Sunday, January 27, 2013
Today's assignment was walk 4 miles, Brisk. I had set the goal of 1:10:00. I was able to make it in 1:09:26. Made it with 34 seconds to spare! Next weeks assignment is 7 miles. I did 6 miles in 1:52:30 so I'm setting the goal for 2:12:30.
My kids did a Wonderful job with TV turnoff week. My four youngest (14,12,8 and 5) and I went at 6 last night for a GREAT experience. They had a scavenger hunt that send the kids all over the library, tons of stations making crowns, jester hats, face painting, scarf juggling, catapulting, jousting and much more! At 8 we went to the auditorium for a program and snacks. Afterwards we spread out our beds in our claimed spot. The kids went several times to the kids section and brought back armloads of books. We had fun reading them. And continued to do so by flashlight even after lights went out at 10. The part I hated was the sleeping part. I didn't come prepared and the floor was HARD! I definitely want to go back next year but I will be bringing a blowup mattress. I came home, and after a few errands, took a two hour nap. I would have stayed in bed forever but I knew I needed to get up to do my four miles.
I am LOVING my Fitbit!!! I'm finding ways to get more steps and flights of stairs in. Tonight, after grocery shopping for my family of 9, my family all came to help carry in groceries. Having a flight of stairs to get up to my front door I told my husband and strong sons to not come down and help. I carried all the groceries up to the front door and then they would take them into the kitchen. I'm thankful the men in my family are gentleman but this time by them NOT helping they are helping me get fit, healthy and strong!
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.
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