Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts

fitness goals

Did anyone notice that it's already February? Valentine's day is next week! 2017 is already starting to kick my butt...

Today I want to talk about fitness goals. Do you know what I'm talking about? All those big plans we have after the holidays to drop a few pounds or start walking or working out more? This year, I cautiously tried to not set any big goals. I think 2016 scared me a bit. I had planned to run a 1/2 marathon and then we had to move out of Montana a few weeks after the race. Needless to say, all the uncertainty in my work schedule cut my training runs short. I had to skip the race. I felt really bad about it and also wasted my entrance fee!

So this year, I am planning on running my first 1/2 marathon. This time around I am not going to sign up until a week or so before the race. It's definitely not the cheapest option, but I'm sick of signing up for races and then not being able to go.

I also have a few other fitness goals that I've been thinking about for a few years now. They are both rather crazy and really hard (for me). The first is simply doing a pull-up. Super easy for some people, but I haven't been able to do one since I was in middle school. My own realism only gives me about a 20% chance of ever accomplishing this, but I do know it's possible if I work hard at it.

My other fitness goal is being able to do a pistol squat. A pistol squat is a single leg squat, to the floor, and back up again. It takes some decent leg strength, flexibility, and serious balance. This I think I could definitely accomplish this year. Practice makes perfect, right?

Do you have any fitness goals for this year, or in general? Let me know about it!

an aging athlete

So here's a little story about me, I used to play collegiate basketball. I played for a little NAIA school and we traveled all over MT, ND, UT, and ID for our games. At the same time, I was going school for a degree in Geological Engineering. I was a busy gal in college and sometimes I wonder how I was able to sleep much over those 4.5 years. Now, I don't want you to get the allusion that I was a star player on this basketball team. I spent a fair amount of time on the bench, but I did get enough play time for my parents to show up to most every basketball game I had (many thanks Mom and Dad!).

Well, those years passed quickly, as it does when you are so busy you can barely keep track of the days. Once I was done with organized sports, I threw a mini rebellion. No one was telling me to workout every day or lift 3x a week, so I did the opposite. For a good year after graduation, I didn't step a foot in a gym. Well, after a year of that, I realized I missed working out and I wasn't too happy with the scale either.

Since then I've tried to go to the gym as much as I can. My preferred lunchtime break is a good boot camp class or a run at the local YMCA. If I don't go, I feel my productivity is way lower than usual in the afternoon.

So organized sports have been replaced by solo events or the occasional volleyball or basketball league. This weekend my friend and I played in a doubles grass volleyball tournament. It was really fun day and also a really frustrating day. It's hard to realize that what you used to do so easily, doesn't happen so easily as you age. Since I really only play volleyball on the rare occasion and I've only played doubles volleyball with my partner once before, it's probably not terribly surprising that we didn't sweep the tournament. I'm a naturally competitive person, so losing is NOT fun for me.

I guess the moral of this pretty lengthy story is: just because you're old and haven't played a sport in a while, don't be afraid to get out there and play. Also note that the next day you'll need to load up on Ibuprofen, heating pads, and donuts (because, donuts).

blaming the baby

The time is quickly approaching (that mystical 9 months) where those extra lb's I gained during my pregnancy can no longer be blamed on the baby. I'm a firm believer in the old adage 'It took 9 months to put it on, so you have 9 months to get it off'.  

So here I am at the gym, working out and attempting (sporadically) to eat better. I honestly love to workout. In fact, in one of my daydreams, I work as a trainer and all I have to do all day is workout and help others workout. Wouldn't that be fabulous? First of all you have a great excuse to wear workout clothing all day which is by far the most comfortable clothing I own. And naturally all that working out would chisel you down into an amazing specimen who should prance around all day in workout pants and tank tops. Ahem, which way to the gun show?

But for now, I'm just trying to lose those few extra pounds, and get back to the level of fitness I was at before I found out I was pregnant. I enjoy running on the weekends. Getting out of the house for an hour to just listen to music and see the world. I'm not a fast runner, so the world goes by rather slowly, but given enough time, I can cover some ground. This past weekend I went on a 4 mile trek (terrible timing, it was in the mid-day heat of about 90 degrees), which was a PR for post pregnancy.

My other favorite workout is a boot camp class at the local YMCA. I spent all of my childhood playing sports and practicing for the next sporting event. These boot camp classes remind me a lot of those times, except this time I'm choosing to run sprints and not being forced to. It's amazing what adulthood will do to you.

All of this to say, I've signed up for a 10k in a few weeks. This will be my first race over a 5k. I know I'll finish it, but I'm hoping I don't finish last...

It's more about the journey than the destination, right?

Oscar's Workout

I am not usually an awards shows watcher. If there isn't anything saved on the dvr, it'll be on, but that doesn't happen that often.  However, I love that Women's Health put out an Oscar's workout.  It's like a drinking game, but with planks instead of beer guzzling. This makes watching a lot more interactive and a good workout!  I hope this isn't the year the Oscar's last 4 hours.

Tis the season

I am not usually a fan of New Years Resolutions.  I am in the camp that if you really want to change something about yourself, you don't need a new calendar year to start to work on it.  However, it does seem to be what people due around January 1st and sometimes the resolutions stick.  So even though I normally poo-poo such ventures, this year I got sucked into making a few.  And it happens to be the corniest, most typical resolution of all: lose some weight and get fit.

My family made a fitness challenge this year that most of my siblings and their significant others are getting into.  It's a five category challenge with an end date of June 15th.  The five categories are: total weight loss, flexibility, number of push-ups, longest broadjump (standing long jump), and timed mile run.  We all had to set a baseline last week and whoever makes the most improvement (percentage and total value combined) wins a trophy.  These categories help even the playing field among young and old and different genders. 

I don't think I will win the challenge, but I would like to use it as a motivator to get back into shape and lose the last few baby weight lbs that haven't quite disappeared yet.  My workplace has also started a get fit challenge that will be some added motivation.

I have been perusing the internet for some tools to help me monitor calorie intake and calorie burning activities.  Here are some neat things I found that might be useful to anyone else out there looking to make a change in 2014.

 Withings Activity Tracker - monitors heart rate, calories burned, and sleep patterns

MapMyFitness apps

Map my Fitness - Mobile app and online resource that helps you calculate daily calories burned while you are out doing errands or out exercising

Lose it - Another app that helps you track what you eat and set goals for weight loss.