Friday, February 01, 2008
On my workout path, I am doing so well! I have managed to workout 6 days a week for at least 70 minutes a day for over a month now and though I am too scared to see what the scale says, I know that fantastic things are happening to me. First of all I am loosing my, um..pooch? I dont know what else to call it! Its that fantastic layer of fat right below my belly button and right above my girly bits and for years it has plagued me. While I was really active in Cardio Kickboxing I had it way reduced but over the last 3 years it was slowly creeping back. Not any more! I can stand up straight and see my...well, lets just say I can see everything below my belly button (and I could always see my toes!)!! This morning I had the dreaded task of having to put on a clean pair of jeans. As always, I dreaded it. That too tight feeling that every pair has unless it is a size or two big? Yeah, that one was nonexistent in my pair of 12's. Yes, in my 12's. 1-2. I stuck my legs in, pulled them up and buttoned them without one single tug, moment of breath holding or roll of fat. I was/am so excited that I even woke J up and made him look and admire me. He was suitably impressed so I let him go back to sleep but man, am I ever excited. I bought them August 2006 but they had been getting slightly tighter from then onwards, mainly from my lack of regular exercise from that month on. I had done Tae Bo with students the year before but just didnt do it again during the 06-07 year. They became more loose during the end of the 07 school year and the 07 fishing season but were never as comfy as they were in August 06 or as perfect as they are now!! I look better in them now than when I bought them!
I know that I love to run and I started a new programme where you slowly build to running for 30 min straight and then I want to work up to a whole hour. Since I was already running for 20 minutes straight, I skipped to week 7 of the 10 week 30 minute plan (walk 1 min, Run 9, Rpt. 2 more times) and did just fine. J was wondering if this would make me lose milage and/or speed but I did 2.7 miles so that means that the whole things was just under a 10 min mile (6 mph). Not shabby at all! The girls and I did a bellydancing video and we are all better at it now than when we started.
I've finally got my workout buddies convinced that we need to do a hard cardio workout at least once per week instead of strength training and more not quite cardio workouts...FINALLY. I started running because I knew that I just wasnt getting the cardio that I need to reshape my body but they felt that any workout where their muscles got tired was cardio enough. The only thing that convinced them was their Wednesday workout where they almost quit part way thru the Tae Bo workout that they hadnt done in about a month. I had been saying how important it was to keep up the cardio but they didnt listen to me...now they listen to their bodies! They were both at a plateau so hopefully this cardio change will give them the boost that they need.
This month my goals are to work my way up to running for 30 minutes solid and staying there for the last 2 weeks of the month. I want to be ready to move into the plan of becoming an OHR starting in March. I've reworked my workout schedule to give me the days that I want on, on and off, off, as well as to do what ever it is that I want to do when I want to do it :)
Also, I have found that logging my foods is fantastic for me and really makes me aware of what I eat, what I want and what I am blindly snacking on. More than once have I put a cracker between my teeth and then though, Wow, I really dont want this Ritz! and then handed it to J. Good for me that he doesnt mind this! The idea of "Bite it, Write it and Move On" is fantastic and I have become really mindful. Drinking water is the easy part so there is no real goal there but I would like to keep up the good habit!