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Week 1

Friday, August 20, 2010

Got up early (5:15) to hit the gym for an upper-body strength training workout followed by 20 minutes of cardio on the stair machine. Both went well, and I enjoyed the stair climbing a lot more than I expected. I had never done that before! After work Monday, I headed back to the gym for a swim. It was also enjoyable, though I only swam 1.5 miles instead of the 2 I usually do. I'll blame that on too few carbs and having already worked out that morning. But it was still a good workout.

Got up early (6:15) to run in Sharon Woods Park near my home. It's been awhile since I've run, so I was slow, but at least I got it done. I had put "30 min" in my fitness tracker, so I made myself keep going even after my hubby turned around. I think I only went 2.75 miles in a little over 30 minutes, but I'm o.k. with that. I was also planning to do a time trial put on by my cycling club/team that evening, but I decided to stay home to spend time with the hubs instead. And I was o.k. with that, too, since I decided I could do a spinning class Wednesday after work to make up for it.

Didn't get up early. Too tired. Plus, we decided we could do our lower-body strength workout that evening instead, especially since I was planning to be there for the spinning class then anyway. All of which I did: 60-minute spinning class, followed by 20 minutes on the elliptical trainer (killing time before the hubs could get there), and then a full lower-body weight workout. That was a killer, but I forced myself through it because I had a plan.

Planned to run at the park again, but I was, once again, super tired. And sore from the workout the previous night. And I was planning to swim that evening anyway. So I stayed in bed. But I did make it to the gym for a swim, as planned. After a quick warm-up, I swam 1.25 miles straight, no breaks, which felt great. Quick cool-down and I was on my way. Felt good!

Another upper-body strength workout was planned for this morning, along with the 30-minute run I skipped yesterday. But - yep, you guessed it - too tired again this morning. Plus, my back and shoulders are sore from the swim yesterday, as well as my hammies from Wednesday's workout. And I have a 60-mile bike ride to do tomorrow morning, so I'm o.k. with taking today off. I'm just planning on hitting the low rather than the high end of my calorie range today.

So, a couple lessons I've learned so far, regarding exercise:
1. Have a plan. Just having a workout on my fitness tracker helps motivate me to go do it.
2. Work out early. It's easier to just get it done and out of the way before work. And if I don't do it in the morning, it might not get done.
3. Get more sleep! The biggest excuse I've had for NOT getting up some mornings is that I'm too tired. Well, sleep IS important, too, so I really need to learn to go to bed earlier.
4. Maybe I don't NEED to plan 9 workout each week. But I do want to swim twice a week, run twice a week, bike twice a week, and lift three times a week. Plus, I need a day off, and more time to relax at home with the hubs. So, yeah, I still need to figure all that out. But at least I'm doing (most of) it!
5. Don't try to lift lower body AFTER a strenuous spinning class with lots of hills. It just doesn't work.

O.k., and how's my eating been this week? Well, for the most part, great! I had a little issue with a can of cashews after my swim on Monday, but when I saw the effects that had on my nutrition tracker, I made much better choices the rest of the week. The lessons here are: have a plan, and track it BEFORE you eat it! I've struggled to get as many carbs as SparkPeople recommends, but I've been eating a lot more than when I tried the South Beach Diet. This seems to be helping a lot with my energy level, too, especially as I ramp up my workouts. And tracking online here with all the cool tools is WAY more fun and motivating than Weight Watchers ever was. And I had good success there, too, so I'm really excited to see what I can do with SparkPeople. Bring it!
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