Ok something interesting that i don't fully understand happened today. my workouts always burn between 850-950 calories, including the very ones i did last week. today i did the exact same workout as i did on saturday and my heart rate monitor said i only burned 750 calories. now i know i will burn less as i grow acustomed to this exercise routine- but from one workout to the next almost 200 calorie difference!!!!? how is that possible? my heart rate has gone down since the begining. i started with an average heart rate of 165 and a max heart rate of 187. now i have been averaging 155 with a max of 170's. so how did i manage an average of 140 today with a max of 164?
i have an idea, but it seems far fetched. i got a new sports bra. that meant that my heart rate monitor sat a little lower than usual. but is that really enough to make that much difference? i'll try it on thursday back up where it normally goes and see if that was it. i mean we are only talking an inch here. oh who knows!
the running is beginning to feel unbelievably awesome!! i still breathe hard but not out of control. i don't watch the clock begging for it to move faster to get to the end of the intervals. now i casually check the time out of curiousity not cause it feels like death is imminent. after i ran the whole 20 minutes last time i got a huge confidence boost. today i didn't question that i could run the time amounts at all. i was like 8 minutes pffffft no problem!!!
i got new shoes. wow what a difference! my old ones were, well, old. i just didn't realize how worn they were. they were starting to rub on my heal is why i got new ones. when the guy at the store saw them he just shook his head and laughed. you actually run in these he said!!!! well cushioning and support of my new shoes made my running much more comfortable....next time i won't let them get quite so worn before i get a new pair. also the new shoes are so much lighter than the last pair it almost feels like there is no shoe- awesome :)
Posted on 1/31/2012 by moran1917
ok 30 day shred is way way above my current fitness level. i have been in intense pain for days because of it and had to put my c25k workout off a day for more healing time. I'm looking at it as a learning experience. so time to just focus on the program i am doing and worry about doing more when i am more able.
today's workout was really long cause i walked the dogs and i did my c25k and hills. normally my neighbour or my husband walks the dogs on my workout days cause it is hard to handle both. by the end of my hills today i was clock watching and my legs were burning more than normal. it was a combination of the lingering pain from 30 day shred and the added exercise of the dog walking.
today i am extremely proud of myself! today was the big jump in the c25k program- running 20 minutes non-stop. I DID IT!!!!!! i almost psyched myself out with worry over it, but now i feel silly. it felt really good to make it through that workout and still complete all the hills in my program.
yesterday was not a good food day. i binged on chocolate and pretzels, idk why. but i guess it happens now and again and it is what you do the next day that matters. today is a good day exercise and food wise. hopefully i made up for last night and can now move on.
so no more trying to fast track this weight loss by adding insane amounts of exercise. i love to run and walk and do my hills- it is a joy to do it and that is why it is working. so stick to it, raise the speed or incline as needed and one day you'll catch up to the other people doing the 30 day shreds and insanity like programs.
Posted on 1/29/2012 by moran1917
my workouts in general are still challenging me, but i am not getting my heart rate as high as it was in the first few weeks. the past week or two i have felt like i can do more. i have added walks to the end of my workout- but that is essentially doing a slow version of the same workout. gets boring. so i rounded up my mfp friend Judy and we decided we would do the 30 day shred together.
ok so first thing i learned is do the running first then the shred. cause at the end of the shred i was walking funny from the burn. the shred was hard. i figured that i am up to 90 minutes of cardio 3x a week plus dog walks i should be able to handle it. wrong. ok i handled it, as best i could. i could do every move in the modified way and some in the advanced way. thing is i couldn't exactly do them for the whole amount of time i was supposed to- especially push ups. i tried as hard as i could, i sweat like crazy thru the whole thing. can't wait to do it again tomorrow!!
after 30 day shred i went downstairs to run on the treadmill. c25k is getting a little daunting cause today it asked me to run for 8 minutes straight twice! as i mentioned i was walking a little odd from the first workout and that definitely affected my ability to do my run. i got thru the first 8 minutes, but barely. i was sucking wind like crazy by the end. the second 8 minute run had to be broke up cause i had to pee so bad and the running motion made it so i couldn't hold it. i think i could have done it though my mind was against me. i started questioning my ability to do it. darn it mind, stop thinking!!!
so now each day i will do the 30 day shred along with either a dog walk or a c25k session. i took down my measurements to see how far the next month will get me. is good to challenge ourselves.
Posted on 1/26/2012 by moran1917
today i didn't want my workout to end. i couldn't keep up with the top speeds or the top hills as my stamina was pooched. rather i went for a walk on the treadmill at the end of the workout. i think i was enjoying the music and the rythmn of movement. I am not having any trouble with the running segments anymore, no real problems with the hills afterwards. i even increased my speed today, not by much, but enough to get the heart rate way up again.
everything has seemed so serious lately, but when you workout odd things happen. well let me re-phrase that, when you workout on a treadmill in a room by yourself with loud music blaring odd things can happen almost all related to the music:
1) the next song comes on and you realize your feet aren't dropping to the beat so you do this weird shuffle step to try and get moving in time with the music...you do it for every song and every time you wonder if you're going to fall off the treadmill.
2) you love the next song that comes on and are getting a ton of energy from it so you start to run faster- good thing a treadmill has that bar in front to keep you from running right off the treadmill, without that bar i might not have known i was going faster.
3) you love the song that comes on and start to do this oh so awesome half jog/half dance that has you jogging while wiggling your bum and moving your shoulders about. yup, almost fell off the treadmill!
4) arm dancing!!!
5) then there is the time when you simultainously notice that a) i can't breathe well and b) it's cause i've been singing along!
6) there is air guitar, air drum solo's, mouthing the words
who said running isn't fun!!!!
Posted on 1/24/2012 by moran1917
today i felt back to my normal self. i woke up feeling ok, got right out of bed, made breakfast and generally had a good day. all day i was looking forward to my workout. it is amazing what a difference your mood can make to your workout- how difficult it feels and how many calories you burn. Today nothing in the workout felt hard even tho i did the exact same workout as i did on Thursday. I even burned 150 calories less doing the exact same thing! My max heart rate was almost 10 beats slower and my average heart rate about the same. The treadmill said i burned the same, but the heart rate monitor knows the truth!
It has now been one month since i began this challenge. i can run for 5 full minutes without my lungs going on fire. I have lost 3 inches from around my chest. i have lost 8 lbs. i can now workout for 90 minutes without much pain or stiffness. contrast this to the first workout when running for 1 minute made me think i was going to die, the hills frightened me, i could barely move the next day, and i thought 90 minutes would never happen. There is a lot less fear of the work out then there was and i rarely question myself anymore, i just do it.
i am thinking that i might need to switch up my hills as my body may just be adjusting to that workout now. the c25k is always changing the amount of time that you run for so i can just keep following that- 5 more weeks to go! for the hills i think it is time to try and do them a little faster and maybe go up an extra level. not a lot of change just one level of incline is all i am really thinking.
so i think i have turned a corner. it feels like something in me has broken. but in a good way. i broke through the fear, i am not afraid to push myself, and i am ready to take on more. as bif naked sings "i love myself today, not like yesterday, i'm cool, i'm calm, I'm going to be ok"
Posted on 1/21/2012 by moran1917
yesterday was a living hell. my mental illness took the wheel and i lost control of my mind. it was dark, there was a great deal of fear, i am feeling very alone these days, and i was troubled by feelings of uncontrollable panic over every aspect of my life that had started at work that day. I couldn't see past the bad, the things that aren't going right, the amount of time i am once again spending alone. I thought a lot about death, and i cried- uncontrolable sobbing. i have a work book for that if you can believe it! so i took a hot bath. i had a cup of tea. i did breathing exercises. i tried to lose myself in a book. i tried to lose myself in a tv show. i tried to do "thought records". nothing worked, it just kept getting worse as the night went on. i really couldn't stand being alone thru that, but i literally had no one i could call to be with me. around 1 am my sick cat came and sat with me, and for reasons i cannot explain i finally started to calm down. I wasn't better, but i stopped crying, i stopped thinking such dark thoughts, and i pet the cat. i finally lost myself in criminal minds while i pet my little guy and then was finally able to fall asleep.
Today i woke up still feeling the effects of the night before- you don't shake off those experiences quickly. I couldn't face anyone or anything today. i cuddled my dogs and laid in bed most of the day. i had this underlying anger inside today- not at a specific thing just anger. i felt disconnected with myself, very numb, like if you stabbed me with a knife i wouldn't feel it kind of numb. so i did my breathing exercises and i held the dog, i went and found the cat (just in case). my agitation would not subside. this was the best excuse day i ever could have had to not workout. but come 6:30 i was lacing up the runner's and putting on my heart rate monitor, i decided the other way- let's channel this anger and emotion into something positive.
because my mind had so many thoughts swirling around i decided that i could not run in silence today and find my runner zen on my own. instead i made a playlist of upbeat songs for my ipod and cranked it up. the music drowned out the thoughts. the running of the c25k workout was nothing- no pain- no feeling at all, i was still too numb. i didn't even notice if my lungs hurt today. i just focused on a spot on the wall in front of me and let the motion and music take over.
when it came time to do hills i realized that i was not feeling anything. today was going to be the day- i could feel it. my first 1000 calorie workout. channel the anger, the rage, the lonilness, just walk as fast and hard up those inclines as you can. there was little thought. the sweat poured off me as i forced myself to linger on harder inclines than normal. i have never sweat so much in a workout.
when it was done i almost collapsed onto the floor. i sat on the bed and pet the dog. it took much longer than normal for my heart rate to return to normal. i looked at my heart rate monitor and there it was 1056 calories burned! i have checked off my first fitness goal of the new year!
i feel calmer. i'm still not 100% but i finally feel like i am turning the corner on my latest episode. i know i won't be pushing a workout of that level on myself everytime, however what i did create for myself was something to point to everytime i think i can't do it- cause i can do it and tonight proved it.
here's hoping for lots of kitty love tonight and a return to normal heather.
Posted on 1/19/2012 by moran1917
today i thought i would have a hard time convincing myself to workout cause i was tired and sluggish all day. turns out i was wrong. when the time came i was ready to go! So this is week four of c25k. last week i ran for 9 minutes total, this week it jumps to 16 minutes total running time. that's a 7 minute jump...hmmmmmmm. i was doing great thru the first two run components then i got a nice few minute walk break. i was thinking this is not too bad, i'm handling it, no worries. ran the third sequence was starting to feel it in the lungs. half way thru the forth sequence of running i thought i would die. my lungs were on fire. i couldn't seem to breathe fast enough or get enough air...c'mon i say just two more minutes!! i did it, but wow, lungs hurt.
with the extra running from this week i found that my heart rate stayed up higher than what has been normal during my hill intervals. this allowed for more calories burned. that pleases me, i think. today i hit the runner's zen fairly easily, but i couldn't completely clear my thoughts cause that gaga song telephone was stuck in my head!!
today was the first time that there was no leg pain at all throughout the workout. i mean i could feel my muscles working, but no tensing or pain. this also pleased me. i hope it keeps up.
i have a new workout food. about 45 minutes before i workout i eat a greek yogurt, single serving. i have had no trouble with feeling like i am going to throw up during or after the workout since i adopted this practice.
Posted on 1/17/2012 by moran1917
today's workout was a drag from start to finish. It was no harder on my body than any other workout i have done during the c25k, this was purely mental. My attitude was not good and it never changed. i didn't get that runner's zen that i am looking for when i workout. i watched the clock on the treadmill for almost the whole 90mins.
i kept thinking i can't go up another incline. why not i would ask cause you did two other times this week. so i would bargin with myself that i would not go past incline 6. then the end of the interval on incline 6 came and i hit the button to move it to 7 anyways. oh how i whined and cried in my head. but physically nothing was wrong.
it can be hard to convince yourself to keep going. i mean there is no rule that i must burn 800 calories or more a workout, this was a goal i set for myself. so why not just get off the treadmill, i did enough to lose weight. but it's about more than losing weight. i want to be fit. i want to be able to run. i want more energy. i want to help alleviate my depression and anxiety. i want more discipline. and i want to complete insanity....you think c25k and hill intervals are pushing you- just wait till your fit enough to do insanity!!!!!
the dogs have taken to having epic wrestling battles on the bed while i work out. they pause to stare at me from time to time and then back to wrestling. it is funny to watch them.
Posted on 1/14/2012 by moran1917
Ok so this actually has to start with an addition to the last blog. Last time i did the c25k and hills after and ended up on the treadmill for 108 minutes, burned just over 900 calories. I over did it. Two things happened after i had finished blogging and logging on here. The first is that i threw up. After i worked out i had a long hot bath and when i finished it i suddenly got dizzy and puked. I was so hungry that i was in pain. The lesson i learned is that i have to eat more before i workout so i can have enough energy for the whole workout and anything extra i want to do.
The extreme hunger was the next part. I had created a 1400 calorie deficit for the day. That was simply too much. I ate what i had intended after my workout, but i felt sick. I ended up eating back 500 of my workout calories cause i had to or i would have kept throwing up. My hunger was crazy and just couldn't be solved. i ended up going to bed hungry and upset. All of this could have been avoided if i had eaten more BEFORE i worked out.
Brings us to today. Made sure to have a turkey sandwich before i worked out!! Not immediately before, like an hour. Then had to conquoer the mental battle. Today i am out of focus and all over the place in my head. Working out was the last thing i wanted to mentally, but physically i still wanted it. So on the treadmill i got. NO EXCUSES right? There was pain. My shins hurt soooo much and it didn't go away after 10 minutes or so when it usually loosens up. I couldn't divert my attention from the clock and the pain. How much longer seemed to be the mantra of today's workout. I decided to do my hills after the c25k part of the workout.
The hills all sucked, my shins continued to hurt, i was sucking wind harder than normal. I was like no way am i doing incline 8 today. Then i was like you're a pussy, get over yourself and do it. So i did. But my lower back started to hurt so much i was leaking tears. I decided to skip incline 7 on the way down to stop the pain. When i got back down to level 5 all the pain left me. My shins were fine, working out felt good, my breathing was reasonable for my efforts. Now i feel pretty good- just had to push myself through it!!!
Posted on 1/12/2012 by moran1917
OMG! I really pushed myself today and came really close to breaking that 1000 calorie workout goal. 933 calories!!! Took me 98 minutes, i would like to burn more in less time, but that will come. Today my goal was to tire me out so i would sleep better tonight- and hopefully go to bed earlier.
So when you go past 99:59 minutes on my treadmill the clock resets to 0 min and keeps going. My calories and distance keep tracking. I was just curious, today i had the energy and will power to stay on that long.
I bought a HRM today! The band is pretty cause it is red and grey. I like it. I like that i know what i burned instead of estimated. Turns out my estimations were really close which is good to know. It is easier to estimate when you are on a machine and you know exactly how fast you walked and stuff. When i walk the dogs i really have no idea and have been guessing how fast i am walking. With the HRM i will know exactly how many calories i burned- this lets me do more outside with the dogs.
I was in Canadian Tire today (non-canadians think hardware and automotive store) looking for a new water bottle. I didn't find one i liked at that store but i did find me a find! I was looking through the fitness aisles and saw that they had p90x and insanity at the store. I have been very interested in insanity cause it doesn't use any equipment. It was not cheap at $159.99, but after c25k i planned to buy it anyways. The awesome part is that i have the Canadian Tire Mastercard and had acculuated enough Canadian Tire money to get the program for free!!!!!! and that was after my husband bought us a new humidifier with that money just last week. Guess those point cards can help out! SO now that it was free i am really happy with the purchase. But don't expect any chat here about insanity until i finish c25k.
I cannot close my eyes on the treadmill or i lose my balance and practically fall off. hahahahahahahahaa idk why.
Posted on 1/10/2012 by moran1917
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