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Really Happy Today :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Today has been the best workout day I've had since starting this over again. I haven't done anything super intense but I did spend quite a bit of time.

All day I was looking forward to coming home so I could do my yoga DVD. I bought it last year and I used to spend chilly spring Sunday afternoons doing it in my living room. It was very relaxing. Relaxation is just what I wanted after this week.

When I came home, I knew Bradley wanted to play his guitar and I also knew that wouldn't be the best yoga soundtrack, so I took Luna out for a walk while he played after having a quick snack. It's becoming almost a daily occurrence for us to walk around the neighborhood. We started at a mile and have worked up to a mile and a half. At the end of our walk I wanted to try something. You may remember that for time constraints I have sort of had to pit her getting her exercise vs. me burning more calories, because she can't really go as fast as I can. Well I wanted to see if she could keep up with me if I jogged a bit. I am not a very fast runner, but I was also worried she might trip me up since she has a bad habit of trying to switch sides of my body behind me while I'm holding the leash. So I started jogging just a little, halfway up the street from our house, and to my surprise, she could completely keep up with me! She was even a step or two in front of me for part of it, and she didn't switch sides like she does when we are walking. I was so excited to find this out, because it means I might get back to being able to do my Couch-2-5K and have her as my running buddy! :)

When I got in I rested for a bit then went upstairs to do my yoga video. It was so much easier than I remember it being! Last year when I was doing chair pose, it hurt so much... I felt a bit of burn today but I could definitely hang in there. And at the end doing the shoulder stand, I felt like I could just hold it forever if I had to. I was so calm and peaceful. The 50 minutes were up before I knew it!

Then I did my Spark Strength vids, which are only 16 minutes combined. I had to catch up from yesterday since I didn't have a chance to do the core workout b/c we had a friend over.

This morning when my alarm went off at 5:30, my body was just telling me "No way, Jose." I decided to listen to it and get some extra sleep. I am so glad I did because my evening has been full of wonderful activity and I am feeling completely energized and ready to start my weekend!

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BARKMEOW 1/29/2012 1:24AM

    That's great! It's always good to have a good running buddy. And the furry kinds are the best! It's good to get encouragement from all aspects of your life, even from the cute and short ones. ;) Sounds like you are doing awesome!

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    emoticon love it when a day comes together!

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VADAVICTORIA 1/28/2012 8:55AM

    Aww, Luna seems like a good exercise buddy...and that's definitely good for your body! emoticon

Aaaahhh Chair Pose! Work those glutes!

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MISTYBLUE716 1/28/2012 8:14AM

    Sounds like a great day! emoticon I love me some yoga here and there..gonna do some today! Have a great weekend!

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CUTENHEALTHY 1/28/2012 2:01AM

    What a nice evening! I have two dogs that are about 12 pounds each so not really sturdy running dogs. I usually exercise first and then take them on a small walk after for a cool down or vise versa. Happy to hear you enjoy yoga so much.

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 1/27/2012 10:12PM

    Sounds like a great day!


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This is MY Journey

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thanks for all the comments people have been leaving on my blog. As I'm sure you can tell, I'm an emotional person. I have up days and down days, sometimes a few of each in a single week. But I am going to work through that. I am taking myself as I am.

This morning I realized that what has kept me from being in shape these last couple of years is not because I don't work out hard enough or long enough. Maybe I would be in BETTER shape if I had done those things while I was on a fitness kick, but that's not really the reason. The reason is because I didn't do the right things CONSISTENTLY. I gave up after a few weeks because I got bored or it felt too hard. As I have said in previous blogs, I have a lot of psychological hangups about exercise that I need to work through.

So from today forward, I am going to focus on consistency, not weight loss. After all, I am already at a healthy weight for my height and age. The rest of the weight/fat I have is cosmetic. Whenever I have started a fitness program, it has always been with cosmetic changes in mind. But while that may motivate some to go faster and harder, for me it actually works to motivate me through guilt. I look at how I look and I say, "I don't want to be THIS way anymore." That makes me feel bad more than anything else.

So what if it takes me longer than April to get down to 120? So what if I can only get to 124, the weight I was for my wedding? If I gain muscle and lose fat, however slowly that happens, who cares what the scale says?

And who cares how many pushups somebody else can do? I am going to focus on DOING my pushups (or lunges or squats or whatever), and then I will worry about how many I can do.

So I am going to change my ticker, from a weight loss ticker to a 30 days of exercising every day ticker. If that's thirty minutes, great. If it's ten, so be it. This is how I'm going to stay focused and be kind to myself; consistency first, excellence will follow.

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    YES that is it! It really is that simple. Good for you! emoticon

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SKYWATCHERRS 1/26/2012 9:04AM

    YES!!! I love where your head is at! Go get 'em - do it for health, do it for you. Don't do it for the scale. WOOOHOOO!!!

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I have so much to learn...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

After years of reading tips in fitness magazines and going through various diets, losing a bit of weight and then putting it back on, I thought I knew what I needed to do to get fit. Workout an hour a day, eat fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Simple, right?

Well I hope this is a sign that I am serious about getting and staying fit this time, but this time around it seems like it has been so confusing to me.

After reading a lot of posts on the message boards I have been trying to figure out what the best thing to do in terms of calorie intake/burn would be for me and in true Michelle fashion, I keep changing my mind.

Ok this is the basic deal: the weight I want to be at has a BMR of around 1300 calories. Of course you need to add to that your exercise. Well right now I am exercising but it is not what you would call intense. Walking Luna for 30 minutes only burns about 100 calories, and then I do ten minutes of strength training but no one seems to know how many calories that's burning. When we were running a few weeks ago I was burning closer to 250 on the walk/run combos, but I felt like I was dying sometimes.

I see all the exercise other people are doing and it just intimidates me so much. It baffles me because these people are a lot heavier than me, yet when I work out intensely I just... can't go longer than about 15-20 minutes.

So back to the basic problem: if I work out moderately at my goal weight, that would give me a maintenance range of 2000. That means I could eat 1500 now and reach that weight, working out moderately. But I am only working out lightly, and subtracting the 500 calories for a lb a week weight loss is putting me below 1200 calories, which everyone agrees I shouldn't do and not only that but it will slow my weight loss.

So how in the world am I going to be able to work up to working out so hard? I mean it seems pretty inevitable that it is going to take me longer than the 4 months I had planned to get down to 120, especially if I am only able to do light exercise. But if I push myself too hard, I know from past attempts at this that I will get sore and tired and just quit altogether.


It seems so simple for most people, why do I make it so complicated for myself?

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    Be patient and consistent. emoticon

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    I am closer to your goal weight than you are (I'm doing maintenance at 124, thinking I might slowly drop to 119 but it's not a huge deal... I don't really have any inches to lose), so here are some things I've learned:

1. You CAN do more. Like someone else said, unless you have a medical condition, you CAN work out longer and harder. I suggest taking a group fitness class, where there is some peer pressure to keep up with the group. You can always modify the activity if it gets too hard, but you'll keep moving for sixty or even ninety minutes. I'm at almost 14,000 fitness minutes on Spark, and there is still one drop-in class that makes me sick within ten minutes, and usually makes me puke after... but I go anyways, try my hardest, and treat my body well afterwards.

2. Eat at the higher end of your range. Maybe you're not comfortable with longer workouts because you're not giving your body enough fuel. A car can't go up a huge hill unless it has enough gas in its tank. The same principle apples to your body. I regularly ate at the high end of my recommended calorie range, and sometimes ate/eat over it, and I saw fast, dramatic weight loss. I went from a Gap size ten to a Gap size zero in about four months.

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FLOPPYRETURNS 1/25/2012 10:12PM

    I totally agree with Jo. Start with little bits and keep adding. If you do strength training for 10 mins now, add one minute in 2-3 days, then another minute next time, etc. As for tracking it, depends what you are doing. Do you move quickly through the exercises or do you rest in between? If you don't stop to rest (which is what I like to do), you can count it as moderate calisthenics or as circuit training (the point is that your heart should remain elevated for the whole 10-11-12, etc minutes).

I also think that if you find something(s) you enjoy, you will definitely want to do it for longer than just 10 minutes and you won't even notice you are tired if you are having fun. On different days of the week and weather permitting now I would do hiking, ice skating, roller blading or running. Good luck!

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JO_TO_JOWOW 1/25/2012 9:51PM

    Oh, so so true! You are not alone in that! I get so gun-Ho and say I'll do this and I'll do that. Then after all that energy spent on organizing and getting psyched to do a million things, I get derailed. Unless you have a medical issue, you might be able to do more than you think. It might not happen right away, but you can add more over time. On one of my running kicks, I couldn't run for a minute without getting winded. I was qble to reach 4.5 miles after a couple of months. Is there a particular activity you really like to do? Is there a good goal that you would like to accomplish? I'm cheering you on! emoticon

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Healthy Day!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This morning I did something I never thought I'd do: I got up before 6am and took my dog on a 30 minute walk. You have to know me to know how much I love sleep, especially in a warm bed beside my husband, and how much I hate waking up on workdays. A month ago, I could barely drag myself out of bed at 6:40 just to rush around like a madman to get ready and dash out the door. Now I am waking up at 6, out of bed by 6:20 at the very very latest, and have plenty of time to get ready and spend time with the dogs/straighten up my kitchen before leaving.

But this took it to a whole other level.

After we got back from our walk, I made a breakfast of a "Philly Cheese Steak:" ground beef with green peppers and a slice of melted mozzarella on a bagel thin. Last night I was really looking forward to it. This morning though, I think it was too much to hit my stomach with. I've always been a breakfast person, first thing out of bed, but in the last several months I had started either skipping breakfast, having a thermos of milk and some protein powder on the way to work, or eating instant oatmeal at work around 8. And I have never eaten meat for breakfast much, always carbs. So I think that was too heavy for me. I ate half then wrapped up the rest for lunch today.

So far today I've had 2 cups of water, and sure enough it made my appetite come back, so now I'm having an orange as a mid morning snack. It's shaping up to be a very healthy day and I couldn't be happier!

Although, side note... they say exercising in the morning gives you more energy, well... that must come later 'cause I am still kinda sleepy from that extra half hour....

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    It took some time for my body to adjust to the difference in sleep, food and fitness. Be patient and consistent. emoticon

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New Game Plan

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

After a couple of enlightening posts on the message boards in response to some of my questions, I have decided it is probably drinking so much water throughout the day at work that is suppressing my apatite to the point of under-eating.

I am also to the point now of trying to meet my calorie burning goals. For the Spring Bootcamp, you have 30 mins of cardio a day. Spark says this means I should be burning around 700cals a week. Last night I decided that instead of running, we should take the dogs on a 30 minute walk every day to get some of their energy out since they have to be crated all day and one of them is a puppy. But the pace we were going at last night only burned like 71 calories. Needless to say that is not going to get me to 700 by the end of the week... I need to get back on the runs. There's just not enough time in the day!!

So here is what I am thinking about doing:

About my eating, I will drink one bottle of water before lunch and one bottle of water after/during lunch. Then I'll drink one bottle of water with dinner/before exercise and one bottle after exercise. Spacing them out will hopefully help my apatite to come back. Now to deal with the apatite I will either have an afternoon and mid morning snack, OR continue to eat light until dinner then have a bigger dinner (watching portions but not using low fat ingredients).

About my exercise, I am thinking of trying to take the dogs on a walk in the morning... if I got up right when my alarm went off at 6, I could go on a 25-30 minute walk with them and still have time to shower for work. Then at night I could do my running or other cardio 3-5 days a week.

Whew... getting back down into the 120s is really going to take some work!

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