Thursday, August 26, 2010

Things I've Learned...

...Some new things that I've learned on my recent adventures in weight-loss:

1. No matter how long you wait around on the toilet, you usually feel like you really have to go about five minutes into your run (on a treadmill). You usually feel like you *really* have to go the farther you are away from your house (when running outside).

1a. Bushes are your friend...or out-of-view-of-traffic fields...

2. Animal poses rarely look like the animals they are supposed to represent in yoga...unless you're on meditative mushrooms (ie. try doing/looking at the eagle pose when you're high, it looks like crap and I'm sure it's a lot harder to do when you're clean). This is merely observation (as I do not, nor endorse, nor condone, nor have available to me the use of happy mushrooms or other products of the sort), but look at a pigeon pose and tell me where exactly you see a pigeon. Yogis only saw those in their "happy" places. Obviously.

3. Things you wouldn't normally have thought about - or even wanted- are *WAY* more appealing when you know you can't have them and you discover awesome things that you KNOW you can't have once you swear to be good, ie. Deep fried chocolate bars...and deep fried butter. I don't know how the latter is accomplished, but I'd sure love to eat it.

4. Trying to be best friends with a tape measure means you'll want to strangle and hang yourself with it later. Start that relationship with caution or measure away from high ceiling beams...

5. Throwing the scale across the room does NOT count as weight-lifting. Even if you wear an HRM to count calories - unlog that shit from your exercise diaries!

6. Not eating all day to save all your calories to eat a whole box of Kraft dinner has GOT to have some negative repercussions! Although, funnily enough, I can't think of any at the moment... *whispers* I love you, KD...

7. Don't drink chocolate milk before yoga. Especially if you're slightly lactose intolerant.

8. It may or may not refer to your ass in yoga-speak, but I still haven't learned what a bhungus (sp?) is. Maybe I'll learn that in time for my next list.

9. Losing nine pounds still hasn't stopped my stomach from rolling down my underwear...

10. You start to alienate other people when you insist on talking ONLY about running and when you find ways to turn the conversation around to how you can run half an hour without stopping. I've learned that people get irritated by this after a while. Usually it's the people who can't run even close to half an hour. So that doesn't really count.

11. You can ALWAYS find something new to buy in relation with working out and it will TOTALLY inspire and motivate you. When the inspiration and motivation are gone, you can buy something else and it'll come back! I don't recommend the personal trampoline though, that's just personal injury waiting to happen.

12. Don't try to lift hand-weights and jog on a trampoline at the same time. Unless you want that bar-fight-nose kind of look...

13. Your mind is sometimes your worst enemy - in weight-loss, working out and in pretty much daily activity. Find ways to overcome it, your mind has low laurels to rest on and it's happy where it is for the most part.

14. Relying too heavily on "spanx"-type products will ensure you have them in increasing sizes over time. Work on 13 and you won't even need to succumb to the evil-ness that is "spanx"! *hiss* I hate you spanx...

15. Buying "spanx"-type products will not make you look like the SKINNY models who model them on TV. Back away from the very realistic and convincing infomercial!

16. Slow and steady wins the race. If you didn't work hard to achieve it, earn it and succeed, it won't feel as good when you achieve it, earn it and succeed! Taking the short cut means you probably missed some awesome feelings along the way. Just keep at it. Slow and steady wins the race. You can do it. Just keep going. Slow and steady.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ups and Downs

Ugh. 21 minutes and I quit today! Bah!

What can I say, the weekend was bad, I was bad...it was all pretty bad! *wince*

Today wasn't any better. Work was so busy, it was after before I realized I hadn't had a tryst with my secret lover in the bathroom aka the toilet! Biggest reason being I hadn't had time to eat breakfast or lunch. I had a few bites of my salad and forgot about it so that when I remembered it, it was all soggy and wilty. *SO* busy drowning in mountains of mail, my ears almost bleeding from the incessant ring of the phone and people still have the nerve to say *insert nasally, whiny, annoying accent here* "Wow, you don't look at all as busy as I thought you'd be!" *insert irritating high-pitched laugh* If it wasn't going to get in the way of my 5K training, I did entertain throwing staplers at these fools.

So anywho, we were down three people in the office and it was T and I with two of the most unhelpful back-ups. Meaning it was realistically T and me. Seriously, I took 8 people to my back-ups ONE person! WTF! Why even back me up if you're going to chit-chat and shoot the shit with the people you call up? We are not a frickin' country club; call them up, make them pay up, get the next in line!

...In a different context, if you don't know what I do, it kinda sounds like a really fast moving prostitution job! Meh...moving on!

So anywho, over the weekend, I had my first photography gig! My mom and I shot the 18th birthday party (ie. Debutante's ball) of a girl in my youth group. I pretty much had the girls from 12 and we were shooting until about 9 when we got off the clock and put away our cameras to enjoy the rest of the party. Too bad the rain chose to harass us all day! The photoschoot in the outdoor gardens would have been awesome! Instead we got stuck inside city hall and I had to try posing a group of the slowest moving (slowest thinking?) guys in the entourage! I guess saying that isn't really good for business, but since we offered up our services for free, I think I'll venture to say so. They could not get simple directions! They're standing in a line and I tell them to get together in a loose group/circle and the look at me, shuffle their feet and form a straighter line. O.M.G! I literally had to grab one guy's sleeve and drag him over to the rest of the group *LOL* but hopefully the photos turned out well, I haven't seen the ones I shot myself, actually! But anywho, wish I'd thought to bring my HRN, I must have burned a bajillion calories dancing it up! I *LOVE* dancing!

Sunday, we had a baptism and I had EVERY intention to go to frisbee right after...Bart and I even had our duffel bag packed up with our change of clothes, but as we were driving, it was raining pretty hard so we went home and I totally passed out for two and a half hours! *LOL* if I did get changed into the clothes and had every intention of going, does that count for ANY kind of calorie burn? Of course, it probably doesn't help that Bart brought home Pizza Hut pizzas and CONFESSUION: ate a bunch of slices! Ugh. Bart will be the end of skinny me, I swear! It's so odd, he's the first who cheers me on when I want to workout, he chooses to join me when I suggest to go to the gym so I won't change my mind, but then he'll reward me with a pizza! *LOL*

Aaanywho, I didn't get any running in since Thursday and it's been worrying me that I haven't actually run a half-hour since I graduated from C25K. I mean, I haven't blown it off and I've been doing the miCoach training, but I still think I should put in a couple half hours in a week, but today...UGH! 21 minutes?!?! I'm irritated I couldn't just suck it up and finish the last nine (I did walk it, though) but my legs were KILLING me! My shins are making themselves known like I've never felt them before, and when I stopped, my left foot was flopping all funny again :(

I think I need to replace my insoles or give my new shoes another try (I was using my older shoes because I didn't want my legs to hurt but now they're hurting too!).

I'm icing as I type, even!

Anywho, I was able to go a little over 4 km (including the walking still) and I think that I'm going to have to put the miCoach training on hold and work on actually getting 5K under my belt. It's obvious I'm going to need to run longer than half an hour so I want to really work on that before I start concentrating on speed. We'll see, I'm feeling pretty down about today, but it could be an off day...or the fact that I ate three bites of salad the whole day before I tried to run like an all-star! Ugh.

Try again tomorrow before yoga! Mel and I are going to try again! Hopefully I'll be able to take the class more seriously! So come on, crack pot yoga lady! Work it so we don't end up laughing and giggling behind our downward dog poses! Mel's only got a few more days for her free membership! Hmm...maybe I should go for a run after the class? Meh, either way, there WILL be a half hour run for me tomorrow!!!

Alrighty, just a quick update about my crap run! It can't all be about success stories I guess...*LOL*

Toodles!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Of dogs and pigeons and other things yoga...

So yesterday was....umm...I'm trying to remember! *LOL*  It's weird how once I started trying to run and build endurance, if it's not about running, I'm not all that focused on it!

Oh, right!

Yesterday was Subway's free breakfast sandwich promotion.  My friend sent me a text that morning and when I read it, I was mildly interested, but was able to disregard it - or so I thought.  I drive to work...hmmm, no Subways around here...I get to work....I wonder what KIND of breakfast sandwich was free....sit down at my desk....this hardboiled egg doesn't really look as good as that free breakfast sandwich sounds...get up from my chair, grab my keys and a co-worker and before I know it, we're in line to get FREE breakfast sandwiches!  OBVIOUSLY it has way less calories than a real breakfast sandwich because of the FREE!  So obviously it's a win-win situation.  Obviously.

In the end, it only ended up being...meh.  I think they were all buckling under the pressure of trying to get everyone a free sandwich and out the door because they were throwing stuff onto it haphazardly and shoving them in bags and in our hands.  I mean, we couldn't even choose what we wanted on the darn thing.  They put green peppers on them and when I said I didn't want green peppers on mine, the guy swiped it off, plopped the (cold) english muffin top on and practically hiked it to me.  No mayo, no nothing.  It was like Subway should have said, have a free breakfast sandwich but we need to save the money we're losing by not giving you any condiments. *LOL* I know I shouldn't be complaining, I mean, free is free, right?!  Ah well....a little morning justification from yours truly and we head on into the evening!

My gym was having an open house event starting yesterday and it's pretty much open to the public for ONE WHOLE WEEK.  Anyone can come in and feel free to use the facilities (I figure they'll harrass you later once you've enjoyed the membership and try to get you to sign up) but I digress!  The good news about this is that my friend Melissa was able to get her one week membership and come to yoga class with me!!!  I was telling her about the Tuesday class I went to and how much different it was than that weirdo hot yoga one last week and she seemed pretty excited to give it a try! YAY!

First though, my second day of miCoach training!

...Ugh.  I don't know what it was, if it was my legs or if it was just running outside or something, but it. was. HARD!  I get it going and again, it was so hard for me to stay in the blue zone!  First I'm moving too fast, then when I try to slow down, I'm over-compensating and it's TOO slow.  She pretty much spoke sternly to me the WHOLE blue zone time.  Then hitting up the green zone and yellow zone sprints!  It was like I was back at C25K's W1D1 or something!  I was huffing and puffing along trying to contemplate running suicide to make it all end and that was pretty embarrassing considering the training plan is only sixteen minutes long!


Aaaaaaargh!!! Do you SEE that!?!?!  It's an 89%! I don't GET 89%!  It totally took me by surprise and may I just INTERJECT right now and say that I did NOT slow down or walk like that graph is indicating that I did in the last part of the blue zone an the first part of the green zone! Psh!  I didn't stop ONCE and do you know why?!  Because of this said graph!  While I was running and entertaining thoughts of just throwing in the towel for today, I was thinking to myself that I couldn't even slow down or try to cheat because my chart would show otherwise!!!  I couldn't have a non-aesthetic looking chart and what does it give me? Garbage!  I didn't slow down on those zones enough to justify those drops! *LOL*  It's an environmentally built-in kind of thing for me...I'm highly affronted by an 89%. 

I remember back in middle school or high school when I brought home grades like that, or a 95% my parents would just look at it and ask where the other 5% went.  Now before you get all gasp-y and distraught about my parents, let me just say that that's what worked for me.  Like with my C25K running chart, I needed to see some kind of re-inforcement to push me to do even better or continue what I was doing.  Consider it that my parents were just pointing out the jumping off-point to begin getting higher grades.  I GUESS I'll have to figure that even though I ran half an hour (I guess mostly on a treadmill so there's my first kick in the butt right there!), it doesn't mean that I'm going to be any good at this training plan from the get-go.  It's like I'm the newbie all over again!  Hopefully, this will mark the start of the proof of my improvement (HOPEFULLY! It better!) and I'll look back on this in a few weeks and laugh at myself for finding this hard (I BETTER!!!!)

So for myself, the way miCoach is handling this training is DEFINITELY my kind of training plan.  Knowing that there is a visual goal that I have to attest to and be....crap, I ALWAYS forget this word! I can't remember what word I want to use here...when I have to be....it's like you know when you tell someone something so that you know you have to do it because if you don't, then they'll know you didn't do it? UGH, what's that word?!?!  My mind keeps giving me atonement and obviously my mind is a moron right now....

Anyway, knowing that there will be a visual graph that will show the results of my effort really helped me to keep going even though the only thing I wanted to do was quit and knowing (now, anyway) that I will be given a "grade" will only ensure that I push myself harder so that I can get higher marks!

I'm still trying to remember that word...I can't FOCUS because I WANT that WORD! HA!!! ACCOUNTABILITY!!! Psssh...atonement.  Me thinks I've been hanging out with the religious folks too often!  There....the graph and the grade keeps me ACCOUNTABLE for my runs (couldn't help but giggle when I read through this sentence.  Yes, sometimes I'm eight).  Knowing that Tara will want to see them and knowing that I will get to see the results after ensures that I try to do my best to get the best possible results!

So anywho...that's that.  When I logged into my dashboard it didn't even say I had "NEW ACHIEVEMENTS" and that was kind of a let-down but definitely motivates me to give it more grrrrrr next time!  Yeah, another thing for people like me.  The dashboard also gives out awards.  There's a "medal" for going the farthest distance, the longest time, fastest pace, etc.!  Seriously, why haven't you downloaded miCoach yet?

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANYWHO!  Run is over, what's run is run, graphed is graphed, etc.!  It's yoga time!

I get to the gym and we're setting up shop in the room, laying down our mats, chit-chatting about the class and the rest of our day (since we last talked at 4:00 pm to whatever happened since then...the class was at 6:30 pm) *LOL* You'd think we'd be sick of each other!  So we're just chatting away, and next thing you know, we hear a bunch of "SHHHH's!" WHAT?!!?!?! Oh come ON!!! The class hasn't even STARTED YET!?!!?!  Give me a break you meditating weirdos!  So we stare at each other in shock and start to laugh again, but SILENTLY and we settle in for some yoga action.  I stare up at the front of the class and I'm looking at the guy on stage and I'm feeling a little disappointed that it's not the same instructor as Tuesday, because crack-pot words and sentences, I still enjoyed that class for some reason.  The weird stuff she said seemed to fit her.

Not so for this buck-o!  He was just....*makes a face*

Let's just put it this way.  Melissa, the nicest most polite person I have ever known (she doesn't even swear as much as I know!) was laughing into her arms and making "can you believe this guy" faces at me in the mirror.  The downside to that was that everyone else was facing the same mirror so they could probably see her...the upside to that was that they're the same bunch of meditating weirdos that were actually BUYING the stuff this guy was saying so they were really focused and even had their eyes closed and stuff.  Me, I caught myself just staring at the guy with my face all slack and my jaw just hanging open with my WTF look.  I mean, I think I'm really starting to like yoga and all for the stretches and the moves, but why does everyone feel they have to be all hokey about it!

EVERY stretch we were doing the guy would gush out stuff like, "Doesn't that feel A-MAAAAAAZING?" "Yup, feel that stretch, oh it feels so gooooood" and I'm like, buddy, we're not having sex here, just stretch your arms and shut up!  But nope!  On he went...he was talking about his new job and having to sit in a chair a majority of the day and now it feels sooooo good to open up his hips and his pelvis like I really gave two shits about his hips and his pelvis!  In my head, I'm thinking if you can't pull off the quacky mind, body, the heart is your soul and breathe your soul and soak in energy mumbo jumbo, I think the class would be better off if you just showed us what to do and kept your mouth shut.  *LOL* I sound like SUCH a bitch, but I swear...I was NOT buying it.

We get down into...what else? Downward dog and on he goes and he starts talking about sucking in breath and sending out energy through our knees and I kind of just fall back and I am pondering whether or not to raise my hand and be like..."When you say that, what does that really MEAN?! What are you DOING when you're sending out energy through your knees because I have no idea how you do that."  And I can't really concentrate all that much anymore because the only energy my body is REALLY wanting to send out (and forgive me for the TMI here) is a toot. 

YES.  I said it.  Don't pretend it's never happened to you, but all this time of bending over, clenching, unclenching, opening up the hips and I'm REALLY just needing to send a little energy out in the form air....down there.  How in the world can ANYONE concentrate when I'm clenching like something down there's been rigged like the bus on Speed and if I unclench, there's a bomb that's going to explode.  Seriously. SERIOUSLY!  You can attribute the look of extreme concentration on my face, not because I want to square my hips and lift my pelvis for the perfect pigeon pose, but because I'm trying not to let anything escape while I breeeathe and become one with my breeeeath and feel the eeeearth and how amaaaaazing it is and whatever else he was asking us to do.  I am proud to report that I did not have any sneaky air leaks nor anything thereafter as I guess I must have scared the crap out of my toot (bad pun?) and it kind of just went away.  But you can probably put together that I wasn't exactly in the right frame of mind to feel my soul and dance with my inner spirit or anything.  Meh...we'll try again on Tuesday.  And this time, maybe I'll NOT have the chocolate milk at lunch.... *blush*

Is it just me or did the yogis take a little too much meditative mushroom when they made up the poses.  Because all the animal poses we've done don't really remind me of the animals they're named after.  I mean, AGAIN, how's anyone supposed to concentrate when they're telling you to do a pigeon pose and you're looking at yourself in the mirror and thinking, "where the hell did they get a pigeon from THAT?" or move into downward dog and you're hanging there with your ass in the air thinking "my dog has never looked this way once..." 

*sighs* Who knows...I swear I don't mean to have such thoughts, but sometimes you can't really help them.  I do like one of the twists we did.  He had us cross our legs over each other and twist towards the mirror and I looked up and I was like, HOT TAMALES, I look GOOD!  But again, I think we were supposed to be centering our energy on our hearts or sending out energy through our ears at that time so my mind must have wandered again. 

I shall continue to try yoga and stretching as I'm told that it'll help with my running (so far, I don't see it as sometimes I'm feeling to sore and stiff from the stretching to really do much else with my legs, let alone running!) but I shall keep at it!  Maybe I can make myself a chart or something so I can satisfy my immediate gratification syndrome with a nice little check mark or happy face!  I'll get a happy face every time I don't get told to SHHH! in yoga! *LOL*

Alrighty, I guess I've gone on long enough.  Hope you all have a faaaabulous weekend!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thanks, Coach!

...of course, if motivational quotes exist, there's always the opposite of those quotes as well.

Here's one that applies to me: I'm not sure if it's a real quote, it probably is somewhere, but on the heels of success comes more failure!  *Big giant neon arrow sign pointed at ME*

Fresh off my C25K graduation success, I rewarded myself with shoes! (Yes, I already rewarded myself with a caesar and ice cream) but it was a celebratory WEEKEND!  Hey, if I had to suffer nine weeks, I don't think three days worth of celebrating and rewards is all that bad!  Is it me or am I justifying again? *LOL*

Anywho, feast your eyes on my new babies:






*swoon* Don't you just LOVE them?!  I've wanted to try out the Saucony brand since Tara got her really sweet looking pearly, mint green ones.  Sadly, the type of shoes she had were not right for my feet so I was unable to make us into running twins! (To her relief, I'm sure!)

Anywho, I learned a valuable lesson from the awesomely helpful guy at Sport Check (which I was pleasantly surprised, because from my experience with Sport Check before...*wince*)  Anywho, I was sure he wouldn't be able to help me out when he asked if he could assist, but I half-heartedly agreed and asked which shoes would be best for me stability and support since I'm an over-pronator and he totally knew which shoes to point out!  He pointed out that with Asics and Saucony, all the shoes that are geared for arch supports have a darker grey rubber on the inside of the shoe! Nice little nugget of info I just picked up!  Sadly, ALL of the pretty shoes I was looking at were NOT in my stability/support category (BOOOOO!!!) and I had to put down these really pretty white Asics with pink/yellow and orange designs *LOL*  I do remember reading somewhere that running is not a fashion show and that I should be choosing shoes that are best for my feet, not for what they look like, and I DO agree.  I just don't think that just because it's not a fashion show that the shoes I wear are HIDEOUS.  So my Saucony Progrid Hurricane 11's were a nice little compromise even though they didn't even have a splash of pink ANYWHERE on them.

I was eager to try them out so I laced up yesterday morning and got myself to the gym.

On a sidenote, I am finding it WAY more difficult to haul myself out of bed at 5:55 am knowing that I don't have a chart to fill with check marks!  It's hard to set up mini-goals for myself because once I attain something, I find it kind of easy to "rest on my laurels" and be like..."well...I already achieved that one...do I really need to keep going!?"  But away I went and once I was more fully awake, it was easier to get going!

Hop up on the treadmill and less than twenty minutes later, I did something I haven't done in a LONG time.  At least three weeks worth.  I STOPPED. *faints* I know, I was SO mad at myself, it wasn't even funny.  While I was running, I was trying to tell myself that I didn't feel like I was going to throw up, pass out or die, but my legs were KILLING me.  New shoes = EVIL!  Whatever tendons or cartilage are attached to my shin bones felt like they were getting tugged off every time I took a step and my arches were on FIRE. So after I couldn't really trick my mind to go on, I stopped the treadmill and trotted - actually, it was more like plopped.  My legs and feet felt so heavy I plop-plopped back to the change room and got my old shoes on and back I went onto the treadmill.  Still no GOOD! I guess I must have just pushed my legs too much because even though the shoes felt MUCH better, it was still hurting my legs, so with disgust at myself, I threw in the towel.  UGH.  How is that possible, I'm a C25K graduate SUCCESS and on the very next run after that, I can't even finish twenty minutes! Boooooo!!!  I know there were circumstantial reasons why, but I still didn't want to make excuses for myself.

Aaanywho, later on yesterday evening I thought it would be a good idea to try out the yoga class that was being offered at the gym at 6:30 to stretch out my legs because they were still hurting.  I brought all my running shoes with me and my yoga mat (didn't forget this time!) and I went a bit earlier because I thought I would be able to get another little run in there again to make up for this morning.

I look into my gym bag and no socks. BOOOOO!  I looked at my new shoes, shrugged and put them on.  They're brand new and I wasn't planning on being in them too long, so off I went looking cute in the shoes without bunches of socks sticking out *LOL* And it was SUCH A DIFFERENCE!  I guess I went arch support overkill yesterday morning.  With the shoes that were already labelled for arch supports, I was also wearing brand new socks that I got from the Nike outlet which was also geared towards arch supports.  Without the socks and wearing just the shoes, I was able to do a longer run - even though I only did fifteen minutes - without it hurting my legs (although they did hurt a bit I'm guessing from that morning), but there was a definite difference.  So not going to give up on my new shoes just yet!  I went to yoga class and grunted and sweated and somewhat cheated my way through and after I got back, I went out for another run!

*LOL*  I'm such overkill!

But I had good reason!  Yesterday when I got home there was a special package waiting for me in the mail!  It was our Blackberry armbands so that we can use miCoach without sticking our phones down our bras. *LOL*  Had to give it a try right!?  I did the first day of the training plan, which is supposed to be an easy run in the blue zone and even though I said it before, I wasn't 100% sure, but miCoach is So. Freaking. COOL!

Check out how my run went yesterday:






That's the dashboard right when I log in after syncing my workout with my BB.  It gives you a quick overview of how it went and it has a little flag for to notify me that I have accomplished NEW ACHIEVEMENTS!  How awesome is that.  Makes me feel like a pro-star every time I log in!

Here's a closer look at the analysis:


How neat is that!  It's GRAPHED!

So anywho, here's how miCoach works: When I first signed up, I chose a specific training plan, and I'm sure I've mentioned this already.  It has an assessment workout that figures out how you normally run and how you run going at a sprint etc., from there, it takes your pace and your km's and sets up targeted zones.


According to miCoach, these are my target zones based on my assessment.  I am always free to adjust them once I've actually given them a try.  If I feel like it's too hard, I can adjust the zones to go a bit slower, but from my run last night and based on my chart, I seemed like I was doing okay - the only problem was that my coach kept telling me slow down as I was faster than the blue zone! *LOL*

I love how the graph shows the gigantic drop in the scale when I started walking *LOL* BUSTED!  I was running and when I got tired, I figured since I ran that morning, before yoga, took yoga and then ran after, I was allowed to take a break, but it's so funny how it all reflects on there.  Even the little bits where I was skipping to try and fool my coach!

I swear I'll take it more seriously when we get into the sprint intervals - which will be tomorrow! Woohoo!  I love how it's got me excited, challenged and outside!  It's keeping me on my toes and moving!  If you've got an iPhone or a Blackberry, I DEFINITELY recommend trying out miCoach, you will LOVE IT! (And now, this is not a paid advertisement for them - I'm not getting anything from them other than getting my butt kicked in the blue zone and getting busted for walking *LOL*)

So this is just jokes for right now, but who knows...I did say once that I couldn't see myself running half-hour...if I say I can't see myself completing a triathlon....???


If I do, this is the bike that I want! *giggles*  Tara keeps bringing triathlons up, so now I've got them in my head, and well...if I'm going to try one out, shouldn't I do it with the BEST equipment to get the best results possible!?  BWAHAHAHA, I don't really think that, I just want a cool looking bike!  Half of success is looking and acting the part, isn't it?!  *whispers* Juuuuustifying!!!

I was also talking to my mom last night and she mentioned that her and my dad are thinking of getting a pool put in sometime and I said it would be cool if they did so I could start training for a triathlon and Bart heard it and about killed himself snickering. *LOL* Whatever, wouldn't he be all eating his words if I ever did finish a triathlon!  It could happen.....

Really!

Anywho, I've kind of lost focus on what exactly I'm blogging about.  I got the epic failure out of the way....hmmm...

Oh right! YOGA!  So apparently, I like the less sweaty, less heated, less obnoxious instructor yoga way better! *LOL*

I gave it a try last night at the gym - this time it was just plain yoga, not BodyFlow aka yogalates and I foolishly assumed it would be easier than BodyFlow was.  Nope!

The instructor was still all wonky about the earth and the breath and the mind and body laaaaaaa-di-da, but she did it in an endearing way and with that she was also very clear in her instructions and she gave lots of other options for those whose bellies get in the way and they can't bend all the way down! *coughs* And I am generally speaking about that one....not anybody in particular...*LOL*

I guess the whole basis of yoga is downward dog or something because all poses seem to begin and/or end with that, but I found it a lot easier to accomplish with her instructions.  Apparently, you can't just bend over on your hands and feet and call it a downward dog.  There's specific things you need to keep in mind, like making sure your bum isn't all droopy and that you're pushing your tailbone up towards the ceiling, not necessarily to the back of the room where it's facing.  This will help elongate your back/spine and really stretch the backs of your legs.  I noticed that I was able to almost get my heel down all the way with each time we ended up in downward dog.

So yeah...I was still pretty sweaty, but not in a sweaty, I'm GOING CRAZY AND I'M GOING TO FREAK OUT IN PUBLIC kind of way.  Therefore, without those feelings, I was able to focus more on the relaxation part of the class and I actually walked out feeling pretty mellow (and I have to admit a little bit smug because I'm starting to feel all athletic and stuff).  So *two thumbs up* for yoga and before I forget, I was in the MFP forums and saw this awesome link, Yoga for Runners.

I guess I should get back to work (or work on my running playlist for my BB, but OBVIOUSLY work comes first, right?!)

Toodles!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Do Your Ears Hang Low

...Do they wobble to and fro, can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow?

Nope to all of the above, but my ears can SWEAT!

OMG, I don't know if I mentioned it before, but Melissa and I tried out our very first hot yoga class this past weekend! I don't even know what to say about the experience *LOL*

First we were excited, I mean, it's always cool talking to Mel, but it's not very often we get to hang out. I mean, a lot better than before where I would only see her twice a year for our birthdays! But lately, we've been doing awesome!  So anywho, we were excited about hot yoga and game night and I guess I was so excited that I packed up my gym bag and jetted to the new gym. I get there, grab my hot yoga ticket and get on the treadmill to do a quick warm up. I'm running and about three minutes in, I stop dead and realize that I came to a yoga class without my yoga mat!

I briefly considered just taking the class using the gym mat, but the thought of a hot sweaty room filled with people already turns my stomach, the thought of using a communal mat...*turns green* Yeah, I wasn't having it. I called Bart and had him bring my mat for me! (My hubby is the BESTEST! THANKS, Bart!)

Alrighty, so getting into the class. The hot yoga room has its own "lounge" and that's where you hang out to wait and "meditate" before going into the room. When I first walked in...it's like a psychiatric room. It's all gray and the floors are all padded and it was warm, although not as hot as I thought it would be. The peeps are already down with their eyes closed and "meditating" and Melissa's there sitting up looking like she wants to giggle at the "meditating." We set up shop and lie down and give the "meditating" a try and we end up overdoing it and laughing without sound instead.

So instructor gets in and here we gooo! Stretch, raise your arms, breeeeeathe...be at one with the eeeearth, listen to your breeeath, be awaaaare of your breaaaath, be at one with your breeeeath! *giggle* Crap, I mean *puts on serious face* I'm meditaaaating! I am one with my breath...oooohm...she's wanting us to focus ONLY on our breathing and our own "practice" - she must have said practice like eighty times during the class, but anywho, of course as soon as she tells me to focus on something like my breath my mind goes a-wandering. I was suddenly very aware of how cute my toenail colour was and how the mirror kind of made me look fatter than the mirror at home and that guy over there has crap form. Oh right. Focus on my breeeeath..man, I'm kind of hungry. I shouldn't have listened and not eaten anything before coming. What can I eat after class?

Oh, we're doing something else now. Right. Downward dog. This isn't so bad, I TOTALLY feel at one with my body already! I bet the instructor will point out the perfection of my form to the rest of the class. I better practice my modest face. Alright, it's getting kind of hot now. It's harder to do downward dog when my hands keep sliding all over the mat - and why do we keep having to do downward dog anyway?! I've already done it a bunch of times! How about the warrior pose, I'm AWESOME at warrior pose!

We finally get to warrior pose and mine kind of looks like crap now. She's worn the crap out of me, I'd like nothing more than to flop over and just pass out, warrior pose be damned! And still, we're NOT done. Downward dog again?!? WTF! Oh thank goodness, drink break!

So would you figure that we totally got told off during drink break?! We weren't even talking! Melissa pointed out that her leg was sweating and I pointed out that sweat was dripping off my wrists and all of a sudden Miss Downward Dog comes over and tells us to respect the silence of the room. Meh! Anyway, drink break is over and it's back to work...guess what? No shit, downward dog! BAH! I think by then, I was kind of over the class and I was too busy wiping off my face and my mat to really coooncentrate on breeeeathing and being at oooone with my breeeath!

Fiiiinally it's cool down time. We lie down to relax and big surprise, coooncentrate and be at one with our breeeathing and she turns off the lights like they normally do at the end of class and it was almost at that moment where I pretty much freaked out mentally. I had pretty much reached my limit. The room was hot, I felt like I couldn't breathe, there wasn't a spot on my body that wasn't sweaty, my head hurt and the dark room was making me feel claustrophobic! I just. Wanted. OUT.

I tried to relaaaax and concentrate on my "practice" but the little fibre clusters from my towel (I guess it was new and not washed yet, so little bits were stuck ALL over my sweaty face!) were tickling my face and sweat was burning my eye, yeah you tell me to relax! *LOL*

I guess that little bit of stress kind of took the forefront of my perception of the class and I was feeling like I never wanted to do that again and what do you know, as soon as we walked out of the room, they gave us a free pass to another class to make up for the fact that the room wasn't hot enough at first. WHAT?!? It was plenty hot to me, thanks! My ears were sweating! Since when do ears sweat? At hot yoga they do!

Aaanywho, I guess I'll give it another shot since it'll be free! Hopefully next time we'll get the slower instructor! In the meantime, I have to keep up with the running! I need 5K under my belt!

Alrighty, gotta get going! Chit chat more later! Toodles!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Graduation!

Alrighty folks, pass me a cap and a gown because it's graduation day and

I. Am. A. C25K GRADUATE!!!

Woohoo! Seriously, it feels AWESOME to finish the program, I still can't even really believe I did it! ME!!! Finishing something! To the very end! I know!!! 


Here's a blurry picture of me after just finishing the five-minute cool-down walk.  Excuse the blurriness of it, I didn't really think it was an a-okay thing to take a picture in the gym, but I couldn't let the moment pass without marking it, so I made it a fast one.  But there it is folks, the face of a half-hour runner!

I was putting in some updated pictures of my progression in the program on FB and it was fun to see the pictures from the beginning - just like it was really fun to start at the beginning of my C25K journal entries and read about how I progressed.  I'm not trying to sound bad when I say that it's amazing!  From seeing spots in front of me, to wanting to quit multiple times a day, to imagining getting hit by a car just so I could stop running, to just setting up the runs and knocking them down as I complete them! 

I know for a lot of people, running half an hour straight is no big feat, but still, this is a success story for me!  I'm used to reading about other people's success stories and thinking, "Wow, I wish I could do that," and now I did!

It's weird, just writing it all down and how I'm feeling, I'm having a moment now where I'm thinking that finishing this was really no big deal.  I haven't actually run 5K...(YET!) and I haven't really lost much weight since starting it so I don't know why I'm making such a big deal about it.  But instead of downplaying what I did, I am now all too well aware of the evilness of my mind sometimes! SO SHUT UP you in there and let me enjoy my moment for crying out loud!  If I had listened to you, I wouldn't have finished at all so *sticks tongue out* Nyah, nyah, na-nya-nyaaaaaaah!!!

Anywho, here's the rest of the graduation day festivities:





 


The FINAL check mark on my C25K chart! WOW!  It was definitely a good feeling to get that checked off!

Ta-daaaa!!! There's my completed chart!!!  


You can't let the whole thing go by without acknowledging it and there was no way I wasn't going to get a certificate!!! *LOL* I made these ones using Publisher!  It is now hanging proudly on my work bulletin board where the rest of my running stuff is!  That's right, everyone walking by can totally see that I finally finished something I started!


Tara didn't want to be in the picture with me at first, but after I told her that there will never be another time where we'll finish this program AGAIN for the FIRST time, she caved!  Plus, apparently, I can be really annoying when I want something! BWAHAHAHA...but here we are, looking pretty damn proud!


It's CELEBRATING TIME!  After we finished the graduation "ceremony" and went out for lunch, both Tara and I said there was NO WAY we were going to be forcing ourselves to eat a salad today! *LOL* So we went out to Crabby Joe's and had vegetable stuffed RAVIOLI! *swoons*  And my celebratory drink is a VIRGIN! *LOL*  Tara said no one would know the difference, but trust me, if I had alcohol in mine, everyone would know the difference.  I'm a lightweight when it comes to alcohol!  But that's not really the celebrating part anyway.  THIS was what we promised ourselves when we first started running:


Oh YEAH we did!!!  This was the BEST reward EVER!  See that little cluster there by the spoon? Those are chunks of PEANUT BUTTER! So obviously it's a healthy reward.  Peanut butter I eat for a snack with bananas for protein and I heard that cocoa  (cacao? coco? meh!) is also good for you for the antioxidants so there. HAHAHAHA...somebody here mentioned once that I have an uncanny ability to justify anything I want.

Anywho! So that's that with the Couch to 5K program.  It was a pretty awesome experience finishing it and feeling accomplished and now I've just got to work on actually covering 5K when I run.  I've got the half an hour part down, so I just need to speed it up or something and actually get a distance of 5K all in running!!!  I'll be starting my miCoach training program for that and hopefully I'll kick some butt in October!

Anywho, I thought it would be fun to go back to FB and get the picture of myself that was taken in the first week when we started running and compare it to the picture that was taken during "graduation"...


(after, before)

I almost didn't put this up because upon close inspection...I kind of look the same as when I did 9 weeks ago *LOL*  I'm also noticing now that it's up that I put them in the wrong order.  The first picture of me in the jeans was taken today, Friday, August 13th and the picture of me all in black (and sweaty!) was taken nine weeks ago!  Is it just me or does it look like I'm skinnier in the before photo!?  *grumbles*

Ah well!!!  Celebration time is over, gotta get back to work! 5K here I come!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Inspiration


Was just visiting Lululemon's website.  Can't afford their stuff right now, but their manifesto was free! *LOL* At least I hope it was, I got the image from them here: http://www.lululemon.com/about/culture

I remember when Tammy ordered a pair of pants from them and they came in a bag with the manifesto splashed all over it.  I wasn't very interested in much else that didn't have anything to do with the words "deep-fried" if you know what I mean, so I just glanced over it and said "nice."

It's so funny how things have different meaning and gravity once a person changes.  I'm reading some of the stuff on the manifesto now and it's definitely striking me in a different way!

Here's some of the stuff on the manifesto:


DRINK FRESH WATER AND AS MUCH WATER AS YOU CAN.  WATER FLUSHES UNWANTED TOXINS FROM YOUR BODY AND KEEPS YOUR BRAIN SHARP.  A daily hit of athletic-induced endorphins gives you the power to make better decisions, helps you be at peace with yourself, and offsets stress.  Do one thing a day that scares you.  Listen, listen, listen and then ask strategic questions.  Life is full of setbacks.  Success is determined by how you handle setbacks.  YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE IS A DIRECT REFLECTION OF HOW MUCH YOU LIKE YOURSELF.  That which matters the most should never give way to that which matters the least.  Stress is related to 99% of all illness.  Jealousy works the opposite way you want it to.  The world is changing at such a rapid rate that waiting to implement changes will leave you two steps behind.  DO IT NOW, DO IT NOW, DO IT NOW!  Friends are more important than money.  Breathe deeply and appreciate the moment.  Living in the moment could be the meaning of life.  Take various vitamins.  You never know what small mineral can eliminate the bottleneck to everlasting health.  Don't trust that an old-age pension will be sufficient.  THE CONSCIOUS BRAIN CAN ONLY HOLD ONE THOUGHT AT A TIME.  CHOOSE A POSITIVE THOUGHT.  Observe a plant before and after watering and relate these benefits to your body and brain.  Practice yoga so you can remain active in physical sports as you age.  Dance, sing, floss and travel.  Creativity is maximized when you're living in the moment.  Sweat once a day to regenerate your skin.  WHAT WE DO TO THE EARTH, WE DO TO OURSELVES.  The pursuit of happiness is the source of all unhappiness.

Update: Today, I bought my first yoga DVD - even while all my muscles are still weeping from Monday's Body Flow session.  I am determined to add other poses to the perfection of my warrior pose.  I kid you not, it's awesome.  *LOL*

P.S. Speaking of inspiration, I finished my Week 9, Day 2 run.  Can you BELIEVE that I'm one half-hour run away from completing the program? ME! Me? Yes, ME!!!  I used to be someone who picked up hobbies, dropped them just as fast, and never saw anything through in the longest time.  I could go all deep and try to figure out why, but whatever the reason, I seemed to be content with mediocrity.  With quitting.  But now, here's something that I'm seeing through to the end!  I am a quote on my blog! I'm going to reach some form of enlightenment and it's TRUE!  I am enlightened.  I know things I didn't know nine weeks ago.  I definitely FEEL things that I didn't feel nine weeks ago.  I'm different than I was nine weeks ago.  I think differently than I did nine weeks ago and it. Feels. AWESOME!

I saw a quote yesterday in a running magazine that I was reading (yes, the same magazine that I was reading while I ate the EVIL donut I totally succumbed to).


"The moment of our greatest failure can lead us to the threshold of our greatest success."
- David Carroll

My failure/success threshold I would say was Week 5, Day 3.  It was first run that I wasn't able to complete - multiple times.  The run that I just couldn't fathom getting through.  I just couldn't see it.  It was too long.  Things hurt.  I wanted to quit.  But similar to this quote above, I remembered another quote I had read, where I recognized that I was standing at the moment where just getting past the moment you want to quit is the moment where you'll realize that you could do it...or something like that.

It was pretty much where I realized that my greatest enemy, the biggest/only thing holding me back was myself and when I did, when I found that other quote from Sarah and also realized that by pushing to keep going, even if my legs were burning, even if my chest was heaving and I was huffing and puffing like the big, bad wolf, I wasn't going to puke, I wasn't going to pass out and I wasn't going to die.  And when I finally finished running those twenty minutes straight, there was no going back.  Since then, I've knocked down every other run that I've set up for myself and since then, it hasn't felt as hard as it did on that threshold of failure or success.

Even though I'm not exactly running 5K just yet, I've got the time down and success feels good.  It makes me feel 10 feet tall and like I can do anything I decide I want to do.  I am seriously at risk of turning into the most cheesiest, after-school special known to man, but still.  It's TRUE!

When I run at the gym, there's a corkboard in front of me that's advertising for personal training and with that board, there's three little placards.  Educate.  Motivate. Achieve.  Honestly, just seeing those words and reading them over and over again and focusing on them, thinking about how those words apply to me is what makes the time go by.  It's what helps me to focus when my mind is trying to point out that my legs are tired and I don't REALLY have to keep going if I don't want to. I'm not going to get too into how I feel those words apply to me, since right now, my thoughts are failing me and Bart's snoring is making me sleepy! *LOL*

Alrighty, time to stretch before bed time!  I just read on a miCoach article that static stretching is a really good way to ensure good sleep.  After Bart told me I was running in my sleep, I've noticed that I've been particularly restless and waking up tired, so we'll give it a go.  I love stretching after a run, even if it doesn't help me sleep like a log, it will still feel good at the time!  Goodnight!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Meet My New Coach!

Just got in from taking a "yogalates" class over at the gym. *LOL* It's not really called yogalates, but it's a class with a mix of yoga and pilates, and ever since I heard them use the word on The OC, I definitely want to call the class yogalates!  Anywho, I feel like it totally just kicked my butt.  I kind of enjoyed it, but part of me is thinking that I need to work harder on getting rid of my belly before I continue with it.  I can't do some of the moves because my tummy is in the way! *LOL*

Actually, I'm taking a hot yoga class with Melissa this Saturday and I'm pretty excited about it!  I'm a bit wary about the fact that I have to hang out in a small, stuffy room filled with hot stuffy, steamy air with a bunch of hot, sweaty (possibly stinky) people.  But I keep hearing good things about hot yoga, so I can't say anything until I've given it a shot, right?  Look at me being all active!

So anywho, as this is Monday, it's obvious that I've just been through another weekend.  How did I do?  Not as bad as other weekends I've had, but definitely not as good.  My first test was on Friday.  Our church group always has a potluck thing after meeting on the first Friday of the month and I always go nuts at it because it means that there is food there and it's always DELICIOUS!


Do you SEE?!?!!  Here's my plate:



Awesome! YAY me!  So first test down.  Usually I eat like bread's going out of fashion.  Or it was made with the last grains of wheat known to man.  I LOVE BREAD!  Bart and I used to buy the biggest, crustiest loaf from the bakery and toss it in the oven and we would get it until it's hot and toasty on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.  Then we'd eat it with butter or dip it in a mix of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or some other kind of bread dipper.  Drooooooooool....*coughs* Okay, I think I got a little bit sidetracked!

Ummm...where was I?

Right, so anywho, on Saturday we had our church group picnic and I was kind of nervous about it.  As good as the food was on Test 1, there was SURE to be even BETTER food at this shindig.  It turned out that I got busy being in charge of the games and with bringing Chewy along and throwing water balloons at my youth group that I was too distracted to each much.  I ended up with just a plate of Filipino food (can't even begin to guess at calories) and just one dessert.  I was too busy getting everything together so this was pretty much brunch for me.  After that, we were having another couple friend of ours over for a BBQ/bonfire so we got ready for that and when they got here, we had a dinner of pork ribs and corn (the corn was *SO SO* good!) and at the bonfire, I ate TWO smores. *swoon*  Does that REALLY count as a confession.  Everyone knows that with a bonfire comes smores.  They go hand in hand for crying out loud!





We ditched the bonfire shortly after and ended up coming in and playing all the board games I own which was AWESOME! *LOL*  They left at 2:30 and we were pretty much dead on our feet.  Sunday was nice and lazy, I slept in and we went out for breakfast at 2 in the afternoon.  I was feeling all stuffy and groggy, but I really wanted to go all out.  I ordered goat cheese and tomato eggs benedict and WOOOOOW!  I mean, I love having goat cheese and tomato salad, but when you put it together with a poached egg, HOLLANDAISE sauce and the english muffin? It's flippin' MAGIC! Did you hear me? MAGIC!  It came with the BEST homefries known to man...it's like eating chips - but fluffier.  Fluffy chips.  Think of it this way, at any other diner in this whole town, I always substitute my homefries for french fries, but at this diner, it's their homefries ALL THE WAY.  I could have a plate of them right now, actually.  I wish I had some. It's making me sad thinking of them. 

I'm losing my way again.  What was I talking about?  Oh okay, CONFESSION, I guess.  With the breakfast, I ordered a pancake on the side.  I was really feeling like I needed it.  It was probably more like I WANTED it.  Anywho, this will probably sound worse than the breakfast I ate, but I'm thinking that that was pretty much all I ate all day.  After we were finished, I was feeling FULL.  I trudged over to our frisbee game and was wondering how I was going to get through the whole game, but as soon as I got out there, the grogginess went away and it felt good to be out running around.  In fact, I even pushed my HRM to 188!

The only bad news about this was that I still hadn't done my Week 8, Day 3 run.  Thinking about running after the game was tiring enough and some peeps suggested that I just substitute my frisbee game for a run since my watch was showing that I played 32 minutes and already burned more calories playing this than I did when I actually run.  I figured it was pretty close enough, so I hesitantly conceded and figured I would start Week 9 on Monday.  Bart had to drop off some things to our cousin who was currently next door to my parents so I thought that while Bart was talking work, I would go visit my mom...and her treadmill!

I finished Week 8 fully, completely and on time!  I was really pushing it and by the end of the 28-minute run, I was up to 5.5 mph, which is the fastest I've ever gone on a run (it was only for the last 10 minutes, I was increasing the pace every few minutes or so starting at 15-minutes in) but it still didn't get me to 3.1 m! GRRRR!  Anywho, upping the speed also got my HR up to 181 and I really felt like I was pushing it.  BUT I DID IT!  I was able to check off my Week 8, Day 3 box with a clear conscience and I was TOTALLY feeling like a rockstar!  It was an added bonus that I ran it at my mom's, the way I was feeling like I wanted to quit barely even registered.  There was no way I was quitting my run early in front of my mom!!!  Good motivation right there!

Aaaanywho, I made an awesome discovery yesterday via Melissa and Rory.  Melissa was telling me about a miCoach app for my BB and I was like, noooo, miCoach is for Adidas gear.  You had to have the gear for it in order to work and she was like, nooo, I'm pretty sure it just uses your Blackberry and GPS.  So this definitely caught my attention already as I have always been interested in tracking my jogging speed, pace, etc.  So I got home and downloaded the app and although I haven't had a chance to give it a try, it. Looks. AWESOME!

You make an account online and the app syncs with the website after your workout.  It can update your workout and information and stats and keep track of everything.  The first thing I did after making an account was to choose a training plan.  It had a few pre-made training plans and one was for Running.  I chose that and it had further options within that and I chose Training for a 5K as opposed to Running a Fast 5K (since I haven't actually gotten to a 5K just yet).


This is what my dashboard looks like right now.  Sadly it's all blank since I haven't gotten my first workout in using my BB and the app.  But look at the things it can keep track of just right on the main dashboard!


This is the specific training plan it's made up for me based on the level of running I said that I had.  I was able to insert three custom workouts to include my three runs for Week 9 and I have my training plan starting the week after that.  Not only does this program promise that I will be able to run a 5K, it promises that I will be able to finish strong.  So I'm really excited about that.



Here's a closer look at one of the days in the training plan.  I believe this one is Day 10.  It's got me running not JUST intervals, but SPRINT intervals.  So C25K has taken care of making sure that I can keep running straight through without having to walk, this will ensure that I can put on bursts of speed so that I can speed up my runs and increase my endurance.  HOW COOL IS THAT?!

I know I'm not the spokesperson for miCoach or anything and without even having used it, I can't really talk too highly of it, but just from those three screen shots, how can you NOT have downloaded it or wanted it RIGHT AWAY?

The website and the app syn each other and you can even store things such as your SHOES.  Like what I've just learned and apparently what all runners know is that your shoes can only go so many kilometers until they need to be replaced.  Once you log your shoes, it'll also keep track of the shoes' mileage and let you know when you should start thinking of getting a new pair.  HOW COOL IS THAT?! *LOL*

To be able to use the GPS to track other things such as distance, etc., I'll need to be running outside (I know, isn't that PERFECT timing?).  So I'm going to get outside once I smash a homerun with C25K.  So win-win situation.  I've been meaning to get over my fear of the sidewalk (miCoach will help) and I've been meaning to start working on increasing speed and miCoach will help with that too!  So it's already got high ratings with me already!  Hope it lives up to what I think it can do for me.  Like get me to actually complete a 5K run! I don't care how fast I go, I just want to actually be running not JUST for half an hour, but 5K!

Alrighty, that was the main thing I wanted to rave about today anyway.  So, so-so on the weekend of stuffing my face, awesome with the calorie burn (although who knows how it balanced out with the food I ate) and YAY for finding a new training coach!

We'll see how it turns out!  Quality time with hubby, puppy and Transformers before I hit the hay.  Yogalates really took it out of me!  I'm feeling MORE muscles I didn't know I had and I'm all relaxed and mellow too.  I could just let my head fall back and I'd probably fall asleep in a few seconds!

Which reminds me, Bart said I was TOTALLY running in my sleep last night.  He said I was so restless, he woke up and looked over at me and thought that I MUST be dreaming about running because he said my legs were totally making running motions! *LOL*  I don't kid when I say that lately, running has been taking over my life.  I eat running, I sleep running and I talk running!

I am a runner!

*big goofy grin*

Who woulda thunk it?!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Crickety Cracks...

I felt like I almost couldn't get out of bed this morning.

It's funny how when you are close to achieving something, you get this idea in your head that you can do anything. *LOL*  Last night, I was feeling especially lazy and ESPECIALLY guilty (CONFESSION: I forgot to eat my snack at work and got home and was so hungry I ate two cans of Chef Boyardee Ravioli before choir practice *wince*).  My guilt was enough that it pushed me to suggest to Bart that we work out bit.  Just at home since he still can't get around much on his legs.  He could do arm stuff while I did some work.  He opted out of it as he was pretty tired from work, but he said by all means I should go ahead and use the TV if I needed to, so I thought I would challenge myself a bit and put in a Turbo Jam disc that I bought last year but didn't really get around to actually doing before I quit.

OMG, Chalene pretty much kicked my butt.  It's weird how I seem to have endurance to run, but I sure didn't feel like I had any doing the kick, punch, jabs she was wanting me to execute.  I was reading on the MFP chat forum how some people were suggesting that people who work out and run should really have two different pairs of shoes.  One for cross-training and one for actual running and, not just to find any excuse to buy something, I think I kind of believe it now.  Remember last week when I had a really hard time doing Zumba because my legs and my feet were hurting, but I was able to go out and do my 25 minute run?  Same thing last night.  I've been running in my Asics for 8 weeks now, but just jumping around and squating and turning and kicking, the soles of my feet were really feeling it.  I was "jump roping" with the group and it felt like my foot was even cramping up.  So instead, I switched it up and followed the lower-intensity gal who was doing modified movements and that seemed to help a bit.  But I finished the whole 45 minute workout and I am feeling it ALL in my upper body today!

Did you know I had deltoids?  Yeah, I just found out today that I do! I can FEEL them!

Last night, I was feeling so good about the workout, I popped in Just Dance on the Wii and did half an hour of that as well.  It was hard to do the Cotton Eye Joe dance because my pants kept falling down - YAY!!!  Dare I say I may need to buy a smaller size pair of work out pants?! *GIGGLE*

Speaking of sizes and clothing.  I have bought myself a test vest.


I have been wanting one of these vests for work for some time.  I get most of my work clothes at Smart Set and I always find sizes there to fit me, but for some reason, none of the vests they carried ever fit.  Even the XL which I find fits me in any other type of top.  So I was at a Smart Set outlet and lo and behold, the vests are on clearance (because nobody wears them anymore, but whatever, when I'm skinny, I'll wear whatever I want!) and I bought it.  Even though it looks like this:

This is NOT a gratuitous booby shot! I swear!

*LOL*  That button looks like it's ready to pop off and take someone's eye out or something.  I'd be a walking lawsuit waiting to happen!  So I've decided this is going to be my visual cue for weight loss.  I mean, I know I can see the numbers on the scale changing and going down, but I'm not really entirely convinced that my scale isn't a big, fat, dirty liar.  Or has alzheimers and just forgets things and makes stuff up to look like they haven't forgotten and using a tape measure, while that seems more accurate, I'm not so sure about my measuring skills.  I never know if I'm measuring in the right place.  For the longest time, I didn't know where my bust really was, let alone measure it!

So as I go...I will be donning this vest and the day that I can button it without snipering someone with the button will be the day that I know my work is paying off! I'm really hoping that I'll be able to fit into it by fall because I have already pictured myself in an outfit I'd like to wear, and the picture of the girl in my head is definitely skinnier.  Which means I just need to stay away from Chef Boyardee (CONFESSION: For choir practice, I also ate two pieces of Pizza Hut pizza :S).

I NEED LESS CONFESSIONS ON HERE!

On a non-confessional note, when I woke up this morning, I kind of stumbled out of bed and I swear I could hear my bones and joints creaking.  It's an off day for running today but I wanted to get moving so that I could loosen up so I plugged in my Wii Fit and I was greeted with the fact that I haven't been on it in 389 days! *LOL* So it had me get on the board and it said that I weighed much differently than what they had recorded, so it measured me again and BAM! Stupid evil computer generated voice says to me: "You are OBESE!" all cheeful and chipper. *LOL*  I mean, I'm not all that offended or anything since it's not news to me, but STILL! Way to hand me a knife and point to my wrists, Wii Fit!

I stuck mostly to the yoga poses just so I could stretch out, but the computer also said that I was shaky and that I should work on my balance, so I did a couple of balance games, of course I couldn't NOT be on Wii Fit without doing the Hula Hoop game and just some other cardio before ending with a few more yoga poses.

It was a nice way to start the day.  I was up at 6:15 and for some reason I was still ten minutes late for work.  Go figure.

As I sit here, I'm feeling pretty stiff, so I think I'll go home and do a bit more yoga poses and stuff.  I printed off my gym's schedule and highlighted all the yoga classes and other classes I wanted to take.  I almost considered trying out a hot yoga class, but the thought of being in a hot, stuffy room, sweating and breathing in another hot, sweaty people...weight-loss just doesn't seem worth it.

Anywho, it's Friday and you and I know what that means, right?  It's the WEEKEND. Duh, duh, DUUUUH!  I fear the weekend! The weekend is NOT my friend. Ugh.

Tomorrow we're going to my church group picnic.  I usually don't eat much at these things, but then again, I'm usually so hungry after, that who knows what I'll be bound to eat after.  After the picnic, Bart's work friends are coming over for a BBQ and bonfire, so there'll be drinking to be done.  I need to BE GOOD! Eek!  I also have to fit in my last Week 8 run Saturday morning so I can get Week 8 outta my face!!! I can't believe we're nearing the finish line!  It felt SO FAR away when I was starting Week 1.  WOW!  No wonder I feel like I can do anything, this feeling of accomplishment is AWESOME!

Anywho, ultimate frisbee on Sunday!  Hope y'all have a good weekend!  Wish me luck - or at least a little self-control! *LOL*

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

For the nights I can't remember...

...what I ate.  Or most likely for the nights I don't WANT to remember what I ate! *LOL*

We already knew my weakness for weekends.  Long weekends are entirely other.  There's just something about long weekends that make you think you can do anything - eat anything!  Or maybe that's just me looking for an excuse to eat anything!

This past Civic long weekend was my last long weekend (I'll be working on Labor Day = YAY to double-time!) and I thought it would be a good time to let loose and boy, did I.  For some reason, we had no plans going in to the long weekend and it ended up being BUSY!

I kept forgetting that we had committed to attending a wedding a million years ago (or last year when we got the Save the Date card), but seeing as it was Bart's co-worker, for some reason, I kept conveniently forgetting about it and saying yes to other plans and then constantly having to cancel when Bart reminded me that we were already booked up for Saturday.  I was a big brat about it too.  I made a very big fuss about not wanting to attend so of course you know what happened: I ended up having a GREAT time! *LOL*

Pretty much three tables at the back (which wasn't a bad thing considering its close proximity to the open bar) were ALL Bart's company, so the guys hung around talking about work as usual and the ladies had a big dance party.  It wasn't even ten yet, and it was pretty much looking like the whole thing was turning into a big ol' mess of a party!  I was the designated driver for Bart as usual, and he knocked back a bit more than usual to make up for the fact that he couldn't get up and dance because of his knee still.  So he hung out with the boss and talked work and I tried very hard not to embarrass him in front of his work people.  Hahahaha!  Apparently, drunk people think I'm AWESOME!  I had more than one of Bart's work friends come up to me to let me know that they think their wives love me more than them.  Well...they weren't saying that when they were sober, but who knows.  I am pretty entertaining. *LOL*  Here are a couple snapshots from one of the more enjoyable wedding receptions I've been to in a while:


To be honest, I judged this cake a little bit.  This was actually the first thing we walked up to when we got to the reception.  I wanted to have a look at it, you know, out of professional interest.  I was like, OBVIOUSLY I could have done this.  For cheaper too...and less crooked! *LOL*



Awww, there's us bwhile waiting for dinner.  CONFESSION #1: There's two caesar's sitting there in front of me.  I drank 'em both! *LOL* Actually, to go with this confession, after the wedding ceremony, Bart and I went to the mall to find me a dress and we ate there.  At the food court! HORROR!


 

 

These were "face-shake" pictures. *LOL* Kelly, Wayne's wife (Wayne is the character up there!) told me to shake my face for the camera.  I didn't know what she meant, so I went ahead and shook my face.  Apparently, I'm not very good at it.  Wayne is OBVIOUSLY the king of face-shake pictures! *LOL*


And you know how I love my circle pictures!  We've got a few of these, but I thought one would suffice. *LOL*



Aaaand the shoes come off!


 

A little disco never hurt....except possibly my dignity...


 

 

Yeah....it started getting really messy after this... *LOL*

Anywho, that was the wedding!  I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it - the two caesars probably helped a little bit, I'm sure.

Sunday, Bart and I brought Chewy along with my parents and Tiana Banana and we went to explore some waterfalls in a nearby city.  I wasn't expecting it to be SO CROWDED, but oh my lanta, there was hardly any breathing room.  The area had a picnic ground which was really nice and then you could hike down this really rocky trail to get down to the bottom so you could see the waterfall.  It was hot and humid that day, so trekking down to the waterfall was an adventure all on its own and when I finally got down to the bottom, I whipped out my camera to take pictures only to find the message "NO MEMORY CARD" flashing on the screen! AAAAAAARGH!  I forgot to put a memory card back in after I took out the card to look at the wedding pictures! The extra cards that I had were in my purse, which were, of course, in my purse at the TOP of the waterfall! BOOO!  I took pictures using my mom's camera, so I'll have to wait until she uploads those to be able to see how they turned out!

CONFESSION #3, 4, 5...#10: On our way to meet up with my mom and dad and Tiana, Bart and I stopped to get a snack so we wouldn't be hungry on the drive to the waterfall.  At McDonald's.  I know, EVIL!  Don't tell Tammy I went!  She's still protesting their treatment of chickens and I promised I would stand with her in solidarity.  Except that I got those little chicken wraps...and then shared Bart's McFlurry.

After the waterfall trek, we went to eat at Eastside Mario's.  I KNOW! Another evil place, but at least I now know for sure without a shadow of a doubt that I can't eat there anymore.  Something in their food, maybe the oil? definitely doesn't agree with me and I ALWAYS regret eating there about halfway through before I'm even done my meal.  Know what I'm sayin'?  Anywho, I always get spaghetti and meatballs and I was hoping that eating pasta would help with my run when I started WEEK 8 on Monday!

So, I SWEAR I went into Monday with all intentions to run my Day 1 run.  We went to the beach with the rest of my mom's side of the family (again, not very many pictures which is weird for me, right?!) and I told Bart that I would hit up the gym when we got back, completely forgetting that they closed early on holidays.  Boo!  

CONFESSIONS #11+:  I know I'm conveniently forgetting a lot of other things I ate, but at the beach, I ate a chili dog, chips and drank POP! I KNOOOW!  When we got home from the beach, since there was no chance of getting to the gym (even though I could have run outside - but why would I, it was SWELTERING!), we ordered pizza hut pizza instead.  I think I ALMOST finished off an entire medium pepperoni lovers pizza to myself.  *wince*  But I loooooove Pizza Hut pizza! *cries*

Ugh.  This morning, the scale DEFINITELY reflected the naughtiness of my long weekend and my WEAKNESS for all things, salty, fatty, cheesy and DELICIOUS!  I can't help it, I'm only human :(

But anywho...Tuesday morning, guess who was at the gym by five after 6. AM! ME!  I did my run Week 8, Day 1 run and guess what?!  I added another two minutes at the end and actually completed my VERY FIRST HALF HOUR RUN! w00t!  Even with all the evil food debauchery, I'm thinking maybe the pasta and carbs helped with my run because I was feeling AWESOME!  Not once during my run did I even think that I wanted to stop.  I was feeling good!  No leg pains, no shortness of breath.  I started easy with a 4.1 m/h and from there I increased it until I was running at 5 m/h.  Of course, all that leads me to believe that I'll be a complete mess when I do Day 2's run, but we'll see.

The funny thing is right now, I have a new problem.  I guess running for longer periods of time helps loosen things up.  And by loosening things up, I'm finding that I feel like I have to go to the bathroom more often.  *LOL* I know it probably sounds TMI, but it's becoming a serious problem for me!  I can't feel like I have to go while I'm running!  Especially during the actual run day!  I don't want to lose any time by making a detour to go! I'm wondering how marathoners deal with this?!?!

I'm also finding that I can run a lot easier without the hassle of an MP3 player.  I've been completing all my runs sans music (except for whatever's on at the gym) and it helps me to think things through more and to focus on my breathing and my form.  I'm finding that the longer I run, the more erratic my movements are when I start to tire.  When I don't watch myself, my arms get all flail-y and my legs are more trudging then jogging.  So being able to catch myelf when I do that allows me to correct it.  The other time, I usually just focus on whoever I can see around me.

Apparently, I have a LOT of pet peeves with some people at the gym.  I don't know if I've already ranted about this, but I really HATE watching people on the treadmill with their incline pumped up to like 10 or something!  Actually, no, it's not that I don't like people trying to challenge themselves.  I hate watching the people with a high incline holding on to the top of the treadmill.  I want to stop my running to tap them on the shoulder to tell them that they're doing it wrong.  Whe you're at an incline of 10, and you're holding on at the top of the treadmill and leaning back, if you rotate the treadmill, it pretty much just means you're still walking in a STRAIGHT FRICKIN' LINE.  When you set an incline, you're supposed to walk UP it.  Not, lean back far enough, which just leads you to walking straight in a more retarded looking way.  It totally PEEVES me.  I usually just spend 10 minutes of jogging time wondering to myself why people do that!?  When you walk up a hill, you don't lean back and walk up it, people!  STOP IT!  If you're one of these people, don't get offended, either stop doing it and just walk at a regular incline and I'll be less likely to judge you, or walk UP the incline!  Or better yet, get outside and climb a frickin' hill!  *breathes*

Anywho, my hands are supposed to be busy prepping for invoice stuffing and not really typing, so I guess I better and give it a rest for a bit.  I'm hoping to get my Day 2 run in tonight, or tomorrow morning...so we'll see how that goes!  

In terms of the bad, BAD eating!  I can only let it go since it's over and done with and thank goodness there are no more long weekends for me.  I am back on track now for this week.  Bart and I went grocery shopping and I have all my salad stuff and good snacks to last me throughout the week and then I've got FRISBEE on Sunday! w00t!
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