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  1. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies January 2019!

    I think it is. My mom was done at 47, and I am 43, so timing looks right. Mine started getting shorter about 3 years ago, just a little at first, like 26 days, then I started getting terrible headaches during the first 2 days of my period, and my sleep became terrible. Around that time (2.5 years ago) I found an article about melatonin being involved in regulating female hormones, so I started taking it. Cycle went back to 28 and headaches disappeared, as long as I didn't miss too many days taking melatonin. A few months back it started getting wacky again though. 31 day, then 23, then 14. I did have to switch my melatonin pills around that time, as the old ones were discontinued. Maybe I should look into a different brand again. Or maybe nothing lasts forever. In any case, I definitely don't enjoy perimenopause.
  2. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies January 2019!

    Sounds like a good plan! Good luck! I am still figuring out what I want to do with my running. Sounds so familiar. I got my period two days ago on day 15. l also spotted all two weeks and had continued br**t tenderness, although it usually stops on day 1. Once it all stopped, the period came. Grrr. But at least at all stopped, so I hope for a "normal" cycle this time. The old one can keep that hunger, too. Felt meh yesterday, so only had a private lesson (and ate 😉 ). Today it is still raining, so I am staying home and doing the bike. Tomorrow's forecast is no rain, and I don't have to take DD to college, so I can run in the morning.
  3. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies January 2019!

    Congrats on the 5K! Are you planning on racing 10K, too? Adjusting the goal helps, especially if you feel hungry. But for me, it is not even that I stick to a number that helps, but that I stop and think before eating something. Like am I really hungry? You would think that you don't need to track calories for this, but it turns out I do. You can do it! And good job on those recipes! I really hate doing it. I'll admit that when I track I switch to single ingredient foods as much as possible, or add minimal amounts of other things, so that I could just ignore them. Or, sometimes I add something like butter/oil/whatever to dinner separately, to balance out those ingredients in cooking. 😳 It was raining yesterday, so I skipped fencing. I became such a California girl :))) I did an hour of an easy bike instead. Today I planned on skipping the private lesson, as the coach was supposed to return from Europe on Monday, but he texted me in the morning, so I went. After that I had a free hour before picking up DD, and the forecast was that it won't rain for another hour, so I gave DS an assignment and went for a 30-minute run, figuring that I'll make it. I eyeballed the distance, and came .1 mile and 3 minutes short of my plan, which was lucky as I came back just as it started to rain. But I still broke my personal records 🙂 I love how easy it is in the beginning - two short runs and another minute is off from my mile. If only it could last until some decent numbers 🙂 I think my weird PMS this cycle that decided to hang around for 2 extra weeks has finally left. I am also not ravenous today. Now I am wondering if my hunger was actually running-related or hormone-related.
  4. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies January 2019!

    I hope today really was a great day for you! So sorry about that 😞 Hopefully, you will find a way to eliminate them soon! Welcome back! No real words of wisdom, but I am sure you can lose the weight and get ready for that black belt test! From what I remember 30 seconds of bag punching were pretty brutal. I don't even want to think about 3 minutes 🙂 Do you know what else the test includes? See if there are things like crazy number of pushups, etc, which won't be really trained during classes but you can do at home during those bodyweight sessions. Once you make/find a plan, and get used to it a little, it's not that bad 🙂 I actually think I need to add them back, as my upper body is not getting enough work lately. I actually followed the plan yesterday, and only did a 35 minute walk in the neighborhood. Still, lots of steps, and some of the streets had a decent incline. And this morning I actually ran 5K! I was really surprised, but at about 1K I realized that I could do it. I guess I hit that spot where I felt I could run forever. I did run very slowly, slower than my last run/walk, but I didn't switch at all. I felt my hips were a little tight while I was running, but after a cool down and a nice soak in a tub, it feels fine. Due to our weather, my next run might be on Friday, but I am looking forward to it! I just wish my family stopped being all excited about it. When I said I ran 5k, DS asked if I was going to run 10k tomorrow. And when DH decided to brag to his parents about me running, FIL asked I was running along a particular street that is really steep. Yes, of course I am going to run 10K uphill tomorrow. It is not like I need my feet and joints for anything else. DH redeemed himself by konmariing his part of the closet today though 🙂 And I found a couple of dresses from college I could fit into. I know they didn't fit last fall 🙂 As for weight, as much as I want to lose a few more pounds, I decided that with added running and accompanying stress on muscles, I should be eating at least at maintenance. If my body decides to recomp, I am fine with that, but I feel like actively trying to lose weight is not a right thing right now. I am also watching my protein levels, as I tend to go carb/fat heavy. I did lose the 4 lbs I gained during Christmas/NY week though.
  5. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies January 2019!

    So sorry about that! Feel better soon! We do need our rest days. And 5K is great. I looked through my records, and my lazy days are 3K give or take 200. My body also really wanted a rest day yesterday, but it was a fencing day, so I dragged myself there. I managed OK, but today I am taking a day off completely. I might go for a walk, but just a walk. I'll wear jeans to make sure it is a proper leisurely walk, and nothing that requires any real effort or gets me even slightly out of breath.
  6. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies January 2019!

    Yay! You did it! And I hear you about hunger. I feel like I eat something, and 30 minutes later I am starving again. I upped my calories and I am still hungry. I don't think it's hormones in my case, though. Or maybe it is. This cycle is crazy for me. I still feel my hips, but they are getting much better. I can walk and run, but when I stand up, I walk funny for a few seconds. I still went out to run, as it makes me feel so much better energy-wise. Sounds like a great plan! It's hard to say what would be better. I can only suggest listening to your body and thread carefully if something aggravates anything in your body. With improved core strength you are likely to be able to handle more weight, but don't rush. Nice! Having equipment at home does make using it easier! And congrats on another pound! Yesterday my run/walk turned out to be the only exercise for the day. DD needed to go to orthodontist, and since it was an emergency visit, it was only available at the time when I could have taken a private lesson. No fencing today, so I did another run in the morning. I pushed it a little to hit exactly 5K. Of course, now 2 of my apps disagree as to how much I ran and how fast, and they managed to update each other in a circle, so now I need to sit down and figure out which one out of 4 runs I need to keep 🙂 That aside, they promise rain for 6 out of the next 9 days my weather app shows 😞 I guess I'll be back on my bike next week.
  7. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies January 2019!

    ThanksI I am feeling better 🙂 You can do it! Although I know it can be hard. A few days ago I had something like 9456 steps just before bedtime. Those 500 steps are not a lot, and can be done at home. I spent a bit of time how crazy it was just to walk around the house for 10 minutes. I ended up not doing it, but I kind of regret it. So, do it! And cleaner house is one of the things I enjoy about my fitbit. In addition to steps it has "active hours", so every hour I try to get up and do something to get that dot. Got 9 out of 9 yesterday 🙂 I did about an hour of fencing on Monday. Yesterday I started the day with a 30-minute walk. I did jog a small part of it, just to get my heart rate up, but I was a bit afraid to hurt myself, so I was super slow and careful. I do like how it makes me feel after, so I want to continue. Hopefully, I'll be able to run soon, but even just walking is great. I do feel like it makes me more hungry though. Then I took a private lesson, and finished it off with an intense 30-minute bike session. I noticed that bike is the only thing that really gets my heart rate up. I am afraid I am getting a bit addicted to all the cool apps though. OK, off to finish my coffee and head out for a walk.
  8. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies January 2019!

    I really should have stuck to my goals of 5 workouts a week, but no, I decided to try running. 30 minutes. Slow, with some walking. Felt pretty happy, but since I returned home my hips are killing me every time I sit down and then try to do something. The muscles are sore, too, but I think the main problem is tendons (IT band around the hips, according to Dr. Google). Not fun at all. I hope if I sufficiently warm up, fencing will be possible tonight.
  9. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies January 2019!

    I hope the Dr. will help getting you back to running soon! Sweat is always good! And so is fresh snow! I went fencing yesterday and after 8 days of break I felt like I completely forgot how to fence. Today I did an hour of bike. I lowered the intensity of my bike workout and it is unbelievable what difference lowering HR by 30 bpm makes. I am 5 out 5 days for this week! 1 week down, 51 to go 🙂
  10. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies January 2019!

    I did my bike yesterday (added another 5 min, so up to 50min now). 3 days out of 5 for this week down. Hopefully, I'll get to fence tonight. @hshibley I keep track in MFP for just minutes done/calories burned (although I don't really trust those numbers). It's OK for something uniform, like cardio. For strength training or when I wrote down more details, I also used a bullet journal. I do think there are some apps for weightlifting and other sports though.
  11. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies January 2019!

    That sounds like a great plan! Now that I have the tracker, I can see how little I actually move. I get close to 10K when I fence, but without it, it's hard to get above 6k. I do try to get up and get bare minimum of steps every hour though. It turns out to be good for the house, too, as I don't have anything else remotely physical to do but clean the house, so those 10-15 minutes an hour are actually visible. Fitbit is fun! Versa is what my DH has, but he refused to give it to me. I got myself Charge 3. I love their app, too! I hope you have as much fun with it as I do! Your exercise always sounds like so much fun! Thanks for posting it! It was really inspiring! That is great! My workout on Tuesday was a drag, too, but it felt so good to have it done! Enjoy! So far I did 2 days of exercise this week. Still on track 🙂 I do miss fencing though, and it seems that even though it is not particularly taxing by itself, it really makes a difference in my TDEE. I am still 2 lbs up from the last week. So 2 lbs were water/bloat, but the other two want to stay. The fencing club is open on Friday. I just hope it won't be another case of the last Friday, when nobody showed up and it was just a wasted trip.
  12. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies January 2019!

    Well, thanks to a very late New Year party, I am up 4 lbs in the last week. Shouldn't have weighed myself today 🙂 I am still thinking about goals for this year. I definitely want to do at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week, with possible exception of travel weeks, which are usually pretty walking intensive anyway. I also want to go to at least 2 national-level fencing competitions. A national medal would be great, as would a new rating, but those are too unpredictable to write down as actual goals. Fencing is out this week till Friday, so I'll have to stick with the bike. I upped my time from 40 to 45 a few days ago. Not sure if I want to get it up to an hour eventually or not. After going to bed after 3 am, it was hard to do anything today, but I managed those 45 minutes on the bike, so here is to the good start. And I was not feeling hungry most of the day, so the food was also under maintenance.
  13. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies- December Edition

    I refuse to incriminate myself 😉 Honestly, it was a total cringe fest. I don't know why I watched it and definitely wouldn't recommend to anyone. I was thinking about goals for the next year, but I am having hard time. I want to lose some more fat, but I don't really care if my total weight drops, stays the same or even goes up a little. I want to see more definition on my arms and stomach, but that's about it. So, no real quantifiable goals here. Fencing is also hard. Winning any competitions depends too much on other people and, frankly, luck. So, no good way to quantify anything either. Training hours are also sketchy due to coach traveling, schedule conflicts, and other things. Bike is a conditioning thing for me. I just don't know what my goals here are. Maybe I can set it to something like at least 2 hrs a week or see if I can make it to 100-150 hours by the end of the year? Right now my tracker app has set a goal of 5 times a week workout (any workout) of at least 30 minutes a day. I am enjoying getting it filled, so for now I want to continue that.
  14. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies- December Edition

    Yep, I think I made it 🙂 I even tracked most of the food, even though a few times it was a very rough estimate. Still, I lost a few ounces, according to my scale. I didn't move much, since there was limited fencing, but I did spend 40-45 min on the bike every day, except Sunday. The rest of the time though I was either sitting or binge-watching Netflix in my bed . I finished the series last night, so hopefully today will be more productive.
  15. OlgaLA

    Well-Trained Bodies- December Edition

    Sorry you are not feeling well 😞 Please, get rest and don't worry about lost progress. You will regain it much faster if you take time to recover. Plus, in my experience regaining progress is much faster than getting there the first time, so don't think about it too much. Pamper yourself and enjoy your Christmas break! I am still mostly on track with everything. Today my coach suggested doubling my private lesson and I managed just fine. In October I was dying after a single lesson, so it is a major progress for me. Not really related, but it feels like half of my major muscles are sore the last few days. I don't think I did anything new, so it is a bit puzzling.
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