Thursday, June 30, 2011

Early Wake-Up Day 2

Well, it's "End of Month" at my honey's work so he had to go in an hour early. In order for me to be back here with the kids before he left I would have had to get up at 4am. Not an option. 5am was early enough. So, I didn't get up early for a walk today. So I'm going to do the 10 minute kickboxing video and do some strength training on my arms today. Later, if it's nice enough (sad to say that considering it IS summer!), the kids and I got permission to spend bus fare and go to the park. We've been home-bound since Aaron's car broke down on the 20th. We're lucky we had a second vehicle though. Even if we ARE spending twice as much on gas now :(

On the flip side, the kids woke me up at 9am. Unlike Monday, I wasn't grumpy AND I wasn't sore/exhausted. I think this 5am thing may work out, as long as the kids let me work out on my 'off' days. I think I am going to change how I am doing this. My initial thought was to get up at 5am M-F to go for a walk or do my 5kyw. Since the 5kyw recommends you "follow these training workouts any three days of the week, ideally with a rest day or cross-training day between each workout" and one day during the week you do NO exercise. So I'm thinking Saturday will be my rest day since I get up at 5am to go to work and don't get home until after 8pm. Then Sunday, I think I will do some strength training in the morning before work. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be my 5kyw days, then Tuesday and Thursday will either be rest or cross-training days depending on how I feel. If I do too much too soon, I could end up with an injury, so it's better to allow for rest days if needed.

I was reading a few pages in my book ("The Biggest Loser Fitness Program") and I had an epiphany while reading an exert (sp?) that was talking about a "Goal Outfit". This epiphany knocked me upside my head and I thought to myself, "It isn't a matter of WANTING to eat the right kind of foods. It's a matter of HAVING to eat the right kinds of foods." That is IF I want to lose this fat suit. Because if I don't, this weight is not going to come off. So enough of me indulging in sugary and gooey foods. The time has come for me to take charge and eat foods that are going to help my body become healthy, not foods that are going to satisfy (sometimes) a taste craving. It's time to be creative and find healthy ways to satisfy those cravings.

Okay, enough chatting. Time to get off my butt and get moving. I need to eat breakfast and then I'm going to do my strength training and cardio video.

Until next time....

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

So Starts Insanity....

I've been meaning to start getting up at 5am to exercise and I've just been too lazy. This is a goal I've kept quiet, so nobody but me knew about it. Which made it that much easier to NOT get up at 5am. I had mentioned it in passing to my boyfriend a week or so ago that 'soon' I would start. I had the thought as I was falling asleep Monday night that I should get up Tuesday morning. That didn't happen. So last night I decided to tell my boyfriend, "You know how I mentioned I was going to get up before you go to work so I can go walking? Cuz waiting until evening just isn't happening. I'm either too exhausted, just wanna stay home with my family, or we've just eaten and that'll make me sick." "Well, I'm going to start tomorrow. I'm going to go up to Larabelle's school and start my 5k training again." At this he was concerned. He was concerned that the training program was not intended for someone of my skill level and weight. I assured him that my 5k Your Way (aka, 5kyw) training program was definitely for beginners. 

He conceded and I laid down to read my book before going to sleep. I am currently working my way through "The Biggest Loser Fitness Program". He asked what time I was getting up and was shocked when I told him 5:00am. He jokingly asked if I needed 'help' getting out of bed when the alarm went off. I asked him not to give me a hard time if I hit the snooze button once, but beyond that, yes.

*BUZZ! BUZZ! BUZZ! BUZZ!*

Not my favorite sound in the world. In fact, when I hear it in movies/shows it actually increases my heart rate. Odd how something so small can cause such stress.

I am not going to say I jumped easily out of bed and on out the door excited to start my exercise routine. On the contrary, it was a struggle NOT to hit the snooze button and lay back down. I didn't though (a huge accomplishment for me!). I logged into SP to double check how many minutes I am supposed to walk vs. how many minutes I am supposed to jog for my 5kyw training this week, got my exercise clothes on, grabbed my sweater with zipper pockets (can't have my keys and phone falling out), grabbed my GYMBOSS, grabbed my Brita water bottle, slipped on my shoes, and I was out the door.

On my way up to my daughters' school, the top of my right foot was not 100% so I was thinking to myself that when I get to the school I'm just going to walk around the track for 15-20 minutes instead of doing my training. After all, it is my first day back to exercising. When I got to the school though (20 minutes and 1/2 mile later), my foot felt fine. Good thing :) I took the opportunity to stretch my legs and lower back for a couple minutes to loosen the muscles a bit. Then I set my sweater down on the track, took a quick drink of water before setting it down too and turned on my GYMBOSS.

At this point I am supposed to walk for 4 minutes and jog for 1 minute, repeat 3 more times for a total workout of 20 minutes. Good thing too! I'm not sure at this point I could have made 2 minute stretches of jogging. The first jog was 'easy' and I recovered with 30 seconds to spare before my next jog. The second was a little harder, but I recovered faster. This time I had 1 1/2 minutes before my next jog. My third was a little easier than my second and I recovered even faster! I recovered in 1 1/2 minutes! Totally awesome! So I 2 1/2 minutes until my next jog which was comparable to my second.

My walk back took longer than my walk up to the school. I'm not sure if I was sub-consciously trying to cool my body down, or if I was just tired at this point. It took me 30 minutes to walk home. Total calorie burn? According to SP, I burned 419 calories. I can't wait until I can afford a BodyBugg! I am seriously curious how many calories I burn AFTER my workout before my metabolism levels out and I'm burning at a 'normal' rate again.

Well, I'm off for now. Gotta get some housework done :) Church tonight!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Would you have fizzled too?

I guess it was bound to happen. I fizzled and spent yesterday doing absolutely NOTHING. Let me tell you about my weekend and then see if you would have fizzled too....

Friday:
Put in my normal workout for Spring Bootcamp and did some light housework. As soon as Aaron got home I left to go meet up with Sarah from SparkPeople.com. The original plan was that I was going to walk with her while she did her walk/jog training (she is also working through the same 5k your way that I am, just a few weeks ahead of me). She'd claimed a fast walker could probably keep up with her because she jogged so slowly (she doesn't jog as slow as she thinks, lol). Well, I tried to jog with her and ended up walking. But by that point my shin splints were on fire. When her second jog came around I tried to walk fast enough to keep up, but it just wasn't working. So, she was kind enough to just walk with me. We ended up walking Fanno Creek Trail from Denney Rd all the way down past Scholl's Ferry Rd into Woodard City Park in Tigard and back. Total miles? 7.2! Took us about two hours to walk it.

Saturday: (temperature neared 90)
I got up at 5:00am to go to work. Got to work about 6:15am. Work was very busy for such a hot day. I guess people wanted to take advantage of no rain. I walked to Subway for lunch, ate a Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki with olives, American cheese, lettuce, extra tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet onion sauce. Then walked (uphill) back to work. Proceeded to work my tail off until after we closed the store (7:15pm). On a positive note, I did drink about 100 ounces of water. Did I mention there is no air conditioning at work? Nor are there any fans. The only a/c I saw was when I was helping to check in the trucks and sat in the driver's seat checking the mileage and the gas (I work at UHaul). I subsequently crashed when I got home.

Sunday:
I got up at 7:00am to go to work. Got to work about 8:20am. We were pretty busy that day as well. Had quite a few walk in rentals (which usually take longer) and had to solve a few problems. BUT, I got to leave at noon so I could go celebrate Desirae's 5th birthday with my family. I left work and met up with my boyfriend and the kids at Fred Meyer to have some sandwiches for lunch and to pick up meat, fixins, and the cake for the barbecue birthday party we were having at my mom's house. By the time we got back home from the store to get dressed and get the kids ready (sunscreen and bathing suits) we were running late. I wanted to be to my mom's house no later than 2:30pm but we didn't get there until a few minutes before 3:00pm (the start time I'd set for the party) so I was very stressed. Then it was time to get the food cooking. My mom was awesome and decorated the patio so nicely! Desi had wanted a sort of hula theme so my mom put up decorations of palm trees, bamboo, and the like. Plus, my step sister had brought their kiddie pool and had already set it up. I added water balloons to the mix. We found out (while trying to clean up the kids) the dye in the frosting on Desirae's cupcakes stained pretty well. Then the kids had fun playing two rounds of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Desirae won the first round and then my sister's second to youngest (two years old) won the second round. All in all, even though nothing went according to plan, Desirae had a blast. And that is really what is important, the kids had fun.

So, now that I gave you a rundown on my super busy weekend, being as out of shape as I am, would you have fizzled come Monday morning? It was all I could do yesterday to get Larabelle off to school on time in the morning. After my boyfriend got home yesterday I did end up taking the girls to the grocery store to get some much needed groceries. We'd run out of food money and we were on the bare minimums and out of a lot of things (including milk). Two birthday parties in May really killed our food budget.

Today I was back on track (sorta). I still didn't do much in the way of really paying attention to what I ate. And it seemed I have had an insatiable appetite today. I just can't seem to get full yet I feel stuffed. I did 30 minutes of cardio though. And my snack rocked it! I had a salad consisting of iceburg lettuce, yellow and orange bell peppers, tomatoes, 2 ounces tuna, 2 ounces shredded colby cheese, and 10 squirts of my ranch dressing spritzer.

Okay, I've been fighting a headache while trying to get this blog out so now I'm going to go lay down.

Friday, June 3, 2011

5k Your Way - Week 1 Day 2

Yesterday I did the Day 2 workout for my 5k Your Way. I was able to go out to the track at Belle's school (thanks to my wonderful boyfriend). The first jog was rough. I think I just went too fast though because the second jog was 'easy'. The third and fourth seemed to fly by! I felt I could go a few more rounds but I was worried my feet would disagree with me since I was wearing brand new shoes.

I picked up new tennis shoes yesterday because I needed comfy black shoes for work and I figured I'd get something that would double as exercise shoes! :D Boy am I glad I did! My feet are NOT sore today! WOOT! Now to find my exercise clothes so I'm not wearing a random tank top and sweats to go exercise. Nothing worse than worrying about bra straps falling down or draw strings not being tight enough when you're focusing on burning through a workout!

Also, I found a workout buddy on SparkPeople.com and we are going to start walking together Sunday evenings (thanks again to my awesome boyfriend)! :D Well, to be honest, she found me. :) Also, she's working through the same 5k program I am! Too perfect! She's a couple weeks ahead of me though. We're going to meet up tonight to see if I can keep up with her (just by walking fast). If I can, we're going to exercise Monday eves too. Have I mentioned I have an awesomely supportive boyfriend? I love him :)

Added bonus, thanks to all this exercising, I've been so alert the last couple of mornings it's awesome! Add some Spark to my morning and I'm so energized!!!! I am getting quite a bit done around the house lately (compared to what I've done the last few weeks). I also feel much happier. I've been really down and out the last several weeks. I'm so glad I made the decision to get back into this! A few more weeks of making this exercise thing a habit and then I will work on our pantry. :) Then we're gonna see BIG results!

I am going to try and hold out on weighing myself until I absolutely have to for my next upcoming challenge starting the 13th. Let's see if I can go ten days without weighing/measuring in. I cheated this morning and weighed myself (after having just weighed myself Wednesday) and I've gained some ounces. I am hoping it is just muscle. I did measure myself since I haven't measured since March. Even though I only gained about 3 pounds in the last month and some, I did gain several inches. So it looks like I lost muscle and gained fat. No bueno :(  BUT, we're changing that now! Baby steps and this will get done!

Okay, enough rambling on for now. Time to get some housework done and get my house back under control!

God Bless!
Steph