Leah Moves

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

February 28, 2012

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Can I please just be whiny for a minute?

I’ve been having some knee issues for a while. I went to my general practitioner, who referred me to a physical therapist. They diagnosed me with Patella Femoral Syndrome. I’m grateful that the problem is not much worse, but it’s still very frustrating. I had finally gotten to a point in my life where I was making exercise a priority. I was getting stronger. I was sticking to C25K and set to graduate in a few short weeks. I was doing the things that I’ve always wanted to do but had always put off.

And now I’m pretty much stuck on the elliptical. Don’t get me wrong. Burning calories is great no matter how you do it, but I AM SO TIRED OF THE ELLIPTICAL.

So for now, the PT just says to be patient. Which makes me feel like a six year old on the brink of a tantrum. I DON”T WANT TO BE PATIENT!!!!!!! I just want my knee fixed!!!!!!!

Okay, I’m done for now.

 

The one in which I promise to blog more. February 27, 2012

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I’m not really sure why I have such a hard time keeping up with blogging. I think it’s mostly because I don’t feel like there’s ever anything in my life interesting enough to actually blog about.

But I really enjoy blogs. I enjoy reading them, and although I don’t have a public blog, I’ve met people through blogging. It’s great seeing how other people live, what other people are doing, and being inspired by the things others are doing. I’m not sure that exercise would have become such a big part of my life had it not been for the motivation I found by seeing what others were accomplishing. I may have never made the commitment to do C25K had it not been for a local blogger who made big things happen with others who were trying to do the same thing I was trying to do.

And I know that I don’t live in a place that is interesting, or have a life that is particularly interesting, but the great thing is that all of these other bloggers were just living their lives in an ordinary way until they decided to document their journey. And then things started to happen for them. They met people. They were given opportunities they may have never had before. They opened themselves up and good things happened.

And that’s what I need. I need to open up and let the world in. To live and do and be more than I’m currently settling for.

It starts now.

 

resting up February 7, 2012

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I spent last week resting. Well, kind of. I ran twice and played laser tag (So.Much.Fun.) last week. I really needed a week off from the normal stuff. I was just feeling kind of burnt out, and I needed to recharge. I ran once on Tuesday (W5D1 C25K) and again on Sunday (W5D2 C25K). I meant to run at least one more time than that, but I just didn’t get around to it. I’m a couple days behind on C25K, but I will be ready in time for the graduation 5K.

The best thing about the rest week is that I can tell it was beneficial. My Sunday run was great. It was running for 8 minutes, walking for 5 minutes, and running again for 8 minutes. Not once did I feel like I HAD to stop running.I’ve also noticed that I am breathing more efficiently. In the beginning, I felt like I was just huffing and puffing, and I still huff and puff, but I’m doing it less. W5D3 C25K is running for 20 minutes, which still makes me a little nervous.

My knee has been a little achy, but I bought new shoes and I hope that solves that problem. My hips have still been a little tight, and I really need to work on stretching and foam rolling more.

I definitely advocate taking some time off if you feel you really need it. Don’t overdo it, but take a few days to recharge.

 

What I’ve been up to lately

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A lot has been going on here lately. Or rather, I’ve been keeping busy. I’m extremely proud of myself and what I’ve been doing lately. I’m starting week 5 of C25K this week. I’ve gone to all the classes at the gym that I’ve scheduled. I’ve kept up with my Believe I Am journal.

A couple of things that I really needed to work on was staying motivated and maintaining a schedule. I’ve always had trouble working out on a regular basis. I’d go out full force, and then fizzle out. I realized that I needed to be consistent. And I have been.

I’ve focused evenly on strength training and cardio. I really want to lose weight (and ya know, get healthy). That’s the main goal. But I want to be smart about it. I want to be strong and fit. And I really feel like I’m getting there. I can see changes and I can tell that what I am doing is working. It’s working slowly, but it’s working.

I’m really excited about running. I’ve written before about why I want to be a runner. And I’m working to get there. I’m a little bit scared of the work it will take to get there, but I know that I can do it. Day 3 of this week worries me. Twenty solid minutes of running -with no walk breaks. It seems like that has really snuck up on me. I knew it was coming, and now it’s almost here. I believe that I can do it.

In related news, I’ve decided I need to take a week off from everything but running. I’ve begun to cringe at the word squat (seriously, I’ve done about a billion in the last week). I know that I’m starting to get a little burned out. I don’t want to get burned out, so I am taking a little break and I’m really going to focus on running and stretching.

Now that I’ve gotten into a routine, I need to focus my energy on eating better. This is a big issue for me, and I know that the best move would be to start small. So my goal for the upcoming week is to bring my breakfast to work four times this week (there is french toast on Tuesdays, and I really love french toast…) and to bring my lunch four times this week. Eating out is a big problem with me, so I really need to focus on that. I need to find quick, easy, and healthy meals that I can use for both dinner and lunch the next day. Breakfast isn’t really an issue, as I usually bring yogurt or something similar and am generally satisfied with it.

I’m ready to tackle the week.