Monday, November 29, 2010
I wouldn't call it a streak yet, maybe tomorrow....got up at 5AM without hitting the alarm - got 7+ hours sleep, but for whatever reason, still felt tired. Didn't hit the snooze though....just laid there and let the darned thing ring for four minutes. Got the critters taken care of, started coffee, and tried to convince myself that I would like Jillian more first thing in the morning....I lied to myself. I'm still a bit sore for the first couple attmpts at thirty day shred...and the jumping jacks are just not happening. I'll continue with doing the sprints on the treadmill instead. Only made it through a warm up and 15-20 minutes and then a cool down, but I got another 23 minutes in tonight, so I completed all three of my holiday streak challenge goals.
It's almost 11PM though, and though tomorrow is a short day at work, I get to sleep untill 7 (if the critters allow) and then have a ton of stuff to do since I have meetings after work and won't get home till late and still need to get to bed at a decent hour to get my sleep...wish me luck!!!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
WOW! It's almost the end of November already. I just looked at the joined date on my Sparkpage, and it says that exactly eleven months ago today, I joined Spark. Well, truth be told, I still don't remember stumbling across the Spark page or how the Spark bug hit me so hard. I really didn't start following the program until Jan 2nd of 2010. I have been looking back on this year with much gratitude for all that Spark has done for me. Not only have I met my goal and been able to maintain it for over 3 months, I have made many, many, many dear friends who know and understand me better than my own family at times. You all are definately my lifeline and support in this journey and I am truly grateful to have you in my life.
I've not just been looking back, however. I've also been looking ahead. Yes, I am at goal weight....even after celebrating a long birthday week AND Thanksgiving this month. I also intend on staying there. The winter is my least favorite time of the year. I REALLY HATE THE COLD!!! The lack of hours of sunlight doesn't help any either. This has thrown a wrench into my fitness minutes which until now has been primarily running. I also have some other goals physical and other life goals that I want to apply my Spark skills to. Two of the biggies that are standing in the way of much of my success are.....getting enough sleep and getting up without hitting the snooze. So, with the onset of winter, I am shifting my focus. I know that realistically, I'm not going to see any great increases in my mileage or decreases in my speed, but I can refocus on the sleep and then the snooze factors. Double up on my efforts to stay consistent in my fitness, whether it is running (on the treadmill, track - or even outside), strength training, cross training etc etc etc. I need to emphasize my core strength and I really should expand my sports interests. I am currently looking for local skating rinks as an alternative to running.
I'm taking this a month at a time to get through the season, so those are my big three to close out my first year on Spark and make it through the holidays. Lofty goals, but all I can do is give it my best shot - realize that I am not perfect and go for it. I am bound and determined to finish out my first year on Spark below goal and with a healthier lease on life than I have even now.
Watch for the next installment of goals - coming to a blog near you Jan 2nd 2011!!!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Okay, I did it! Day one of my Thanksgiving - Holiday Season Fitness Resolution - Goal Met. I set for myself the goal of at least doing 30 Day Shred or 3 miles (road or dreadmill or fitness center track) everyday throughout the holidays....I may make it, may not, but I'm gonna give it my all. Check back on me and keep on me...I know how easy it is to get complacent and I just can't do that.
I have to say, that 30 Day Shred should keep me working (HARD)...I started phase one of the three phases, and honestly couldn't keep up. Plus Jillian has us doing jumping jacks, and although my knee handles the running quite well now, jumping jacks are not particularly safe...maybe if I build strength, but the sideways jarring pressure causes pain after 3-4 jumping jacks, so for that part I take it to the treadmill for a sprint. Honestly don't know if I'll make it all the way through level three this next 5 weeks, but I'm giving it my best shot and well take it from there.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
.....and running, figuratively. The holiday season is in full swing. Thanksgiving was nearly a blur...thanfully, I did most all the cooking. I did use 4 pieces of bacon in the green beans (but that was in three pounds of beans). The mashed potatoes had milk in them, but it was skim, and only 1 Tblsp of butter for 5 potatoes worth. I made the stuffing from cornbread, brown and wild rice and walnuts and chopped apple, no fat, no butter - it was great and got awesome reviews. The turkey was smoked, and all skin and fat was trimmed off. The wrost of it was the croissant - the piece of pecan pie and the piece of pumpkin pie, but today I was back on plan....so, what is Thanksgiving for.
The real test will be to stay in check now through all the festivities leading up to Christmas. I am still trying to get my fitness routine together. Facing that treadmill is tough, so I am trying to get myself more interested in the strength traing and intervals. I picked up 30 Day Shred today will doing some Christmas shopping. I am hoping that it will "spark" my fitness through the holidays - along with as much as I can force myself onto the dreadmill, and the reward of some runs on the track at the fitness center.
Wish me luck folks - and keep me accountable. I will try to report everyday what I did for fitness....don't expect alot...just help me keep moving. My schedule (with the retail job and church obligations) really won't let up now until after the 1st of the year. I'll consider it a victory if I just manage to keep a little balance and don't let my program fall apart.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Well, it's been a L*O*N*G time since I have managed to stay on the dreadmill for a solid 3 miles, but today , I DID IT! I hate that thing! Last spring when I started running, I began my journey doing run, walks on the treadmill, but as soon as I started the C25K, I moved my runs outside. For me, it was just easier (not easy, but easier) to run outside, and soon, I grew to love me time on the road. It doesn't help that it's a short treadmill that is set at an eight - ten degree incline. I could force myself to do a mile or a mile and a half, but mostly, I've been using it for 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile speed work. I finally gave in today....I HATE the cold, so when the temps were climbing today, I decided that I'd go for a run outside, and just when I got all dressed and ready, it started to rain and the winds started picking up. I couldn't bear the thought of missing another run, so I hauled it downstairs and off I went. I'd be lying if I said I enjoyed my run, but I do feel a sense of accomplishment and somehow, now I know that I will be able to maintain the stamina I've built up. I don't know if I'll be able to improve upon it, but that will have to be okay for now. Maybe I'll have to concentrate more on the strength training over the winter and take advantage of any day with tolerable temps to try to get outside. The point is that when faced with losing the ground if made this year, I CAN make myself get through a 3 miler on the dreadmill. Who knows, I may be able to improve upon that over the winter. I don't expect to, but I can be content until I can once again get outside and RUN!
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