Wednesday, October 21, 2009
So, I'm blogging. :) I'll probably blog again later today.
Stuff that's been on my mind lately....
A couple of my SparkFriends have mentioned that they're previewing The Spark right now, so I guess it's ok for ME to tell you that I AM, too. :) And I'm reallllllly loving it so far. It's definitely not just about losing weight and eating right, let me tell you that.
It actually prompted my new and improved collage that I shared with you! So on my mind lately are those big longer term goals -- how I see my dream life in the future.
So I'm trying to think about those goals each day.
I've been on track tracking my food again this week and staying within range. It's been really satisfying to do that but the BIGGEST thing has been I'm tracking my water again.
Yeah -- somehow I've REALLY slacked on this!!!!! I guess I find it tough to drink enough water when I'm cold... so yesterday I tracked for the first time in a while and I just BARELY made it to 8... (I didn't even put it in the tracker yet I don't think, but I was paying attention!). Today so far I've had like... 1 cup. I'm working on it!!! I got down to 1 bottle of water at work instead of the two I alternated between because my stupid work threw away my lunch AND my water AND my bottle of salad dressing when cleaning out the fridge - gRR! Luckily it was just a plastic waterbottle and not my SparkPeople Water Bottle... which I have now brought to work and will guard with my life.
Hopefully that will help me since I will always have a bottle on my desk...
Also... I think I'm gonna try to run today.
Sunday - SO hurting and sore.
Monday - SORE.
Tuesday - not too bad, feeling pretty normal
Today - Feeling pretty good and normal.
SO! I'm going to give it a go assuming I still feel good come 4PM. :) haha. The route here is pretty flat and an evenly paved path so it's giving me the best options. If I feel like I should stop, I'll stop. I won't push through. I will turn around and give it a rest. I do not want to risk injury just to get in some mileage. That would be DUMB - RIGHT??? :D
Bummer - I left me HRM strap at my in-laws house apparently. LAME. :( I hope they are able to find it. But I will definitely be without it until at least Halloween, since we will see them then. If it is not found (or if the doggies found it and chewed it to death first PLEASE NO), then I'll have to replace it and that will SUCK. $40. boo.
Also crappy -- another neighbor got their door kicked in. It was across the parking lot, a woman was home alone and heard her door get kicked in and screamed. They left apparently (THANK GOD), but still... I can't believe my neighbor across the hall got a brick thrown through their window and now people's doors are getting kicked in again... even more incentive for us to get the heck out of Dodge.
We're checking out an apt on Sunday that is a possible sublease for us (good option since we're only gonna be here through the Spring) and hopefully that works out... it's going to be a serious downsize, but we have a lot of furniture and other belongings that we don't care to keep once we leave this town anyway so it'll allow us to go ahead and shed the extra STUFF.
Really I posted about a lot of downers in this blog, but I'm actually feeling very optimistic and positive today. :)
I will check in after lunch to report on my run!
Also so far today - 1 set of tricep dips. Will do more at night after lunch!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This is my entry for the SparkPeople/TurboKick.com Fitness Story Contest.
My fitness story began in January of 2007. Prior to that, I never intentionally exercised outside of Phys Ed class. Who wants to be sweaty and feel winded??? NOT ME.
I grew up as an overweight and obese child, teenager, and young adult. Finally, nearing the end of 2006 I felt so uncomfortable in my skin I started to consider what it would take for me to really try to be a healthier individual. Then I visited a Dr. and saw a reading of 294lbs on the scale and vowed never to see a 3 at the beginning of my weight! I discussed it with my husband and proposed a gym membership.
I figured that if we spend the money to get me a membership and then I didn't use it, I'd never hear the end of it so it provided an additional motivation.
I WAS TERRIFIED.
I had never been in a gym before, I had no idea how the whole "locker room" scenario worked, how to use any of the machines, and I was embarrassed to try working out in front of a bunch of fit people. Luckily, I did have a friend who went to the gym I joined and I recruited her to go with me on my first visit and show me how to use a treadmill.
I started by walking 30 minutes 3 times a week. I believe that first day I had the incline set at 2 and the mileage set at 2.5-3 -- walking 3 miles per hour at a slight incline was really challenging for me at that time and I had to drop it down to 2.5 after a short time. After I got off the machine, I nearly fell!!! I felt so disoriented leaving the moving track that although I do not drink, I guessed that might be what it felt like to be drunk. I was feeling the buzz of endorphins and my confused body did not know what to make of the solid non-moving ground.
After the second session the sensation of disorientation was lessened, but the feel-good feeling kept coming. So I continued -- and bumped up my Saturday sessions to 45 minutes. I gradually lengthened every session to 45 minutes and was able to increase my speed and incline as well. After around 5-6 months I had met my first major milestone of losing 50lbs, and I celebrated by getting fitted for some running shoes.
As a child, I would start that required mile run huffing and puffing and end it walking and crying. I figured I was not meant to be an athlete. I focused on music and art and built a lot of confidence in myself in any other area I could.
But I wanted to run. I had a roommate in college that would go out and run for hours. HOURS. I couldn't even imagine running for 5 minutes. She would also run every year with her family in the local Turkey Trot.
I researched and found the Couch to 5K training program and it seemed do-able -- even for me. So I started gradually integrating short running bouts into my walking. I was able to build up and then complete my first 5K at the Turkey Trot while on vacation with my in-laws. I completed that race in 40:20 and I did not walk the entire time. I was SO PROUD of myself for running in a race and finding that dream of a family 5K.
Since then I have continued to run, and reduced my 5K Personal Record to under 30 minutes. When I visited San Diego, CA I found a race to run while I was there. I am currently training to run my first marathon on December 5th. Never in a million years would I have expected to be going out and doing 14 and 16 mile training runs on my own!
Not only have I continued to run, but I have found strength and fulfillment in taking on other fitness challenges.
I have taken hip hop, funk, and other dance aerobics classes at my gym, water aerobics, spin class, a strength and toning class, and pilates. I have conquered my fear of the Strength Training Floor and lifted weights and worked the cable machines with the burly men.
My most recent fitness adventure took me out of the gym and into the outdoors again with rowing. A SparkFriend inquired if I knew anything about a local Rowing Club and while I did now anything about it at the time -- I found out fast! They were having a Learn to Row Camp within a couple of weeks so I suggested we take it together.
I persevered through the embarrassing swim test (I had worked on swimming directionally, but never learned how to tread water somehow...), and the camp and found a new fitness passion! It is so peaceful to be out on the water as the sun is rising and propelling yourself across the water with your teammates.
Last weekend I achieved something I could have never anticipated for myself a few years ago -- I earned my first ever athletic MEDAL in a ROWING COMPETITION!!!!
My teammates and I won first place in our event at a regional regatta and I am still on cloud nine.
By making those tiny steps in the beginning, I was able to show myself what I am truly capable of and now looking back I feel I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
BRING IT ON, MARATHON.
Monday, October 19, 2009
So we'll start with the crappy, then the awesome, and then the pictures.
So -- my run SUCKED. Here are the reasons why:
1. My IT Band flared up. I got blisters on my pinky toes. These things made me have to walk a lot at the end. That and a potty break added a total of 1 minute to each mile average for the run -- I averaged 14min mile. eek. Unless I accidentally ran extra in the middle... which I might have.
2. I didn't sleep well the night before.
3. Sore from regatta still.
So.... to sum up -- I still hurt! :( I'm going to take it chill starting running this week and take Tuesday off and more if I feel I need to. AFTER this week I still have 6 more weeks of training and I know I can hack it, so I'm not worried about missing some mileage here and there as long as it means I can make it to the starting line. The good thing? I was able to feel how to deal with the issues and push through the pain and listen to my body and walk when needed to get through a tough run like that. I had a bad run on my 11 miler -- in tears at the end. This one... I didn't cry, but it was on par with that run I think. And then I remind myself that after that I had a really great 14 miler and a solid 12 mile run before this another crappy one, with LOTS of contributing factors.
NO MORE LONG RUNS the day after INTENSE EXERCISE!!! I also had zero FULLY off days leading up to this run -- I was rowing and running on Thursday, rowing Friday, racing Saturday... It might've been stupid. But I did learn from it and can now say I've completed a 16+ mile run. :)
NOW!!! :D THE REGATTA!
Was awesome. Actually --- it was freezing cold, windy, overcast, the water was choppy... but we did REALLY great in spite of the awful conditions and we WON our event!!! YES! That is the 1st WIN for our club as well! :D In the Spring they took 2nd, and last week they came in 5th, so we seriously kicked butt on Saturday. We were rowing into a headwind, so we had to fight to control our oars against the wind, and at the end the water was seriously so choppy that there were waves occasionally hitting us over the port side of our boat. It was INSANE. But we actually won not only with handicaps added, but were 40seconds in the lead in raw time. Our raw time also beat the raw time of most of the collegiate 8+ boats as well -- we got beat by the top 3 men's boats, and the 1st place women's boat and that's it! :) ALSO - One thing about this type of race -- you are judged on your net time, you race in the order of your boats number... so it's not like a side by side thing like the Olympics or something. So you don't actually know your results until everyone's raced and they post the results of your event.
Food for the weekend: Not too bad. I didn't track, but I feel confident that I didn't overdo it, either. I burned a BUTTLOAD of calories between Sat+Sun, I may have eaten a little more than usual but I didn't use that as an excuse to eat total crap. We only ate out once, and it was to my favorite Asian Food place called Bento Box. I had some amazing brown rice, a spicy garlic chicken (grilled chicken breasts in a sauce), fried potato and tofu (the one really obviously less healthy choice, but it's SO good and not very greasy), FRUIT and cucumber kimchi. :) So really overall a very good meal choice especially considering I was eating out. :)
NOW - Pictures from the regatta!!! My DH took the photos.
Here we are coming in to the finish line:
This is afterwards when we're coming into the little channel to dock:
Then this is when I'm talking to my family and they gave me a towel - YAY!
Coaches dog, and our mascot, LUNA! :D
We did a cheer- YAY!
THEN we found out we WON and we got our medals! :D
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