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Well, week 2 has come and gone.  Was I successful?  Kind of.

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I ran 4 days and was able to finish up weeks 5 and 6 of Couch to 5k (which is the furthest I have ever gone in that program).  I lifted twice during the week.  One of those days was BBB workout A and the other day was a random strength workout with my friend Tracy.  Water is always hard for me to get in over the weekends, so the fact that I did it on Saturday was amazing.  I didn’t get any writing in over the weekend, but I got lots of thinking in.

My workout availability schedule is so crazy that sometimes I have to modify things so they fit into my schedule.  So I didn’t do BBB workout B during week 1 or 2, and only did workout C during week 1.

Overall, I am pretty happy that I decided to do this challenge, although I have realized that if I want a chance to be included in the grand prize drawings, I need to step it up for the remaining weeks.

We start week 3 today.  The workouts for weeks 3 and 4 look TOUGH, but I’m hoping they will challenge me and give me that push I have been looking for.  Goal 1 is remaining the same – drink 8 cups of water every day.  Goal 2 is changing to eat 5 servings of fruits or vegetables every day.

On a personal note, I am hoping to push myself and stop telling myself that I can’t do things.

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Tonight I started back into New Rules of Lifting for Women. I decided to start back at the very beginning, rather than pick up where I left off.

Here is what I learned tonight –

  • I’m a little stronger than I was when I started it the first time.
  • Taking the time to do the exercise correctly will pay off in the end.  Last time, I ended up taking short cuts.
  • I really need to cool down.  My cool down tonight consisted of walking to my car because I was late for supper.
  • I need to just pay attention to what I am doing and not worry about what I look like to the other gym users. (Oh, and I SUCK at push-ups!)

In all, it was a good workout.  I will probably feel it tomorrow, but that’s ok.

*****

Exercises for today: warm-up on spin bike; front squats, push ups, seated row, step-ups, prone jack knife.

Added: toe raises, calf extensions, plank (1:20)

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I seem to do better with a plan.  It must be part of my Type A personality.  I decided that after my half-marathon (on October 6) I would be taking some time away from constant exercise.  So I took most of October off….and my exercise calendar looks really sad because of it.  But I think I needed it.  I needed time to rest, recharge, and find the fun in working out again.

However, there’s only a few days left in October, so I need to create a plan for November.   I have decided to restart Couch to 5k (I never got past week 4 when I tried it before).  I am also going to restart New Rules of Lifting for Women (never got past Phase 2).  As of now, my plan is to do C25k 3 days per week and NR 2 days per week.  Given my schedule at home, I think it’s doable.  If I find time, I am going to bike or pick up a class at the Y.  If I find the inspiration, I might try to do one of the Jilian Michaels DVDs I have sitting around the house.

Considering I took most of October off nutritionally as well, my goal is to get back into eating healthier.  I never stopped tracking, and I tracked about 98% of what I ate, but I didn’t really care if I went over calories for the day.

All that being said, I am surprised that I was able to maintain (within 5 pounds) the weight I was at the beginning of the month.  I take my measurements on the 1st of the month, so I will be interested to see how those changed.  It’s nice to know that I am able to maintain my progress even without obsessing over everything I eat or how much I exercise.

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In January, I started a new way of life.  Nothing dramatic, but it was time for a change.  I decided that I was tired of the way I looked and felt.  I decided to become more active and to eat better.  I signed up for MyFitnessPal; I started a “Biggest Loser” type of competition at my local Y; and went on about my day.

 As I sit here at the beginning of month 8, I decided to look back at what I have done. 

  • Achievement 1 – Weight Loss – to date, I have lost about 30 pounds.  I’m not done yet, and it’s not coming off as fast as I would like, but that’s ok.  Am I eating better?  Mostly.  Can I do better?  Sure, but who wants to give up chocolate?
  • Achievement 2 – Running – to date, I have raced in 2 virtual 5k races and 3 other 5k races.  I am not the fastest runner, but I am working on it.  I will say this though, as much as I like the 5k races with other people, I really like the virtual races.  I don’t feel as much pressure that I am going to be the last one to cross the finish line.  I have at least 3 5k races, a 4-mile virtual race, a 10k, and a half-marathon planned for the next 3 months.
  • Achievement 3 – Weight Lifting – if you had asked me in January to lift weights, I would have headed straight to the machines and gone to work, but not challenged myself.  In April, I decided that I needed more of a challenge.  I poked around on some forums and other websites and found New Rules of Lifting for Women.  I started the program in May and am in the 2nd phase.  I have (mostly) enjoyed what I have learned while doing it.  In addition, I feel stronger and a bit braver…especially those days in which I am the only female in the free weight area.
  • Achievement 4 – Clothing – I have dropped 3-4 sizes since January, depending on the brand, style, and type of clothing.  This has to be one of my biggest complaints – garment manufacturers cannot seem to standardize their sizes.  On top of that, the classic size 8 is not the current size 8 (in my opinion anyway).

 What do I see for myself for the rest of this year?  Here are my goals:

  • Goal 1 – Weight Loss – lose another 10 pounds by the half-marathon, lose remaining weight by the end of the year (but NO LATER THAN March 1).
  • Goal 2 – Activity – stick with workouts.  I have found that it helps me to plan them out for each month.  Then I know what to expect and I can plan the rest of my day with certain expectations.  I also need to find something to train for.
  • Goal 3 – Weight Lifting – finish New Rules of Lifting for Women by the end of the year.  I should be able to accomplish that, unless my half-marathon training interferes too much.  After that program, I need to decide what I am going to do.  I may go back and start over, or I may decide to try something different.  Who knows?

This journey hasn’t been all sunshine and unicorns.  It’s been tough.  I’ve hit a few plateaus.  I’ve struggled with food choices.  There were days that I didn’t want to log everything I ate, but I did anyway.  I made myself accountable to the online friends I had; I made myself accountable to my husband and daughters; and most of all, I made myself accountable to me.  There are a few friends that have stuck with me since the beginning – with weekly weigh-ins that we text to each other, friends that listen to me whine and complain (and then help spur me on), friends that cheer me on when I run.  To them, I say

 thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I would have given up way before this without you.

The end of the Grandview Freedom Run Race (7/4/2012).

Without a doubt, this has been a hard journey (kind of like the race pictured above).  It’s not going to get easier.  I’m lucky that I have a supportive husband and two little girls who think it’s a lot of fun to “exercise” with Mommy on those days I decide a DVD is going to be the extent of my workout.  I’m lucky to have supportive friends.  I’m thankful for those people in cyber-land who run contests, who blog about their efforts, who are always willing to give information to newbies, and serve as inspiration.

As I refocus myself on the rest of the year and the activities I have coming up, I would like to say thank you.  Let’s keep supporting each other.

 

(reblogged from my other blog: jenpeterson.wordpress.com dated 8/1/2012)

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