Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Had a great workout last night - my H20 Intervals class is the best...and not just because I'm the instructor ;-) We are in the "Insanity Asylum" series and watching folks who could barely get their feet off the floor of the pool POP their rib cages completely out of the water - amazing!
I'm a big reader, so I have several books going right now. Just thought I'd share.
1. "Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America's Deadliest Habit & the Simple Way to Beat It" by Jeff O'Connell. Mr. O is the editor-in-chief of bodybuilding.com, very thin, athletic and pre-diabetic. He's put together a great book about what's really killing diabetics - apathy! A great read if you're diabetic and SERIOUS about taking care of yourself and taking control of your future.
2. "The Fault in our Stars" by John Green. This is a YA novel with heavy subject matter that, so far, has hit me in every soft spot imaginable. I've cried several times and I'm not even halfway through the book - not because the text is necessarily sad, but it has provoked a lot of cathartic emotion in me.
3. "The Athletes Guide to Recovery" and "The Athlete's Guide to Yoga" by Sage Rountree. Good to have for reference, and the yoga DVD is a great one - not too advanced or pose-y
4. Also researching in re the article "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body." I 100% agree with this statement. Yoga CAN wreck your body, just as any other sport or physical activity can. There is some controversy about the article (from the NYT) and the author's upcoming book - but my thought is that the focus of yoga is gentleness, focus and awareness, and yoga injuries occur when those mantras are crushed under the mantle of ego. It's not yoga, it's ego that leads to injury. (Isn't that pretty much true of many sports injuries?)
5. Reading blogs on SP. Nice to see who is still here and who is re-committing along with me. :) Can't wait.
Music post coming soon.
Monday, January 23, 2012
At JOPAPGH's request:
"Lonely Boy" by the Black Keys
Monday, January 23, 2012
*waves* Hi again! Looking at my last blog post, it's been a while since I've been active on Spark. There is certainly an inverse relationship between how busy I am in real life versus how active I am online. Don't worry - my facebook "friends" are often surprised to see me online, too. :)
ANYWAY. What I've been up to recently:
--I've gotten most of my YMCA fitness certifications & am working on a few others. If I could just feel more comfortable with my pilates proficiency, I'd start down that road, but dang it, dont' you just hate when you are troubled by *one* move in a class or practice? Mine is plow. I'm a-workin' on it.
--My weight has crept up a bit, some of it from additional muscle (I teach water "Insanity," boot camp and cycling each week), but some of it is falling into bad habits - eating when tired, eating too late, not getting enough sleep, eating too much, eating too little & having to overcompensate for low blood sugar, etc. It's a process.
--Personal life is buzzing along. My boyfriend is a wonderful person; I don't know why I put up with being treated so poorly in the past - ah, but I *do* know, and I bet some of you can relate.
--My last A1c was 5.8 and all of my blood numbers are in the optimal range. I'm going to make this a forever thing.
--The lower A1c has not cured my progressive diabetic retinopathy, but right now there is little to be done without risk of blind spots. So, we wait until it's a disability rather than an annoyance.
--My goal for the rest of January: Rest as much as possible and eat better.
What have you been up to? I know some folks are losing, some are re-committing to the program...let me know your good news!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Hello Spark friends! I am trying hard to think of something super-interesting, kitschy and fun to write, but I think I am clean out of wit, if not brevity.
A few bullet points for an update:
--This month's goal is to weigh myself each morning, which I am doing an admirable job meeting with the 5am wake-up call Monday-Friday.
--Morning workouts are going very well. I feel better and am quite a bit stronger stability-balance-agility wise than I was at the end of 2010.
--I am filling in as a sub for cycling/interval classes at the downtown YMCA and fervently hoping for a regular assignment. The fitness director told me I was the best-trained non-instructor they had & she would find me a regular slot. Which means....
--I can haz THREE jobs? *fwump*
--The IT band & hip appear to be completely rehabbed (thank goodness for that 6:15am cardio muscle class). However, I think my 40-mile/week regimen may be over for good. My body simply is made for variety, I feel, and I will be able to run up to half-marathons with a 15-mile/week goal.
--I have to have laser surgery on my *other* eye next week. Niiiice. Less stressed about it than that first time, since the left eye came back very nicely.
How are you doing? Gimme a line or two! :)
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Holy frijoles. I am still trying to catch my breath after all the whirlwind that has been the first quarter of 2011. So much stuff! So little time!
ANYWAY. My first event of the year was planned long ago - the Just a Short Run race in Pittsburgh. Last year was the Sparkpeople inaugural, with about a dozen participants. This year? WHOA. Don't know the final count, but it was at least 5x that. Thanks once again to Bob, Anne, Lynn, John, Jan and all the other logistics/planning people!
This is a great event (plug, plug for you all in the area) because there are a variety of races to choose from - 5K, 8.1mile, half-marathon and 30K - and for western PA, it's a flat course. I think Ohio would call this "mostly flat, with some rolling hills." The course is scenic - when there is water in the lake, haha! - and it's all paved roads. We had a group rate for the hotel, and it has a free deluxe breakfast. I doubt when they had us sign that "no hotel parties" contract they anticipated our descending en masse to the breakfast bar at 6:15am!
My race? Probably shouldn't have happened. I'd been quite sick in the week before with a respiratory/sinus infection, not able to jog more than a mile without intense chest pain & coughing, but I was determined that I would do this race, and do the 8.1 miler I'd signed up for. So I sat in the car, trying to stay warm, willing my lungs to work properly for 90 minutes., willing my legs to slow down enough to keep the bronchii happy. Missed the pre-race Spark meetup, but knew that the less cold air in my lungs, the better. Walked up to the starting line with John & hoped for the best (as was he, coming back from injury).
You know what is weird? Trying to run below your usual pace is just as tough as trying to break your usual pace. Like inertia slows you down even more. Also, hurty on the knees and ankles. I toughed it out on the run until my chest hurt so much I couldn't take it, then walked & coughed like a 50-year smoker until I could run again. About 1.5 miles of my race was spent walking. :(
I plucked up enough to notice a couple of Sparkers in my pace range - SMILEITSALLGOOD and BAM0827 - and asked if I could pace with them. Thankfully, they agreed and I got through several miles comfortably, making small talk. I might have ended up a DNF if it weren't for Bonnie and Britt!
In the last mile, my lungs did finally give out and I let them go while I walked/hacked/jogged. Jan checked on me, but I was definitely okay aside from the rebel bronchii.
Do I know my time? Nope! Do I care? Nope! Did I do it? Yep! That will have to be good enough this time. Next year - it's ON!
Later that day, we headed out for an early lunch at Primanti Brothers (pizza!) and then into the city to Frick Park. My boyfriend? Doesn't run. Ever. He does walk, and he put two more miles on me! (Evil.) (He's rail-thin, too. Super-evil.) (And eats whatever he wants. Mega-evil.)
Saturday night's post-race party was held at the local Second Sole store, with food, drinks and cake. Didn't stay too long due to general fatigue, but it was fun to mingle and talk and meet and greet. Spark parties and get togethers are less awkward than other meetups, even if you don't know many people. You know that you will have several things in common with the other attendees - health, fitness, positive attitude - in addition to *just* being a Spark member.
Hopefully, this event will keep expanding - we had Spark Coaches Nicole and Nancy there as well as people from all over - maybe Chris Downie will join us, or maybe the site will host a Spark convention in the 'Burgh.
Here's to everyone who made this weekend a great one!
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