Friday, July 01, 2011
Wanted to do my own opinion poll today, see what my fellow sparkers think.
Is it ok to run topless? Runner's World says:
36 % think it's OK to run shirtless if you're comfortable with it.
10 % say it's acceptable only on a hot day
14 % think it's never OK
Personally, I think guys should keep it covered and women should wear tank tops, not just a sports bra.
What do you say?????????
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Hey, hey.... strap on the feed bag - NOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm going on a cruise. Exactly one week from tomorrow our family is going on a 5-day Bahama cruise. It's in celebration of me losing 100 pounds and my daughter's high school graduation, this may be our last big "family" vacation since our baby is going off to college and is now living the busy adult life, so we decided to celebrate in style.
Three years ago I would have said I couldn't wait to eat all the wonderful food cruise ships have to offer. But today, my outlook is a tad different. I no longer worry about what and how much junk I'm going to eat. My focus is NOT on the gourmet cuisine, the decadent desserts, the all night buffets, the endless supply of diet soda and the 24/7 room service, however all my travel companions can't wait to eat their hearts out, lol.
Food is available 24/7 and most of the time it's all you can eat. Food, food, food, food. Seriously, what is the obsession with food on a cruise ship?
I'm not worried about gaining any weight on the cruise - I am told the average person can gain anywhere from 3 - 5 pounds on a five day cruise. Well, NOT THIS SPARKETTE. I will eat as I normally do... HEALTHY. I've even packed my sugar-free, fat-free coffee creamer.
We love to eat in the formal dining room in the evenings, they offer some different types of food and I look forward to trying some new things. They have wonderful fruit buffets, I told hubby I was going to eat my weight in strawberries and pineapples, lol - and that's really not a bad thing.
Looking forward to a great vacation, and I can honestly say I am not worried about bad foods, I am looking forward to a smorgasbord of fruits and veggies - best part about it is that I don't have to cook, YEAH !!!!
I also can't wait to run on the top deck for my morning workouts, nothing like being in the middle of the ocean watching the sun rise while getting in a great workout, a super start to the day. And.... they have a fitness center onboard, it's usually crowded but I will check it out at some point. But definitely looking forward to morning runs on deck.
Funny how my outlook on life has changed along my journey - it's all about healthy eating and exercise. Eat healthy, move more.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Had one heckofa workout last night - did the P90X Kenpo (kickboxing) - I gave it 100% only to be slightly disappointed that I only burned 433 in an hour, I was certainly hoping for a tad more, but I gave it my best and was soooo glad I did it. Some words of wisdom from Runners World again - I've really been into healthy reading these days, it helps keep me motivated and what the heck? I'm learning a few things along the way too.
Eat Your Water: Hydrating foods provide plenty of fluid and healthy nutrients to fuel hot summer runs.
Electrolytes: Cantaloupes, Peaches and Strawberries
Vitamin C: Watermelon, Kiwi and Citrus
Cancer Defense: Tomatoes, Broccoli
Recovery: Pineapple, Cherries
Immunity: Yogurt, Kefir
Digestion: Beans (One cup of cooked beans provides a half cup of water - I did not realize this - ah ha)
Beverages with Benefits:
Chocolate Milk - Ideal ratio of protein and carbs helps speed postrun recovery.
Coconut Water - liquid in green coconut has fewer calories and more electrolytes than sports drinks
Concord Grape Juice - more antioxidants than other common juices
Iced Green Tea - compounds called EGCG give it anti-inflammatory properties.
So DRINK up my fellow Sparkers and Sparkettes or should I say EAT up
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I will soon be starting training for a half-marathon and I certainly never considered walking during the race, but after reading an article in this month's issue of Runner's World, I may reconsider. A few excerpts from that article (paraphrased):
Walking more can make you a better runner (Jeff Galloway)
Our bodies aren't designed to run continuously for 26.2 miles, but with walk breaks, there's no limit to how far you can run.
You'll finish faster. Running continuously fatigues your muscles causing most ppl to slow down in the final 3-6 miles of a marathon. Taking regular walk breaks shifts the workload between walking and running muscles, which extends their capacity.
You'll have fewer injuries: Taking walk breaks early erases accumulated muscle fatigue, keeps muscles strong, and reduces stress around joints. It also keeps smaller muscle groups in reserve so they're able to stabilize your stride when you're tired.
You'll recover quicker: With each walk break, you're spreading the workload among different muscles, reducing muslce fatigue.
How fast should I walk? Quickly, using a short, relaxed stride.
When do I start taking breaks: Start them from the beginning.
Where should I walk? Move to the side of the road, then walk.
(Ha ha ha, my attempt to inject a little humor, I borrowed this photo from my cousin in FL facebook)
Hope these few excerpts have given you food for thought, I know they have made me rethink my strategy.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Last week I started P90X for the second go round. I had been on a break from strength training for over three months and I wanted to get back into it full swing. I did my workout every day last week - woo hoo, that in itself is quite an accomplishment since I have been so sluggish and lazy about getting back into a workout routine. So a big for consistency and effort.
Saturday day morning I went to mow my dad's lawn and I wore the heart rate monitor just to see how many calories I was burning and to my surprise - 415 calories in an hour, that's pretty good - I can look forward to 415 every Saturday morning from now until September. I was feeling good after sweating 10 gallons and was off to a great start. I was so happy I had already gotten in a workout first thing and then I could just relax the rest of the day, but I remembered that I had one last P90X workout to do - the dreaded legs and back workout.
I was so tired and sore from all the previous workouts I really didn't know if I had the strength or energy to even attempt it, but I promised myself - NO MORE SLACKING or EXCUSES.
Some words from Tony that stuck with me during this workout, paraphrasing...most people quit too soon, they don't think they can do it or don't want the pain. That stuck in my head why I was doing the workout. I didn't think I could do one more pull up or one more squat, but I kept going. Good thing about working out at home is no one sees the agonizing pain on your face as you struggle to do those last 10 pullups and no one hears the grunting and groaning and yes, yelling too. Uggghhh, I finally was done. I did it - week one down, only 11 more to go.
I knew I would be in pain the next day (DOMS) as I haven't worked the hams, glutes and quads for quite awhile. I even joked with hubby telling him he better install handicap pull up bars in our bathroom, lol. Well I seriously needed that yesterday, it hurts so bad to sit down, stand up, or even walk. I was just one miserable, pathetic mess yesterday. Should have seen me getting on the motorcycle for an afternoon ride with the DH, that was hilarious. Ya had to be there.
But, I musta done it right because I can feel every single muscle in my legs. I had truly been worked over. Well today, I can sit, stand and walk, still a little painful, but much better. I read this morning on my FB page about limits....
Do you have limits? Who has set them - YOU or someone else?
I liked this statement. Think about it. We are our own worst enemy sometimes. We are plagued with self doubt. I have "reset" my own limitations by saying "farewell to CAN'T" (last blog). The only limitations are ones that exist in our own minds. We can overcome.
I will approach this week's P90X workouts with the same hard core, go gettem attitude as last week. I'm bringing it 100% every day.
And, one last thing. I don't have to feel guilty about slipping up on the eating over the weekend. I stuck to my calories and I don't have to spend the first part of the week un-doing a weekend eating disaster. So one week of super eating to go with the workouts - hot dang !!!
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