Go Cincinnati

Where did I leave off? Oh yes. Week one of 5k training down and I feel good.

This past weekend was the weekend of Go Cincinnati. For those that don’t know, a lot of people get together and go do projects all over the city for places that support the community. It was the brain child of a church in Mason called Crossroads. I’d like to stat right out that I’m not a member of their congregation, I’m not really a strong believe in organized religion. A friend invited me to the event and I’m glad she did. It was a lot of fun and hard work.

I was part of the group that was working in the Children’s Garden at Gorman Heritage Farm. We started just after 9am and went until just after noon. We cleaned out wood  chips so it could be replaced, we helped dig out a bed shaped flower box and move it, and then we spent some time with the animals of the farm. It was a really cool experience and we’ve decided to sign up to volunteer at the farm. I was sweeting my butt off but it was good work. I have a lot of picture on my twitter feed of the days events, and you can also check out all the projects on twitter with the hashtag #gocincy. Also here some news coverage!

We skipped the trainer because we were so wiped out. In fact the rest of the weekend was a bit of a wash as I was far too tired to do anything but my house hold chores and those didn’t get done since I was a horrible achy mess. We made up for it on Monday night though. Monday I usually have Belly Dancing, but it’s been tough to get too over the last few months with doctor’s appointments, stress, and it being on the other side of Cincy. I fell kind of ashamed saying that driving across little ol’ Cincinnati is a pain, since it’s such a small city. Seriously, I grew up in NJ next to New Brunswick. Cincy is like a slightly larger version but yeah… I’m getting soft!

So Instead of Belly Dancing we headed over to the Gym. I’m glad to report that I made it completely through my workout, all 30 minutes with giving up. Sure it was hard but it was good. I felt so great about it. Then we took a walk on the treadmill for about 30 or so minutes. I was so happy with myself. Going to the Gym with my friends really helps me push myself to try so much harder and stay longer.  I’m supposed to be starting week 2 with the couch to 5k program but I think I might spend another week at week one, but make myself walk faster and with an incline instead of going the minute on and minute off. I think I should hold off pushing myself until all the test results are back, or at least until I’ve seen the people at Good Samaritan.

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Couch to 5k: Week one Complete

The day after the trainer was rough. I was still really tired and few of my muscles were sore, but not sore enough. You know that feeling right? When you had a great work out and you know the next days is going to be trouble because you won’t be able to move without groaning? I didn’t have any of that, I woke up the next morning and totally felt like I could head over to the gym and do that whole workout again.

That gives made me feel slightly disappointed in myself, I felt like I hadn’t pushed my muscles hard enough. I also realized that my muscles are still kind of there, but maybe my stamina and breathing might not be. I felt disappointed at first, thinking that I’d let myself wuss out and give up before I could really push myself. Then I remembered that feeling on not being able to breathe and the light headedness and I knew that wasn’t me just giving up. It was a legitimate need to stop and take a breather. So, my conclusion is that I pushed myself and my endurance but not my muscles, and I’m actually okay with that.

Halfway through last week Dan and I decided to change-up the routine so that I have the car at lunch, which means I can hit up the gym during the day. I was able to get to the gym only once, for a multitude of excuses, most importantly a doctor’s appointment. I’d been dreading and looking forward to this for months and I was not going to miss it. I even left work a bit early to make sure we had plenty of time to get there.

English: Jenny Craig, Inc. logo

English: Jenny Craig, Inc. logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was the appointment to see my General Practitioner and I had a list of questions I wanted to ask.  I explained my weight loss troubles, and while I don’t think he 100% believed me that I was doing everything right, he did agree that my weight was an issue. They took some blood, right there in the office, and I was given a referral to Good Samaritan Hospital Weight Loss Center. I made the appointment with them on the 29th early in the day and I’m kind of nervous about it.

Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati)

Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good Samaritan is a good hospital and I’m glad that I’m finally going to someone “official”, not that Jenny Craigisn’t official but they are not medical staff. They don’t have doctorates and go to school to study nutrition or the problems involved with weight loss. They do surgery’s there but my insurance doesn’t cover it and I don’t think that’s right for me.  I have the ability to lose the weight without surgery and I should really exhaust all non-surgical options first.

I’m prepping for my meeting with the nutritionist by staying on my normal plan but I’m also being much more diligent about writing things down. I’ve slacked off a bit in the past two weeks when I was feeling like it didn’t matter, and I want to be able to print out the information from Body Media and say, “This is my intake and this is my deficit, and this is how I bust my ass. Why am I stuck at 220lbs?” I’m hoping that their solutions work or the solutions from my Gyno.

The great news about this week is I’ve completed week one of Run Your Butt Off‘s couch to 5k program. Next week I’ll be doing my normal 30 minute walk (maybe more) with 4 minutes walking and 1 minute of running. The running won’t be faster than the walking which sounds difficult. I’m excited to get back to running, walking is great but I love that feeling of that I get when I run.

30 minutes with a Trainer..

The trainer just about destroyed me. Well, not really. He did make me bust my butt and I did push myself to a feeling like I was about to pass out. That is horrible! Thinking about it now, a few days later, I don’t think I would have passed out. I think that was my body trying to find a way to get me to stop, that or I still don’t know how to breathe right.

My goal for the first session was to keep pushing myself and not give up. I wanted to get as far as I could through the first session, even if I was crying and throwing up. Yeah, I know that you don’t really want to push yourself that hard. That was more of a mental statement thing; I needed to make sure that I was setting my mind up to not accept failure or wussing out. In the end I was able to push myself to 25 minutes with the trainer, which I’m proud of. My next goal is the whole 30 minutes.

The routine was simple but challenging and reminded me of the “30 Day Shred” by Jillian Michaels. It was designed to continually work for 30 minutes with fewer breaks. The fewer breaks help keep your heart rate up, while the constant changing keeps your body from adjusting to the routine. We did lots of squats, chest presses on balls, lunges, more stuff with our arms, and this crab walk thing that killed me. So we’ve been tasked to do this the same way, roughly, through the week. He didn’t say exactly but I’m aiming for every other day, except for Friday which is my rest day.

I’ve been bad about following my RYBO book, so I’m 2 days behind my “first” week. If I can keep with my current plan, I’m hoping to hit Week 2 next week were I step up to Run/Walking. I’ll give you an update on how that goes as I progress.

Fridays and Trainers…

Hello Friday! I love Fridays.  Two days that I don’t have to go to the office. Two days that I get more activity and more face time with my friends. Fridays also mean that tomorrow is Gym day with Tracey! I love gym day. If I didn’t love playing video games and reading so much I might have been a gym rat… I’d also have to be less lazy. Heh.

This week while I was at work Tracey talked to the Gym people and met with the training staff; we decided it was affordable enough so we signed up. I meet with the trainer every week at 1:30 on Saturday. Dan will be joining us at the gym but not with the trainer. He plans on walking the treadmill for the hour or so we will be there. I got him to join me when I went on Sunday and he got a good 30 minutes of walking in. He agreed that joining me was a good idea and that his back felt good afterward. I’m super excited for the trainer but I know I’m going to be bemoaning that decision right after we start, ha.

The other thing I’m really excited about is a book my sis-in-law sent me. It’s called “Run Your Butt Off. It’s from the magazine Runner’s World and it’s basically a 5k program with more information and extra stuff. The extra stuff is that they took 16 people and had them do the program they want you to do and you get little tips and tricks that those people discovered, as well as advice, and other things. The book is about weight loss at its core but I found it a great reminder or things I’d forgotten about running. It really is for someone that hasn’t started running yet or just started. Not exactly for my level, but I’m not so far beyond is that I can’t make use of its tips and tools. I’m thinking of actually starting over and following the progress of the book, it’s a 12 week program and if I stuck with it I’m sure I’ll catch up fast enough.

As I said, it’s a couch to 5k program. They do the same things that everyone else says you should do. For example, they do the whole walk 3 minutes run/jog 1 minute and they step up every week until you are running a full 30 minutes. This is suggested by everyone so it’s nothing revolutionary but it is presented in a pretty cool way. The profiles and bits from the 16 test subjects are neat. I love the tidbits they provide. I don’t know what my current rotation is and I haven’t been tacking (which is probably the problem). So maybe starting over is a good idea, I’ll surely “catch up” quickly.

Another great thing about this about this book is that it’s not meant as a something to just read through and then remember or make notes and do later. The chapters are informative and interesting and are meant to be read as you go. Not as you run, obviously, but as you complete the steps. I’ve finished chapter one and have yet to move on too far, I did read a bit and the next chapter seems to be about moving up to the next level. Since I had not decided I didn’t move ahead. So far I’m enjoying the book, I’d recommend it, but only if that kind of thing motivates you.

PS, You’ll start seeing articles (like the ones below) on my posts. I’m adding them because they have more information about things or because they are blogs covering the same things. Surf on friends…

Gyms and 10 minute miles

Welcome back!

Another week, that I spent most of it bouncing between 216 and 220, gone. Well actually, I think I spent most of the week going between 218 and 220. I’m not going to lie, it’s incredibly frustrating working out knowing that I’m not going see results on the scale. It’s hard enough to get the motivation to work out right now without that love reminder that this isn’t going to have any visible result on my numbers. I know that what I’m doing know will have a positive influence on the future, but it is definitely hard to find the drive to push myself harder when I won’t see the results anytime soon.

Some up, some down.. The dance of PCOS

Now, I’m well aware that I’m building up muscle and setting up good habits and other things that will make success a lot easier once we figure out this PCOS problem. It’s just a lot harder to find motivation and I’ve take too finding outside sources of motivation for myself. I like to look at the fitness and exercise things on Pintrest as well as reading motivational “you can do it!” stories and books. It’s a cheap high but it keeps my head in the game and pushes me to get back to it.

Speaking of back to it; I purchased a gym membership yesterday.

Ideal Fitness logo

Ideal Fitness, my new gym

Now, this might seem like the logical step for must but I’ve have some bad experiences with Gym memberships. I joined one with my mom and sis-in-law when I was in Jersey and it was a pain to cancel it. I had to wait until the account was almost in collections before they would cancel the account. Then I found out fun things like you had to write a hand written letter and snail mail it to the company to keep them from auto-renewing your account. So I’m, understandably, wary of gyms. A friend purchased a membership and I liked their policies so I joined as well. There is no contract and the membership/enrollment fees are pretty agreeable. Best is that you can cancel any time without problems. I don’t plan on canceling in the near future but that is something I like to have the ability to do without issue.

Yesterday, I got to the Gym with Tracey and we did some of the abs/core machine and finished with the treadmill. I got about .91 of a mile before the shoes became a problem again. I really need to get to a runners store and get a good pair of running shoes again. I’m awesome are rolling my ankles and I believe I walk/run on the outside of my food and my shoes need to have more cushioning there to help keep my shins from screaming at me. I’d like to get back up to how I was with Kristen, 3 miles without a thought was a great (almost) daily workout.

saturdaychat

Saturday’s trip to the gym was awesome

Today (Sunday), I didn’t have Tracey to spurn me on but I did manage to get Dan out to the gym. He spent about 20 minutes on the treadmill but hey, for a guy with a back injury, that’s awesome. I’m hoping that him getting out to the gym with us, if only twice a week, will help move his weight loss along faster and help out his back. I did more than yesterday, about 1.10 miles. But I got back to an 18 minute mile, and it feels great. I need to bust my butt and get back to 10 minute miles, those were awesome. My ankles hurt today, even more so after we’ve worked out. I need to think about wrapping them for running again. I keep rolling them as I go and it hurts.

Sunday’s was good too! 18 minute mile

Okay, I’ve talked long enough. My goals for the next week are to get back to tacking my food, I’ve been slacking, and get moving more. I want to make sure I get on the treadmill at least once this week. I don’t have to run. Just 15 minutes of walking. I’m also researching PCOS and will have a more in depth post about that when I’ve gotten enough information and had my tests. Have a good week people!