Wednesday, October 01, 2014
So. My last blog was May 4th. Five--that's *FIVE* months ago. I'm now at my all-time heaviest. Coincident? I THINK NOT!
To explain, after a lazy summer, we're just back from two weeks in England. Wonderful trip, awesome--and I mean AWE-some sense of history, visiting all those hundred-, even thousand-year old structures.
BUT: you know how 'they' say English food is yuck? Well, I'm here, rotund like never before, to tell you that just ain't so! English food was delicious, tempting and plentiful. I'd consume more calories for breakfast than I normally consume all day here at home, and no amount of walking, stressing or stair-climbing in and out of the "Tube" kept the ensuing rotundity at bay.
So here we go again, reporting to Nutrition Tracker and Fitness Tracker; measuring serving sizes; dodging fat, salt and sugar; making sure the plate is 50% fresh fruit and veggies at *every* meal; and EXERCISING, goldarn it!
On the plus side--I gave blood today. Some sites suggest that is equivalent to burning close to 1000 calories. Fine by me : ) Another plus: the nurse who took my vitals prior to my donation asked if I exercise regularly because my resting pulse is nice and low--she wrote "athletic pulse" on my chart. Made my day!
So, all is not lost on the fitness front. And at a steady loss pace of 1.5 lb per week, I'll be back at target weight by Christmas.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
On April 27th. In Vancouver. For the Vancouver Sun Run. 10k.
Well, I should say I walk-ran. Well, maybe I should say I shuffled. But I did do the course.
*And*. Get this: I bettered my last year's time by a few seconds! Go figure. This after the most erratic, on-again-off-again training period in the history of running, I'm sure.
So the course timer says I finished the 10k in 84 minutes--right in the middle of my age group and pace group. But *I* know I did better than that because *I* know I had to make a potty stop : )
What's the take-away? What *could* I have done if I'd trained faithfully??? What will I do at the YMCA Fall Run in Prince George when I've trained faithfully over the intervening months?
'Cause I *will* train. I like myself better when I'm training. It's as simple as that.
Friday, March 28, 2014
That's what I have to ask myself when I run but am not satisfied with my efforts. Remember, Self, you did more today to achieve fitness than millions in this country did. Give yourself a little credit!
So anyway, I did run. On the Dreadmill. It was a surprisingly good run, actually. Whereas I've only been able to run 2 minutes/walk 2 outdoors, on the dreadmill I was able to run 15 minutes, walk 5, and that's with the dreadmill at a 5% incline. I did that for an hour. Only covered 3.4 k, but whatthehell whatthehell it was a significant improvement in endurance, so I'm happy with it.
As PAULOBRY suggested, I've incorporated Usain's 'lightening bolt' stance as the final act in my day's run--a little celebratory, self-congratulatory concluding ritual. "A man's reach must exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?", right? ; )
Thanks for all the encouraging remarks, SparkFriends. They really do make a difference : )
Monday, January 27, 2014
This is it. The Wall. I can't procrastinate any longer. Training for the Vancouver Sun Run, the April 10K event I've registered for, starts today. So I started. On the dread mill. Warm-up walk for 5 minutes, then run one minute, walk two; repeat 8 times. Sweat. But not too badly. Puff and pant. But not too much. Cool-down walk for 5 minutes. Stretch. Dry off. Shower. I can do this.
Rewards? Well, the log-in wheel gave me 20 points today--could it know I needed encouragement ; )? Tangible encouragement? Weight is down 4 lb from last Monday. Nothing to do with exercising, just more conscientious nutrition (i.e.: no more Scotch!!!)
And one more reward--I'm going to splurge and order Sun Run running tights. Haven't run in tights heretofore. Seems a little immodest, but whatthehell, whatthehell, they have reflective stripes or dots or some such thing front and back and I've felt a little unsafe running without reflection in the past.
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