Saturday, March 29, 2008

Oooouch @ SF Giants

So far this week I went to the gym Wednesday and yesterday (Friday). Yesterday was the first time I've done legs in weight training since March 13th, so 15 days. I'm feeling the pain today. My calves are sore, my quads are sore. It's all sore. I'm going to pass on the gym today and go tomorrow for the start of a new week. I'm going to be starting Week 4 of the c25k program and am, shall we say, apprehensive about the 5 minute jogs. I know I will succeed as long as I stick with it.

I went into SF last night for a Giants game. It was quite chilly and misting/raining most of the game. It was a good time but I ate way too much! I had Garlic Fries and a Hot Dog at the game, plus about 2 beers. Afterward we went to a Salvadoran restaurant and I had 1.5 pupusas (they were pretty big!), 1/2 of a pastelito, and part of an enchilada (which looked more like a small tostada). It was all very good but I was way over-stuffed and I don't want to know how many calories it all was. I'll be eating pretty close to my Points for the rest of the week.

On the way home I saw a sign advertising the SF Marathon in August! That's the one that has a 5k option which is my goal to run. Even at doing each week twice I should have plenty of time to finish the Couch-to-5k program by then. That even allows for a few extra repeat weeks if needed, or sick weeks, which I sincerely hope to not have any more of.

Today I'm going to look at bikes (again). There are two bikes I plan to check out today and I might make a decision today. I'll definitely be posting pics of my bike ASAP if I get one!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Slump City

After I miss a few days at the gym I start to get down. A few more days and my thinking gets negative and my mood turns glum. I start to think I'll never get back to the gym and that I'm destined to be overweight and out of shape. I start to dread going back to the gym. Miguel and I have named this irritable, negative state as being in a slump. You guessed it, I had a slump.

It started with my getting sick again. I was hoping to start back to the gym this past weekend but it didn't happen. I wasn't feeling good enough. I finally decided today was the day. I haven't been to the gym in 13 days. It was do or die time. Well, not quite that dramatic but you get the point. I made it (yay!) and things went alright. I was coughing a bit during cardio and the upright bike was downright tough, but I did 50 minutes total cardio and burned 500 calories.

That included my Couch-to-5k program. I'm still doing Week 3, which, after the 5 minute warm-up walk, looks like this:
-90 second jog (5.0mph)
-90 second recovery walk (3.7mph)
-3 minute jog (5.0)
-3 minute recovery walk (3.7)
-90 second jog (5.0)
-90 second recovery walk (3.7)
-3 minute jog (5.0)
-3 minute recovery walk (3.7)

This was my 7th day of doing the Week 3 program. The 3 minute jogs weren't easy but I got through them. I did upper body weight training after and left the gym pooped. I'm going to switch to Week 4 next week. Week 4 starts with the 5 minute warm-up walk and then looks like this:
-3 minute jog
-90 second recovery walk
-5 minute jog (!!)
-2.5 minute recovery walk
-3 minute jog
-90 second recovery walk
-5 minute jog (again?!)

Wow, I've got a couple of challenges in store for me.

On the fun front I got to wear one of my new shirts. I wore the purple one that says UnderArmor across the chest. It's a little shorter than the others so when lifting my arms my tummy shows. Eek! Fortunately when my arms are up my tummy seems somewhat flat so it's not too horrendous :)

So I have a confession. I haven't been tracking my eating since I got sick. I haven't tracked a full day since Tahoe, almost 2 weeks ago now. Tomorrow is when my Weight Watchers week starts over so I'm going to start tracking again. I have paid attention to my eating, but I can't be sure if I've been in my Points range. I'll see how this shows up in the scale tomorrow. I'll have to wear my lightest weighing clothes :)