Sunday, January 20, 2013
Or actually, Screen Turnoff Week.
Our local library is challenging the kids to not use electronics, watch TV, DVDs, Wii, IPads, etc... If they can go the week then they get to spend the night at the library on Friday. It's a night filled with fun events centered around the theme...Knight Quest!
My youngest four (5,8,12,14) are up for the challenge. When they asked if we could do it I have to admit I was being a party pooper. Doing it means missing my boys' varsity basketball game AND sleeping on the hard floor. But I decided I have to do it, have to expose my little ones to more things and for me to ENJOY life with them along the way.
Today, to distract them from any "screen", I asked the four of them if they wanted to go on a walk, explore our new neighborhood. It's cold here, about 32 at the time I asked them (3:30). They were all enthusiastic to do it. I had so much fun. They did follow the leader. I'm sure we were quite the sight with 5 people walking down the street, single file, doing funny arm movements, actions, etc... I'm sad to say I did not participate fully on this. There's NO WAY I would have had the energy to walk back home.
As I watched my kiddos enjoy each others company and come up with some VERY creative actions I realized this TV turn off is going to be GREAT!
*More bonding time
*I'll get more things accomplished
*Homework will be done first, not last, thing
*Fun reading together
*Stimulate our creativity
*And get Healthier together
After dinner my 14yo got out her little video camera her grandma gave her a few years ago and they've been filming each other. They created a "show" based off of America's Got Talent. They found costumes, did each others hair and make-up (thank goodness my 8yo son refused that part), made audition bios along with audition numbers across their chests. They even created tickets for those "moving on" to the next round and the winner received a trip to RIO ("not for real" my 5yo assured me)
I'm looking foward to see what else they come up with this week.
Technically I shouldn't be on the computer now but I'm allowing myself a few minutes a day on SP, Fitbit and my online Banking.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
This was a hard week! I had a lot of extra craziness and emotional stresses that caused me to be in a funk. My eating wasn't 100% and I really didn't want to work out. Actually didn't EXCEPT for my assigned half training.
Today was 6miles. Knew I'd be on the treadmill forever! Didn't do it outside because it's been 29 degrees, foggy, miserable. The goal I set for it last week was 1:56:34. I was able to do it in 1:52:30. WooHoo! Still have 16 weeks to get my time down, way down!
Next weeks assignment is 4 miles brisk. I'm setting the goal for 1:10:00
A side note...I got a FITBIT!!! It came yesterday after a VERY long wait!! I love it! So great to see all it tracks and extremely interesting to see my sleep. I hope this helps me move in the right direction. Moving more, getting a good burn to lose some lbs!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Another week done! NO days missed! I'm feeling awesome about it!
Today's assignment: 5 miles easy. I've done many 5ks on my treadmill and 2 in official events so knew that 3.1 wouldn't be bad but was curious how I'd be able to handle the last 1.9 miles. Not knowing if I'd slow down towards the end I set the goal to do it in 1:45:00. I was actually able to finish it in 1:36:34. 8:26 minutes faster than planned!
Quite a long time, I know, but right now my goal is slow and steady and completing. After the first 12 weeks of training then I'm going to work on increasing my speed.
Next Saturday's assignment is 6 miles. I'm setting the goal now of 1:56:34. Hopefully I'll get it done faster. As I work on these longer distances I'll need to figure out hydration and food for energy. If anyone has experience with this I'd love to hear.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Today ended week three. The "big" assignment for today was a 2 mile brisk walk. Got that down first thing this morning! Feels good to cross off each day as I complete the assignment. I have not missed a day yet in the 3 weeks!
Next week the daily assignments increase each day by 5 minutes. They are very easy assignments, nothing challenging yet. But next Saturdays longer distance is 5 miles. I don't remember the last time I walked 5 miles all at once. I've done it twice this week but each time they were spread out in two different workouts.
My new shoes are doing great. Still having feet pain. I'm sure some of it is from wearing bad shoes and will take awhile for my feet to feel better but I do think some of it may be medical. I'll have to check it out. Need to stay healthy for the Half.
Friday, January 04, 2013
Today has been a huge, wonderful day!
Stayed on track with my eating!
Did my Half Marathon training! It was a rest day, so that was easy!
But what has made it a wonderful day, and an exhausting one, is stepping out of my comfort zone. Not just once today but TWICE!
It's been awhile since I've been back to the gym. I was nervous about going, very apprehensive but I knew if I could just get back there and walk through the door it would be easy breazy the next time I go. I warmed up with the elliptical, did 45 min of ST then cooled down with the bike. Had a wonderful visit with the gym manager before I left, even cried, but felt so supported and motivated! YAY Me!
Yesterday I walked a total of 5 miles. My feet HURT! They didn't hurt just because of the mileage, my feet ALWAYS hurt. I know I needed a new pair of shoes but just didn't. There was a reason, one I'm severly sensitive about....I have EXTREMELY large feet. I wear women's 13. Shoes are not FUN for me at all! I dread needing them. Athletic shoes are worse. I don't want to buy them online so it means I have to go into a store. But to purchase them in a store requires me wearing men's shoes.
I decided if I'm going to treat me right and truly train for the half marathon the most important thing I need is a GREAT pair of shoes. My sister knows of my anxiety over my feet. She went a few months ago to the running specialty store in our town. The sales rep who helped her was Marvelous. So tonight my sister went with me to hold my hand. I was up front with Jessie (yay, the lady who helped my sister was working!) and told her I hate my feet and that they are extremely large (For some reason a woman's 13 shoe translates to a man's size 12 athletic shoe). Just so you're not invisioning a normal size woman with shoes larger than the men in your life let me just remind everyone that I am 6' tall. (It's very hard to have to wear shoes larger than most men I know).
Jessie was wonderful. She looked at my old shoes, looked at my feet without shoes on them, watched me walk and jog in my old shoes and the many she brought out for me to try on. We were successful in finding a pair of shoes that felt great, fit right, I hope will help with the pain and were Cheaper than I planned.
It's amazing how ALL steps, choices and decisions on this journey make us stronger. I feel AWESOME with the choices I made for a healthier, better ME!
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