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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
4:03 pm
I've committed to a race
So, yesterday I got out in the cold and wet for a bike ride down the PW Parkway. A few lessons learned.

*the parkway is sure different on 2 wheels then it is on 4. Where did them freaking hills come from?
*check the weather next time
*6.3 miles outside on a bike is a *a lot* different than 6.3 miles on the bike inside the nice gym
*drink gatorade or some such instead of just water.
*oww - my aching butt and legs

Today was pool day. Did 1800 meters, even without the coach there (she sent the workout). Pushed myself - hard. Oh, and guess what I've found after all these weeks of swimming?
My triceps.

I've picked a race - May 30th (Memorial Day weekend). It's the BRATS Salute to the Military Sprint Triathlon. 6 weeks from now. I'd love it if those that are close by and interested want to come out to cheer me on. Race is early, starts at 7:30am. Being there for the finish would be awesome. It's near Bristow, VA - about 10 miles from the Nissan Pavilion. Let me know if you can make it.

I must be (a good kind of) insane.

Current Mood: scared
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
10:46 am
Running, patience & power tools
So, I was up at 'OMG early' this morning, at least for me. It gave me time for some quiet and uninterrupted time with email and such. I deliberately put off breakfast though until my regular time because I didn't want to get to noon today starving. Speaking of starving, I went to bed last night hungry. I think I burned more than 70% of the calories I took in yesterday. Don't know for sure, but it's my theory and I'm sticking to it. However, I didn't give in to eating last night - and trust me, it was a challenge. I really wanted popcorn, or something, but I didn't do it. And bless lapsedagnostic he didn't go get anything either. Made it much easier. He says my new change is working on him too. He doesn't make poor choices for snacks and such, especially late, and that's having a good affect on him (and me).

Today the girls had chess club early at school, so I got my gym time in early too. I spent a half hour on the treadmill - slow at first and then progressing up to a working pace of about 3.5. I did about 4 two minute sprints over all of it. Raised my heart rate good and high. It wasn't fun though, it was just a challenge. I wanted to give up after about 15 minutes, but I kept at it, and made it 1.66 miles in 30 minutes. I'd planned on being at the gym and hour - so since I had time leftover, I decided to lift weights today. Upper body first. I'd like to get rid of the fat-pudge below my bra line and frankly I wouldn't mind reducing mass up there in general.....boobs included. The thing that most gets me is my upper arms, especially in pictures. I look like I could play football, and I'd like to look a little less like that. So I did:

Bicep curls (10lbs) 12 reps (x2)
Chest press (10lbs) 12 reps (x2)
Triceps pressbacks (7.5lbs)12 reps (x2)
Shoulder press (5lbs) 12 reps (x2)
Wings (5lbs) 12 reps (x2)

It's been a long time since I lifted anything, so I didn't go all out today, but I'm feeling it anyway. So I'll consider that a win. Tomorrow I'll do lower body just for a change up. I'm not sure what I'll do for cardio. Maybe jump rope? Box? I'll try to get at least 20 minutes in and at my target heart rate.

So I'm trying to be patient with the weight loss and body changes. I'm terribly impatient when it comes to this stuff. I want results, now!</end>. I'm trying to remember it's taken me a few years to put on the weight, so it's going to take more than a few weeks, months even, before it comes off. On the encouraging news front though, I feel a little better in my clothes. Small victory, but I'll take it where I can get it.

The upside of being up so early is I have a bunch of chores done already. Including dinner in the crock pot, and veggies cut and ready to go for dinner tonight. Now I'm off to a nice, hot shower and then off to play with power tools around the house.

Hmmmm ... women and power tools=hot :-)

Current Mood: busy
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
10:50 am
The Novelty of the New (or overcoming my own dumb prejudice) ..
Let me start by saying I have a strong prejudice against the Butterfly Stroke. I think it's ungainly, and I wonder who on earth decided that it was a good stroke for a water sport. Consequently I've avoided it most of my entire time spent in the pool... any pool at any point.

So today was a pool day (obviously). I got there early and got in the pool to start my warm up before my class. I did an easy 100m free. By then the Cindy (the instructor) had shown up.
Warm up was: 100 free & 100 kick (x2). Then 4x 50 meters choice. Total warm up: 600.

Here's where we get to the novelty part. The next 100m were fly. *groan* Cindy suggest I put fins on my feet and just try the body movement portion, no arms. The first 25m were awkward, but I concentrated on putting my head in the water and pushing down with my chest and letting the rest of my body follow. OMG - I got it! smile. The next 25 was far more cohesive, as was the rest of it. What's even better ... I liked it. I like the core workout it giving my chest and abs. The main set looked like this:

4 x 25 - Fly
3 x 50 - Backstroke
2 x 75 - Breaststroke
1 x100 - Freestyle

Today I really worked at completing each element without to much of a break. I'm still struggling with finding the right set of earplugs that keeps the water out, so there's constant futzing with my earplugs and cap. Other than that, I did pretty good today.

Cool down was 1 x 100 choice, and because I'd enjoyed the body motion of the fly so much, I used that for my cool down. I really like the fins on my feet because they give me the extra *umph* at the end of the stroke - and Cindy said I was doing so well with it, I really should try the arms. So, I think I will next week. How's that for turning a prejudice on it's head? Oh, and workout total today: 1300 meters. *fist pump and dance*

Also, I've been tracking my exercise progress on my Nutrisystem program and it says that an hour of vigorous swimming of laps burns 905 calories. Swimming, for the win. Tomorrow is going to be a treadmill day. I need to get back to working on my running.

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
10:46 am
Spinning the Wheels
So, today I was planning on walking and running ... however, when I got to the gym I ran into a friend of mine who asked if I was going to try the spinning class offered at 9:15am. I'd wanted to try it last month, but didn't realize you needed to sign up for a bike before going in, so I had to give up my spot. So, I headed straight for the desk and reserved a bike.

Setting up the bike was a little confusing, but after futzing with it for about 10 minutes, I managed to get the right settings. The instructor Julie is a walking, kinetic bundle of energy. Very nice and personable. I was a little intimidated because everyone in there seemed to know each other, but I took a bike towards the back and figured "What the hell, I can do this". The music is very high energy, and easy to follow. Unfortunately it drowns Julie out a bit, so I had to keep an eye on her to see when to turn up the tension. The first song was pretty good and I got my heart rate up in the 130's. That was the last time I saw that number ;-)

By midway through the 2nd song, and definitely by the 3rd song I was working and sweating. Heart rate would go up and down to the 160's when we "sprinted". I probably could of upped the tension just a bit, but I didn't want to push too hard the first time out. "Sprinting" on the bike has you getting up and pedaling like you were going up a hill. It gave my poor butt a break from the seat ... which is less than comfortable. But trying to keep your abs in, your shoulders down and a bend in your arms while doing all of this is a bit of a challenge. I really liked that she would remind us now and again though to do all of those things.

I made it through about 40 minutes before having to call it for the morning.... have an appointment with the cable company and I was almost out of water. I do wish the bikes had some sort of display that would tell me how far I'd gone and at what speed, but that would probably take up far too much room and lessen the ability of people to take the class.

End result? I'd do it again. I'll have to look it up and see when else the class is being offered. Tomorrow I'm back in the pool and I'm going to hit the treadmill on Thursday and Friday.

Current Mood: awake
Monday, February 22nd, 2010
10:49 am
Still a fish ...
So, between the snow, 3 births and a late start for school all of last week, I've been out of the pool now for 3 weeks straight. I'd been out of the pool so much that I was startled to realize before bed last night that I was supposed to go to workout this morning. So I set a reminder and tried to get my head on straight.

Honestly, I was dreading getting in this morning - because I could feel how the being out had already affected my cardio capabilities. The first week out I was okay because I was doing a lot of shoveling, but the last 2 weeks I've done nada in terms of working out. Bad make_your_move, no biscuit. On the positive side I have started my Nutrisystem program.

The pool was cooler than I remembered, but I got in and Jean (my coach) had me do a 300m warm-up. Oh, good googly-moogly - I swam like a newbie. But I got through it. Then I had a 500m drill of 50 back stroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle. Lather, rinse, repeat on that. Then 2, 50m freestyle (all of those with a supposed 10 second break ... which didn't quite happen). Then I had a 200m pull, a 200m kick and a 100 cool down.

So YES! 1200m all together. Not bad for being out for so long. I feel good!

Tomorrow I'm headed into the gym for bike and some treadmill time. Frankly I'm dreading that too, but I won't let it stop me.

Food wise I did really well, the first half-week on the program. Then, for some reason, I torpedoed myself with 3 days of eating out in a row. Lunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner. That was dumb. This week, I'm sticking to the program all week. ~shakes head ruefully~. And I was doing really well too. At least I can see the pitfalls and see the immediate affects of my own hubris. I even thought I was making good choices.... but I think there was a lot of sodium in it and that didn't help.

Hopefully, this week's eating well combined with working out again, will show some awesome results.

What about you guys? What are you all up too?

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, February 4th, 2010
9:26 am
Still working towards my goals
Hey all .... Sorry for the unintended hiatus lately. I am still committed to the triathlon, but haven't been diligent in my training beyond swimming. The swim classes still kick ass in all ways. The biggest improvement has been in my cardio levels. Yesterday I had a check up and the midwife was listening to my lungs .... "Do you do a lot of cardio?" she asked. When I told her what I've been doing, she said she could tell just by my lung capacity and how they sounds ... and she smiled :) Yay!

My distance is also continuing to go up every week. Monday I did 1250 meters. I didn't go in yesterday because of the snow.... and I was planning on the gym today, but it looks like I"m headed out to a birth - so I'm sticking close to home this morning.

I have been out on the bike and continue to hit about 7 kilometers in about 20 minutes. That's doing about 88 to 90 rpm. I very the intensity between 1 and 3, or 1 and 4. I'd like to get back on my bike, but it's just too dang cold out and I'm just not that hardcore. I'd rather be in the gym with the temperature control. Once we stop getting all this dang snow on a regular basis and I see possibilities of spring, I'll get out there.

Oh ... and small but exciting news for me. I actually dropped about 4lbs! Being down, even a small amount just makes me so happy! In relation to that particular news ... I've also decided that I need more help than I can do for myself ... so I've decided to try Nutrisystem. My weight and physicality has been such a mindfuck for me .... it makes me depressed, angry and resentful, that I felt like I had to do something. After comparing a number of different options, I think this one will help me get a head start down that path. If anyone has had experience with them, please share you insights, good or bad.

So, there's all the news that is fit to print for now. I'm looking forward to Valentines Day and having something fun to celebrate.

What about you all? I'm interested to hear what is going on with you all - your joys or struggles or both. Comment :)

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
12:58 pm
Incremental progress, the search for Balance and a hot guy
Yesterday I did not workout. I had a morning appointment to view a facility for my daughter's upcoming wedding reception. If my (future) son-in-law does return from his deployment at the expected time, the celebration will be in November. So, in planning time, that means 'real soon now' ... so finding and booking a site is really important. I then spent the rest of the afternoon viewing the other two sites that were top on the list. So, by the time I was done, I had just enough time to get to the market and pick the kids up from school. When there are other things in my day, I find it hard to fit in a workout, but I know how important it is to do so. Right now it's really challenging for me to find balance to fit in what's important to me (triathlon) and still get everything done for everyone else.

Fortunately Mondays and Wednesdays I feel I have to go to my swim workout because I've invested the money in the instructors and facility.... so today was good, and I made more progress.
Monday I swam 1025meters. The most I'd accomplished in an hour after my start from 2.5 weeks ago. Today I swam 1300 meters! That's progress of 275 more, and it makes me so happy. My endurance and cardio capacity are noticeably different and it just makes me do the "Snoopy" happy dance on the deck. Cindy, my Wed instructor (Jean is the one on Mondays) almost always prints out the workout. Today she had 1800 meters planned. So for me to accomplish most of that makes me warm inside. Today's workout looked like this:

600 meter warm out
Freestyle 100 meters x4
alternate with 100 meters of kick

Main workout

8 x 50 -

Odds - 50 freestyle
Evens - 50 backstroke

200 meter choice with *no* break

100 meter cool down

The main workout was supposed to have another set of the 8 x 50, but I didn't make it that one. I concentrated on good form as much as possible. However I noticed again that getting tired makes my strokes sloppy and I have a harder time with the breathing. I'm not gonna drown, but I sucked water today a couple of times.

After my workout was done, I talked to Cindy for a bit. A really, really hot guy got into my lane to work out and OMG, it was a joy to watch him. He moved through the water so naturally and efficiently. I commented on how I'd really like to look like that in the water. Cindy notice and mentioned a tattoo on his upper right shoulder. "He's got an ironman tattoo" she said. And that explained a lot... we continued to watch him and I try to sear his stroke style and movement into my brain. I really, really want to look like that in the water... grace and speed and a sleek profile. I may not be there yet, but I can work toward it!

Last night I watched The Biggest Loser. The show fascinates me ... because it's incredible to see what the body and spirit can not only endure but grow. I confessed to lapsedagnostic last night that I've wanted to go on the show. I don't qualify because I don't have more than 100lbs to lose, but I keep remembering that it *could* be me if I don't keep working on things. There but for the grace of god/buddha/diety of choice, go I. I'd give my left nut to have Jillian bust my ass on a semi-regular basis, but I understand, it's not gonna happen. I'm considering joining the 'pound for pound' challenge on the website though.

So, tomorrow, I'm scheduling in a workout in the morning (unless I'm at a birth) because tomorrow afternoon it's an interview with what I hope to be the place that we'll be holding Widge's reception.

How are you all?

Current Mood: busy
Monday, January 18th, 2010
11:42 am
Can't be a lazy swimmer ... or you suck water ...
So, today was my longest push in the water by far. I swam 1025 meters today, with few and short breaks in between. Warm up was 200 meters freestyle, with little breaks. Then we did 10 (50 meter) drills. The first 50 is a staggered stroke (or catch up) drill, the 2nd 50 is finger tip drag, the 3rd 50 is the fist drill, or swimming with just your forearms, but not hands. The 4th and 5th 50's were regular freestyle. In between each 50 meter we were only supposed to rest 10 seconds. I didn't quite make it with the short breaks (some were longer), but I did do both sets.

Then she pushed us to do "hard" 25m freestyle. Swim efficiently, breath, and don't dawdle to the end. Take a quick break, do it all over again. I did 125m of those.

At the end of class was a 200m cool down in which she let me do the breast stroke for 75m, and then a 25 of freestyle.

So, things I've discovered so far. I like having the instruction and guidance. I don't flail around and be lazy. She has a plan and I follow it. I can't be a 'lazy swimmer' - I learn to really rest on my rest periods or my stroke gets bad, I forget how to breathe and it feels like I'm gonna sink to the bottom or drown. I need to work on my bilateral breathing more... when I'm pushing myself for distance or speed, I auto-revert to right-sided breathing only. The earplug thing still isn't working right... too much time fiddling with them trying to keep the water out. Maybe I'll try plugs used for when you're shooting guns.

Today when Jean asked for the last 200 I almost said "Yes, I'll do it for you" ... but then I didn't ... I thought, "Yes, I'll do it ... for me".

And I did. And it was good. Not great, but really, really good.

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, January 14th, 2010
10:43 am
Triahtlon update
Well dear readers, despite the lack of posting I have not given up on my quest for training for a sprint triathlon.

Since my last post, I have been attending my swim clinic faithfully. Monday I swam for 800 meters. Warm up of a 100 meters and then lots of drills. The class is supervised by 2 women, who are both very knowledgeable and encouraging. My strokes need work - I've been told I tend to swim like a barge (straight hips as opposed to curving them with my freestyle stroke) so I have been working on that this week. Yesterday was a concious effort to turn from my core as opposed to my upper body, and boy howdy, it makes quite a difference. My line is longer and my sides ache (in a good way). I'm also working on coordinating my efforts better on the breast stroke to create a smoother flow down the lane. For grins and giggles yesterday I also tried the back stroke which I haven't done in forever. I succeeded in doing well with the stroke and moving the water efficiently, but i managed to bump into the wall on one side and then the lane markers coming back again. Yesterday I only got through about 500 or 600 meters, but it is progress and I'm happy with it.

Tuesday and today I made it to the gym for cross training. Tuesday I spent 15 minutes on the treadmill, but neglected to note distance. It was walking - and I need to get back to the running, but I'm fighting some psychological gymnastics telling me how much running sucks. Then I spent 20 minutes on the bike. I went 7 kilometers in 20 minutes. Which translates to about an hour and 15 minutes to get through the bike portion of the sprint if I keep up that pace. I miss biking outdoors, but it is just too freaking cold.

Food wise I'm making poor choices and the scale shows as much. If we hadn't run into both cars needing repairs *now* in the next week or so - I'd of seriously considered lobbying my husband for going to Jenny Craig or the like. I feel like if I can't get my food issues under control and lose some weight, all this training will be for naught. *gah*

Tomorrow will be another gym day. Also, I need to journal regularly again. It keeps me accountable.

What have you been up to?

Current Mood: busy
Monday, January 4th, 2010
2:44 pm
Still here, and making good/crazy choices
~dust, dust~ Time to get back to posting about life, the universe and training for a triathlon.

When I last left off, it was Dec. 17th and I'd managed to jog (slowly) for 10 whole minutes, and I celebrated and was happy. Then I got distracted. Life has a way of doing that to you if you're not organized. I did not work out that Friday, as my 12 year daughter T spent most of the evening of the 17th and the next day (Friday) throwing up and running a fever. Saturday we had the mini-snowstorm-of-doom here. 17 inches in less than 24 hours. I realized for some of you that's a drop in the bucket, but 'round here, it makes you pay attention. I spent that weekend celebrating an early Christmas with B, and then Sunday & Monday were spent packing for the week at the beach. We drove most of the day Tuesday, so that day was out too. I did get up Wednesday (23), and Thursday (24) and walk both days for 30+ minutes. Christmas day and Boxing Day I didn't walk at all. My hubby was my good conscience on Sunday and I walked again (with my HR monitor) and was able to gauge progress in terms of exertive effort. BTW, walking on the beach, in the sand is work. Monday we packed, and Tuesday (29th) we left and drove home.

The rest of last week I neither worked out, nor ate well. That was a poor decision on my part.

Yesterday I reread "The South Beach Diet Supercharged" and decided a more formal eating plan was in order. I made a list for the market, but as fate would have it, the first of my January clients decided to give birth yesterday. So, I was a birth from 4pm yesterday, to 4am today. No exercise and food was shot as well.

So, here's the dedicated/crazy part.... I got up this morning after about 4 hours sleep and signed up for *and did* a swim class this morning from 9am to 10am. This swim clinic meets twice a week M/W from 8:55am to 9:55am for the next 6 weeks and all you do is swim and work on your strokes, strength and endurance. It's a cardio & whole body workout.

All total this morning I swam 400 meters. 100 meter warm-up freestyle, 50m kicking only, 200 meter stuttered stroke technique and finished with another 50 meters kick only. Talk about knackered. It was all I could do to put my dang clothes on and get back into the car.

With all that said though, I'm excited about this class. I'm beginning to wonder if my initial goal of an April triathlon was a bit ambitious, but I'm still not going to rule it out. However, even if I decide to move that back to June, what is important is that I am still moving forward towards my goal. That means something, at least to me. I didn't give up, I just got a little side-tracked with life and the holidays.

But I'm back. You guys still interested in hearing about it?

Go forth, be rested, eat well and do something good for yourself.

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, December 17th, 2009
10:48 am
BT Week 4 - Woot! I did it!
Training goal: 30 minute walk/run. Include a 10 minute stretch of jogging.
Nutrition goal: Early dinner

*happy dance* ~twirls around and doing little fist pump cheers~

Okay, *ahem* now that's out of the way. Today was, you know, that day. The one that includes running/jogging. But I had a goal and I was determined to make it happen. I was going to do the whole 10 minutes of jogging (even slow jogging) and I did it! Okay, I had to hold on to the rails a few times, but I didn't slow down, and I didn't stop moving and I did it. The last 3 minutes was the hardest. My original plan was to make it to at least 6 minutes of continuous jogging (beating the other day of 4.5 minutes), but when I got to 6, 7 looked like a lucky number and then it was "well, I made it this far, what's 3 more minutes?" . Let me tell you, from a non-jogger, 3 more minutes was a lot! The last minute it was my mantra, "I can do this, I am doing this, X more seconds". So there it is, I made a small milestone for me. Stat's for today look like:

Time: 35 minutes
Distance: 1.81 mile
Speed: 3.2 (5 minutes), 3.4 (5 minutes) - 4.0 (jog) 10 minutes - 3.0 walk (10 minutes) - cool down
Calories: 151

My next goal is to make it 10 minutes without having to hang on. It will come when it comes.

We're leaving for our annual holiday at the beach next Tuesday. I'm taking the Book with me and planning on making my workout every day. Weeks 5 & 6 have you schedule your own workout for the day as it fits your schedule. So, I'm getting my swim in at the pool on Monday.

I'm off to take a well deserved shower. Eat well, do good things for yourself!

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
10:49 am
BT Week 4 - Want to know what an $8 ass-kicking feels like?
So yesterday was a 30 minute walk and early dinner. I elected to have my "rest" day instead, which means I won't be taking the optional rest day Friday, I'll be walking.

Wednesday - the $8 ass-kicking

Training goal: Find a local pool and check out the water. Work on getting comfortable and try some easy, enjoyable laps. Your intention throughout your training for a first triathlon is to be relaxed and efficient in the pool (lake or ocean). There's no need to emulate Mark Spitz.
Nutrition goal: Early dinner

So, I was really excited about today - being back in the pool for myself. I'm in the pool every summer for my kids, but this was time for me, and I was determined to make it work. There was the initial hilarity of trying to fit my knee-length braid into my silicon swim cap. I finally got it on, and also got an instant face-lift in the process. Holy-moly, it's going to be amazing if I make it through the training without seriously considering cutting my hair to a more manageable length!

Got out to the lanes and realized that I'd forgotten to grab goggles *gah*, but I got in anyway. The first lap felt wonderful, but mostly because I wasn't really trying that hard. It was just nice to be back in the water and the feeling of being slightly weightless. After one lap of fooling around I tried an entire lap of crawl with my head out of water. Oh, there's my heart rate.

In the end I challenged myself to stay in the water of about 25 minutes. I alternated every kind of stroke (except the butterfly). I discovered the silicon cap slips and that I really need goggles. It was challenging, for both my cardiovascular system and for all the muscles in my back and shoulders. It was 20-25 minutes of self-imposed ass-kicking (and $8 to get into the pool, but I can feel it, and I like it!

I'm getting my pool workout in early next week before we leave for the beach, because I may be kind of crazy, but I'm not getting into the Atlantic while we're gone. It's all walking, running and biking next week.

PS: Anyone have any swimming icons please?

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, December 14th, 2009
1:43 pm
BT Week 4 - Working up to the challenge
Week 4 Objectives
1. Last week you walked, ran & biked. This week you'll also get in the pool.
2. This week you will do your best to eat dinner on the early side.
3. Continue to journal

Training goal: Enjoy a nice bike ride, 30 min or longer
Nutrition goal: Look up a recipe for dinner from the World's Healthiest Food website(http://www.whfoods.org) and try something new

Yesterday I scooted into the gym later than hoped, but for a good reason. I got a bike ride on the new Nike/Ipod bikes (you can plug in your Ipod and watch stuff). The cycling itself wasn't as challenging as staying comfortable in that seat for that long. Biking shorts should be in my future. Because for all the padded-ness of my ample behind, the place where it hurts the most is the sitz bones on the inside. Stat's for yesterday:

Time: 30 min
Distance - 10.8 kilometers (didn't check the miles)
RPM - 84
Calories: 180

Training goal: 30-min walk/run. Include 10 min of continuous jogging.
Nutrition goal: If you eat late (after 8pm) try pulling your dinnertime back a bit (earlier).

So, I just worked out this afternoon instead of this morning. The mental gymnastics of getting to the gym at a time when you're not normally there are interesting, but I had a real desire to go, so I just did. Had a light lunch of pasta and meat sauce and a huge salad. The nice thing about being at the gym around noon-ish is that everyone is pretty much gone. I started the walk and realized I'd mis-tied my right shoe. Despite many attempts, I couldn't get it right today, so I was very conscious of my right foot. I got the first 10 minutes in pretty easy and thought I really would go for a "jog" speed of about 4.3 for the middle 10. Well, it's a gentle enough pace, but I'm still not quie up to the challenge of jogging for 10 minutes straight. I made it through 4.5 minutes before having to slow down to a walk of 3.0 for about 3 minutes. Then I tried again, and made another jog of about 4 continuous minutes, but I was watching the clock with an evil eye, because I was ready to slow down.

I won't say that I'm not disappointed, I am. I'd hoped that would be less challenging than it was - but I still need some time before my ability catches up with my desire. However, I've decided that what I'm really doing, is still working up to the challenge of being there. Maybe as the weight comes off, it will get easier. I'm consciously making better choices about my food simply because it's tiring to train this way. And what's the point of sabotaging myself? Not that I don't give in, I am, but overall, it's getting better.

And in the "woo-woo" part of life. I keep getting messages from the PTB. Yesterday at the gym I ran into a woman who daughter went to school with my mine daughter (the college age one). Turns out she teaches a 'swim clinic' at the local fitness center (the one with the indoor pool). They also have a "Tri It Camp" for a mini - sprint at GMU. (will try and find more info on it and put it out here, but its not readily coming up on Google). It was great to talk to her, and I think I'm going to sign up for the swim clinics there - they meet twice a week during the days (9a to 9:45am) and it will get me back with someone who can help my body relearn those great things it used to do in high school. Was it chance or fate that put us in each other's path yesterday? I don't know, but it makes me happy it happened.

Tomorrow is just a 30 minute walk - yay!

Current Mood: refreshed
Saturday, December 12th, 2009
11:54 am
BT Week 3 - End of a good week
So - I have a question ..... should I stop posting here? Are you all still interested in this as a community? There are a few random posts here and there, but all in all, it seems like folks have lost interest. Should I close it down or perhaps stop posting here? What is the vote of the community?

End of week 3Collapse )

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
10:17 am
BT Week 3 - Day 5 - Reinforcing the message
Training Goal: 30 minute walk/run (see early this week)
Nutrition Goal: Homemade lunch

I'm beginning to feel like that ad (is it Nike?) "Just Do It" - it's beginning to not feel like I have to choose every morning. What I mean, is I just get up and get into my workout clothes because I know I'm going to workout. That's nice. I briefly considered heading outside for my walk run, and probably should have, but opted for the treadmill which gives my measurable results that can be seen. Todays statistics:

Time - 30 minutes
Distance - 1.6 miles
Speed - 3.4 walk for the first 10 minutes, 4.3 run for alternate 1 minute runs (middle 10 minutes) and 3.2 walk for final 10 min.
Cal - 136

I'd like to be faster, but I read in another book I borrowed from the library "Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals" that "the only difference between a jog and a run is the line on the entry form". Reading that made me realize (yes, I need to hear some things over and over again) that I need to take my comparison issues and stuff them in a hole somewhere. So what if I can't run ~yet~ at a 6? I'm going for distance and regularity, not speed. Oh, and no injuries would be dandy.

Then in another message from the PTB - on the way out of the gym this morning I saw two different license plates "FIT AT4T" and "GTTA RUN". Maybe I'm reading what I want into that, but I just think it's another message from the 'verse that I'm on the right track. Maybe I can make this April goal. It is possible, right? Right!

Breakfast was bagel/lox. I think there might be too much sodium in that to start my day - so I'm going to try and go back to whole grain based choices. Or protein and a light carb (yesterday it was an egg and a little bit of fried potato). Also, I loaded up my fridge with lots of veggies ... so now I have asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers and salad in my fridge. More veggies. And I'm going to try and replace one of my meat based dinners with beans or something else. Is anyone here a vegetarian? I'm just interested in talking about the challenges you face when it comes to getting enough protein in your body.

In the tentatively good news category - I stepped on the scale yesterday and it looked like I was down 2 lbs. Not much, but it's a start. I'm contemplating to adding some more exercise to my days to promote more weight loss. So there you go, another message :)

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
10:48 am
BT Week 3 - Day 4 - One hour of continuous movement
Tuesday's training goal: Go for an easy bike ride
Nutrition goal: Eat a healthy homemade lunch

I did neither for yesterday. Instead I went to the chiropractor for a long overdue adjustment and then to the knitting store for some much needed "me" time. After an ass-tastic last 2 weeks, I thought I needed to give my psyche a little break. I ate 2 pieces of an amazing chicken gourmet pizza. And a couple of cookies. Not my best choice. But I made up for it at dinner with thai chicken and veggies. Mmm.

Training goal: 30 minute walk
Nutrition goal: Eat a healthy homemade lunch

So, I opted to combine yesterday and today's workout. I did 30 minutes on the bike at the gym at a level 3. I chose a 'random' program and a set time, and put in almost 5 miles. Admittedly I had hoped to go farther in that amount of time. Because looking ahead, if I don't improve where I'm at, that's an hour & a half on the bike and I'm not sure my butt can take that. I was doing about a 4 minute mile.

After I got done upstairs on the bike, I headed down to the treadmill for a walk. I deliberately choose the bike/walk combo, as it's the order that the triathlon would go in. My legs were fatigued, but not awful and I got to walking about about a 3.4 speed. It didn't last ... I varied the speed up and down for a little recovery time. I did 1.6 miles on the treadmill.

An hour of continuous movement is interesting. I keep thinking that maybe my goal of doing this triathlon in April might be too ambitious. But I look at things like "The Biggest Loser" and I think ... if they can change their lives and health so much in 12 weeks, I should be able to do this in the next 18 to 20 weeks. But it's not going to fall into my lap. I'm still struggling with poor eating habits and I'm still lugging around all this weight, which makes the workouts ... *not*so*fun*. I did get through the hour, and I'm hoping that in a few weeks I'll look back at this and be amused at what I thought was so challenging.

New shoes are still kick-ass. My left leg hurt more today, but still not on the same level as before. I will be careful lalartu. I'm open to any advise from runners and other athletes on my filter.

Is anyone else working on goals over the winter/holiday season? It's so quiet around here with just a few posts here and there......

Current Mood: mellow
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