Monday, August 01, 2011
I only have 5 days left in my Weight Watcher three month tracker. For those of you who are not Weight Watchers, a three month tracker is a paper journal for tracking food, exercise, hunger levels, weekly goals/plans, tips, etc. I have estimated a lot this past 3 months. On WW you don't have to count veggies (except starchy ones) or fruits (except dried and with juice). I also measured my 3 milk servings per day on a weekly basis very easily - I buy one gallon fat free milk and know I also need 5 servings of yogurt or fat free cheese for the week. Sometimes I measure out 14 teaspoons of olive oil to meet my healthy fat requirement for the week. Then there are only a few things I had to measure: the protein, carbs and fun foods. I won't say it was effortless, but I maintained without too much trouble.
Now to shake it up. My plan is to go back to SparkPeople tracking for the next three months. By alternating tracking methods, my aim is to overcome complacency. SP tracking is more work, but there is more nutrition feedback and, therefore, an opportunity to improve my nutrition even further.
PS To those of you who asked for a picture of my new bathing suits, I would pose if I had a photographer!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I found a Speedo bathing suit for half price yesterday and decided to get it. For one thing, it is just what I need if I decide to enter the swimming events of the Senior Games. I think I'll just time some of the event lengths - like 50 yard breaststroke and 100 yard backstroke - to see if I'm somewhat near competitive. I'm quite willing to enter even with no chance of winning, but I want some assurance that I won't finish, embarrassed, way behind the others. Since the Senior Games are not until January, I have time to train, too.
Another reason I got the suit is that it doesn't look too bad. It's various shades of purple with a white racing stripe down the side. It is a Speedo Endurance which advertises that it lasts 20 times longer than a suit that is not chlorine resistant. That is important as the one piece suit I bought last year and have worn less than 2 dozen times has blue only on the inside of the elastic on the legs. The color has bleached and near the seams it is showing wear. The YMCA pool where I swim is heavily chorinated.
I have a tankini that is cute, but it doesn't have a solid enough fit for lap swimming and racing. I plan to save it for the beach rather than the chlorine. And I must confess, I not only got the practical Speedo, there was this cute little black one piece that was very flattering on very good sale. Couldn't resist!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
When my bad cold and cough caused me to stop exercising, I missed it. For several days it just didn't feel right to sit around even sick. But then in just a couple more days it felt right --too right.
After 10 days of rest there was part of me that did not want to exercise at all. But I found that just like several years ago when I first started exercising regularly, if I got up and moved for 10 minutes, I felt like more. So I walked a couple times, kind of slow. Then I did the elliptical. Today I almost felt like me again. I went 3.25 miles on the treadmill in 40 minutes. That was mostly walk with 2 minute run intervals. It just felt better and better. I could definitely have gone on, but again I want to build up slowly as I believe that is my best chance for injury and illness prevention.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I almost titled this blog "Giving Up a Dream", but that is not right. I gave up the trophy for the 201 Watermelon Series of 5Ks. I'm not giving up anything else.
You know, it came almost too easy. I saw a poster at the YMCA last January for the Senior Games 5K road race for people over 50. For about 3 years I'd been doing regular cardio exercise - walking, Walk Away the Pounds, cycling, elliptical, and some swimming. I wondered if I could run 3.1 miles. I jumped on the treadmill and ran a 5K at my gym right near the bulletin board with the poster. I can do this! I entered the race. I was a little afraid of all the pounding on the joints so I only ran once a week for 10 weeks, mostly on the treadmill. I didn't follow any Couch to 5K program or any program for that matter. Most of the time I only ran 1 or 2 miles. The race was only my third time to run that far. My goal was to make it and my hope was to not be last.
I ran the race and felt fantastic! I didn't know until a week later that I had won a bronze medal, coming in third in my age group. I am an unabashed award junkie. That is part of the reason that for years my favorite work assignments were writing grant proposals. I just loved getting those awards! And it is why I worked so hard in school. I do believe I was the epitome of the overachiever.
I think back over the awards that I have won in my life. The only athletic awards I ever earned were for swimming; I was on a swim team from age 10-16. I won a few awards, but very few, and I worked hours and hours to earn them. My mom got me up very early and took me to practice, and then took me back in the evening. I swam twice a day, over and over, and rarely won anything. I was a good student and got good grades, but I worked very, very hard for them.
Honestly, this is the first time I ever won anything easily. I read a few running books and started training three times a week. I was convinced my joints could take it. I improved my time from 31:19 to 28:46.
This cold took an almost certain award from me. One of my new runner friends told me that it could be that my running has run down my immunities. She said that is not unusual especially for someone my age who just started running and really pushed it. It could be that running actually triggered this cold. It is hard to know, though. This virus might have happened anyway.
Okay. Now what? Today I'm going to walk a little, my first exercise in 8 days. I'm not giving up running, though. I'm considering joining a Galloway run/walk training group here in town. It might be a gentler way to approach running. On the downside, it costs and it ties me down on Saturday mornings. After I'm feeling better, I'll decide.
I wish I weren't such an award junkie. Maintaining an 80 pound weight loss should be reward enough for me.
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