Wow! Fell off the wagon, but I'm climbing right back on!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I love food. Granted, over the last few years, I've learned what I should and should not eat, based on how my body responds to certain foods. But that doesn't mean it's always easy to make the right choices. I won't even place blame on The Holidays. It's all my fault.

Right now I'm struggling with my workout plan. I haven't been to the gym in quite some time for strength training, and as a result, I've noticed some physical changes...less muscle tone in my arms and legs, for instance. I'm still doing Zumba three to four days a week, but without my strength training, my physical activity is really lacking. I allowed my gym membership to lapse since I wasn't going enough to justify paying for another contract. I decided to save some money )in the long run) by purchasing small equipment every so often, like hand weights and other items I can work with at home. I'm still trying to motivate my husband to do this with me as well. We've talked about starting to go for walks in the evenings when it gets a little warmer.

Aside from that, I decided to sign up for the Red Shoe Run for Donor Awareness. It's a cause I feel very strongly about supporting, as I recently signed up to be on the Bone Marrow Donor Registry. I'm participating in the 5K run as opposed to the 1-mile fitness walk, but I'm not overly concerned with my time for the race. Mostly, I'm excited to do it because it's the first time I will run 3.1 miles straight! I am confident I can keep a steady pace and run the entire 5K without walking at all. A friend (who is on my team) and I have been going out for practice runs a couple days a week, and when we take walking breaks, I feel as though I could really continue running. NOT to mention, I forgot how GREAT running makes me feel afterwards!

I plan to attempt a 3-mile straight run later this afternoon...I think I can do it! I'll give an update on that later!
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    You can do it! :) I love 5K's. They're a fun distance. :)

    Wish you lived closer. I'd love to have someone to strength train with. I hate strength training, but I make myself do it.
    1806 days ago
    Thanks, LIVING4HIM! I went on that run yesterday...and I did it! I walked probably about .25 miles to get to the bike path, then once I was on it, I started jogging and didn't stop until I reached the street I was going to turn around at. When I turned around, I walked for maybe about 30 seconds, then started jogging again. I had to take a very short break again, but it was still only about 30 seconds to a minute. I jogged the rest of the way to where I had started on the bike path, then cooled down walking home. So technically I didn't "jog" the entire 3 miles, but a majority of it. Another 0.6 will be a breeze on Race Day! :) I'm so happy I finally did it! All this time I've been saying "I hate running" and "I can't do it", but I did it!
    1813 days ago
    I'm sure that you did very well on your run. I know that my own strength training suffered for a while because I didn't know where to put it in my busy schedule. Before I started teaching Zumba, I had dvds and weights at work and so did some co-workers and we met right after work and did the dvds together. Then I was so busy with teaching classes. But now, I get my strength and Zumba in together with Sentao. I wish I would have taken some before pics of my arms and legs. I never thought it would make that dramatic of a difference but it is a wonderful change! I know that you will find something that works well for you too!
    1814 days ago
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