Today’s workout was day 3 of the C25K program.  Today, I did the whole 1/2 hour session from week one.  It was pretty easy.  I’m really slow, but I don’t have any trouble with the 60 second run followed by a 90 second walk sequence.  Since I am a couple of sessions behind, I will probably go to workout one of week two next.  After the track workout, I headed to the elliptical for 20 minutes.  I ended the session with some stretching.

Based on the addition of the C25K and the conversation about workout intensity with my trainer, I have revised my workout schedule/plan.

  • Monday-spin class
  • Tuesday-trainer workout and C25K training
  • Wednesday-spin class
  • Thursday-C25K training (outside at home since that’s our “off” day from the J)
  • Friday- self guided strength training workout, elliptical
  • Saturday/Sunday – eSpinner and C25K training (usually, I workout one of these days and take the other day off)

I like the ideas of keeping an eSpinner workout in my schedule.  It allows me to practice spinning and a specific cadence and I really like including that in my routine.  I’m hoping this schedule will fit into life next week.

Next up: short self guided strength training workout in the morning before the kids and I head to Akron for the coupon swap.

 Posted by at 10:29 PM
 

I’m a couple of points over today.  I really need to bulk up with some more veggies.

Breakfast
1/2c oatmeal w/ 3/4c milk, apple, cinnamon, 1T peanut butter|9
drank the other 1/4c milk
Morning Snack
Luna Bar|5
1/4 clif Z bar|1
3 small pieces of dried cantaloupe|1
Lunch
2 tortillas|4
2 pouches tuna|4
1oz cheddar cheese|3
1pk mayo w/2T savory Brussels sprout relish|2
1/2 of a red pepper
Afternoon Snack
4 combos|1
1T peanut butter|3
Dinner
2oz filet|3
wheat berries|3
honey|1
broccoli|0
red peppers
1t olive oil|1
Late Snack
Luna bar|5
Total
46
 Posted by at 10:22 PM
 

Today, my husband took care of the kids so that I could go on a field trip to the Metro Health Medical Center.  The focus of the trip was Metro Life Flight and their program.

I’ll write more about the trip when time allows.

I also had the opportunity to go to a Weight Watcher meeting without the kids.  Between the snow, the traffic, and a highway accident, the 24 min drive to Solon took over and hour.  Yes, I’m willing to drive that far for a “Dawn” meeting with out kids.  It was a great meeting and I got to pay attention to Dawn and all of the participants.  Usually, I 1/2 listen to the meeting and 1/2 take care of the kids.

I also met a new person who has lost 100 pounds and shared some of her story.  She’s training to be a Weight Watcher receptionist, works out at the JCC and had lots of great wisdom to share.  I maintained this week and was totally fine with that especially since I weighed in at night and in jeans.  (I know I should wear the same thing each week, but sometimes it just isn’t practical.)

After the meeting, I stopped at Giant Eagle to pick up some more free tuna fish since it was the last day of the sale.  When I went back out to my car, it was dead.  So, a AAA visit and a new battery rounded out my day.

So, a mid-week break from the kids, a great Weight Watcher meeting and a new battery.  I’m all recharged and ready for the rest of the week.

 Posted by at 10:22 PM
 

Dinner was a bit unplanned.  When I left Giant Eagle with a few groceries, I found my car dead.  No juice at all.  I had to go back into GE to find dinner as I waited for AAA.  I wrote my food/points out on a piece of scrap paper and guessed on the points for dinner until I could check them at home.  $3.50 for dinner at GE and no jelly beans.  Speaking of jelly beans, I found one in my purse today when I was cleaning it out and I threw it OUT.  :-)  Ended the day 1 point over target – pretty good for an unplanned dinner on the run.

Breakfast
1/2c oatmeal w/3/4c milk, apple, cinnamon, 1T peanut butter|9
Morning Snack
Luna Bar|5
Lunch
tortilla|2
filling|3
cheese|3
Afternoon Snack
corn muffin w/laughing cow wedge|5
Dinner
3 King's Hawaiian rolls|9
1.75oz cheese|5
2oz ham|3
apple
Total
44
 Posted by at 9:55 PM
 

I decided to try Robert Ullrey’s podcasts  for my C25K training.  He has mp3 files you can put on your iPod and he tells you when to walk and when to run, which I found much easier than trying to time myself.  Each recording is designed to be done 3 times.  Today, I did about 1/2 of the first one before it was time to meet with my trainer.

As luck would have it, Chelsea in addition to being a great trainer, is also a runner.  She runs quite a bit and is very knowledgeable.  After I told her that I was considering the 5K in May, we headed to the track for most of my workout.

We did lunges w/shoulder press and biceps curl using 10lb dumbbells across the fitness center and back.  Then she had me carry a BOSU over my head to the track.  The track is down the hall and upstairs from the fitness center.  I didn’t make it the whole way, but it was a gallant effort.  They are actually pretty heavy when you try to hold it high while you walk down the hall.

We alternated running (think very slow jog) laps with some exercises near the track.  We did presses with the BOSU, plank on the BOSU, plank on the BOSU (flat side up)  while bringing a leg up off the ground, push ups on the BOSU, wood chops, etc.  Between the exercises and the jogging, I was tired and very sweaty at the end of my workout.

Chelsea timed a couple of my laps and figured I’m at at 17 min mile.  So, it will probably take me about 50-55 min to complete the 5K.  I’m not expected to pick up much pace between now and May.  She really wanted me to see where I was and I appreciate that.  I hate the idea of being last or running without others around.  My friend Erin has offered to run the 5K with me and that’s so sweet of her.  I’m checking to make sure that’s OK with the Fit Bloggin’ crew.

Chelsea also asked how my other workouts were going.  We talked about spinning.  I was taking a spin class 2-3 times per week.  Lately, it hasn’t worked out with my schedule.  Monday is always spinning.  My best chance at a second class is Wednesday.  Last week, I chose to do a eSpinner workout because the timing was better.  The week before, I did a regular cardio class.  But, the bottom line is that I get a better workout when I take the spinning class.  I estimate that my cardio class or eSpinner workouts are about 80% of what I get in a spinning class.  The key is intensity.  I really need 4-5 higher intensity cardio workouts.

With the addition of the C25K, I really need to make sure that I stretch, listen to my body and get one solid rest day plus one “easier” workout day per week.  I need to spend some time evaluating my workout schedule.

Next up: atypical Wednesday off from the J.  I’m scheduled to see a trama simulation and tour a life flight helicopter.

 Posted by at 9:51 PM
 
Breakfast
1/2c oatmeal w/3/4c milk, apple, cinnamon, 1T peanut butter|9
Morning Snack
Luna bar (chocolate chunk)|5
piece of roll|1
Lunch
tortilla|2
filling|3
beans|1
cheese|3
broccoli
Afternoon Snack
1oz cheese while making dinner|3
Dinner
chicken thigh, without skin, corn meal crust|5
sweet potato fries|8
Late Snack
banana, date, 1T peanut butter|3
Total
43
 Posted by at 9:49 PM
 

I began my workout with some back extensions, ab work and bicep curls in the fitness center.  Then, I went off  to the cycle room for spinning.

Today’s SPIN class was hard.  We had a substitute for Beth, since she’s on spring break in Costa Rica.  Caroline was the instructor.  She was awesome, in a Beth sort of way.  She had lots of standing and running and sprinting.  I did a little more sitting than prescribed, but pushed myself throughout the entire class.  It was a great workout and I was tired when I left the class.  I’m not sure if Caroline usually teaches any other classes at the J.  I’ve never noticed her on the spinning schedule.  I’d love to take a class from her again sometime.  Oh, and Caroline is 36 weeks pregnant.  SWEET!

Next up: trainer workout with Chelsea in the morning and another C25K workout.  I’m still debating the 5K in May.  I was a little sore today and will probably decide for sure in a week or so.

 Posted by at 10:04 PM
 
Breakfast
1/2c oatmeal w/3/4c milk, 1 crunchy apple, 1T peanut butter, cinnamon|9
drank the other 1/4c milk
Morning Snack
tuna pouch w/1pk mayo and 1T relish|3
Lunch
1t peanut butter|1
4 combos|1
salad w/3oz chicken|3
red pepper, 1/2c wheat berries|4
1oz blue cheese|3
1/2T honey|1
Afternoon Snack
3 dates
1T peanut butter|3
Dinner
2 taco shells|3
1/2c black beans|3
cheese|2
filling|6
Late Snack
banana
peanut butter|3
Total
45
 Posted by at 8:37 PM
 

Today, I had a great cardio workout.  I don’t usually do the treadmill since I don’t care for inclines, and I need incline changes to get my heart rate up.  Today, I chose to run jog/walk on the treadmill.  The first few minutes, I was chatting with my friend Barbara.  Once she finished up her walk, I began 30-45 sec of slow jogging mixed with walking.  I think my walking parts were slower than they needed to be.  I’m considering the C25K to prepare for a 5K run in May at Fit Bloggin’ conference.  I’m a bit undecided, so I am testing the waters.  I’ve done long distance 1/2 marathon and full marathon events (almost all walking) before, but I’m really slow.  Somehow, I never really worked on running shorter distances like 5K.  So, the jury is still out.

Today, I ended up with 1.6 miles in 36 min which is a 22.30 minute per mile pace.  (that included my slow chatting time as well).  Then, I hopped on an elliptical for 24 minutes to round out a full hour of cardio.  I’m curious how my bad knee will feel in the morning.  I’m hoping that I don’t even remember to check on it.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a crazy coupon/deal shopper.  Well, I’m not too crazy when compared to many of my coupon friends, but to the average shopper, I am crazy.  This week, I found a crazy cereal deal.  It involves my husband’s favorite cereal (which we recently ran out of – OOPS) and lots of milk.  I spent a bit of time this evening researching some recipes that will use up a TON of milk quickly.  I’m not sure how many gallons will fit in our fridge, but our fridge is full and I’ll probably want to pick up 3-4 more gallons before the sale ends on Wednesday.  I’m hoping to have some great ideas and experiments to share with you soon.

Next up: spinning class in the AM with Caroline (scheduled sub for Beth who is in Costa Rica enjoying spring break)

 Posted by at 10:15 PM
Mar 272011
 
Breakfast
1/2c oatmeal made w/3/4c fresh yogurt, 1c blueberries, 1/2pk Equal, 1T peanut butter|10
Morning Snack
Luna protein chocolate bar|5
Lunch
Pierogies|5
Sauce/cheese|2
Salad w/blue cheese, Italian dressing, wheat berries, red pepper and lettuce|4
Afternoon Snack
2 dates, 1T peanut butter|3
1c milk|2
Dinner
Bar-b-fu (tofu sandwich on roll w/ bbq beer sauce)|11
broccoli
Late Snack
banana
1t peanut butter|1
Total
43
 Posted by at 8:58 PM