Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Surprise, Surprise!

Yesterday was supposed to be a little hectic for me.  It turned out not to be. Monday night we had some freezing rain which resulted in some cancellations yesterday.  Several, actually.  Anyway, so I got up early and did 45 min of Turbofire and headed to work where I found that I had cancellations. I did a few things and then went home to do some studying for something I have coming up, which took quite a while.  I then headed back to work for my afternoon and evening.  I knew I had to do something more (in terms of a workout) so I thought I'd just walk on the treadmill, or maybe do a walk/jog combo...Something easy, and light.  Well when I got home I realized there was a basketball game on that I wanted to watch. I don't have a cable box down stairs so I decided to try to find something on YouTube that I could do while watching the game that wasn't super distracting for others.

I found a video by Leslie, that Walk Away the Pounds lady.  I thought, "yeah, okay we'll see what this does..." My expectations were low. I found one that she made for the American Heart Association that said it was  three mile walk.  My next thought was, "this is a 45 minute video. I doubt it is actually three miles. How do they calculate this? Steps? Everyone has different steps..." I decided to do it anyway and maybe find something else to do after.  It started with a warm-up, which really made me think it was not actually three miles.  Then I learned that they use the beat of the music as pace and that the three miles is based off of that pace/the beat of the music. I still wasn't quite sure but thought, "okay let's see what this is all about. I'll give it chance."

I was pleasantly surprised. The pace was pretty brisk at times and there were some extra movements (side steps, kicks, and arms were added in) that helped add to the calorie burn. I took it up a notch and instead of just walking I added some bounce to my step so I was jogging in place.  I also decided to add some bounce to the side steps and kicks and such to make it more like what I do during turbofire.  If anyone has done TF, there's a part where you do a double bob/knee and jab.  That's what I did during the double side steps - added the bounce like in TF and used similar arm motions.  I did that for a few of the moves - just varied them to make them more intense in a way similar to what I'd done in other programs.

In the end, it wasn't not a bad workout! I actually burned about the same calories doing that as I did during the same time of TF in the morning. I attribute the burn to the increased intensity with the jogging and bouncing around. I do not expect that my results would've been the same had I followed the program exactly as it was.  I was unsure that the pace was actually the equivalent of three miles so I did another 15 min/1 mile video at the end for good measure and counted it as three miles versus four.  I guess for me to totally believe that I'm going a certain distance, I need to be able to prove it... I need to see the mileage on the treadmill or my Fitbit, or Strava telling me that I actually covered the distance that I did.

I'd say this is a good beginner level workout or a workout for someone who loves walking.  Without making it more intense, it would be a nice, light cardio workout. Again, I don't believe I would count on it for the miles, especially if you cannot keep up with the brisk pace, but it's something I'd do again just to get some extra work in or if I wanted to catch something on TV (like the basketball game that handed Michigan State their first loss of the season - should've gone to the treadmill lol). I definitely worked up more of a sweat than I thought I would and burned more calories, but again, I believe this is because I worked to make it more intense.

Today was supposed to be busy again but I had a no-show and my next client was a cancellation. I thought about going back home but I decided to stick around and blog.  I had already planned on doing some in-office pilates during the cancellation time so I'll do that.  I should have time for something a little more intense when I go home at lunch, and I'll probably hit the treadmill for a walk/jog tonight.

I'm working hard to meet my goal of 75 points (I believe I mentioned that in my last post) in my fitness group, which I didn't think I'd reach earlier this week. Five points a day Monday through Thursday and I'll reach it.  My pilates will only be one point because it's not very intense (although it can make the muscles burn!).  Turbofire or Combat (haven't decided what I'm doing yet) should be worth a couple points, then I'll only have to do a 2 mile walk or jog or combo to hit 5 for today.  It'll be broken up but should be do-able.  Tomorrow is questionable. I decided to work until noon to accommodate a couple people and fit in someone who cancelled, but I'm only working until noon. The boyfriend and I  talked about maybe going out of town, which will make my 5 points hard but if we stay home, it'll be easy to do. So with plans up in the air, we shall see!!

I will probably not post again until 2016, so I hope you've all had a fabulous year!!!


Monday, December 28, 2015

When Did I Lose My Love of Blogging?

At some point blogging became something I had to do... People were reading. They were expecting things. If I posted only twice a month I felt guilty.  I've been gone for over two months.  When I looked at the last post date I thought, "wow, that's been a while."  Then I realized that blogging was starting to become too monotonous for me.  It was starting to feel like something I had to make sure I did rather than something I did because I loved it.  I'm not sure when it happened but at some point, blogging just didn't become a priority.  Maybe because sometimes I felt as though I was writing the same old thing over and over again.  How much can one say about working out? I stopped being as in-depth and raw as I used to be because I was pretty sure that, at least for a while, people with ill-intentions were reading.  Would they use what I said to talk about me? They'd already been talking about me and saying things that weren't accurate. Would they take what I wrote here and change it around for their own amusement? My love for blogging left when I started being more guarded than I used to be. I'm pretty sure I posted before that I wasn't going to let those people bother me, but somewhere I let it. If I didn't, I'd have kept posting all the ugly stuff too.

I guess I finally realized that no matter what you do, someone is going to find a reason not to like you. There will always be someone who says something bad about you and tries to make you look like a fool.  In reality, the people that those people are talking to... Well, they probably don't matter much to me. Their opinions are irrelevant to my life. It happened again recently... I stood by someone's side and suddenly I was made out to be a bad person again. This wasn't even something I'd said or done (other than give support to someone who was screwed over). Things I'd said to someone else were twisted (isn't that always how it goes?). Mostly though I learned that I don't have to deal with people like that. I mean, this is my life; not theirs. I'd hope that by now they'd have become bored with me to not be reading, but even if they are...I don't care anymore.

I'm not, by any means, one of those super religious people.  But I am exploring  my relationship with God again. I likely won't post about it here because it's not related to this blog.  I'm not trying to be preachy. I'm just trying to make sure I'm living in a way that makes me feel good. And getting back into reading my Bible and working on that relationship is something that, for me, works.

With that, I'm going to just be raw, genuine me and so what... I mean, clearly if I'm saying something here, it can be seen. My actual words can be read.

First... I've gained some weight over...Well the last two years. I guess that's not really anything new. I've posted on that before.  I gained a little, stablized, and gained some more with some medication changes. So yeah, I'm kinda fat again. I'm working on that.

The biggest challenge is the eating. My boyfriend's diet is horrible and it's SO easy for me to follow in his footsteps.  He's gotten a bit fat too. Happy weight, he says.  Whatever it is for him, I know, and have known, that I cannot eat the junk he eats and expect to be okay. Yet I get sucked in. Usually I try to get dinner or something going before he has a chance to mention whatever crap food he wants to eat.  Generally that works. As long as I am quick enough.  I have improved since summer and now that it's colder, refreshing adult beverages are not nearly as enticing. I wasn't a big drinker before, but sometimes when it's hot, a Goose Island 312 or a Summer Shandy hits the spot. Those are full of calories, as is wine.  I may only have one or two but that's still more extra calories. It all adds up. Quickly.

I still workout more days than not. It's usually five or six days.  Sometimes seven.

Last week was a little different with Christmas.  It was a short work week and I wanted to see as many of my clients as possible. I worked some longer, packed days, which decreased my workout time. I'm still not a "get up at five in the morning and bust ass" kind of girl. I like my workouts but I also like, and need, my sleep.  I'm also slow in the morning. I'd have get up at four just to be ready for a workout at five. Do you know how early I'd have to go to bed to accomplish that? Like eight in the evening! I'm not even home until then, or later, some nights.  So then there was Christmas prep - Wednesday night I baked from seven until nearly one in the morning.  I got up Thursday morning and finished. Then I went with my boyfriend to do his last minute shopping, which turned into me also doing some last minute shopping. Then I came home to wrap and organize all the gifts.  Then we went to visit my Grandpa, who is currently in a nursing facility for some therapy.  Then we stopped home, picked up gifts, and went and had our Christmas with my parents and grandma.  On the way home we drove around and looked at Christmas lights.  Needless to say we weren't home until nearly eleven that night.  So Friday we slept in.  I had a couple small things to finish and then had to get ready to go to my boyfriend's Grandma's for his Dad's family's Christmas.  We were there for a few hours and went out to his Mom's for her Christmas and for the night.  We had some errands to do Saturday and by the time we got home it was Saturday afternoon.  And honestly? I was beat.  We unpacked our stuff and then spent the day lounging.  Yesterday I finally got back into working out after having way too many days off. Oddly though, I was so busy I still managed to get my 10,000 steps most of those busy days (and not that far under on the others).

I'm part of a fitness challenge group and had a goal of 75 fitness points this month.  This was based on two long runs (one of which would've been last weekend). I still haven't found time to get that 9.5 mile run in and likely will not have the time before the end of the month. I'm slow.  9.5 miles takes me a long time.  I'm also dealing with some sort of injury. I thought maybe plantar fasciitis in both feet.  I;ve had calf pain... About half way down and mostly on the outsides of both calves. Possibly compartment syndrome. Seems like more than just shin splints, that's for sure. It will come and be horrible for part of a run and then sometimes, on a longer run, it resolves on it's own.  Sooo...If I do like 30 or more minutes it gets better. What kind of weirdness is that?! It seems like  more than just shin splints... They were agitated when I did a jog/walk last night after having several days off.  You'd think rest days would make shin splints improve. .Plus my left achilles is causing some issues. Major issues. I tried to wear heels to a Christmas party a couple weeks ago and as soon as the heel was on and I took a step, I nearly fell over and cried.  Could be tendonitis. Hopefully not something worse.  Yes, I'm going to the doctor soon to get that checked out.  I am trying to take it easy on the running, keeping it light, slow, and low miles until I find out what it is. The pain starts part way up my calf and extends down into my heel. Sometimes the outside of my foot hurts. If I press on it, it makes things worse.  SO, yes, off to the doctor I go.

I'm kind of afraid of what is going on with my legs, particularly that achilles.  I have a half marathon in just under two months.  What if I... Can't run? That's my fear.  I will not be able to do 13.1 miles if I have to rest for several weeks. So, I'll have to defer.  That makes me sad. I was looking forward to a sunny vacation, a visit with a good friend, and completing my second half marathon.  I can defer so no money would be lost, but it's disappointing. The logical part of me says that it's for the best though. I'd rather rest and defer than totally screw it up and never be able to do another...  Especially since I'm registered for one in April and another in September.

As I mentioned, I've been keeping the runs light and short. I  did 8 miles a few weeks ago, and after w while, the pain subsided and I finished.  It was brutal (and on a treadmill which is it's own special kind of Hell), but I did it.  At first I was like "omg...I have to do five more miles for a half. Why am I torturing myself?" Then I thought, "only five more miles and I will have done a half!!" The mind of a runner, I tell ya...

I've also recently done Chalean Extreme, for strength training. I love the Push Circuit the best. It's the heaviest weight you can handle and only six to eight reps of each exercise.  It makes me feel kind of like a bad ass to lift heavy amounts.  I definitely cannot do those same weights for sets with more reps.  I'm looking at doing another strength training program. Maybe I'll start that next week, so I can look more at which one and get a plan written out before I start.  I've been doing Turbofire, Combat, and the elliptical on days I don't run.  Sometimes I just walk.  I'm not following TF or Combat as scheduled right now; just using whichever workout I have time for as a supplement to other things; as cross training. I like the variety too.  Following one program for an extended period of time gets boring sometimes. I'm pushing hard the next few days so that I can reach that fitness points goal for the month.  Last night I did 30 min of Turbofire, 35 min of weight training (one of the CLX workouts), about 35 min on the treadmill, and about 25-30 min of yoga just to stretch out and relax for the night.  Yes, that's about two hours.  All of that earned me about 4 points.  Oh yeah, and as of yesterday I had about 20 points to get by Thursday. If I can achieve five point days today, tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday, I'll make it. With my morning workout I have 2 points for today.  I should be able to get a few miles walking (not a scheduled running day, but I'll probably do walk/jog intervals) or another hour of DVD work done this evening to hit five.I'm going to work my hardest to make it. And if some miracle or something weird happens and I get the 9.5 miles done (okay I know that's risky with the achilles), I know I'll at least hit that goal.  Too many days off for Christmas was NOT good for the points!!

I suppose that's the update for now. I had a little free time at work so I thought I'd blog rather than go out for a break or something.

I'll be sure to update sooner than later.