Showing posts from December 17, 2006

Just sitting around killing time.

Hubby had to work for a couple of hours this morning, so I'm waiting for him to come home and we are off to do some final Christmas stuff.

I have used this time alone to work out my training schedule and my "diet" for next month. Note: I'm starting the "diet" today but the training doesn't really begin till next Monday. I'll just be continuing my workouts this week. Note 2: the word "diet" is being used as in the way I will eat. I will not be dieting in the traditional definition of the word as I don't believe dieting works.

I've been focusing on eating whole foods for the past few months and I've got my daily diet into a state where there is very little processed foods at all. Basically only my cereal in the morning could be considered processed. Oh yeah, and the laughing cow cheese that I snack on (god, I love that stuff). Everything else is fruit, veggies, and lean animal products.

When I started this I initially dr…

Small rant and some random thoughts.

First, my rant. I was watching Larry King last night (I know, that will amaze some of you) and he had Dr. Oz and Dr. Weil on. Well, he also had the Biggest Loser, Eric, and they were talking about weight loss, fat, blah, blah, blah.......

One thing that struck me, and kind of pissed me off, is their differing views. Dr. Oz's view is that obesity is basically self-inflicted. Dr. Weil seems to thinks it's a great conspiracy between the government (telling farmers how to use their land), the companies (making things that are no good for us) and the advertising agencies (tricking us into buying and eating these things). Basically his view is, it's not your fault you're obese. It's not??? Does the government force you to eat those things??? NO!!! Do the companies not make healthy things?? NO!!!

Let me say I HATE the victim attitude in anything, but especially in obesity because yeah, it is your fault. No one made you sit in front of that TV and stuff your face with Cheeto…

So There!!

Well, Nancy threw one of my favorite quotes right back at me - Ouch!!! (Thanks Nancy, I needed that).

But it made me realize what the real, underlying problem is (at least in my head). It's that 70.3!! You have no idea how that scares me. I think, deep down, I was looking for a way to put off doing this.

Well, no more. I'm going to give it a real shot. Over the next week or so I'm going to work up a solid plan for weight loss and Honu training. I will face my fear and I will conquer it. As my tattoo says; Do or do not. There is no try. So I will succeed, I have no choice.

TriFeist had a post a few days ago about skills she uses to get her workouts done, she calls it Let's make a deal. I have a couple of those tricks that I'm going to have to sharpen when I begin this challenge.

One thing I do is the 10 minute rule. I'll tell myself I'll just do it for 10 minutes then stop. Well, if I can get through 10 minutes I can get through the whole workout.

Another thing I…


Okay, Linae and Sharon, you got me thinking. Can I do both???

I know myself and my immediate reaction is to say no, I can't. But the more I think about it the more I think maybe I can.

That 70.3 is such a huge thing to me that I continue to think I need at least 6 months of training in order to even finish such a thing. I can't imagine trying to accomplish something like that with only 12 weeks of training.

The weight training I plan on doing is a circuit routine. It starts off deceptively simple but gradually increases over time so by the end of 12 weeks an hour work out completely wipes me out.

But now I'm starting to think maybe.....

What if I did just blast the weight loss for 3 months then move into training? I've been planning on using running and biking for my cardio work, all I need is to squeeze some swimming in.

So here's what I'm thinking:

Monday: Running or biking
Tuesday: Weight training
Wednesday: Swimming
Thursday: Weight training
Friday: Running or biking

I'm in a quandary.

I'm not sure what to do.

I love the new year. I love the promise of new things, new adventures, new challenges. I love starting a new month. Hell, I love starting a new week. I'm all about looking towards the future.

For 2007 I have some definite things I want to accomplish. Most of them revolve around health and fitness; or at least the ones that require the most out of me. A couple of these however, come into conflict with each other.

I really had my heart set on doing Honu 70.3 in June. However, I was extremely concerned about it because of my weight. I know if I could drop these last 30 lbs I'd be able to handle 70.3 a whole lot better than I can now.

And that's the other goal, I want to drop these last 30 lbs. I know me and I know my body. I need to weight train in order to drop weight. Weight training and hard cardio are what I need to do.

Now, since I only have X amount of hours available for workouts (I would like to have a life outside this) what do I do?? If I foc…

Botanical Garden Part Deux

If this is Sunday it must be time for our journey through the botanical garden again.

This adventure actually began last Thursday. We have a large piece of lab equipment (a stomacher or homogenizer for the other labsters) that broke and we needed to send it off to the mainland for repair. It weighs 85 lbs and I had to move it from the tabletop, about chest high, down to the floor and into a box. While I was doing that I pulled a muscle in my back; not really bad but I felt it.

The rain caused me to sleep in on Thursday (ha ha) and by the time I got home from work my back was hurting a little so I didn't run. I woke up Friday morning and could really feel the muscles in my back so I skipped my workout. Yesterday the back was still aching so I figured 1 more day was a good idea.

Well, today I was going no matter what. When I woke the back felt fine but the rest of the body was sore from 3 days off. I hate how that works!!!!

So off to the gardens I drag my butt. Now when you enter the ga…