Sunday, June 08, 2008
I've read here on SP and other places that music can really boost your workout. I used a Podfitness track yesterday and my own music mix today and I could tell the difference it made... it was HUGE.
The song that really sparked me to run and just keep going today (yes I ran, even though I'd not planned to) was Runner by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. It's not the fastest-paced song, but it's so steady and the lyrics are about a runner and what it feels like to run and run and keep running, it was most excellent.
I have found that it's not just the beat of the song, it's the music itself, it's the lyrics, it's something magical that just spurs me on to greater heights of accomplishment. TV is fine to watch while on treadmill but it's not as absorbing as music.
The playlist that I created yesterday is made of a slower song, then a faster, and ends with a slower one. It spurred me to run 1.8 miles @ 5 mph... for a total of 4.5 miles in 66 minutes walk/jog combo. It was excellent.
Hubby calls me the Queen of Jarring Segues, but I know what I like and it works for me!
Here's my playlist for the first mix i have created:
1. Africa-Toto (warm up)
2. Aireshire Lament-Dan Fogelberg (warm up)
3. Amish Paradise-Weird Al Yankovic (speed up a little)
4. Crosstalk-QFeel (running)
5. Army Dreamers-Kate Bush (walking)
6. The Ballroom Blitz-Sweet (running)
7. Between a Man & a Woman-Kate Bush (walking)
8. Cool for Cats-Squeeze (running)
9. Crazy-Seal (walking)
10. Dola Dola-Bride & Prejudice Soundtrack (running)
11. Galileo-Indigo Girls (walking)
12. Relax-Frankie Goes to Hollywood (running)
13. Room for the Life-Kate Bush (walking)
14. Runner-Manfred Mann's Earth Band (running)
15. The Sad Cafe-Eagles (walking)
16. Shock the Monkey-Peter Gabriel (running)
17. Should I Laugh or Cry-ABBA (walking)
Kind of a weird mix. No single style, time period, artist, etc. It's fun. I can't wait to make more of them!!
What is amazing to me is how much I am LOVING the jogging. I always used to avoid running at all costs... I associated it with cramps in my side and spitting and cotton mouth. I don't think I could ever be a sprinter, though... I am more of a steady tortoise. I have gotten to the point of tearing up when I start to talk about how much I love to run!! It just feels so amazing to just get up and go!
Today has been a great day!
--went to church and set up the chancel
--worked in the yard for 45 minutes
--picked mulberries from a tree in the side yard
--made pancakes and froze a bunch of 'em for breakfasts later in the week
--66 mins on treadmill with some weight work
--spent time playing games with the kids
--had homemade fajitas for dinner
Saturday, June 07, 2008
I am so pumped today!! I ran 1.5 miles straight @ 5 mph on the treadmill. I just kept going & it was really easy for me. I just kept myself steady... what an amazing feeling!
I have been working up my endurance for running, but this was incredible today. I last ran on Wednesday and I did 1 mile in two chunks (instead of the previous 3) , 6/10 and 4/10 respectively. Today I planned to run about 6/10 or maybe a little more and then round it out with the remaining amount to complete a mile.
I had inadvertently taken 2 days off from running on the treadmill, just doing my Leslie Sansone videos and some strength work. However, I came back with a renewed mental and physical vigor and stamina... it was wonderful. I think maybe I have been working too hard at my exercise, I need to be more realistic and give myself rest days between the running days, just like between strength work days!
I am looking at myself as being in training for the 5K here in a couple of weeks. I am learning about my body by accident. Before I ran today, I also had gotten a really great night's sleep and had a late, leisurely breakfast. Then I had a piece of fruit and a fiber one oats & chocolate bar before getting on the treadmill.
So I think that I'll prolly lay off the heavy running for a couple of days before the 5K and do a bit of carb loading that morning... along with plenty of water of course. I may even have my mp3 player on since music really spurs me on.
I feel so blessed to be able to have this body that I now love and that moves the way I want it to. I have a few aches and pains from time to time, but it is a strong body that should carry me well for years to come.
Today for dinner, I had homemade hummus with lots of fruits and veggies. It was sooooooo good! Then I made a banana/blueberry/yogurt smoothie that is darned tasty. Must have a few more adventures into that arena!
I just love the way my tastebuds have changed. This week I ate grapefruit without sugar for the first time ever. That was quite a revelation for me, a tasty one. I am so happy to be cutting out a great deal of the refined sugar in my diet. I still have it in my coffee and for baking, but I've managed to cut it way back.
Life is very good!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Twice I've accidentally hit the enter button with the heel of my hand. OOPS!
Yesterday was a disjointed sort of day. We were supposed to have a training, but we couldn't get the satellite working, much to our disappointment. Apparently, our equipment is messed up somehow. So that kind of shot the whole afternoon to heck.
I didn't exercise all day. My water drinking was off too. Though I have to drink flavored water at work since the plain, softened water is so nasty. I count it as water due to special circumstances.
Ice helps some, but only some.
I am settling myself into an exercise routine now too. I am trying to alternate days with running/walking with days of lighter walking and strength training. I love my walking and am actually training for the 5K coming up in a few weeks.
Last night I got home and ate dinner and then got on the treadmill for 51 minutes and then did a 45 minute strength video. Kind of crazy but so glad I did it, even though I was sooo sleepy.
I'll have another evening session once I get home tonight. I don't know if I will run, we will have to see on that. Today is a 10 hour day.
We have decided to do something about our $ situation. We have an appointment with consumer credit counseling next week. Hopefully we can get some options apart from bankruptcy. We also really understand that we have to change our money lifestyle just as we have changed our eating/activity lifestyle.
It's amazing how these things go hand in hand, the physical, spiritual and emotional.
Meanwhile, it's "inch by inch & row by row"!
Speaking of gardening... my "garden" (a potted strawberry and a potted tomato) are both blooming! This excites me in a very small, deep, profound way. It makes me remember my mother's flourishing gardens, summer after summer, and the wonderful things we had to eat. There is nothing like a warm garden tomato, rich and red and juicy to the core. I hope I get just ONE and it will be worth it!
Sunday, June 01, 2008
I have reset my exercise minute goal to 2000 for the month, which is 66.6 per day. (heh) The breakdown was accidental. But that's okay.
I apparently ate okay yesterday... I had sushi, miso soup & salad for lunch. Salad for dinner with a small dessert. Berries as an evening snack and lots of water.
This morning I dusted off an old fave Kathy Smith video and while it wasn't a killer, it wasn't easy either. The moves are fine, especially since I remember the video somewhat (certainly more than I thought I would). I think I will walk and do weight work later as well. Gotta add distance to my team totals! I also have to break the 66.6 minute per day mark.
Got to see some old friends over the last couple of days, which was wonderful. Hence a busy two days. But it was well worth it. Today is my day of rest, though.
Onward, into a new month!
Saturday, May 31, 2008
I have achieved a new milestone today! I have gotten to 51 consecutive days of exercise!
I kind of pooped out on the Swimsuit Bootcamp on the last 3 days... I just had such a crazed day at work, that I had no time to exercise at all. I couldn't get my Leslie Sansone DVD to work on my work computer... so I just walked 4 miles on the treadmill once I got home and was too exhausted to do anymore.
Yesterday I was just too busy with friends visiting.... I got in a mile on the treadmill and did 45 mins of strength work.
This morning I did 3 miles of Leslie Sansone before the day got rolling... that way I know I've gotten my exercise in.
Today will pose another challenge since I will be away from home and eating out for the bulk of it. I'll take healthy snacks with me and that should help.
I'm also excited because my strawberry plant is blooming. My tomato is also still alive in it's big pot on the back deck. I did have to tie it up because it was falling over... whoever thought that knitting and gardening were mutually exclusive.
I did have an interesting thought while exercising... I want to die doing something that I really enjoy... so dying while exercising would be fine with me... or knitting... or spinning... or hanging out with my family...
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