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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

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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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From out of nowhere I hear a whisper ... jog.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

With August goals in place and my urge to compete with myself I challenged myself, again.

This week the step instructor is out so my workouts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings are left up to my imagination. Think, think, think! Today I was planning on using the Elliptical (one of my fav machines) and the stationary bike. It seemed like a good plan until the whisper. From out of nowhere I hear a whisper ... jog. The whisper never went away and the more I thought about it the more I liked the idea. Jog? Sure why not. So I got out my handy little schedule of C25K and looked back a week and decided to do a repeat ... W5D1.

Dismissing all things that irritated me beyond normal range today I left the office with confidence. Off to the gym!

I'm having difficulty breathing regularly and relaxing during jogging, so I kept a few things in mind that fellow C25K teammates suggested. I still have work to do. I did discover I breath very shallow and always from the mouth. The nose/mouth technique escapes me, I'll keep trying.

The sweat just poured off of me and I loved the feeling.

I loved the jogging and when it ended I was satisfied. I "bounced" out of the gym and walked my half-mile home.

Jogging still isn't easy for me and I don't always love the experience BUT today I jogged because I choose too not because it was on the schedule. That is what I call a mental leap forward.

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JENNYBETHIN 8/5/2010 8:34AM

    Yay! You're doing so well!

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MOORECENTURY 8/4/2010 9:51AM

    Keep up the good work!

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    While nose to mouth is the most recommended, experts say it's okay to breath only through the mouth. It is more important to make sure you're breathing deeply - fill your belly with each inhale. It is something I still have to consciously focus on when I run, especially when I'm getting tired.

That little voice is going to whisper more often. Running is addicting! Welcome to the club.

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    Way to go!

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KITHKINCAID 8/3/2010 11:04PM

    Good for you girl!

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KATHLEEN0222 8/3/2010 10:58PM

    Great job on choosing to jog!!!!!!! emoticon

That has to be a great feeling! Doesn't it make you feel like a 'runner'????

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August Goals

Monday, August 02, 2010

July was just a great month with a lots of goals attained!
So, I'm kicking into gear for August.

Workout program is this:

Monday: Jog 20/30 minutes on treadmill, walk outside
Tuesday: Stationary Bike or Elliptical, walking outside, Step Class
Wednesday: Jog 20/30 minutes on treadmill, walk outside
Thursday: Stationary Bike or Elliptical, walking outside, Step Class
Friday: Jog 20/30 minutes on treadmill, walk outside
Saturday: Walking outside
Sunday: Bike Ride or walking outside

Personal Goals:

90 min. massage
1 pedicure
Take a day off from work for personal/me time
Do something outside my comfort zone
Continue photo scanning project
Manage eating on weekends better: maximum two meals out.
Life at home; purge & organize

EDIT: I looked at my workout schedule ... I might need to switch things up a bit. If you read this let me know your suggestions. Keep in mind, although I enjoy strength training without a plan I won't do it. And, my gym doesn't have a pool (sigh). OH, working out at home just doesn't happen.

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    I like your me time. The Massage and Pedicure sound awesome!

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