Tuesday, April 05, 2011
I got to give 3 hoops to new homes yesterday, and two already today! Yay! One more hoop and I will have paid for the supplies it took to make this batch. *phwew*
Then any more sold are icing on the cake.
Tonight is another hooping class and then Zumba. WOOT! And C25K again tomorrow.
Last night it got stormed out, I was going to head to the gym and run 10 min around the track, but with traffic and the rain I couldn't get over to the exit! :P Stupid. Anyway, I took it as a sign that I should just go home instead. It was a lazy night -- the rest of my week is going to be on FIRE. haha :D
I need to get groceries tonight. Sooooo out of protein. No dried beans even. I was so going to soak and cook some beans last night but even that was out.
Friday, April 01, 2011
although I already started my hoop class, an announcement wasn't made visibly enough to draw participants that didn't already know about it directly from me.
Now they put an announcement up and the response is overwhelming! We will see how the classes go, but I think I will be making more hoops. I'm very excited to see how today's 12PM class is!
Then later after work - running! YAY!!!!!! :D It might be raining, but I don't care, I'm excited because this means next week - more running. Only one minute more total over the course of the workout, but still. HAHA. PROGRESSION! Because I've been able to maintain the workouts this week without anything feeling any worse, I'm really starting to build some more optimism about this whole thing. I hope that continues.
Yesterday I was convinced I was going to quit the gospel music group, but I wanted to at least go one more time... and now I think I wanna keep going. It's like before rehearsal I just feel so tired and I think why am I doing this? But then I go and it's worth it. So I need to remind myself of that and keep going I think. If over time it proves to really be more of a drain, fine. But I think playing my trombone more is a big positive, and everyone in the group is SOOOOo nice, and I like the music even if it isn't written out properly. (I get a series of letters and that's it!)
Also nice things - did my taxes, gonna get a good refund, AND just got notified of my merit increase for 2011 and it's good! YAY! :D
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
So yesterday work was suuuuper stressing. I was a bundle of nerves and stress and anxiety as it was time to go try running again for the first time since December.
Well... it went well! I'm not going to lie or decieve myself, I did at times feel my achilles. It was maybe a 0.5/10 at the end when I was walking the cooldown. While running, it felt perfect. As long as it doesn't get worse than that, I'm going to keep going! I think I'm accepting this idea that that part of my body may never feel perfectly flawless again like my right achilles/heel does. Maybe that's just not the way it will feel when I'm recovered. Maybe it'll just still feel weird most of the time and occasionally very mildly painful. If that's the truth - I'm ok with that.
I'm accepting a new zen form of patience with my running because I just KNOW (even though I don't have legitimate medical testing to corroborate this) that I'm not damaged to the point that I can't run. I mean I've been teaching zumba and aquajogging and doing all this other crap just fine, so why not? I know my achilles isn't broken, it'd be a lot more painful than just feeling odd and maybe a hint of pain that might be psychosomatic it was so small.
So knowing this, I do not have the same kind of impatience I had at first after the marathon. Going into the marathon my brain was focused on - recover fast, don't build back too slow, get that mileage base UP so you can do a better marathon next year, already knowing this one wasn't going to be much better than my first if at all (couple min slower in fact), so when I wasn't ready to run when I thought I would be.... I was gutted.
And then it was like - ok! Rest a week, then you'll be better! Cross train your butt off! And I think I was just delaying recovery. I finally said - ok Dana. You are limited to Zumba - only your class, not both classes - and aquajogging, and some ST as long as it doesn't aggravate anything. THE END.
And during the time I was working on those things, my attitude completely changed. I really needed to have this attitude change, I think, in order for my ultimate goals to really be reached. I have gained a patience about the marathon - I want to run another one but I want to be REALLY REALLY ready next time. Now that I know how AWESOME half-marathons are... I feel I can be pretty satisfied running-wise by getting a bunch of those in, and waiting on the marathon until I feel really strong with my running base first. If things go REALLY WELL, I'd like to think about Chicago 2012, but I'm telling myself no marathons this year. It's too soon to really build up the kind of base I want to prior to training again to do it this year. Next year might be too soon as well, and I'm ok with that if that happens.
Here are my guidelines I'm giving myself for my return to running:
1) Do ONLY COUCH TO 5K WORKOUTS to begin with.
2) ONLY add extra running once feeling confident that everything is feeling good and not being aggravated by the running I'm already doing. Until then, if I want an extra running workout - it'll be IN THE POOL! I can STILL AQUAJOG to get in a longer session!
3) IF the pain comes back and is really aggravated after doing all this, I will finally go see a doctor. I will feel ok about this because I will feel that I've done truly everything I can on my own, so I won't feel like I'm wasting money for a doctor to tell me to do something I could have figured out on my own.
4) Assuming things are feeling really good, eventually follow workouts from Pfitz return to running build up thingie -
It looks good to me because it builds up using time, and by the last set of workouts you're running 5 days 35-45 on weekday workouts and 55 on the weekend and suggests aquajogging or other workouts on the other days. I think building using time to begin with will be best, and not using mileage as my guide (although I will know what mileage I have run because garmin will tell me, so I can track my mileage on my shoes and all that good stuff - it won't be my target).
So while I feel optimistic based on how things went, I'm trying to restrain my emotional reaction so that I don't get let down if I can't continue as planned.
Other goals this week: Get my eating back under control. It's not crazy right now, but it's not exactly the way I like it to be, which is less willy-nilly. When I was sick I was not up to thinking about calories or anything. Then this weekend I had an extra splurge meal, so that's not good. That night, though, I picked up a copy o f clean eating magazine to help me plan some great clean meals. Gonna go shopping tonight!!! My pantry is SERIOUSLY lacking right now. My MIL is also going to let me use her breadmachine, so I am going to see how that goes - I'd love to just use that all the time and not buy bread (almost) ever again!
Also - figure out a Strength Training plan again now with the running and zumba being my only cardio (so no aquajogging filling every evening of the week!) - I also want to make a commitment to the gym every Saturday morning - maybe a long aquajog session earlier on followed by Holley's awesome yoga at 10:15. She is truly the best and I feel so WHOLE after finishing one of her classes, it's the best feeling ever. So far I have a plan to do a longer ab circuit before Zumba- I brought my yoga mat so I can just lay that down somewhere and get cracking. I think I'll do some single leg hip raises to work my glutes and hammies - SWEATONCEADAY mentioned thinking glute weakness was leading to some of her hip/back problems and I think that may be true for me as well. That's something I can easily do from a mat without extra equipment. And maybe I'll add in some upper body stuff, too. I dunno we'll see how the time goes, if I get bored doing ab stuff. hahaha. :D
Monday, March 28, 2011
So first I would like to discuss the BIGGEST deal of the day - RUNNING.
It's after work, and I've got my running clothes packed for the first time in wow, months, and I'm so nervous and excited.
I honestly do not really feel much difference in my foot/achilles area. I mean it hasn't hurt in ages, aside from occasionally morning heel pain (on the bottom, where PF pain is) because the PF is still working with me, but I do still have a strangeness on the back of my ankle. I'm hoping that giving it all this time will at least mean it won't hurt or get aggravated and maybe it will just take a long long LONG time, or never, for it to feel like it did before, and I am really truly ok with that IF it means I can still run.
I'm WAY excited about all the people that are going to be starting their running journey for the first (or returning after yearsandyearsandyears) time today! :) I programmed a workout into my Garmin to beep us through the C25K intervals, and I should be leading a little group of the LG Couch to 5K'ers down my favorite Greenway. I miss that greenway - sometimes when I was aquajogging I'd close my eyes and pretend I was there. :) With the cows.
Next: CIGAR BOX GUITAR! It WAS indeed ready on Saturday and I've got it and it's beautiful.
I LOVE IT. I'm still learning how to make MUSIC with it and not just musical sounds that don't go together hahaha, but I'm still excited to have it and to learn. I want to build my own amp for it, too.
Next thing: MILESTONE.
I never wore a belt before. Ever.
I had stomach rolls above the waistline that made wearing a belt just plain ridiculous. In fact, I didn't want people to ever see the waistline of my pants because it would sink in between the rolls, unless I was wearing my pants low at my hips (which I STILL prefer!). In any case, I was very self conscious about that entire AREA of my body and since losing weight I still feel that way to a certain extent. That area still has a little baby roll that is more like a tiny bump when standing and will fold over a bit when sitting, but anyway - it doesn't suck in my waistband anymore really unless I'm wearing pants kinda high and even then not entirely.
Bottom line - I GOT A BELT. My sweet DH saw an artist's studio at the same place I was picking up my guitar (Lowe Mill, Flying Monkey Art Studios - awesomeawesome favoritist place ever, home of the Happy Tummy and more!) that had all these really sweet belt buckles. I had, in fact, lusted after them - and I think even said, NOT THAT I WEAR A BELT... but man I love those.
Well, I took my guitar out to the car since it was raining off and on and right then was off and also didn't want to carry it all around and we wanted to still look around, so when I got back he was like - Hey I want to show you something! So I start following and he's like, check out this belt buckle! And I'm like yeah that's awesome! And DH is like, I want to get it for you, and he'll make you a belt.
I still felt very skeptical about a belt working on me. REALLY REALLY. But... I decided to go along with it and realized I could probably do this... well! LOOK!
!!!! I LOOK NORMAL! hahahahahaha. Well anyway, I am so wearing the buckle and belt today at work. Best thing is the buckle snaps onto the belt leather so I can get other buckles and swap em out. Also I think I need him to make me one smaller hole and the dude was so cool I'm sure we can just go back and he'll punch it in there for me. :) WOOT!
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