Saturday, July 14, 2012
I thank the Lord for my good health, I know there are many others out there that have much worse problems than I do. However, this last week and a half has been draining, not only physically, but mentally.
It is driving me crazy that I have no concentration or energy. All I want to do is sleep.
Went to the doctor and the best they could determine was low iron (which I have always had). I haven't even moved into the anemic category, just low iron.
I have been focused on taking my iron supplement since Wed when I got it. I realize that isn't long and that it takes time to build up, but I have seen 0 improvement.
I am supposed to be training for the Tough Mudder in September. All I think about is how I moving backwards in fitness instead of forward. I am going to keep to the training program, just not worry about the intensity. For example, today I was scheduled to run 5.5 miles in 55 minutes. I did the 5.5, but it took more than an hour and a half. When I was done, I wasn't sure I would make it back to the house, I wanted to just stop right there in the road (and if the road hadn't been so gravelly, I probably would have). Instead, I continued on to the playground to do monkey bar work. Mistake! I thought I was going to get sick.
I came home and immediately fell asleep. I slept for 2 1/2 hours and then woke up just in time to drive to the garbage dump before it closed. I really got sick then and wasn't sure I would make it home. I did and went right back to sleep until it was time for Church.
As I got home from church, my daughter pulled up and she is making me dinner. So happy!
Any thoughts on ways I an keep my strength up when it feels I have nothing to give?
Saturday, June 09, 2012
cbudack and I am doing the WI Tough Mudder in September. I have been focused on this in the back of my mind for the last few months while working out, but it is now 3 months to the race and time to buckle down and focus.
One thing I have decided is I am really glad we are doing the WI race in Sept instead of the MN race they had in May. Now I can run outside and work out at the playground, where it would have been too cold to do that in prep for May.
I did some surfing on the web to find a training program as my running is no where to par. I am not worried about running the Tough Mudder, but I am thinking it is going to be important for endurance and overall fitness to be better at running than I am right now.
I started looking at some half marathon trainings, but that was way more running than I am interested in. The training right on the Tough Mudder website is just to unconventional. I do most of those exercises, but I need the crutch of some guiding me rather than following a script on a piece of paper.
I finally came across a Tough Mudder training from Outside magazine. A 12 week program that includes running and strength training and the time frames each day seem reasonable.
I am just going to use it as a guideline, using my supreme 90 videos instead of the specific exercises they have, add in some playground work (monkey bars / pull ups), and change the rest days around (Sat and Sun are my days I get to have long workouts, the rest days move to early meeting work days). Of course, there will be added cardio too, no where near enough of that is this plan for me!
I am excited because I feel the running parts they include should be manageable for me. I am not quite at a 10 minute mile, but I am close enough that I should be able to continue the improvements expected and increase the distances as they increase during the program.
Now that I have a plan, I am really ready to race.
What is your favorite training plan that you have used in the past for your favorite interest?
Friday, June 01, 2012
So, obviously the stress of my daughter moving and her graduation party tomorrow is affecting me more than I thought it was. I woke up this morning at 4:30 and at 4:45, accepted that I wasn't going to fall back asleep.
So, I turned it into a positive. I was hoping to squeeze in a 15 minute HIIT, but with the extra time I managed to do s90 chest/back, TF HIIT 15, TF 30 min cardio, AND 10 min stretch.
I am feeling much better about this upcoming busy day! My main focus of the day is NOT to get into an agreement with either my daughter OR my parents (they are hosting the party).
I had a new fitness success this morning! I did 8 REAL push ups! I probably could have pushed and done more, but it was only 10 minutes into my overall workout and I wanted to balance myself all the way through.
A disappointment I found today. All the 10 minute Turbofire stretches are the same. I was hoping that they were different because I do not like stretching and I was hoping having a choice would help. I still did the entire stretch and I did actually enjoy it!
Now I am off and running!
Month end reports at work
Move tables from town to farm
Pick up daughter and stuff from boyfriend's house for moving
Go to farm to setup for party
Go home to get rest of daughter's stuff to move
Drive to lacrosse to move daughter into new apartment
Go to grocery store to pick up food for party
Go to farm to drop off food for party and do any last minute party things
Come home and SLEEP!!!!!!!
I am ready, bring it on!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Whew! I just finished turbofire HIIT15. I think this is my favorite workout, at least until tomorrow when I do a different turbofire workout.
I have been doing some of the longer workouts in order to burn those nasty calories I've been taking in due to graduation parties. Today, I only had time for a short workout so I choose HIIT15.
I think this video is way more intense than the HIIT25 video. This one has 9 series instead of 8 and only 3 variations instead of 4, so more workout time, less example time. I think the breaks between the workouts are shorter too.
I am so loving the turbofire workouts! The time flies and I am not constantly watching the clock.
Do you turbofire? If so, what is your favorite and why?
If you don't turbo, do you have two workouts where the shorter one is actually more intense than the longer one?
Monday, May 28, 2012
Whew!! I am so glad this weekend is over! Four days of graduation food!
I am NOT good at controlling my intake of food at parties, so instead of fighting it, I pushed my body to burn extra each day before I started eating.
Friday - Finished Supreme 90 round 2 by doing Cardio Challenge and then a 15 minute TurboFire HIIT workout. Graduation picnic with lots of taffy apple salad (apples good, snickers bad).
Saturday - TurboFire 25 minute HIIT; 45 min Cardio, 20 min Core. Graduation breakfast with Blueberry and chocolate pancakes (not mixed, two different kinds).
That evening my daughter graduated from High School!!! She had issues throughout school, but her final report card was straight A's!!!! She has found her direction and the motivation she needs to get there. (going on to the medical assistant program at our local technical school)
Sunday - Turbofire 25 min HIIT; 55 min Cardio. Two Graduation parties. (One for Cocoa-Jumbo's daughter - strawberry filled cake - YUM!) I would have attended more, but one was for my psuedo Daughter that lived with us last year, so I stayed at her party the whole time. They had taco bar and I made sure that I had plenty of salsa and lettuce with my beef, minimizing the cheese and not having any chips. Plenty of desserts though too.
Today - Turbofire 25 min HIIT; 45 min Cardio; 10 min stretch (figured I needed the stretch after the pounding I have given my body - I hate stretch). Only one party today, but it was for my best friend's son and she is living in Arizona, so haven't seen her in forever and spent the entire afternoon there. Beef and Cheesy potatoes (plus more yummy desserts!).
I ate way too much this weekend, but I am hoping the scale will still be friendly on Wed when I weigh in.
Tomorrow I am force to take a rest day as I have a 7 am meeting at work, but my body definitely needs it anyway!
How do you manage when you know you will be overindulging?
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