Friday, January 8, 2010

Week 1, Day 5

Only four days in to working out and eating "healthy". Healthy I use as a relative term. I haven't been pigging out on junk food and Adam and I have made all of our meals this week - no eating out! I quite enjoy the Weight Watchers method of tracking food, but it seems that I never stick with it and I starve myself and then I splurge and drop the ball. So until I can get a good balance, I might just work to eat BETTER instead of PERFECT while I continue training regularly. I've never been a huge fan of the gym, but I feel like once I actually get off my bum and get there, it's not all that bad. I'm actually looking forward to swimming after work today - and again hoping I don't die of a heart attack while doing it (today is supposed to be 1000 meters! YIKES!).

Even after only four and a half days of improvements, I feel better. I would almost consider myself hyper today! I feel great - motivated, energy is up, looking forward to getting off work and going to the gym (and read more of the book that I'm reading that I almost didn't want to put down after lunch today!) - and I swear it's not caffeine either!

I will say that I'm so thankful for Adam helping me. He's on board with eating healthy with me (and for himself) and working out with me. He gives me the right amount of support to get me to do what I know is right. For example - with ~8 inches of snow on the ground yesterday (and it was still snowing!), we were heading out of the gym and we both knew we had no groceries or anything to make for dinner. He suggested we hit the grocery on the way home. In this weather!??! Wouldn't drive-thru be easier.....and warmer? We detoured to the grocery and had a much better dinner last night and meals for the next few days rather than a #1 with no pickle.
Soooo...........Week 1, Day 6 is tomorrow.....Saturday....a weekend.....sleep in day and be lazy.....workout??? Definitely turning over a new leaf.....

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Week 1, Day 4

Today's Excuse to Why I Shouldn't Workout - It's snowing outside and the roads are bad, so I probably should come straight home after work instead of going to the gym.

Even as those words were coming out of my mouth this morning to Adam, I chuckled to myself. I definitely hear some of my mother in that comment (no offense, Mom). I definitely know that if somebody was giving away free food on the other side of the city, come rain or shine or 8 inches of snow, I'd find some way to make it there. But to the other side of the river to the gym? That just doesn't sound safe :) This is just the kind of example of the types of excuses that I have told myself for years! "I can't go to the gym because I'd get sweaty and then I'd have to shower and I don't feel like showering twice in one day because it'll dry out my hair. But I have to be showered, because I have plnas with friends for dinner. I just won't go to the gym then." Don't judge...I can't be the only one that does that! Back to the rules - No Excuses. If those ridiculous explanations aren't the world's worst excuses, I don't know what is. I'll have to forget those! (or get better at making up good ones! Haha)

Workout #4 complete.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Week 1, Day 3

There is a reason Michael Phelps has the back and shoulders of the hood of a small SUV! Today was my first swimming workout. Even before the workout, I asked Adam to buy me a workout worthy drawers are full of ones that are beach worthy, but might not hold up to me flailing around in the pool for exercise purposes. Ok, so thanks to my wonderful hubby, I now have a swimsuit...CHECK. Goggles...CHECK.

Adam says the idea of this workout is to keep moving in the pool during the laps. Speed is not the goal, the point is to get used to the water, work on form and keep your heart rate up...and my own personal goal - trying not to drown or lose consciousness because I'm so out of breath after only 1 lap. :)

I had this idea in my head that I would be a great swimmer and it would be a piece of cake....oh dear heavens almighty, was I wrong! Workout complete. I will definitely have to work on that one.

3 days down....15 1/2 weeks to go....

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Week 1, Day 2

So I don't believe I fully explained what we will be doing for this training. We will be following a 6 day-a-week (internal monologue - "6 DAYS A WEEK!?!?!! &*^$###&($*!!!") training schedule from a book Adam is reading (Starting Out: Triathlon, Training for Your First Competition by Paul Huddle and Roch Frey) that will alternate workouts with combinations of running, biking, swimming and strength training. Today was biking - biked 10 minutes as a steady pace and then at high intensity in 2 minute increments with a short 30-60 second recovery. We did this for about 30 minutes (biked about 6.7 miles in 30 minutes) and then I hustled my sore butt to my indoor soccer game where I ran my little tush off...tired and hungry, I went home...

Another breakthrough today - I was reading an article on about new year's resolutions that people tend to break and it gave a few pointers if losing weight and working out were one of yours - lightbulb!
"Set specific goals...Avoid thinking that you want to run a race somday. Sign up for a 5K during your first session."

Duh! I will sign up now for a triathlon sprint! [A triathlon sprint is a shorter version of a true triathlon. It's still swim, bike, run, just with shorter distances]

I researched a few in Illinois and I think we will decide this week which one we want to sign up for. No excuse will get me out of that one - my name will be on the race list (and the check will be cashed). One of the races we are leaning towards is April 24th!! EEEK! That's only 16 weeks away! Right now, I probably can't do an individual leg of the event, much less the entire thing. I hope there will be CPR certified volunteers at this event.....

Monday, January 4, 2010

Week 1, Day 1 - The Beginning

I didn't realize it when I went to the gym today that I would be making a resolution to start a journey towards weight loss via training for a triathlon sprint.

Adam convinced me, and I sort of guilted myself into going to the gym today - sadly, I hadn't gone since before the wedding...over 5 months ago!! So the additional 10+ pounds since then nor the $30 per month seemed to motivate me to get in there...but with a little help from my hubby, I finally decided to go.

I regularly complain that I'm unhappy being overweight - I complain about not feeling good, I complain about my appearance, I complain about not being able to fit in clothes I may have fit into less than a year ago. Seems like enough motivation to me to work out and eat healthy, right? I know this...

I know HOW to lose weight and remain healthy, but because of my love affair with fast food, chocolate, binge eating, ice cream, eating, drinking and being lazy on the couch...I have not actually been successful at the actual losing of the weight and remaining healthy part of that equation.

So while walking around the Riverplex track with my hubby, we discussed the motivation that should be at the front of my complaints - myself. During this walk, I began to make excuses on why I haven't regularly worked out or eaten healthy and blah blah blah. I was convinced that I would join him and Jimmy in their training for a triathlon sprint with my goal being to race one with them this year. Adam gave me three rules he uses when he coaches (taken from John Wooden) - No excuses, No complaining, No pointing fingers. If I was going to train with him and Jimmy, I would have to be there to work hard and not be the girl whining that it's too hard or that she was tired. I accepted the challenge.

I'm not a writer and definitely never been a blogger, but I figured that this might be a way to keep myself motivated - the thought of someone reading about my progress or lack of...

Against the little voice in my head telling me not to, I've also decided to include my progress with weight and measurements with my progress of the workouts and diet. I figured if I met my goals to get healthy, these numbers should follow and I would then not be embarrassed, right? Since I'm trying not to be a believer of obsessing over the numbers everyday, I will only plan to weigh and measure myself every 4 weeks.
  • Weight - 181.2 lbs
  • Hips - 39.5"
  • Waist - 35"
  • Belly - 38.5"
  • Chest - 39"
  • Arm - 13.25"
  • Thigh - 27"

Let the work begin...