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New and Continuing Fitness Challenges

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

I'm adding a new challenge...

Today I jog/walked a 5K in 45:04. Not great, but I'm still recovering from the flu, so I'm going to give myself a break and just be proud that I got in to the gym on my day off to jog/walk 3.11 miles plus complete a 45-minute yoga class. (Not to mention the larger improvement of barely being able to jog at the beginning of the year compared to my current level of fitness!).

So here's my new challenge. I want to shave off at least 5 minutes of my time by November 30. This will require a sub-goal, and that is to get into the gym before work at least 3 days a week to get on the treadmill and get in my "training."

As for my 1000 Roll-up Challenge...
48 (running total) + 48 yesterday + 33 today = 129 total

Spark On!

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LMBARR1 11/3/2010 1:48PM

    Sherryl, what's a roll up?

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WINDEE52 11/3/2010 11:07AM

    Keep it up and you'll crush a 5k in no time!

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MINIUM 11/3/2010 9:06AM

    Woo hoo! Keep it that way! You rock!

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CTUCCI 11/3/2010 8:36AM

    woohoo! Way to go on a 5k in 45. Really, that is terrific for the first time! It sounds like you have a great plan and an excellent attitude!

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For Anyone Who Wanted to Go to the Rally to Restore Sanity...

Monday, November 01, 2010

Yesteday, Hubby and I went to Jon Stewart's rally in DC. We'd been looking forward to it and had even considered going down the night before and spending the night, but decided to save the money and take the metro in instead. Given that DC is only about 40 miles away, we thought 2 hours would be more than enough time to drive to and park at the Greenbelt metro station, ride the metro to Navy/Archives, then walk to the National Mall. Silly us.

After being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a Saturday morning (what!?!) we found the parking lot at Greenbelt completely full and the most ridiculously long line of people waiting to get on the train. One train stop down stream at College Park was essentially the same. We heard on the radio that every end-of-the-line metro station was similarly packed because of the number of rally-goers. Wow! Then Hubby remembered that shuttles were supposed to be running every 15 minutes to and from RFK stadium. We left College Park metro at noon...the rally had started.

At RFK, the metro station also had quite a line OUTSIDE the station. Eek! And, parking was $15. This, on top of the scary thought that it was now 12:30 and we'd have to wait in the ridiculously long metro line or try and find the shuttle buses and hope the line wasn't so bad. Instead, we decided to take our chances and try to find parking within walking distance of the mall.

Victory at 1:05pm! We found parking, then walked for over 1/2 an hour to the mall. Oh, the crowd! We tried to find a spot where we could see and hear, but were not having much luck even moving through the crowd. It was wall-to-wall people. Some people were on top of the wall and the fountain surrounding the Native American museum. People were in the trees! People were in the bushes (including us) trying to get a glimpse of the stage. We heard Ozzie Osbourne briefly and most of the song Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert sang about loving America, but that was about it, because we left before the rally ended.

I'm not claustrophobic, but I kind of get freaked out when I'm stuck in a crowd and I can't move. All the bumping and jostling and no way of getting away from it. It didn't help that there seemed to be a lot of smokers in the crowd, too. We miscalculated, thinking that the crowd would have been a reasonable size. Boy, did we underestimate the power of Stewart! Given that we couldn't see anything and had difficulty hearing, we ended up heading back to the car. On the way, we stopped at Eastern Market and got some farm-fresh fruits and a pastry to take home.

All in all, the rally was a bust for us. We were sad we hadn't set our DVR up to tape the rally, because, even though we were there, we didn't get to see any of it! However, the day was beautiful and we got to enjoy the sunny, mild weather. We also got in at least an hour of solid walking, plus we got to wander around DC again. I haven't been in quite a while, but being there felt like we'd never left. We felt like Washingtonians again. I'm starting to wonder if maybe we should move back to DC. Maybe I'd have better luck finding a job there.

Anyway, here's a picture of the stage I took from the best vantage point we could find:

Roll-up Challenge: Day 2
15 yesterday + 33 today = 48 total

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LEASIM1231 11/2/2010 3:31AM

    Well at least you can say you were there...we saw clips of it on the hotel TV, but I didn't think to look for you :P

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LMBARR1 11/1/2010 2:02PM

    Funny how some things turn out! But, with your positive attitude you were still able to be thankful for the exercise and beautiful day even though plans didn't turn out as expected. Good way to deal w/disappointment!

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POODLEZ 11/1/2010 12:34AM

    Sounds like you had a good day anyway! Way to turn it around! I can relate to the job search. I'm not having much luck out in Southern California either..

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1000 Roll-up Challenge

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I've been inspired by CARRIEBARBAGEL! She completed 2,500 push ups in October and has now set a new goal of 1,000 crunches by November 30.

I've decided to set the same goal for myself. I'm going to complete 1,000 roll-ups by November 30. That's about 32 each day. A challenge, but I think I can do it.

Edit: I just did 15...this is going to be a REAL challenge!

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LEASIM1231 11/2/2010 3:32AM

    Hmm...sounds like a good idea! I try to do my 8-minute ab video every week day, I should see how many that is per time!

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LMBARR1 11/1/2010 1:57PM

    Ok Sherryl, you inspired me! I will match you with a goal of 1,000 sit ups for November, starting today. I will do around 33 sit ups per day. Keep me posted and I will you! emoticon

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ANITAWPG 10/30/2010 7:00PM

    sounds like a great challenge

if you keep doing them - they will get easier to do

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Long Overdue Update

Monday, October 25, 2010

I was hopeful that the last blog would get the blog rolling again, but yet I am still not feeling particularly blogy. Even so, I'm past due for an update...

Hubby and I had a great one-week cruise up the New England coast and into Canada. The foliage was not at its peak, but we saw some beautiful colors and scenery. The food was very good (of course!). Although I ate more than I usually do (as in my current usual, and not my past usual), I really noticed how my thinking about food had changed. I was much more moderate. I also noticed that even though my husband is fit and eats reasonably, when I eat less so does he. All told, Hubby gained a pound and I gained two, but one pound dropped off by the next day (probably from excess salt). I'm still hovering at the same weight I was when I started my volunteer position about 8 weeks ago. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Hubby and me on Cadillac Mountain, Bar Harbor, Maine

Since getting back, I've gone back to my eating routine for the most part. Exercise, on the other hand, has diminished a lot since I started working again. I walk to and from work (just over 3 miles round trip), but it isn't the sweat-inducing, muscle-expending effort that I used to put in on a regular basis. One problem I see is that I can't predict when I'll get off from work, so I've been missing the evening classes at the gym. So, when I was on the cruise (during which I did do a lot of walking and even ran for 32 minutes straight on the treadmill) I made a decision that I'm going to start getting up earlier in the morning and go to the gym before I go in to work. That way I'll be sure to get in some exercise. Great idea, but both Hubby and I got hit with a flu/cold(?) upon return from our trip. Illness postponed the re-gymification,but not for long. I'm almost recovered and expect to get started Wednesday morning.

Speaking of flu/cold, it was still pretty bad in my head yesterday so I was pretty nervous that I'd still be sick during my job interview this afternoon. Happily, I was feeling much better and the adrenaline took care of the rest. I forgot I was sick. I think I did as well as I could during the interview. Now, it is out of my hands. I have no way of knowing my chances, because I don't know who my competition is, but I'm hopeful. I should hear in the next two weeks or so. Please, Please, PLEASE!

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ZESTYLADY 10/27/2010 9:16AM

    here's hoping you get the job!

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MINIUM 10/26/2010 5:37PM

    Congratulations for enjoying your cruise and being reasonable! I'm glad you're also doing well with your internship and finding ways to combine your healthy regimen and work. I hope you've passed that interview! Fingers crossed! emoticon

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LMBARR1 10/26/2010 1:38PM

    Thanks for blogging and for posting a picture! Keep it up, I always look forward to reading your blogs! And...see you at the gym in the morning ;-)!

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SMOCKON 10/26/2010 11:29AM

    Sounds like a great trip! Best wishes on the job front. Let us know how it goes.

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LEASIM1231 10/26/2010 2:13AM

    It WAS overdue :P I used to go to the gym before work (In AMerica) and I really liked it! Well, it was hard to roll out of bed on cold, dark mornings, but once I got there I was proud of myself and I felt good the rest of the day. Also, I found I was better about my food if I knew I had already worked it off in the morning.

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No more "If I can do it, anyone can!" Please!

Friday, October 22, 2010

I just read an article and the author wrote, "If I can do it, anyone can!"

I'm going to be frank...I hate that phrase. When I hear it I wonder why the speaker thinks so little of herself. Why would this person dismiss all her hard work, insights, and unique circumstances and abilities to say that she is the lowest common denominator? Also, why minimize the struggles of someone else?

When I hear someone say that phrase, it sounds to me like she is implying that she's the dumbest or the laziest or has it harder than everyone else. But what happens when the "anyone" can't do "it" too? That person is set up for a real mind trip. That "anyone" may think that if the speaker thinks so little of herself and yet still achieved success, how much of a loser am I if I can't achieve the same success? Afterall, "anyone can do it," right?

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I have used this phrase myself, and more than once. I won't do it again. I think it should be forever changed to: "I did it, so I can use my new-found knowledge to help enlighten others about how they might achieve the same success." Okay, so it's not pithy. But I still like it much better.

What do you think? How would you change the phrase to make it better?

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ZESTYLADY 10/23/2010 11:52AM

    How about a conglomerate of "here's what I did...take what you need and leave the rest." I am always amazed at how differently we all get to where we need to go. Just looking at the size of Spark and all the conflicting information confirms this is a life that needs to be customized.

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LEASIM1231 10/22/2010 2:35PM

    I like it! Yours sounds more encouraging :P Excited that your tickets are booked!

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/22/2010 8:59AM

    I think that phrase has been downgraded to an expression and not really meant to be taken literally. I think the author typically tends to portray the task as straight forward and generally possible when one's head is right. I have plenty of phrases I hate too though ...

"it is what it is" <-- DUH!
"now more than ever" <-- so the past and future are insignificant?
"I can't wait" <-- umm, well, you can because you have to. If you could not wait, you would not wait but you are waiting, therefore you can. Uhh, what? heh.

But, I tend not to get hung up on them ... I just shake my head. heh.

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