Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This incurable night owl managed to get to bed at a decent hour last night and got up at 6am to eat oatmeal. Then to the gym and the treadmill before a quick shower and trip to the office!
When I got to work at 9 I was purple in the face from my early exertions, but what a great feeling, I've been soooo proud of myself today!
I'll definitely do it again, I've been thinking all day that I've already got my GOYAAM for the day before 9am and anything else I do will be a bonus today.
If that isn't motivating, I don't know what is!
So - these are the lessons I have learned today
(I will have to read these to myself before bed every day):
- Yes, even a night owl can do morning workouts!
- Morning workouts are motivating, fun and a great way to start the day!
- Yes, Marit - a good morning workout really really beats snuggling under the blanket for an extra half hour when you can think about how good you have been THE REST OF THE DAY!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday we went for a looong lovely walk in the sun and did our shopping at the same time. Then we cleared away all the remaining junk and furniture and garden equipment and stuff that should be indoors from our garden. Winter and snow can come whenever it wants!
We had big plans of visiting the gym this weekend, and so we did, after breakfast today.
There was this voice at the back of my head telling me I wouldn't "fit in" there, with all the students (the gym is at the University). I told myself to stop being so silly and waltzed into the locker room to change into my running tights and t-shirt. As I suspected, no one there batted an eyelid at me, they were too busy putting on their make-up and fluffing their hair.
After changing, my dearest and I met up and then headed for the fitness studio in search of treadmills and instruction like the gym novices we are.
It was packed! On a Sunday!
So we waited for a few minutes, then two treadmills next to each other were free and we could step on them. Now, I haven't used a treadmill before, so I was happy there was an instructor nearby to go through the controls with us.
I eased into it with a slow unsteady walk, but found my feet and steadily increased the speed until I was running. I tried to keep the same speed and ran about as far as I'm used to outside. I think next time I'll go a bit faster and see how far I run before I have to slow. It wasn't as boring as I had feared beforehand. And phew, I sweat a lot more indoors than when running outside and I was so dizzy once I stepped off the machine!
My desk at work is heaped with unanswered mail and stuff to do since I've spent the last two weeks in bed with the flu. That's why I stopped by my office after our workout (it's close to the gym) to have a look at what's waiting. I'll have to prioritize on Monday but I do have a better idea about what's there.
I feel so GREAT about tackling the gym monster! It will be a great help to have a place close to work to drop in and get sweaty even when it's cold and nasty weather outside! Winter and snow can come whenever it wants!
I feel good about tackling the paper monster too, but I get paid for that!
Goals and plans for the coming week:
My 2-week flu is gone, all that's left of it is a bit of a cough. So I've got plans to burn-burn-burn again!
My weekly goal is ~2500 kcal. I keep track of the "Strong finish: Burn 30000 kcal by NY-challenge" with CJROMB: I have 17672 kcal left to burn.
That's 393 kcal every day.
Do-able. I'll try to burn more on some days so I get some slack, the last 14 days of more or less bed-rest has really thrown me off.
- This week I'll re-visit the gym more than once. I want to visit the gym and different times of the day to see when it's less crowded since I hate to have to wait and feel pressed for time.
- I'll get instruction for using the strength training equipment. (I only LOOKED at those instruments of torture today!!)
- I'll go to the gym before work to try a morning workout (They open at 7am)
- My darling is traveling from Wed-Fri, so I plan go to the gym alone one of those evenings after work.
How was your weekend and what are YOUR plans for the coming week?
Friday, November 14, 2008
Just for laughs...
Perhaps this is a more accurate account of the events of that fateful morning... ? Happy Friday!
Baby Bear goes downstairs, sits in his small chair at the table. He looks into his small bowl. It is empty. 'Who's been eating my porridge?!?' he squeaks.
Daddy Bear arrives at the big table and sits in his big chair. He looks into his big bowl and it is also empty. 'Who's been eating my porridge?!?' he roars.
Mummy Bear puts her head through the serving hatch from the kitchen and yells,
'For God's sake, how many times do I have to go through this with you two idiots?'
'It was Mummy Bear who got up first.
It was Mummy Bear who woke everyone in the house. It was Mummy Bear who made the coffee.
It was Mummy Bear who unloaded the dishwasher from last night and then put everything away.
It was Mummy Bear who swept the floor in the kitchen. It was Mummy Bear who went out in the cold early morning air to fetch the newspaper and croissants.
It was Mummy Bear who set the damn table.'
She sighs, and continues:
'It was Mummy Bear who walked the bloody dog, cleaned the damn cat's litter tray, gave them both their food, and refilled their water.
'And NOW that you've BOTH decided to drag your sorry bear-asses downstairs and grace Mummy Bear with your grumpy presence,
... listen carefully ...
because I'm ONLY going to say this ONCE...
'I HAVEN'T HAD THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR F***ING PORRIDGE YET!!!'
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I've been surfing running programs while I've been ill and came across John "The Penguin" Bingham again. You know - he's the guy with the excellent blog in Runner's world, and the wonderful life motto: "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
I just ordered his book "The courage to start. A guide to running for your life." and can't wait until it gets here. I'm sure it'll give me some laughs and some extra motivation as I waddle on with my running.
Anyway, he wrote something great on his website that I've shamelessly stolen to share with you, you can read more on this link: www.johnbingham.com/
WHAT IS A PENGUIN?
In the running lexicon, the word "Penguin" has come to mean a person who runs more for the joy of running than for recognition and public rewards. Some of us are perpetual Penguins. We are consumed by the pleasure of movement.
Other Penguins find their joy in the challenge of reaching their own potential, whatever that is. For some it has meant running the Boston Marathon, the only U.S. marathon that has qualifying standards. For others, it has meant finding an independence and freedom in their daily runs that expands their limits.
Can there be such a thing, then, as a Penguin athlete? Or an athletic Penguin? Can people who are fighting to lose thirty or forty pounds be athletes? Of course they can! Can people who have waited until their forties to become physically active be athletes? You bet. Can people who finish last in a race be athletes? Yes, they can. And yes, they are.
You might be a penguin if...
- you have to politely (for the third time) tell the men in the police car moving behind you that No you do not wish a ride.
- you wear your jog bra on top of your singlet. This is especially true if you are male.
- during a race, you keep turning around to see if there is still anybody behind you.
- the rest of the pack is out of sight before you've run 100 yards.
- you meet both the hare AND the tortoise running back towards you doing their cool-down after a race.
- the only reason you don't drop out of a race is that you're embarrassed that the police in the car behind you (closing the course) will see you.
- as you're rounding the corner onto Main Street and the finish line, you overhear the announcer on a microphone to the crowd of 500 saying "we are ASSURED the young lady IS coming in!" (Oh well, at least I was young).
- you recognize all the regular runners on your favorite route from behind.
- you get passed on the uphill by a runner pushing a double baby jog stroller.
- you shoot a 24-shot roll of film during a marathon.
- you make arrangements for a late checkout at the hotel.
- you are more worried about the porta-potty lines than the start line.
- your support crew talks about meeting you for supper, not lunch.
- you have to memorize the route because you know that you will lose the back of the pack.
- the truck picking up the cones is pressing on your behind.
- as you pass a course volunteer they ask you, "How many are behind you yet?" and you say "Behind me? Behind? Gosh ... I think two ... Unless they turned around!"
- the awards ceremony is over before you cross the finish line.
Are YOU a Penguin Athlete too?
Monday, November 10, 2008
My doctor put me on sick leave for three days! I really hope that's enough and that I'll be well by Wednesday. My voice has disappeared and I have this itchy throat and I'm sleepy all the time.
I'll be lurking here and can't wait to get moving again!
Get An Email Alert Each Time TELERIE Posts