10 July 2010

And things continue to not happen

Like activity. Yesterday.... It was an off day from running and I was going to do a DVD but got sidetracked first thing in the morning by something and before I knew it I was starving and needed to eat and then I couldn't workout for like an hour or so and then I was into something else and before I knew it it was time for lunch and hot as all get out and there was no working out at all yesterday. Whew....can you tell I feel bad about that?? But guess what, life happens and I just have to move on and try to do a little better today then I did yesterday.

In other news, I have only 2 weeks of vacation left. That is sad. I can not believe the summer has gone by that quickly. Unfortunately I've gotten into many bad habits over the past 5 weeks. Staying up late. Sleeping in. Spending way too much time in front of the computer. So over the next 2 weeks I need to start changing those habits and I'm starting today. I'm going to start going to bed a little earlier until I'm back at my usual bedtime. I'm also going to start getting up a little earlier. I wake up around 5 but then lay in bed until almost 6. Time to start getting up when I wake up. I need to get back into the habit of taking my vitamins too. I got some cool, gummy ones that taste like candy :)

Okay, even though it's Saturday I got things to do..

08 July 2010

Let's discuss what's not happening

I am in week 2 of my 5k training plan. This morning, and Tuesday, I ran 7/1 intervals 4 times each. What is not happening with my running? Well, to start my knee is not hurting. I can run for 7 minutes straight and zero knee pain. Also, my ankle is not hurting. Although I am not a doctor and I've never had it diagnosed, I do believe I have arthritis in my right ankle from spraining it so much. When I first started running it hurt pretty badly, but now? Nothing. I'm not bagging out on my runs. I have it on the schedule and I generally do it. Once in awhile I will skip a day but I always make it up the following day. I also am not cutting the runs short. I am doing the full amount of minutes for the stated number of reps. It's all good. Unfortunately, I also don't think I'm dropping any weight either. I feel better and my stomach doesn't feel so huge, but I don't think I've dropped any pounds. I thought that running was supposed to be a natural fat burner and I'm waiting to see the results of that. I also don't think I'm getting any faster. I try to run faster but when you are increasing your time it's tough. Today I did 2.2 miles in 32 minutes. Which, now that I look is slightly better then Tuesday but not as good as last week. Oh well, I guess you can't have everything. And, if I get just a little better every time I will eventually be back to my 10 min/mile pace. So yeah, lots of things not happening with my running and I'm totally loving it.

06 July 2010

Running, boobs, and other nonsense.....

Today's run was not as good as Sunday's. I ended up running 2.1 miles in 32 minutes. Not great at all. I did 7/1 intervals, 4 times. A total running time of 28 minutes with 4 minutes of walking. Total time out: 45 minutes and covered almost 3 miles. On the up side, I felt pretty darn good. The legs were feeling it at the end and I probably could not have run much further, but up until that point I felt pretty darn awesome.

Yesterday we took the dogs for a morning walk. It was nice, they love their walks so much it's great to see. I came home and around an hour or so later felt like doing something so I put in Zumba. I did about 30 minutes of the 50 minute program and really was bored to tears. Really. Bored!! So I stopped and put in Turbo Jam. I like Turbo Jam and am going to go back to it. I ended up doing the 20 minute express workout. Fun!!!!I spent the rest of the day working on planning my lessons for school which starts in like 3 weeks!!!

After I'd been home on vacation about a week or so my weight went up. A. Lot. I felt fat and bloated and just generally yucky. I've been trying to get things under control for the past couple of weeks but haven't been hugely successful. Finally, yesterday I said that's enough. All day yesterday I ate a banana, an apple with peanut butter, a hot dog and a half, some peanuts, and a hamburger casserole for dinner. I did not track serving sizes or calories but I know it was considerably less then I have been eating recently. I felt really, really good and feel really good today. As I was running this morning I noticed that the boobs were bouncing a lot. When I thought about it I realized that the bra I'm wearing was tight just a couple of weeks ago. Like smooshing the boobs and painful tight. Not so much now. Yeah!! Of course now my boobs hurt from bouncing around but that's cool.

I've stopped using sunscreen unless I'm at the beach. I used to put some on before I went on a run or anything. I stopped doing that because I honestly believe that your skins best defense against the sun is a tan. I don't go out in the sun that much and I use nature to help protect me, shade and such. But what has happened is that where 10 minutes exposure used to cause a slight burn, I now have a base tan and don't burn when out for 45 minutes. I really believe that mother nature has the best solutions for most things and we just need to let her do her job. Of course, I'll probably need some heavy duty wrinkle cream like prototype 37c when I'm 70 but I'll worry about that then :)

05 July 2010

The best laid plans

After having an awesome run yesterday morning, I went ate some breakfast and took a shower. By then it was rainy and getting cold - odd, I know. I sat down on the couch to read for a few minutes and the next thing I know I've fallen asleep. I slept for about 1 hour then Hubby came home. I then proceeded to lie on the couch reading my book until 2 pm. I then got up, but only because I finished my book, and was hungry. Since we had nothing in the house to eat we went grocery shopping. I spent the rest of the day just doing nonsense stuff. We didn't even walk the dogs last night because the fireworks had already started. Ugh!!! At this rate I'm going to need to find the best diet pill or I will be 400 lbs when school starts. Today I'm making a sincere effort to be more active. No lying on the couch for 4 hours.....

04 July 2010

This is what I'm talking about.....

I just got back from my run. On the schedule was 6/1 intervals x 5. Whew!! This was going to be tough. As I was walking for my warm-up I was trying to decide what route to take. I got to the corner where the decision had to be made which way to go, and I still hadn't decided. As I was thinking I found myself heading in the direction of the hard run. Oh!! Okay!!! Apparently I had made the decision I just didn't know it. So I started running. The hard part about this route is that it is mostly uphill. Seriously. You do not go down near as much as you go up. Seriously, I am not exaggerating. Anyway I headed up that way. The first 6 minutes went by pretty fast. I thought "I will be able to do this." The next interval went by pretty fast too. Hmmm...I'm on to something here. The next interval, which was on a semi-flat surface, I decided to kick it up a notch. I worked on turning over my feet faster. That one seemed to take longer but I felt really good. The next interval was pretty good, it was mostly downhill and flat so that was good. The final interval I tried to really kick it up bit, especially towards the end. I felt like I was giving a real good effort. So, let's look at the numbers. Now, I've been using Runkeeper on my phone, but when I looked at the numbers today they just didn't seem right. I then went to Gmap Pedometer to map it out and see.

According to RunKeeper: Time: 55:09 Distance: 2.93 miles = 18:48 min/mi
According to Gmaps: Distance: 3.5 miles = 15.71 min/mi

And, since I walked 0.8 miles for my warm-up/cool-down and that took ~20 minutes, I actually "ran" 2.7 miles in 35 minutes which is 12.96 min/mile which seems much more reasonable to me. But I actually only ran for 30 of those 35 minutes. Because I took 5, 1 minute walk breaks. This makes a lot more sense to me. Considering I know the effort I put in and I put in way more then 18 min/mi of effort. So I'm going with the 12.96 and I'm going to track my running differently from now on. Maybe it's time to bust out the Garmin again.

Anyway, bottom line - it was a great run. I pushed myself and felt awesome.....


Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That's what I've been doing. I've been doing the same things, getting the same results and not understanding why. I've been doing things I'm not happy with and not understanding why I feel frustrated and stifled. So today, being Independence Day, is the day I break free from all that nonsense.

First off I'm stopping all the Entrecards and Adgitze stuff on all my blogs. I don't care about traffic. I don't care about commenters. So why do I have this stuff? It's become more of a negative than a positive so it's time to move on. I find myself censoring too much of what I want to write because I'm afraid of what people will think. So no more. This blog is for me and I will write complete nonsense if I want to. I will write post after post about tm-t88iv if that's what I want to do. So freedom to write my heart is again on tap.

Second, I have got to shake up my dietary habits. I've fallen into some pits that I don't like. So for the next few days I am going to keep a detailed Food/Mood journal. I did it the other day just to see what it would be like and it was a real eye-opener. So I'm going to do it for the next few days, a week or so, to try and get to the bottom of my eating. I think I know most of the reasons I overeat but let's see if I can put a fine point on it. I have always said, information is power and if I know the "why" of something I have a better time dealing with it. I will document a lot of that here which will help me in the long run and relates back to the first item.

Finally, I need to shake up my workouts. For the past 4 weeks I worked on at least getting a running habit going. That's seems to have worked well but I don't have the daily workout habit I would like. I would also like to work out 2x a day - and mix some strength training in there. So I'm going to do that. I have 3 weeks left to get this in place. I'm going to set a schedule of 2 workouts per day of no more then 30 minutes each. If I feel like more I can do more but 30 minutes is super easy.

So that's it. I'm reclaiming my blogs and my life and I'm very, very happy about it. Happy Independence Day all!!!!

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