Friday, March 04, 2011
I'm not quite to the point where I want to resume tracking my food in SP's tracker, but I do want to keep tabs on it every day, list-style. So this is for my own benefit. Not a particularly interesting blog.
Breakfast - Coffee with 1/2 + 1/2 and sugar, 1 cup Cabot light Greek style vanilla yogurt w/ 1/3 cup of granola
Lunch - 2 servings of baby carrots w/ roasted red pepper hummus, 1 cup of black grapes
Snack - 2 oz Stacy's pita chips
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
In summary, it was AWESOME!
In detail, it felt so amazing to be exercising again. Really exercising. Week 1, Day 1 wasn't a huge challenge for me, but it still was work. It still got me sweating (a little - think lady sweat) and glowing.
Here's what the road/weather ended up looking like at about 5:30.
Good things about the run:
-It turns out that the week 1 podcast takes me to the end of our road (at my current pace). This means I can run the first half, and have a good place to turn around.
-There was almost no traffic (no one to watch me huffing and puffing).
-The snow had stopped (see previous blog). The road was still icy and slushy, but I didn't have to contend with snow in my eyes/face.
-My mp3 player is awesome.
-I had on just the right amount of clothes to feel warm but not too warm. Small thing, I know, but this is Maine, and it can be tricky in March.
Things to work on:
-I had some weird cramping going on just beneath my ribcage. I think it's related to my abdominal muscles having recently been strained by pregnancy, but we shall see.
-I missed half of one of the 60 second runs because I kept waiting for the guy to say "go" and he never did. But I know I easily could have run the additional 15/20 seconds that I missed, so no biggie.
-I need more daylight! I ended up running half the run in the dark, and it felt a little risky with the roads being as slippery as they were. Fortunately, nature is on my side with this one.
So that's it! I'm so happy to be back at it, and I'm looking forward to the rest of Couch to 5k.
Here's a picture of me just in from my run.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Today is my first day of Couch to 5k. So what's up weather? You said sunny and 40. This is not sunny. Or 40.
The sound quality is kinda weird, so you'll have to turn it up to hear the commentary. Suffice it to say, I wanted to cancel my run, but then I went to the window to take a picture of the whiteout, and a runner went by. He looked pretty badass and snow-covered.
Monday, February 28, 2011
LISSOME'S PROGRESS REPORT
I have succeeded in building up my desire to exercise full-tilt once I'm cleared at my postpartum appointment (tomorrow morning!). I've built up my confidence, slowly taking on strength and cardio exercises at home that are easy on my recovering body (planks, short burst of crunches, modified push ups, jogging in place, dancing). I've eaten well, taken my vitamins, guzzled my water, and I've actually gotten outside for a walk with both boys! I've been healing myself from illness by treating myself well, and I'm rewarding myself with a new mp3 player tomorrow to put some ROAR in my March.
B2W MISSION 4
Report in for February 25-27:
I worked on my core this weekend, pretty much just doing crunches whenever I could fit them in. I've noticed that I can see my abdominals again. Nifty, eh? And though they're hidden under a layer of softness, there isn't far to go.
I danced for cardio. Flogging Molly makes for interesting workout music, and a 40 pound 2 1/2 year old is great weight for strength training.
Last night I took a long bath to relax and read my mother's latest issue of Martha Stewart Living. Now I have a strange desire to grow ferns?
FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 3
MAKE ME UNSTOPPABLE!
Continue working on the part of your body that you started with this weekend!
For those of you who chose CORE/ABDOMINALS to work on this week... look up a new workout to try on 2-3 of the next 4 days. That would add up to about 45-75 minutes in 4 days. On Friday, I will ask you to report in on how many minutes you spent working on your CORE.
BONUS: To mix it up- try adding different kinds of core strengthening moves- such as twists- or attempt a Pilates DVD that focuses on your core muscles.
*I have a great new Pilates DVD that I'll be using a couple of days this week.*
CHALLENGE BONUS: Try a new fun healthy recipe this week on a day that you had a killer workout. Post a pic (if you can- totally optional) of both proof of your workout AND the delicious healthy meal you made yourself for a full circle of sexiness.
GOOD LUCK CHAMPS!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
B2W MISSION THREE
Since Monday, how many days did you manage to squeeze in a workout? 0 Approximately How much time did you spend working out since Monday morning? 0 minutes
What kind of activity did you spend most of those minutes doing? n/a
What moment were you MOST proud of? Did you have a chance to post proof of it? I was proud of myself every minute of this week. It's been a very tough week. The whole family was and is sick. Breathing complications for the newborn. No sleep for either parent. I'm just glad I survived to fight another week!
Mission Three - Friday - Sunday (2/25-2/27)
Choose ONE area to workout this weekend that is NOT the one you worked out last weekend. Choose from UPPER BODY, LOWER BODY or CORE. If you want to do a total body workout this weekend, that's cool- but try to put emphasis on one of those three. Do TWO workouts this weekend for this - this should only take you 45 minutes to two hours total for the whole weekend.
*Since it's already Sunday, I'm going to just take the time tonight to do one solid core workout. Lots of crunches. Lots of quiet, focused exercise. Gonna get right on it.*
If you are due for a rest day- make it a rest day that counts! Use your rest day to relax, get organized and center your motivation and determination. Spend time reading a fitness magazine, practicing cooking new dishes, washing all your workout wear or if you want to workout anyway- then ENJOY IT!
*I've really been trying to "rest" all this week, but I am planning to take a luxurious bath this evening and read my new issue of Eating Well magazine. That sounds lovely.*
Try to get in AT LEAST 30 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of stretching this weekend!
*I'm also going to attempt to get in a walk/jog for 30 minutes this evening while my husband and kids are at my parent's house. Gotta find ways to get active whenever I can...*
REPORT BACK MONDAY! DISMISSED!
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