Sunday, October 23, 2011
I continue with a FABULOUS month of October!!! I have been inspired by friends, SP Friends and those who don't Spark. I've been inspired by compliments and by my own performance. So, let's see how it breaks down...
I ate at the low end or under my calories every day of the last 7 including Saturday when we went to Red Lobster for my son's 15 year b-day dinner out. I can honestly say 2 things about the experience; first, the experience was a little hard because I had visibly lots less food then others at the table. Second, I planned ahead, I knew what I wanted to hit for calories and fat, I stuck with chicken and shrimp and a salad, no soup, no dessert. Price wise it was cheaper for me to buy a 4 course meal and give the soup and dessert to my son, so I did.
I exercised hard this week. I worked out 4 of the 5 weeknights and I've kept at it on the weekends. This week consisted of elliptical, Jillian Michael's shred DVD twice, I climbed stairs at the high school stadium (up, not so hard. down, very hard) and I walked. So worked out 6 of 7 days...
I did weigh one morning this week and it was a depressing step on the scale so I didn't log it, I didn't need the downer. However, today is Sunday and I did weigh...and I gained 1.6 pounds this week. I'm attributing this to a lot of ST and perhaps eating too few calories. We'll see.
Water was good, that's NEVER a problem for me...
I feel pretty good physically. I got a couple of compliments this week...my husband, who knows me and my body pretty well, said he had never seen me with such definition in my calves as I have now! That's nice, that means I am making progress in finding those muscles under the fat. Also, at work, my staff are telling me that I look more "streamlined" and they can tell my butt is smaller...that's definitely a good thing! I work with all women, they can notice my butt!
Blessings to my co-Sparkers! Let's finish October strong, strong, strong! We can do it!!!!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Catchy Title, huh? I was thinking of "Karen's Khronicles" but that seemed almost cheesy!
This week was an interesting one.
Food: I ate under my calories 6 days this week. Under my minimum calories. This really isn't what I intended when I set this goal in October, I was aiming for the low end of my range, not under my range completely. My range is 1400-1750 and I ate 1015-1312. I have to work harder on having a snack mid afternoon to get me there. This is doable.
I also said NO days over my range. Well, I decided to join my family for Chinese food delivery on Saturday night and I ate in dinner more than my upper range. I guess, given the rest of the week, this is ok.
Exercise: I worked out Saturday morning, I 'only' did cardio, no ST since I worked out so hard.
As for 5 week nights per week, that did not happen, I missed working out T, W and Th, life got in the way with surgeries, concerts, piano lessons, parent/teacher conferences, etc. This next week will be better on this - consistency matters.
Weighing: I'd gotten in the habit of getting on the scale every day. I broke that habit. I weighed this morning and had lost .8 pounds, not as much as I'd hoped but given a huge number of calories in Chinese food last night, what did I expect?!!!!!
So, how do I feel? I feel pretty good. I'm happy to see a loss on the scale, I'm happy to see the fitness minutes that are adding up this month, my food choices have been good, just not enough of them...every thing that I need to do is completely within my reach.
My plan going forward...I've been checking out Body Rock and have started some of the exercises, they are VERY challenging...and I know I want to run, so I'm checking out Couch to 5K - I'm certainly not at 'couch' stage, I've been moving pretty good this year, but I'm not at 5K either - so, it's exciting, there's work to be done! Gotta run...tee hee
Saturday, October 15, 2011
One of my goals for October is to work out on Saturday in the morning instead of evening like I usually do...so this morning, I set out for a walk. 4.5 miles in 60 minutes was my goal, I greased my feet, set out strong...about a mile in I considered shortening my route, but quickly decided that I really wanted to make the 4.5 miles. I've done it before, but I didn't work out every evening this week like I wanted so I really wanted to make the goal.
I sweat, I mean I really, really sweat when I work out. I knew I'd have to jog some to make the time of 60 minutes, so I did. I ran on the sidewalk, I ran part of the trail. I got to the half way point and I was at 33 minutes. I knew I'd REALLY have to push it to make the other half in less than my out time...I pushed, I pushed really hard. I continued to walk and run. I felt a little heat on my left foot, the same spot I usually blister.
I got home, 4.5 miles later but it took me 69 minutes. I had some times at different places in the route, I logged my fitness based on those times/distances. 15 minute miles at the beginning at the end, but 1.5 at 17 minutes per mile in the middle...I was home about 5 minutes and I started tasting blood...weird, I know. I've tasted blood once or twice before after working out, today I decided to see if I was crazy so I looked it up on the internet...
Tasting blood after working out is not really a good thing. It's called "exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage" and it's not a terrible thing unless you cough up blood...which I haven't done. I've never seen blood, just tasted it. It's just pushing a little too hard in the cardio.
So, like I said in my status, it wasn't horrible and it wasn't great. I want to run, it's still really hard for me but I want to run. I'm going to run. I just need to work up to it, perhaps more slowly than I have been. >
Sunday, October 09, 2011
First, I need to clear up a misunderstanding about Greasy Feet...it is vaseline and NEOSPORIN, not hydrocortisone cream...you see, these are very different products and I thank those of you who questioned why hydrocortisone. SKINNYRADLE, one of my future running partners, cleared this up. The vaseline is for lubrication of the feet and the neosporin is for healing any problems that you have on your feet.
Second, several SP friends have started updating their previous weeks. I thought that was a good accountability tool so I've decided to do the same, Thanks DETERMINEDJANET and EBEAMS!
Goal 1 - Stay at the low end of my calorie range 5 days per week and have no days over the the range.
Reality - Whew, I stayed in the lower half of the range 5 days, and in the upper part of the range 2 days but no days over.
Goal 2 - Work out 5 weeknights per week.
Reality - Hm, I worked out 4 weeknights but also last Sunday and yesterday, Saturday. Odd thing, I missed Monday, the night I met up with my SP Friends! That was worth it!
Goal 3 - I will work out on Saturdays in the morning, instead of evening.
Reality - I did not work out Saturday morning, I did work out Saturday evening though.
Goal 4 - I will weigh myself only on Sunday.
Reality - I weighed this morning and lost 2.6 pounds!!
I would say that this was a successful week! A very good start to 31 days of success in October!
Blessings on your week.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Strange name for a blog? My Nampa - Caldwell SP friends know just about exactly what I'm going to say here...
Tonight I took a walk, 3.2 miles, still 15 minutes per mile, but that's ok, right gang??? Because the real question is, 'Did Karen get blisters on her feet?' and the answer is "NO"!!!!!!
The answer to my blister issue seems to be 'greasy feet'. My SP friends at our monthly, in-person huddle suggested that I make a slurry of vasoline and hydrocortisone cream and slather it on my feet, put on my socks and walk. The benefits are the most wonderfully soft feet you've ever felt AND no blisters while walking! I pray this will get me *back on my feet*, walking now and running soon. I'm going to put a little anti-fungal in my foot slurry.
I'm planning on a much, much longer walk with interval running this weekend. I just pray my greasy feet will remain blister free. Thank you N-C Sparkers! I might be your first cured patient!
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