Sunday, October 03, 2010
My daughter and I have been walking a few times last week. One day we walk the butte (steep incline - for me anyway) and the next day we walk for distance. The first day we did the butte, I would say I made it about one - third of the way. I'd thought we went farther, but when I looked at a map, i realize it's a big circle up this hill and we hadn't gotten as far as I thought. Last night when we hit the butte again...I said, a little farther. I had to stop and rest several times, just standing there for a few breaths cause my heart was pumping and I was puffing like a train...then I'd say, "a little farther". We made it 3/4 of the way up this time.
Nothing like walking up a long hill to tell you how out of shape you really are!
It feels like a huge accomplishment tho and I KNOW I'm burning calories and building endurance. That said, I'm not into doing it every time we walk. Every other time is plenty, believe me.
Want to try something new? Even if you have never bellydanced, and have no DESIRE to belly dance....There is a free three-day trial of the program I'm doing (see link). Go to the level 1 classes and try one. The first 45 minutes of the 90 minute class...all workout. Stretching, sit ups, sometimes push ups. "bellydance bootcamp". Try it. It's free, you don't have to put in a credit care number or anything, just put in your email and it's good for 3 full days.
Friday, October 01, 2010
My lofty plans for September fell into the dust with health issues....but with the start of October today, it all begins anew for me.
I guess hope springs eternal, LOL!
- Lesbian Cafe Challenge (burn 1000 calories this month)
- 1000 spark points
- Five fruits/veggies a day
That's it. With work, school, teaching dance/dance practice 4x a week and running kids around, that's all I'm aiming for - and I think it's plenty, LOL.
I'm still working the C25K idea, but the walking I've done this week has told me I need to do a little prep. The 30 minute walk I did yesterday was pretty tough - the few lil bitty hills in there just did me right in. So I'm in training to start the C25K. I have no cardio stamina at ALL...it's sorta scary to me frankly.
I didn't know it was this bad.
So....I'm going to play safe and start by walking for a little while, THEN go to C25K. it's all good....
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
A few days ago, on the Daily Spark, they featured a video a man made about running and losing 120 pounds. if you haven't seen it, I'll wait. go to YouTube and search "man runs off 120 pounds". Watch it, and then come back.
I have watched it every single day since that first day. Every single time, it has brought tears to my eyes.
It inspired me to get off my butt and move. tonight, my daughter and I hiked part of a butte (big hill, LOL) here in town. It goes up from flat, to 500 feet in one mile. Can you say "incline"?
I was huffing and a puffin'. I had to stop every bit or so to catch my breath. I couldn't talk but a a little at a time. I didn't make it to the top, in fact, I made it about...1/3 of the way. Took 11 minutes to get up to that point, and 8 minutes to get down.
But I did something and it feels GOOD.
I've printed off the C25K info, and now I'm going to find those pod casts. 9 weeks? i know it won't be 9 weeks, but every single day I do it, I'm going to be healthier and happier.
Thank you Ben. You don't know me and never will...but you impacted my life in an amazing way.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I'm tired...and when I'm tired I tend to eat to stay going. I know this about myself, and I'm working on stopping that pattern. Coworker has candy and keeps offering it to me...and I keep saying no thanks.
But truthfully, I really want it.
I just know that if I start.... Well, I won't stop till it's gone. I'm not a "I can have just one" kinda gal when it comes to my addiction - sugar.
But all I can think about is that candy, just waiting in the next cubicle.
Put the CPAP on last night, but woke up in the wee hours to find sometime in the night I'd ripped the mask off and it was laying next to the bed - with the machine running of course, lol. No wonder I'm tired.
Still researching the C25K. Have asked my daughter to walk with me tonight. Will continue putting the CPAP on.....
That day in, day out stuff.....putting one foot in front of the other. Will. Not. Eat. The. Candy. Every time I think about the candy, I take a drink of water, LOL. Can't hurt, eh?
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I'm going to say something I can't even say out loud to anyone I know or post anywhere else I play in cyberland....
I'm seriously considering starting the Couch to 5K program.
People who know me would likely either laugh until they cried and/or tell me I was crazy and can't possibly do it.
I'm not a runner. The last time I remember running besides running to get the garbage can to the curb in time was...um....ahem.... 1983. Seriously, 1983.
I used to walk...I even walked a marathon once...but now I don't even walk for fitness.
So the idea of doing Cto5k is sort of crazy....but it's percolating in my brain and I can't stop thinking about it. Do it in 9 weeks? uh, heeeelllll no. I'd probably take a lot longer than 9 weeks...but...I can't stop thinking about it. This is sort of how things happen to me. I go through that "cycle of acceptance".
I think of something, and immediate dissuade myself - not doable.
I think - I wish I could do that.
I think - Someday maybe I could do that.
I think - I want to do that.
I waver around for awhile....
Then I can't stand it anymore and must do it.
Naturally, this has varying success ratios, LOL.
What's prompting this? Besides seeing some sparkie friends DOING it? I do this bellydance thing - to call it bellydance bootcamp would be close to explaining it for people to understand. It is freaking hard. It is physically challenging. You are expected to do sit ups, squats, pushups, and you need some serious stamina to succeed. I attained the first level a year ago. I have waivered back in forth the last year about do I want to go farther? Do I really WANT to push myself that much? It's very expensive...let me say, VERY expensive. But it is the best training I can get, in my opinion...and I WANT it.
The weeklong "bootcamp" would be August 2011. I have about 10 months to make it or break it. This is not a little goal to me, it is a HUGE goal. The cost of the trip, the workshop, testing to certify level 2 will run me close to a grand. In my life, that is a LOT of freaking money. So if I'm going to do it...I have to commit not only to the dance parts, but getting some stamina - or I'll never cut it.
Enter the C25K idea.
I'm *this* close to making the leap. Can a fat old chick with arthritis do this? Is it a crazy goal? Is my ultimate goal of going level 2 in the bellydance thing totally ridiculous? I fight these fears day in and day out. If it were YOU, I'd say "do it! Just do it! you don't want to look back and say "i wish I woulda..."
I dunno. Speak up sparkies. Tell me what you think.
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