Sunday, August 19, 2012
I am so sore and have huge blisters from running in my Fivefingers yesterday that I had to take a day off from working out... but it is the first time in ages that I have managed 6 days straight. I also am munchy today..
But if I can keep up with even 6 days per week of good eating and exercise, really I will be happy.
This past week proved to me that I still know now and can regain control when I need to. I think that is more what it's all about.
I got so intent on my spinning a new skein of beautiful yarn yesterday, I flat out forgot to blog. However that made my shoulders and arms very tired and sore... so Jillian is going by the wayside today too. 15 straight hours of carding wool and spinning it is sit-in-place stuff, but still works the arms. I still had a great calorie deficit last week and was down to 148.2 this morning.
The spirit of the goals is there, though, and I think they are serving as a reminder and guide. I still hope to complete my nearly 60 days shred!
Friday, August 17, 2012
Today I did 30 DS (Jillian Michaels) for the 3rd day... though mind you I am doing it over 60 days. This is because she does a lot of shoulder work and I really need to let my shoulders rest on the days in between. I also need to build up my running on the opposite days, too.
My calories went over last night because I got legitimately HUNGRY last night, but I still had only ONE thing to snack on, not a pile. So my extra food was controlled, and I still have a calorie deficit at the end of the day. My calorie deficit since Monday is -1461, about 6.5 oz. Just as these few pounds have crept on, they will creep on.
I am also excited today... my new Vibrams Fivefingers arrived. I can't wait to get on the treadmill in them. The bottoms don't feel quite thick enough that I would want to wear them for road running, but I think they will be just fine for walking about and running TM. I still have my lovely FILA Skeletoes for outdoor running. It's funny, but for the most part, I have NEVER been a shoe junkie, but ever since I have been into fitness, I have been wanting to buy tennis and exercise shoes... lots and lots. I am also hooked on the toe shoes, but sadly I can't run my APFT in those, I have to use conventional tennies.
So, tomorrow, I will be back on TM to repeat yesterday's 45 minute routine. I will be upping my running time next week by adding an extra minute at 6.5 mph in the middle of the 5 minute running segment.
It's kind of fun to have goals again... and while I am concentrating on all of this, I have 8 weeks to finish a Nurse Case Management online course that usually takes 20. Woo Hoo! It's a great opportunity, though, since this case is hard to get on the civilian side. It will also allow me to sit for an accreditation exam on the civilian side and add an extra skill ID on the military side that might get me some good assignments.
This will all help my last 3.5 months fly by here. By the time I get back from my leave in October, I will only have a month or so left.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Today is Day #3 of 57 days. I have pledged that after 3 weeks of almost no working out and barely tracking my food intake.
My challenge to myself is to work out or move my body at least some every day until I go home again on leave in October. I actually started this on Monday, so I have been successful for 3 days. I also will keep my calories in range... but I didn't make that on Monday, so I am on streak day two for that.
Work has been stressful, with long days and other stuff. I had my husband and son visiting for 10 days at the end of July and that was great. But I wanted to hang out with them and didn't work out, not wanting to waste what little precious time we had together in the gym.
At the end of their visit, I got word from my brother that my father was dying. While this was not unexpected, it was a blow and I rushed home for a week of emergency leave to spend time with family and see my dad one last time. He did pass on 2 Aug, peacefully and on his own terms. We held his memorial a few days later and celebrated his life with family and friends. While I will miss him, I am mostly at peace with his passing, especially since he has been slipping away incrementally since my mom died a few years ago. But during that week, I never worked out, just kind of being in a daze.
Then I came back to Texas and was thrown into a hellish week of 10-11 hour work days that just whipped my butt. I worked out a little on 2 days and just gave up on the rest of them. Then my good friend M. came to visit and I didn't do anything for that either.
So I restarted this week. My other goals are to complete Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred in 60 days... I prefer to do it every other day with running in between. So we will see.
Only 107 days left here and then I will be home again.
Update on the T-Shirt Chomping Guy at the gym... he was there the last two times I have been at the gym, exercising in the same bizarre way... and one time he got on the treadmill right next to me... an let me just say, that was distracting at the very least.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
I am kind of mystified by the behavior of some people I see at the gym... I applaud them wholeheartedly for being there... but the way they act sometimes confuses me and makes me wonder what the story is behind it.
First are they guys who have to grunt mightily when lifting weights. This one is less mysterious to me since I know that vocalization, such as in martial arts, can actually help you to focus and put more force in a blow, etc. (Sheepishly checking this one off the list...)
The next one also deals with weights, why do they have to make so much noise when changing out weights, putting them away, etc? I know some noise will occur, the weights are metal, tend to be heavy and at some point we all lose our grips on whatever we are holding. But does it have to be an ongoing clanking noisefest? Really? I am rather judgmental about this... I will freely admit.
Last night, though, I saw the weirdest behavior I have ever seen to date and it was on the treadmills. I was happily ensconced, doing my running/walking intervals and this guy on another treadmill was going full tilt (Go dude!!) for a long time, but it was the way he was ON the treadmill. It was like he was clinging to the console and handles for dear life... he also had the tail of his t-shirt in his mouth most of the time he was on the equipment. Not being judgmental, just curious as all get out... Does he feel the need to exercise but has a preternatural fear of treadmills? Still scratching my head.
Otherwise I am getting along okay... my eating is mostly under better control and my exercise is way up. It's taken some doing, but I'm down a pound or two and back into range.
I have passed the 55% done point for being in Texas now and that makes me quite happy. I am so wanting to just get home. My hubby and son are due down for another visit in about 3 weeks and one of my best friends is coming for a visit in just under 6 weeks. By the time I am done with this round of visitage, I will be down to about 3.5 months left. Then I plan to go home for a week in October for my birthday and a science fiction convention... and I'll only have about 6 weeks left. So my remaining 43ish% should be nicely punctuated with visits to keep it from getting monotonous or too lonely.
Physical fitness and watching my eating have helped me cope with the homesickness that has gotten worse in the last few weeks. Also the pain that I have been experiencing in my R hip and shoulder have given me something to pay attention to apart from being homesick. I had a massage on Monday evening and am going back today. I am tired of taking ibuprofen and naproxen and just not feeling quite right. The massage has been the most lasting relief I have had.
Just relaxing this weekend (which will include working out)...
Oh and an update on t-shirt chomping guy at the gym... he has been there the last two times I was there... one day right next to me... doing the same weird thing and it's disconcerting to be on the treadmill nextdoor, let me tell you!
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