Sunday, April 19, 2015

Workout Week 15

Week 15! And Ive gotten the lead out of my ass and working out much more.

The challenge for this month is walking.  The first full week was ok but I knew I could do much better than that.  Need to do better than what I was doing to get the weight gone.

The big question I had to make myself answer was  “Where to carve out the time I need during the day so I WILL get a workout done?”   

What I know is if I dont workout in the morning, the workout wont happen. Life happens, excuses happen, I will do it later happens - which all leads to NOTHING happening.

So I had to make a change and carve out more time in my morning.

I was getting to work early and ‘working out’ in the room in the building.  Nice that its there but I wasnt pushing myself hard because I didnt want to bring my everything to work (makeup et al) so I could work after working out.

So not pushing myself was just maintaining, not losing.  Something else had to change.

I made the decision last week to get up an extra 15 min early, do my workout at home - where I can push for all my might and get totally sweaty and have everything to get clean and ready for work.

Now 15 min may not seem like much but Im already up at 4:45am, every morning (life, family, etc).  Moving that to 4:30 does make an impact.  I have the effort to get to bed earlier - like 8:30/9pm, so I can be awake for my workout and still have the energy for the rest of the day.  

This week was hard.  Waking up at 4:30 actually wasnt too bad.  The duo of chaos actually helped a couple of mornings (and proceeded to run around the house like a herd of elephants while I worked out).  What killed me was the evening.  I was sooo tired that staying up until 8pm was a chore!

But I made it!  I didnt let myself get derailed.

Thanks for staying through the post this far.  Now for this week’s workouts:

Sunday - 3.85 miles

Monday - 4.57 miles

Tuesday - 4.27 miles

Wednesday - 5.22 miles

Thursday - 3 miles

Friday - 4.31 miles

Saturday - 3 miles

Total: 28.22

I do Leslie Sanson 3 mile walk every morning.  The extra bits are me getting out and walking during lunch during work or walking with the family. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Zombie returns

This week marks Week 13 of workouts.  After my last post, I came down with a nasty cold that D shared.  While his went away as most colds should, mine morphed into full blown bronchitis.  Which with my past I took things easy and made sure lungs were well before starting back into any workouts.

This week I got back into the swing of things with a bang.  Instead of getting to work and changing for the gym, I dress for the gym.  One more excuse eliminated from the possible outcomes (no time to change).  And I get 5-10 extra minutes added to my workouts.

Im still taking things a bit slow as Ive been a total slacker during the last 6 mo or so.

Monday-Wed – Walking for 30 min

Thurs – can you believe a bad muscle spasm?  O M G!  Death I tell you!  Happened right as I was getting ready for the day – lucky I could get my panties on all by myself.  Anything dropped on the floor stayed there or I would get stuck.  I made it to work but wasn’t willing to work out so wasn’t dressed to workout.  Slow and easy people.

Friday – Back is still letting me know this whole working out thing is not part of its plan but damn it – Im the ruler here.  So off to the gym again today for 30 min.

Sat – no walking like I wanted.  Minion #2 (DL) is now 14 and the party involved 6 additional teenagers for a LAN party.  Oh boy the noise.  Still got a bunch of steps in running around as one tends to do with parties.

Other fun stuff than walking has been going on.

Looking back through this blog I see I havent shared anything about the pretty Im making.  A friend got me into making a mystery shawl.  It was for the Rose City Yarn Crawl and while I didn’t finish it time to wear it while we crawled Im still working on it and determining to finish it.  Im on the last part now and cant wait to be done.

So here is the timeline

2/9 – Just getting started (2/7)

2-9-15 mkal

2/18 – Close to finishing up the first part

2-18-15 mkal

3/15 – Finished up part one and two

3-15-15 mkal

3/22 – Showing part 3

3-22-15 mkal

3/26 – On to the final – Part 4

3-26-15 mkal

4/4 – Almost 1/2 way done with the final part

4-4-15 mkal

There’s nothing like jumping in to a new project where you know there are areas you have no knowledge of and at the end you have learned so much there is nothing to hold you back from flying ahead.

This Crawl marks 1 year since I started knitting and I cant believe Im here – making a shawl that has lace work in it and have two sweaters on needles and plans to make more lace-work shawls!

Im having so much fun!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Workout Week 5

A bet better this week. Slowly killing off the work projects so I can take my life back.

Sunday - 2.5 mile walk

Monday - nada

Tues - 1 hr

Wed - Friday - nada

Sat - 2.5 mile walk

Next Week’s Meal plan:

Most of the usual suspects.  Its easier for the minions to start dinner for these and heating up soup is a no brainer for those busy nights.  Easy for all.

Vegan stroganoff
Vegetarian chili mac
Zucchini Lasagna
Jambalaya and Clam Chowder 
Spinach-Potato Frittata
Tomato Quinoa Soup
Spinach Ravioli

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Workout Week 4

Only workout this week was Sunday.  Big projects at work left hardly any extra time for eating and sleeping.  Suck part about that is it lowers my immunity and now Im fighting a cold. 

Sunday - 2.5 mile walk today..

Monday - Sat - no workouts

Next Week’s Meal plan:

Mostly the same plan as last week. Change to the fish soup as the vendor changed it and its not as good as it was.  Going to try a split-pea and see how that goes.

Also need to find something other than minestrone soup as minion 1 doesnt like it and waited long enough to share.  Something will come to mind during the week.

Vegan stroganoff
Vegetarian chili mac
Zucchini Lasagna
Split-pea soup and Clam Chowder
Spinach-Potato Frittata

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week 3 Workout

More on schedule with this week’s results even though fewer workouts were done.  Ive found more body-weight workouts to try that keep me mostly off the floor and I hope more willing to get them started and done.


Workout Week 3

Feeling a bit under the weather this week so the workouts were slim to none.  Hoping to get closer to human for next week.

Sunday - 2.5 mile walk today. Made it between rain showers - lucky me.

Monday - Thurs - I may have gotten 30 min total.  Not good :(

Friday - Better walking in the evening, Got 30 min in and another 3 miles total.

Sat - Total potato day

Next Week’s Meal plan:

Thanks to another busy work week and having a family that isnt overly picky Im keeping the same plan.

Vegan stroganoff
Vegetarian chili mac
Minestrone soup
Zucchini Lasagna
Fish Soup and Clam Chowder
Spinach-Potato Frittata

Week 2 workout

As this was my posting for last week, Im a bit late on posting my Week 2 workout.  But better than never Smile 

Week 2

Hey peeps and welcome to week 2 of workouts.  

I feel better about how much I was able to include workouts in this weeks crazy schedule but also need to tell my inner voice that its ok to not push as hard to shut the hell up.

Meal planning is in week 3 and its been helpful working with the whole family when making dinners.  Planning on Sunday, getting the shopping list ready and then posting the meals on the kitchen white board.  Bonus is that the minions are of age to get dinners started so when I get home I can get right in to the main cooking or finishing.

Sunday - got a full 45 min in of walking today.  Was late but wonderful

Monday - loooong day at work but still came home and got 30 min in.  Called it early cause I needed to eat and get ready for Tues.

Tuesday - This week is going to be long day after long day.  I did get in 30 min of walking after work.  

Wed - My workout was running around from meeting to meeting this week.  Not sure how many steps but lots of running around.

Thurs - night off.  too tired to get my walk on.

Friday - made up for Thurs with a 4+ mile walk during lunch.  Beautiful day for it too.

Sat - this day was just for me and no workouts were accomplished.  I did get many wonderful and relaxing hrs of knitting in and spending time with good friends.  Perfect ending to the week

Next week’s evening meals (not in any order)

Vegan stroganoff
Vegetarian chili mac
Minestrone soup
Zucchini Lasagna
Fish Soup and Clam Chowder
Spinach-Potato Frittata

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Week 1 workout

Ive joined mystoryfortheaudienceoftheworld for a gathering of like minds who are just getting off our collective asses and getting our moves on.  Not because its January or the beginning of a new year or <enter reason here> but because we want to, even need to.

I will add that it is January and in the Northern part of the globe it is cold (in some places cold as all get out) and moving gets a body warmer.  Which makes you happy and not as miserable.  Right?

So lets get on to how I did for week 1.

Week 1 didnt end up as I had hoped but it wasnt a total loss because I did get some workouts in.

As I was on vacation at the beginning of the week, I was keeping the LAZY-on going.  But that was going to change on Tues

Tues - I got to work early (there is a small gym in the building) and got working on the weights and then treadmill.  Total time 1:15 and I felt great

Wed - Late getting to work so I was only able to get to the treadmill.  I got out of the office for a short walk with a friend as a get off your butt excersize  Total time 45 min,   

Thurs - Another late day but the workout on the treadmill keeps me going for the day.  Total time 30 min (my legs are noticing it and not happy with the changes going on!)

Friday - Didnt make it into the gym at all but did walk around town at lunch.  Total time 30 min

Sat - Very lazy day and spent the time knitting :)

I need to find my Fitbit and get it recharged.  It was a victim of my vacation and I believe in pout mode somewhere in the house.

My goal for this next week is to get with YouTube and do Leslie Sansone 3 mile walk every night after work, regardless of how late it is.  Its a 45 min workout that always makes me sweat.