Tuesday, January 5, 2010

One Month Left

I have to go back to work in one month. I really don't want to leave my baby with someone else, but this is the way it has to be. I don't think I'd mind so much if I worked in a sane situation, but that is not the case. So my goal is to stay positive because I only have 5 months of work (well more like 4.5 months) until I am off for summer vacation again. I need to find something else to do so I can work from home while my baby (and future babies) are little!

On the workout front, I have been working with the EA Sports Active for the Wii and I will post a review of it soon. So far I like it, but I'm not convinced that its at a high enough intensity for me. I haven't run since Dec 12th when I did a lovely 5 mile race through snowy woods, but I've been surprisingly okay with that. A little time off is good for my plantar fasciitis, and I've been doing the indoor workouts with my Wii games---the Biggest Loser game is surprisingly good for the core.

I've been making it a point to enjoy every moment with my little guy because he's growing so fast. It's scary how fast these 4 months have gone by. I don't want him to grow up, he's at the golden apex of babyhood right now. I don't want to have to get to the "no" and discipline stage, it seems to be coming too soon!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thoughts on Food, Biggest Loser, Workouts

I am amazed at the participants in the Biggest Loser. They really are inspirational, to lose that much weight publicly. I would love to get the personal training that they get, but (fortunately) I will never be that big--even at my largest during pregnancy, I was considered one of their lighter weights. It makes me think if they can do it why can't I??

Some reasons:
-I love to eat. I need to watch it carefully and then the pounds melt away, but this is difficult when your Nana gives you a delicious box of Hughes chocolates and a bag of pistachios and you eat almost all of them in a two day span.

-Personal training is expensive. I don't like to spend a lot of money on working out because...well I already do with all my gadgets and what not. I am not a fan of the gym, I'd rather be in a group workout setting (now difficult with baby, except for my moms' classes) or preferably, outside workouts. This kinda puts the kabosh on the weight thing.

-Really, I like to be skinny but where I'm at right now is a healthy weight so that is somewhat demotivational. Couple that with the fact that I am not going to probably be wearing a bikini again due to cat scratch fever (aka stretch marks). A bikini was always so motivational for me. Now what?

So that being said...the past few days:

Saturday 2.5 mi walk, core workout
Sunday--3 mi run
Monday--nothing, unless you count decorating
Tuesday--indoor class with lots of squats, lunges, upper body weights with high reps

December goals (more realistic than November goals):

Run 2-3x week
Core 3x week
Continue pushups

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

This past week:

Saturday--6 mi run in 1:08, the longest run I've done yet.

Monday--3.15 mi run in 32:15--fastest run since being post preggo.

Today-- 3.3 mi run followed by core workout and pushups. Then undoing of all the work by eating Thanksgiving desserts!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Postpartum is not the same life...

This week:
Wed core workout

Thurs 5 mi run (sub 11 min/miles, but I don't know exactly as I didn't precisely time it).

Friday: nuthin'

Saturday: So far core workout and 100 pushups week 1 day 3. I don't know if I said this, but my intention is to do two weeks with modified knee pushups and then do a new exhaustion test and do weeks 1-2 again with real pushups.

My plan is to get a 5 miler in today if the weather holds, and my ligaments too--they've been sore.

It's been 12 weeks since I had my baby, and I wonder when I'm ever going to feel normal. Yesterday was the first day I was able to button a pair of my regular jeans--even if they are still tight they buttoned! I couldn't button them last week. Maybe I'll never feel "normal" again--maybe it's time to develop a new normal, I don't know. I'm hoping that the working out will get my body back to some type of normal. I wonder when I'm not going to feel my ligaments when I run.

I had originally put Crossfit as a November goal, but I think that I am going to go ahead with keeping up with my core workouts and doing the 100 pushups program (hundredpushups.com) for this month. Crossfit will come back when I feel stronger because I don't want to hurt myself. I do need to get my ass to the pool as well...but I'm just not feeling that yet. It will come because I want to do triathlons this summer, and that requires swimming.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I am supposed to be doing my grad work homework right now, but I am in full on procrastination mode.

Saturday--ended up being a 14.5 mi bike ride and then I went for a 4 mile hike afterwards with the family. Have to take advantage of the weather!

Sunday--rest, unless you count walking at the outdoor mall in the gorgeous weather and picking up a Thanksgiving and Christmas outfit for my little guy.

Monday--core workout. Second to last class :( but I am going to be joining a core circuit class starting Thursday that should take me through the end of my maternity leave. I also did my first workout towards 100 pushups.

Today--nada, yet. I was randomly awake from 5-6 am this morning (baby was not), then up again at 8 for nursing. I fell back asleep with the boy instead of getting up to run after nursing this morning. That's ok, I should be able to get on the treadmill after class tonight and pound out a typical 3 miler. I also want to try to get my core workout in, but I gotta do my school work first.

I suppose I should go work on my stupid project...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Catch up time!

Thursday evening: a 5 mile run! Haven't done that since May...and it was sub 11 min/miles!

Friday: 4 mile hike in woods with mom, baby, and dog.

Today...getting my bike out for the first time since finding out I was preggo. Going to try to get a bike in followed by my core workout. Gotta get air in the tires.

Getting ready for a morning workout is somewhat of an ordeal with pumping and all, but once I'm out there its so worth it!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Core and arms...and a run later too!

Yesterday and today I did my core workout. I suppose I should be more specific.
1. Walk out planks--hold for 10 sec, walk back up to vertical and do 10x squats--repeat 6x
2. Crunches 10 x 10x, 1st set is hands behind ears, 2nd set is hands over chest, 3rd set is arms straight overhead. I do two sets of #1 during the first round to get 10 instead of 9 sets.
3. Bridges slow x 5
4. Hip rolls 5x each side, then add leg extension 5x each side.
5. Double leg stretch
6. Front/back side kicks. These hurt. 10x ea side
7. Small leg circles 10x ea side
8. inner thigh lifts 10x ea side
9. 5 Planks starting at holding 5 sec, increase to 25 sec hold.

Additionally, today I did my pushup test for hundredpushups.com and it was pathetic --I did 10---on my knees. Ack. Guess you gotta start somewhere.

Tonight I'm going for a run with my running group. Slowly but surely I'll get back into shape!