Wednesday, November 30, 2011

When Life Hands You Lemons

My gym posts great health articles on their facebook page each day. Earlier this week, they posted one about easy detox after the holidays that included drinking plenty of water with lemon. I drink quite a bit of water at work each day, and after reading that article I was really wishing I had some lemon with me to squeeze into my millionth glass of water for the day. I responded to the article on FB saying I wished I had a lemon at work. The next day, one of the sweet Moms that comes into the library brought me a lemon. It really made my day....simple kind gestures can mean so much! I smiled ear to eat (when I wasn't puckered from the lemon) the rest of the day.

I left work early today because I had a dentist appointment. Yay! No cavities! After leaving the dentist office a ran a few errands and got home in time to get a quick 35 minute run outside. *Shivers* it was cold...but a good run. I took a new route that included a killer hill. I made it about half way up before I had to stop to walk. I might have been able to make it all the way...but a car was coming my way and I slowed to a walk as I tried to move over to the grass.That hill is my new enemy and I will conquer. I am getting really excited about my 5k on December 17...just a big worried about the colder weather. Speaking you guys have a brand of wicking under shirt that you recommend. I have a Champion and Nike....but the both seem to rise up a few minutes into my run. I blame the DDs a bit for this problem but wondered if any of you had any suggestions. I tried a bigger size shirt, but it still pulled up and was too big under the arms causing discomfort.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

They Missed Me!

Last night when I walked into the gym, the manager ran over to me and said, "Where have you been?!!!" It was really nice to know that I was missed. I told her about the stomach virus...and then that I wasn't able to get to town (my gym is in the town I work in) while I was off work. (I didn't tell her that I cheat on my zumba instructors at the gym with a different instructors at the studio by my house when I am off work lol). After a bit of chit chat, I hit the treadmill. I knew I would need to take it a bit easy since I haven't ran in over a week. My last run was a nice outdoor run the night before the virus struck! I was able to hammer out a nice 5k+ some cool down walking on the treadmill. Last night was cold and rainy (they were predicting snow, but it didn't happen) and would not have been a good night for me to run outside, but I need to get outside for at least a couple of runs before the Rudolph Run on December 17. Maybe this weekend.

Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm Back!

Sorry I have been missing for almost two weeks! It started with one of the worst stomach viruses I have ever experienced. I woke up fine...went into work..and by 10 AM they had sent me home (after some horrific puking!) I had to make three stops on my way home from work (more puking!) and then clean the car when I got home before collapsing into bed! It really took it out of me! Then last week was my Thanksgiving cleaning and cooking Frenzy! I only made it to a formal workout once last week (Monday morning Zumba!), but there was lots of activity! Hopefully things are back to normal this week! I am back at that is step one for normalcy! Can't wait to catch up with you guys!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Weekly Weigh In and Workout Summary

* This is late because Tommy and I were out of town this weekend. It was a wonderful weekend to completely unplug!

Today's Weight:  (no WI this week)
Last Week's Weight: 196
Previous Low Weight: 190

Weight Refection: 

Workout Summary:
Sunday: 0 minutes
 Monday: Total 45 minutes
 30 minutes Bootcamp
15 minutes cycling

Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Total 30 minutes
30 minutes - Outside powerwalk
Thursday: Total 85 minutes
25 minutes cycling
60 minutes Zumba

Friday: Total 60 minutes
60 minutes Zumba

Saturday: Total 0
Tommy and I did so much walking during our trip. I loved walking the old square and the historical streets.

Weekly Total:  (220 mins total)

 Work Out Reflection
Great week!

Work Out Goals for This Week:
At least 250 minutes

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1. As most of you know, I am a children's librarian. I have been working at the library in some capacity since I was 14 (volunteering). Well last night, I ran with one of my former "Story Time Kids." She found me on facebook a couple of years ago when I first got my account (several of my former "library kids" are now facebook friends and tons of Moms). She is now in her 20s, engages, and working on her associates degree in child development! She knew from FB that I ran, and so we decided to go out together. She is just starting out, so our plan was to walk one lap 1.25 miles, and the run/walk the second lap. Unfortunately, it got too dark and we didn't get to finish, but we have fun...and hopefully I have a new running buddy!

2. This week, That Tops Lady, has really kept me on track with my water. Each day we have msged each other on facebook as we finish our waters. It has been great! She is working so hard...and really inspiring me with her constant motivation!What's funny is I know TOPS from the library too! Her kids used to visit me at the library, too! But now she lives a million miles away! BOO!

3. This weekend, Tommy and I are going away for the weekend! Last Spring, we purchased an online deal for a night at a Bed and Breakfast about an hour and a half way. I have never stayed in a B&B or visited this town. I also reserved our stay for the town's Annual Host of Christmas Past Festival. I am super excited! I am not sure what all to expect. But I am excited!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Book Camp Kicked my Butt!

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OH MY WORD!!! I was not ready for boot camp. This class was hard core...and unfortunately, I am not ready for it yet! I think I will try to attend once a month as a way to check my fitness progress, but it will not go into the regular rotation.

The class lasted 1 hour. I lasted 30 minutes exactly. It was a full body workout in circuits (2 rotation of 5 moves in 30 second intervals) stopping. I did fine with the cardio parts, but the floor exercises killed me. As we started our 4th circuit I started to feel woozy...when I stood up from the floor exercises, I started to feel the room spin and blackness coming in on me. I thought I could step to the back grab some water and start again, but I really thought I might pass I quietly picked up my mat and headed out. I grabbed some more water and walked around the gym do get my heart rate down...and then headed to the car.

I had done 15 minutes of cycling prior to the class starting, so I was still able to get in a good 45 minute workout. I am a little down about not being able to complete the class. Part of me want to attempt it again next week, but part of me wants to just run on Mondays. But for now, I think I will keep it a once a month class.

FMFFC Results!

Deb-435 minutes! WooHoo Deb! She made a come back this week!!!
Jess- 260 (that's me!)
Tops Lady- 252 minutes!! And she had her 7th week of losses! Awesome job!

*Because participation in this challenge has dropped so much, this will be our last week of FMFFC! We may start back up after the holidays if there is enough interest. I will continue to type of my week in review on Sundays and would love to continue to hear how your exercise routines are going too!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Weekly Weigh in and Workout Summary

Today's Weight:No196
Last Week's Weight: 195.5 Change:+.5
Previous Low Weight: 190

Weight Refection: 
I am up again this week, but I know I did the right moving on.

Workout Summary:
Sunday: 30 minutes
30 minutes walk/hike

Monday: Total 30 minutes
  30 minutes walk

Tuesday: Total 130 minutes
  30minute Elliptical
 40 minutes cycling
  60 minutes Zumba
Wednesday: Total 30 minutes
30 minutes - treadmill (5 walking-20 job-5 walking)
Thursday: Total 70 minutes
10 minutes walking
60 minutes Zumba

Friday: REST

Saturday: Total 0
I did a ton of walking, but it was during shopping so it doesn't count for challenge.

Weekly Total:  (260 mins total)

 Work Out Reflection
Great week!

Work Out Goals for This Week:
Survive Bootcamp on Monday :)

*If you are taking part in the Friends Make Fitness Fun Challenge this week, be sure to comment on my blog so I won't miss you :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Boot Camp Questions

So my gym is going to start offering boot camp classes next week. I know that some of you have taken boot camp type classes before, so can you give me a bit of a heads up as to what I should expect?  I am a bit nervous, but plan to try it out on Monday. A few other girls from the Zumba class have also agreed to give it a shot.  If I like it, I will hopefully continue to take the class once per week...and slow down Zumba to only twice a week in hopes of still getting in three good run each week. I usually don't do well taking classes and running (I learned this during the 30 day challenge). I would start my workout with my run, and about half way through my class I started to feel shaky. So now it is just moderate walking and cycling on class days.

Tomorrow I am going window shopping in a cute little downtown area with my Neene and Mom. I am really excited about this! It should be a fun morning. And tomorrow night Tommy and I will be glued to the television for the Bama v LSU game. Roll Tide!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Three Things Thursday...

1. Have I told you guys that I am running a 5k with one of my best friends in December? Dick and I have been friends for a million year...and I walked my first 5k with him about 2 years ago! He is living in Portland now, but will be back in Bama for the holidays. He found us a fun Holiday themed 5k in a nearby city, and I just can't wait! This will be my first cold weather race, so it will definitely be something new and different for me! I have also found a New Year's Eve race that I am thinking about doing. I want do do a little more research on the race before I commit to it.

2.  This week I have really been focusing on food. My focus has been as much on what I haven't ate (or treats I have turned down) as what I have.  Tuesday was insane! I turned down a cupcake, tons of candy, butter cookies (one of my favorite holiday treats), and popcorn. As we head into the holiday season, I am going to limit myself to one treat a week!

3.  Question! What is your must have winter gear?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Shoes

I am super excited about my new running shoes. I chose Adidas Marathon 10 for my new running shoes. I didn't get fitted for these shoes like I did my last pair, but I did do some research, and did a quick jog in them before paying lol! I have only done one run in them so far...a nice two miles last Monday. I am breaking them in slowly and hope to rotate these in as "run only" shoes. Doing Zumba 2+ times a week, did a number on my old shoes, so NO Zumba in these. I will have 3 pairs of shoes in my rotation now...(tossing out a pair)...these for running, my Brooks for walking, elliptical, biking...and the Saucony Pro Grids (former running) will now be exclusively Zumba. For Christmas, I would love to buy a pair of actual dance/aerobics shoes for Zumba.

How many pairs of shoes to you have in your exercise rotation? What are your favorite brands/styles?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

FMFF Results!

Tops Lady- 332 minutes!!  And she had another great loss this week! Great job AMY! You are my inspiration these days!


Jess- 60 (that's me)


If I didn't see your total minutes, comment here and let me know! I will edit the post to add them! I think several of us had crazy weeks last week! This week will be better!

Congrats to all of you that finished the 31 Day Challenge!