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Keeping the Streak Alive

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I began this fitness streak on Feb 2nd of 2011. Odd is that it began exactly 13 months after joining Sparkpeople. During that thirteen months, I have learned so much about how to eat and live healthily and have had a bit of success in getting more physically active. But, now I want to take my fitness to the next level. I plan to run a 10K this April and some 5K's this year and even a half-marathon on Sept 11th. I would never have believed it possible a year ago, but I have really come to love running. It is my favorite form of exercise. I have learned also, that running is simply not enough. To really be healthy and fir, I need to increase my leg and arm strength and my core especially. I need to learn to appreciate other forms of exercise to cross train properly and to avoid injury.

So, when I faced this long cold Chicago winter and was sidelined from running....and facing a spring coming and how far set back I was getting in training, I knew that I needed to do something to prevent that from ever happening. This goal simply means to much to me.
I juggled some finances and I joined the local fitness facility. It is one of the smartest moves that I have made since joining Spark. I love my workout time everyday, and, since joining, I haven't missed a day, except the first day after joining due to them being closed due to the blizzard-even that day I got in plenty of exercise and cardio (with seven hours of shoveling).

Today, was the first make it or break it day since the streak began, and I am pleased to say....I am still going strong. Everyday till today, I have at least 30 mins and up to 210 minutes of exercise. Today, however, with closing last night and then working today - and having to stay late to cover for the person after me who called in, there was just no time to get to the Vaughn (center) and still be able to have a chance to eat and get the dog's food and everything else. My workout area at the house (in the basement) has long since been taken over, and I almost contemplated taking a "day off"...then I remembered my streak - and I'm just not willing to break it. I might not have gotten in a half hour like I have, but I did get in almost 15 minutes of pushups, crunches, squats, planks and bridge ups. Definitely over the 10 min minimum....and the streak remains alive.

I think more than the physical exercise got in today, the BIGGEST achievement is learning not to expect perfection from myself everyday...just the best that I can give. Just like in learning to eat healthy. Some days will be better than others...longer, stronger, faster, or tougher...and some days it will take a little creativity and kindness to myself just to keep the streak alive or to pick up and start it all over when I fail. But just like in learning to eat healthy, I am learning to apply this to all aspects of healthier living - and hopefully, tomorrow will be one of those better, longer stronger days. But to day is a big WOOHOO none the less!

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MIMIKK7 2/13/2011 11:33AM

    emoticonon keeping the streak going! emoticon
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SPARKIE1964 2/13/2011 9:43AM

    Proud of you for keeping the streak alive! I've been struggling to get my mojo back since the holidays. I can't shake the feeling of exhaustion.... I did make it to the gym yesterday but haven't tracked food in a few days noe can I seem to face the scale yet.

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Getting Back The Balance

Thursday, February 10, 2011

So, I've been going to the fitness center religiously for a week now...we had that awful snowstorm right after I joined and they were closed for a couple of days (which was okay since I got PLENTY of exercise shoveling out). I still have to say that it was one of the best investments that I could have made. I don't mind at all (so far) running on the track. It is six times around to the mile, but it is tolerable. Even the treadmills are not too bad, though I'll need more time on them to see if long runs are possible. Today, I will be going in the late evening and will try to do some interval runs to work on my speed and hill strength.

I've done a couple of the classes, still want to try spin, but have done a group strength class, a yoga, a butts and guts and last night did an abs class. I think my back, though not sore, is still weak from all the shoveling...I simply couldn't work my abs like I was able to last summer/fall. Maybe the two months of inactivity had something to do with it too! LOL!!! I've learned my lesson though. I plan to get the at least 6 days a week until the weather breaks and then at lest 3-4 days even in the nicer weather to get i my strength training and cross training. It's just around 2.5 miles or so from the house, so in the nicer weather, it will be a good place to run, then get in my ST and then run back. On my non-run days, I can go for a spin or other crossing training or yoga. At least that's my plan.

Today, is a day off work and with the temps around zero, I only plan on going out later today to get in some miles at the center and pick up milk and yogurt from the store. Still catching up from the lack of internet and going through my closet. Still have too much that although it doesn't really fit anymore, I'm having trouble parting with it. I have to face facts though. When I started this journey, I wore VERY large 10's and they were snug along with mostly 12's and some 14's (you ladies know what I mean). Now, I'm in large 4's, mostly 6's and some 8's. Got to bite the bullet and cull out all the larges etc to make room for clothes that really do fit. Putting a pile together and will let my sisters have first dibs, then try to get a consignment shop to take some and donate the rest.

Still working on adjusting my calories and nutritional intake to compensate for my new fitness routine. With the increase in activity, seems that I am ALWAYS hungry and went over my limits three days of the past week...one day (the brownie sundae day) really bad. I didn't put on any weight though, so now it's just a matter of figuring out where the balancing point is. Also, with the increase amount of time I am putting into fitness, I have to organize my week better to continue to do everything else that is important in life. I'm sure that I will get it all into balance soon. It's just going to take some trial and error to get the new routine down.

Thanks again to all of you, my faithful spark friends, for sticking with me these past months. It would have been so easy to go back to my old habits and then back to where I started, but you all never let me go and for that I thank God and you immensely! KEEP SPARKING!

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SMALLTOWNMOMMY 2/12/2011 10:22AM

    You really are dedicated. Keep tapping into that spirit.

:) Eat Clean, Train Strong.

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TEDDYBABE 2/11/2011 6:49AM

    Wow you are doing awesome. Had to sit down and rest while reading your blog! Lol. You go girl. New red dress coming up? It's your color!

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MIMIKK7 2/10/2011 8:42PM

    You are an amazing woman with such dedication, motivation, and passion for life! Keep moving forward and reaching for the stars!
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SMILESRME 2/10/2011 4:45PM

    Lorraine! Yeah for you getting back and getting on! Sometimes those breaks (as hard as they are on us) seem to jump start us again. And you are doing it my friend!

You have a great plan in place and may I add...WHOA on your pant sizes! Love it! I need to go through my closets as well to rid of the baggier pants. But...am I afraid to do so? Since my toning and lost inches is gradual, it's more likely this is what my body will be like for a long time. God willing! I love living in hope!

May your journey continue on!

Julia : )

BTW...thanks for your encouraging words on my blog! The video was a hoot to do.

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Fitness Center Report #2

Monday, February 07, 2011

Okay, went back today to get orientated to all the machines...quite intimidating. We tried to get a VO2 max on me again, but either this trainer guy doesn't know what he is doing, or I'm in better shape than super woman. I think it's more like option one. I did get in some ST though...and I might even learn to like the treadmill, at least the ones there. Also did the stirclimber and then ther is one machine that allow you to use it as a stair climber, then elliptical and then a psuedo treadmill just by transitioning the pedals - while never stopping. I think that will be fun for interval training.

Getting late though and I have to run before work - YEAH!!! Have community group with the ladies tomorrow night, so no trng time then. Got to get in some extra calorie burn now....just couldn't resist my coupon for a free brownie sundae and Chili's for lunch. I forgot how HUNGRY the added fitness can make you and I guess my willpower was about as stong as my upper body! LOL! KEEP SPARKING EVERYONE - Spring is on the way (the groudhog promised!)

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MEADSBAY 2/8/2011 4:37PM

    I have to rush home from the gym for a protein smoothie- starving!


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SPARKIE1964 2/8/2011 9:53AM

    I am counting on Spring being around the corner so I can get back outdoors where I want to be! WTG on working the fitness center....

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An Objective Look At My Physical Fitness and Goals

Sunday, February 06, 2011

One of the benefits about being without my internet service these past weeks and months has been an awakening to how little activity I TRULY get in the winter months. I don't care for the snow and I HATE cold...and to that, the fact that I am always chilled since losing weight, and I knew that something needed to be done! I rearranged and rearranged my budget and was blessed with a small raise (equivalent to about $40-$45 a month...it is going to be tight, but I joined our local fitness center - The Vaughn. I opted out of the Aquatics side, as that is simply out of the budget, but the fitness program I signed up for included use of both indoor tracks...one is six laps to the mile and the other is either eight or ten. I use the six lap track. the is also a large weight area with free weights, machines, mats, treadmills, stair climbers, ellipticals and a couple style of bikes. Each has there own TV/Radio you can plug into and watch or listen to whatever you want with your earphones.

There is also a Cardio Studio, with quieter music (though the other area where there is music it is rather low and just a good mix of getcha goin music) that has more of the cardio machines. The next studio over is for the majority of the group fitness classes. They are 30- 60 minutes in length (mostly) - Abs, step, zumba, kickbox, butts & guts, group strength, sculpting etc etc etc -there are 52 different group fitness classes per week along, plus in the spinning studio, just like what it sounds, all spinning - 17 classes a week, and in the mind/body studio -yoga and pilates of all different types and levels - 32 of those a week.

The is a fitness rehabilitation place on site (ATI) that offers free injury evaluations to all members, so if you overdo, they will check you out for free and let you know if you are safe to continue ... need to step it back ... or need to be seen by a doctor.

In addition, when you sign up there is a free initial evaluation, and a follow up to check your progress....you pay for any evals after that and they run $20 hr. And, of course, there are trainers available for single and multiple packages. I had my initial eval yesterday. It was good/bad, but always good to get an objective look at things.

First, my bath scale that measure body fat is not THAT far off. I checked it in the AM before leaving an it said 25.4% and they tested me at 24.1% I figured my core strength was bad, but actually, my sit up test was to the high end of excellent for my demographic and even pushups which I was disappointed in was on the high side of good and almost excellent. The trainer even remarked on how good my form was. Where I thought I would do the best was in the leg strength, but my leg press test was only the high side of average to good (mind you I took this test with very sore quads from all the squats doing the snow shoveling), and the arm press was nearly poor but ranked fair. Flexibility was excellent, in fact the top end of excellent is >14.2 and I scored a 24. He made me test twice and then went and had another trainer (who does some of the yoga classes) check to make sure that we were doing everything right. Apparently I have an unusual body, as they both said they had never seen anyone score so high. They also do a test of your VO2 Max which I will be going back in on monday to retake. It involves running on a treadmill at 4.5 MPH @ a 5% incline for 5 minutes and then checks heart rates (I'm not sure what all since they couldn't get it to work for me). He said that sometimes they have a problem testing runners because out heart rates don't climb high enough on that low of a speed, so he is checking on an alternate test that they use on athletes, military and law officers. HA! What a hoot!

I hate to think of where I would've been a year ago. I very pleased with the progress I've made, but I have some definite goals to work on. Mondays VO2 test will tell me where I am and where I want to go there. Strength training is another area that I will be concentrating on. Although my body fat percentage is quite good at 24.1%, I would like to shoot for 20-21% keep at least the same and lean mass or increase it by a percent or two...of course that would raise my weight, but I think if I lose 4-5 more pounds over the course of the year, and decrease my body fat, that will increase my lean mass to a level that I would be happy with. I've adjusted my nutritional goals to a 50%carb, 25% protein, 25%fat ratio and have now got some sort of training schedule in place.

A couple of ladies at church today remarked at how fit and how good I am looking and asked about workout together. One is even meeting me in an hour and a half at the fitness center so that we can do a LDS run...only about 3 - 3 1/2 miles as she has never done more than 5K before, but I am trying to be smart about getting back onto the fitness track. I am not a spring chicken, but with the goals and plans that I have for this year, my assessment projects that by fall I could actually reduce my body age (chronologically 50) to a "real age of 42-45 years old. Of course alot depends on the re-evaluation pending my VO2 max test. It is not unrealistic for me to be able to achieve a mid 30 year old range, but I don't think I have the desire or the discipline to do what is required. Cut out caffeine???? HA! I don't think so!

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TEAPOT57 2/6/2011 9:31PM

    Wow Lorraine you should be very proud of yourself with your fat count and weight. Also with your evaluation from your trainer.
You are very healthy and must be very happy with all the work you have done and achieved. The Lord has been right there with you and giving you strength to achieve your goal.
I am having a hard time getting my fat count down my scales also reads my fat count. My Doctor says my BMI is excellent which I wonder how with my fat count being to high and my weight.
Some day maybe my fat count and weight will be down where I would like it to be. If you have any ideas that could help me I would appreciate the help from you.
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    Sounds like you're getting your money's worth and are at a really good place in your journey. Congratulations and have fun!

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CINDYCHARLENE 2/6/2011 12:43PM

    Well, this ole granny aint up to such a workout. But I am so happy for you that you are and that you found such a great place to work out. My, I wish I could have gotten going like you are, in my younger years. I would be so much better off now. But alas, if wishes were fishes we'd all have a fry. I will just clap my hands for you and maybe with all the clapping that will be my exercise for the day. LOL. Just kidding I know I need to get moving more and I will. Thanks for the great blog. Love, Charlene

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SPARKIE1964 2/6/2011 12:35PM

    Sounds like you're getting a great value in the new gym! I am so sick of this particular winter and truly miss running out doors which I'm guessing you do too. I am using the treadmill, but it's just not the same. How do you calculate 5% incline? My treadmill at home measures incline by 1, 2, 3, etc. Any idea what the equivalent of an incline of 3 is?

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MIMIKK7 2/6/2011 11:50AM

    All I can say is 'Wow' That is some emoticonfitness center! emoticonI wished I lived somewhere close to a fitness center like that. The results of your fitness evaluation was great! You are doing FANTASTIC on your fitness and health levels. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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LINTPICKER 2/6/2011 10:45AM

    Wow! I wish I had someplace like that where I live! It sounds like a bargain for the cost, and it sounds like you are very healthy!

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MEADSBAY 2/6/2011 9:29AM

What a great fitness test they give.
My gym gives a very cursory test.
You did so well and got so much useful information that you can use for your baseline.
I'm glad you found the money in your budget to do this great thing for yourself.


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Friday, February 04, 2011

It has been a trying few months. Since late fall, my internet service has gotten progressively slower and s l o w e r and s l o w e r until the past month or so, I could not log on and get anything to download (fully) after 6AM. From 4 to 6 in the AM was the only time that I could get anything to load properly...when I would get home, just to pull up a blog would sometimes take 15-20 minutes. Today, however, after 20+ hours of troubleshooting with the helpless desk at Sprint, I got the official release from my contract and am now diligently catching up - once again. It is SOOO good to be back!

One BIG blessing did arise out of this difficult period. I realized that I needed, yes really needed to ramp up my fitness in order to stay sane, so I juggled the budget and juggled it some more and last week, I joined our local fitness center. I'm so excited!!! Been there a couple of times already. Would have gone more, but they were closed due to the blizzard (and I got in plenty of fitness then anyway). Did a Butts and Guts Cardio class and got a good run in on the 1/6th mile indoor track and tomorrow morning I meet for the first time for orientation with a trainer. Can't wait!!! Still sore from the seven hours of shoveling (3.5 of which were actually at 75-85% of my MHR so I think that qualifies as my cardio for a couple of days.)

Will catch up more later, but it's after ten, and I've got a great streak going on the 7-8 hours sleep a night. Got a feeling I will need it this weekend.

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MEADSBAY 2/5/2011 6:39PM

Welcome back!

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MMAZZIE 2/5/2011 2:04PM

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MIMIKK7 2/5/2011 1:55PM

    Welcome back! I totally understand computer issues. They can be so frustrating to say the least. I am so glad that you have worked through those problems. emoticonfor joining a fitness center! Have a FANTASTIC weekend emoticon
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MISTER_BIG 2/5/2011 12:19PM

    Sound like you're going to the Centre - I love it! That's the home of the fitness challenge that I'm doing. It's a great facility with friendly staff. I love the indoor track in weather like this, too.

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TEDDYBABE 2/5/2011 9:01AM

    Oh so glad to have you back. You go girl!

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TEAPOT57 2/4/2011 11:36PM

    Good to have you back. I also joined a gym in November going two to three times a week. I do the machines cardio and strength. I have tried the zumba classes but it makes my hip hurt to much, I love doing the Wii every night.
Glad you got your computer up and running better.
Have a good weekend.

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SPARKIE1964 2/4/2011 11:18PM

    Welcome back...WTG on the signing up! It's also a great to meet new people and try new activites...Thank you for your encouragement as I dig deep to get back in it!

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