Monday, February 13, 2012
I'm officially registered for my first sprint triathlon! A few weeks ago I picked up a postcard at the gym. I looked at it for a little while, and just didn't get up the nerve to sign up. How do I transition? How do I train? Where do I get a wetsuit? What shoes do I get? AAAAAHHHH
But I'm not fretting! I was once a first time 5Ker, and I was once a first time weight-lifter. And just like those things, I will be a successful first time triathlete. I will use my resources (Spark! my trainer!) to learn about this, just like I have everything else.
This seems to be the year of busting out of my comfort zone. Adding new goals, pushing myself past what I ever thought I could do... I feel really good. And one really awesome side effect of all this comfort-zone-busting is that I'm losing some weight! I'm not necessarily *trying* to lose it, but in order for me to be the best Tough Mudder I can be, dropping some inches is pretty much inevitable. I have some great forearm muscles forming (who knew?!?) and I'm getting the little line on my legs again from all the lunges and squats. I can do pushups four ways, in one workout, and I can deadlift over 100 pounds easily.
Brad has been super supportive (as always) and he's even asking me to give *him* some workouts he can do at home! I show him what I'm doing, and he loves it. It feels good to know that he thinks I know a little bit about this fitness thing!
It's time for the couch and a glass of wine. I think tomorrow morning will be some circuit training...
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Brad and I are painting the house. And he's done most of it himself, but today we worked on it together. It's a challenge for us - our working styles are VERY different. He just kind of does everything and cleans up at the end, and I clean up as I go. I am very careful and slow with my edging, he prefers to tape everything up so he can go more quickly. He gets little drips all over the place, I am way more anal-retentive than that. So today was kind of stressful. I will be very happy when this is all over.
Today was a crazy workout day. I did 30 minutes worth of sprint intervals on the TM, and then went over to the weight room to do two circuits of the Tough Mudder workout. Holy moly! If I don't get in great shape by the time this event rolls around, there is a serious problem. I'm working on my pullups - I would LOVE to be able to do a full pullup with no assistance. Work in progress!
This past week has not been great for eating. I've been having so much trouble tracking my food, and I went a little crazy with Thin Mints (I succumbed to the temptation!), donuts, and Valentine candy sent by my mom. The good thing is (I guess?) is that the Thin Mints were not nearly as good as I had built them up to be. I mean, they were good, but not good enough for me to get a second box. And I still have a sleeve in the freezer at school, so I'd say that's a pretty good thing.
So this week I will really make an effort to write down all my food. It really works for me if I start with breakfast right when I'm eating it - kind of sets the mood for the day.
The couch is calling my name...
Friday, February 10, 2012
I am definitely feeling my body changing! I feel slimmer in my clothes. When I looked in the mirror this morning, I saw a waist! I am thrilled. I changed up my workouts, cranked up the intensity, and I'm feeling good. I guess it's a good thing that my body was adjusting to my already tough workouts, but I'm sure glad I changed it up.
Yesterday I was doing a steady beat activity with a kindergarten class. Sometimes when they are especially good during class, we find a silly steady beat. We stick out our tongues, jump like a monkey, or make a muscle. When we made a muscle yesterday, one of the little boys said "Mrs. K, I didn't know you had muscles!" How excited was I?!?!?! Hahaha they were bustin' out through my sleeves.
Today is going to be a good day. It's sunny and crisp, my lunch is packed, my tum isn't hanging over my pants (yahoo!) and it's FRIDAY!!!!
Have a super day!
Thursday, February 09, 2012
I love rest days! Yesterday was especially restful. This morning I got up, slogged off to the gym, and did 30 minutes on the TM. My legs felt like lead, but I did it anyway. It's been a hard week for running... not sure why, but I'm hoping I'll get back to normal soon!
Today Brad is planning to finish the upstairs painting. He is doing a great job - I am so glad I don't have to paint when I come home from work!
I'm feeling the shopping itch. I think I might be ready for some new workout gear. Maybe this weekend I'll take a little time out to do some retail therapy. I can tell that working out is doing good things for me - I haven't wanted to go shopping in a while because I felt fat and gross. I'm finally starting to feel better! Yahoo!
- drink all my water
- track/write down all my food
- get some new pictures posted
- clean off the desk when I get home
Have a super day!
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
It was well worth the money to buy a new swimsuit yesterday. Today I slipped it on, went to the pool, and got in a great swimming workout. I did sprints, practiced my flip turns, and swam for 30 minutes without a break. Hurrah!
It's a beautiful day! The sky is clear and temperature is crisp.
Today I will:
- drink all my water
- write down/track all my food (this is such a challenge for me!)
- move some boxes when I get home
- make a phone call that I've put off for a week
Have a healthy, happy day!
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