Monday, June 03, 2013
Yesterday's 5K was great - My goal was to do it in an hour and that's exactly what it was, 60 min on the dot! Pretty freakin' jazzed! The last half mile I had to pour it on, I was almost running - but I did it! Overall, I think it was the easiest one I've done - except for the hills. I generally walk on only flat ground on purpose because of my knees. Doc said with my weight and the lack of cartilage left in my knees, I shouldn't be doing hills if I can avoid them. So I do. Yesterday's 5K included one sort of long slow hill and a smaller one. I got about half way up the big one this year before I started getting winded - that's probably a lot better than I've done before.
However, there is a lot of room for improvement. I walked on my own with my ipod and I didn't have to talk and I probably couldn't have during the majority of it. So lots of room there to build stamina and lung capacity. The hill was the worst by far, but I'm glad I didn't have someone with me who wanted to chat because it would have been hard, LOL.
This week - High school graduation for my daughter. Oldest daughter coming for that and it also falls on HER birthday. Next week my partner's graduation from the community college for her associates degree. Oh you know, and work full time. ugh.
Lot's of emotions roiling around over my daughter's drinking and the things she said about my parenting "failures" when I saw her last month. Feeling anxiety over her coming this week, sadness....hard stuff. On top of everything else this week, feeling overwhelmed.
Good think I feel stress relief by walking, eh?
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Today is my first event of the year, a 5K charity walk for breast cancer. I've done it several years - but I think this year is the most I've trained for it. I walked 20 miles last week and was half a mile short of 25 this week.
Last week, 10K a day 3x, this week 4 x. Go me. That's a personal best! This week I'm aiming for 5x.
Time continues to be a problem. Too much going on...and getting that much walking in a day takes...time.
No weight change. Interesting really from an analytical point of view, but frankly, I'm working on concentrating on the 10K I signed up for over Labor Day weekend. I want to be able to do it. I want to finish that walk strong - not feeling half dead. Even if I don't lose a single pound training over the summer, if I can finish that race feeling good, that's a big win.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I had three days of 10K steps under my belt and then the weekend hit. Saturday I worked and...forgot to put on my fitbit til almost 10 a.m., when I'd been up at 5. no good. The rest of the weekend was lazy and I got sucked into the amazing world of ancestry dot com and....that was that.
Yesterday, back at it with a vengence, 11k+.
More learned on getting 10K a day:
If I don't get a morning workout (zumba), I have to walk on both my breaks and take a 45 min to an hour walk at night. This isn't a bad thing, but some evenings are booked and fitting that 45-60 min in is a bear.
Wearing slippers around the house defeats step counting. I guess I shuffle more with slippers on. I spent over 2 hours in the kitchen putzing around with some recipes going back and forth, out to the garage a dozen times or more, etc and had less than a 1000 steps. I knew it wasn't right and when I began to pay attention to what I was doing...noticed the shuffle shuffle instead of "steps".
But, back at it with a vengeance today. :)
Saturday, May 25, 2013
or, trying to.
I was so excited about the three-day weekend! Then.....I found out at 3 pm yesterday I have to work today because I wasn't notified of someone's vacation request and they have family coming into town and....
No three-day for me. I tried to be gracious, but I was really disappointed. Last night, I had a really bad attitude about it. A lot of work stuff has been building up and this was sort of the straw that made me fall apart (when I got home).
But, today is a new day...and I'll still have 2 days off. I just keep telling myself that.
10,000 steps a day streak: Three days. Took a walk around the block at 9 pm to make it, but I did it!
Food...ahem. Not so great. That work "Stuff" I mentioned? Coupled with my partner's continued unemployment? The realization my 27 yo alcoholic daughter is drinking really heavily ...again? yeah. "Stuff" is what I did to my face yesterday. Overall, it's not a horrible binge or anything, but there was some mindless eating in there I could have done without. That said, I'm coping pretty much as best I can with my stress. Walking is definitely a stress release for me, so those 10K steps are helping.
I realized last night, I need some fun. Life has not been fun. It's been one hurdle after the next for quite awhile. Then I had to think, what is "fun" for me and how do I get there on a squeeky tight budget of both time and money?
Crafts. I love crafts. I love playing with color, paper, paint, clay, glitter, modge podge, you name it. I have projects that need to be completed...but they are large and some of them are more "work" than fun - bellydance costuming etc. Those "have" to be done, have deadlines etc and they do not count as "fun". I'm not sure that makes sense, maybe this analogy will: A professional photographer shoots a wedding. He might enjoy his work....but it's work. It's not for fun. Maybe that gives an idea of what I mean.
So, I'm going to set aside some time this weekend to work on something crafty that is not "required" or pending a deadline. I'm giving myself a $20 budget if I need to go out and get materials, and i'm not going to feel guilty about it (yes, I'm talking to myself here) because $20 for some sanity is pretty damn cheap.
Friday, May 24, 2013
10,000 steps a day streak: 2 days.
Due to appointments and work meetings, getting 10K steps yesterday required about 45 minutes of walking at 7:00 pm again. But I did it. I also did a conditioning video with a dance friend that drilled some dance technique but was mostly yoga/pilates-based stuff and....ow. A reminder of the muscle I've lost for sure. I was feeling pretty stoved up last night after all that even after a long hot soak and this morning....well, ow.
But, I did it. Now, to do it again today - at least the 10K steps part.
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