Sunday, July 24, 2011
Here is a fun video of my progress. I will probably do another, a better one, in the next few days.
It seems to be taking forever... I might not be sharing afterall!
Or better yet... just go to YouTube...
First time I posted a vlog and first time I posted on YouTube! WooHoo!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Today I went for a random run...
I think it went rather well consider it is 79` out and during the majority of the run I was looking for shade! I did 4.35 in a hour which considering the conditions, how much I walked, and strength trained my legs yesterday, I am okay with that. The pace ended up being a little under 14. Not terrible, but not great. But, again look at the conditions.
Towards the end of the run, I decided to try out this Gu stuff. I had chocolate. My professor had said the chocolate flavor tastes like chocolate frosting. Sign me up! I kept putting it off for trying the Gu because everyone are saying the texture was nasty. For me, it wasn't that bad. I should have done it earlier, not 5-10 minutes before the end of my run. Maybe next time!
Now, off to eat breakfast and get cracking on my homework!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Today, I got to be the boss.
My boss is on vacation so I was scheduled to work from 7 am - 3 pm. I planned ahead and packed some work out clothes.
I cannot lie. I typically have fun at work but today was especially fun.
I interviewed the CEO for the local YMCA I currently work at for class. That was a rush. I learned that he wants to open another local full service YMCA in the next 5 years. We also talked about where I want to go in the future and I really sold myself. I explained among other things that I want to stay at the Y. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Than, as soon as I got done, I punched out, and jumped on the arc trainer for 45 minutes. I chit chatted with a member/friend who went wedding dress shopping recently. As I was on the arc trainer, I made a decision.
To try out a group exercise class called hard core.
I am not very good at doing things for the first time alone but I figured it should be good for strength training. I went. It was fun.
Wait, did I just say FUN?!
Yes, I did.
I felt totally comfortable. In the past, I haven't tried them at work because when I went to ones on campus, I felt I needed to be in sync with the instructor. I totally wasn't today but it wasn't a big deal because like five others were not either. Also, I felt like it was gonna be hard core, totally intense, but it wasn't bad at all!
Ironically, a member and co-worker kept seeing how I was doing. The member would see I would take a small break so he would too. It was like I was being a leader just because I worked at the Y and I was in the group exercise class. It was kinda fun. In addition to that, my co-worker was so excited to see me. That was fun too! The member and I made small chit chat afterwards and he even helped me put away my props.
At this rate, I might have to become a Y junkie! Now if I only didn't live 20 minutes away so it would be a bit more convenient when school is in session.
To answer my Sparkfriends, BAILEYS7OF9 & 1CRAZYDOG, question... the weather is alright. It poured here and now the humidity has been lifted! The lake effects probably helped a bit! It started raining during work. I was super concerned about my new mac laptop as it was sitting next to the open window in my room... and I couldn't do a single thing about it! It was perfectly okay... not even a drop. I felt so lucky!
Oh, my day wasn't that lucky. I checked my bank account and well, I am REALLY poor but really that is not a huge surprise so I am taking it in stride.
Time to go write up the interview summaries for class!
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.
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