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12th-Mar-2007 09:51 pm(no subject)
Henry Weinhard's St. Patrick's Day Dash - 2007 - Run/Walk
Mar 11th, 2007

It was a dark and stormy night, suddenly a race rang out...

Well it was actually gray and rainy morning, but a race did break out.

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12th-Mar-2007 07:25 am - The results are finally in
And I did better than I thought I had...

The results of the race were supposed to be posted yesterday by 3, but did not show up until this morning. The event had 15000 ish participants, 7400 or so who were timed and finished the race.
My goals were 8:10 miles to be satisfied, 8 minute miles to be happy, and 7:50 to think I really rocked. Well here are the results.
          Place in   Place by 
OVERALL   Division   Gender      TIME  
1369      91/357     107/3647    27:04 

Note about the "place in/by.." stats, with so many people crossing the line at the same time, those numbers a bit misleading :)

27:04 translates into a 8:00.887573964... well basically 8:01 minute miles.
11th-Mar-2007 07:14 am - 1 hour 45 minutes...
till run time. I have to go a bit early since the spouse unit needs the car. So I am headed out the door.
26th-Feb-2007 12:10 pm - 2 weeks...
St. Patty's day dash is in 2 weeks I have decided to set my goals at:
Satisfied: 8:10 minute miles which would give me total time of 27:36 over the the 3.38 mile course.
Happy: 8:00 minute miles for  a total time of 2702.
Any by super secret I-da-man goal of 7:50 miles for 26:29
(hmmm I guess that makes it not so super secret)
5th-Feb-2007 08:04 am(no subject)
Set backs...

The month of January was not good to me.
Sick, injured, Sick... and sick again.

Plus I am taking a class at the U of W twice a week. 

All of which have conspired to keep me from training hard enough.

When I go into the gym and push myself, I can feel that I have lost some of the hard won conditioning.

I am running the St. Patricks day dash on 3/11. I need to get on the stick if I want to run 8 minute miles.
5th-Jan-2007 08:13 am - New Personal Best

I had a goal of setting a new personal best on the treadmill every two weeks. Well, that has not been happening.

Due to Snow and Wind and sickness and a tweaked back, I have not made it in as often to the Gym and when I have, it has been a challenge to get healthy enough to set the next PB.

At the end of November I did
Treadmill 5K @ 2% grade 24:46

Today I did 
Treadmill 5K @ 2% grade 24:34

Not a huge improvement, but a bit..

15th-Dec-2006 06:36 pm - exercise loggish thing
jadedmyrrhmaid and I were discussing posting when we did some sort of workout. That's what this entry is for - for me to post when I do something (if you're interested) and for you to post as well (if you're interested). Or not. That is all.
11th-Dec-2006 10:14 am - Exercise Post.
Because I had a little lightheadedness at class on Friday, I only did 15 minutes of cardio with Maya (Yourself! Fitness).

Then I did the drill section of Rachel Brice, which made me sore, so I know I'm off my game!

But it's better to start small, I know. I do feel good now, I must say.

By the way, if you are trying to get active too, let me know. I need all the support I can get.
10th-Dec-2006 10:37 am - running
It's been a long time since I've posted. This is, in part, due to a large break in my exercise routine so I really had nothing of interest to say other than, "I suck; I haven't done anything; I feel like crap." Things of that nature. That is part of it, but then, a few weeks ago, I actually started exercising regularly again and feeling pretty good about it. Then not posting was due, in totality, to my laziness and lack of organization. At any rate. Here I am again. What prompted me to post at this point was a silly thing I did last night that was kind of fun so I thought I'd share. I've been running on the treadmill in the school gym at night around 8:00. I abandoned the mornings because it is so easy for me to not get out of bed. 8:00 is kind of late, but at least I have been consistent (so far). After I run, I write down the stats off of the treadmill - mileage, time and calories burned. I have 16 days of recorded data. I thought it'd be fun to make a graph to show myself my improvement. So I entered all of it into an excel spreadsheet and it was heartening to see my progress in a visual form. Even though my pace varies a lot from day to day, my chart shows a distinct downward trend (downward meaning it's taking me less time to run a mile). Now I think I'm going to figure out my line of best fit, figure out the function that goes along with it and then set time-specific goals based on that function. FUN! So yeah, that's what I'm up to right now. I'll, hopefully, keep you posted. I've also been doing sit-ups and push-ups (kneesie ones). I'm not sure how I'm going to get that into a compelling chart form, but, again, I'll keep you, hopefully, posted. How's that for comma crazy? I've heard that other countries, Canada in specific, make fun of Americans because we're comma crazy. hm.
28th-Oct-2006 03:07 pm - 5K Run report

The day of the race has finally come and gone. I survived.
When I decided to run a 5k I set myself a goal of doing it in under 30 minutes. As I trained for it, that goal looked very achievable and I set myself a second goal of 27 minutes. This was a "I would like to" goal. The main goal was still under 30. I also so set myself a 'super secret I da man goal" of 25 minutes.
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Edit Sunday 8:36 AM: Recieved the link to the official race results
I finished 132nd out of 287 in the overall mens's division, 28th of out 54 in the 40 to 49 group.
I tound it a bit odd that there were twice as many female runners as male runners - 568...
Out of the 855 total I finished 235th.
I alson note that my dentist finished in 21:30, last year it appears she did over 35. I will have to ask her about this. Performance enhancing drugs perhaps? hmmmm....
22nd-Oct-2006 04:09 pm - Me... again..
In prep for the 5k run on the 28th I have... run outside... Up till now all my training has been on the treadmill. But I needed to get out and do prperation outside. This weekend is about the only chance I was going to get. Oddly enough it has been sunny and dry.

I ran Saturday in the morning around 9:20, the sun had not yet broken through the fog and morning clouds and it was a bit chilly. One big difference between running outside and on the treadmill is that you have nothing to really tell you how fast you are running. As it is I was probably starting off to fast. Generally when I am running a 6.2 mph pace on ad 2 or 3% slope, I have a heart rate of 123 to 128. After few minutes of running yesterday I was in the high 130's and progressed to the high 140's... hitting just over 150 for a bit.

About 15 minutes in I had to stop and walk for a minute and then continue running. I did 3 miles in some where between 26 and 27 minutes.(I messed up the clock I was using a bit)

Today I bought a stopwatch. I ran the fully outer loop of the course which is 3.2 miles> I was bit slower being a bit sore and tired from yesterday (after I finished the run, I went to karate for an hour) and finished 28:26.

A 5K is 3.1 miles. My goal is to finish it under 30 minutes. Given the times list above and the fact that it will be a bit of competition situation.... I think I will succeed.
20th-Oct-2006 10:25 am - Post PT ...
Well, the PT session did not go quite as I had expected.

We started out with a short warm up on the tread mill 15 minutes at 6.3 mph. Then it was off to the weights and working on core.
Seems the trainer decided that my normal workouts of running and elliptical trainer covered what I needed there (though he made some suggestions for minor modifcations such as upping the speed on the fast portion of my interval runs and running outside to prepare for the race)
He was quite satisfied with my resting heart rate (I gave him my log for the last couple months, generally in the morning it is 55-60. Actually last night just before I went to bed it was 51. Way down from the 85ish it was before I lost weight).

I have 2 more session scheduled, once a week on fridays.
19th-Oct-2006 07:54 am - Running
I decided to run a 5k a little sooner than I had anicipated. I will be running in the annual Pumpkin Push at Seward Park. It is a little over a week until the race. I think it will be fun, my dentist is one of the sponsors and she will be running in the race. The rest of her staff will be doing the walk. Also a waitress at a restaurant I frequent with the Costumers Guild will be running the race. It will be nice to not be doing by my lonesome. Last tuesday I went out an bought a new pair of outdoor running shoes at the Super Jock & Jill at Greenlake. I am not breaking them in...

My personal trainer plan suffered a major setback when the PT left the company and they failed to let me know. I showed up for my first session and nobody showed.

So I am now scheduled with a new PT for tomorrow.
2nd-Oct-2006 08:12 am - Trying to to get serious again
After leaving the 20/20 program I have, through a series of illnesses and injuries, put on about 30 pounds of what I lost.

I am working on getting serious about losing them again.
I have been working out more. 4 to 5 times aweek at the gym and 2 or 3 nights of karate.
I am starting meal tracking again.
Finally I am going to do some sessions with a personal trainer to shape up my work outs.
The goal is still to run a 5K at some point in under 30 minutes. My personal best on the treadmill is 27:07. The trainer I picked is a runner and will be helping get prepared.

The good news is that the news could be worse. While I am tipping in at 205ish, my Body Fat is only at 18%, my goal was to maintain at 15%. My cardio is good. And decent resting heart rate of 55 to 60.
27th-Jul-2006 02:36 pm - Hi hi
Well, I figure the monthly intro post template is a good way to introduce myself! I look forward to some interesting discussions with you all. =)

1. Link to Goal Intro post

2. How's it going?
Pretty good!

3. What's going well?
I'm swimming at least twice a week, and I joined weight watchers last night. I think I'm making good progress on fighting emotional eating.

4. What could be going better?
I'd like to be swimming 3-5 days a week. I need to have an alternative form of exercise (that'll keep me interested!) for rainy days, or days when my hips are too sore to walk to the pool.

5. Have you made progress on your exercise-related goals, if any?
Well, for a while there I was having trouble going to the pool every week, so yes.

6. Have you made progress on your food-related goals, if any?
Yes, definitely - I'm far more aware of my hunger levels, which is a HUGE step for me.

7. Adjustments to your previously stated goals, if any:

8. Have you discovered any new challenges?
Sort of. My grandmother passed away last night, and I would normally respond by stuffing down my emotions with food.

9. How about new pluses?
I can fit into a skirt that was too tight about a month ago. =)

10. +/- weight, if any:
I'm switching to weighing in kg, with weight watchers (I used to weigh in pounds because they came off more quickly), so I've lost track a little in between. My weight at the meeting yesterday was 98.9kg.

11. Measurements:
I'm measuring the following goals daily: staying within points limit, drinking enough water, getting enough exercise. Monthly (starting this weekend) I'll be taking several body measurements such as waist, thigh, arm, chest.

12. Anything you'd like to add?
I've ordered a workout DVD that's meant to be pretty gentle, so that might be the answer to my rain/hip workout problems. I'm quite keen to try the Ministry of Sound workout DVD, but I think it'd be too high-impact for my joints at this point. Maybe in a couple of months! I've also been having bike-riding cravings, but I sold my bike to my dad several years ago. I might see if he wants to sell it back!
26th-Jul-2006 08:19 am - Welcome goal165!
Everyone say hello to Hayley, she comes to us all the way from New Zeland. She found us through an interest search for healthy food.
Here intro questionnare is here
20th-Jul-2006 12:27 pm - This HAS to work sometime, right?
Alright...I've been walking, drinking water...nothing. Ok, that's not true. My jeans are a *smidgeon* less snug than usual. My weight is the same, though, and the "looseness" of my clothes is not quite enough to make me feel as though I'm actually getting anything done.

I'm not measuring my water. I'm just drinking it. And drinking it and drinking it and drinking it. Coffee or tea in the morning before work, water the entire rest of the day, sometimes a glass of milk with dinner. I'm pretty sure I'm getting at least the recommended 64 oz of water each day.

I'm walking. A lot. I take three 10 minute breaks throughout my workday, and I walk "briskly" for all three of them. And then I cap them off by taking the stairs back up to the 4th floor every time. I'm also walking for 30 minutes on my lunch break, again capped off by the mountainous stair-climb back to the 4th floor.

I should be doing crunches and other strength exercises on a regular basis, but I'm not. So I guess I should make an effort to add that in. Still...cardio=weight loss and I feel like 3 10-minute bursts and one 30 minute sustained, all with stairs, should qualify as "enough cardio". Am I wrong?

I am watching what I eat. I get lots of protein, not a lot of fat, and puh-lenty of veggie/fruit. I'm not going to say I never eat crap, but I don't eat a lot of crap, and I've cut my soda intake from (seriously) a gallon of Coke a day down to approximately 24-32 oz a week. (Weekends. It's better than beer, anyway. I think. I don't know...I don't like beer.)

AND - I'll admit I've only been really, really working it for about 3 weeks. Still...wouldn't you think that 3 weeks is enough time to see the numbers change?
7th-Jul-2006 01:52 pm - Update for June
I am currently letting myself take a break from exercise because I was getting angry at the fact that I only lost 5 lbs in 6 months of exercise and eating better. I know logically that I should be happy that I lost weight at all and be spurred on, but that's not working for me. I think I will feel better next week. If not, I will MAKE myself feel better about it next week.

It is now too hot to walk, with temperatures hovering in the 80's-100's, so I have started swimming again, which feels wonderful in the heat.
I also discovered that the Redwood City Parks department has a gym near my house. It's small, and usually filled with teenaged boys using the weight machines, but it's also only $2 if I go around lunch time, has air conditioning, and I like the bike machines. I've managed to go 3 times, since I discovered it 5 weeks ago. I have high hopes that I can go once a week.
22nd-Jun-2006 09:42 am - Welcome vitalicvision
Everyone say hello to vitalcvision. She found us by wandering through people's LJs. She is hoping to be able to share her goals and thoughts and be inspired by others.
20th-Jun-2006 04:46 pm - Exercise Post.
30 minutes Yourself Fitness, Cardio focus.

...it about killed me, I tell ya. This is one of those times when I call that digital bitch lots of nasty names.

I got through it, though. Yay me.

Tonight is class, we will be doing the drills then, along with fast moves, layered shimmies depending on who shows up.
14th-Jun-2006 02:51 pm(no subject)
2. How's it going? Much better, thanks.
3. What's going well? I've finally started exercising again. My partner signed me up at Gold's Gym for the summer for 19 bucks! Cool! Actually, I thought I'd never go to a gym, but it's actually pretty fun. I have a routine of machines that I know how to use and time just flies by. Before I know it, an hour or more has passed. Kind of freaky, really. I'm also running and bike riding with my dog. This morning my partner dragged me to a 5 am spinning class. ow. BUT! Good that I'm getting to be more active. I've finished my kayaking course so I'm looking forward to getting out on the lake if it would JUST STOP RAINING!!!!! The only thing Spokane really has on Seattle is more sunshine, affordable housing and not so much traffic. With all this rain, however, the only thing we've still got is affordable housing. Even that's going to be underwater soon at this rate.
4. What could be going better? Since I'm on vacation, have no set schedule and have unlimited access to my nemesis - cable tv. I find myself vegging out a lot in front of the tube watching VH1 sickness and old reruns. My brain is leaking out my ears and I'm snacking (although somewhat sensibly on yogurt, fruit, nuts and such) like a fiend. I need to set a schedule and destroy the tv.
5. Have you made progress on your exercise-related goals, if any? Yes, I have been working out regularly and have made progress in the arms department.
6. Have you made progress on your food-related goals, if any? Yes, lots more fruit and vegetables and whole grains. YAY! Produce!
7. Adjustments to your previously stated goals, if any: Set a regular schedule for my summer days. This sounds not very vacationy, but if I don't give myself direction I will waste this whole summer away on my sofa.
8. Have you discovered any new challenges? TV! Fast Food!
9. How about new pluses? Good food access, new found workout fun.
10. +/- weight, if any: back to where I started, maybe a couple of pounds lighter.
11. Measurements: can't find the tape measure
12. Anything you'd like to add? No, I think I've babbled enough.
12th-Jun-2006 03:06 pm - Anne's Monthly Check-In
1. Link to Goal Intro post:

2. How's it going?
Really spiffy.

3. What's going well?
I'm seeing a nutritionist about once a month and a physical therapist twice a week for my knees. Karate & yoga are super fun. I found some really nice cheap shoe inserts to help my poor flat-feet. I can now go longer on DDR without feeling too sore in my arches. I love DDR as ever!

4. What could be going better?
My emotions are still driving my eating habits. Tai chi is starting to get boring. I would love to quit my job now, but I need the money -- must hold out for two more months...argh. My knee got all wonky in karate.

5. Have you made progress on your exercise-related goals, if any?
I've taken to walking during my lunch hours...just around the block or to the book store.

6. Have you made progress on your food-related goals, if any?
I've started freezing my own veggies so can take them out and heat them up in the microwave. I'm saving money by freezing my own veggies. Plus they're really easy to fix. So I've got frozen packs of broccoli, asparagus, carrots, onions, and green beans in the fridge.

7. Adjustments to your previously stated goals, if any:
Learn to relax more and learn stress management. I think my bad eating habits are tied very closely to when I'm sad or depressed. If I'm happy or even just bored, I do pretty well on my diet. I use sadness as an excuse to break the rules.

8. Have you discovered any new challenges?
Doing sports can break my body. My I have "runner's knee" mostly in my left leg and some what on my right. I may have to try swimming for a while until I can strengthen my legs to support my knee during karate.

9. How about new pluses?
Some of the exercises my physical therapist has me doing requires a big palates exercise ball and a basket ball. I went out and bought both the other day. They're pretty fun to play with -- outside of physical therapy! :)

10. +/- weight, if any: 
about 2 pounds, slow and steady like....

11. Measurements: 
none at this time.

12. Anything you'd like to add?
This month I'd like to start swimming. Yesterday, I sat on a bike at the store...they're pretty decent in price...maybe get a bike in August?
rainbow socks
I have been trying to get back into yoga. I know that it does incredible things for my body, but most of the time it's been depressing. I realized the last time I tried to do yoga that yoga reconnects mind with body--and my body is not a place I like to be right now.

However, netflix was already sending me Baron Baptiste's DVD and so I decided to give yoga one last chance. If this didn't work, I was going to have to wait until I could stand to exist in my body before I tried yoga again.

There's something about the power vinyasa. I think it's more athletic than most of the other yoga i have done. There was something about it that drew me into my body and at that same time allowed me to recognize the strength in my own body without getting hung up on what I couldn't yet do. Near the end Baptiste was talking about being present and how if you're not here, now, you're nowhere and lost. It made me cry--in that way that people sometimes do when they're massaged or do other things that connect mind, body, and heart.

Ok, so now to the nitty gritty. The workout is 30 minutes. It involves sun salutations with plank, up dog, down dog, chair, and forward bend poses. There is also camel pose, bow, warrior I and II, various stretches and ab work. Throughout, Baptiste doesn't do the poses, but instead talks you through proper technique, detailed description of correcting poses, and reminders about breathing and relaxing. I was actually able to do the workout without looking at the DVD for the most part, just because his descriptions were so clear.  Even though it's level 1, I think I'll be using the DVD for a while.
13th-May-2006 01:34 am - Anne's Goal Intro
1. Link to my introductory post

2. Losing, gaining, or maintaining?
I want to lose weight, but to be total honest I want to change my lifestyle for a healthier physical self.

3. What is your +/- weight goal, if any?
I would like get passed my current weight loss plateau and lose about 50 pounds

4. Current Measurements:
Weight: 220 pounds
Bust: 45"
Waist: 38"
Hips: 49"
Right Arm: 19"
Left Arm: 19"
Right Leg: 25"
Left Leg: 25"

5. Any specific exercise-related goals?
I want to exercise 30 to 60 min per day, and then try to mix it up on a monthly basis so I don't get bored.

6. Any specific food-related goals?
Eat more whole foods such as fresh meats and veggies. Less foods that are pre-processed. Always keep an eye on my carbohydrate in-take.

7. What are your top three challenges?
a) Preventing my emotions from driving my eating habits
b) Staying focused on losing weight. Sometimes life happens and it's easy to get off track -- even harder to get back on
c) Learning to love myself as I am. If I don't like myself as I am now, it becomes hard to want to do good things for myself...like losing weight and being healthy

8. What are your top three pluses?
a) My husband is my weight loss buddy & is helping me the best he can. He's lost 60 pounds so far.
b) I work hard when motivated
c) I'm very organized

9. Anything you'd like to add?
I started at 310 pounds. My net loss is 90 pounds. The most I've lost was 100 pounds at one point. I've been on a "low-carb life style" since 2003 ever since my doctor told me to do so; given my family history of diabetes.
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