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Couch to 5K Week 1 Day 2

Completed!

I find that if I go home and immediately change into my workout attire, I am much more ‘pumped’ to go out there and get moving.

I bought a new sensor at lunchtime yesterday, but it still doesn’t get picked up by my iPod.  I’m SOO frustrated!!! I do wonder if I need to update my iTunes, but we’ll see…  =/

So, I got out there and did it.  I did my 5 minute warm up, my 60 seconds of running followed by 90 second of recovery and my 5 minute cool down.  I pushed myself on the last 60 second run, and it felt nice….  I felt a little tight in my thighs and calves, but nothing painful.  My iPod didn’t skip at all – woot!  I realized that I had missed a lot of the podcast on Monday, but since I had stayed out there for the 30 minutes, I’m not sure I’m going to need an additional Week 1 day.  I’ll see how Friday goes.  I do have to get new socks, though.  Mine kept slouching down and bunching at my heel.  It didn’t throw me off, but it was rather irritating.

I got home, face red and a bit out of breath, but I stretched a little (not close to what I should have done) and took a shower and felt wonderful!  I even went to bed at a decent hour!  Of course, I didn’t get anything done that I had wanted to do, but it was nothing that held life and death in the balance.

My goal before my Friday run/walk is to get the Nike+ sensor working again.  I brought my iPod Touch to work today to see about an update, since I do not have internet access at home.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the update will fix the communication issue.  I would love to be able to see an estimate on how far I go, what my pace is and the like.

If you have any advice – DO TELL!  I love gadgets and whatnot – when they actually work!

Here we go again!

I did it!

When I got home last night, I dusted off my Nike+ Sneakers, got out the iPod Touch, and decided I’m doing Day ONE of the the Couch to 5KAGAIN!

I have been sitting on my ever-expanding rear end for probably the last 6 months, without doing much of anything but complaining about how my already-snug work pants were getting even more uncomfortable.  I admit, I had been in a bit of a funk in a lot of areas of my life – home, work, family, etc.  That depression just made things worse, and made my laziness that much more comfortable for me.

Since the beginning of the year, I have had a lot going on in my little grey brain – and it has taken some time, but I have gotten hold of some of my focus.  Not much, but a little at a time, right?  Baby steps!

I was kind of in limbo while waiting for an answer on a job I applied for – that I *really* want.  I was rejected (for the second time), and that has kicked me into gear again.  Sure, I’m still going to look for a new job (or work on getting myself self-employed), but I don’t feel so foggy at work.  Since I’m not going anywhere yet, I may as well get back on track!

As for my home life, that too is on the up and up!  My husband finished school, so now he is able to work and bring in some money – which is Fan-Frickin’-Tastic!  I had been so bogged down with the pressure of being the only source of income that I really let things go.  (I have another blog where I talk about that, so I won’t vent too much here.)  But now that he’s been working, there is a little more breathing room in the house.  And that is *quite* a good thing!

So, with everything else going well, I thought I may as well give this another try!  Except for the fact that my little Nike+ sensor doesn’t seem to want to work anymore, and the iPod Touch would randomly change songs – it went well.  I was trying to follow the podcasts found on Robert Ullrey’s Podcasts for Running blog, but for some reason, I would be in the middle of the song, and I guess my movement would cause the iPod to change to the next song.  I know I wasn’t touching it, so I will have to figure something out for Wednesday’s run/walk.

On a good note, the random changes made me go back into the podcast, so I was out walking for longer than the allotted 20 minutes.  It felt good.  When I got home, I was a bit out of breath but I ran upstairs, jumped into a warm shower and felt just fantastic!  The best part is that when I finally got tired enough to fall asleep, I slept great!

My thighs are a little tight today, but in a good way!  And I was really happy to see the extra few calories I could eat (according to My Fitness Pal)!  So, all in all, it was a good experience.  Hopefully Wednesday will be just as good!

 

GOAL: To be able to run the Disney Princess 5K at this time next year!  (Feb 24-26, 2012)

Lofty Goal: To be able to run the Disney Princess HALF MARATHON at this time next year!

It’s That Time of Year Again

I know, it’s been quite a long time, but I’m still here.  2010 is coming to an end and I have been disappointed with myself for the last couple of months.

This year is going to be different!  I’ve dusted off the Slim In 6 DVDs, reconnected with my cousin, the BeachBody Coach, joined a couple of nifty website/forum type sites and got a verbal agreement from my husband to work out with me on a regular basis.  (The written agreement will be hammered out this week.)

What I have learned this year, from my weight loss failure and some attempts at a few new endeavors, is that though immediate gratification is nice, things don’t happen immediately.

I am sure you are just as shocked as I was to realize that…

The strange thing is that I have always been one to put off pleasure – I would wait until Christmas morning to open my gifts while my cousins would tear theirs to shreds on Christmas Eve.  I would make sure everything I had to do was done before I would sit down and eat a meal.  Little things  like that – but when it comes to weight loss (amongst other goals I am setting for myself in the upcoming year), if I didn’t see immediate results in the first 30 seconds – that was it.  I was done!

It may take me  a little while (and a LOT of complaining), but I have faith that I will be able to take advantage of the support system I am creating and reach my goals.  I just need to remember to start small.  Very small….

Finally – I have broken through!

It took some doing, but I finally started to walk.

I know, I know – I should have done this much sooner, but I didn’t. I only have myself to blame for that.

What prompted me to finally get off my ass? My husband. Well, the boy he calls his ‘protege’ anyway.  During some sort of discussion, they have decided that they want to go into the Police Academy in order to get a foot in the door for a Fish & Wildlife position in the future.  Using this newly found determination to my advantage, I suggested that he come walking with me after work the next day.  He did, and we walked a couple of miles!  I was thrilled!

It was really cold, though – so it didn’t go quite as well as I would have liked, but we were still out and doing something!

The next day, I got home from work, put on my running shoes and did another 2 miles – sans husband, unfortunately.  But still.. I did a walk/ run this time – walking for five minutes and running for two.  It went well and I did two full miles in just under thirty minutes!  I am very pleased with myself.

I even felt it at work on Friday.  My thighs and calves were just a bit tight – and I loved it!

Since I have to go to Saint Augustine today, I am going to make Sunday the beginning of my new week, and I’m very much looking forward to it.

I did try to update the DailyMile badge up there to show my runs, but it’s not working for some reason.  I’m not sure why, but I’ll keep trying.  In the meantime, I will figure out a different way to inform you of my walks and runs.  Maybe I will be able to link my Nike+ account to the site.  I guess we shall see…

Already Late

I had wanted to start this on the first, as originally planned, but obviously – that did not work.  For what reasons, I do not know, I will just suck them up and move on.  =)

I found an article on how to begin training for a 5K, and they say that Mondays and Fridays are ‘Recovery’ days, so I guess in some way – I’m right on time!  (I will go ahead and tell myself that!)       

Another obvious fact – as you might be able to see from the Daily Mile widget on my sidebar – I have not yet walked today – but that will happen when I get home from work – before it gets dark and freezing.  I may see if I can pull my husband along with me, but there is little chance of that…  

My plan is to walk 2 miles or 30 minutes – whichever comes first.  Why?  Because it is supposed to be in the 40’s tonight, and I don’t want to get caught in that if I can help it!       

It's sooo cold!

Fingers crossed – and not frostbitten – there will be an update on the Daily Mile this evening.  I cannot wait to see how that works, actually!

Welcome to my Hell

This blog is officially going to begin tomorrow, January 1st, 2010.

I am starting it in the hopes that it will cause me to take some accountability for my goal of losing 20 pounds this year.  I will post my weight and measurements tomorrow (which I am in no way looking forward to), and probably update them once, maybe twice a month.

I also hope that, should I succeed, I will have helped someone else become inspired to begin their own journey into weight loss.

I’m not a ‘fat’ girl, but I’m definitely a lot bigger than I was 5 3 years ago, and I’m not comfortable with that.  This feeling of a general ‘ickiness’ in my skin causes me to miss out on a lot.  I live in Florida, and I think I’ve been to the beach maybe ten times in the past couple of years…  I feel self conscious in my clothes, and just blah.  Besides that, I have a flight of stairs in my house that I avoid using at all costs (unless I absolutely must) because when I get upstairs, I’m winded I feel like I’m having a heart attack!

So..  Here’s hoping that I can use 2010 to get off of my ever-expanding ass and DO something about it!

Goals for the year (Which I am sure will be edited a few times while I iron out the kinks here):

  1. Lose 20 pounds
  2. Complete a 5K  Walk/Run
  3. Complete a 5K Run
  4. Learn to eat better
  5. Lower my blood pressure (I know that should be higher on the list, but I am just putting them out as I think of them.)
  6. Become a healthier, happier ME!