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.

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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.

 

Why I want to run January 30, 2012

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I want to run. I’ve wanted to run for years. I’d start, and then stop. I’d make progress, then I’d give up. I think park of me was afraid to succeed at something. Deep down, I’d always felt a little bit of a failure, so I just assumed that I would fail at running as well. So I’d sabotage myself.

I’ve joined a running group and I’m really excited about it. But it’s also got me thinking about why I want to run.

For years, I’ve held myself back. From lots of things. I’ve tried to blend in, to go unnoticed. I’ve never been very confident in who I am because of how I look. Or, more accurately, of how I see myself. Logically, I know that I am not hideous, but sometimes, I can’t help but to feel that way.

But I’m getting off track. This is about why I want to run. And I want to run because I can. Because I know, deep down, that it will free me. It me make me stronger, happier, healthier, and better. I will be confident in who I am. I want to feel the accomplishment of doing something that is a challenge. I want to challenge myself to be better.

I know that running is not a panacea. It will not fix everything. But it will be the push to change, to live the life I’ve wanted to live.

 

An Epiphany January 14, 2012

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Today was a big day for me.

I am doing C25K, and I just finished W2D3 today. I’ve started C25K at least two other times, got nearly halfway through, and quit. There wasn’t really any good reason why I quit. I can make excuses, but that’s all they are- excuses.  I didn’t have faith in myself; faith that I could do it, that I could accomplish something. Faith that I could really take control and change my life.

It’s been almost a year since I decided to join a gym and set things in motion. It’s been slow-going, as I’ve only lost about 20 pounds in that time, but I’m seeing real progress and change. I’ve discovered workouts that I truly enjoy. I’ve found reasons to keep going when it would have been easier to quit. I’ve tried things that I never would have tried a couple of years ago. It’s still hard to really put myself out there, but I’m making progress.

The reason why this day was such a big day for me was because today is the day it clicked. Whatever it is inside of me that wondered if I could really do it. I realized today that I could- that I AM doing it. I went to boot camp this morning, and normally, that would have been enough for the day. But I knew I needed to run. I needed to finish W2D3 so I could start W3 tomorrow. I felt good. We had done a lot of squats, but my legs weren’t sore yet, so I went home to eat some yogurt and rest for a few minutes and then went to the gym.

The treadmills we pretty full, but I grabbed an empty one and got started. Sometimes it’s hard to do C25K when there are a lot of people at the gym because I feel self-conscious. But I know that no one else cares what I am doing, and just maybe I am inspiring someone.

Since I was still in week 2, I run  for a minute and a half, and then walk for two minutes. So not a lot of running, but more than I was used to. But here’s the thing. I felt good. I felt like a runner. I knew that I could do this. I am ready to do this, ready to make the necessary changes, and ready to change my life.

I know that this will be the time I finish C25K.

 

 

Do Life Challenge: Week One January 8, 2012

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Do Life Week One Challenge

  1. Write down five quantifiable goals for this month.
  2. Assess your current stats in each area. Find out where you are right now.
  3. Do as many regular or modified pushups as you can.
  4. Add 30 minutes of exercise to your average week. Up the intensity of your extra 30 minutes.
  5. Identify your biggest excuse. Write it down and then write down a way to eliminate that excuse.
  6. Each night, write down four things you did well that day.

1. & 2.

Work out at least 5 days each week either cardio and/or strength

On average, I’m working out at least 3 days per week- usually classes at the gym. With C25K, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Complete every day of C25K

I’m currently on track.

Track every day using my fitbook

So far, so good.

Strength train at least 3 days per week

I typically strength train 2-3 days per week- as long as I’m going to the classes.

Stretch after EVERY workout

I usually only stretch if it’s included in the workout. And it’s only done after spin class. Need to step it up

3.

I could only do 12 modified pushups. This is pretty disappointing.

4.

I added about an hour to my workouts this week by doing C25K.

5.

My biggest excuse is that I justify taking a day off or eating something I shouldn’t by saying that I deserve a break or I deserve a treat. I’ve been working so hard that I deserve a reward.

I can eliminate this excuse by reminding myself that I still have a long way to go, and I can’t sabotage myself anymore. I can come up with other rewards for reaching my goals.

6.

4 Things I did well each day:

Sunday:

I met with the resolution runners!

I got a tall latte instead of a grande, with nonfat milk.

I went grocery shopping and bought healthy food.

I got 8+ hours of sleep.

Monday:

I made a healthy and delicious dinner.

I went to body conditioning class at the gym. I cleaned the living room.

I was at home all day but did not mindlessly snack.

I drink some hot tea instead of hot chocolate.

Tuesday:

I went to spin class.

I brought a healthy and delicious lunch instead of eating out.

I brought (and ate!) a yogurt for breakfast

I ate 3 servings of fruit today.

Wednesday:

I went to the gym instead of laying on the couch.

I finished w1d2 of C25K.

I went to bed on time.

I made my own coffee to take to work instead of stopping at Starbucks.

Thursday:

I went to weight lifting class.

I supported my friend by going to her grandmother’s visitation.

I made a better choice at the Mexican restaurant.

I ate oatmeal for breakfast instead of a bacon biscuit.

Friday:

I didn’t stay up too late.

I drank plenty of water.

Only one diet coke.

I resisted going shopping!

Saturday:

I made a delicious, healthy breakfast.

I finished W1D3 of C25K.

I rented movies and had a nice night in instead of going out.

I made a better choice by getting a grilled chicken sandwich for dinner.