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On my way to a 5k!

Friday, September 07, 2012

I started the 8 week 5k program on sparkpeople today. I have never been a runner. I have definitely tried to run in the past, along with various training program, but was quickly discouraged because I never seemed to 'get better' or 'get faster'. In fact, running or even jogging made me feel extremely nauseous.
So today I started a new program. It starts out simple enough. I walked for 4 minutes and ran for 1. I did that 6 times total. Even though it was really scary for me to get on the tredmill and run, i still did it. No nausea. Every time the timer came down to run, I could feel my heart jump with nerves. 'Am I going to make it? Can I do this? What the heck am I doing?' But I did it! I got through the whole 1st day. So now I am happy and feeling like this time is different.
I am hoping I can run for so many reasons. I want to run with my husband. I want to run with my cohort mates. I really want to do a marathon or half marathon for a cause just to know what that's like. I want to run for my future. I want to run to stay healthy. I want to run because when I have kids, I don't want them to be able to out run me. I want to run in cute clothes. I want to run because I remember the joy it brought me as a little kid and I want to see if I can feel like that again.
I really want this. I want it bad. So I guess I have to make it happen. 1 day at a time :)

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PATTIE441 12/9/2012 11:55AM

    You can do it! You are amazing!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 9/7/2012 9:42PM

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It is a matter of one foot in front of the other, one day at a time. It does gets better but it won't be fun at first. The body sort of goes...what the heck....just keep consistent with the workouts and before you know it you will be running the whole thing.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/7/2012 9:41PM

    Congrats on finishing day 1. Keep up the great work!

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LDYJARHEAD 9/7/2012 9:16PM

    Good for you!

I started the 5K walk/jog program too and went out and walked about 5K the first day to try to find a course to use, then yesterday I did the first day of walk 4 min/jog 1 min for 25 min (although I did about 28 min, jogging 2 min the last leg). The jog didn't seem like much of a jog, but I did it!

Congratulations on taking those first steps. It does get easier.

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Trying different things and goals

Saturday, August 25, 2012

It has been years since I tried yoga. I tried again today. Even though it was different, I am glad I did it. I mixed up my work out routine, so that's good, right?
I need to work on attainable goals. Just like school, I can't finish a 3 year program in a year. Similarly, I can't lose all the weight I want to lose in a month. I need to focus on making this a lifestyle change, not a get skinny quick scheme. So my attainable goals:
1) Weekly, at least once, try to walk, jog. The long term goal being to run
2) Eat a 'whole food' once a week. Just once. A banana or apple or something like that.
3) Eat out no more than 2 times a week.

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JSTETSER 8/25/2012 6:45PM

    Keep moving forward! You will get there! Great attainable goals. emoticon

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NATALIEGENZ 8/25/2012 6:22PM

    Those all sound like healthy, attainable goals. I struggle with getting in those "whole foods" too, but I've been working on eating two servings of fruits (and maybe a vegetable here or there) a day, and it's getting easier. With patience and practice it might get easier for you, too.

Good luck!

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Wasted time

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

School is coming next week. It is the biggest 'taker of time' in my life. I need to think of ways to gain time to work out and eat right. I think I need to cut back on internet surfing time and TV to do that. Wish me luck!


Worries about failure

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Well I looked back at my fitness chart and I have not taken a day off since late July. Working out every day has made me feel better about what I am trying to accomplish. As a grad student working in schools, it's easy to find 250+ minutes a week to work out. My concern is the week after next. What happens when I go back to school? Last year I barely had time to sleep, let alone find an extra 250 minutes a week to work out. I have also been giving myself one 'cheat meal' a week so I don't feel deprived. I got used to fast food when I was so very short on time. I have to start figuring that out. And Fast. I hope I can stick with this. I don't know what to do when the tidal wave of graduate school comes over me.


Another day another workout!

Monday, August 13, 2012

With a trip to Tahoe coming up in just a few days, I am trying to hit all my fitness goals before I go. I am not sure if that is the 'best' thing to do, but I am doing it anyway. What's the motto? "Don't feel it? Do it anyway".
So that means an hour of cardio and 30 mins of strength training three days in a row. That's a lot for me! I did it yesterday and felt like a champ. Today I was a bit more tired. My dreaded knee pain came back in the last 30 minutes reminding me of ballet days gone by. *sigh* I miss ballet. I miss the structure, the grace. I miss being admired for my over extension in my knees. And that same over extension has caused a chronic pain, whether I work out or not. Oh well. Part of the reason I am doing this is so my knees feel better. Temporary knee pain is part of it.
So today I did 30 minutes on the precore and 30 minutes on the elliptical. I then did the ab crunch machine, the hip adduction, a tricep pulldown, leg press, and back extensions.
I feel exhausted physically, but good now, mentally. I think the amount I don't want to workout before hand is equal to the happy feeling I have after for getting it done. :)
To many more 'happy feelings' afterwards for many many days to come!


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