Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year - 2010!

Happy New Year 2010!

Thanks for being my blogging buddies!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Soft post today!

San Diego was hit by 2 earthquakes this morning. The first one hit around 11:30 a.m. (5.2) and the 2nd hit a few minutes later (4.9). It shook the office pretty good and it caused us to evacuate the building. I hate the feeling of earthquakes but that comes with the package living in California.

After the earthquake the day went fast. Yoga was great and very relaxing.

I will end this blog on that note.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Getting Back On Track!

Today I had to talk with lazygirl about how easy it was to get back on track after Christmas. We talked about our weaknesses over the holiday and what we need to work on before next Christmas. Like I said yesterday my weakness was not controlling my portions. I let my boundaries down in that area so that is going to my focus for the up coming year. I can not use the holidays, birthdays or other celebration as a excuse to overeat.

Easy to get back on track: I believe it was easy for me to get back on track the day after Christmas because of my healthy outlook on life. Over 5 months ago I made a decision to eat healthy, exercise, stop justifying my bad habits and make a monthly plan. Putting my plan on paper has help me get back on track to a healthier me. I still have plenty of work to do in 2010 but the grass is getting greener everyday.

Exercise class today: I had weight lifting today but the instructor focused more on cardio. No complaints from me at all. The workout was tough and it made me sore but that is okay. I am still doing the time because I did the crime. Tomorrow is yoga and I will welcome it with open arms.

New blog: The day after Christmas I started a new blog call "My Life On A Budget In 2010". I decided to create this blog because I need to focus on my spending and saving habits. I have decided to attack my budget the same way I have attack my weight. The same mistakes I made before I started this journey I made with my budget. My mistakes include: not being honest about my saving and spending goals, getting distracted, overspending, not planning, putting my heart before my pocketbook, and not valuing my money. It's the truth and there is a link between obesity and bad financial decisions. So, I am on a budget and my goal is to pay all my credit cards off by the end of April. It feels good to be in control of my health and money.

Education: I was able to registrar for 2 philosophy classes that start next month. I will tackle school the same way I have my weight. It's about balancing it all out with no excuses.

Question of the day: Have you notice a link between obesity and poor spending habits?

Know that my weight is under control I feel the need to get my finances in order. It's a strange connection for me.

Monday, December 28, 2009

I did the crime so I must do the time!

I did the crime so today I had to do the time! This morning I woke up feeling a little larger around the waist. Since I tossed my scale out I had to try on a dress that fit very loose last week. Well, the truth was revealed - a 1 inch waist increase from last week. It wasn't just the cake and ice cream that caused my waist to increase but all the other good stuff and the lack of exercise over the past 2 weeks. My legs and arms did not gain so that made me pretty happy.

I did not feel bad about my increase because I have a healthy plan and outlook on weight. So I decided to go to the gym this morning for a run and this evening for a weight lifting class. I am back on track and I feel totally in control . It's about growth!

Eating this week: I have cut my calories back and returned to my food boundary list. This morning I had oatmeal with dried blueberries and lunch was a turkey sandwich with spinach. I have no problem returning to healthier foods. I realized that my weakness was in the portion control area. I have to admit that my overeating caused my waist increase but I believe by reducing my calories and exercising my waist will decrease within one week. I have work to do!

Exercising this week: This week exercise will consist of 2 weight lifting class, 2 cardio classes and 1 Pilates class. Next month I want to continue to work on my core so I will schedule plenty of classes that focus on the belly.

Question of the day: How did you do in the portion control area? Did you notice a weight gain?

I would like to thank you all again for being my blogging buddies. I wish you all success in 2010 and many years to come. We can all do it!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Out of My System!

It's all over! It's all out of my system! Good-bye to Christmas 2009 and hello 2010!

It's time to move on and look forward. This week I will be planning my goals for next month 1/1/2010-new decade. Next year I plan on setting some new goals that will send me over the top of my previous goals.

One of my goals is to return to that place in the picture -
Puerto Rico. So Robigirl get your passport ready!

Questions of the day: Do you have any 2010 goals?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"Drinking up Life"

Every part of me made it to the gym today. Oh how much I love the gym. I decided to catch a late weight lifting class and it was well worth my time. I really enjoyed the instructor teaching style. She focused on the belly and back fat. Those two areas are my trouble spots. Since this was my first time in this class I decided to set up my weights and step platform in the back of the class. The class was very small because of the holidays. I noticed no one person wanted to stand in the front of the class. So we started and instantly I felt out of place. The back of the class is not for me. I decided to move up front and it felt like I was the only person in class. I think being in the back of the class gives me permission to lag in my workout. When up front I am forced to pushed myself 100%.

Shaking up my workout in 2010: This morning I enrolled in a fencing and soccer class at my local community college. Both classes will run for 14 weeks and they meet 4 hours a week. Okay, fencing has always been my dream but soccer just came out of the blue. I signed up for this class because I want to run and this is the only class that will challenge me in this area. Signing up for classes like this is normal for me according to all my close friends. They think I am crazy but they love my ambition. So I will be a 41 year old running around with young adults. I can not wait.

Encouraging words: I would like to encourage all of my blogging friends to make a list of everything you would love to do before you get to old to do it. Don't wait because you might not get the chance to do it. Two years ago my doctor told me I had a cancerous tumor on my kidney. I could not believe cancer because I was only 39 years old but I had it. My life, my past life and my current life flashed right before my eyes. The first thing that came to my mind was - OMG! I'm not ready to die yet. The second thing that came to my mind was - OMG! why not. I realized that I was not afraid of dying but I was not ready to go. So I ask myself why are you not ready to die yet. I thought-I have not done all the things that I wanted to do in life. So that day my life changed for every. Two days after my surgery to removed the tumor and a portion of my kidney I decided to make a list of all the things I wanted to do. I got to work on doing all the things on my list. This list included things like: taking a ballet class at 280+ pounds, learning Spanish, learning to snorkel, learning to play the piano and guitar, etc. I can go on and on because I keep adding every month. I believe that the tumor was the best thing to happen because it put my life in motion. I realize that waiting to do something was not an option. I truly believe I am living a full life now. My message to you is to live your life now. I look at life like it is a tall glass of ice water-"drink it up"! Don't wait for money, or better weather, or to get skinner because there is no time for that. Make it happen. "Drink it up"!

Exercise tomorrow: Another weight lifting class.

Question of the day: What are you putting off ? What would you like to "drink up"?

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Shaking it up in 2010!

I did not set one food in the gym today. It was my plan to do so (but-I hate that this word is in my vocabulary). I refuse to given an excuse so I will just end it there. Tomorrow is weight lifting.

Looking forward to January:Today I was thinking about my workout plan for January. I want to shake-it-up really good. My plan is to add more Pilates and swimming classes to work the core. Running will also be part of my routine next month. I signed up for a 16 week Fencing class at the local community college that starts the first week of February. I have never taken a Fencing class but it looks challenging. Benefits of fencing include: increase stamina, reduce stress, tones and defines the body, helps develop muscles, improves flexibility and coordination. It sounds like the perfect class.

Question of the day: Are you going to shake-up your workout routine next year?

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Good and Bad Emotions! Food Triggers

All done with my deliveries. I have to admit that it is nice to have a cookie free house again. Those cookies stirred up so many emotions - good and bad.

Good emotions: Keeping my tradition for the ones I love.

Bad emotions: Feeling guilt and shame because I did not want to bake this year. I have to admit that I have not felt these two emotions in over 5 months. Today I made a promise never to allow guilt and shame to enter my life again. My connection to food can be very emotional. I am very happy that these emotions came out because I need to deal with them to create a better me.

New traditions: My goal next year is to come up with a new tradition that has nothing to do with food at all.

Trigger points: PrettyWoman wrote on my blog about food triggers. I have to agree with her that there are foods that will set my binge radar off. I ate 4 cookies yesterday and to my surprise I did not feel the need to binge but the feeling of guilt appeared. The feeling of guilt - it was the worst feeling but I talked my way through it. The cookies also made my body feel sluggish and gross. Maybe the sluggishness triggered the guilt because I did not feel guilty until my body started to responded the sugar. It's confusing! My goal is to stay away from these kinds of food.

Back to the real world: My plan is to work out everyday this week. I can not wait to workout tomorrow.

Question of the day: Do you have a food that sets off your trigger point?

My trigger foods are rice, pasta and cheese. I can binge for days on these three foods. My goal next year is to work on my binging behavior when it comes to these foods. I would love to bring these foods back into my house again. If you have any tips for me please share. Thanks so much!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Baking in the name of Tradition and Love!

Today I baked in the name of tradition. Yes! Those are cookies but let me x-plain. Early this week I received 3 calls from three of my friends kids (young adults) asking me "are you going to bake up your world famous Christmas cookies this year? We have been waiting for them since last week. My heart went to mush because I have known these young people since the ages of 3, 9, and 12 years old. I could not believe that these kids know ages 20, 25, and 30 still wanted my cookies. They said it has been a tradition for them and they look forward to my cookies every year. So of course I could not disappoint my kids. I thought this is not about me and my diet but about my tradition that I started many years ago all in the name of love. The meaning of Christmas is my tradition that I have given to others.

My trip to the store: This time the trip was different because I thought about all the people that love my Christmas cookies and the tradition. I realized that people depend and look forward to traditions and they miss it when it's gone. So when I was tossing the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, butter, oatmeal and chocolate chip in the cart I was not thinking about myself but about my love for family and friends. I can not run from that.

Baking experience: At home in my kitchen I turned on our local Christmas station and pulled out the KitchenAid mixer and baking pans and start making cookies. It was the most wonderful time ever. I was really baking with love. The house smelled so good it made me think about my childhood traditions and how much I looked forward to them. It feels like Christmas now.

Delivery in the name of Love: Tomorrow I will finish baking and make my deliveries. Thanks to my kids for showing me what Christmas is all about this year.

Spa day: Going to the spa today for a 1 hour massage. I need it because my body is still sore from running uphill this week. Can not wait!

To all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Slow Climb with a Fast Fall!

Big Thank You: I would like to thank you all for commenting on my shrinking shoe size. You guys confirmed that I was not crazy after all. I can not believe I was a lady with fat feet. Fat finds the strangest places to call home. Once again thanks!

Uphill running was a downhill struggle: Today I found out how hard it is to run uphill. I set my treadmill on a 4 incline level and started the run. Let's just say, I was down after 28 seconds. The incline kicked my butt and took me out for the rest of the day. I think I have met my match in the exercise department. Running uphill is a major challenge and I want it to be part of my workout routine next month. After my uphill down fall I decided to run on the treadmill for 10 minutes without stopping. It went very well. I ended my run at a mile. My next run is scheduled for Friday.

It's time for me to rest my body so I will end here.

Question of the day: Have you tried running uphill?

To all have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Smaller Shoe Size! Flipping Off

Many things to write about today. Fatgirl appeared again!

Shoe size: Yesterday I was walking to work from the parking garage when I noticed my shoes slipping off of my feet. The walk was very hard and uncomfortable because I had to hold my shoes on with my toes. When I made it into the office I took the shoes off to examine them. The shoes appeared to be okay and they had there shape. My coworker walked in and I told her about my shoe issue. She informed me that my shoes are probably to big now because of my weight loss. I look at her like she was crazy and said please explain. She said the belly is not the only thing that shrinks. So I decided to try on another pair of shoes and found that they are big as well. I could not believe this because I have never lost this much weight. I guess it's time to buy new shoes because all my work shoes are flipping off my feet. This is very strange but it is real!

Running uphill: Yesterday I ran on the treadmill with two of my buddies for over a mile. My friend told me to run on an incline but I decided to do a little research on running on an incline before I tried it. I wanted to know the benefits of running uphill and man there are many reasons to run uphill. I read uphill running is similar to weight training. The gluts, hamstrings, and calves are the targeted muscles when running up hill. Tomorrow I will run on an incline to see how my body reacts to it.

The return of Fatgirl: So I blogged about baking my famous Christmas cookies for my family and friends this year. My plan was to bake with no worries of binging. For 3 days I went back and forth about baking. One side of me did not want to bake because of my new healthy life and the other side was like bake for the ones you love. I was being pulled in both directions and I started to feel guilty about not wanted to bake this year. Baking has been a Christmas tradition for over 10 years and I loved it up until this year. So I decided to but my healthy feelings aside and bake because it's for my friends. I went to the store and tossed apples, bananas, pears, grapes, and veggies in my cart. When I got to the baking section my heart started to beat really hard and I felt like a "dead man walking". I stopped in front of the sugar and frowned-toss in cart, stopped in front of flour and frowned-toss in cart, and I stopped in front of the chocolate chips and frowned-tossed in cart. As I was walking away from the baking sections I felt mad, depressed, and once again guilty for thinking about buying this junk food. As I turned the corner it hit me - you don't need to bake those cookies to show your family and friends how much you love them for the holiday. So, I called up Skinnygirl and she told me to grab the fruits/veggies and get the heck out of that store. I abandon that cart full of junk foods and ran out of the store after paying for the healthy foods without looking back. It felt amazing! Fatgirl was trying to come back in my life through the cookies. It was a battle that I have not had to deal with for months. Skinnygirl gave me alternatives that had nothing to do with food. My plan is to give flowers with a nice card. I realized that I am a different person this year and I can not ignore the fact that I am a healthier person. Fatgirl is not dead but now I can battle it out with her as long as Skinnygirl is on my side. I do not want to scare my blogging friends away when I talk about my battle between Fat girl and Skinny Girl but these two are part of my life. Skinnygirl is 98% me but Fatgirl is still around to cause problems. If you would like to understand my battle you can refer back to my July and August postings. It took me about a month to figure them out.

Question of the day: Have you had a reduction in shoe size?

Have a wonderful day!

Question of the day: Have you noticed a reduction in your shoe size?


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Just running in!

Run Schedule: This week my plan is to run 3 days. I like to set the treadmill at 15 minutes and workout like this: walk 5 minutes, run 5 minutes and sprint 5 minutes. It's one heck of a workout. Running is not as hard as I thought. It is a mind game. I don't feel as sore as I did when I first started so that is a good thing. I will run Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. My schedule will also include 15 minutes of spinning and 15 minutes of upper body workout.

Night sit ups: My sit up routine has gone from 20 to 30 nightly. My tummy is toning up and to my surprise my back fat is melting off. I hate back fat.

Signing out!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Shrinking Closet! Another Goodwill Run

Another "Goodwill" run! This morning was my 4th closet and drawer clean out. This time I have over 100 article of clothes to donate today. This donation is bitter sweet not because I have to give up these larger sizes but because Sunday I heard that our local Goodwill and Salvation Army shops are low on plus size clothes. This is not good for the county but if there is a need I am happy to donate.

In my area town there are less obese people but when I travel to the rural areas I see more obese people and the reason for the demand. I love my area because over 75% of the people are in shape and they appear to care more about their health. There are 6 fitness centers and the YMCA within 1 mile of my house. This area offers many healthy style restaurants and grocery stores. I think the area matters.

Sabotaging your health: My coworker formally known as "lazygirl" decided two months again to follow in my foot steps to live healthier. Her goal was to eat better (set food boundaries) and exercise. She has lost 12 pounds since late October and she looks really good. She is exercising but for the past 2 weeks her eating has been off. Yesterday, she wanted to justify her reasons for eating badly but I told her that I did not want to hear her excuses. I told her that she was a "health sabotager" (that is my new word-not in the dictionary) and I did not want to participate in the crime. Lazygirl loves to talk about her failures and she seem to have them all the time. For her, when things are going well she gets afraid and do something like eating a bag of cookies or fried tacos so she can feel good about herself. I told her that she is the most annoying person and her failures are getting on my nerves. This comment might sound mean to people who don't know me but my friends know that I love them. I am honest when it comes to life and bad behaviors. I believe if you don't know wrong that it is not your fault but if you do and you continue to make bad decisions it is up to you to own your behavior and make it better. Lazygirl knows better because of her weight reduction, higher energy level and better sleeping patterns. So when I heard that she was sabotaging her health I got angry because I care. I told her to regroup and stop with the bad behavior and come back to me in 3 weeks with a new out look on life. I also told her that she need to design her own plan because my plan is designed around my needs and life. I have owned my past behavior and my health design for a better me. Making a plan is "lazygirl" problem and that is why she named herself lazygirl. I think being lazy is one of the top 5 reasons why obesity is growing in America. So, at this point lazygirl has to make a decision not to be a health sabotager. She agreed with me and hope to stop the behavior soon.

Weekend plans: Going shopping for Christmas this weekend for my family and friends. I want to get it over with because next weekend is going to be crazy around here. I have a short list because most of my friends want my world famous cookies. I don't think it will be hard for me to bake cookies because I know the recipe very well so I will not have to taste test them. I will limit myself to 4 cookies this year. I am also making some gifts in a jar like: hot cocoa and snowy trail mix in a bag. Can't wait for Christmas!

Exercise plans: Off day today. Tomorrow running with my new stop watch that my best friend got me for Christmas. It's in my top 10 of best gifts ever. Its very high tech and it exercise my brain just to get it to work last night. Got it! Thank you my friend.

Question of the day: Do you have an all time favorite Christmas gift?

I have a few:

Orange Huffy 10 speed bike - age 12 - I had it for 1 month before some person stole it from in front of the grocery store. That was the last bike bought by my mom. It was my fault!

Metal Roller Skates - age 7 - Old school skates with the metal wheels. Scary to think about.

Tiffany necklace - age 39 - My friend bought it for me after my kidney surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. The necklace is in the shape of a kidney bean. It touched me heart.

To all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Scale Is Trash Again! Tossing It Out For Good

Today was a lovely sunny and cold day. No rain or power outages in my area. All the down trees and other debris has been removed. The day started and ended on a very happy note.

Putting the scale in the trash: Today I want to talk about how important it is for me to stay off the scale. This morning I woke up feeling very skinny so I decided to jump on the scale. It showed weight (muscle weight) gain of 5 pounds. I was numb to the number because I new the weight was not fat. It was from muscle because of my two weight lifting classes per week. But, what if I was not aware that my body was heavier because of the muscle. I would have been crushed so that is why I don't rely on the scale numbers. My clothes tell me all that I need to know about my weight. My clothes are still falling off and I look so lean and tall. Lifting has been the key to my success. So I tossed the scale out for good. It's out of my house and my life. It's not needed anymore. The mirror will tell me. My family and friends will tell me. The scale is trash and is not my friend!

Exercise today: Lifting was good today with all the lunges. My instructor went off again on us like a crazy women. OMG! The lunges and squats hurt so bad. All the folks in class had mean faces but we all pushed hard.

Exercise tomorrow: My run day. I am going for that mile again. Doing a few sprints made the routine tomorrow. My friend is going to run with me. She is a skillful runner so I will have a little competition. I have seen her run for over an hour so she will push me.

Eating factor: That area is going very well. I am not sure what to eat before and after a run so if you guys have any suggestions please share. A coworker told me to eat carbs before my run and protein after the run. My plan is do research it tomorrow.

2010 Vacation: Very excited because in March I will be sailing off on an 8 day cruise to Mexico. This is not my first but it feels good to have something really cool to look forward too. The difference about this vacation is, it is not an incentive for me to drop weight like it has been in the past. My health and life was the incentive for me to go on my journey. It feels good!

Monthly awareness: Living a healthy life has to be for you. No other person or thing should be my motivator. Realizing that I had to design my own workout and eating plan for it to work was key. Yes picking up a diet book or magazine was the easy way but it was not my plan. This has been an experience for me and my life is better for it. It's about owning it all.

Question of the day: Have you had an awareness since your journey begun?

Thank you all again for being my blogger friends and leaving comments. Your comments help me on my journey.

Take care and have a wonderful week!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor winds, nor snow could keep me from the gym but the power outage did!

According to the singing group Tony!, Toni!, Tone! - "It Never Rains in Southern California" well let me tell you. Today we had rain, sleet, wind, snow (San Diego mountains about a 40 minute drive) and wind. The temperature is about 53 degrees. This heavenly mess started around 3 a.m. and has not stopped one time. The rain at times was coming down in sheets. We all looked and felt like Mr. Birdie today!

There has been over 300 car accident report and 300 that has not been reported. All day at work I could hear people screaming while running to their cars. The emergency services have been running back and forward all day. If I sound like a complainer please believe I am not but this city only see rain about 6 days out of the year and most of the time it comes down at night. We need the rain and I have enjoyed watching it from the window. Thanks to heavens for bringing us rain but why a power outage.

Rain vs. Gym vs. Power Outage: Okay, I was not going to allow rain, sleet, winds, or the snow keep me out of the gym today. My mind was on it and ready for it until it happen. The 'Power Outage' 30 minutes before my class. All the lights went out in the area and the gym is not on a back up system. I, no, no. It took me a moment to come back to myself and move to plan B. I decided to go home pull out my jump rope and 8 pound weight and exercise. It was fun and after that I hopped on the couch for a rest. I think the power outage was a blessing because I needed to get off the road so it all workout for the best. Lesson learn is always have a plan B & C during rain storms.

My 20 crunches before bed: I have been doing 20 crunches before bed for about 4 days and let me tell you that my abdominal are getting strong and my belly is flatten out. I am shock how fast and easier the routine is getting. Tonight my plan is to do 25 + 1 for the road.

Loving the runner in me: Saturday I was so excited about my run. My plan was to run 8 minutes without stopping and I did that plus more. I ran a mile in 17 minutes. I walked about 4 minutes of the 17 and I sprinted 3 minutes as well. I love sprinting and it was easy. Running is my new love. Side Bar: The shoes are working out great. No shin splints or blisters. These are the best shoes ever. My next run is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Exercise tomorrow:
Weight lifting

Question of the day: How do you stay motivated to do exercises during the winter months?

Thanks for your feedback!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

New Respect for Food! Letting My Boundaries Down

Wow! You guys like to run. I really enjoyed reading all your comments and I feel more inspired to continue running. I am still on a runners high so thank you all again.

Today I woke up and felt the new runners pain in the back of my legs. It was a good feeling and my legs felt toner and stronger. I actually wanted to run again this morning but I don't want to over work my body. Taking time off is important for the body and I have to remind myself that every once and awhile.

Massage Day: The nice thing about today was my scheduled 1 hour deep tissue massage. It was what the doctor, the mother, the father, and the holy spirit ordered. Sorry for going a little crazy for a moment. Heather is her name and she was amazing. She massaged every sore spot that I had right out of my body. When she was done I felt no pain at all. She used her entire body to work the knots out. I recommend you guys find the time to treat yourself to a massage at least once a month. You guy deserve it. I am a member of Massage Envy and I have to say that it is the best investment that I can give myself. The membership is $49.00 per month and that includes 1 prepaid massage per month and any additional massage per month cost $29.00 each. The massage techs are good but it took me about 3 months to find Heather. It's a great way to pamper yourself on a budget. I also treat myself once a month to a Vichy Shower and massage at one of the local resorts. Now, the Vichy Shower is the very best and very relaxing. You will feel clean for about 3 days.

A.M Workout: Today was my weight lifting class. The instructor focused on toning the butt and legs. I don't want to think about doing squats and lunges until next week. Tomorrow is an off day.

Ice Cream - You'll Scream: Yes! I must admit to all my blogging friends that I did it. I let my food boundaries down and had 1 cup of chocolate ice cream w/nuts. It was not a moment of weakness or emotional eating. I just wanted to enjoy the taste of ice cream for 20 minutes. This was my first taste in over 4 months and yes it was really good and so amazing. It was a little sweet but that is because I have been off of sweets for a long time. The difference this time is that I had no guilt and after eating it I was satisfied. I instantly thought "I don't need to eat ice cream again for another 4 months". I love this feeling, eating without shame! This is a true sign of healing and respect for food.

Question of the day: How do you pamper yourself?

Thanks again for all your comments. Have a great and safe weekend.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Runner in Me!

First, I would like to send out a big thank you to my blogging friends. Your comments mean so much to me and I cherish all of you so much.

Today was a great workout day because instead of doing Yoga I decided to hit the treadmill for a run. This of course was not planned but this morning I felt the need to run. It was a desire deep in my soul.

Okay, I have to admit that my feet have not touched a treadmill in over a year and running has not been part of my workout on a regular basis. OMG! when I hit the treadmill my heart started to sing a very happy song. My goal was to run for only :30 seconds - okay I can see the confused looks right about now but that was my goal. My workout buddy had the shock and awe look but she said okay, "I support you and and your :30 second run". Okay here we go! I started the run and before I knew it :30 seconds, 1 minute, 3 minute, 5 minute had gone bye, bye. When the time hit 6 minutes my face lit up like fireworks on the 4th of July. I thought, "Wow! me running without stopping, without being out of breath, without feeling like passing out, without giving up. No not me but yes it was me and I made it to 7 minutes with stopping. The first 3 minutes was a walking warm up. I could not believe my eyes and my workout buddy was very happy for me. My day was totally made and what a high.

Now to the serious runner 7 minute is nothing but to me that was like running up Mt. Rainier. My plan going in was to set the timer at 10 minutes, walk for the first 3 and break the last 7 minutes into :30 second run/walk intervals. But to my surprise I ran for the entire 7 minutes. So, I have decided to run every Wednesday and increase my time by 1 + minute. My goal is to run for 15 minutes without stopping. I will be running out of my comfort zone for the month.

Today as I was surfing the Internet I came across a beginners running schedule. The picture is above. According to the chart I am at the 4th week beginners level because I ran for 7 minutes. I will continue to follow this chart for 26 weeks in hopes of running a race. According to the chart at the end of 26 weeks I should be running 120 minutes without stopping. I am up for the challenge. Just for fun I included the running shoes that kicked it all off today. These shoes are very light and comfortable. I feel and look like a true runner!

The Food of Life:
-Breakfast: Oatmeal w/dried blueberries and milk
-After workout: 2 boiled eggs and apple
-Lunch: Shredded Brussels Sprouts w/chopped turkey
-Dinner: Steamed red potatoes with broccoli

Nightly Exercise:
-20 sit ups
My plan is to do 20 sit ups every night this month. Last night was rough but I made it.

Question of the day: How many minutes can you run without stopping?

Good things come slow - especially in distance running."
- Bill Dellinger, Oregon coach

All have a wonderful and powerful day!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My Life On Paper! New Month,New Plan

New month comes a new plan. I went back and forth on how to tackle the month of December. My first plan was to overload myself with double class per day but I thought that would be real crazy so I tossed out that plan. My second plan was to design each week around a workout theme like: 1st week would be all about cycling, the 2nd week week would be all about boot camp, 3rd week would be all about aqua and so on. I have to say that it sound good in my head but it looked crazy on paper. So after destroying a few trees I decided to keep my workout this month very simple. My plan was to focus on basic workouts that included agility training at least once a week. I also wanted my plan to be manageable for the upcoming holidays.

My life on paper: I am a true weirdo but I love to see my life of paper. Putting my life on paper holds me accountable to living life. I like to divide my life into 3 categories: exercise/health, social, and future. You might notice that exercise/health comes first because when my health is good that means my social life and future will be good as well.

My workout plan:
Monday-Core Central x 4 days per month
Tuesday-Weight Lifting x 5 days per month
Wednesday'-Yoga/Pilate's x 5 days per month
Thursday-Core Central x 3 days per month
Saturday- Agility Training x 3 days per month-includes:line and z drills, sprinting, jumping rope

My monthly exercise goals:
-reduce my waist by 4 inches
-increase weights
-15 minute abdominal workout before bed
-improve speed
-improve stamina

My monthly food goals:
-continue to control my portion sizes
-limit my cheese intake
-add new vegetable per week
-add 1 meatless night per week

My monthly pamper goals:
-2 deep tissue massages
-4 hour day at the spa - Christmas present to self

My monthly social goals:
-Christmas plays
-Flower photo shoots
-Fun with friends and family
-Continue to blog

That is the plan for month. I like it!

Question of the day: Do you have a plan for this month?

I would love to hear your feedback! Have a wonderful day.