Is anyone else loving the daylight savings time change? It's been great to get home from work and still have time to be outside a bit with the kids. I can't wait until it's a bit lighter at night (and warmer) to run outside - last night I went to the Rec Centre to run and had to wait for a treadmill to be free, and it was already 9pm! Anyway, I managed to get my run in...I was awfully tempted to sit on the couch all night, but dragged myself out to the gym.
We're moving in 3 weeks so it's been tough to find time to work out with trying to pack, going to work, and all the other things life brings. I'm excited about the move though, because I'll be about 3 min from work and could even walk if I wanted to! My current commute takes up about 45 min each way so I'm excited to get that time back every day.
Hope you're all having a great week and finding that time to stay active!
Ok, so when I left for Disneyland I had all intention of following my work out regiment. I even signed the waiver and had my key activated for the gym. However I was wiped out. We got into the park before it opened ( a perk from our hotel). Can you imagine being in Disneyland at 7am? We walked all over the park. Some of the line areas felt like a small track. Although there were not really any lines you still had to walk through the ropes, much like a mouse in a maze. We didn't want to teach our kids to cut under the ropes so the extra steps were taken. We also had the" My legs are tired"and" Mommy up" syndrome. I felt like I was building muscles while carrying them around. We got back to the room around 1:00pm to go swimming then showered and back to the park till 9:30pm.This left little time to go out and go to the gym.
However today the dirty laundry is sorted, kids are off to school and I am back on the treadmill. Hopefully this won't throw me off track too much. I am looking forward to getting back into my excercise routine.
I have to agree with the BOB stroller suggestion! Of course, I am partial to the Stroller Strides Fitness Stroller because we took the time to create the special features with BOB that so many moms desired but no other stroller had. BOB is a great company and their strollers are light and very durable. I do completely understand the financial concern. It will be an investment which will last a long time! However, there are other sources, ebay was motioned but I would check out Craigslist, as well.
So, I have reverted back to walking these days, as I am still fighting off a horrible hacking cough with bronchitis and am headed to the Doc today to make sure that I do not have walking pneumonia. I refuse to not get any exercise so walking has helped me stay mentally motivated even though my body isn't fighting off this terrible cold.
While out over the weekend, I realized that the stroller that I am using to run with Nora with, is really heavy and isn't really equipped for jogging. I have the Quinny Buzz and I LOVE IT, but it does not have a jogging front wheel and I am afraid that I will break the front wheel if I continue to use the Buzz for 3 mile runs, etc. I do not live in the snow so I don't need an aggresive stroller. I'm also looking for something with low financial obligation for a stroller that fits only one child, as I know that I will be having another baby at some point, and will be buying additional strollers then. Does anyone have any suggestions?
This week I took an extra day off because I felt so ragged! After that I hit the gym and I have to say - what a difference a day of rest made! I was able to do more and I wasn't completly drained. Sometimes all your body needs is a little rest.:D
Tomorrow we are heading off to disneyland! I will get my run in before the long ride. Our hotel also has a gym so I will be able to get my workouts in while I am there, not to mention all the extra walking and weights (weights being carried children who climb out of strollers or don't want to stand in line). I am going to be signing up for a 5k in my area that benifits the Matt Garcia Youth Center that is in honor of a friend that died. It is for a great cause and I figured it would be a good practice run to see what I can do and what I need to work on. It is in April so I still have some time to work up to 3 miles. Getting a little closer each week.
With weather, sickness and motherhood, you all could be derailed a bit. Don't throw in the towel. As long as we take baby steps in the right direction, we WILL get there. Take care of those bodies and let me know if I can help!
Although it is raining and completely miserable where I am today, I have managed to get myself out there and back in the gym while still fighting off the last little bit of bronchitis. Other than taking it slow and coughing a little bit through my walk run, I would say that it was pretty good.
Besides the "regulars" that I see in class every morning, I have begun to notice a few people who are getting out there and starting their journey to bring fitness back into their life too. I have chatted with a few of them while in line to swipe our gym cards and it is so refreshing just knowing that there are a lot of people beginning their journey. I am a big fan of having strength in numbers and I thought it would be a good time to remind all of you out there that we are here for you when you begin your journey too.
I was able to get a good run in on Friday in the beautiful sunshine! The block of my kids school is 2 1/2 miles. I ran the longs sides and walked the short the first time around. The second time around I would run from the tree to the bridge at a faster rate then walk then pick another marker and run to that at a faster speed. It felt really good. I heard that this might help increase my stamina. Today the clouds have rolled in again so I am getting on my treadmill for my run. The sunshine was nice while it lasted!
Hope everyone was able to take advantage of the nice weather!
Last night I did my run on a treadmill because it was late by the time I started...and one thing I found that helped me was 'zoning out' when it was getting hard. By this I mean just staring at something in front of me, clearing my head of all my thoughts, and just running. I think this might be a technique I learned in maternity labour classes ha ha - just focus on something in front of you and concentrate on working through the pain! Anyway, the running wasn't painful however near the end I didn't want to drop my speed, but it was getting hard, so I just zoned out until the end.
Farel also mentioned adding some music and I like that too. My weekend runs are kind of social because there are a bunch of us running in a group, but sometimes I think I do better when I'm 'antisocial' and just put on the ipod. Hope everyone is having a great week - nearly half way to our Mother's Day run ladies!
Often times when we look at where we are in our training progress it can be a realization that maybe we are at the hardest point...the decison to keep pressing on! I have read a lot of posts which highlight your successes and I am thrilled with your consistency and energy so far! The challenges you have expressed (finding the time, aches and pains, the mental aspect) will always be there. Motherhood is a constant. Your energy will ebb and flow, as will your motivation and inspiration. Stay focused on your Baby Steps, some days it's just small steps towards your goal and that's ok. As long as you are moving in the right direction you WILL get there!
Some advice for the 30-35 minute shift:
Add stimulation-maybe it's watching a TV show on the treadmill, adding some great kick-butt songs to your playlist, get a running buddy or a motivational book on tape. It's ok to "zone out" a little while getting the time you need on your feet. You may find you get to that 35 min mark faster.
Last night was our running night and it was tough. I'm not sure why, but I felt that every step was a challenge and had to keep pushing myself to get through it. I guess everyone has days where a workout is hard to get through...yesterday was one of those days! On a happy note, it had rained all day long but suddenly the skies dried up and it didn't rain a drop during our 45 min run. So that made it a lot nicer than it could have been!
Hope you're all having a great week....anyone else have those days when it feels like you've gone backwards and your workout seems so hard?
Finally I had a break through today and hit 30 min / 2 miles. I kinda feel like I got hit by a bus but I was excited to push myself to do it. The next steps are reaching that goal running outside and reaching the 35 min standard that has been set in my training routine. But all of that I will worry about tomorrow. Today I will bask in the mini glory of 30 min and enjoy my luna bar and gatorade in the sun.
This weekend I was able to run outside before the storm blew in. It felt good. I had a harder time regulating my breathing outside than inside on the treadmill. I also got a cramp in the arch of my foot. Any suggestions on how to stretch that out? Today I am headed to the gym for my work out. I am a little discouraged that we are up to 35 and I am having a hard time with 30. I don't want to get off track and left behind in the training. I will keep on keepin on until I reach it. Also, someday's I notice that after I run I am wiped out. Any suggestions for food or anything that might help me bounce back? (except a nap because that is not gonna happen =0) )
Where am I with my progress thus far? Well, my success with working out is something that I hold very near and dear to my heart. I went from swimming almost 3 miles a day while I was pregnant to having an emergency C-Section, something that altered the way that I lived my life for the better half of 6 months, to getting totally out of shape and cutting out all workouts from my daily routine. My involvement with the Bye Bye Baby Weight Team, has allowed me to now be able to be working out 5-6 days a week. This program has motivated me to get out there and do something all for myself. I look better, I feel better and I am stronger both mentally and physically.
My surgery with Nora was very complicated; I pulled several ab muscles during my labor and after being pulled and pushed all over the surgery table, I was left wounded in both body and soul. Since I was in bed for while after I had Nora, it took a lot longer than I had ever expected to get back out there and join the real world again. Like many moms out there, my body was in different places than it was before I got pregnant. At least when I was big and pregnant, I was pregnant! Now, every time I looked I looked in the mirror, I felt unmotivated, as if this was just "part of the process" and looking terrible was to be expected. Sad, I know.... Well, after several months of still enjoying the foods of pregnancy, I decided it was time for change and that it was time for me to get back in the gym and make my changes happen.
Today, I am suffering from bronchitis (which I just found out about at this yesterday's doc apt), so outside of a minor set back in my daily routine, I am now able to accomplish the following:
Daily workouts at 6am and back home before 7:15pm just before the little one awakes
Strength training to cross train in addition to running
Sit ups - my abs were cut in half but now I can do over 100 sit ups in one session, and my latest feet is 25 sit ups that require you to sit all the way up to your knees!!!!
Went from never running to running fa slow jog for 25 minutes straight - still trying to work up to the 30 minute duration
Dropped inches in my waist, my face is slimmer and some of pre-pregnancy clothes are beginning to feel BIG on me
Overall, I just feel like myself again. I do fall into my sweet tooth cravings once in awhile, but I know what it will take to burn it off and if it means that much to me, I will do it! I like the way I feel, knowing that I am accomplishing my goals. My goals weren't designed by anyone else - just me - so I only have myself to let down and I am my biggest critic. Working out brings good energy back into my life--Not just the physical part, but the mental part too. I find that my work is benefiting from it too! When I am out on Sales related calls, my nervous energy before a presentation is now replenished with a calm positive energy from my workout and solid / regular eating habits. When they say that bringing a workout back into your life is a "life change" it is because the results from one activity really do have an effect on your entire life.
It is so great to see the team doing so well and sticking to what they set out to do and I only hope to support all of them! Cheers' to everyone on the program and good luck to those of you out there reading this for that little extra dish of encouragement. My wish for you is that it is giving you the proof you need to know that you too can make a difference in your own life. Enjoy the weather out there today and start your weekend off right by getting a little exercise in!