Monday, April 09, 2012
"I do not want to run today"
Said the Optimist “I want to stay
Inside, cause' its cold out there.
Windy too. No, My comfy chair
Will be alright, I'll do some exercise tonight.”
I've laundry to do, clean the bathroom
Read books about John Carter on Barsoom.”
And so I attempt to motivate myself
by writing bad poetry, from Silverstein's shelf.
I need to attone for yesterday's sins
Work the chocolate off my chin.
So I heave myself off the chair,
and promise 10 minutes in the cold spring air.
Friday, April 06, 2012
Apologies, I am typing this on my tablet, so there are likely to be more typos than normal.
We went on a family hike this morning. Weather was perfect and DH had the day off. It was fantastic. We started with a gentle climb to a scenic vista and then a diferent, steeper route back to the car. Total distance was 3 miles according to the map, and it took about 90 min.
Challenge is when I tried to enter it into the Tracker. First effort said I burned 786 calories. While there were some steep portions, I never broke a sweat, so that didnt pass the "gut check". Next effort said 808 calories! I finally settled on 90 min of 20min mile walking for 404 calories.
For the many out there that are struggling. Dont think every workout has toend up with you drenched in sweat. For comparison, the last time I ran, it was 437 calories in 38 minutes. If you cant go for intensity, go for duration. 20 min mile isnt a stroll, but imagine walking quickly but purposely, like you just need 5 thing from the supermarket and then you have to get home to get the kid off the bus. Commuter walking.
I'd love to get a HR monitor because the Tracker is just an approximation. So far its out of the budget. Maybe birthday, Christmas or Goal weight reward. (There are cheapies on the market, but my research says You get what youpay for in HRMs. I will happily hear contrary views!)
Good luck to everyone.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
As a parent, frequently flying solo, I really struggle with how to maintain my diet without warping my son's sense of eating. Frequently, I try to portion out the food in the kitchen before calling him to the table.
Mom101 is a blog I read frequently, and she had a great post recently about creating kids that are the right weight, and feel good about themselves. How she struggles with the twin threats of obesity and eating disorders.
I encourage you to read it. She's a fantastic writer:
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Two years ago I lost my job. I was devastated, heartbroken, depressed and generally feeling a bit poopy. I decided that "This Was The Year" for me to finally focus on my health. So I started going to the gym.
That fall, I decided to run my first ever 5K. Turkey Trot, Nov 2010. My time: 43 minutes.
But because I was also home all the time, my weight went up instead of down. December I hit an alltime high of 197 lbs. My new years resolution for 2011, "stop eating like an idiot." Using this simple approach, I lost 15 lbs. But the summer heat stalled my efforts and weight loss. I didnt gain, but I didnt loose any more either.
Fast forward to New Year 2012, I decided I needed a calorie tracker. My dear friend Raina had mentioned Spark over the summer and I finally decided to get onboard. Yesterday, I ran another 5K to challenge myself.
There were 3 victories:
1) 32 minutes. A HUGE improvement in time over my first 5K in Nov 2010.
2) I Ran the whole way. There was no stopping. Whenever I felt like stopping, I didnt. I explained to myself that it was just a trick of my mind. I checked in with my muscles and they were still doing ok. Checked in with my lungs, plenty of oxygen. So I could just keep going. The course was a loooonnngg gentle uphill until the turnaround and then back.
3) During the race, I would pass this walking girl doing my jog thing, then she would start running and get past me. She couldnt keep up that pace tho, and would drop back to a walk and I would pass her again. After about 3-4 sets of this I finally said "Come on, run with me. I'm slow."
And I got her to run the rest of the race. "You see that pine tree, we'll be able to see the building from there." "Nope, keep running, you've got this." "Its not about speed, its about endurance." "See those flashing lights, that's where the turn in is." "Ok, there's the finish line, now pour on the speed."
Of course I am proud of myself and my new Best Time. But I'm also reserving some of that pride, if not for passing on the Spark, for showing someone the Light of what is possible. There is no doubt in my mind that without me, she would have continued with the walk/ run thing. Now, perhaps she'll realize that she can run longer than she thought and when she puts those legs into speed motion.... zoom!
Victory isnt just for ourselves. Although for some of us, our weight/ health problems come from lack of victory in other areas of our life. I needed this victory more than I thought. And I'm so happy that part of my victory was from inspiring someone to do something that they didnt know was possible.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go for another bike ride.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
I went on a 11.3 mile ride yesterday at my parent's house for 61 min. They were playing with Child and I was a total 3rd wheel. I felt slow, but it was such a great feeling to not give up and making turns that wouldnt bring me back to the house sooner.
This morning is the OCChopper 5K, and wouldnt you know....its raining. Time to starch my spine and get out there! I'll update y'all with time afterwards.
Update: 32 minutes!
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