Sunday, March 21, 2010

This is the Week!!!!

My new year's resolution has been to run for thirty minutes, 4 times a week. I have been on a ten week program to get me to running 30 minutes straight. This is the week I have been working for. I have been doing the program faithfully and this week I will be running for thirty minutes straight (hopefully). If I am successful I will get a pedicure and maybe a manicure. If not, then maybe I will treat myself next week. So here is hoping I can do it. I highly recommend the program. Here it is if anyone would like to try:

Each week of the program, do your run/walk workouts on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and take Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday off.


Week 1
Run 2 minutes,
walk 4 minutes.
Repeat 5 times.

Week 2
Run 3 minutes,
walk 3 minutes.
Repeat five times.

Week 3
Run 5 minutes,
walk 2.5 minutes.
Repeat four times.

Week 4
Run 7 minutes,
walk 3 minutes.
Repeat three times.

Week 5
Run 8 minutes,
walk 2 minutes.
Repeat three times.

Week 6
Run 9 minutes,
walk 2 minutes.
Repeat twice, then
run 8 minutes.

Week 7
Run 9 minutes,
walk 1 minute.
Repeat three times

Week 8
Run 13 minutes,
walk 2 minutes.
Repeat twice.

Week 9
Run 14 minutes,
walk 1 minute.
Repeat twice.

Week 10
Run 30 minutes.

By the way, this week I am just going to do the running for my goal. I think that will be good enough.

Monday, March 15, 2010

What is my problem?

I really think I have the "running thing" down, but when I add ANY other goals to that I fail. I was able to run this week. Actually, I ran 5 times this week, and by Friday I was tired. As for my other goals I have failed. I don't know why I can't do the throw downs or the Abs of Steel. It just doesn't happen. I think I need to change my approach.

This time I am going to try a new angle, food. On top of running 4-5 times this week I am going to eat 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables a day. The average American diet has about 14 grams of fiber. The recommended amount is 25-30 grams fiber per day. And I know that I don't eat enough fruits and veggies.

Here's the challenge:
1. Run 4 times this week-30 minutes.
2. Eat 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables every day

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Babies really do a number!!!

I know I haven't been in the best of shape, but with running I have really improved. I went to the doctor this week and found out I have lost two pounds in two weeks and three pounds since December. But better than that, my clothes are starting to get really loose and all of my pants aren't even staying up. Crazy, huh?

I also realized that I love running. I never thought I would say that but I miss it when I don't go and I look forward to my runs. I love it. I made my goal of running 4 times last week and I will carry that over to this week.

As for the throw downs--that is a different story. My stomach muscles are shot after three pregnancies and it is going to take a lot of work to undo the damage. I only did them twice last week. So this week I will up the ante just a bit and throw in some Abs of Steel workouts. We'll see if that will be a bit nicer to my tummy. Here is this weeks Challenge:

  1. Run 4 times this week, 30 minutes each time (maybe even five if I feel so inclined)
  2. Do two sets of "throw downs" 3 times this week
  3. Do 15 minute Abs of Steel workout-twice

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Sun will come out Tomorrow...(More like this week)

I took last week off from running, thanks to some of my friend's advice. I used the week to recover from a nasty, lingering cold. And yes, I still have it, but I can't rest anymore. I went running on Saturday and loved it. This week is going to be similar to last week. I am going to run 4 times this week. The first time being this morning.

Also, I am going to do "throw downs" with James every night this week. Now before you dirty minded people start getting carried away, throw downs are when you lay on your back and the other person stands at your head. You hold on to their ankles and lift both legs up to your head. Then the person standing "throws" or pushes your legs down to the floor and you have to not let your legs touch the floor and then again raise your legs up. My roommate in Logan taught them to me and it is a VERY effective stomach exercise. Go ahead try them, they are hard, huh?

1. Run for 30 minutes, 4 times this week

2. 2 sets of throw downs 6 days this week