Thursday, May 31, 2012

Last Day of May

I just thought I would write a quick post and update my dear readers on how my work out plan is going. Well, I haven't been running much the past week and a half/two weeks. I tried the other day got about a mile and a half in and had to stop. I have trouble with endurance when the humidity reaches 70% and higher. My energy just saps, my breathing becomes harder and going just one more step seems nearly impossible.  So I'm going to have to plan my outside runs on days when humidity is lower. High temps don't seem to bother me much, but when we get "the air you can wear." Ugh.  I may start running later in the day instead of the will be hotter, but humidity is less.  As long as I stay hydrated I'll be fine.
On a plus side, I've been going to my church's gym and working out since Tuesday this week.  How awesome is it that my church has a free gym with a weight room and cardio room for their members.  They may not have the number of machines that other gyms have, but it's there and available for use from 8am- 4:30pm(I think) Monday through Friday.
Another disadvantage is no personal trainers, but there is a lady who uses what she learned and encourages everyone in their own journeys. I don't see nothing wrong with it as long as it's general advice.

So, I've been doing 30 minutes on a cardio machine (options here are treadmill, bike, or elliptical) then 8x up and down 2 flights of stairs, then weights(alternating upper body and lower body each day). Since it is small gym if there is more then a couple people there you end up waiting for equipment.  I don't mind, it gives me a chance to catch my breathe.

Tomorrow starts Juneathon and I'll be blogging about my run/workout everyday for the month of June. I love activities that involve accountability. That's why I like challenges. Especially ones where there is no winning or losing, just personal growth. Like the one Tiffany from The Gracious Pantry has started on Facebook.  It all started with a friendly competition between her and a friend. Now, it's grown into a group of currently 352 participants on Facebook. The challenge starts Monday and lasts 3 or 6 months, however long you want to go for. I decided on 6 months, because I want to look great by my birthday in November and I'm hoping to better my consistency with eating clean and working out. No more of doing really good for a few weeks then stopping, rinse and repeat. Anyway, if you're interested just go to the group page on Facebook and join in.

Well dear readers, it's time to put on my workout clothes and get my sweat on. I hope you all have a great day.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Yay it's Friday

I've done well this week. I've ran 4.67 miles, I've mowed about an acre of yard, I've burned approximately 1,919 calories. Oh well that should be more, I did pitch baseball to my middle son some last night. We had fun, even though the little brat hit me in the head with the ball. I'm fine, no bruises thanks to the cap I was wearing(I think the bill of the cap took the brunt of it). We laughed about it so it's all good.

I was browsing challenges on Tribesports this morning and came across one called Juneathon.  It's a challenge where you log a run (or a workout) and blog about it everyday in June.  I thought it sounded right up my alley, so I signed up. If you're interested in trying it go to the Juneathon website, read the rules and join.

Well I've got to make this one short as I have to leave to watch youngest son's field day at school. He's looking  forward to me being there as I've missed most of them due to work the past few years. Have a wonderful weekend dear readers.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Halfway Through

It's Wednesday so the weeks half over, Yay!
I'm doing okay on exercise this week, so far. I've done Supreme 90 days Monday and this morning. I ran 2.67 miles yesterday. According to I've burned 705 calories this week. I think it's awesome since I've still got the rest of today, tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday to go through.

Not much else to blog about really. I drank a bodybyVi  shake after my workout this morning. I tried a small sample at a woman's ministry banquet at church a couple weeks ago and thought it was pretty good. I was thinking this morning how yummy it would be to mix it with milk and ice in a blender and have a cold milkshake.  I really like and am trying to decide if I could justify the cost and try their 90 day challenge. Not sure, because I really do like to eat my meals rather then drink them. I do think the shakes are good for post workout or a snack or if you have to have something in a hurry. They're yummy too, much better then Slim-fast.

Anyway, not trying to sell, just procrastinate a bit before I go and mow our behemoth of a yard. 1.3 acres and uphill both ways, with a push mower. I look at it as a great leg workout and really need to get it done before it reaches jungle status. We're at 79 degrees now, suppose to reach 86 (I bet we hit 90). At least the humidity is only 49% right now. I love hot weather. My mother-in-law is visiting us and since she's overweight and gets hot easily we've been keeping the house rather cool. I keep having to go outside and thaw out. I love that she finally got a chance to visit us after living here 4 years now, but I have to say I'll be glad when she goes home so that I can get my home at a more comfortable temp for me.
Anyway have a great day dear readers, I plan to.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Summer Plans

Well, I made it through finals and did well in most of my classes except for Organic Chemistry. I'm going to have to retake that one this fall. I was going to do it this summer but I didn't have the financial aid available to take any classes.

So I'm making my summer plans and here they are:

  1. Find part time work
  2. Begin a 10k training plan
    • I would really like to run a 10k this year, plus this would help my 5k times.
    • I'm going to use this plan from Hal Higdon 
  3. Strength train at least 3x a week.
    • I'm going to use Supreme 90 Day for this.
  4. Fix my diet
    • It's definitely broken. I've been eating way too much processed foods, sugar and junk lately. My gardens are beginning to produce so lots of fresh veggies are beginning to come my way. I'm going to try and grow more this year, changing what I plant with the seasons. Where I live about the only time you cannot grow something is January and February. Even then you still may be able to coax some greens to grow even then as long as you have something to protect them from the few days of freezing we get.
  5. Have fun
    • I'm not taking classes this summer so I have more time to spend with the kiddies. I plan on using some time each day to play with them. They're getting older (I'll have two in high school in August, how did that happen?) and I need to make the most of this time.
    • We're also making tentative plans to take a long weekend and go to a river this summer. We've never taken time for just the six of us. It's always been visiting family. Then we get stuck helping others and the whole weekend has been wasted and we come home feeling dejected and so glad to be away from everyone. So we want to take a mini-cation; camping, fishing, swimming, doing whatever we feel like. Without the pressures of others trying to dictate how we should spend our limited time.  Since were we plan on going will be near relatives, we plan on not telling anyone when or where. I'm so looking forward to it.
So far that's all I have. A fairly relaxing couple of months then I kick back in high gear to finish my last few semesters of college.