Monday, January 24, 2011
I did my first running outside on Friday morning. It was 6 degrees, but it wasn't so bad. I need to get used to running in the cold anyway, because I will be doing it in the race on Feb 5. I plan to run outside again today after work for day2,w3. It was hard, because every time my timer went off to tell me to switch to running, I was going uphill! Man! It was a good workout tho. On the 6th run, I was finally on level ground. It was so beautiful outside- quiet! I didn't even miss my music that I had forgotten at the house. I flushed out 4 pheasants when I ran by some reserve land. It was pretty exhilarating.
I'm hoping to get my oldest son to join me today for my run. We'll see:-)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Finished week 2 today!! Planning to actually run outside for the first day of week 3. It will be cold, but since I am going to be running out in the cold in a couple of weeks for my first race, I need to get used to it!! Ann has been running outside since we started this, so I'm a little behind:-) I improved my time on the 2 miles- 32 minutes now. I remember when I was in high school, we had to run a mile for the Physical Fitness test, and we had to do it in less than 12 mins. I actually managed to do that. It would be awesome to be able to do that again someday!! A little bit at a time:-)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
"Think about why you are eating, and situations in which you find yourself slipping. Is there a life issue (stress, failure, gloominess, a traumatic experience) that may be at the root of the problem?"
This is really something that I have been focusing on for a long time- ever since I started over again. Mainly because this is the thing that scares me the most- I wasn't able to identify the trigger that sent me over the edge the last time, but after some discussion with people in my life who care about me, I've been able to hone in on a particular event that may have been the trigger. The situation took place at work, and it caused me a great deal of stress. This was also the same time period when I regained all that I had previously lost. I have recently started to recognize the potential triggers courtesy of the same individual, and so far, I have been able to mentally identify and note the emotional reaction I have had. I know that if I had a pile of chocolate, for example, at my disposal when these moments happen- it would be a temptation for me. I am working on changing that mental thought though. In the meantime, I don't not ever keep a pile of chocolate lying around.
I had one of these moments this morning- I sought out one of my support people, and vented about it- fast and furious as it was- and it was over. I will not let that woman have so much influence over me. If she wants to be unhappy in her own miserable world, that is her business, but I will no longer let her take me down too. I had to visualize myself laughing hysterically while she had her little hissy fit over NOTHING!
Anyway- this helped too:-)
It's a good day....I run after work tonight:-)...and I have my new MP3 player to use. Whoo Hoo!!
Monday, January 17, 2011
I think I will have to accept the fact that week two may take me more than 3 sessions to be ready to move on to week 3. I Started by jumping rope, and I was able to walk 3/run 2 today, but it was because I decreased my running speed from 5 mph to 4.5 mph. I think I will probably repeat week 2 next week and increase my speed back up to 5mph for the running. That is my goal anyway. I noticed something today, and I decided I would document this as well, so I can track my progress. My maximum heart rate was 163bpm when I first started the running, and it has gone down to 157. I don't always pay attention to the end of workout summary that the treadmill gives me, but I'm going to start. Does this mean my heart is getting stronger?? I hope so. It's still really hard work, that's for sure.
My new MP3 arrived today, and I've loaded it up with my music- just waiting for it to get a full charge now. We got out of school early today due to bad weather, so when I went to work out- no students!! It was awesome! No yelling, no banging weights, just my choice of music on the sound system and adult time. One other staff member was there working out. The near-solitude was great. So peaceful.
I'm getting better at this:-)
Friday, January 14, 2011
Well, today was my 4th day running, and my first day on a new week with the C25K program. Last week I was walking 4 minutes, running 1-repeated 4 times. Today was the beginning of walking 3 minutes, running 2 for 5 repetitions. It was definitely a challenge. I got close to running for the full 2 minutes- ONCE. I ended up modifying it a little, I walked 3, ran 1. I did 5 reps of that. I think I may need to do that for a week before I can consistently run for 2 minutes without giving up. I'm not in a hurry though.
When I was using the cardio room yesterday, my youngest son walked up and met me after school. He was working with the jump ropes and having trouble getting it done. The last time I had tried to jump rope, I couldn't jump more than once without having to start over. I kept tripping on the rope. That's what he was doing, and he was feeling bad about it, so I was telling him how I have a hard time with it too. Then I tried to show him. Well, I'll be darned if I couldn't actually do it this time. I surprised myself by jumping 5 or 6 times in a row. I was tired though from having just finished my walking for the day, and I think my son was feeling a little worse about the situation after I had just talked about how hard it was for me, so I put it away. Note to self though- use the jump rope for a warm up sometimes...or to add some variety to the workouts!!
I've been feeling good- still enjoy the running/walking workout. Took me 35 minutes to cover 2 miles. I was definitely tired today though. Had a great supper to end my week. At the suggestion of my youngest, I made taco salads. It really hit the spot:-) Earned 46 activity points this week! I had WW meeting last night, and I haven't lost anything, but I weigh myself tomorrow morning, since that is what I started this journey on....so for my own records, I use my own numbers. I lost pretty big last week though, so I'm fine with staying the same this week. I don't want to lose too fast. Tomorrow is my new week, and I get to go dancing with my sweetie tomorrow night- as long as nothing changes our plans :-)
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