Saturday, May 07, 2011
This Chalene 30 Day Challenge thing I'm kinda sorta doing... wants me to make 10 goals each week. I can do that.
I know my priorities -
Now some goals for the NEXT YEAR:
1. Finish the Las Vegas REALLY BIG FREE MARATHON
2. Feel confident in a fit and healthy body in a pair of jeans I can't fit right now - I believe this will involve losing some weight but because I'm not sure how much I'm not going to put a number on it.
3. Build my running base to 35 miles per week
4. Complete my current knitting project of placemats
5. Place trombone playing as a priority - practice at least 3 times per month - once per week but allowing for blowup weeks.
6. Make progress at work - either a promotion, or a positive review and merit increase again next year. (If we move and I leave the job before these opportunities arise, scratch this!)
7. Really establish the habit of scripture study and daily prayer. I'm not going to expect to be perfect here, but I want to grow so that it is second nature to do these things DAILY.
8. Attend church meetings every Sunday
9. Perform an act of charity or service once per month
10. Establish a regular strength training habit - 2-3x per week like clockwork bare minimum.
PUSH GOAL: What is the ultimate goal, that supports and grows all other goals? That pushes through all of the other goals?
I think it has to be number 2. Granted, other goals support this one, but if I am feeling confident and comfortable, then it will make me feel able to stretch in other areas of my life and focus on growing in those areas since I am not preoccupied with this nagging feeling I'm letting things go in this area. Being fit and strong will help me achieve my running goals - whether it's because I'm actually much lighter in weight or because I have stronger muscles and less fat, it will strengthen my running, which will allow me to finish the marathon. When I feel confident in my health, I have seen my work improve. I think the ST will definitely play a big role in this because it has been a missing ingredient here, as well a goal of improving nutrition that I will probably make next week in my 10 goals. (10 WEEKLY this month!)
I have achieved this goal before and it felt fantastic and I know what it's like to be there, I just need to regain that.
Specifically - I need to train to get lean and that means less cardio and more strength. I know that some interest is waning in Zumba at my work - while I'd love to try to reignite everyone's passion, I don't want to waste my time doing more cardio just because I wanna do everyone a big favor if they don't care about it. This might be something I need to eliminate to make room for progress and have a really great time to focus on strength training. I might remove all after-work workouts - or shift to joining the MW Insanity class.
People haven't been meeting me to run after work, so I don't need to continue a rigid MWF running schedule if it doesn't work for me either.
Lunch time hula hooping is still going strong, and it doesn't interfere with any other workouts since I CAN'T really get in anything else in that short amount of time - so those will stay.
But I can see the other work fitness programs drifting away. And I think I'm just changing my mind to be open to letting those go. I have a great gym membership that I'm not taking full advantage of because I'm spending so much time at work leading OTHER people's workouts. It has been a great experience but I'm not sure I need to continue it, especially Zumba if people don't start coming back.
Some things I've been percolating on to get out into words!
Friday, May 06, 2011
A few days working my way back into a routine and I'm already feeling much better.
I mostly tracked yesterday - I had an unexpected switcheroo at lunch that I was unsure of how to track, but it was pasta w/ meat sauce and not an unreasonable serving size and it was delicious, so I feel good about it. Dinner was ground chicken w/ veggies in a stir-fry, so light and healthy and fresh!
I've never purchased ground chicken before, but the grocery store was out of all "normal" kinds of meat. I got some really thick cut boneless pork chops and ground chicken. haha.
Exercise this week:
Tue: bit of hooping (not much)
Wed: Hooping at lunch (awesome), 30 min run (5 min walking warmup, 25 min running)
Thu: Bellydance class
Fri: Hooping at lunch, run after work (at least 20min I think)
Sat: Yoga w/ Holley
Sun: optional - maybe run.
See how there is no ST in that schedule? UGH. Sorry guys, I just haven't worked out that thing yet. I'm wondering if I should just start doing some on my own at HOME in the morning. Just a tiny bit, like Chris Downie (founder of SparkPeople's) 10min fitness streak spark. Like every morning I devote 10min to doing some kind of strength training at home.
I like the idea of doing the Freestyle straps at the park after my runs, but I was a dope and didn't bring my bugspray this week -- the bugs are out in force now and while I don't really get bitten while running, I will if I am standing in one place sweaty after a run doing strength movements. And I get eaten alive! I am just now recovering from some bites I got last week sometime and I don't care to repeat the process. So that was a bust this week and I should have hit the weights after bellydancing last night but I just wasn't feeling it. Yah - great discipline here! :P
I figure this week is working back into everything and next week I will get the routine solid.
Next week's plan:
Mon: Lunch Hoop, Run after work + Straps
Tue: Hoop+Zumba after work
Wed: Lunch Hoop, Run after work
Thu: Hoop+Zumba after work, straight to weights at the gym before Gospel Band
Fri: Lunch Hoop, Run after work
Sat: Yoga w/ Holley - aquajog before?
***IF I SKIP ANY ST, I will be doing an AM ST workout the next day!***
I'll be posting here for my accountability so keep an eye on me with this strength training, I need it.
Tracked all food and a tentative dinner plan for tonight and I've got 100cal of wiggle room to the top of my range which is perfect.
But in any case, I'm not sure if it's all in my head the whole time or if actual bloating or something was going on, but I feel like I look a lot better yesterday and even more today already. Not sure how much of this is good feelings impacting my mental image of myself and how much might have been recovering from bloating or something, but in any case I'm feeling fly today and that's always a good thing. :)
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Tracked food - will be going over today. Poor planning and only stupid nonperishable food items basically left made for awkward food planning. 127 calories left for dinner won't cut it - so I've made peace with the fact that I'll be going over a little tonight.
It's gotta be better than some of the nonsense eating I did over the tornadic break. I had a little binge of eating on Sunday morning. bleck. Felt like crap. So I feel like I'm recovering from that but still not up to full speed awesome yet.
I felt like I was really getting on a roll before the tornadoes hit, so I'm just seeking to get that mojo going again.
I also had some inspiration from watching Castle on Monday night. I want to look just like Kate Beckett. She is drop dead gorgeous. So my version of that. Time to trim the fluff and reveal my muscles again!
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Just got our power and internet this morning for the first time since last Wednesday -
Let me tell you, we were veryvery blessed. Near us, tree damage, a short drive from us (suburb of our town basically) - total destruction. It could have been really bad for us, but we were spared.
I've basically been luxury camping these days - no power, but we had water (cold only, of course) - we even had a friend that was bringing over a generator to give the fridge a charge. Although we lost most of what was in the freezer, we didn't lose anything in the fridge even.
I've eaten like crap. Balanced with having gone on a run one day and also on Saturday spending the entire day working in someone's yard that was way worse off than we were, in a neighborhood with houses that were utterly destroyed. It's been strange.
But I'm back! Thank you for everyone's concern and those that reached out to see if we were ok. Love you Sparkers!
Monday, April 25, 2011
... and MAN running with boys kicks my butt!
No where near what some other ladies who regularly run with dudes do, but I was the only chick today. I was running on my own out about 8 min and back 10 when I ran into the 2 guys who also help lead c25K work running groups, so I turned around and tried not to rush up behind them but ended up behind them anyway.
Then we were coming up on someone so I sped up to pass them and I guess they took that as a sign to book it to the end of the trail so I was chasing them trying not to let them smoke me and got down to a 7:44 min mile pace for a few seconds there! (YAY Garmin for making me feel good with a pace I can sustain for just a few seconds - hahaha)
Then I managed to slightly turn my ankle walking to my car to get some water (DOH) so I walked it off/shook it out a bit until C25K'ers showed up.
So the people that came were:
1) dude that was barely beginning workout regimen and planned to do a mostly walking workout and
2) dude that was returning to running after a brief layoff before which he was: military running every day 3-5 miles, XC and Track HS-er
So.... I ended up running with #2 and the other guys mostly walked with #1. #2 was trying to kill me I think - honestly we weren't running that fast in the grand scheme of things, but left to my own devices I fall somewhere between 11-12 min mile on a good day, and more like 13-14 on a super easy LONG or bad day.
We were averaging around 10:39 for the whole run -time. We ran out 10 min, took a 2 min breather, and then back 10 min . At one point he was egging me on to pass someone and when we did I got down to sub 8mm pace again for a few seconds. That turkey!
Anyway - covered about 4 miles today, MOST of it running - only about 5min total walking time, so I'm pretty happy with that - I'm gonna definitely be taking it easier on Wednesday!
I also ran 20min yesterday for the first time straight.
After workout today - I did Freestyle Trainer - just a bit. 2 sets each of chest presses and rows to hit front and backside upper body, then one set per leg of single leg squats and one set regular ( all assisted w/ the straps). With the squats it's more of a, go deep backward like you should w/out worrying about falling over cause you can always lean on the straps if you need to but don't if you don't have to kind of thing. Single leg definitely needs more assistance for me than that, but regular I was mostly on my own like I should be. Just waiting to take a shower now. :)
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