Sunday, August 18, 2013
Good Sunday Morning.
My treadmill is getting lonely with me working so much this week at work and home. It was just such a draining week, I couldn't think of anything interesting to post.
As a reward for my first efforts in jogging, I bought my first ever MP3 player. I researched around for recommendations from professional runners and runner magazines and ended up with a ClipZip . I had been using a playlist on my cell phone, but it was a hassle switching back and forth, and the headphones were pitiful. I then went on a search for upbeat songs that are around 180 beats per minute. (I have very, very short legs, so my step turnover is very high, even at 5mph)
My newest 30 minute playlist includes
Runnin' Down a Dream- Tom Petty
Big House - Audio Adrenaline
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Turning Japanese - no idea
It's the End of the World as we Know it - R.E.M.
I had about 20 songs on the original list that I had sorted by speed, but I didn't think I'd be running for an hour and a half any time soon. I tried to add inspirational songs. The last two are just inside jokes.
I received an invitation to a 5K walk/run in October and I've been thinking about maybe, possibly, considering entering. Can you sense my hesitation? Still, I work better with a deadline. Maybe this will give me the push I need to get really serious about my goal to run a marathon. I don't just want to enter a 5K. I want to at least be somewhere in the middle of the pack. It would be a crushing flashback to my childhood as a chubby kid to come in dead last in my first marathon. But, still, I shouldn't let the fear of that possibility stop me from trying. If I came in dead last, then I'd know for a fact that I had not put enough effort into my training.
Wow, I think that's the first time I've even thought the phrase, "I'm training for a marathon." What a change in mindset and lifestyle! I guess I need to create a longer playlist for a 5K walk/jog training session. Somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour. I doubt I'll be running any 20 minute marathons for a while, if ever.
I think I'm going to work on my motivational collage for my desk. I'm going to put it right beside my computer screen, so I can see it the whole time I'm working. I think I'll put some tiny, subliminal pictures around the edge of my laptop screen so I can see them the whole time I'm playing on my laptop.
I've got to change the way I think about my treadmill time. Before I was thinking it was a chunk of unproductive time taken out of my work day. I need to think about it as my escape, or my charging my batteries to be more productive the rest of the day.
Scale victories - finally broke into the 47s and stayed there a while. I discovered that I need to stop eating after 6pm to get the true benefit out of this change of lifestyle. It also seems like my biggest meal needs to be around lunch time, and not dinner time.
This equals turning the clock back about a year from when I last weighed this little.
NSV - found that if I use my exercise ball as a desk chair, I can hook my feet under the edge of my desk, and can lean way back and do a suspended sit up. I left my real desk chair between my desk and wall so I used it as the goal. I was trying to lean back far enough so I could touch my head to the armrest, or the seat. Works every muscle from your neck to your toes!
NSV - my above the waistline "paunch" is smaller than my below the waistline belly when looking straight down while on the scale. HOORAY!
Some seal-a-meal vacuum sealed jar discoveries. I'm ending the lettuce experiment, because I need the space, and the lettuce is still green and unwilted (although, not as green as when it went in). While it works to extend the life of items, like lettuce, chopped peppers and diced onion, for weeks if kept in the frig, it does not keep wet items, like casserole, from getting moldy. I used the half pint jars for storing some leftovers, and they didn't last too much longer than regular storage containers.
So, if want to save leftovers for later consumption, place them in sealer bags, and freeze them. Live and learn.
Onward to a better me.