Wow! 25 minutes and no walking...that's impressive! I am not a frequent treadmill user so can you explain to me the difference between his speed and yours? Is that slow for someone his size? Either way I'm impressed with you! WTG!

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JENNYBETHIN 8/6/2010 9:46PM

    Good job, ma'am! I'm proud of you!

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Food for a Day ... Photo's

Friday, August 06, 2010

I thought it would interesting to see the food I eat as a photo blog.


Steel Cut Oats
20 Raspberries
1 extra small Banana

A.M. Snack

Pure Organics Bar, Chocolate Brownie
Unsweetened Green Tea

Lunch (I walked 1.44 miles to eat this salad, it's my favorite)

Lettuce, Gyro meat, Tomato, Feta Cheese, Tangy House dressing Pita
Unsweetened Black Tea

Afternoon Snack

Larabar, Peanut Butter
6 pieces of dried appricot


Grilled Pork Chop
Grilled Asparagus
Banana with Cinnamon

Night Snack

Popcorn w/ Butter

It was a good day in my world of food! I enjoyed it all.
I didn't photo all the water but for the record I downed 9 full glasses.

Totals for the day:
Calories 1623
Fat 65
Carbs 211
Protein 67
Fiber 35

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/6/2010 9:03PM

    Lady_Kathy, the daily totals are
Calories 1623
Fat 65
Carbs 211
Protein 67
Fiber 35

That's mid range for me for one day so I wasn't hungry at all.

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LADY_KATHY 8/6/2010 7:03PM

    how many calories is this ? doesn't look like much. : ( I would starve

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MANLEYSANDY 8/6/2010 6:56PM

    I like the banana with cinnamon...I will have to give that a try! Yummy stuff....

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JENNYBETHIN 8/6/2010 8:38AM

    I like it! I would do a food blog... I have to get a camera first.

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PELESJEWEL 8/6/2010 12:52AM

    I love food blogs...I tend to do a few of them too! Have a great weekend!

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KITHKINCAID 8/6/2010 12:27AM

    MMMMM! I want your day!

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