Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Today started out okay....very early, but nothing I didn't think I could handle. I didn't sleep particularly well last night (which is strange for me recently). Maybe that's why I was able to get up at 4:30am without too much difficulty? I ate a relatively light breakfast and got together my snack, lunch, gym stuff, work stuff, ladies bible study stuff, loaded up the car and headed out the door. Did an hour of yoga this morning before going to work at 8AM, worked till 5PM and then straight to the ladies group, but the problems all revolved around food. Yes, I ate the foods that I packed.....and a half sandwich and salad while out with the ladies and a serving (at least it was just one) of cinnamon sugar popcorn and as I sit here, I am trying to just nibble (instead of devour) a granola bar with my tea. As I stand for the day, that puts me 450-500 calories over for the day.....NOT GOOD! I hope it's just because I'm over tired and that a good nights sleep cures this.
Tomorrow will be another full day at work (7-4), then Abs (5-5:30) and Group Strength (5:30-6:30). Thrusday should be a short day (and it is at work), but I have to be at the salon immediately after work for a perm and hopefully it won't take too long so that I can get in a run between the perm and lighting practice.
Right now, I'm not sure what the week past that has in store....too tired to think about it. So, yep, I'm probably needing a good nights sleep and my nutrition SHOULD fall backk in line tomorrow.
The best news is that this weekend I am off work both Saturday and Sunday....both days are supposed to be gorgeous!!! Saturday morning I will help with a community project with my church in the AM and then I think I will enjoy a nice solo run. Sunday, I will go with my two running buddies and do a lap or two around the little lake. This week coming up, I'll be cutting back on the miles since I have the 10K coming up a week from Saturday.
Sorry I couldn't get to more Sparking today...I'll have to wait to Friday to get some catching up done, but I really think I am starting to listen to my body....and I think it appreciates it!
Spark strong and well everyone!
Monday, April 04, 2011
Got up this morning and got in an hour long run before work. Good thing too, since I had to stay late at work and therefore missed my strength training class. Tomorrow is an 8-5 @ work with a ladies group meeting immediately following - hopefully won't be too wiped out and will be able to go and get in at least a half hour workout before heading home, or I'll miss a day already this week. Wednesday is just an 8 hour work day, so fitness on the way home won't be an issue. Thursday is a short day (6 hours) followed by a hair appt immediately after and then lighting practice just got added as the person scheduled was called out of town at the last minute. Short day on Friday too, so maybe some catch up time. Either way, it's almost 9 now, so if I go to bed and sleep really well, maybe I can talk myself into getting up in time for a 6AM yoga class before work....maybe....or maybe not.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
A couple of running buddies and I have been planning on our first run together at the community center track around a lake today, that is until the past couple of days...when the weather started forecasting severe storms for today and tonight. Sure, finally rising temps and we are due for SEVERE (high winds, tender and lightening) weather. All through our mornings, we texted and IM'd back and forth, but by the time we were all out of services, although it was a bit windy and getting dark, we headed from three different directions and met at the park. One of my buddies is the very first person that I ever ran with and talked me into and ran my first 5K with me....the other ran my last (and most difficult) 5K with me and pushed my running to new levels. We had all been praying for the rain to hold off, and God answered our prayers. Even the strong gusts died a bit and I had one of the most enjoyable runs of my life. Diana hasn't been running outside and only limited treadmill running over the winter, so we went slow and when we had finished the 5K, I felt like I could have run on and on forever! It was just a year ago that she introduced me to that trail. It starts out flat but shortly there is a relatively short (I didn't think this a year ago), yet steep hill. I remember that first run like yesterday....she talked the whole way....which was okay with me because I was so winded I couldn't speak a word and I thought I would die the whole time. Today was quite another story. I let her set the pace and kept her running almost the whole way....only had to reach out and take her hand one time "we can do it!" I remembered her chanting to me a year ago....now was my turn. It felt GREAT! I owe them both sooo much.
And, it isn't just them that I owe. I have been blessed beyond my wildest dreams to have so many people who have taught me and encouraged me along the way. Not to mention Chris Downey, Coach Nancy, Coach Nicole and all the other fine folks at Spark.
Today, as I looked back at the past year or so, I can very clearly see how very richly blessed I am. And, then this morning, I checked my e-mail and found out that you, my own dear Spark friends have voted me a Spark People Motivator! I am astounded, and honored, and well, once again, feeling that I am about the most blessed person on earth. You see, I owe all of my successes and achievement to the many people who gave me the strength and knowledge and support and determination to get here...so much so that I can never pay it back, but I hope that I can take what I have been given and pay it forward. It is by far the most precious gift that I have ever received.
Now, as I sit here typing this blog, there are no other words to express, but THANKS - MANY, MANY THANKS....and now, as the first peels of thunder are beginning....I am off to bed to get my rest and get up for an early morning run...and I'll be taking you all with me, in my heart!
Saturday, April 02, 2011
I'm still amazed! I seemed at such a standstill for the whole month of March regarding losing those last pesky pounds. It seemed that no matter how closely I watched what I ate or how much fitness I got in, I just couldn't seem to get the last couple or three pounds to go. Then, in the last week of the month, I got that awful headache and blood pressure drop. I think that not only was I lacking in potassium, but that perhaps I was trying to push myself too hard with the fitness. Doing 1800+ minutes a month on top of all my other commitments was really draining me, and if I had kept going at the pace I was, I would have exceeded 2000 minutes!!! Maybe that little break for a couple of days kicked in the loss. I know that when I cut back a little on the fitness, I was able to stay at the lower end of my calories and wasn't as ravenous. My overall calorie deficits aren't quite as high, but whatever it was, I'm so glad that Spark has taught me to persevere because the results are sooooo worth it!
The first of April, (and I checked again today, just to make sure), finds me at my final goal weight. This month, my goals are centered around doing the runs and training that I can do to insure I finish my first 10K on the 16th. It begins with a steep one mile hill, then one mile of rolling terrain to form a loop, then the third mile is that same steep hill that we started on and then three more mile of "challenging rolling hills". I would love to finish in 1hr10mins, will be content with 1hr15mins, but I will be running this with a friend from high school and this will be his first race ever and I told him that I would stick with him, so if I have to settle for "just finishing", that's okay too. It is my first 10K, so no matter what it'll be a PR....and we WILL finish, even if I have to drag him (which will seriously slow me down).
After the 10K, I will be gradually working on my time and endurance in preparation for the Half this Sept 11th. I also want to continue to work on developing my core and general strength training. I am already seeing a marked improvement in core strength, especially my back. Of course, it's no where near where I want it to be, but, like everything else, it will take time. I am trying out a new free app on my Android that will track my strength training exercises and progress....or at least so it says.
So, as a reward for sticking with all this so far...meeting my goal...and as an incentive to keep it up, I went to the running store yesterday and bought a couple of larger bottles for my fuel belt, a pouch to put in my cell phone (it has my music and GPS)and fuel for the longer runs, now I won't have to wear my too big fanny pack that the water sloshes in, and some body glide - chafing is NO good. Going to dedicate more of the fitness minutes to the running now and hopefully mother nature will cooperate. I hope she is feeling as "springlike" as I am!
Happy Sparking everyone and enjoy a blessed Sunday. With any luck, I will be meeting two of my running buddies from last year for a LSD, if the rains hold off!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Okay for the month of March (actually Feb - March) I had hoped to hit the 130 lb mark...at the beginning of Feb., I was at 137. As of today, I am at 131.4. Not great, but not bad. Only one pound of that was from this month however. Also, since the first of the month, I have lost 1/4" off of each, hips, waist, and thigh and 1/8"(hey, I'll take what I can get) off of arm and calf. The numbers are not impressive, but when looking at the one pound loss, 1.57lbs was loss of body fat with a muscle mass gain of .57 lbs, which is significant. Per my measurement at home (scale) I am at 24.4% body fat down from 25.4% at the beginning of the month. My goal this year is to end up between 20 and 21 percent body fat and to go from 34.8% lean muscle to 37%.
Fitness wise, I did okay too. Most impressive to me was that I sstayed focused and determined despite not meeting all the goals that I had sest and am ready to hit it hard and make more strides next month. My fitness goals and results are below. I will leave the March goal numbers in place for April and push to get in more mileage as my potassium should be leveled out now and with any luck that I stay healthy and injury free and the weather cooperates.
2011 Mileage Goal = 750 miles
Jan = 6.25
Feb = 52.7
March Goal = 70 miles/1500 Cardio minutes/1800 Total Fitness Minutes
MTD = 52.19 miles/1731 mins cardio/1974 mins total fitness
Remaining = short 17.81 miles/over 231 mins cardio/over 174 mins total fitness
All in all I am pretty happy with the results and next month I add in my first official 10K,,,so that is a gimmie PR.
Happy April Sparking everyone!!!
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