Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Blah blah blah

That is how I was feeling yesterday, Blah. I was so sore from pushing myself soo hard the day before, not only that but I had a sick kid at home. I did not do much in the way of workout. I did some stomach exercises, and some cleaning, but my three year old was so misserable that all he wanted to do was sit on my lap with 103.7 degree body. Thankfully he woke up this morning better, yay! Doing Gillian Michaels 30 day shred week 2, and running on my treadmill.

Monday, April 30, 2012

I ran the whole mile!

I have been having a hard time getting out on the road since I do not have a jogging stroller.  I said that I was only going to run outside, but since I keep not running because I can't get outside I decided to run the treadmill.  I did a mile after doing my 30 day shred video and I ran the whole mile!  That is big news in my book :-)
Go me!  Baby steps right???

Getting a jump start

I have neglected this blog because life has been so busy, it's time to get back on the bandwagon.

I am doing Jillian michaels 30 day shred, and I am going for a run!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Running and Shredding

Yesterday I did 30 day shred and today I ran.  I am trying hard to do C25K but I do not have an armband and I seem to keep hitting reset on my phone and resetting the program so it gets messed up.  I sort of have a track in my neighborhood  (sell choosen on the streets) that I run.  I have got to figure out how to modify my body though.  I have been running on the treadmill for so long that my impact is horrible.  I have got to figure out how to change that.  I did a mile in 14 minutes but that was with walking for the first 5 miinutes as warm up.  Not bad, but I chose a pace and I stuck with it for my running part.  Then I started just running when I felt I had caught my breath rather then waiting for the walk to start.

I have no idea how to retrain my body to run on the road so I would love a suggestion that anyone has.

Monday, April 16, 2012

30 day Shred Day 2

Last week I started Jillian Michael's 30 day shred.  15 minutes into it I quit.  People in my house were sick and I felt terrible during the workout  I should have stuck it out but I really felt bad.

The next day I could feel the pain.  My entire body was feeling it for three days!

This weekend was super busy for my family and I never got around to getting back to the workout, but I did do a TON of walking this weekend, so I am pretty sure that I burned a ton of calories with all the walking.

I thought that today would be a little easier on the on the workout front.  It was not.  That DVD was just as hard today as it was last week.   I guess it is just going to be hard for a while.  Hopefully tomorrow I will not be as sore.  I am doing the workout with 5 pound weights and the DVD recommends 3.  I feel shaky when I end the DVD so I am thinking that I need to invest in some smaller weights.  Problem is that I really just do not want to invest the money in smaller weights.  Isn't the point to work up not down?  I really think the combo of cardio and weights is what is making this workout so hard.  Usually I just do cardio or weights.

Needless to say its going to be a struggle.  Its been a difficult few weeks on the workout front.  I don't even have the energy to run.  I am going to try and have an early dinner and see if I can find the energy to run this evening.  I am tired!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

In a funk but gotta get rid of the junk

My personal life has been a mess and thanks to our spring break once I stoopped working out my energy level went down the tubes!  I can not believe how horrible I feel from not working out!  It is the worst.

One of the groups that I read for weight loss they posted photos today and it was such an inspiration to me that I think that it was just what I needed to get out of the funk and get all the junk out of my head from this foul mood I have been in.  So, today is day 1 of 30 day shread.  Tomorrow I will be back to running.  Kamden goes to school tomorrow, and I am going to try and go volunteer in Kloes class.

Friday, April 6, 2012


I imagine that at some point in time we all run into that blah moment  where we all just do not want to do anything.   For me that is now.

When I got back from vacation my first day back spin class was canceled.  Then something with life came up and and doctors appts, and then I found out the the gym would be closed for two days.  But wait.  It would be open for classes.  The classes that I pay for a membership to be unlimited for....BUT, the classes that there were holding although they are the normal classes that I attended would NOT be included in my normal unlimited membership fee because the rest of the gym would be closed, ummmmm say what???  So now I have to pay to go to classes that I normally go to and already pay to go to???????   

Needless to say, I am no longer going to the gym.  I have been running on the road (which right now is only 15 minutes) and doing strength training.  Which is aparantally working for me because  I have lost two inches in my waist in the last two weeks.  I know it won't say that way, but maybe now I will start loosing some weight.  Despite working out 5 days a week for at least an hour every day at the gym I was not loosing anything and I was gaining inches :-(

I am in a major funk thanks to the gym.  That and the fact that I feel like I no longer belong here in Tennessee.  I feel like I should move now.  Gosh.....only what...4 or 5 more months?????

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday's run/ bike

I went out again today.  1.32 miles.  Some walk, some run.  All outdoors and all of it was HAD!  I was pouring sweat when I got home, but I did it.  It is so hot here, we have the ac on.

Well I decided to add a little more to my day and did 2 miles on my bike.  According to my HRM I burned 166 calories!  Whoot.  Not alot, but enough to keep me motivated.
One more day down.  :-)  I will not quit.

Running on the road

I did not realize that there was such a difference in road running and treadmill running.

Last weekend my oldest DD and I went out to run.  I couldn't do it!  Of course I had already gone to an hour of spin class and I think those 600 calories that I burned were just too many and my body was exhausted.

We went on vacation this week and I took my running shoes.  They did not get used.  I did not do ANYTHING as far as running.  I also took my weights and I did some exercises.  Actually to the point that my arms were sore.  That was good.  We also did paddle boats that were HARD!  I can not believe how much 4 people can paddle and you just don't go anywhere!  Talk about lack of motivation.  I think we were out on the water for about 40 minutes before we gave up. 

We got back early Friday evening and I was so tired.  Tired from eating unhealthy foods, and tired from being in the car for two extra hours but then I didn't sleep.  I ended up with about 5-6 hours of sleep.  Horrible sleep!  Not even good, knock out sleep.  I got up and ran on the road yesterday though.  Only for 15 minutes, and it was part run part walk, but I did it.  I am trying to retrain my body to run on the front of my feet instead of heal first.  It is hard.  I am working on it though.  Somehow I think it would be easier if I were running barefoot, but I do not dare.  Not on the roads in my area.

So today, after I run my errands I will try and run again.  I am just going to add in a little more each day and see how I do.  Hopefully today goes a little better although I didn't sleep well last night either so we will see.

Goodness becoming a runner is HARD!  I will not give up though. Trying hard to remember the words below.

Friday, March 23, 2012


I FINALLY made it to yoga class yesterday!  Yay.  I have been trying since the beginning of the month when the class started to get there.  The first week I was on a field trip with Kinsleys class.  Then we had a lunch for someone at the gym, and so this was week 3 and I made it!  I am so happy that I went.  I have been having alot of personal struggles in my life.  Most of them are stemming around our upcoming move.  It was stressing me out, BAD!  To the point that some days were filled with tears :-(

Her information she put out was about finding peace in change especially change that can come from military moves and the end of deployment stress.  Wow, did you design this class around my life?

I was able to relax and enjoy the class, but wow is my upper body out of shape!  My arms are weak and almost gave out on me a few times.  We did a position though that was amazing.  It really helped me to relax.  I thought that it would be awkward, but I am pretty sure that I fell asleep while we were doing it for a few short seconds.  I am for sure going to be doing that one at home!

My entire upper body hurts today, but it is spin class day so there is no rest for me. or my muscles.  I am anxious to see what my new HRM (heart rate monitor) is going to tell me as far as calories burned.

Well my munchkin is awake and I need coffee, and water before I head to the gym in an hour.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Heart Rate Monitor

On Monday I decided that if I was going to get more accurate with my weight loss and my running that I needed to order a heart rate monitor.  I decided to order a Polar FT4 from Amazon.  It was on the lower end of the nicer models, but had all the features that I wanted.  It allows you to input your age, weight, and height and it gives you a target heart rate and will beep if you are outside of that heart rate.  You can even wear it while swimming.  I had read that it would not give you calories burned while it was active that you had to wait until you had ended you session, but I found that was not true.  I was able to press the button during my workout and see how many calories I had burned.

The monitor comes with an online program that allows you to register online and enter your info after each workout so you can see if you are improving. I personally do not find the need to do this as my times will show if I am improving, but I did register so that I could see what it calculated my BMR to be to see what it had my calorie consumption to be at. 

When I first started working out I started logging my calories on a website called  While I still use their website and their app on my phone, they grossly under estimate the calories that I need by about HALF!  I was under eating my calories by about 1,000 a day so my body was starving!  Now that I am trying to eat more it is hard to work up to those calories, but at least I have an answer as to why my hair was falling out, and why I was holding on to all my weight, and gaining some :-(

I am hoping this new "toy" helps.  I wore it yesterday and I was actually shocked that it was pretty in line with what my treadmill had said I was burning.    I really thought that it would be way off.

I planned to wear it last night while riding my bike, but the tires are flat.  I was going to ride it today but now it is raining.  I am going to do the treadmill today, and yoga later today.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Phone fun Friday (late)

This week has been very challenging week so excuse the fact that this is late.
Kamden and puppets from when I was a kid....Jim on the ladder painting the stairs, Jim shopping and modeling clothes for me, our yard after I pulled weeds and put down 18 bags mulch.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The sad reality

of what I look like after I have been on the treadmill and did two of the weight loss workouts.

Friday, March 16, 2012

zumba day and nothing fits

I went to get dressed yesterday and I have one pair of capris that fit, thats it.  Wow :-(  I have been working out for a good solid two months, I watch EVERTHING that goes into my mouth, and I feel like I am gaining weight, ugh!  I am ready to cry.  I just do not understand.

Yesterday was zumba day.  It was a rough day mentally for me.  Not because of zumba but because of a fall out with a "friend".  Wow what a wake up call.  :-(  I am not really even sure what to feel anymore.  All I know is that I wanted to run away.

I hate mexican food yesterday for my "friends" birthday lunch.  I ate rice, a taco and something else that I didn't finish.  I was just not hungy.  Then I didn't eat dinner.  I was not even hungry  We didn't eat lunch until about 2, so well, I just didn't eat.  I know terrible for me, but I am not used to mexican food anymore, and well, I didn't want to eat.  I did drink a ton of water with luch though.

More exercise consisted of  gymnastics class with Kamden. It is not alot, but I do all the war ups and stretching stuff with him.  Even though it is a "parent participation" class, mos of the parents just walk next to their kid.

I am beyond frustrated in this weight loss journey.  It is so hard when you are working so hard and nothing works out.  Why was I able to kick but a year ago and now things are so hard??????  The frustrations are growing.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

week 1 day 2 re do

Well thanks to my shin issues I had to put off running.  Now that I have new shoes I decided to try and run last night.  I started back with week 1 day 2 because that day was so hard  for me.  It was hard again and this time I did NOT do cardio before hand although I did do some upper body stuff.   I am thinking that I am going to be stuck on day 2 for a while.

I ran/walked my 25 minutes and then I continued to walk/jog until I got to the 45 minute mark.  It has been warm here and my playroom was horrible hot.  I was going to try and make it to an hour at least, but my phone rang and I took that as my sign to stop.  I was already so sweaty that my ear buds were falling out of my ears.

Oh a side note, I would love to know what everyone wears in their ears.  I know weird questions.  I was considering buying the buds that go over the ears but I loved the ones that fit in the ears.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New running shoes

So I have been giving my legs a rest.  I went shopping for new running shoes and took the day "off" from all exercise yesterday because I it was my anniversairy and well, I guess we all need to rest.  Instead I spent the day pampering my feet by getting a pedicure, and shopping for new running shoes.

I am excited to try them out but I am wondering if I should give myself one more day to rest my shins.  I am just so unsure.

I debated over and over again barefoot running.  I have decided that if these shoes don't work that I am going to try semi barefoot running.  Wearing special shoes that protect your feet but that allow you the advantages of barefoot running.  Just praying the new shoes help.

So, I will update later today and let you know if I run.  In the mean time I need to run and shower.  We have someone coming to measure for flooring today.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Short term setback

I have shin splints.  I am not even on day 3 and I have shin splints!  UGH.  Its my shoes, I know it.  I am going back to my old ones until I can buy new ones.  I am going to have to not run for a few days.  In the mean time I am going to work on my regular daily workouts and not let this become a major setback.

Am I disappointed yes?  But I will chug along.

I did kickboxing today, awesome class!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

What the heck is Gait check?

I kept hearing people ask if I had gotten my gait checked????? HUH????? I had no idea what the heck a gait was.  It was suggested that I go to a professional running store.  Problem is that I live in a city that well, has next to nothing.  So I did what every well respected human being does when they have no idea what anyone is talking about....I went to google.

I came across this article here that tells you how to check your gait if you do not happen to live in an area where there is a well respected running store.  Of course you have to have an old pair or running shoes, but I fully intend to check out my old shoes tomorrow.

So, if you are like me and have no idea what checking your gait is all about.  Check it out. Now that I know hopefully I can narrow down what types of shoes I will need to run in.  The current ones are not working.

a little inspiration

week 1 Day 2.5

I am calling this 2.5 because my plan was not to run today and I was not following the C25k plan. I just ran on my own.

My plan for the day was to rest because I start kickboxing tomorrow and my shins are killing me but once my husband got on the treadmill I knew I was not going to be able to stay away.

Anyway, I did a mile.  Not alot but I wanted to do something.  I took a minute off my mile today!

Stats for the day

Run 5.2
Walk 3.2-3.5
Distance 1 mile
Total Time 14:04

Not great, but it is still week 1. 
I do not think I will be running tomorrow my shins hurt :-(

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Day 2 week 1 (Friday March 9 2010)

I knew this day was going to be hard for me.  I was wondering if I should wait until Saturday to run or to do day two on Friday after I went to spin class.  I opted to run.   Day 1 was easy, who would day two be that much harder.

Well, it turns out when you do a high endurance class like Spin you sort of get the energy sucked out of you.  Running is not really something you should be doing after a class like that unless you are really in shape.  I guess I am not.

Needless to say when I started running I was feeling REALLY good for like the first 10 minutes after that it went down hill.  I tried to run faster then I did two days prior, and well, no bueno.

So, I finished my two miles.  It took me 30 minutes and 33 seconds.  I wanted to finish in under 30 but that didn't happen.  Maybe tomorrow?  And now, my shins are horrible sore.  Hope that if I rest today tomorrow they will feel better?

Oh, and turns out the belt on my treadmill was loose!  I was having some issues running but we didn't really notice until my husband got on and the belt kept slipping.  Got online and read how to tighten it.  Problem seems to be solved, but I am not running today, so we will see how it feels tomorrow.

Day 2 Stats
Total time on treadmill 30:33
Incline I think 2.5
Walk speed 3.5
Run speed 5.2 and 4.7  I started off trying to run faster.....I did get up to 5.8 when I was trying to finish in under 30 min flat

Friday, March 9, 2012

Day 1

When I started on my first day I was scared. Scared that it would be too hard and I would fail miserably. Good thing for me day one was easy! I give all the credit to the spin class I have been doing. I was able to not only run but I ran past what the program said to run.

Day 1 Stats
Total time on treadmill 35:33
Incline I think 2.5 I need to check
Walk speed 3.5
Run speed 4.7

I plan to update all the same information each day that I run.

Why I started this blog

For years now my husband has wanted me to run with him.  For years my friends have looked for someone to run with.  For years, I did not run.  For years I would get 1/2 a block from my house before my throat and lungs were burning and I just could not do it.

In Feb 2012 my husband returned from deployment and again was asking me to run with him.  I again said "I am not a runner".  I started thinking about it, and I had been working out almost daily for a while, why couldn't I be a runner?

So on March 7, 2012 my journey to become a runner came to life.  I read up on a Couch 2 5 K running program and decided to give it a shot.

This blog will be my journey into not only a healthier me, but the Wana B runner that is coming out of me.