Category Archives: Health

Will You?

YOU CAN Now that I’ve been getting back to running and participating in the #100byVDay challenge from the Tone It Up girls, so far I’m pretty much on track for the 6 week challenge. I decided I need a more concrete and measurable goal, other than just mileage.

I am going to combine my need to cut back on clothing purchases with dropping some pounds. I am not going to buy any new clothes/shoes/accessories until I reach my goal weight of 139#, this is approximately 13#. My date goal is by the end of March. When I accomplish this, I will reward myself with a little rose gold diamond half eternity band ( I found one on ebay for around $200- ), I’m really all about the rewards. This will add some sparkle to my wedding ring set, remind me of my healthy lifestyle and hopefully keep me on track so I don’t get back to this predicament again.

This spending freeze will not include second hand stuff.  I know I have to get a shopping fix somewhere and I can’t spend more than $50-/month on thrift/ebay/goodwill. Also I can use gift cards from my credit rewards which is like free money and doesn’t count right?

Since we are stuck in this polar vortex in the Midwest, running outside will not happen until we thaw out in spring.  I’m stuck on the treadmill. The treadmill is about as boring as you can imagine, thankfully I have Netflix and I can watch movies/shows while running and it’s a great distraction. I make little deals with myself, like I am only allowed to watch the shows or movies if I am on the treadmill. I can always churn out an extra mile or two if I’m in the middle of a good show or movie, even if the run turns into a walk, it’s still exercise right? I am so looking forward to Season 2 of House of Cards, but that doesn’t come out until the challenge is over in Mid-February. I need something NOW! I had heard that Orange is the New Black was quite an entertaining show, and I gave it a shot. Even though I didn’t think I was going to like it, as I’ve never really enjoyed prison movies at all, I was hooked after about 10 minutes. I found this series is based on a book, a true story, wow, crazy! What rock have I been living under?

What are you watching now? Do you make deals with yourself to accomplish goals? Have you ever given a show or movie a try that you didn’t think you would like, but then ended up totally addicted?

Entering the Lottery

The Chicago Marathon Lottery

The Chicago Marathon, held in October, is one of the most popular marathons in the United States. The course is flat and there is plenty of good scenery. I am looking forward to Lake Michigan views, skyscrapers, many cheering fans and several elite athletes that will complete their race in less than half the time that I hope to achieve.

Registration opened February 19 at noon. However B and I were traveling and I didn’t try to register on my iphone. Rumors were that the race would sell out in days, but I figured I would have time later that evening to sign up. For anyone who was attempting to register for the Chicago Marathon I’m sure you know there were several glitches with the registration process and now we are offered a Lottery Format for the remaining 15,000 entries.

I entered the Lottery this week, and will be notified on March 12 if I have received one of the coveted entries. Of course I was a little on the fence about doing a Marathon this year. I didn’t run much last year, just one 1/2 Marathon in February. My right knee has been bothering me (too much darn stairmaster in college!), and I imagine with age it will only get worse. But completing a marathon has been on my *bucket list* since I started running in my early 20s. I am so nervous because if I get in via the Lottery, this year will be full of training and no excuses. If I don’t get in, I fear I will never be able to do the Chicago marathon, because they will probably start to have qualifying times. I will never have a qualifying time because I really only want to do one marathon, I think my body handles 1/2 marathons pretty well, they are a challenge and something I want to do at least once a year.

My nerves are up and I have to wait a few more days to see what happens. One a side note, I do have a friend who works for a non-profit and if I don’t get to register via the Lottery, she may be able to get me an entry through her organization. However I’m sure I’ll have to commit to raising money for her charity, though that would be a good incentive and make the one marathon that I run in my life even more memorable and worthwhile. Here’s to marking off an accomplishment on my bucket list that has been there for about 10 years 🙂

February Fitness Update

Palm Coast

Palm Coast

This was our view for the last week! I could get used to that!

On the spending tracking during vacation, I did pretty terrible. We didn’t really overspend, but I didn’t keep track, so I’ll have to go back and kind of estimate just so February and the rest of the year isn’t thrown off too much. On the eating front, it was a big bust too. Too many cocktails, too many snacks and not enough exercise. We did make it to the gym once, but I ended my run about half way through when a sweet older lady was quite perplexed as she tried both the elliptical and the bike but kept looking longingly at my treadmill. She practically glowed when I got off and told her that I was *done* with my workout 🙂 My good deed for the day.

As for the February workout goals. Here’s an update, half way through the month.

1. Track Calories (During vacation, I took a vacation from tracking, once back I am keeping track and doing well-at least I lost the weight I gained on vacation, only 2# but still it’s tough for me to lose weight)

2. Run 50 miles (hmm, going to have to really step this up! so far have only run 12.2 – YIKES – 37.8 to go!)

3. Push-ups (doing well keeping up with the app, even on vacation)

4. Lower weight to 145-147 (see 1. not good! I am bringing it back down, actually I’d be happy if I can just see anything in the 140s)

There you have it, my February update.

On a side note, I was watching Jillian Michaels on a Bravo Talk Show, and she said she didn’t like Hot Yoga. She said it’s not good to exercise in such extreme heat, it’s better to warm your body from the inside. That kind of makes me feel better for letting those last few classes expire. I’m back to running, weight training, Zumba, Ballet Core and any fun classes that show up. I want to try WERQ, which I guess is like Zumba, but with more popular songs.

Workout Partners – 12/17/12 Update

I must say I am a proud Mama. My girls and I did our workout and weigh ins last night and A was down in BodyFat percentage, 4%! C was down 5#. I am so excited! They both have the goals to lose 20# during our time together and C is already 1/4 of the way there. Wooo Hoo! A is in a better place mentally and is less focused on numbers and more concerned with how she feels, and she is feeling great.

We did a routine heavy on squats, pushups and planks and they pushed themselves. We also had a good conversation where we talked about healthy eating choices and future goals. It’s so motivational for me. I love to see the progress and they even said they are starting to feel the changes in their bodies just after a week. Better posture, less bloating and not to mention a little soreness, but that is a good thing! It means they are working and their bodies are changing for the better, getting fitter and stronger.

I can’t imagine how much I will be beaming when we finish these 12 weeks. We might have to have a small celebration.

Motivation – Workout Partners

On my eternal journey of fitness, staying fit, keeping motivated I met with two friends last week and we had a chat about fitness accountability and motivation.

I love to workout, well, not always I’ll admit. But I do like the feeling I have when I’m done working out. My two friends were in need of a little help getting started. Since I have worked out with trainers in the past, I volunteered to be their trainer/workout buddy for 12 weeks.

Our first workout was yesterday, and we had a great workout. I was really impressed with their effort. It wasn’t an easy workout and they never gave up, they just pushed through and gave it their all.

We each have goals for the 12 weeks, roughly we all want to be realistic and lose 1-2# per week, with a total goal of 12-24# of weight loss each. I’ll keep updates on here.

November Expense Tracking FAIL

Another month, another spend tracking fail. I started doing so well, I tracked everything I spent for the first half of the month. Then B started paying for some things, groceries, dinners out, random stuff and I realized what’s the point of my tracking if I don’t track B’s? Then I just sort of gave up.

Going to try again in December with B on board. Maybe by January, I’ll get it right.

The exercise and diet was also a bust. I got sick and didn’t feel well, stupid winter colds. So I just let myself rest and take a break. I don’t think I’m too far off track, but most likely will not make my weight loss goal this month.

I’m keeping my goals for the end of the year. I also have 9 Hot Yoga classes to finish before the end of the year, they are no longer doing roll-over when you purchase a new package and this annoys me to no end. Enough that once I finish this package I will not return there. They used to be so nice and accommodating. I vow to use all classes, then good-bye Hot Yoga, it’s been a nice ride. On to BalletCore and Zumba!

You have to want it MORE!

For the majority of this year, once I completed my half marathon in February, I have let my fitness slack. I don’t know why I did this, laziness, comfort in my new happy marriage? Whatever the reason, I have decided that things have to change and I want to get fit and healthy for myself. I know what this involves, strict calorie counting and daily exercise (or at least 5 days a week).

Monday and Tuesday, I usually start the week right, exercising in the evenings. Wednesday can be hit or miss, maybe a rest day. Then Thursday is busy and I need to exercise in the a.m. same with Friday. I set my alarm the night before with the best intentions. However, come morning in my cozy bed, my motivation wains and snooze is hit, or the alarm is reset for a normal (non-workout) time.

Last night as I went to bed at an earlier more reasonable time, I made a committment to get up this morning (Friday). As my alarm went off this morning, I hit snooze once, but used this time to think about what I REALLY want, not to catch a few more zzzz’s as usual. I asked myself seriously, “N, what do you want more? Do you want an extra 30 minutes sleeping in this bed, or do you want to go to the basement workout room and run for 30 minutes and be on the path to health and fitness that you are striving for? What will make you feel more accomplished? What will start your day better? What will make you more proud?” The answer was easy, I have had a good week of healthy eating, I exercised twice earlier in the week, and need to exercise today, Saturday and Sunday to hit my 5 weekly workouts. Once I made a water bottle, and got into my run/walk program, I was feeling good, a little tired but very good. I thought how I want to commit to two morning workouts next week. I thought about how life is all about choices and asking yourself “What do you want MORE?” This can be applied to saving or pretty much anything in your life. Do your actions bring you closer or further away from your goals? Do you create a vision board? Do you have measurable goals? I had a weight loss goal of 2# for this week, and I already hit it yesterday. I am on track to meet my overall weight loss goal by early December. I want this MORE than sleeping in bed for an extra 30 minutes. I am confident that I will achieve this goal. What are your goals? Do you use self talk for motivation? Have a wonderful weekend!