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Learning to Appreciate and to Love

Saturday, February 26, 2011

This blog is not about what you might think. I have never been a very physical (fit) person, so I am as suprised as anyone that I CAN actually run. But as for being physically fit, I'm no where near. Well, it's been nearly a month since I committed to REALLY put my heart and soul into getting fit...more than just running. Out of 26 days, I have managed to get in over 30 minutes on all but 6 days. Two days I only got in 10 minutes due to exhaustion or just NO time left in the day and four days I got in nothing. I have been doing well at keep a variety of activities going. Of course, I still run at least every other day, and if I do double up, I make the extra day a short day with some intervals or incline training. I have been doing mostly ab work and strength training, some pilates and even did a couple of yoga classes and spin. I can't say that I really like yoga too much. It's just kind of slow paced and so far as fitness goes, I think it must rank right up there with knitting. Not that anything is wrong with knitting, but I don't really consider it to be fitness. I think that I can learn to appreciate what it does for my body and the rest of my fitness program though. I certainly feel less tight and more balanced, not as sore as I would have thought that I would be at this point in my training. Spin, also, is an acquired taste...though I certainely appreciate the cardio benefits more. It is much harder than running, at least for me. The instructor said I did well for a first timer...that most people who first join her class leave about half way through....I did have to scale back, but one thing that running has taught me is to NEVER give up. I would have hoped that with over 1700 mins of fitness this month that I would show a greater loss on the scale, but I'm not too worried about that. I have seen a full inch off my waist...now only an inch more than my lowest at the height of running season last year. Also have seen the first loss in my upper arm in months and months and months, so hopefully my bat wings are starting to disappear as I keep working on my upper body and arms strength. Actually had a minimum gain in my thighs and calves, but as long as they are getting firmer, again, I won't worry about it. I do have a LONG way to go on core strength. That is my primary focus right now. My back is weak and totally untoned and my abs are suffering because my back is so weak. I'm keeping the focus though. Changing things up to keep my body guessing and I know that as long as I keep moving forward, I WILL continue to see progress....no matter how slowly!

That's where the appreciation and love come in. When I first started Spark, I can't say that I loved fruit and veggies and water....but now, I don't just like them....I truly LOVE them and when I don't get enough, I miss them and I actually get cranky. So it is, I am sure with these new activities. It is just a matter of doing them....seeing the benefits and learning to appreciate them, acquire a taste for them, what they do for my health and my body and soon, I am sure, I will grow to love and cherish them as I do my time with the road and my MP3.

In the meantime, keep pushing me, hold me accountable ... I WILL see my fat mass decrease and lean mass increase and also see an improvement to my running by keeping my total fitness in balance.
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TEAPOT57 2/27/2011 9:36PM

    You must have so much engery to do all that exercise in one week. I have half that engery .
So glad you like your fruits and vegetables and water. They are very important for your diet for life. Proud of yea keep up the good work.
Hugs Lorraine

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MIMIKK7 2/27/2011 12:03PM

    Your fitness minutes for the month is nothing short of simply amazing! emoticon The variety of exercises that you engage in is so inspiring! When I started SP I too didn't care very much for fruits, vegetables, or water but I have come to adore them and crave them daily. You will reach your exercise and fitness goals without a doubt! emoticon
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CYCLINGSANDY 2/27/2011 3:07AM

    I totally agree with you on yoga. I don't know that I will ever really appreciate that form of fitness. I also know that the way I gained a strong core in through my bike riding. So, I'd rather be biking and spinning if it is available to me.
I am right with you or how I have changed, much as you have on your appreciation of exercise, and eating right.
Awesome job on the ince off your waist. Keep up the arm work and they will be more firm too. I am trying to lose my bat wings too! Here's to continuing to take on challenges and besting them!!!

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MEADSBAY 2/26/2011 7:16PM

    Yoga certainly has a place in a well rounded program.
Flexibility is a key part of fitness.
I love yoga but don't do it much.
Most of the yoga teachers I have had were in excellent physical shape from yoga alone.
It is slow, though- that's the point!
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SPWHITESTONE 2/26/2011 5:58PM

    What an inspiration you are to me!
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