Figuring it Out One Step at a Time

Being new to (well, really it’s more like a second attempt at) this whole running thing is interesting. There’s still a lot to figure out. For example, would I like to run outside more than I like the treadmill? I really don’t like the treadmill, but I think it’s good for getting me used to running without having to worry about other things like safe routes and bad weather.  In the spring, would I like to run around the track in the park near my apartment or would that be too reminiscent of traumatic high school gym classes? Is it better to listen to music while I run or would I enjoy it more in silence? In the past, I didn’t like to listen to music because I felt like it threw off my rhythm. This time around it’s been fine so far, but I wonder what will happen when I get to the point where I’m running more than I’m walking. So many things to think about and try in the coming weeks.

I also realized I may need some additional gear. First off, I desperately need a hairband that wicks away sweat. I grew my bangs out a while ago and so I’m constantly dealing with sweat getting into my eyes. I’ve looked at the Bondi Bands, BIC Bands, and the offerings at Lulu Lemon, but I can’t decide. It’s the little decisions that are the hardest for this Libra!

If I want to run outside and listen to music, I’m going to need one of those sleeve cases for my iPhone. It looks like there are lots of types available. I just need to make myself pick one. Again, these pesky little decisions drive me nuts!

I’m also considering getting a pedometer/monitor that tracks the amount of calories burned. It might be helpful to have a more accurate count than what the machines read. I’ve heard good things about FitBit. Maybe I’ll make it my reward for completing C25K.

At any rate, last night’s workout wasn’t bad. I did find myself thinking about people who enjoy long runs and realized they couldn’t possibly be doing them on a treadmill. There’s just no way to enjoy THAT, right? I’m looking forward to getting to the point where I can find that out for myself.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Getting to Know Each Other via Kenlie from “All the Weigh:

One of the bloggers I enjoy reading does this fun post every Monday called Friend Makin’ Mondays and I’ve finally found the time to participate. And you should, too!

Here are the rules:

“(P)lease take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!”

Getting To Know Each Other

1. What is your favorite color? I love jewel tones: ruby, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst are the colors I tend to gravitate toward.

2. Share one or more of your talents.  I’m a decent cook, great baker. I’m also a pretty good singer and story teller (or so I’ve been told).

3. If you were spending the day getting to know someone new, where would you want to go?  I love to get to know people in places that are conducive to conversation, like a nice, cozy pub or café. My first date with my husband was in a great pub that sadly no longer exists. We talked there for HOURS.

4. What is your favorite meal?  This is a tough one. I like so many kinds of food. I think, though, that anything Thai tops my list.

5.  Do you prefer to text or talk?  I used to love to talk on the phone. I even had my own phone line when I was in high school. But now, I prefer to text if a phone is involved. Face to face conversation is the best.

6. Share something about yourself that might surprise someone that you’re getting to know.  My favorite places to have visited are Sarajevo, Bosnia and Srinagar, Kashmir.

7. Do you color your hair? Yes. I don’t think I’ve seen my actual hair color since I was 16.

8. Do you wear glasses or contacts?  Not yet…

9. What is your favorite breakfast food?  I love eggs and hashbrowns/potatoes. I could eat them for every meal.

10. Would your friends say that you’re sarcastic?  Definitely. I’ve tried to curb it around my husband, though. While his English is amazing, it’s not his first language, and being sarcastic has caused some misunderstandings in the past.

11. Do you prefer salty or sweet?  Ooh, both together!

12. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Their eyes.

13. What is the last movie you watched?  The Raven with John Cusack. It was decent.

14.  Are you religious?  I would call myself spiritual rather than religious.

15. Are you a neat freak, a slob, or somewhere in between? I fall somewhere in between, unless I have a deadline looming, in which case I become obsessive. It’s great for procrastinating.

16. Share something from your bucket list that you hope to do someday.  Vacation on a tropical island. Not very exciting, but sooo relaxing!

17. Are you a risk taker, or do you prefer to play it safe?  I mostly play it safe. I’m too much of a worrier not to.

18. Have you ever worn braces?  Yep, during my early teens.

19. Would you rather spend an evening at a theater or at a club?  The theater.

20. If you could have three wishes, what would one of them be?  Success in finding purpose. I can’t think of anything potentially more satisfying.

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions.  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments!  Happy Monday!

C25K Week 2 Complete

This week’s workouts were pretty great. Everything got easier and I was able to slightly increase my speed during workout #2 and #3. I did days 2 and 3 consecutively since my schedule got a little off track this week. It wasn’t a problem this early on in the program, but I know I won’t be able to do that as I get further into it. I’m looking forward to Week 3’s increased running time. I’m realizing that, for me, running is much more of a mental challenge than a physical one (at least, when we’re talking about 1 mile). Physically I feel fine as long as I keep a steady, somewhat slow pace (for now). So I just try to remind myself to relax, breathe deep, and enjoy the rhythm. It usually takes me a few minutes before I find my pace, but after that it’s pretty enjoyable.

Workout Plan for Week of 1/28

  • Monday – rest & stretch
  • Tuesday – C25K #3.1, stretch
  • Wednesday – 50 minutes cardio, core work, stretch
  • Thursday – C25K #3.2, stretch
  • Friday – rest & stretch
  • Saturday – C25K #3.3, stretch
  • Sunday – yoga

Here’s hoping for a successful week!


Couch to 5K Week 2, Workout 1

Despite the brutally cold weather for the past few days I managed to get myself to the gym to start week 2 of the Couch to 5K program last night. I consider this a small victory since my very handsome husband was warmly nestled in our bed when I got home from work and it would have been oh so easy to stay home and join him for a cuddle session. But no! The challenge of beginning week 2 was calling me.

The nice thing about C25K is that it starts off pretty easy. Even so, last night’s work out was a little challenging. I know from experience that by day 3 it will feel easy again and I’ll be ready for the next round. I find it hard to believe that in a little less than 7 weeks I’ll be running a 5K, but many people swear by this program, so we’ll see. Happily, I am becoming more comfortable on the treadmill and less afraid that I’m going to trip or fall off. Last night I was able to keep an eye on the news while jogging instead of staring intently at the treadmill display terrified that one wrong move will have me flying off the machine. I really have no idea where this fear comes from. I love all the other cardio machines and am one of the first people to try out a new one. I’m sure it will get better over the next few weeks and I’ll be laughing at the memory of the deathgrip I currently use on the handrails at the beginning of each session.

Tonight I have regular 50 minute cardio session followed by some core work lined up. Relatively easy and fun. Yes, I am one of those weirdos who actually likes the gym! Pretty much always have been. I was bummed to discover that my favorite Zumba teacher is leaving us. I haven’t tried out the other teacher, but I will eventually. Zumba is such a nice change from the machine workouts.

New Year, New Goals, New Challenges

ED: I wrote this on 1/21, but must have failed to actually hit publish.

How in the world are we already three weeks into 2013? I don’t understand how this happens!

Obviously, this post is seriously late if I’m coming here to talk about my hopes, plans, and goals for the New Year, but better late than never, right?

One of the ways in which I set myself up for failure is by setting out too many long term goals with very few short term, more easily achievable goals. This year, I’m changing that. So while my ultimate goal is still to lose (and keep off) a bunch weight, I’m re-focusing on smaller goals to get me there.

First up is adding a new challenge to my fitness routine. I’ve been stuck in a rut lately and only maintaining my current weight. So I decided I needed to do something new. Last week I began the Couch to 5K program. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with running, but I know it’s exactly the kind of challenge I need right now mentally and physically. Getting on that treadmill is intimidating! This is especially true when I’m surrounded by other folks who are just pounding out mile after mile while I’m doing whatever run/walk combo is scheduled for that day. Even so, I love it so far. The sense of achievement I feel when I’m done is pretty much beyond compare. I can’t wait to see how it feels when I reach the end of the 8 week program and can actually run a 5K! If you are thinking about trying it out I highly suggest downloading the free app. It walks you through each workout while allowing you to listen to your own music. It couldn’t be any easier than that.

In the countdown to the new year I came up with some theme words which I hope will set the tone for 2013: teamwork, gratitude, abundance, and success. These are the things I plan to focus on and take note of throughout the year in my marriage, my work life, and in my individual life.  It’s so easy to fall into a downward spiral of noticing everything that is wrong or disappointing about life, but there usually is an abundance of things to be grateful for as well.

On that note, the first thing I am extremely grateful for is my husband’s new job! He began working right after the new year began. It’s not great pay and is most likely only temporary, but it takes some of the pressure off and has put him in a much better mood. Hooray for small miracles!

So far, 2013 is off to a great start.