Saturday, October 22, 2011
Eons ago, when I was unfit, I basically just had to show up for my workouts and in the end, I would be drenched in sweat every time. In my eyes, if I am drenched in sweat, it was a great workout!
Lately, more often than not, I am not drenched with sweat. In fact, I am lucky that I have broke in a sweat. The only times that I seem to get sweaty is when I run and go to step aerobics.
This morning I went to spin class. Spin is supposed to be intense but I barely broke a sweat. So, here I sit, frustrated and disappointment. A second work out IS be in today's future. But, what? I NEED a good workout for my sanity!
Why can't I get a good workout done?
Have I plateaued mentally?
Have I plateaued physically?
More importantly, how do I fix this?
Friday, October 21, 2011
Midterms are here yet here I am still trying to figure out my work out routine during the week. In the last couple weeks, I had no plan and just made sure I did some sort of work out. It works.. but it could be better!
For example, Tuesdays and Thursdays are the busiest but yet I try to get my runs in on this day. It just doesn't work to run when you are feeling rushed. I need to feel relaxed. So, running is getting moved to twice a week. Yup, one day less. Sunday will probably always be a day. It is my Sunday thing right along with church. Pretty lucky for my non-existent future boyfriend. He can watch football and I don't want to hang out.. because.. well, I want to RUN!
Also, I feel like some days I get stressed from going from one place to another so I am adding simple mediation. This goal consists of taking ONE 10 minute break from the world, laying on the floor, closing my eyes, and listening to all the sounds around me, letting the world soothe over me, like water does with a rock in a river!
My last goal is to focus on lifting. I stopped lifting. I was doing so well, too! I know my down fall. I started doing machines again... and they bore me! Now, kettle bells and free weights don't.. but they do take more time. I wish I could find a 30 minute lifting routine that I could everyday.
Okay, before you mention how you can't lift everyday.. hear me out! I plan to create a routine where it is upper one day and lower the next with either Wednesdays or the weekends off.
Why do I want to lift everyday? How I figure it is if I lift everyday I know I can't put it off because I am doing it everyday keeping me consistent!
Also, I have noticed that my routine is dry. When I go to the gym, I seem to be looking at the equipment like this rather than . In fact, I have been trying new machines at the Y and taking spin classes.
I am hoping this revamping.. adding lifting everyday and meditation weekly will help!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Today was pretty amazing!
This morning I did the Harvest 5K Run/Walk with my sister!
Even through the race was poorly organized and needed better communication, I had alot of fun.
Even through the race was chip timed, we do not know the official time. You see we did not walk across a mat at the beginning line for the chip to be activated with. In fact, we weren't even sure if the race started until it was confirmed at mile 1's marker. I stuck with her like glue during the race. It was fun coaching her in the last stretch as we crossed the finish line. Our time was 42:55.
[Does anyone notice that I have decent running form? I always thought I had bad form. Maybe it's not as bad as thought!]
After the race, a woman approached us and told my sister she did well and that I was a great coach! Apparently, the lady was trying to catch up to us but we consistently ran/walked through out the whole thing.
By the way, I might be going down in race shirts. I now have two long sleeve t-shirts that are mediums which are a bit big. I thought at first maybe it was a fluke. I will have to keep it in mind that I may need a SMALL in fall races!
They treated me to Old Country Buffet and I was able to get pancakes that I have been craving for the last couple days. I probably overate for me but I don't feel I went too crazy.
Than, I took them to Enger Tower to see a great view of the city.
To get the above photo we had to climb a tower. Nicole asked how far up it was. I dunno, 20 steps? I guess with being "fit", I don't worry about not being able to get somewhere, like the top of the tower. It was more like 60 steps. Oops!
They drove to my parents and I went to work.
At first, I was not happy at work! One of the personal trainers was a butthead to me. Basically, he is on a power trip and been trying to tell me how to do my job. He can try but I sure don't have to listen. He comes across righteous. Today he did it in front members. Not okay! I will probably should speak with my boss about it. I vented and trying to move on.
Than, at the end of the shift, I spoke with this guy that was overweight. We spoke about my weight loss, and the lifestyle change. I, of course, mentioned Sparkpeople. He repeated it. So, I hope he checks into it. But, he also told me how he didn't "connect" with said personal trainer that I have a current issue with. This makes me happy inside because I had the feeling he connected with me. But, hey, I understood and I feel not all personal trainers do as they were healthy all their life so they do not know how it feels to need to lose weight!
Tomorrow I hope to go hiking with a friend!
Friday, October 14, 2011
In the past, I have tried to "spark" my family but I feel they are the hardest! But, recently I feel a "spark" might be starting! So exciting!
First, my sister made a goal to run her first 5K by her 30th birthday. Tomorrow was the day she was supposed to run, but she is switching to a walk. Still proud of her! I know for my first 5K, I had to walk half of it. Just doing a 5K is a great start. She did mention earlier this week that she could aim for her 31st birthday to run her first 5K. In the past, she mentioned she wants to prove that she CAN do it! I really hope she sticks with it!
Than, today I was talking to my parents and my mom went to the doctor. Apparently, as my dad was waiting for her in the waiting room, he read Runner's World! Yup, you read that right! When I asked him about it, he is like, "Well, I have to read something." Well, yes, I suppose but I never remember my dad reading anything about running or anything like that!
Apparently, once I got a passion everyone wants to join me, which is pretty awesome! These little "spark" moments are pretty cool for me, and I had to share!
Watch for a blog on tomorrow's 5K!
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