QuarterLife Girl Gets Fit!

Archive for September 2009

Ok, I know I said I’d be updating on Thursdays, but that was when I thought I’d actually have something to report!

Unfortunately yesterday I got home too late to go running (I don’t like to go running if it’s already getting dark, my cutoff time is usually 7:00, and it was close to 7:30 just when I got home). Instead I decided to work from a DVD instead. That’s when I realized I don’t know what happened to my 30 Day Shred DVD. It’s either at my apartment or my parent’s house….but who knows when I’ll find it. The only thing I had was Yoga for Wimps, and Core Secrets. I’m not sure why, but I went with the Yoga.

The yoga wasn’t bad….it was just….well, wimpier than what I remember, and I was really disappointed. That being said, does anyone have yoga DVD suggestions? I dont’ want to go too hardcore (BF is doing P90X, and their yoga is just way too hardcore for me), but I was something a bit more challenging than the wimpy one.

Anyway, onto my running.

I only ran once this “week”, on Monday. That’s the bad news. The good news is I was able to RUN all the intervals I had to! I’m on the Couch-to-5k Week 3, and I can usually do the first 3-minute interval, but during the second one I wimp out. Not this time! I’m hoping to repeat this routine one more time, and I may move onto “Week 4” after that! Unfortunately I reset my timer without realizing I hadn’t recorded the time. No biggie though, I use the timing for a loose reference, I’m not that worried about my speed right now. Either way, I did 2.2 miles! (Although mostly walking)

I may have mentioned it before, but I’m really liking the new neighborhood in. People are outdoors in the evenings, it’s very family friendly, pet friendly (although I’m not allowed pets in the unit, lol), and I feel quite comfortable even when it gets dark towards the end of my route. I’m happy here.

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I have decided to follow a posting schedule for a little while. I’ve been somewhat hesitant on posting for a few days, mostly because I feel I’m always saying the same thing. Well, this way I will be posting weekly, and I can highlight anything that happened during the week. If I want to get really structured I’ll be posting on Thursdays.

So, until Thursday!!

=D

Kinda.

After my two runs this weekend I was quite beat up. The sad thing is I barely even ran! Even today my legs are still a little bit sore when I squat or sit down. Either way, I did two things that had been on my mental “to do” list:

1) I signed up for the 5k on Thanksgiving!!!

2) I bought a Road ID! Finally! (I’d been worried since I’m now running on an actual street and not in a gated neighborhood.

Tonight I’m scheduled for another run (even though my road ID hasn’t quite arrived yet), and I’m really going to work hard to complete the full workout. Technically I’m supposed to move onto week 4 after tonight, but chances are I’ll do another repeat next week.

By the way, if any of you are looking into getting a Road ID, let me know…..they gave me a $1 coupon I could pass along! Leave a comment, and I’ll email the code to you. You can also just “google” it, and get a few codes if you’re too shy to leave a message.

Just a couple of days after making my big “come-back” post, I left on vacation.  However, I must say it was kind of a good thing.

You see, I flew over to meet some friends….who happen to be runners that are currently training for some long races (a half and a full marathon), so logically two things happened. 1) They led me to eat slightly healthier than I normally would on vacation, and 2) they exercised…..and so did I. I didn’t do anything crazy, like run 10 miles (or run 1, even), but we cooked, we hiked, and we walked. Well, I walked, lol.

All in all, I probably walked close to 2 miles one morning, went on a 2+ mile hike (and found out I was OUT OF SHAPE, although that shouldn’t have been a surprise. It’s always disheartening when little kids zoom past you as you’re huffing and puffing along your way.), and then we went on the big one…..an 8 MILE hike! And I did it! So proud of myself. Although my friends were probably secretly horrified it took us 3 hours, lol.

Anyway, I’m now back at home (in my new apartment, by the way) and this morning I finally decided to get those shoes back on. I woke up at 7:45, got dressed, stretched a little, and grabbed the iPod. I’d roughly mapped out a little path….2.2 miles in total and decided that the Couch-to-5k Week 3 would be a good place to start, and it was. Its the 90 second run interval and recovery, and a 3 minute run interval and recovery, done twice. The good news is I was able to do most of it….the bad news is I skipped 90 seconds of running (half of the last 3 minute interval). All in all, I’m happy I got up and exercised.

So, I think I’m on my way back. Tomorrow I’m planning on doing the same, and I will do the WHOLE workout! I WILL run that 5k in November!

Being unhealthy is a vicious cycle.

Most of us know how it goes. Everything is going smoothly, you’re working hard, until something happens to get you off track. It starts with a missed workout, or an extra cookie when you know you shouldn’t have it. Next thing you know you’re throwing all your hard work aside.

So it has been for me the past two months. I was on a roll for a while. I’d lost weight, I was getting toned, I was eating well….it was almost becoming a habit. Then I reached a milestone, and I just stopped. I stopped going to dance class, I started eating junk (because I hadn’t had any in so long!), then I started to forget why I’d been making changes in the first place. Then I started to get depressed (eating crap, not doing exercise, and knowing that you’re slacking off can do that for you….and then you add normal hormone fluctuations to that and it can lead to disaster). Since I was stressed out at work, and depressed the rest of the time I started to eat. Instead of getting up to workout I chose sleep. I did nothing. In turn that depressed me even more, brought me to keep eating, and hiding in my corner of the world.

It is a dangerous and vicious cycle.

I’m not entirely back on track. In fact, just last night I had two bowls of Lucky Charms before dinner and I didn’t even try to stop myself. This morning I had three cookies. Just because they were there. I need to make changes in my thoughts, I’m still really stressed out at work, and I have a long way to go. Even though I’m no model citizen I’m ready to come out of “hiding” and come back to my blog I abandoned at the beginning of the summer. In other words, I need to start taking small steps in order to break this cycle.

So, to anyone out there reading….thanks! I’m impressed you even kept my blog on your radar. (And just a hint, I may be having a giveaway in the very near future!) I’m ready to pick up the pieces and move on, so look forward to regular posts once again!