Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Last fall I kind of fell off the sparkpeople wagon. I thought starting my new job would add structure to my days which would help me to follow the program I had set for myself. It was like that for a while at the beginning but my job turned into a time-consuming stress-creating monster during peak season and I did not have the energy to log my meals or plan them in advance. The healthy, home-made meals I packed for myself at the start turned into eating out and an increase in my diet coke consumption. Somewhat ironically I would be to wiped out at the end of the day to fit in excercise and was unwilling to drag myself out of bed any earlier than necessary to fit in a workout and shower in the am. I say it was ironic b/c I know and understand that excercise ends up leaving you feeling more energized when all is said and done.
I count myself lucky that I did not gain back ALL of the weight I had worked so hard to lose that previous Spring/Summer. I recently realized how much I hated where my life is. I was not working in a type of job that was a good fit, I was not doing well physically, socially or emotionally. I decided to take action. That job was never meant to be permanent and I decided it was time to take steps towards a career that I am passionate about. I had planned to go back and work on masters degree. I had already taken the GRE and I decided now was the time to apply and make it a reality. So I quit my job and I am enrolled full time in a masters program. I feel great about having taking action in helping that area of my life move towards being more fulfilling. That, along with the fact that my parents have recently started a new "diet" program and are not only having success but finding that they actually enjoy the new types of foods they are experiencing, has inspired me to get back into the sparkpeople groove.
Sometimes I don't feel like those around me believe in my ability to change - my weight, career track etc - but I don't want to give up on believing these are achievable goals. I have gone into all my previous goals set and tweaked them for a new timeline. I am not going to let guilt over my recent lapse prevent me from moving forward. I am very likely to mess up again, probably soon. The trick is to never give up. I will forgive myself and move on and try to do better, try to recognize what brought me off track, try to find a way to eat healthy, move more and watch those pounds that are dragging me down melt away, slowly but surely.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
So I made a commitment to myself that I would blog on training days whether I successfully completed the training or not. My last training day was Wednesday, then I was supposed to have a rest day followed by another training day. Lesson learned - the rest day does have a purpose.
On my "rest day" I felt energized and decided to do the treadmill. Since I was feeling so energized I decided to run/jog for part of the time and ended up doing my longest consecutive (no minute breaks to chop it up) time of running/jogging. Granted it was only 18 minutes sandwiched by warm up and cool down walking but for me that was a lot. I still felt good after that workout but the next day (which was supposed to be my structured training day) my legs were a little jello-like (as in wobbly and not ready to support the training). I decided to use that as my rest day and in the back of my mind justified it because the training schedule takes 3 days/week and I still had Saturday (today!) to make it up.
Well....I wouldn't call today a success (as far as sticking to the plan) but I'm not going to call it a failure either. Not only did I have every intention of doing the day 3 training, I actually started it (on the treadmill, b/c of my foot/ankle issues I do not feel ready to run/jog in a setting where I have to worry about making it back home yet). Then at 19 minutes my brother came home a little early, we are landscaping the front of our parents house as a gift for my mom's birthday and he was ready to get started. I had a mental debate, and maybe this is me trying to justify not completing it, but I decided to cut the training short. I knew I had loads of topsoil and mulch to carry, and digging and hoeing and the like after that. I think my brother would have been fine waiting the extra ten minutes but I don't know if I would have had the energy to do the task of landscaping.
I know I still got a GREAT workout in but it wasn't really following the plan to get prepared for the virtual 5K. I'll still press on and work out according to the schedule and I'm confident I will still be ready. This blog is really just me following through with the commitment to myself to write through my training experience - good or bad, success or not. I would totally post a picture of the landscaping (b/c I'm so proud of the job we did!) but I have a new computer and now I need to find the cord to get pictures off my camera and onto the computer. Maybe I'll edit later and add one in. It might not look like much but it's my first landscape project so I'm a little pumped up about it!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Not going to be a lengthy blog today, but I want to check in on training days for my own accountability and record.
Today was Day 2 and the training plan was the same:
Walk for 1 minute, then jog for 3 minutes. Repeat 7 more times. (Total workout time: 32 minutes) (My old distance=1.37 miles, my new distance 1.47 miles)
So YAY, I did manage to increase my distance even if only by a little. In all openness, today the last thing I felt like doing was this training. I was feeling hot and a little tired. I did this around midday and I had not consumed as much water as I should have by that point. I was motivated by the fact that I could check off on my training plan that I did it AND I am committed to blogging on training days even if I fail to train and I certainly didn't want to have to write about something I didn't do.
I guess it does not matter where I pulled the motivation from, the important thing is that I did it. I felt like quitting around the same point as yesterday and what made it worse is that for some reason I had it in my head that I go to 22 minutes but it is really 32 and I kept doing the math in my head as I ran. I had told myself "keep going...only 10 more minutes!" and then I realized "crap...actually 10 more than that but still...KEEP GOING!!!" Of course at the end of it all I felt great for sticking it out and even though it took awhile for my body to cool down, it did cool down eventually and I made sure to drink water, water, and more water!
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