Tuesday, August 19, 2014

If Life Were Simple...

Inspired by Courtney Carver's Blogpost...

"Instead of choosing what was simple, I chose what was easy and created a complicated life." ~ Courtney Carver

I've been saying this for a long time, but the sentence above resonated with strength... What I've said has always been "It may be simple, but that doesn't mean it is easy."

I've taken the easy way out so many times. Too many unfiltered thoughts bouncing around in my head to be able to share specifics cohesively. Another day, I hope.
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Today was the 2nd Day of my 3rd week of C25K.

And I was struggling. I was a day late (Tuesday instead of Monday), and my hip was sort of twinge-y, and my knee was better than two weeks ago, but still not happy.  I didn't run the last 3 minutes of the running portion - I was walking 2.5 mph.  I'm okay with that. I'm happy I got on the treadmill, and did it. Yesterday I wanted to give myself a break during Real Estate Studying... but I didn't. I think that's why my back was sore, too.  I just was really, really struggling with the whole thing today.  It wasn't easy... but it was simple.
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Friday, August 1, 2014

C25K Report - Day 1 Week 1 (intro to the VBW)

I didn't get up as early as I wanted to get on the treadmill ~ but I did get on it at 8am. I did an extra 5 minutes walking warm up because I'm prone to shin splints and an easy but long walking warm up seems to keep them away. I started out the first 5 minutes at 2.0 mph, started the App then went to 2.5 mph walking.

When it said to begin running, I did. As a point of information, my right knee is iffy - when I'm not over 300 lbs it isn't... another excellent reason to get the first 20 lbs off asap. Anyway, I was unable to sustain what I would call a "very bouncy walk" (VBW) for the first minute of running. Or the second minute of running. Or the third. 

Then I said, "Duh, go back to 2.0 mph, silly!" and voila! that worked and I was able to do the whole minute of my "VBW" and by 18 minutes into I was surprised at how fast the VBW minute went! That was an incredible realization of "this isn't dreadful, and I'm actually kind of enjoying it."

Here's what the App looks like, and I love it.

My goal in doing this isn't to really become a runner. It is about efficiently exercising. 30 minutes of VBW 3 or 4 times a week, with some walking in-between (or other form of physical exertion) is my ultimate goal. I'd like to get up to getting in a weekly total mileage of 10-12 combined VBW and regular walking.  Maybe I'll think about doing a 5K around Thanksgiving - we have a Turkey Trot that sounds like it might be fun.

On the Juicing Front - I've not had juice yet. I've had water, coconut water, a banana, a few sesame sticks with chia seeds, some dried apricots (5), a couple small handfuls of cashews, and some dried fruit and dried veggies from Sprouts. I have a juice in the fridge, which I will drink after completing this entry - and juice some more.

At sprouts I bought veggies for a 10-day Reboot with Joe (Cross) from his website... so that is what I need to go and do. Juice! New Juices! Woot!

I felt absolutely fantastic after my morning workout. I have to remember that I don't have to make it a big deal, I don't have to do it for 45 minutes to an hour. I don't have to make it difficult (which is a specialty of mine... making mountains out of molehills). 10 minutes is better than none minutes. And I really do want to get it out of the way first thing in the morning; so I can exercise, then juice for the day - then do whatever is next for a productive day.