Tuesday, July 09, 2013
I have another blog site where I write about stuff not 100% related to my fitness goals. Tonight I wrote about my progress with the C25K program and my relationship. If anyone's interested, you can follow me there too: mokedddd.blogspot.com/
Thursday, July 04, 2013
I'm going to do a quick blog post to distract myself from the fact that I'm still kind of hungry. I had a skinny margarita, tortilla chips, salsa, bean dip, guacamole, and some kind of spinach and cheese dip thing around 3 p.m. with a girlfriend before we went to see Monsters University. It's tough to estimate all those calories, and I'm pretty sure that I'm at my max for the day even though my estimate says I've got 230 calories to go. When I came home from the movie, I was hungry, but I made a smoothie from 2 cups of spinach, 1 banana, a cup of frozen blueberries and water. Way to get more nutrients without a ton of calories! But I'm still feeling munchy... I probably should have put a scoop of protein powder into the smoothie.
The other thing I wanted to blog about is that I finally got off my buts and started the couch to 5k program today. It's been a long time since I tried this and the last time I got stalled around week 3. So far, W1D1 was not so bad. I did the 5 min. warm up at a 3.1 mph pace, then jogged at 4 mph, and back to 3.1 for each of the cool down walks. I am super proud of myself. And I also think that this time might have been a little easier than last time, but the memory of last time is really vague and I could just be delusional! I do think I'm in much better shape than last time around. Maybe I'll manage to get past week 3!
OK, I guess that's it. I'm going to grab my glass of water and go get into bed with a book even though it's just a little past 8 p.m. I'm hoping I'll be able to avoid eating anything else tonight!
Saturday, June 01, 2013
But that's ok. I'm talking about the 70,000 steps per week goal that I sort of made for myself on Tuesday of this week after having a really active Sunday and Monday. I'm going to finish up around 63,000 though, and that's not too shabby! I would have made it if I had forced myself to work out on Wednesday, but I came home from work just completely pooped and went to bed by 9:00, which is not normal for me. Still, having this goal in place pushed me further than I would have normally gone. So I'm calling that a win!! And now I'm off to shower off my workout and get ready to go hang out with a good friend for wine and movies. Have a great Saturday night!!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
It's no secret that I have a competitive spirit and that I often challenge myself. Well, I managed to finish Sunday with around 9,000 steps, and yesterday with over 12,000. Without actually saying it out loud or writing it down, I decided I had to commit to getting an average of 10,000 steps a day this week and that it was doable. Only I came home from work today at just over 2,000. I did the Leslie Sansone 4 mile walking video and it was hard the whole way through. Not because the workout is hard. It's not anymore. It was just that I wasn't at all in the mood. I'm actually in a fairly pissy mood because of my guy and then it's pissing me off that I'm letting him piss me off. A vicious cycle. Anyway, I started the workout with a little cramp in my side that never did go away, but I pushed through it and finished the video. After those 53 minutes, I was still only at about 8,300 steps. What the heck!?! So, I continued to walk in place as I shut off the DVD and turned on Extreme Makeover. I thought I'll just keep going until I get my 10,000. OMG! It took forever!!!! 72 minutes altogether and I even jogged some of it because I was just so tired of moving and wanted to hit that stupid number. But I did it. So yay, I guess. Sometimes a workout is just work. Most of the time I get past the work and get to a happy place and that didn't quite happen today, but I'm still proud of myself for pushing through.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Wow - that was a weird phrase to write, but it's true, I'm actually happy today and it's Monday! And no, I'm not super hopped up on coffee. I haven't had any coffee all day!
1. I lost 2.4 pounds. Finally, my hard work is paying off. I just hope the number keeps going down, down, down!
2. I had a really great weekend.
3. I got done what I wanted to get done at work today.
4. My hair looks good. :)
I'm blogging primarily because I promised SQUIRRELMISSION that I would, but also because I'm done with my calories for the day, but still feeling munchy. Hopefully by the time I finish this blog, the munchies will have passed. If not, I'll go to the gym... more on why that's not my first choice in a minute.
So... I had the best and worst weekend all in one. My friend Diana and I met early on Saturday morning to hike the Freedom Trail at Piestewa Peak. It's rated as a moderate to difficult hike, with a total distance of 3.74 miles and a change in elevation from 1,400 to 2,100 feet. We knew we were challenging ourselves, but with the Grand Canyon hike in October, we gotta train! I put on sunscreen and my 2 liter camelbak and off we went. Let me tell you, that optimism faded REAL fast. The beginning of the hike was SO freaking hard. Up and down steep rock formations with rises somewhere between 18 inches and 2 feet. It's like the step class from hell. I was using some borrowed hiking poles to see if they would give me some added stability for my crappy knees and they did. But, jeez, this hike was just awful. The gnats were crazy. I swallowed at least two and one went up my nose. I fell once. And all of this before we got to this area where there's two benches facing each other at the top of this one peak. Diana and I figured we had to be close to halfway. SO WRONG! But, we let this little perky blonde convince us that we had to keep going rather than turn around. She said that it was much easier after the part we had just done and that there was only one more really steep section. Well, it pays not to listen to perky blondes. First off, we were probably closer to only 1/4 through the hiking trail, not even close to 1/2 and it was NOT easy going after that. There definitely were some easier parts, but the whole thing was super hard. The worst part is that I ran out of water with probably 1/3 left to go, and Diana ran out shortly after, although she was kind enough to share about a 1/2 liter with me. By the time we ran out, I was already really thirsty, and I'm pretty sure I was dehydrated because I had goosebumps even though it was 95 degrees out. Diana meanwhile was getting a migraine and threw up a little in her mouth. We were both in lots of pain, but had no choice but to keep trudging on. It was a little scary, and Diana and I have pledged to NEVER EVER EVER go back to that mountain. When we finally got to the bottom of the Summit Trail portion, we were able to refill some water and felt much better. But then we still had probably .5 miles or so to get back to my car. Well, I threw away my pride and asked these two nice guys if they were parked nearby and whether they would drive us up to my car, which they agreed to do. So nice and so very much appreciated. I trust karma will repay them somewhere down the line.
Anyway, despite the agony, Diana and I bonded even more and laughed and swore and nearly cried and moaned and whined and swore some more. If not for the dehydration and sore muscles, it would have been a really great morning. Even so, I feel like a total bad a$$ for completing the hike from hell. I just need to get a bigger camelbak.
I had plans that same night with my new guy and I was really hoping that I'd get a chance to nap before meeting up with him, but that didn't work out. And that was probably for the best. Because my muscles never really had a chance to get stiff. I'm a little all over, but I feel pretty good. Because of that, and some more exercise yesterday, I'm taking a break today. I had a really great date with my guy, and I'm really hopeful for how things are going with him, which is why I say I had the best weekend. And I guess that's really it for now. I hope you all had a great Monday too and if not, I hope the week gets better. Cheers!
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