Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Yesterday was a wonderful and exciting day all the way around. I got my 7 hours of sleep, barely, but am still battleing the snooze button and was more tired than usual all day. I guess it was just a joy and excitement hangover - must have been since I don't drink.
I made it through the day at work, and without coffee too, which is a miracle in itself. Then after work, went to the center and did a half hour abs class and a one hour group strength class. I am really seeing some progress. I still can't totally keep up, but my abilities, or lack there of are less embarrasing. There was a new girl there today, and she struggled. I'm glad she was near me...I could encourage her and my performance is nothing to be threatened by. We diecided to both meet up for the same classes next week. Hope she sticks with it.
Tomorrow, I will do another abs in the am and then meet my running buddy. I saw her today and she says she is ready to try 6K, so, 6K it is....depending how I feel, I may try to hit the treadmill after for some hills. Either way, hopefully I will feel good enough to get back there later in the day for a yoga class. We'll see. It's my day off and I have quite a bit of chores to catch up on. Seems with trying to make sure that I get in fitness everyday and uping the amount of miles and minutes, on top of work and church obligations, some things just fall behind and tomorrow is definitely a catch up day.
Now, time for a small salad or some fruit and cottage cheese and off to bed for a good nights rest. Don't have to be at class until 8:30!!! WOOHOO!!!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Some days you are just so gifted and filled with joy that it just bubbles over. Today is one of those days for me. Not only did I have a very good run this afternoon and got to meet with some fantastic ladies, it seems that there is just great news flowing in. The husband of one of the ladies that I meet with as come to a decision point in his faith walk - which we have been praying about for a LONG time...then, another friend got the news today that their IVF was successful! How awesome is all of that! That's enough residual joy to spill over to tomorrow!!! WOOHOO!!!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Pretty good bounce back day. I believe cutting back a little yesterday did me a world of good. I was only scheduled to do a short run (2 1/2 - 3 miles) and maybe a half hour butts and gutts class, but I hit the fitness center after work and started running and it felt GOOD...you know those days. The first mile I came in at under 9 minutes and the next two miles were both at 9:15 pace, so I finished a 5K in well under (okay, for me, well under) 30 minutes and since what I projected to be a 6 miler on Sunday was only 4.8, I decided to blow off the butts and gutts and kept running. I ran for an hour and did 6.1 miles.
Got to head out in a minute to meet with the ladies I lead in another study group, but just needed to log in and record this and celebrate a little. I actually feel pretty good. No headache, no fuzzy brain and I don't feel like I need to eat the world. WOOHOO! I'm making progress!
Monday, March 07, 2011
Today was hectic, and add to that I was unusually tired. I worked till 2PM, off early, come home and ate lunch, wanted a nap in the worst way, but got caught up on some e-mails, Sparking, budgeting and cleaned the bathroom. Then got dressed and got to the center for the shortest workout that I've done in a while. Just a half hour of abs, but I AM making progress. It is hurting my back and I am keeping up better with each class. I left the center at 5:30 and then headed directly to meet the girls at Panera. The ten (or so) of us get together every other week for Bible study, and this would have been our week off, but we decided to meet just for fun and socializing and to celebrate one of the ladies birthday. I LOVE that Panera is putting the calories on the menu and they have an awesome nutritional meal builder on the internet, so it was a snap to enter my information when I got home. Stayed well within al my limits, in fact a couple grams short on fat and just barely missed the calcium. I guess I could make that up, but it's getting late and sleep is more important tonight.
Tonight I'll get a good night's slseep and hopefullyhave more energy tomorrow. I have some fitness to catch up on tomorrow, but for today, I will celebrate getting in that 1/2 hour, even when I was so tired....BEFORE giving myself permission to just go have fun instead of staying for ST or cardio that I was too tire to do.
That was my best me possible today - and I can allow myself that. I'm think I'm making progress....now tomorrow I need to kick it into overdrive!
Sunday, March 06, 2011
February was a pretty successful month, overall, in kickstarting my fitness program and getting ready for race season. I am still learning alot through Spark though. Since I reached my final goal last year (of any number under 140), which was 6 pounds less than Spark had set, I have had many other goals to reach and lessons to learn, and I don't expect those to stop coming untill the day I die, so here are just a few of the biggies that I am working on these days,
1) Set realistic goals
2) Don't compare myself to anyone else but myself
3) Be patient
4) Focus on the most important goals and the others will follow in their time
I've always been an all or nothing kind of person, and somewhat of a perfectionist at that, so in the past, if I couldn't give something 110% or be the best at it, I would soon loose interest and quit. Like so many people, I also tend to judge myself harshly and compare myself to other people (as if I was in competition with everyone).
Spark has lead me to a phase, now, where I need to alter these personality traits in the quest to continue "to be the BEST POSSIBLE ME". I am working first on comparing myself to myself alone. It is so easy to look at everyone around me at the fitness center and wonder, "what's wrong with me?" I've only been dedicated to this fitness routine (other that running) for a month now, and I wonder why I can't do 100 crunches as a warm up and then keep up with a half hour ab workout....go figure?!?! I am making progress though, so I am trying to bookmark milestones so that I can celebrate my successess as I achieve them.
Also, many of my friends, sparkfriends, etc are working on multiple half marathons and marathons this year. I have one planned for Sept 11th, and of course, think I should be doing more. When, the REALITY is that I just started running 13 months ago, took 2 months off during that time and am 50 years old with little or no fitness prior to that (at least for 2 decades). I know that with determination, I will run and complete my 10K in April, my first, though probably not at the time I would like but mostly due to the difficulty of the couse. I will also run and hopefully do well in the 5K in June and I WILL stick with this training and run and finish my first half marathon this Sept. Those goals ARE lofty and challenging enough. Trying to set any higher running goals would be risky at best.
Patience, especially with myself has never been a strong suit of mine. These goals that I have (in addition to wanting to lose 3-4 more pounds, but not a BIG priority) will take time. It took me MONTHS to get to the point where running 5K was not a BIG deal to me. It will take months to continue to develop my endurance and achieve these new goals. At the start of February, I figured that I would like to lose about 5 or so more poumds....as of today, I am down just a tad over 2 pounds and I look at hte scale and get a little down. That's over a month, what's up with that. Then I make myself do the math. Although I did log an incredible 1800 minutes of fitness and over 40 miles last month, my avg daily calorie deficit was 313 cals. which, when I do the math, put me at a weight loss of 2.5 lbs for the month. I have kept my calorie consumption around 1550-1580 avg in order to keep up my energy for all that training, so I AM performing just as my body is designed to. THIS is NOT a race. THIS is my preparation for a race and I need to take my time and do it wisely....nourish my body, push it a little harder each day, get my rest, stay injury free and let nature take its course.
The things that I need to stay focused on are getting that daily exercise in...whether I think it is accomplishing what I want it to or not or even whether I feel like it or not. Eat a healthy and nourishing diet and give my body the rest that it needs. If I do these things, the rest will fall into place - EVENTUALLY. Thanks, Sparkfriends, for letting me rant....and for sticking with me and picking me up when I feel down. I think I can eek out that run now. Heck, it's just a little 5-6 mile LSD....no problem - easy day!
KEEP SPARKING FRIENDS - AND HAVE A BLESSED SUNDAY!!!
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