working out

What do you like to do to keep in shape?

I have had a few conversations lately and am curious to know your favorite routines, HIITS, etc.

I like to switch it up.  I get bored with things like running (yes I did train for a half) and yoga, not because they are easy, because they certainly are not, but because my mind focuses on what I am doing and then I realize I am not enjoying it.

I like weight training  A LOT!  I tolerate running and elliptical because it is great cardio, but I entertain myself with music or tv of some sort.  I really enjoy HIIT routines, but with my aging body those routines often cause aching joints.  Jillian and Cassey Ho are my favorite videos…Jillian for longer and Cassey for shorter targeted areas.  I have also recently gotten into some dancing workout videos, which I am having a lot of fun with!

What do you like?  Let me know below.

 

day 23 and 24

So we just returned home from a 10 day beach trip.  That is why my daily health posts had been a little spotty.  It is also why my eating was kind of poor…when you have played hard all day on the beach and come back to rest in the cool condo snacks are sooooo tempting.

Anyway, I ran and walked 4 miles yesterday before we headed home.  The first time I had run outside in quite awhile.  It is such a blessing to be able to run on the beach at sunrise!  Wow!  So many thanks to God.  I was once again reminded that outside running is quite different from treadmill and elliptical.  I am so out endurance cardio shape.  I will have to work on that.  And alas, my knee is not doing well after the outdoor run…a bit discouraging.

Anyway, today is weigh in day.  My goal was to be at a BMI of 20.3.  I am 20.5.  This is only a pound difference, but is no change from where I was a week and a half ago.  I have conflicting thoughts.  One is that after all that time vacationing, I am glad to not have gained weight.  On the other hand, I was hoping to lose…of course, my own choices dictated my not losing.  Full blame on me.

All through my “full grown” life I have been this weight…in high school, college, early marriage,etc.  Barring the times I was pregnant and the 2 years when I was 20 pounds less.  So part of me is ok with being here, and the other part of me wants to lose a little, just a little, weight.  I do know my weight is more muscle now, though, because my size is lower than it used to be.

Anyway, I could come on here and lie and tell you that my BMI is really 20.3, but it isn’t.  Hopefully, I will be able to eventually reach my goals and be able to say, “hey, you can also get to your goal…and even if you fail along the way, don’t give up.”

My workout plan today is to do P90X Kenpo and a leg weightlifting routine.

My calorie goal is to stay below 1700 and my water goal is to be around 40 oz, hopefully more.

I will report if anything changes…otherwise will be back tomorrow.  🙂

Tomorrow…

Tomorrow is the big day!

Yes, I know I have said it is just a race.  And it is.  Yes, I have said that it is not a big deal.  And it isn’t.  Yes, I have said there are far more important things in this world.  And there are.

But tomorrow is the big day!  A day that will go by as usual for most people, and a day where the wee hours of the morning will drag in anticipation for those of us running the race.  As a non-runner…hmmm…my first half marathon is a big deal for me.  My emotions are all over the place…excited, nervous, ready, doubtful and calm.  Preparing for this has been a big deal and I want to do my best.

My body wasn’t so sure it wanted to go through with it…it threw shin splints at me, it threw arthritis at me and finally in the last few days it has thrown a swollen foot at me.  I have never been so high maintenance in my life.   I am hoping to beat my goal and aiming for it…will let you know.  Hopefully my foot won’t hurt too badly until after I cross the finish line.  😉

When you roll out of bed and read this, I just may be halfway through my first half marathon.  Or perhaps, you will be getting ready with me.

To all those running or racing this weekend…enjoy!

All miles are not created equal and other random thoughts…

Some thoughts of the day…

“It never fails!”

The kids will be playing like angels all day long, with me and independently, and as soon as I pick up the phone a “crisis” breaks out.

“Wow…great trick!”

We were doing ice cube melting experiments and my youngest put his on a small stool in front of the refrigerator.  In my hurriedness of the day, I completely forgot about it and walked right into it kicking the stool across the kitchen.  I turned back to see the cup sitting perfectly upright, not spilled right below where it was on the stool.  I love when things work out that way.  🙂

“*sigh*”

Thighs and toilet seats just don’t make a good combination.

“Vanilla almond milk is better to clean”

After my youngest threw it up all over the couch from being in so much pain with his ear infection, I realized that I preferred it over normal child stomach yuckiness.  It is sad that I am comparing in this area, but such is life.

“I should have known”

When my youngest (he has had a busy week) fell asleep sitting straight up crammed in the corner of the grocery cart that he would wake up with an illness the next day.

“All miles are not created equal”

I ran my first 10 miles in a nice flat neighborhood with sidewalks and trails.  I ran my second 10 mile run on the road full of hills (mostly small hills, but a hill is a hill) and wow my time and my body noticed the difference!  

Easter Bunny Flop and other random thoughts

Here we go…just a few random thoughts from this mommy this morning:

“He is Risen!”

What an amazing gift we were given to have Christ die for our sins.  Did you notice that I did not share a verse on Saturday?  Friday was serious and Sunday celebratory…wanted to do some reflection on Saturday.

“Kids looking for Easter eggs are the cutest.”

There is nothing quite like watching little kids bouncing in anticipation over what they may discover.  It was especially amusing after the Easter egg hunt seeing my girl with holes in both knees of her tights and her dress strap torn.

“Easter bunny flop”

I was determined to make this Easter Bunny cake with edible ears.  When the one flopped down, I thought it was pretty cute, but it continued to fall a little too much…oh well…my little guy still thinks I am the ‘best baker ever!’  🙂

“I guess I am officially a runner.”

With running injuries, running 10 miles and not despising it, and actually missing running at times…*sigh*…I suppose I should categorize myself as a runner.

“I think Sarah Palin is awesome!”

I love how she speaks her mind with a smile on her face.

“Whoever thought of trailmix is a genius…and evil!”

I cannot stop eating it!!!!

Training

I know some think I am crazy, but I decided to follow a half marathon training schedule regardless of my half marathon decision.  In its own way, the practice/training is as much of a challenge to me.  In following this plan I have made two interesting discoveries…

#1…it is a cruel, cruel thing to go to a gym that is right next door to a place that bakes fresh bread (one of my weaknesses).  When my belly is growling and I have just started the treadmill, the bread smell, well, makes me sad.

#2…simply adding another mile or two to my daily workout along with a little more speed has made me extremely hungry!  Hungry enough to eat far more than the few extra calories I have burned.  This means that despite training for a race I am gaining weight.  A year ago that would have made me quite frustrated.  But I feel healthier today than I have in a long time and realize I just have to regulate my hunger and my training accordingly.  My weight will adjust soon.

Am I going to run or not?

We will see.

But training will continue…and yes, some days next to the glorious smell of baking bread…*sigh*

A New Challenge

I am about to begin a new venture…I think….

Challenges...I like challenges.  I like challenges that make you think, persevere and problem solve.  More importantly I like to succeed when faced with a challenge. I say this knowing I need to check myself, knowing that each success is not mine, knowing that I can do nothing without The Lord.

Running…you will note that in my A Little About Me post, I did not list running as something I enjoy.  I don’t.  It is more than a challenge for me.  Running up just pieces of an insanely long and steep mountainous hill by my house is not fun. Running in a room full of sweat, not travelling anywhere, with my mind reminding me how long it is taking and how much I am contributing to the  sweat infested room, is not fun.  Running solely to run is just not something I put on my list of fun. I always enjoyed sports and could run all day if you gave me a sport to distract me from just running, but running just to run is among those things I claimed I would never do.  So of course, I must chalk that up into the category of things I do that I promised I never would.  Isn’t it funny how God changes our minds?

Food…I love food.  I eat when I am hungry, which is fine.  I eat when I am not hungry…hmmm…is that ok?  (that would be a great big no in case you were wondering)  I simply like food.  Hence the running.  Running is my solution to my food fun.  I would put eating, especially out with friends, on my list of fun. (Admittedly, since running is more of a habit now, it has moved from my hatred list to my tolerable list…still not on my fun list)

Neighbors…we have new neighbors.  Awesome people!  New friends.  My new friend has issued me a new challenge…run a half marathon.

UMMMM….WHAT!!???

Of course, now it is in my head.  Can I do it?  ME?  Really?  My initial response would be...uhhh, no.  Not in a million years.  13.1 miles!  I get bored in 3 and have never run more than 6.3, which I ran this morning.

What to do…?  Here lies the question that lingers in my mind.  If I do it, I don’t want to make a big deal out of it…truly.  I want to do it for those who can’t, want to do it because I have been blessed with the opportunity and most likely the capability, want to do it to face the challenge.   Of course, putting it out on the internet for all to see, makes it a little more known than I initially intended, but maybe it will keep me accountable as well.  Or perhaps I will just keep everyone guessing until after the race, which is still a few months away.

Do I or don’t I?

Tell me what you think and I will tell you what I decide…maybe.  😉