Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Now that summer is fully upon us I’ve found less time to run but way more time to do yard work!  I am hoping stretching to pull weeds counts as some type of abdominal exercise!  The flowers I planted this spring could keep me busy everyday!

I have joined the gym again though; we’ll see how that works for me this time.  I still keep finding myself in this loop of 12 – 18 pounds above my goal weight!  I’ve been there for quite a while I just can’t seem to stick to my diet and keep my exercise as consistent as like I’d like.  Maybe all of these summer vegetables and trips to the farmers market will inspire me to get there.

In the meantime I will keep plugging away and getting out doors as much as possible.  I did finally find a sunscreen that doesn’t make me feel icky too so that helps get me moving on these hot days.  Coppertone Cleary Sheer is a great product.  I’ve always been one to hate having to put on sunscreen but I got some samples of Coppertone from BzzAgent and I have to say I really enjoy the way this feels.  Most leave behind a greasy feeling and a terrible smell but these are light and clean. So while I don’t usually advertise I have to say this one is worth mentioning as we find ourselves outside more and more!  I will really put it to the test in a few days when I go kayaking!  Love the summer fun in the sun!

 

….and she ran

Posted: May 30, 2014 in Cardio
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I’ve never been a runner, didn’t really like the idea of running, and to be honest never really could run.  Something would hurt; usually my lungs first, then my knees, back, feet … something would join in. Truth be told though if the breathing got rough I’d just quit trying.

I woke up yesterday and I had to run / walk / move.  I’ve been having a really rough week and I decided the only way to get out of my head was to get moving.

I started off walking.  Then I ran; I did this for about 30 minutes alternating between the two. From time to time I threw in some planks and jumping jacks but mostly I walked and ran.    I am sure an avid runner would call what I was doing a mere jog and I am certain I looked ridiculous but for me it was a run and I can only assume it will get better as I go!

So off I go to try this again….justrun

I’ve been away from here for quite some time and maybe it’s time to try to get back into it; the blogging that is!  

I have been continuing on my weight loss journey.  So far I’ve gone from the 220+ I started at to just under 170 pounds.  I quit the gym last fall so perhaps I should rename my blog …. although that is how it all began.  

So without further ado here is a pic of me, my folks, my brother and sisters. That’s me on the far left! This was from mid February so I probably should get a more current picture but if you saw my about me page you’ll notice a difference!Image

My mom hit her goal weight a couple months or so ago.  I’ve still got a bit to go! I am so glad spring is here; it’s much easier to get active.  I was at my lowest weight back somewhere around October and have since fluctuated about 5 pounds from there; all in all the maintaining is going okay however I’m not quite to the maintaining stage yet!  

To kick start things I challenged my husband last week to see which one of us can lose the most weight in the next month or so.  This week he won by a small landslide …. but no matter which of us takes off the most weight we both win!

I actually managed to wear the pedometer without resetting it today!

I didn’t remember to put it on until I’d been up for a couple of hours but I kept track from about 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and clocked a surprising 18,119 steps.  I didn’t go out of my way to walk any more than usual.  In fact at the gym I didn’t even use the treadmill (and I missed out on my usual trip to the local grocery).  Can’t wait to see how many steps I take the rest of the week.

 

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I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted and I have so much to tell but I will start with the adventure of my pedometer the past couple of days.  Yesterday I purchased the cheapest one that walmart sells ~ I figured $5 wouldn’t matter if I didn’t like it or lost it right away.

So I put it on my waist as suggested and wore it for a while.  I don’t even remember how many steps it said I’d taken but it seemed off so I decide to count.  It was almost doubling my steps so I then clip it to my sock and try again.  Surprisingly it seemed to work pretty accurately that way ~ you’d think they would suggest this in the packaging!  I don’t know if it’s appropriate to use the pedometer this way but for $5 I am surprised it works at all.

Here in lies my difficulties; I keep resetting it.  Somewhere into several hundred steps today I decide to sit with my leg tucked under me; then I remember I am wearing the silly device!  Sure enough I’d reset it so I decide to sit like a lady again and try again.

lady like

I check it again after 7 hours or so of wearing and it was somewhere over 11,000 steps so I go back to work. After another hour or so I go about fixing the vacuum only to realize I am smashing my pedometer again and sure enough I have reset it!

ugh …. now to try to make it through tomorrow without resetting! Perhaps I will then know how many steps I’ve taken in a day!

I haven’t been to the gym in 5 days!  This is the longest stretch for me since we joined in August.  I have all sorts of excuses I am sure ~ but mostly I’ve just not been there.  Tomorrow, well today since it’s after midnight, I will be going.  I have made some great progress.  My last 6 week assessment had me down another 5 pounds and a bit over an inch in the waist.  I shaved a minute off of my mile test too coming in at 12:59 I was pretty sure I would die a couple of times and my heart rate was too fast but apparently I survived!

tomorrow poster

Ah, it’s been a while since I last posted.  I’ve been working out; in fact I was on vacation last week and still worked out.  I have been trying some of the new exercises I see in magazines or online.  Some of them I really like; the main thing I need to work on is finding a good mix of exercises to do each day.  I don’t want to go in and do the same thing every day but having a good arsenal of different exercises is definitely helpful.

Today I started with a mile on the spinning bike; I’m getting my speed up; I think today it was somewhere in the 2 1/2 minute range.  I’ve gone faster but this was my first move so I didn’t want to over do yet.

I moved on to a half mile on the elliptical with varying resistance.

Next was a half mile on the treadmill; have I mentioned I hate the treadmill?  I started with a moderate walk, then I moved to the highest incline at a slow pace doing lunge steps for about a minute.  I returned to a walk; this time a bit more brisk.  After that 2 minutes running at a 10 – 10 1/2 minute mile pace.  I worked my way through a mixed up routine of walking, running,  and lunge steps until the 1/2 mile had passed; this took about 10 minutes even with the running bursts.

I pushed myself harder than I had in a few workouts.  I did some floor exercises next; I even threw in a couple of rounds of renegade rows with the kettlebells. My abs were screaming so I pushed my self to do a few more crunches, wiggle worms, and planks.

I then did some push ups and some incline sit ups.  At some point I even did some weight work on the arms.  Charles was about done working out but he said he had to do his 21’s first.  I didn’t know what they were so I did them with him.  I used 5 pound weights for standing bicep curls.  I kind of liked the move; I’ve got to add this one in to the mix too!