Monday, February 01, 2010
In a word: Great!
The snow was a little wet, but still pretty good. Better than in past weeks. We started off the session by reviewing the video made of us last week. My form was pretty good, I was standing up straight and tall. My instructor said I was making stem-christie turns, which we hadn't formally learned yet, but said is the natural next step. The most important thing I learned from the tape was to keep looking downhill while twisting my lower body.
Not bad, but I think I'll wait to submit my tape to the Olympic committee.
Armed with knowledge of what we look like skiing, we hit the slopes. I practiced facing downhill. It was a little awkward at first, but then I started to get a natural rhythm. It was MUCH easier getting down the steeper parts of the hill. I practiced keeping my skis parallel, rather than a wedge. I picked up more speed, and felt more confident doing it. The snow was very thick, though, and a few times my skis got stuck when trying to turn. At one point, my ski got stuck right as I was facing directly downhill - I went REALLY fast! Fortunately, I was able to recover, phew! The only time I fell was when I turned on the hill to face my instructor, and started sliding backwards! I don't recommend doing that, FYI.
I had no prior commitments, so I stayed 2 more hours after class to practice. It was fantastic. I even went on the blue runs a couple of times on my own, and felt great about it! I would have stayed forever, but my thighs were burning from the exertion. I didn't eat enough carbs during my breakfast, and I ran out of fuel. I ate an overpriced burger at lunch and rested, but it wasn't enough to recharge me for more than a couple of runs. So I headed home, exhausted, but in the best way. I slept soooo good that night.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I didn't get a chance to write about my ski lessons on Saturday because of my move. I just got my desk cleared off enough so I can work and write.
I went to my ski lesson in the morning, even though we were moving that day. That's the thing about events that I pre-pay for - I tend to go to them no matter what.
Snow conditions were a little wet, but I'll take that any day over the ice from a few weeks ago. There was light snow. Overall, it was a good day for skiing.
We got a new person in our group. He was previously in the intermediate group, but his instructor thought he should step down a level because he was struggling. However, he was still at a disadvantage because we already reviewed the basics a couple of weeks ago. On week 3, we tackled edging and parallel turns on the blue runs. He struggled on the steep slope.
Near the end of our session, we were video taped so we could review our form for the following week. The last time I took lessons, I found the video to be very helpful. I could see that I had 'chair' form where it looked like I was sitting going down the hill. My weight was too far behind me. After seeing the video, I made sure to stand up straight. I watched videos of professional skiers, and noticed my video looked nothing like them. I practiced trying to have form like a pro. I can't wait to see what the video tells me this time.
Unfortunately, our lesson had a few mishaps. We got an unexpected lesson in why you should keep your ski tips up before getting off the lift. The other girl in my class got her ski stuck in a hole in the platform as we were approaching. Fortunately, the lift operator was very fast and stopped the lift immediately. It could have broken her leg otherwise.
The second mishap occurred when the new guy had a hard fall during the video session and had to be taken down by ski patrol. I was at the bottom and watched him fall. He had a familiar looking 'chair form', and his balance was too far back. Fortunately, the injury was not serious. Ski patrol said it looked like he just sprained his knee, but he would need rest.
After ski patrol took the guy safely down, we took our final blue run before calling it a day. I was running late for my move. I picked up a couple of Chipotle burritos for my boyfriend and I on the way home. I'm certain we burned every calorie. Especially carrying the TV.
Monday, January 25, 2010
I'm a little late with my weekly review because I've moved across town. Because of that, my normal schedule has been off as I've scrambled to clear my old apartment, get settled into the new apartment, and clean up. I'm glad that I've been working out - I've been able to keep up with the move in record time, and not too much soreness. I helped carry my 110lb TV up 10 stairs - I'm amazed!
- Cardio workout 3 times during the week, even with the packing disrupting normal patterns.
- Finished week 3 ski lessons. Conquering the blues! I was video taped during the class. We will watch and review next week for my upcoming bid to the Winter Olympics. (I wish!)
- Stretching every couple of hours after sitting at my desk.
Areas for Improvement
- Strength training. Unfortunately, due to the move, I have not had regular strength training sessions. Fortunately, moving 2 or 3 dozen boxes weighing 24-40lbs across town and up stairs probably counts for something. I can't quantify it, but I'll say it counts!
- Once settled in, resume gym schedule for cardio 3-4 times per week.
- More ski practice outside of class!
- Did well keeping an eye on my carb and sugar intake.
- Eating lots of fruits and veg. Enjoying my bowl of cherries snack right now at work.
- Ate pizza during one moving day, but opted for the Papa Murphy's deLite Pepperoni. Only about 202 calories per slice (1 large cut into 8 pieces).
Areas for Improvement:
- Again, the move has really disrupted my schedule. We had a few nights of margaritas, nachos and pizza after moving our stuff. A welcome treat, but will have to make sure it doesn't become a habit.
- Not making my goal of limiting alcohol consumption down to the weekends at all. If I was single, I'm sure I could do it, but my boyfriend is not on board with this idea. I'll just have to step up the resolve, go my own way, and say, "no thanks".
My schedule will probably be disrupted for the remainder of the week as we still need to clean the old apartment, and unpack the new apartment. The new apartment kitchen is not in functional order as boxes are all over it, so making home cooked meals regularly is probably not going to happen for at least another week. We have a marinated pork roast that we're going to grill on the balcony tonight, so we'll have something that isn't a nacho, pizza, or margarita.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
This morning I went in for my yearly physical. When I first started seeing this doc, I wasn't at the peak of my unhealthiness, so I don't really know how bad off I was when I started. There were hints of warning signs. I frequently experienced irregular heartbeats and fatigue.
I woke up and took the 10 minute walk to my doctor's office. The physical started off with a little scare. The tech took my blood pressure and said it was a little high. I was shocked. "Oh crap, what have I done wrong?" I thought. I immediately started thinking about if I'd have to exercise more to control high blood pressure. Maybe my diet changes would have to be out of necessity, rather than choice.
My doc came in and asked how everything was going. I said I was feeling fine, no real problems to report. She asked about my diet and exercise. I said I exercised 30 minutes 3-4 times per week, and 2-3 hours on the weekend. We chatted a little bit about my ski lessons, and the terrible ski conditions this year.
She asked me if I had anything I was concerned about. I said, "Everything is going fine I think, but when I came in here, the tech said my blood pressure was a little high." She checked the record. She said that it was a little high, but still not within a bad range. She said she would take it again because sometimes the initial reading can be high when you first get in the office. I told her that I walked to the office. She said, "Oh! Then that definitely could be why." She took my reading again, and said it's completely normal. I sighed, relieved. Whew! I think my BP dropped another 10 points from the relief!
She looked at my blood work readings for cholesterol, electrolyte balance, kidney, thyroid, and liver function. She said I was in "model health". We chatted a little more, and she called me an athlete! She said if my pap smear result come back clean, then we will only need to see each other every 3 years instead of every year! She told me to keep doing what I'm doing!
Losing weight is hard. Eating right and exercise is harder, but there IS a reward at the end. It's not too late to turn your life and your health around. When I was 29 and 160lbs, I was on the road to diabetes and hypertension. Today, 6 years later, I'm an "athlete"! Even though I'm carrying more body fat than I would like, my health is great. Start working on better health today, not tomorrow!
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