Sunday, November 30, 2014
Back in 2010 when I joined Spark at the back of my mind was that I was getting older, there was only so much I could do. I wasn't a spring chicken by any means, but I would do the best that I could to become more fit. Walking(not jogging or running) on the treadmill was just fine with me. I had just turned 40 and didn't see too much changing.
Over the past 4 years things did change(from a low carb diet to my current vegan, from walking on the treadmill to interval sprints and running)and I became more and more fit-even though I was older. Then the past 2 years I started thinking about a marathon, or even a half marathon -but I wasn't fit enough. That took a lot of drive and energy and I sure didn't think I could do that at all. But this year....
I vowed to do a half marathon (13.1 miles in a day)by my 45th birthday. This month, the month of my birthday-I did this 3 times. 11/15/14, 11/24/14(my actual birthday and most active recorded day), and yesterday 11/29/14-I did over 13.1 miles on each of these days and proved if even to myself that age was nothing but a number, not a sentence to lack of mobility and health.
Now I have been 'challenged' by a dear friend to do a 'true' half marathon with him in June of 2015...can I do it? Yes I can, as Bob the Builder says!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Yesterday was a milestone for me and I am still giddy about it! I walked to the YMCA, did my heavy chest and back workout, ran/jogged/sprinted on the treadmill, walked back from the YMCA, then ran around our basement room-when all was said and done, it was over 14 miles (14.23 to be precise). I have never done that in my life, and it was such a rush!!
So now that I have realized one goal before my 45th birthday--I think it is safe to say that full marathon training will be in earnest after my birthday--yes it will take a year, but God willing I will succeed! Prayers and good wishes appreciated!!!!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
For all that I love exercise I was a bit nervous before my session today. I made sure to inform her that I do have carpal tunnel and explained just how I normally work out and my vegan diet and my weight loss over the past several years. So what did I get myself into?
Lunges lunges lunges-side lunges called sliders(new to me!), the dreaded walking lunges and backwards lunges, one legged Romanian deadlifts(new to me too), plie kettlebell squats(YAY something I knew!!!)wall sits, calf raises, and foam rolling at the end of it all. I am happily sore now--and actually signed up for twice a month sessions too. I still want to do that half marathon--and possibly full one too and know I need to train seriously to do so. Last Friday I did actually walk/run/jog/sprint 13 miles so I still have a month and a half before my 45th birthday goal--but I know I can do it!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Days like yesterday are a reminder that is not always about the amount of weight I can lift or mile I can walk(and now run, woohoo!)-that with the family risk factors of heart disease and diabetes that I am lessening my risk even as I grow older. I want to be around for my kids as long as I can with good health!
Sooooooooo here are my numbers:
HDL:58 (up 6 from last year!)
LDL: 68 (down 12!!)
Triglycerides: 71 (up 10, but less than 150 is optimal)
Blood glucose: 86
I am happy for these numbers, and they are a vindication-for every diet soda I did not drink(last one was 1/19/2009), every french fry I did not eat, every kettlebell swing and every Zumba step, I am being the best me that I can be. Here's to turning 45 in good health!!
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