Friday, September 23, 2016

My Week in Workouts

I had a fairly good workout week. Mixed it up a bit, lifted some heavy weights and felt pretty strong.

Saturday, I had to attend an event at Dan's library. Yes, I had to give up BodyCombat class in order to attend a work-like event that I didn't even get paid for. But Dan planned this program and wanted me there, and supporting your husband even though Saturday BodyPump is your favorite thing of the week, is what marriage is all about, I guess! So I got Tracy to run with me in the morning. I knew that if I was on my own, I wouldn't have worked out before the event and I probably wouldn't have worked out afterward. It was a nice cool morning, but the humidity was still 94%. What is up with that? Is it always that humid and I just forget? Again, it didn't make us any faster. But it was a nice run. We only walked 4 times, which seems like an improvement.

So Sunday I really wanted to take a BodyCombat class. It is at 1:00. That's a hard time to know what and how much to eat. Around 11 o'clock I had a bagel and cream cheese. This seems like enough time to digest. It seems like carbs would be the best for my stomach. But within 15 minutes of class starting, I had severe stomach cramps. Like what I used to call ovary pain. Lower than my actual stomach. This used to happen when I would run. Maybe from running too fast. Maybe from dairy. I never did figure it out. But it was so painful. I attempted to power through for another 15 minutes, but I couldn't jump and I wasn't getting the most out of class, so I left after 30 minutes. Luckily, I wasn't in pain when I wasn't doing cardio. So I stayed for another 40 minutes doing some shoulder and bicep work. I did all 5x5 with heavy weights and felt really strong afterward.

Monday, I wanted to do a workout outside that I could involve Dan in. He likes to walk on the trail as I run ahead. It was 80 degrees and I was interested in how hard that would be. But it was only 50% humidity and it was so much easier than all those morning runs with 90-95% humidity. I wish I could teach Tracy that so she would meet me in the evening. But at least I can get back to my evening run. I have been avoiding it because of the "heat" but now I remember that the heat isn't the problem. I did the 4:1 intervals. It felt so much easier, but I only shaved three seconds off my time. So that is actually surprising to me.

Tuesday was my rest day. I made sure to get my 13,000 steps in though. I am really rocking my Stepbet. Though it does take a night walk to get that many steps. I can't just sit around work all day and then sit on the couch.

Wednesday I ended up taking a two hour nap in the evening. I don't know why I'm so tired. But I didn't get a workout in.

Thursday I did chest/tricep day. I mixed it up with some half mile runs and a lot of heavy 5x5 weights. I felt strong again. 

Friday I was off of work, so I was able to take a BodyCombat class. This one went much better than earlier in the week. And I finished up with some back work.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Weigh-in Wednesday

Lowest Weight: 7 pounds from goal
Average Weight: 7.7 pounds from goal

This is only a .1 pound loss this week. But I am not going to let that set me back. I have had an absolutely perfect week. In fact, I have had 16 perfect days in a row. And during the month of September, I have had 19 perfect days so far. I am more determined than ever.

Really, I don't know what is going on with my scale. It was n it's way down Thursday through Sunday and then started creeping up a bit, even though my food was perfect. It's hard to tell with things like this. Maybe hormonal, maybe sodium, maybe weather. It has gotten hot the last few days and I haven't slept well and I feel bloated and greasy all the time because of it. Anyway, I am hoping for a big drop soon.

In the last few weeks my average has gone: 9 -- 7.8 -- 7.7. So if I could see a six here soon, that would be some perfect progression. Really, losing .5-.75 pounds a week is all I can ask for at this point.

However, I have some tough times coming up. I work a half day tomorrow and then I am off for a five day weekend! It's Dan and I's anniversary. We have some fun things planned, but mostly staying at home. My uncle is flying in from California on Friday, so we will spend most of the weekend and lots of time next week with my family. That' always the hardest place for me to make good choices. Plus, he'll want to go out to eat a bunch, and local places, that don't post calories. At one point I thought I would take a brief counting break over my holiday, but now I am so determined to keep things going. I don't want to break my streak. I know that I can celebrate my anniversary with a delicious steak or Goodcents sandwich, stay on track and still be just as happy.

The good news is: good weather and lots of workout time.

Man, I just want to see a five on that scale this week.

Monday, September 19, 2016

My Week in Workouts

I had a pretty slow week for workouts. My body was exhausted on Tuesday and I ended up taking three days off to take a nap after work or just relax. But it was probably good for me. Because rest days are just as important as work days.

Saturday I kicked off the week with my favorite workout: BodyCombat and shoulders. The gym was dead because the Husker game was early in the day. But I wouldn't give up this routine.

Sunday, I put the gym off until the afternoon. I thought the Seahawks were playing on TV so I had planned on running a couple miles on the treadmill and then doing some leg work. I never did find the seahawk game, but I do the incredibly boring two miles. I jumped off for just a second to get a drink about half way though. Otherwise, I ran most of it. And that's not a bad time. I mean, it's not a great time. But I have been walking so much lately that anything under 13-minute miles looks good.

I had to work Monday evening, which gave me the morning free. After I got up and saw Dan off to work, I headed to a new trail and tried to run on my own. Knowing that I had just run two miles, I of course wanted to make myself do that. But then I talk myself out of it. Running becomes too much pressure. So I decided I would work on running intervals. I thought about 4:30/:30 but that wasn't enough recoop time. So I settled on 4:00/1:00 run/walk. I thought that would be easy. But it wasn't. The first one was easy. After 4 minutes I usually have plenty of juice in the tank, but by the end of the third, I was tired and breathing hard. It was because I was running faster during those 4 minutes though. I always hold some back knowing I want to run as much as possible. Also the course was super-sunny and I wasn't familiar with where to turn around and ended up doing several back and forths. But my time is the fastest solo-run I've done this fall. 

Friday night I had plenty of free time but not a lot of energy. I went for a four mile walk around Holmes Lake. I didn't wear my heartrate monitor. I didn't worry about speed. I just enjoyed my surroundings. And then I got shot... more on that later!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Views from our Walks

I have been skipping some workouts lately. But I have still gotten all my steps in. Dan has begun playing Pokemon Go, which rewards players for walking around and capturing creatures at different locations. So many nights of the week, I end up tagging a long to places we walk around. Eventually I started playing because if I am going to be walking along, I might as well know what he's talking about. And actually (though there is not a real point to it) it has been something fun we do together and now I know what my teens are talking about.

The best part, well maybe other than spending quality time with my husband, and getting in all my steps for the day, is that we're exploring interesting part of our city. And the views are wonderful.

A couple of times we have walked around Holmes Lake. This lake is like a three minute drive from our house, right in the middle of the city. Until I started dating Dan I had never actually seen the lake. I had heard it existed, but didn't realize it's beauty. It's got a  great limestone trail that goes around it. The whole walk is 2.35 miles. There is a pretty big hill around one side and not a lot of shade, making it a difficult place to run. But I am thinking of going back there to do an evening (dusk) run by myself. Here is how beautiful it is at sunset!

Another place I have never been is Wyuka Cemetery. People talk about walking around in there, or going for tours because famous people are buried there. Famous for Nebraska, I mean. But cemeteries creep me out. And walking on the grass where people are burried creeps me out even further. This one is different. There are these beautiful streets, that hardly any cars drive down. 

I think I will have our annual anniversary picture taken here. I love those brick roads.

There's also a lovely pond. And these two Swans live there. I thought they had just flown by, but later people told me that their wings are clipped and they live there. How gorgeous. 

While we stood on the bridge overlooking this pond, a boy came up to us and told us the story of the Ugly Duckling. But he didn't know it was called that. Just that he had heard a story of a swan before. He was born and he looked different than his brothers and sisters. And they thought he was ugly. And that made him sad. But he grew up to be beautiful. Have you heard that one?

We also like to walk over to the Retirement Community just on the main street by where we live. They have a wonderful pond you can sit by and walking trails around it. I don't really know if we're allowed to be there, but it's not like we're causing any harm. I can always say "I'm looking for places for my mom!"

Sometimes I just go running down the trail and Dan follows behind me doing Pokemon things. But it's a great way to get him up early for a run.

And finally, one of Dan's favorite places to get Pokemon resources is a little private collage campus not too far from us. College campuses that aren't universities are always better than what I was used to in college. This one has this amazing waterfall. I can sit by it for an hour. I want this in my backyard. 

It's amazing what is out there in our own city. Walking doesn't have to be boring. On a treadmill or just around our boring neighborhood. There are so many breath-taking views out there to explore. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Weigh-in Wednesday

Lowest Weight: 6.6 pounds from goal
Average Weight: 7.8 pounds from goal

I had a perfect week and it showed up on the scale. I am down 1.6 from my lowest weight and 1.2 from my average weight. I say it over and over again, but consistency is the key. I have had nine perfect days in a row. And besides one slip on, I have had 15 days since I really buckled down. You know... this time!

And the best part is, I am eating 1900 calories a day. That's a lot. I am never hungry and I almost always get some kind of treat like donuts or a peanut butter cup or at the very least chocolate milk. Please don't tell 1200 calorie me that I could have been eating so much more. If only I understood carbs and proteins.

But staying consistent is hard. Right now, I feel super determined. Week days are pretty easy for me. It doesn't get difficult until the weekend comes. And I've got a lot of will power right now, so hopefully I will power right through this weekend. And then next week will come. And maybe I'll be down to 4 pounds from goal. And then I am taking a 5 day vacation for my anniversary. Boom, I am back to where I started. And then my uncle is coming to town. Now I am up a pound. And then my mom is having hip replacement surgery and needs me to help out. Up another pound. And look, I end September where I started.

How do I get past those bumps? How do I stay consistent past the easy days. That's what I have to figure out.

Monday, September 12, 2016

My Fitbit Broke

So Last week, a week into my StepBet game. My fitbit started to peal apart. Then within a 24 hour period, the band was completely unhooked on one side. Some Fitbits are made to have interchangeable bands. This was not one of the them.

Luckily, I could hold it together with a couple of pieces of tape. Then I needed to decide what to do. I don't even like my fitbit. I didn't wear it for almost 4 months this summer because I absolutely can't stand to have a watch on my arm. Once I have long sleeves again, I don't notice it as much. So I could just throw it away and be done with that. But I am in the middle of this StepBet. Something that has got me walking a lot more than I used to. A lot. I think that they would let me step away without losing money if I sent this picture to say my fitbit broke. But I am in it to win it. So I thought about buying a new one.

First, I emailed customer service because I had heard that they offered a one-year warrenty. But I purchased my fitbit from Amazon, not the actual fitbit website. So I wasn't sure if it still counted. I waited three days and got no response. I sent another email, stating I heard you had amazing customer service, but it has now been three days... and within an hour I received a response. Within 3 hours of communicating, they were going to send me a free replacement. 

But they do not make the same model any longer. Thank goodness, because obviously the band is flawed. 

They will send me this one instead: 

I am excited! There are a lot of things better about this model. 1) It is smaller. And I think I will like that on my tiny wrist. 2) I am getting purple which will coordinate with both black and brown. An issue I had with wearing my black fitbit everyday. 3) It allows for replaceable bands. I like this both because it won't break, but also because I want a fancy band. There is nothing I can stand less than seeing people wear fancy dresses with their plastic fitbit! 4) It alerts me to texts. My old model told me if I was getting a call, but who even calls anymore. And it tells me to get up and move if I have been sedentary that hour!

It took over a week to actually arrive at my house. Ten days since I reported it broken. Luckily the tape held up, even through sweaty workouts and dusty garage clean-outs. I am very happy with this tinier one. Now to get to accessorizing!

Friday, September 9, 2016

My Week in Workouts

I had a really good week for workouts in terms of quantity. I worked out a lot. I am not so sure I had any good quality workouts. What if I need two rest days to make them more quality? Or maybe I just need more sleep in general. Or maybe I am just having an off couple of weeks and I will get things figured out and feel strong again.

I always feel good on Saturday. I love a BodyCombat class. As usual, I followed it up with some shoulder work. Which is my favorite body part to work. Putting my two favorite things in one day, really makes the rest of the week seem downhill.

Sunday I wanted to put my new shoes to the test. It was the coolest day of the week, but despite the cloudy weather, it was still really humid. The shoes were alright. My feet didn't feel any better or worse in them. And my toe pain was no different the next day. Plus, they didn't make me a speed demon, so I guess what's the point. I am still super-slow... but this is faster than all my other solo runs this summer. (the last three or four I have done!)

This wasn't my only Sunday workout though. After I finished my run, Dan and I grabbed breakfast and then we headed to my mom's house. Where we spent at least three, probably closer to four hours cleaning out my mom's garage. Several boxes need to go into her downstairs storage; I did the stairs 27 times! Other things got stored properly in the garage. We moved around a ton of shelving and boxes. And lots and lots of things got thrown away or given away for free on the curb. It was sweaty and exhausting and so refreshing to see our work paying off! No pictures though!

Monday was the Labor Day holiday and so I got a bonus BodyCombat for the week. The teachers planned a super hard session (with an extra track) which was great. But it left me limited time afterward. So I did a bicep burnout. Alternating arms do 1 rep - 2 reps - 3 reps - 4 reps - 5 reps - 6 reps - 7 reps - 8 reps - 9 reps - 10 reps then head down. Your arms will hate you!

Tuesday wasn't my planned rest day. But work was crazy. We had three days of holiday work to catch up on. I had my first storytime for the new school year.  And the AC was out. So we did it all in 90 degrees. Work was my workout that day. Dan took my out to Mexican food instead. Great!

Wednesday I was back at it, but I wasn't feeling it. I really wanted to go home and take a nap, but I knew that wouldn't get me to my goals. So I dragged my tired self to the gym. I wanted to run one mile, but I couldn't wrap my head around that. So I settled on ten minutes. Then I did a bunch of chest and tricep moves. I might have felt a little strong there. But when it was time to run my final 10 minutes, I let myself just walk. My calorie burn was sad.

Thursday I needed to mow the lawn. It was overcast but the humidity made it awful.

Friday morning it was the same story. It was hot and dreadfully humid by 6 AM. I think this was the first time that I actually held Tracy back. Not that she was in any shape to push me. But I could not get my breathing right. I was exhausted all the time. Running through a foggy marsh will do that to you.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Weigh-In Wednesday

Lowest Weight: 8.2 pounds
Average Weight: 9 pounds

I know I am behind. I have started three different blog posts this week but never get around to finishing them or posting them. I am hoping to get caught up this weekend. I know it's not even Wednesday, so the caption Weigh-In Wednesday is a bit outdated. But these were my numbers from Wednesday, when I originally started this post and then got interrupted by something. Probably my actual job. Or maybe Jennifer's resume!

Needless to say, I had a fine week. I ate perfectly for six days in a row and then on Sunday things fell apart. I went over my calories by 70-100 but well over my carbs and fats. Then I got back on track, but ate chips and salsa on Tuesday. Both of those things keep my scale up and that keeps my average up. I would have been happy with an average of 8, which was wear my scale was most of the week anyway.

But I am in a bad habit where I have 5 or 6 perfect days and then miss one. And that one day (or sometimes two) sets me back. So I see the scale start to creep down a pound or so, and then it jumps up two. Repeat.

I am fine being in the eight pound range. That's about 5 pounds higher than I was in March - June when I did my reverse diet. But I am still certain that if I buckled down and was consistent for three or four weeks, I could be back to that 2 pound mark by the end of September. And then maybe I could get even lower during October and November. Starting the holiday at my goal weight would be amazing. And a bit scary. Mostly because I am not sure if I will ever be at a goal weight. Which is why I didn't number this weigh-in as some countdown to the New Year or some week of weight loss. It just is what it is!

I am about eight pounds higher than I would like to be. But all my clothes fit. And I am certain that nobody can tell I ate chips last night.

Friday, September 2, 2016

My Week in Workouts

I had a really good week as far as workouts. I got them all in, I powered through some tough ones and I only took one rest day. But mixed with all the walking and steps, I have been so tired lately.

Saturday I started with a great BodyCombat class. Then I did a bit of Back and bicep work afterward. I always feel strong during a BodyCombat workout. I don't know if it's the time of day. That I am well rested. That the gym isn't super-busy. Or what. But it gets my week started off great. I think I can accomplish anything. But then it's usually all down hill from there. Why can't the offer a class in the evening once a week?

Sunday I mowed the lawn. Which worked out well for having a dead car battery and not knowing if I'd be able to go anywhere and not wanting to get stuck out on a trail or even at the gym! It was the hottest day of the week and the hottest time of day. But oh well.

Monday was a struggle. I took my gym clothes to work, changed into them before I left, drove to the gym. And could not make myself go in. I was tired and hungry and Dan didn't have his usual game night so I just knew he was at home relaxing. I called him to see if we could have dinner first. He was game! And then I dropped him off and headed to the gym again. Even there it was a struggle to make msyelf stay, but I put in my full hour. I did 20 minutes of Spin Intervals, used the leg machines (I was too tired to stand under a heavy squat bar) and then walked a mile on the treadmill to get my steps in.

I have been wanting to add a Tuesday evening solo run to my fall schedule. I finally got it done this week. But it's not actually fall yet. And even though the temperatures have dropped a bit, it was still 90% humidity. And it was awful. I thought it was raining (there was a good chance of it) but it was actually my hair sweat. Nice!

Wednesday was my rest day for the week. I needed it. I took an hour nap on the couch. And still slept 9 hours that night.

Thursday I hit the gym for treadmill work mixed with Chest and Triceps. I ran one mile (nice and slow) did some weight work, then ran/walked another mile and followed up with some more weights. I used the same weight I did the week before. It was so hard the first time. I can't say it was easier this week, but I am more accepting of its difficulty.

Friday morning, Tracy and I were up for a cool morning run. It isn't getting any faster. And I am a-okay with that.

According to these photos I burned well over 3000 calories this week (3187!) I have been on point with my food all week, and I have been walking more than ever. That damn scale better start listening to me!