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Fitness Friday

We are now one-third of a way through the year and my fitness routine has fallen apart. I was doing fairly well through March but then Spring Break came and things went haywire. I need to once again get back into a routine and make more of an effort to stick to the program.  My stats so far are as follows:

12,000 steps per day  90/120                       Some yoga each day   95/120                                         100 days of planking    54/61

14,000 steps per day  57/120                        Strength/cardio 6 days/week  83/102

The goal for May is to walk at least 12,000 steps every day, practice the plank hold daily, do some kind of exercise for at least 8 minutes every day and to swim/bike/walk for at least 30 minutes 3 times. We’ll see how things go.

What are you doing to stay fit this month?

Fitness Friday

Last week’s stats – yoga/stretching 7/7; cardio/strength training 6/6; at least 12 minutes 7/7; at least 12,000 steps 7/7; plank hold 6/7

Stats look good but it was a struggle to get them.  I was up late one evening walking round and round my downstairs trying to hit 12,000 steps. The new strength training plan is causing my knees to ache. I’m not sure it is going to work out for me. I’ll give it another week but I’m looking for something else. Maybe I should make an appointment to get some help with picking exercises that won’t bother my knees.

Not really much else to say today – hope you are doing well with your goals.

Fitness Friday

Here’s the update for how I’ve done so far

January – yoga/stretching for two and a half minutes per day – 28/31

cardio/strength training for two and a half minutes 6x/week  – 21/26

steps  –  420,192  daily average 13554

 

February –  yoga/stretching for three minutes per day –  28/28

cardio/strength training for three minutes  6x/week – 14/15 – did not count the 10 days I was gone

steps – 378,571   daily average 13520

The plan for March is at least 6 minutes of yoga/stretching per day, at least 6 minutes of cardio/strength training 6x/week, at least 12,000 steps per day and practice and increase my plank hold every day.

What are your fitness goals for this month? Please share in the comments.

Fitness Friday

I’ve been in a bit of a funk since I got back from Israel and haven’t done much in the way of fitness. I forgot to take my fitbit with me – left it charging at the computer when we left for the airport. I was really bummed because I was looking forward to some record breaking days. Several people in the group did have their devices so I was able to get an estimate of steps for the trip.  Overall it was quite good but I’ve done little to no walking since then. It has been frigid again and the kids were off school three days this week.  I’m behind my goal although I’m not sure how far behind – need to check my records and make a plan to get back up to speed.

Haven’t done much with the cardio/strength training since I’ve been back. I did do some type of stretching/yoga everyday of the trip and most days since. I need to learn to roll with the changes in my schedule – that is still a difficult thing for me. I’m not good at being spontaneous, I tend to get in a bit of thinking rut and spend way too much time bemoaning the changes instead of dealing with them.

I’ve found a strength training plan that I’m going to try. Not sure if I will be able to pull it off but since I’m going for  developing the habit of exercising, I’m going to do minimal repetitions and hopefully I’ll manage it.

What do you do for fitness when the weather is so dreadfully cold? I’d love to hear your suggestions. Please leave me a comment. Thanks

 

Fitness Friday

Last year’s first goal was to walk between 3,650,000 and 5,000,000 steps. My final total for the year was 5,034,294. I made a strong push at the end because I wasn’t sure how much walking I’d be able to do with the holidays and our getaway. It paid off because I reached 5 million on 12/29/14.  I did at least 10,00 steps on 327/365 days(89%) and over 13,700 steps on 207/365 days(56%).  This year I am going to try for a minimum of 12,000 steps per day and a stretch of 14,000 steps per day.

Last year’s other goal was to swim between 26,000 and 52,000 meters. I did not even come close with a total of 3200 meters for the year. I wanted to do more swimming last year but putting a distance on really brought out my resistance and did not work for me. I am working on how to get myself motivated to get to the pool more often but I’m not going to make it a goal for the year.

I’ve been doing my short yoga/stretching routine at least once every day and I’ve been trying out some weight training exercises. For cardio I did  some roller skating with the boy, some bowling with the family and a 15 minute ride on the stationary bike. I’m going slow and hopefully by the end of the month I will have developed the habit of doing some kind of exercise most days. Then next month, I can add more time each day.

How did your fitness goals go last year? Are you working on anything for this year. Leave a comment and let me know what you are doing to stay active this year.

Fitness Friday

I’m still on pace to hit 5 million steps so I’m thinking that for next year I’ll try to add a few more – maybe shoot for 5 and a half million steps.

This is my list of possible goals for next year – I will not be attempting all of them – just one or two

– riding the stationary bike for 5 miles – see what my baseline time is and then try to halve it by the end of the year

– setting a distance goal for riding the stationary bike

– doing 10 “real” pushups

– swim once a week, starting distance of 250m and moving up

– jumping rope once a week, starting with one minute and working up to 10 minutes

– daily yoga or stretching for at least 5 minutes

I’m still mulling over things and trying to see how everything can work together. What are you planning to do fitness-wise in 2015. Please let me know, it might spark my thinking process.

Mid-year Goal Update – Fitness

Update on this year’s fitness goals – original goal in bold and updated goal in italics.

Steps – 10,000/day = 3,650,000 minimum         13,700/day = 5,000,000 stretch

As of 6/30/14, I have walked 2,468,083 steps which works out to 13,635/day  which puts me about 12,000 away from my stretch goal.

My new step goal is 10,000/day to reach 3,650,000 minimum and   13,761/day to reach 5,000,000 stretch

I think I can keep up the pace for the next few months. The challenge is to get ahead by November when the holidays and weather may put a cramp in my ability to meet the daily goals. We’ll see how things go. I’m definitely pleased with the progress so far on this goal.

 

Swimming – 26,000 meters  minimum         52,000 meters stretch

As of 6/30/14, I have swum 1800 meters –  a far cry from my goals. I have just not been able to get myself motivated to get to the pool. I’m hoping to do better but it will be a miracle if I manage to make it to my minimum. I’m just going to focus on getting there twice this month and we’ll see how many meters I can manage.

 

How are your fitness goals coming along? Anyone want to share?

One Word – Health Part 2

Once I got the diagnosis I went on antibiotics and a probiotic. I  still didn’t have much of an appetite and was having a hard time having enough energy to do more than the basics each day. One bright spot was that I wasn’t really missing the sugar/chocolate and I had been sure that was going to be a big problem for me. I lost a ton of weight –  not eating will do that for you. In fact I was able to get down to my goal weight but unfortunately I didn’t stay there.

On the follow up visit with the doctor I learned that I have some food sensitivities most notably peanut and whey.  To a lesser degree I showed some sensitivity to eggs and milk products. I had a severe candida problem and some heavy metals in my system.  I was advised to add back in oranges, soy and corn and see how I did with them. I also got a prescription for natural thyroid meds, a Vitamin D supplement and some stuff help rebuild my stomach.

I had a period of feeling loads better – in fact I couldn’t remember feeling so energetic and pleased with life. I started doing some exercising – nothing hard core but more than I had done in a long time. I even joined a club and started swimming. It was amazing but I have started to slip lately. I’m having trouble sticking to my diet. It started with an event for church. We were asked to make cookies and DS wanted to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I told myself I would just have one but of course that didn’t work. Then later in the week was Halloween and I was tempted again. I ate way too much chocolate and I’m still having trouble with cravings. Some days it just feels like a constant struggle, I get discouraged and then I’m falling off the wagon and then beating myself up about it. It’s a cycle I can’t seem to break out of.

It doesn’t help that I’m having relationship struggles as well. A lot of it is typical age related stuff with my kids but it is just wearing me down. My DH and I  aren’t always on the same page about how to deal with it and that adds another layer of stress to the mix. Some days I can stay positive and not dwell on it but other days it just seems overwhelming and I doubt everything I do/say/think. I just want to crawl into a hole and hide away. I keep trying to remember that these things will pass but it isn’t always easy.

February Update and March Goal

Well I did okay with the February goal but I had trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I did my night time routine – no tv/computer after 9pm, bath and reading- 26 out of 28 nights. I was in bed before 10pm on 25 nights out of 28. However I only got up and moving by 6am on 11 out of 28 days.

I’m not sure what to do to get myself out of bed in the morning. It is just dark and cold and I’d rather stay in bed. Hopefully with Spring coming it will get easier to get out of bed in the morning.

I probably should work on adding some kind of exercise to my day or sticking to a maximum daily calorie count but I’m not ready nfor the kind of commitment. Instead I’ve decided to work on something else that will improve my health, drinking water. Almost everyone recommends that you get at least 64 ounces of water a day. I’m lucky if I get 32 ounces each day and since I don’t drink anything else, I’m sure my body needs more liquids. I decided to try to increase by one glass each week.

After the weekend I’ve realized that I need to have some kind of plan to help me get into the habit of drinking more than just a few sips here and there. I have a hard time trying to drink a full 8 ounce glass at one time. I’ve been using a five ounce glass and can usually finish it off with my meals. Now I need to add it to snack and other times to get my total up where I want it to be.

What’s your goal for this month??

I Wonder…

I wonder…
why I am always hungry, even though I have eaten plenty?

why does exercise hurt?

why can’t the house clean itself?

what does my son do to his clothes – there are holes that are not from being frayed/worn?

when will my daughter stop thinking I’m useless?

why can’t chocolate and carrots switch their calorie counts??

when will I get enough sleep?

What are you wondering about today?? I’d love to know – drop me a quick comment.

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