Friday, May 15, 2009
...I'm thinking that I can definitely do the Rowing and the Running at this point in my training schedule, the money works out perfectly if I do it INSTEAD of my Gym Membership (and actually because I work out at the University Rec Center it will save even more money because usually my hubby has to pay for his himself in the summer for me to get mine whereas the rest of the school year it's covered by his tuition), I can get my but up out of bed early TWO DAYS out of the week(well, after the first two weeks of every day 6-7:30AM M-F), and I think I can maintain my current ST program with the tools and resources I have at home....
I'm just scared of losing the safety net of the gym!!!! What if I get injured again while running and can't run anymore??? I won't have a pool to go to, or other backup exercise plans like the spin classes or whatever else... plus I will again have to delay stepping up my weights...
But I think it might be a really great decision for me to let go of that safety net. I don't think I'll have another opportunity like this to get involved in a Community Rowing Club and actually row on the river. I have lots of good tools I can use at home -- my stability ball, dumbbells in two weights (8 and 12lbs), resistance bands, my 10lb kettlebell, a few workout DVD's (one PILATES DVD and two Jillian Michaels butt kickers), the Netflix Instant Viewing workout stuff AND through the mail... AND the resources of the great outdoors!!!! Lots of people work out without gym memberships. While I'd prefer to have one, I think I can do without for a little while and take advantage of a cool opportunity.
The Learn to Row Camp starts 5/25 with a meet and greet/orientation on 5/24 at 3PM so I have some time to think about it still, but I'm really leaning towards doing it. :) If you couldn't tell! Hahahaha! Besides, I also get the feeling I might really regret not taking advantage of this chance if I don't do it.
So that's where I'm at right now mentally -- I'm still gonna take the time I have left to think about it and talk it over again with the DH.
ANYWAY. Oooh it's almost time for lunch and it's library day. :) WHEEE!!!
P.S. -- Here's the link to the website:
Thursday, May 14, 2009
So.... I think the Queen of Squeezing it In needs to become the Queen of Planning Ahead... hahahaha :D
I got in my run today -- but it was a bit short (23min instead of 30) and I did Upper Body BACK ST.... WOOT.
My LEGS and BUTT are SORE from yesterday and I only did like... 12 minutes of ST. Because my whopping 14 min total included stretching/cooldown. I LOVE IT. Using heavy weights ROCKS. ;) hahaha.
So the other "benefit" of sleeping in and not leaving the house when I should was that I was running at noontime in sunny hot Alabama. ugh. It actually felt good muscle/joint/whatever wise, but I was too hot and my HR was higher than it should have been for what I was doing because of it. :P I am definitely going to have to get used to getting up earlier to get my run in.
So..... I JUST JUST JUST got turned on to something cool in the area by someone on my Totally Tuscaloosa team. They were asking about local rowing because they knew of some people rowing on the river here in the morning. A google search later I find out about the Black Warrior Rowing Club and that they are starting their latest "Learn to Row" camp on 5/25!!!!!!!!!!!!! It costs $75 for the camp and dues for a Summer of the club is $100 -- if you decide to join after the camp, you only have to pay $50 more. I would LOVE to do this. However -- sooooo early in the morning. And do I really need to add another item to my workout plate to distract my focus from my current goals??? I'm just not sure it's a smart move. If we'd be in town for years to come I'd not worry about it and say maybe next year, but we're planning on being DONE here soon. :P So I dunno -- I'm gonna consider it, but upon first thought it doesn't seem a realistic goal right now. I'll look at my running schedule, look more at the information on the rowing club's website and see how it would really play out before immediately discounting it.
(This is assuming we can set aside money in the budget to do it even.. gotta renew my gym membership soon, too... or maybe I could do this and not renew my gym membership for summer??? It'd totally BLOW my heavy lifting plans to do that, though, since my heaviest weights are 12lb dumbbells...)
ALSO!!!!!!! VIDEO OF CHRIS DOWNIE TALKING ABOUT THE BOOK.
KSIGMA1222 posted the link on his blog of the video he took. I haven't looked at it -- at work and also... I was there... but wanted to spread the link along. The link will take you to his blog.
Edited to add: The BWRC meeds Tues Thurs at 5:15AM and Sun at 4PM... I work from 1-10PM and usually go to bed at midnight-2AM. I currently have Tempo and Speed work on Tues+Thurs, but I could certainly shift my running schedule... hmmmmmmmhmmmmmhmmmmm... could be a financial impossibility so I think I will discuss it with the hubby later.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
That's what I feel like today.
Last night I was squeezing in my upper body ST while watching "My Boys" right before going to bed.
This morning it was squeezing in lower body ST and signing up for THE BOD POD measurement at the gym even though I was soooooooo short on time.
14 min ST = 127 Calories.
I alternated some Lunges (2 15lb dumbbells) w/ Deadlifts (same weights. Then I did some Sumo Squats w/ a 20lber first, then 30lb for the next set -- THAT felt more truly challenging but I bet I can up it next time. I did calf raises w/ 2 20lbers I think... Then I also did the machine Extensions and Curls -- I've always used like... 60-80 on extensions and 40-60ish on curls I think. Well I'm trying to go heavy and make it worth it -- 100lbs on extensions!!! 80-90 on curls!
I've been thinking and thinking and I've decided that I'm going to see what the BOD POD says about how much muscle and fat I have -- but maybe I don't really want to gain that much muscle. I feel pretty strong -- I KNOW I have some pretty strong freaking abs as well. Maybe I really just want to lose some more fat! We'll see. I'm thinking maybe the idea will be to lower my body fat % and then focus on gaining muscle while gaining as little fat as possible if I want to build back up? In any case -- I KNOW I want that marathon at the end of the year. But considering how LONG that training plan is and how stretched out -- right now I'm not running so so long yet. It might be possible to do both for a little while before my running REALLY takes over, ya know?
But like I said -- lets see what the old machine has to tell me.
I'm really nervous about it!!! Back when I had my body fat scale, I think I got down to 22-23% body fat. What if that scale was super inaccurate? What if I've lost muscle mass/gained fat since then? To sum up -- what if my body fat % is actually way higher than that? That would totally suck. But I'm definitely curious. Can't wait to find out. :) hahaha. I've already filled the forms and paid, just gotta wait for a trainer to contact me to schedule the appointment.
This week in my Challenge of Harry Potter Team we're having a challenge on Motivation -- IDENTIFYING our motivations. The reasons WHY.
So I'm gonna do the first of those blog challenges now -- the reasons WHY I was unhealthy.
I was always a chubby kid. My sister never was. My brothers weren't really until they got older into puberty and apparently my one brother has already slimmed down again, but in any case, I was definitely the heaviest out of all of us. I think the biggest reasons I can identify from growing up are 1) not having an idea how much I should eat and not being told NO on seconds(3rds 4ths) if there was still food left to eat. 2) Being allowed to spend all my free money on junk food without any comment.
The types of foods my mother prepared at home were not super unhealthy -- she likes healthy foods and I do believe she tried to make healthy foods available at home, but since we didn't have a lot of money the clean plate club rules were applied and leftovers were always encouraged to be eaten, and I did most of that I think.
After that I always heard everyone talk about how impossible it was to lose weight, how hard it was, all these crazy diets that caused you to lose weight but never worked because you gained it back, no one knew the secret so why even try?
When I started SparkPeople I was even skeptical about the weight loss aspect, I just figured I was here to get healthy. I didn't feel well and wanted to feel good again.
There's a whole other blog assignment for the WHY's of getting started on SparkPeople. :) hehehe. So I will cut off on that topic here.
But also I found a way to be confident in myself, I was always made to feel beautiful by my family, so I just ignored the fact that I was overweight and accepted it as a part of who I was. When I got married I just ate whatever my husband ate and that added to the problem. I just got heavier and heavier. I used to have a WHO CARES attitude about food. Sometimes I would order the worst thing on the menu because wow, doesn't that look scandalously delicious and bad!!! But I'm a wonderful person and already fat so who cares if I eat that??? I can eat whatever I want because I'm happy with who I am!!! It's almost like I was eating to prove to everyone I was happy with my body as is and the thing I was denying admitting to myself was that I wasn't happy with my body. I secretly prided myself on the fact that I'd eat what I wanted without attention to health/calories because that made me SO MUCH COOLER than the chicks ordering the boring salad hold the dressing.
HOW STUPID WAS I?????? Anyway. Like I said, the other WHY's get their own blogs so sorry to end on a downer -- but what a DIFFERENT PERSON I am today. I think understanding those WHY's of how I got there before will help keep me from going back.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Yeah, so I was so flabbergasted this morning when I read that SparkMail and saw the links I didn't even write about my day! :D
Today is a great day.
I woke up way too early, but it ended up meaning I was able to do a lot of nice relaxing this morning AND still get my run AND prepare a cool/different lunch AND take out the trash, which really needed to be done... YAY.
My schedule told me I was to run for 30minutes today. Instead of running the neighborhood I headed to a nearby park that has a 1 mile loop. It's KINDA hilly -- no TRUE flat parts, everything is at least slightly up or down and then there are some MORE so up or down parts. But it's pretty! And I needed a change of scenery.
I started running and holding back my pace and I was thinking, man, yesterday was supposed to be 30min as well and I went 32 and only 2.6 miles... should I walk half a lap at the end? And I just decided to GO FOR IT and see if I could get in 3 miles in 30min. I dilly dallied for about the first .5 mile before I decided to rock it. I decided then that I would run 3 loops even if it took me a bit over my time goal for the day.
Well I didn't look at my watch the whole time and as soon as I sprinted across the drive to the parking lot I flipped my HRM to the workout duration screen and saw 30:16.
WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!! :D That is definitely my fastest time for 3 miles ever! I have never maintained a 10min mile pace beyond 2 miles that I know of, so that was really exciting to have done. It makes me wonder if I hadn't dilly dallied at the beginning what the time would be??? And if my dream of a sub30 5K is really all that dreamy or just a matter of DOING it, ya know? :)
So that was great.
Last night I made the first recipe from "The Food You Crave" that wasn't a smash hit. I think I screwed it up though -- because it called for 4 split chicken breast halves w/ the bones in, and then said about 2.5lbs. Well I hate dealing with bones so instead I used 2.5lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts... which was like SEVEN pieces of chicken. It was Tuscan Roasted Veggies and Chicken or something like that -- and those poor veggies under the tons of chicken just ended up soggy and not so great. I imagine if they had more open air to the oven it would have resulted in better veggies.
But the chicken tasted good! And now we have a bunch of leftover delicious chicken breasts ready to be used! :D So I packed the makings of a super sweet wrap for lunch - A Flatout Multigrain wrap, 1 wedge Light Laughing Cow (original swiss), about 42g of Baby Spinach, one of the Chicken Breast pieces sliced up, and 4Tbsp of Pineapple Mango Chipotle Salsa for extra pizazz. :) I did NOT feel conflicted about the taste of it all together (even though the chicken did get seasoned w/ some rosemary, the overwhelming flavors of the chicken were IT and GARLIC/lemon). It was DELICIOUS!!!!! :D
Not to mention I got tons of protein in my lunch. WOOHOO!
So remember I was blogging about losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time?
Well... in all my internet searching the main people saying YES YOU CAN DO THIS were following that up with, BUY MY BOOK and I'll tell you how! Hahahaha. So it makes me slightly skeptical. There were a few people that seemed to think it was possible that didn't say that, but most of them also said this was still happening at the same time as losing weight, and usually just for people who are just starting or returning to an exercise program. Like how someone who is heavy can be dropping fat and building their muscles at the same time. For people near goal it seemed that most believed you had to bulk and then cut.
I AM TERRIFIED OF TRYING TO GAIN ANYTHING. You know???? hahahaha.
But back to those who are of the "YES YOU CAN" camp -- they also seemed to think that steady state cardio is the enemy of this plan and only with heavy lifting and short HIIT cardio bits can you achieve this. Which means that it seems my marathoning goals are in opposition to my getting ripped goals. ;)
I'm just going to pretend that's not the case and work on trying to lift heavy and altering my diet. I want to experimentally try the dietary rules laid out by one particular person endorsing a "YES YOU CAN" attitude. Wanna know what he said?
I just like this because it sounds the most sensible out of everything I read. Whether that means it's EFFECTIVE or not, I have no idea -- but I'm interested in giving it a try. We'll see. :) Essentially it's eating more protein than I do right now, but not a crazy ridiculous amount (150ish grams), getting plenty of good fats, eating 6 times per day, and only having high GI carbs immediately post workout, the rest of the day low GI and absolutely no high GI before bed.
I've never tried timing my carb intake or anything like that.
Another one I read said to eat 18 cal per lb in bodyweight (2970 for me!) and 2g protein per lb of bodyweight (like 330g????) I was like - DEFINITELY NOT.
The other big news today is me trying to get the Totally Tuscaloosa team activated to spark some local Meetups.
It was THE CHALLENGE issued to us by Chris "SPARKGUY" Downie to make face to face Spark Meetups HAPPEN locally and become active in our local groups so that the types of experiences we had meeting other Sparkers at the Convention could happen all the time. :) I realllly want to make this happen!!! So far, it's been quite. But I posted in all the Alabama teams looking for people from the area, Posted new information in the team and sent a SparkMail to current team members, AND sent a SparkMail to those within a 25mile radius regarding the team so I hope that at least some of that will Spark some activity.
That's all for now! :)
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