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Five more weeks, and definitely counting!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

It's Saturday morning and I'm relaxing at home after a good Spin class and short weight training session, feeling good about my day so far! This is my second blog, which means I'm following through with my goal to blog once a week (hooray! another positive new habit is forming!), now let's see if I can keep it up : )
I'm counting down the weeks until my vacation, five more weeks to go and I am so thrilled to go back to the Big Island. It'll feel like such a great reward if I'm able to keep up my new routines until then! It'll be a nineteen week streak at that point! I am also making it a goal to continue to exercise while I'm in Hawaii, I'm planning on getting in a 60 min cardio/strength training in the morning, around 7am, until 8am, which last Hawaii trip, was when Kellan would wake up and get up and about so that'll be perfect! He will be sleeping while I slip away to workout and get some me time : ) Love that me time, it's that introvert side of me, I can't help it!

As far as the Spinning course, it is going great so far. Although, this morning I got a little light headed very early in the class, which worried me, but I obviously didn't eat enough beforehand, only a KIND bar, I should've had some oatmeal too! Hindsight 20/20... But I'm thankful that I now have the heart rate monitor, so I was able to keep my heart rate at an "extra" safe level for the entirety of the class after I start to feel icky, which really helped me push through it. All in all though, after four weeks of the Spin course twice a week, I feel definite improvement with my overall endurance and leg strength for sure! I'm not slipping all over the place with all of the ice outside (use to hate it, not so much anymore) and the core workouts after Spin have probably helped with my balance on the ice as well. It is getting much easier to stand and pedal also, my heart rate has also came down which is absolutely a positive! It was getting the mid to high 180's, which is about 10 beats higher than is normally safe, now I'm rarely going above 175, which is right where I should be for my age. The beginner course will be over on after Jan 12th, but the instructors are planning on setting up an Intermediate course for the first time, so I am planning on keep the Spinning up for sure and would love to enroll in that course. The times work out great for me, Wed at 530PM, and SAT 9AM, I'm really really liking the Sat 9AM, what a great way to start off my weekend, all the productivity and structure, that I wasn't feeling on my days off normally! I have a lot of energy after the class so I've been working out on the elliptical or treadmill for another 30 mins or so, and then do some strength training. So by the time I go home I feel awesome! And I still have the rest of the day to clean the house, walk the dog, etc.

So after the Spin class this morning, I went to the gym upstairs, did some strength training, followed by about five minutes of rowing. Was my first time using the row machine there, so I was feeling a little self-conscious at first, but I felt comfortable after a few "rotations." I may try to do a little rowing before or after the Spin classes to kind of balance out my overall workout by challenging both the upper and lower body. Another first today, was I did a couple exercises using the "ball", wasn't all that comfortable being that I have poor balance and a weak core (working on it though!!!), but whatever, it was a "familiarization moment" for me with a piece of new equipment, so I feel good about it even if I looked like a goof!

Another new workout I am planning on starting next Thursday is lap swimming! Will be a good oppurtunity to get comfortable using the snorkel again as well. Gotta prepare for all of the snorkeling that will be done in Hawaii! What a great activity to do while on vacation, it's mesmerizing and a decent exercise. Could even do some lap swimming in the hotel pools? I could mix up the early morning workouts with elliptical/gym workouts with swimming. That would discourage boredom possibly, but I have a hard time believing that I will get tired of that oceanview from the workout rooms at the hotel! With the sun shining practically every morning, I will be in absolute heaven. I love southeast Alaska don't get me wrong, but I swear, the sun releases bundles of endorphins in my brain! Nothing can get me in a great mood faster than walking or hiking in the sun.

Time to peace out and get my mind off of paradise! Patience isn't always my strong suit, but I'm working on it! At least the weeks are just flying by, I will be there before I know it ; )
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