Late Afternoon Workout

I meant to workout this morning, but I ran out of time before I was supposed to meet up with my sister.  Then I went to visit mom before I came home to sit like a lump and watch Biggest Loser on Hulu.  But I was restless.  I brought the laptop into the kitchen, sat it on a chair and watched BL while I did dishes.  Still dissatisfied I went back to sitting before I realized that watching the competitors sweat so hard was reminding me that I hadn’t exercised yet so I got up and got to it.

I haven’t been following C25K for awhile now.  Mostly because I’m lazy that way.  So today, I set the treadmill to a 1% incline, warmed up for 5 minutes at 3.5mph and then jogged as long as I could before I had to walk again.  I went for 6 minutes the first time, 4 minutes the second time, 2 minutes twice more, 1 minute and then I speed walked for the last 3 minutes.  I was super excited about the first 6 minute jog – it’s the longest I’ve gone since high school!  Then I was progressively more disappointed.  To make up for it, I speed walked, but it’s not the same, ya know?

Either way in 30 minutes 27 seconds, I went 2.09 miles.  Not bad – it’s a faster pace than I’ve done so far!

When I finished with that, I did a little bit of resistance training.  I’m super sore from the past 2 days of workouts, so I tried to focus on the muscles that weren’t as sore.

  • 30 bicep curls with 2.5 lbs each arm
  • 30 squats with 5.0 lbs
  • 30 kick backs, each leg
  • 30 calf raises
  • 30 girl push-ups

I stretched and now it’s time to rinse off the dried sweat.

I feel good.  The movement definitely helped loosen up the sore muscles.  I sweated a lot so I know I burned some calories.  All I have to do is find a healthy dinner so that I don’t undo all the hard work I just did!

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Restart

So today is the day to restart my healthy life.

I jog/walked for 32 minutes and I went 2.15 miles.  The last time I did this, I was able to jog for 5 minutes at a time.  This time… only 2 minutes at a time.  I’m disappointed, but it makes sense.  If you don’t keep moving, it’s harder to do it, right?  So I cycled through 2 minute jogs and minute and a half walks.  I was covered in sweat, but it felt good.

When I finished, I stretched and got right into resistance training:

  • 30 girl push-ups
  • 30 reverse push-ups
  • 30 high kicks with each leg
  • 30 mule kicks with each leg
  • 30 side kicks with each leg
  • 30 calf raises
  • 30 squats

Then more stretching.  Hmmm… looking back it seems I missed ab work.  I’ll do that tomorrow – I need to get ready for date night now.

I feel good.  I am confident that I will lose the 20 pounds necessary to not be “overweight”.  It won’t be easy, but I can do it.

A Walk Around the Block

Due to various staff illnesses, injuries and days off yesterday, I was scheduled to be in the sorting room for 3 hours straight.  That much time in the room is exhausting and you really have to watch for repetitive stress injuries when you’re there so much.

One of my staff noticed that I’d been in the room for awhile and asked if I’d had dinner.  When I said no, she asked if I’d brought anything.  Well… no, but I brought some granola bars.  She ran out and grabbed some Chinese food – her treat!  So sweet!  I ate it in the room at the staff computer because it was slow.

Then an hour later she came back and asked if I’d had my 30 minute lunch break yet.  No, but that’s OK I’d been sitting a lot and it’d been quiet.  She kicked me out!  Told me to go!  When I protested she said “Don’t make me worry about you.  I’m going to pull the mom card.”  So I went for a walk since she’d been nice enough to bring me dinner earlier.

About half way around the block I looked towards the library and noticed 3 or 4 Sheriff’s cars with lights on.  I couldn’t tell if they were parked behind the drugstore or in front of the library, but I worried.  I worried even worse when I realized that I couldn’t take the shortcut path to get back quicker because it had been closed for construction.  I started by walking quicker, but the more I walked the more I worried until I started jogging.  I made it back to the library in no time only to discover that I worried for nothing.  The Sheriffs were at the drugstore.  I wasn’t out of breath or overly sweaty and the staff had no idea of my temporary worry/insanity.

It wasn’t until this morning that I realized that I jogged in public and wasn’t phased by it!  And that I jogged for a couple of minutes without looking like a wrung out rag!  Yay!

C25K – W3D1

For more information about the Couch to 5K training plan visit http://www.c25k.com/

Today’s workout was the most challenging so far.  I started with the normal 5 minute warmup walk, followed by 90 seconds of jogging, 90 seconds of walking, 3 minutes of jogging and 3 minutes of walking.  I had to repeat the jogging/walking cycles once.

The 3 minute jogs were the worst.  My knees didn’t want to bend right, the music on my playlist wasn’t working for me, and I could feel myself sweating.  I hate to sweat when I can feel myself sweating.  It’s odd, I know, but sweating when I’m running around and playing is one thing, sweating when I don’t have anything else to distract myself is another thing altogether.

Either way, I did finish the workout.  No wussing out for me on this one.  I ended up going 1.5 miles during my 23 minute workout.  Not bad for someone who could hardly walk around the block a couple years ago!

Yesterday I had to work, so I didn’t have much time to do any exercising.  Plus, my head hurt (I missed lunch) and could hardly see well enough to cook a decent meal.  DH took me out for sushi instead.  I’ll just freeze some of the chicken or not make the tuna casserole on Friday to makeup for the missed cooking last night.  I did a quick workout with weights after dinner.

Breakfast this morning was a quick parfait thingie: nonfat strawberry yogurt topped with a handful of mini shredded wheat, a few almonds and a banana.  It’s an easy breakfast to make and delicious to eat.  I usually make it with raisins instead of a banana, but I need to eat this fruit before it all goes bad.  You don’t have to use strawberry yogurt; any flavor works, that’s just the flavor I had in my fridge.

 

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