Leah Moves

When you don't know what to do, just move.

2013 January 2, 2013

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I’m notoriously bad at following through with resolutions. Of course, they are usually your typical resolutions of lose weight and things like that anyway. So instead of doing actual resolutions, I have come up with a list of things I want to work on. I’ve read that you should make specific goals in order to increase the likelihood that you will actually accomplish them, and I might do that at a later date, but for now I just want to have an idea of what I want to focus on for the new year.

And because I like themes, I want to put a specific emphasis on COMMITMENT and FOCUS for 2013. I have trouble really committing to things. I have big intentions and grand ideas, but the follow though usually fails. And I often find that I have difficulty focusing on a certain goal. I usually get overwhelmed and let other things get in front of the goal. I want to put more effort on committing and focusing on my goals and not letting insignificant things get in my way.

Enough stalling, here is the list of things I want to focus on this year:

Learn to shoot a bow and arrow.

Markey for Cancer Triathlon.

EKU Triathlon.

Clean up my budget and bulk up my savings.

Stop spending money on stuff I don’t need.

Purge, clean, organize home.

Establish a routine (gym, food, school, etc).

Lose weight.

Get fit.

Yoga more (and stretch and foam roll).

Clean out closet/drawers and donate/sell what I don’t wear.

Make more memories and have more adventures.

Travel.

Don’t let my job become such a large source of stress.

Be more social.

 

 

2012: A Review December 31, 2012

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2012 was a good year in many respects. I accomplished many things, some of which I never truly believed I would actually accomplish.

January: I joined a running group and started Couch to 5K. I had committed to a goal and was doing great!

February: Still C25K-ing it, and by week six or so had done a 20 minute run. That was the longest I had ever continuously run. Thanks to my new found confidence, I decide that I am going to do a triathlon. Then I have some knee pain, which forces me to walk the majority of a 3K race.

March: I continue having knee pain. I tried to run through it, but finally decided that I needed to see a physical therapist. I was diagnosed with Patella Femoral Syndrome.  I can’t run and I start to lose motivation. I walk most of a 5K.

April: Still doing PT, and not running. I’m still spinning and doing boot camp once or twice a week. I take swimming lessons to get me headed in the right direction in the pool, since I planned to do a triathlon and all.

May: I get the green light to start running again, but soon discover that I have lost nearly all of my running endurance. I struggle through (and subsequently walk the majority of a) 5 mile race.

June: I finish a Warrior Dash! I finished in an hour, which isn’t a particularly impressive time, but I definitely got a second motivational wind after this. Which reminded me, didn’t I plan to a triathlon this year? Might want to get on that. I join the YMCA, so that I can use the pool.

July: I’m running a little, swimming a little, biking a little. I’m not really following my training plan though.

August: I panic when I realize that the triathlon I had signed up for is next month. I’m swimming maybe once a week and riding my bike on the road maybe once a week. I’m still spinning though.

September: I finish the Tri for Sight! Not gonna lie, didn’t really think I’d be able to do it, but 3 hours and 15 minutes after I start, I cross the finish line. I kick myself for not properly training and vow to do better next time.

October: After giving myself a little time off to recover from the triathlon, I accidentally take way too much time off and don’t do a whole lot this month. I spin a few times, but that’s probably it.

November: Still spinning, and taking another cardio/strength class at the gym. Eating is officially out of control. I think I run one time.

December: Still eating everything in sight, and lacking motivation. Decide that I will start Weight Watchers after the first of the year and will start serious triathlon training. 

Overall, this has been a year of mixed feelings. I accomplished some awesome things, but I spent most of the year feeling unmotivated. I had a hard time getting and staying on track, with anything, and I really suffered. Despite the fact that I am incredibly proud of myself for the things I accomplished this year, I’m disappointed because I was really unhappy for most of the year.

My weight, my lack of dedication to anything, my job, my personal life, my overall dissatisfaction with where I am in life has weighed heavily on me. I must work on these things next year. I’m tired of being unhappy and no one can change that but me.

 

 

The end of a stressful week December 1, 2012

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This has been one hectic week, but I didn’t go completely off the rails. I got in three solid workouts (so far. I plan on working out today and maybe tomorrow as well) and my breakfasts and dinners were pretty good. My lunches are another story. Work has been stressful lately, and I just want to get out of the office and decompress at lunch. This has resulted in some extremely poor food choices.

I’ve got two term papers due very soon as well, and I’m lacking the motivation to just sit down and focus on them. Add to that this excess of stuff that is everywhere and I just feel like it’s caving in on me. I need to get rid of the junk and sell what I can and stop buying stuff I don’t need. And just not enough time or motivation to do it all.

On the plus side, I think I am starting to come out of the funk that has left me with little desire to work out. I still haven’t gotten to the point where I’m excited to work out on my own, but I’ve been doing a lot of group classes and they’ve been a lifesaver.

On the agenda for today I am forcing myself to focus on these papers, a trip to the gym, and doing one cleaning/organizing task.

 

Setting goals November 25, 2012

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As I mentioned yesterday, I’m really unmotivated right now. I’m working out some, but not nearly enough to see any improvements. Combine that with less than stellar eating, and you have a bad situation. A lot of people set goals, and I’ve had some luck with that, but I’ve noticed that I have a lot of trouble sticking to the specifics of the goal, especially if they are too long term. I need more immediate results.

So I’m going to set out some goals for the rest of the year. There’s only a little over a month left, which should be enough time to start changing some bad habits, and forming new, better ones.

  • Exercise at least 5 times a week. They don’t all have to be intense sessions, but to meet the requirements, they either need to be at least 30 minutes of intense exercise or 60 minutes of moderate exercise.
  • Drink enough water. The Mayo Clinic says women should drink 2.2 liters per day (9 cups). I typically drink a good amount of water each day, but there’s always room for improvement.
  • Less fast food. Ideally, there would be no fast food, but I know this is not realistic. I’m hesitant to give myself a specific limit, because at this time, a reduction of any size is a good thing.
  • Get rid of some of this crap. I have too much stuff. I don’t really know how I acquired most of it, or why I’ve held on to it, but it’s starting to get overwhelming. I want to sell what I can, donate what I can’t sell, and trash what needs to be trashed.
  • Spend less money on unneeded items. I know that I spend too much money. I have a constant desire to have stuff. Stuff makes me feel good. I like getting new stuff. But as a result, I have too much stuff and not enough money. I need to use what I’ve got and stop buying stuff I don’t need.
  • Stress less. This is a tough one. I’m stressed for a variety of reasons, the biggest one of which is my job. There’s not a lot that can be done about my employment situation at the moment, so I need to find a way to let go of some of the things I hang onto that bring me so much stress.

So there you have it. My goals seem kind of vague, but these are all things that I need to work on, but aren’t something that can necessarily be tracked. Well, I guess they could be tracked, but the point of these goals at this time is to get myself into the habit of doing these things. I don’t expect to have all these things accomplished by the end of the year.

 

What Have I Been Up To? November 24, 2012

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Hello all!

It’s been several months since I’ve posted, and I’m excited to say that things have been happening while I was away! You may remember that I had some goals for the year, and I’m excited to say that some of them have been accomplished!

First off, I wanted to do a Warrior Dash. And on June 23rd, I did! I finished it in an hour, and it was quite the adventure. It was a pretty hot summer here in Kentucky, and that day was no different. I was exhausted by the end, but it was a lot of fun and I’m so glad that I had the nerve to try it! I’ll probably do another one (or some variation of it) and maybe one day I will be adventurous enough to try a Tough Mudder!

Secondly, I wanted to do the Iron Horse Half Marathon. This one did not happen. I registered, but when the time came, I just wasn’t prepared. I thought about trying it anyway, but with the knee issue I’ve had this year, I didn’t want to risk it. Hopefully a half happens for me next year.

Lastly, I had mentioned that I wanted to do a triathon, and I’m beyond excited to say that this happened! The Tri for Sight was an adventure and I am so proud to be able to say that I am a triathlete! This race was a long sprint (800 meter swim, 18.5 mile bike, and a 4 mile run), and despite the fact that I was under-trained (story of my life, it seems!), I finished in 3:15:XX (the results on the website aren’t coming up right now). I would have loved to have done it faster, but I did the absolute best that I could do at the time, and I’m very proud of myself. Obviously, I didn’t post about it, but here’s the link to a guest post I did for the fabulous Andrea! I don’t  know if I would have done a triathlon if not for her support!

And of course, I’m still trying to lose weight, but that hasn’t been going quite so well. I’m officially right in the middle of a giant, unmotivated funk. I’m trying to stay in the habit of working out, but I’m not doing very much, and I’m eating a lot of junk. Hopefully this will pass soon!

I really plan to continue blogging on a more regular basis, and maybe even sharing this blog with others (maybe.). I really enjoy reading blogs, especially those who have similar goals as me, or are currently doing the things I hope to do. Plus, everyone is so encouraging! I have met some really awesome people because of blogging that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. And I’ve discovered really cool products, activities, and experiences that I might not have ever learned about if not for blogging. And it’s really encouraged me to try things that I might not have ever had the courage to try, and I’ve discovered that I really enjoy trying new things. I really believe that I’m a better, more well-rounded person than I was before.

Here’s to healthier living!

 

March 12, 2012

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Just a quick update of what’s happened in the last week.

I had two physical therapy appointments last week. I think these appointments are helping, but I was getting frustrated that I didn’t appear to be significantly improving . The knee pain has never been continuous, only brought on by certain activities. And I’ve been avoiding a lot of the activities that brought on pain, such as running. So I asked the PT when I could try running again, and he said this weekend! But to stop if the pain persists for 3-5 minutes. Which leads to another thing that happened this weekend…..

I ran!! I went to the gym today and started off with a 5 minute warm up on the treadmill, and then slowly (even slower than normal…) ran. It was a bit awkward at first, and it wasn’t very smooth, but it was mostly pain free. It was uncomfortable and I was afraid to push it too much, since I hadn’t run in probably 6 weeks. I have hopes of completing the half marathon relay at the end of this month after all!

I also started swimming lessons! I have hopes of doing a triathlon in the near future, and I definitely needed to learn how to be an effective swimmer. I am the only person in the class ( the other person that signed up didn’t show), so I got one on one guidance. I feel like I did really good and as long as I continue to practice, I could be a really strong swimmer. I also really enjoyed it. I got a good workout, but it was lower impact and I’m not too sore today after my double workout of spinning/strength and swimming yesterday.

Lastly, I’ve been doing pretty good with my eating lately. I’ve been tracking and making a conscious effort to not go over my calories. I’m also making better food choices in general.

All in all, a great week for losing weight and getting fit!

 

 

Half marathon aspirations March 5, 2012

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My knee has been acting up lately, so I’ve been seeing a physical therapist and backing off on the activities that irritate it. The PT hasn’t really given me a timeline as to when I can resume my normal physical activities, but I decided today to give running a try. I lasted about 8 seconds before I has to quit.

I’m just really frustrated that my knee doesn’t seem to be getting any better. So I’m going to keep working on it until it gets better. I think it will definitely interfere with my race calendar, but there isn’t anything I can do about that. So I am going to do what I need to do now in order to do what I want to do later.

And here’s what I want to do later:

A Warrior Dash and the Iron Horse Half Marathon!

The Warrior Dash is on June 23rd and the half is on October 14th. I’ve got various races planned for the year, so I’m certain that as soon as my knee heals up, I’ll be able to get back on track with C25K and will be running in no time. My other priority at this time is to gain strength. There are obstacles involved with the Warrior Dash and I want to make sure that I am strong enough to complete the obstacles.

I’m also trying to lose weight. This isn’t a new goal, as I’ve been trying to lose weight for pretty much all of my life, but I’m actually making really progress this time. I think I’ve hit a small plateau though, and it’s really frustrating. I’ve been tracking using MyFitnessPal very consistently, and I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat better and make better choices.

Also coming in the near future (next Saturday!) is swimming lessons! I can swim a little, but I do not swim efficiently or gracefully and I waste a lot of energy when I try to swim. I have hopes of doing a triathlon one day, and I need to be a better swimmer in order to do a tri. I also know that swimming is a good workout and will help me gain strength in my upper body.

That’s it for now. I have a PT appointment tomorrow, so I plan on doing a post on what I’m doing in PT.