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Cats, Curves and Training

I woke up this morning and noticed one of my cats, Moe, trying to bury my purse which I had left on the floor (which is highly unusual) last night.  Immediately I think “now why would my purse smell so badly Moe would want to bury it?”  And then I freeze right in my tracks.  One of my other cats (I only have 3, lay off) Tommy has litterbox issues.  Meaning:  It has to be very clean or Tommy finds elsewhere to go.  And I hadn’t cleaned the litterbox in a couple of days (ok ok, so I forgot and it’s a week).  I walk over, pick up  my purse, peer inside and UGH!  Yes, my cat peed in my purse.

On one hand, it’s a genius method for figuring out what of the crap you keep in your purse that you actually need.  (Read: What are you willing to fish out of the nasty cat pee and wash off?)

On a side note, I have officially washed money now…. by hand, not in a jeans pocket.

Aside from being a bad pet owner and cleaning out  my purse, this morning has been ripe with other things also.  First up?  Curves.  I haven’t been to Curves in nearly two weeks now.  Unless I want to do two workouts a day and put my legs under even more stress, there just isn’t time in my week for Curves.  I miss it just a little.  I mean, socializing is nice but I never really socialized during my workouts, I just listened.  Also, it’s nice not having to think about your work out… you can just zone out, do the circuit and before you know it… you’re done!  However, I don’t have time for that crap right now.  I’ve somehow become super serious about this Duathlon in September and I must train my little heart out for that.

My decision on Curves?  I’m going to talk to the owner (you remember Ms. Size Zero?) and tell her that if I can quit for a few months and come back in the winter without having to sign another one year contract when I do come back, then I’ll come back.  If not… it was nice knowing ya Curves.

Next decision:  My training schedule for the duathlon.  My sister has sent me her schedule and I think I”m going to do what she’s doing.  The main reason being that, by Saturday of last week, my legs were dying.  I think I need another rest day in the week.

Her schedule is progressive, meaning she’s adding time to her runs and her biking each week but the starting schedule is as follows:

Monday: 24 minute run/ 10  mile bike

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: 46 minute run

Thursday: off

Friday: 24 minute run/ 10 mile bike

Saturday or Sunday: 2o mile bike

It makes sense to me AND gives me some days off.  Now, on Tuesday and Thursday I’m highly likely to walk 2-3 miles and do an arm/chest/back workout but that means I’ll still be taking one day a week completely off exercise…. AND AND AND I will no longer be neglecting my upper body.

Sounds good, yes?

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A quick update on all things Shrinking!

I finished up week one of C25K on Thursday and went ahead and did the additional 5 minutes of running at 5mph afterwards.    I’m so pumped about being able to run at 6 mph that I’m really loving the running right now, it’s fantastic.  I just now finished up week two day one of the program (I’m just running every other day in order to try and push myself through more of the program before July 3).  Whew!  I felt really strong for the first minute of each of my 90 second segments, which is an awesome feeling.  The last 30 seconds started to drag, but that’s to be expected.  I made it through all 6 segments without thinking of giving up and quitting or doing any other such foolishness.  I wasn’t able to run for 5 minutes at the end though, I settled on 3.  Various reasons for the decision and I still feel pretty good about it.  I mean, it is above and beyond and whatnot, but at the same time, I’m not exactly a couch potato either.

As far as my Curves 200 workouts by the end of summer goal… I’m sitting somewhere around 152 I think.  I believe I started the goal somewhere around mid April with 118 so I think I’m doing pretty well with that.  The numbers are taking a hit this weekend as Curves is not open today or Monday due to Memorial Day… so I only managed to make it in 3 times this week.  I’m not all that concerned, I’m pretty determined to make this goal with time to spare.

School is out for the summer now and so I’m going to have more time on my hands.  I’ve got a long list of stuff I’d like to get done around the house but I also want to make an effort to get out of the house more.  Now, this should happen naturally with the bike riding, the running, and hopefully swimming (finally found a suit I liked today) but I’ve always been a wimp when it comes to heat and humidity and I’d like to change my unhealthy habit of being a shut-in during the summer…. so here’s hoping.

I went out to eat last night at a little place called Nat’s in Sycamore.  I checked out their menu before I went to give myself more time to make my food choice.  I’m trying to make better decisions on eating when I eat out so as to avoid any horrible IBS consequences.  I have to admit, I was a bit shocked that most of their salads contained meat… and then I realized I was looking for a meatless entree and had a moment of “woah, that’s different” and went with it.  I settled on a pasta dish which contained sun dried tomatoes, red and yellow bell pepper, pine nuts, broccoli, mushrooms and spinach with a white wine sauce.  It tasted really great!  It’s another bit of a victory for me as I wouldn’t have wanted 99% of those vegetables a year ago and now I think they’re quite good!  The serving size was ridiculous.

This is a bit under 1/2 of the leftovers I brought home and I likely ate about this much last night.  I could not believe how much food they set in front of me!

I did sample some deep fried dill pickles (wow, so unbelievably good) and we also split some dessert.  I did not suffer after leaving the restaurant though and so I count this as a win.  WooHoo!

I’ve got several BBQ’s this weekend in honor of Memorial Day and that means meat-galore.  Not too sure how I’ll handle it.  On one hand, I’m sure I’ll eat enough of everything else not to miss the meat at all calorie wise, and on the other hand… it’s been a long time since I’ve had a good brat…. I’m just not sure I’m actually going to want one.  New territory.

Saturday Sunshine

not very motivating

As the sun is not actually shining outside (see photo), I thought I’d force myself to focus on something positive.  I know I can get into a nasty habit of complaining or focusing only on the negative and quite frankly, I need a good dose of  sunshine.

First:  Yesterday after work, it was raining and when I got home I really really just wanted to take a nap and relax as my week has been pretty busy.  It took every ounce of willpower I had to do it, but I went ahead and went in to Curves to work out.

Second:  Same thing today.  Yucky outside = me not wanting to leave the house.  I went in though and now I’m done with work outs for the weekend!  I do love Sunday days off!

Third (and the real meat of the post):  It seems I’ve started a bit of a chain reaction.  In the past few months I’ve had five different people come talk to me one-on-one about how I lost weight.  What did each person say to me?  The very first words out of their mouth?  “You’re doing so well and you’ve really inspired me to want to do something for myself too.”

Yes, you read that properly.  I inspired people.  Me.  I did it.  I’ve inspired people to make an attempt at changing their lives or their habits.  It’s really a very fantastic feeling to know people are watching me and feeling like “man, she’s really doing awesome, I wish I could do that.”  How cool is that?

Naturally they all ask “what I’m doing.”  We are so in the mentality of what diet will you be having today? (Oh right, positive positive!)  I explain it’s just diet and exercise and their faces fall.  I know that look though and so I go on to explain HOW.  I don’t just leave them at the curb wondering how to cross the busy highway, I explain how to get their numbers (BMR mostly, how many calories to a pound, etc) and I also explain that exercise is a scary thing and it’s OK to take baby steps.  I tell them the baby steps I took.  I tell them about Curves.  I tell them about finding the eating pattern that works for them and give them a couple of examples.  I tell them that eating healthier won’t come all at once and it’s OK to take baby steps but that once they start counting calories they’ll WANT to incorporate more veggies anyway since it means they can eat more.  At the very end I tell them that knowing the numbers is the first step, they now have the knowledge which enables them to take CONTROL of their weight.

Do they come back and ask questions?  Three have.  Those are the three who are also losing weight and feeling fantastic about themselves.  The other two didn’t want to count calories but they’re exercising now and still feeling really inspired.

Now again, to toot my own horn….

I did this.  I lost 50 lbs.  I inspired people to change their own lives.  They lost weight.  They changed their lifestyle.  They will also motivate people.

It’s like passing the buck of positivity and inspiration!

Go me!

Have you guys/girls motivated anyone?

Friday at last!

It’s been a long week for me.  With spring break and last week’s medical crisis, I essentially had two weeks off work and easing back into dealing with 100 teenagers a day is….well….there really is no easing.  Couple going back to work with my going back to work out and I suddenly feel back at high speed life.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it.  It’s great.  It just makes for a tired me.

I’ve decided to firmly commit to attempting to reach 200 Curves work outs by the end of August.  It’s going to be a challenge and if something comes up which takes me away from home for any length of time, I’m not sure I’ll make it.  I think, though, goals are supposed to be tough.  They’re supposed to be a challenge to myself.  A challenge is not something you’re SURE you can do, is it?  So, in a way, I think I’ve been going too easy on myself in the goal setting department.

Going to Curves 5 or 6 days out of every week will mean anything else I do for exercise will be above and beyond what I’ve previously demanded of myself.  If I want to go for a run, well, it’ll be in addition to another work out.  This has the potential to be very good.  For one, it will happen during the summer and I’ve been looking forward to going for outside runs and bike rides for a long time now.  This may just get me to see these things as recreational instead of exercise which would be a major shift in my mindset.  Sure I enjoy both of these things but over the past six or seven years my enjoyment of them has led to the thinking “hmm, maybe if I do this more often I’ll lose weight” and so they (I say they though I never ran before, substitute walking for running there but the bike riding has always been a favorite of mine – well until I let myself get too out of shape to enjoy it much) they became more halfhearted attempts to lose weight than fun activities.

Recreation.  It’s amazing, really.  I’ve come to realize one of my main forms of recreation has always been eating out.  Why?  It’s safe for the overweight.  It doesn’t require anything physical and therefore potentially humiliating.  After years of growing up with others ridiculing me for being over weight, failures during gym class where everyone else could do things I simply could not do, and generally learning that everyone stares at fat people as they attempt to do athletic things… well, you just stop trying.  (Which reinforces a point I made in another post, calling someone fat and making fun of or insulting overweight people doesn’t shame that person into losing weight.  It shames that person into hiding from society.  So those of you who delude yourself into thinking you’re doing an overweight person a favor by calling them out on it, be honest, you’re simply indulging your own desire to be mean.)  So, now that I’m feeling more physically able…… Let me make that clear more physically able… not totally physically able… I think feeling totally physically able will take a lot of time and a lot of success to instill in myself that I CAN belief.  Not the attitude, I have that, but the belief.  Anyway, now that I’m feeling more physically able, there are lots of things I’d love to try.  In a sense, I feel as though I’m an 18 year old all over again and I have to learn what I like to do for fun.

Scary thought, yes?

So anyway, having to switch running and biking from exercise to fun activities may just be the best thing ever.  It may not even happen… but I’m sure going to give it a try.

Back at it… and with more crazy ideas!

What have I done three times this week which I was unable to do last week?

Mmmhmm you guessed it!  Work Out!

It feels incredible.  I can even feel a difference between this week and the previous week of “easing back into it.”  I most definitely still had the sinus infection last time.  Don’t worry though, I’m taking it fairly easy.  As of right now, I’m only doing the Curves workout.  Monday and Tuesday I did not use my Curves smart tag…. you know, in the spirit of easing into things.  I won’t lie, Monday struck me as a bit rough but Tuesday felt better.  Well, it felt great actually.  It felt so great I broke out the Curves smart tag tonight.

Wow.  I forgot how much that pumps up the intensity.

Wow did I get a great workout tonight.  I feel it too!  The endorphins are here (hi guys!  i missed you!), the legs are a bit wobbly, and I’ve got that blood coursing through the veins feel-good feeling.  Yeah, I love it.  Now I just need to get back into a routine, which is easier said than done.

So far this week I’ve worked out at night, after work.  Why?  I’m just so tired of doing so in the morning and then having to hurry to get ready, hurry to work, hurry with my morning prep at work.  I’m tired of hurrying (maybe that pseudo brush with death did a bit for me, or maybe my attempt at de-stressing my life is actually working).  How long can I keep this up before I have a day where I just want to come home and plop down on the couch?  I don’t know, but if you asked me right now, I’d say until summer… which is all I need.

I need to get back into the running but I’m kind of done with the treadmill for the time being.  I cannot make myself do another boring run where I stare at the wall and pretend to be really into my music (or is the run I’m supposed to be into?).  So, I will be running on days when it’s nice outside and not too windy.  No structure for the time being and I figure the structure will come when I’m ready (and seeing as they’re calling for snow tonight, I doubt I have to worry about this much in the very near future).

Oh, and the crazy idea?  You know how much I like seeing my name on the walls of Curves…. and now I”m out of the 1-99 work outs area…. and it’s much less crowded in the 100 work outs area than it was in the 1-99 area but… it’s still pretty crowded.  I’d like to be in the 200 work outs area ASAP….. which is the crazy bit.  I keep thinking… can I do that by the end of the summer?  I’m at 119 right now.  That is 81 work outs.  If I just count May, June, July, and August as having 4 weeks and if I go 5x per week, that’s 20x per month and a grand total of 80.  I can have the rest of April be the slush fund (you know, for those days I just don’t make it.)  So yeah, theoretically it’s possible, but it’s also a huge commitment and hey, life happens.

Oh what the heck, I’ll give it a shot.

That’s not crazy, right?

Oooh A Buffet!G

I remember going to The Golden Corral in the before days.  Those were the days when the luxury of all that food would make me feel like a kid in a candy shop.  I would never have stopped at the salad bar and likely would have spent most of my time romancing fried chicken and steak before heading over to the dessert area and doing the equivalent of buying property amongst the desserts.

Going there now is a different story entirely.  You know the first thing I notice? I notice 90% of the people there are overweight and of those maybe 60% are what doctors would define as morbidly obese.  After settling down and giving thanks I’m no longer in the morbidly obese category I head to the salad bar.

Wait.  What was that?

Yep, the salad bar where I fix myself a nice Cesar salad because I can plainly see the pre-made one has enough dressing on it to add 5 lbs to my ass.  When the salad had cleared I wandered over to the rest of the buffet.  I steer clear of the fried fish, shrimp, and chicken and wonder why it is they don’t fry up some steak as well before I see…. country fried steak.  Figures.  I squeal with delight when I find some rotisserie chicken which turned out to be very nice and I squealed even louder with delight when I found whole asparagus spears.  I mean seriously, I love asparagus.  And yes, I indulged in dessert.  It would seem that is still a weak spot with me.  I wouldn’t say I went hog wild, but I didn’t keep it as small as I’d planned.

The verdict?  I’m sort of shocked at my food choices as compared to the last time I was there.  Who would have thought my choices when given options would be the healthier ones?  It’s encouraging, definitely…so long as we don’t start the discussion of whether or not I should have been in an all you can eat restaurant in the first place. (NO.)  Or, did I eat more than I should have. (YES.)  However, in the battle of the bulge, I’m willing to take small victories.  I’ve spent a lifetime living one way.  If I don’t ease into this new one, I’ll reject it and I know it.

Aside from the buffet… Yesterday marked my second official push ups challenge work out.  My arms were sore and honestly I’m not sure how much of it is the push up work out alone.  I mean, this is my first real week back to exercising and whatnot.  The push ups were a bit more difficult last night and I can see the true challenge is going to be holding myself to good form.  It’s also a bit frustrating to wait a full 60 seconds between sets.  Right now, when I’m only doing 2 or 3 reps, it seems silly.  But again, I’m holding myself to the program.

My Curves workout yesterday was quite nice.  My heart rate was still higher than normal but again, I’m pretty sure that’s to be expected.  I’m sure I’ll be more than ready to use my smart tag next week!

Day 2 of Back on Track

Before I launch into this post I’d just like to say I’ve removed the 14 day cap from comments.  I’m not sure why it was there, really, other than I likely set that a long time ago and forgot about it.  Anyway…

So today marked the first day back to Curves.  After my phlegm debacle yesterday I decided not to wear my Curves smart tag.  I’m supposed to be easing back into this workout stuff not pretending last week never happened (or the past month in terms of running).  I also didn’t really want to screw up my stats on the tag as I fear it would encourage me to slack off longer in the hopes of retaining easy workouts.  Those of you who don’t go to Curves and use the smart tag likely have no idea what I’m going on about but that’s ok.  Suffice it to say that, had I used my tag, the tag would have lowered my goals for me and I likely wouldn’t have pushed past those goals anytime in the near future.  I’m lazy, I admit it.  I didn’t get fat by eating well and being hyperactive!

As I didn’t work yesterday, this morning gave me a horrible reminder of having recently moved to daylight savings time.  Quarter to five in the morning felt incredibly early today and it didn’t take me long realize my body recognized it as quarter to four.  Ugh.  However, being a rational person pays off sometimes.  Even when I don’t go to Curves, I wake up at 5am.  Why?  Well, I like to get to work really early and get things done before everyone else gets there.  There’s no waiting in line for the copy machines, no students to come in and distract me, no coworkers looking for someone’s ear to talk off.  I might very well be in a social minority of people who dislike chit chatting at work.  I honestly don’t know how these other people do it.  I have so much to do and I’m constantly busy.  When I’m at work, I work… end of story… wait… what was I talking about?  Oh yeah… 5 am.  So, I wanted to go back to sleep but realized within about 5 seconds going back to sleep isn’t a real answer due to there only really being a 15 minute difference.

So I got up.

I drove to Curves.

I completed the circuit.

I can’t say I worked overly hard but I also can’t say I felt the greatest.  I got a twinge of nausea about halfway through and stepped it down a notch.  Again, I could tell I’m not 100% well yet as my heart rate was all over the place and higher than usual by far.  It wasn’t the most fun I’ve ever had, but it wasn’t terrible either.  I’ll try to step it up another notch on Thursday morning.

And the aftermath of today and yesterday?  OMG I’m sore!  It’s been so long since I’ve been stiff and sore I don’t quite know what to make of it!  I’m also feeling a bit more chipper, nothing like those endorphins to perk ya right up!  Hopefully this will curb the appetite for various bad foods I’ve been having lately.

Only time will tell.  At least I haven’t come away from either of these experiences saying “never again!”