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Spinning and Swimming and Weights - Oh My!


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I went into the Prep Phase of training thinking it would be a piece of cake. I mean, I start off with 5 hours per week of training (this is based on a full year schedule of 300 hours) and gradually work up every 4-6 weeks to more hours until I get to the Build Phase before my A races, which will require 8.5 hours training per week.

So, this is as easy as it's going to get, folks. And if you know me...you understand that when I make a plan, I do it. No flaking out or quitting or whining. I'm pretty fierce and determined at this point.

I'll be completely honest, though, and say I have received a serious and bracing reality check in terms of the sacrifices that need to be made to fit my training into my schedule. I'm blessed to have some leeway with my work hours...but I strive to do my best in that arena as well and I don't like to stroll in at 8:30am every morning just because the pool opened at 7am and I had to squeeze in my morning swim.

So I'm in a period of flex right now...figuring out what works and what doesn't. I suppose Prep Phase is perfect for that kind of thing. I've figured out that the time my daughter is in tae kwon do at the YMCA on Tues and Thurs nights is the perfect time for me to do my strength workouts. As I have been doing for months, I am pretty much just getting up at the crack of dawn to get that cardio in (although, I've added ONE spinning class at 5pm on Thursdays...because I just love the instructor).

In a little over a week, I will push it up to 6 hours per week. I plan to add a spin session each week and add more swimming. So, it will look like this: 3 spin classes (one hour each), 2 strength sessions (30 mins), 4 swim sessions (30 mins). That's a lot, guys.

But, here's the thing. I have a goal. And I WILL achieve it. There is no other option for me right now. You know my world is spinning and things are falling apart. This is what I can control right now. In therapy, my counselor has been telling me to find what is authentic for me. I've spent a lifetime figuring out what everyone else wants FROM me. I have never centered on what I would like for myself.

There are people in my life right now that find me to be selfish and don't approve of choices I am making. They would say to me, "You will never be happy with these decisions you are making. You will not move forward in your life by doing what you are doing. You will never escape your current issues."

To them I can only say, "Watch me."
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CATNCAG 7/31/2013 10:47AM

    U go girl! You should be so proud of yourself! I will be happy when I get myself built up to half of that exercise time!

By the way u look really familiar to me. I live in Indianapolis, IN. U?

Good luck on whatever u r going through. Just know things WILL GET BETTER just hang in there!

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SUPERSYLPH 7/7/2013 10:57AM

    Yeah! Go you! Show them!

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NLYR20 12/18/2012 11:44AM

  Great Commitment... emoticon emoticon

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ERINQD 12/9/2012 8:31AM

    Nice!

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634MEG 12/2/2012 10:16AM

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WHITEANGEL4 11/30/2012 7:39PM

    Do not worry about the people that are not with you on this pursuit. They are probably jealous as they are not able to committ for themselves. You will succeed

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TERRIJ7 11/30/2012 11:13AM

    "Watch me!" Honey, that says it all!

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CFMOSS 11/28/2012 7:20AM

    Hope you're continuing onward. You are worth it.

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ISABELLE31 11/27/2012 9:41AM

    Good for you! emoticon

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SOCDIRECTOR 11/26/2012 7:29PM

    I'm an early morning exerciser, too!
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PANDORABERRY 11/26/2012 2:47PM

  We all make mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way. Be proud of all you are doing for you and let go of the negative peoples! You are not selfish at all taking care of yourself! Tell your haters Yes You Can!!! As long as you put God first everything else will fall in place for you!

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DEBLYNN323 11/26/2012 10:47AM

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HIKERGAL123 11/26/2012 8:30AM

  Congratulations on your plan - it sounds like something I might "steal shamelessly" as we say at work when we find something we consider a best practice that can be shared! I've also found that sometimes people who criticize a person for taking "me time" are jealous and wish they have the ability to commit to a health/work out plan like you have so keep up the great work!

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DMEYER4 11/26/2012 7:20AM

  you can do it and taking care of yourself is never selfish

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/25/2012 12:50AM

    Some people are just fools. Tell 'em to hush up.

Here's a quote you might like to look at!!!

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Hugs!

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MOMOSG 11/24/2012 2:34PM

    Good for you to ignore the negative talk!

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HLOCHRIDGE 11/24/2012 12:48PM

    Congratulations on your goal!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/24/2012 9:23AM

    5 A.M. class? Oh my gosh, that's early! Your determination is SO inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

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DJSHIP46 11/24/2012 7:49AM

    I know you will achieve what you are working toward and you will discover who and what you are to be in the process... emoticon emoticon

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THESLIMMERME1 11/24/2012 1:57AM

    emoticon on your successes to date - emoticon one step at a time
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SCCRSTTR2 11/24/2012 12:26AM

    When you do your weights try and incorporate some cardio so you don't have to stress so much about fitting everything in with no time. The Y has some great weight oriented classes like Body Pump or Kettle bells. This is pretty much what my schedule was like before I moved down to San Antonio and as soon as I get my house (HOPEFULLY NEXT WEEK) I will be right there in the trenches with you. So just know that despite the fact that we are probably hundreds of miles away from each other I will be doing it with you. I know you have a billion comments on here for you but try and keep me updated on changes to your routine. It is always fun to find someone who is into the same type of work outs as yourself. Spinning, Swimming, and Weights, OH YES!

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CM_GARDNER78 11/23/2012 11:40PM

    Watch me, indeed!! That is fantastic. You are one determined lady who will achieve your goal - or die trying?! ;-) Keep at it..........you are so motivating!! You can do this!!

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REENIE131 11/23/2012 11:27PM

    Keep up the great work! You can do it!

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emoticon Here is a Happy Holiday Weekend shout out to my Beautiful Spark Friends!

Great Blog!

Remember Portion Control!!
Love, Vera
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SURVIVOR61 11/23/2012 8:00PM

    Congratulations!!! You've got it ...ATTITUDE...the right one that is going to get you where you belong...in great physical and emotional Health. You are an INSPIRATION TO ME and I wish we had a gold medal award for that, because I sure would give it to you... emoticon

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LAWANDMUSIC 11/23/2012 6:02PM

    You go, girl!!

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MARYJEANSL 11/23/2012 2:57PM

  Good for you - I am so impressed with your determination and courage. Best of luck to you. You can do it!

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MOINSDEMOI 11/23/2012 2:44PM

    emoticon You go girl! I just hate it when people don't get the support they need. Well you have come to the right place.

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BANDMOM2012 11/23/2012 1:15PM

    Execellent focus!

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VJH-W65 11/23/2012 12:46PM

    "I love it when a plan comes together."
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TPETRIE 11/23/2012 12:39PM

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LINDAKAY228 11/23/2012 12:25PM

    I know you will achieve what you are setting out to do. And to those who think you are selfish, that's their problem, not yours. You can be the best mother and person when you are finding fulfillment. If you give it all up and are unhappy then you won't be the best you can be for others in your life. Don't let the naysayers pull you down! Chase your dreams with all your heart.

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 11/23/2012 11:17AM

    You can do it - love your attitude!!
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FIRECOM 11/23/2012 10:40AM

    I am impressed. I wish I had started this SP thing 20 years ago when such a regimen might be possible.

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HYATTI1 11/23/2012 10:15AM

    You Rock, you are in for the long haul.

Joanna

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KATHIC2 11/23/2012 8:42AM

  Keep filling your own well and you have more to share!

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SANDICANE 11/23/2012 7:57AM

    We'll ALL watch you! You go Sparkgirlfriend! emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 11/23/2012 7:04AM

    Thanks for sharing

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SATCHMO99 11/23/2012 3:05AM

    WE are watching you, but that's cos we KNOW you'll move waaay past those nay-sayers, those doom-mongers, who haven't got a fraction of your purpose and drive.

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BLUEJEAN99 11/23/2012 1:59AM

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STUFFNEARTABOR 11/23/2012 12:15AM

    You Go!

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