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November dieting & exercise

Monday, November 05, 2012

Hi there, I haven't been around as much lately since I joined the New Horizons music program at OU. It's a blast, but sadly I had to drop the upright bass/orchestra section. It was just too difficult, trying to learn a new instrument AND jazz numbers for the guitar. I'm still doing the Jazz Ensemble, and I may even become a decent guitar player (someday) emoticon

The key is (big surprise) consistency, just like diet and exercise. I need to practice daily, consistently, in order to learn and play these songs. I've never played jazz before, so this is a totally new experience for me. I am learning alot, pushing myself on the guitar and music theory more than ever. That's the ticket.

And now it's time to push myself harder on the dieting part. Yep, it's a terrible time of the year to even TRY to diet, and I'm not very good at saying "No" to the yummy treats that find their way into my workspace. So, my strategy for November is this: limit the AMOUNT of yummy treats to just 1 or 2 SMALL ones, and consistently follow a healthy and low-cal eating plan the rest of the day. I figure that I won't be able to say no to ALL yummy treats, but if I can hold it down instead of eating everything in sight, that's a good plan. And of course, with the extra treats it's even MORE important to eat smaller, healthier meals the rest of the time. emoticon

As for exercise, well now I've got my Thursday nights back, so there's no reason NOT to run 3 times a week, and throw in some weight training 2 other days. I can get back into Coach Nicole's 28-Day Bootcamp DVD, or even hit the gym on, say, Wed & Sundays. And I'm proud to announce that I ran the Kramer 5K on Saturday in 34:28, which is about 1 1/2 minutes FASTER than last years! emoticon One of my New Years goals was to increase my running speed to 6mhp, and I'm definitely making progress! emoticon But with just 2 months left in the year, I really need to be pushing it!

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2KITTIES 11/6/2012 9:23PM

    Great race, Toni! Did you see the results? We all did well, it was just the inspiration we all needed.

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SPIRALDOWN 11/5/2012 10:04AM

    Sounds like you love what your doing... Getting more time to exercisr is always great. I feel the same way w only 2 months left in the yearbit is time to push. I set a goal to be down 14 pds by christmas 2 wks ago and so far i am down 4
5 so i have 6 weeks left... Oh dear

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I died Saturday...sort of

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

So I ran in the Hinton "Zombie Edition" of the Dirty 30, and MAN, it was COLD!!! My goal was to complete the course in under an hour, and still have at least 1 flag left. Well -- I think I got it done right at one hr (still not totally sure on that), but I lost all my flags and therefore "died." emoticon Oh well, it was still lots of fun -- except for the COLD part!

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WESTIEGAL1 10/9/2012 2:48PM

    Congratulations on finishing-well done! You can continue your goal next year. emoticon

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Cut my running time!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Yep, yesterday I ran 3 miles in just under 35 minutes! emoticon On my last 5K I ran it in 36.02, so that's a big improvement! Of course, it WAS on a treadmill emoticon but for some reason I tend to run a little faster outdoors (probably caused by gravity going downhill!). My weight's also down a smidge emoticon and I'm not sure if it's diet or losing muscle tone. I've really slacked off the exercising, and the Zombie Run is only 2 weeks away! (AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!) So I managed to squeeze in some pushups and ab work, and it feels pretty good - so far emoticon

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KBAYS1976 9/26/2012 6:31PM

    That's a great time!!! Keep up the great work!

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SNOWYOGA 9/24/2012 7:32PM

    emoticon emoticon Can't wait!

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Finally ran outside

Monday, September 10, 2012

Yep, temps were cooler yesterday so there goes my excuse. MAN, it was SO HARD, I haven't run outdoors since the Memorial run. Got that Zombie run coming up in - 4 weeks! ULP! Gotta get moving on that! emoticon emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 9/10/2012 3:19PM

    Sorry, but 2 days in a row I love this. But I hope you can train and that your Zombie run will go great! emoticon emoticon Sorry it's the best I could find! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Last night I did something DIFFERENT!

Friday, September 07, 2012

Last night I went to this New Horizons program out of OU, where people of "all ages" (mostly MY age) either learn to play an instrument or take up one they used to play. I have played with guitar for years (they didn't have Rock Band when I was a kid), and I thought maybe this would be a way to get better. Well, last night was a full orchestra, and they don't really use a guitar player, so I decided to try Upright Bass! They got me a loaner, you should see the thing - it's HUGE! So last night I just learned a little about the instrument, like how to hold it and the scale, then we went over a song. I think I'm going to like this! emoticon

Next Monday I'll be jamming with the Jazz Ensemble, and they DO take guitar players! Stay tuned.... emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 9/7/2012 8:02PM

    Wow, sounds like alot of fun. So I can say I know a rocker! emoticon Sorry couldn't find much (Billy Ray) emoticon Have a great weekend

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