Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Have you ever thought you ate well or had a great work out or even had a great weekend... but than you track it than you feel like you fall short?
That is actually one of the reasons I have stopped tracking food. I tracked calories for two years, at least, before I gave it up. I know when I have a good eating day... and when I don't. There were days that I thought were "good" days but the tracker deemed it was a "bad" day because I went over maybe two hundred calories. I deserved better treatment than the daily inner beating.
It happened again today.
I went for a run. It was amazing. I was drenched in sweat. For me, it isn't a good workout until I am all sweaty. Today, I went running for 50 minutes. I dreaded tracking it. You know why? I knew the endorphin rush was going to go away when I found out that I ran a 15 minute mile pace. It really was a party killer. Well, because, in my head, it was like saying, I am not good enough.
For awhile, I didn't track my fitness. For this exact reason, I felt bad about myself when I should be exhilarated that I work out nearly everyday. And, when I don't work out, my day is not complete. But, tracking makes me feel like I fall short.
I think more and more my days on this site are coming to an end. I know SP is always here but it is a tool. I no longer use the trackers but rather stay in touch with a few people.
In other news, you may have noticed that I have made a few status about being all sweaty. Let me explain why I am celebrating this. For at least a month or so, I would work out and barely break a sweat. This is good and bad. It is good because it means I have gotten in really good shape and I gotta work harder to get to my target heart rate. It is bad because I wasn't reaching my target heart rate. Mine is around 140ish and I have been hitting around 110, maybe 120. Lately, I have found if I do the programs on the machines, I hit my target heart rate and have a nice, sweaty workout. In other words, I have broken through what I call my heart rate plateau!
Monday, July 11, 2011
This weekend I stayed with my parents. I am very saddened by this but these are two lessons I learned in the last few days. Please take heart and listen to them.
Your health is NOT a joke.
Where ever you are in your journey, PLEASE take it seriously. Sure, you may joke about your poor lifestyle, but the thing is, it is not a joke. It should be put first. You know why? Because if you don't make it a priority, you won't be enjoy life. Like going for a hike to see the waterfalls. Or taking a scroll with your grandchildren. Do it now!
It is never too late to learn to love yourself.
Do it today. Do it yesterday. But... don't do it tomorrow. Don't put it off. If not for yourself, love yourself and be kind to yourself for your family. We love you, faults and all, and hate seeing you tear yourself down. If you are not happy, take action.
I know I sound like I am yelling. I am not. I am telling you because I cannot approach my parents...yet. They are overweight and they are not ready to make the lifestyle change. Someday, I hope they are but right not is not that time. In the mean time, I do try to educate them and emphasize small changes like streaks.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Quickly, I thought I'd hit the highlights of my weekend...
Saturday, after work, I headed home for the next couple days. It was good to see everyone.
Sunday, we chilled which meant I was seriously bored. I am used to always needing to do something so it was odd to be sitting and chatting. My sisters and I went for a walk/run. That was interesting. My sister is being to run but her knees are hurting her days after she runs. Any advice I could pass onto her on how to fix it?
That night we went to fireworks! It was rather fun!
Monday, Nicole, Eddie, Trevor, and I left at 6:15 am for the 5K!
Here we are waiting pre-race!
Later on, we met up with Heidi. They walked it while I ran it.
I was aiming for under 30 minutes but got 33:45. It was not bad considering the hill at the end. I was bumming at it than I looked at my race goals. One of them is to beat last year's 5K time of 38:00. That race 5K is in a month - I think I got it!
We than had amazing blueberry pancakes with strawberry and cool whipped topping! After that we headed to a nearby town for the fun parade! That was fun!
Than, we headed back to my parents...
By this time, I was pooped! I was tired from the running, the driving, my sunburn. My sister wanted to go to fireworks but all I wanted to do was so we just chilled in the lake.
Today, I drove back, did laundry, and went to work. At work, a guy asked me to supper. Honestly, that was really nice. I am 25 and I figure he was 35. I know, I know. Age is just a number but we are in different places in our lives, I feel. Anyhow, it was really nice. And, people wonder why I love my job! Ha!
I think that about sums everything up... time for me to get to bed. I got class tomorrow. It is the last week of class for two of my summer classes! Than, I can focus on the online class until the end of July. Where is August? I can't wait when all I gotta think about is work and reading on the beach, tehehe!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Confession! I think I may be addicted to sugar! I just want more and more and more! Today, I demolished a bag of these.
I think the problem might be my running. Let me explain. Your body's main fuel is carbohydrates. Carbohydrates is broken down into glucose and is stored in our muscles as glycogen. The amount we need is arguable. But, the fact is, we do need it. I think I may have not been fueling my body as I should have and now it is craving sugar than it is going out of style.
Besides my new found sugar addiction, I have been thinking of taking July as the month to focus on my running. That's the ONLY goal I have in July. The goal can be broken down into two parts... strength training and perfecting my shorter distance.
Moving on from that, I am doing a race with my sister on the 4th! She is walking the 5K while I am running the 10K! I am so darn proud of her! It is her first race!!!
It is a small local race and I am super afraid I am gonna be last. Last year the last person was 1:05. I run longer distances between 12:00 and 14:00 pace. So, if I run this race at a 13:00 pace, I will finish in 1:12. What if they forget I am out there?! And, that has happened to me! Everyone went in for awards and I was still running/walking the 5K. It was humiliating. Anyhow, I was thinking about switching but kinda on the fence about it.
If I did the 5K, I could see what my 5K time is at officially. There are two upcoming races that I want to be under 30:00. Also, I could take photos of her and root her on at the finish line! On the other hand, if I did the 10K, I could show my sister it isn't about placing, but rather just completing it.
Well, I better go get some homework done for Exercise Physiology before the sugar has me bouncing off the walls!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I figured it has been a while since I blogged... I haven't dropped off the end of the earth - just busy. Taking three summer classes and working part time will do that to ya.
So, here's a bit update with what's going with me.
Yesterday, I decided to go for a 7 mile run. I think it wiped me out. I am so tired. And, I didn't even run the full 7 miles. I ran the first 3 miles and walked the rest. Than, I went shopping. I was tuckered out by 10 pm!
The shopping was nice. It was really nice to have some girl time. At one of the stores, I was looking for some capris. I love Hydraulic jeans and they only had 7/8 size pants. The sales clerk looked me up and down.. and thought I could fit. How nice. I tried them on and I actually could button them. I had a muffin top issue so I didn't get them. But, still. It was nice to be considered "small".
Anyhow, I woke up today with a headache pounding on one side - not my ideal way of waking up. I went to the Y and worked out. Lately, I have been starting my workouts with a 5-10 minutes of rowing. I like it! Today, after rowing, I did 40 minutes on the arc trainer and 15 minutes on the wave machine which does the motion of inline skating.
I was going to do homework but I am just so tired.. I already took a nap and am on my second movie. Motivation is not on the forefront today! I do wonder if the cravings of sugar are related to my 7 mile run. Oh, wait. I am sure they are. In the last couple days, I haven't been eating as many carbs as I should be. If there is anything I learned from Exercise Physiology is my body needs carbs for exercise. When it doesn't get them, I crave sugar! I really need to have a balanced diet.
Hope all is well for everyone in Sparkland!
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