Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I have had a goal to do a sub30 5k for over 1 year now. This spring and early summer I was beginning to think that maybe I am too old to accomplish that goal. But then my daughter and son in law wanted to quit smoking and I said if they do I would quit eating candy bars.
Well, they are smoking and I ate some tootsie rolls. But I did not want to stop my challenge so I declined candy bars from my daughters that they were offering me as a thank you for doing something for them and said, "I am giving up candy". I even told that to the nice lady handing out samples in the store and when I said that there was a chorus "You're giving up candy? I could never do that." from every one who was in earshot.
Anyway, today I am on week 1 day 4 of the 30 Day Fastest 5k program and it was an endurance run for about 30 minutes or so. It was basically running for a stretch of time followed by a jog. It was such a good run for me. I managed to run for the whole time I was supposed and when the last run was done, I looked at my garmin and saw that I only had 1k to go before I reached 5k. The next thing to do was cooldown - slow jog for 5 minutes. I was a little over 1 1/2 mile from home, so instead of the cool down, I ran and ran and ran. NEW personal best time for me 31'22". And then I walked that last 1+ mile home. I felt so good.
As I was doing that last 1k, I began to see how eating all those sweets have been affecting my performance and I thought "Did all those candy bars slow me down?" I am thinking yes, they did. There is little micronutrients, if any at all, in candy bars. Since candy consists mainly of sugar and fat I am now seeing there is no benefit to my performance eating candy.
I am focusing on eating better so that I can acheive my goal of a sub 30. I entered a race in September and I should be graduated from the program by then. Even if I don't make the sub 30 (a sub31 will make me happy) I am so happy with the improvements I am seeing in my endurance and strength. If I can run that race hard beginning to end I will be satisfied with my fitness improvement.
Monday, August 15, 2011
No, that is not a typo, I did make the typo while typing and thought - "Hey, I like that!" 'I'm Thinnking", that is I am thinking about being thin. But not just thin - I am thinnking about being fit and healthy.
I also realize that I have to do it myself by educationg myself about nutrition and fitmess so that I can make intelligent and educated choices about the foods I eat. Every thing I put in my mouth begins first with a thought even when I eat mindlessly and stuff food in my mouth without thinking. I first had the thought to begin.
So, I am going to start thinnking, that is retraining my brain so I will think about eating foods that will fuel my body instead of foods that will give me momentarily pleasure. Really, when I think about it, a candy bar will make feel me good for maybe 30 - 60 seconds, but a really good workout refreshes me for hours.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
My daughter asked me to watch the baby last night and had her computer set up nearby with her Netflix account open, so since baby was sleeping, I searched the titles and found Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It was a documentary about a guy who had a chronic issue and decided to do a juice fast for 60 days.
What I found interesting was the comment on how hard it was not to give in to eating unhealthy foods while fasting. The thing that I got from it was that the choice is always set before us to eat foods that are unhealthy or not and it is up to us, as individuals, to educate ourselves on the foods that we decide to eat.
I recall those days when I was working full-time with overtime and how I fed my family with processed foods because it was quick and easy. Back then, we thought that type of food was tasty. I realize now that I was totally ignorant as to the effects that such foods would have on us.
My youngest daughter has eaten the most processed foods as she became an adult and continues to do so even today. She is now realizing that she needs to eat less processed foods in order for her to just feel better. She is making a gradual shift in her diet and for that I am grateful.
I am finding that education is key for me to eat healthier. I just had my 53rd birthday and the last thing I want to say in 5, 10, 15, etc. years from now is that i am "fat, sick and nearly dead".
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I have a goal to do a sub30 5k but this summer has been so hot and humid that I just cannot seem to do it. I decided to make my goal for the summer to be a sub 31 5k so I won't get too frustrated.
Although I won't be blogging that I reached the new goal of a sub31, I am going to state that I now have a new personal best time of 31'30.
I am going to be doing Running Mate Media's Fastest 5k program starting next week and hopefully, during the training time, I'll reach that sub31 time and by Sept 24, I'll be able to reach that goal of crossing the finish line in less than 30 minutes.
In the meantime, I am going to continue to enjoy my progress with each of my runs.
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