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I ran my 5k Sunday morning. I ran the whole way with a time of 33 min 17 sec. I was really pleased. I’m looking at running another 5k in March. I’d like to get my time closer to 30 mins. We’ll see. 

My general plan for the week is 1 spin class, 2 strength classes, 1 yoga, 1trx class and week 1 of Hal Higdon’s novice 10K training plan (2.5, 2 and 3 mile runs). I’ve never done the trx class before and I’m not that coordinated so we’ll see how that goes 😁🙄

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I've largely developed a rhythm for getting in my step count on work days, but it's more challenging when I'm at home. I did it on Friday and Sunday this last weekend, in part by doing chores around the house, by having DH drop me off a few blocks away from the dealership when I took my car in to get serviced, by not trying to be "efficient" while grocery shopping, by parking in the outer limits of the parking lots at Costco and Walmart, and by getting DS out for a playdate at a park.

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16 hours ago, hshibley said:

I ran my 5k Sunday morning. I ran the whole way with a time of 33 min 17 sec. I was really pleased. I’m looking at running another 5k in March. I’d like to get my time closer to 30 mins. We’ll see. 

My general plan for the week is 1 spin class, 2 strength classes, 1 yoga, 1trx class and week 1 of Hal Higdon’s novice 10K training plan (2.5, 2 and 3 mile runs). I’ve never done the trx class before and I’m not that coordinated so we’ll see how that goes 😁🙄

Congrats on the 5k!!!! You did it, WTG!!!!

11 hours ago, Ravin said:

I've largely developed a rhythm for getting in my step count on work days, but it's more challenging when I'm at home. I did it on Friday and Sunday this last weekend, in part by doing chores around the house, by having DH drop me off a few blocks away from the dealership when I took my car in to get serviced, by not trying to be "efficient" while grocery shopping, by parking in the outer limits of the parking lots at Costco and Walmart, and by getting DS out for a playdate at a park.

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I know some days are harder than others for sure.

I only got 7,500 steps today. Blah. Dd and I took a little walk and I cleaned house. I could have mopped but didn't want to, I've been doing so much cleaning the last few weeks I'm running out of steam and pressing things that need to be done. I wish the weather was a bit nicer, I don't want to do outside projects in this weather. But on the whole even this, so far crappy week, is better than I was doing in the fall.

I've been hit or miss with my food tracking and it is non-optional if I want to lose, as much as I tell myself otherwise. I do it a bit and weight starts to go done and I say, I've got this, I don't need to track. I think I need to increase my goal a bit, at least for this part of my cycle, I think that is part of the problem, so, we'll try it and see. Onward and upwards.

Today is lifting at the gym.

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17 minutes ago, soror said:

I've been hit or miss with my food tracking and it is non-optional if I want to lose, as much as I tell myself otherwise. I do it a bit and weight starts to go done and I say, I've got this, I don't need to track.

 

I so have this problem.  I think I have this idea that fit folks don't worry about food at all, so once I show progress, I'm like, wheeeee, I'm in the clear!  Ugh.

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I have been STINKING at getting back into a routine. Without a routine, I'm toast.. 😞

Dd starts afternoon college classes on my planned gym days this week, so I have my fingers crossed that that will get me back on track. Except she's been really sick, so she missed her first day yesterday! Last week was full of moving things around for appointments and other important things, though I did get there for 2 workouts (1 great, 1 meh.)

I'm trying to turn my frustrations into motivation. I flexed for dh the other day, showing off, lol. I can see awesome things happening, but I keep getting bummed thinking about the possibilities if I could just get my act together. Or about how quickly I'll go backwards if I don't. It would all be so much easier if I had workout space at home, but it's absolutely not in the budget. 

On the bright side, I've been entering some of my home recipes into MFP so that my tracking weeks can be less boring!

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On 1/14/2019 at 9:27 AM, hshibley said:

I ran my 5k Sunday morning. I ran the whole way with a time of 33 min 17 sec. I was really pleased. I’m looking at running another 5k in March. I’d like to get my time closer to 30 mins. We’ll see. 

My general plan for the week is 1 spin class, 2 strength classes, 1 yoga, 1trx class and week 1 of Hal Higdon’s novice 10K training plan (2.5, 2 and 3 mile runs). I’ve never done the trx class before and I’m not that coordinated so we’ll see how that goes 😁🙄

 Congrats on the 5K! Are you planning on racing 10K, too?

19 hours ago, soror said:

I only got 7,500 steps today. Blah. Dd and I took a little walk and I cleaned house. I could have mopped but didn't want to, I've been doing so much cleaning the last few weeks I'm running out of steam and pressing things that need to be done. I wish the weather was a bit nicer, I don't want to do outside projects in this weather. But on the whole even this, so far crappy week, is better than I was doing in the fall.

I've been hit or miss with my food tracking and it is non-optional if I want to lose, as much as I tell myself otherwise. I do it a bit and weight starts to go done and I say, I've got this, I don't need to track. I think I need to increase my goal a bit, at least for this part of my cycle, I think that is part of the problem, so, we'll try it and see. Onward and upwards.

Today is lifting at the gym.

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.

18 hours ago, Carrie12345 said:

I have been STINKING at getting back into a routine. Without a routine, I'm toast.. 😞

Dd starts afternoon college classes on my planned gym days this week, so I have my fingers crossed that that will get me back on track. Except she's been really sick, so she missed her first day yesterday! Last week was full of moving things around for appointments and other important things, though I did get there for 2 workouts (1 great, 1 meh.)

I'm trying to turn my frustrations into motivation. I flexed for dh the other day, showing off, lol. I can see awesome things happening, but I keep getting bummed thinking about the possibilities if I could just get my act together. Or about how quickly I'll go backwards if I don't. It would all be so much easier if I had workout space at home, but it's absolutely not in the budget. 

On the bright side, I've been entering some of my home recipes into MFP so that my tracking weeks can be less boring!

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.

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4 hours ago, OlgaLA said:

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.

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.

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Yes, for sure, sometimes I think I kind of feel hungry and I haven't ate much, I should eat but in reality I've ate plenty and kinda hungry isn't really hungry.

Who knows with damn hormones!! Ya for breaking records and beating the rain.

I managed 5.5 k steps yesterday 😞 Lifting at the gym 🙂 

Still feeling not the best, laid around too much. Workout was pretty decent. I did all of the wk 1 of the MOVNAT pull-up progression and 3 sets of walking lunges, hip raises, and push-ups. We'll see how this week goes but I'm probably going to stick w/ the MOVNAT phases longer than 1 wk, not moving on until they don't kick my butt so hard. I've trained pull-ups so many ways I'm glad for a bit of a change of pace and we'll see how it works. Push-ups are looking good I think, I'm not doing a ton- 8-12 but I'm going as low as I can.

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Walked w/ friend yesterday, ended up w/ 8k steps. Still not feeling the best and had a horrible headache all evening. This am my period came out of the blue at day 17, making my last cycle 16 days, seriously. hmmph. Don't know what's up with that but sure hope that was a fluke and I'm feeling better soon. Tonight is lifting, hoping for a good workout.

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On 1/16/2019 at 7:05 AM, hshibley said:

Not right now. I’m trying to increase my distance to get my 5k time down. I’d like to be closer to 30 minutes then try a longer distance. 

 Sounds like a good plan! Good luck! I am still figuring out what I want to do with my running.

 

4 hours ago, soror said:

Walked w/ friend yesterday, ended up w/ 8k steps. Still not feeling the best and had a horrible headache all evening. This am my period came out of the blue at day 17, making my last cycle 16 days, seriously. hmmph. Don't know what's up with that but sure hope that was a fluke and I'm feeling better soon. Tonight is lifting, hoping for a good workout.

 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.

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35 minutes ago, OlgaLA said:

 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.

Do you think it is peri? Mine kept getting shorter last year and got down to 21 days IIRC but it was a gradual thing and then started getting longer again and had been regular, then bam it's 10 days + shorter. I know the thyroid is tied to the cycle too so I don't know if it is that or hormones but I'm not a fan I've not felt great for a week now, hoping after this period is over I get some energy back. Stupid bodies!!! 

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31 minutes ago, soror said:

Do you think it is peri? Mine kept getting shorter last year and got down to 21 days IIRC but it was a gradual thing and then started getting longer again and had been regular, then bam it's 10 days + shorter. I know the thyroid is tied to the cycle too so I don't know if it is that or hormones but I'm not a fan I've not felt great for a week now, hoping after this period is over I get some energy back. Stupid bodies!!! 

 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.

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I've been able to get in a few days of skate skiing where the snow and the weather were good. I'm really loving getting in a nice intense work-out. I've also been walking with friends, which I love but it doesn't give me the same feeling of body strength and fitness. I'm going to try to squeeze in a quick ski tomorrow morning after it warms up from -20.

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So far this week I've only had my 3 martial arts classes, but they were very strenuous ones.  No extra exercise because I'm still in "rest" mode trying to get rid of heel pain.  I reckon it's plantar fasciitis...it's worst when I first get up in the AM.  I've done well with healthy eating and portion control though,  so hopefully this rest won't sabotage me.  😊

Looking forward to my foot healing and getting back on my usual workout routine.  Everyday exercise really helps keep my emotions regulated!

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5 hours ago, IvyInFlorida said:

So far this week I've only had my 3 martial arts classes, but they were very strenuous ones.  No extra exercise because I'm still in "rest" mode trying to get rid of heel pain.  I reckon it's plantar fasciitis...it's worst when I first get up in the AM.  I've done well with healthy eating and portion control though,  so hopefully this rest won't sabotage me.  😊

Looking forward to my foot healing and getting back on my usual workout routine.  Everyday exercise really helps keep my emotions regulated!

Yes, this is when I felt the most pain, too. I wear Keen sandles in the house all the time now, and shoes with really good support when exercising, and I haven't had any issues in a couple years. Massaging the heel and sole of the foot with a rolling pin, tennis ball or similar feels really good and helps with the pain.

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stealing a few minutes away.

Step count has been meh, 4500. But I *think* I'm starting to feel better, we'll see how today goes but hopefully I'm getting out of this funk.

Today I'm going to the gym- I have to take the girls to TKD anyway and it is right there so I might as well.

12 days until the end of the month so whatever monthly goals we have we best get with it 🙂

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On 1/17/2019 at 3:33 PM, OlgaLA said:

 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.

I turn 40 in June, my Mom had a hysterectomy at a young age. My grandma had her last kid at 36 and mom said menopause was h*ll for her and lasted forever, hoping that's not my fate. I used to take melatonin intermittently for sleep but found getting my thyroid regulated and magnesium glycinate worked better for sleep for me (and I'm very touchy w/ melatonin even something like .5 mg can make me feel drowsy the next day.) I do feel better than I did last week, I guess we'll see how this cycle goes, I'm hoping there is not a repeat of this! Today's workout was better than Thurs but I managed to get a floor burn from army crawling. My appetite seems to be back to normal too, I can see how peri can cause the weight gain!

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3 hours ago, soror said:

I turn 40 in June, my Mom had a hysterectomy at a young age. My grandma had her last kid at 36 and mom said menopause was h*ll for her and lasted forever, hoping that's not my fate. I used to take melatonin intermittently for sleep but found getting my thyroid regulated and magnesium glycinate worked better for sleep for me (and I'm very touchy w/ melatonin even something like .5 mg can make me feel drowsy the next day.) I do feel better than I did last week, I guess we'll see how this cycle goes, I'm hoping there is not a repeat of this! Today's workout was better than Thurs but I managed to get a floor burn from army crawling. My appetite seems to be back to normal too, I can see how peri can cause the weight gain! 

 

Everyone is different. I do not react to melatonin at all as far as sleep is concerned, although I did have some sleep problems when my cycle first started getting weird. I sleep OK now, although not as well as I used to. No more sleeping in till noon for me. Unless I take Nyquil. Then I am out for 20 hours. I also tried magnesium and ended up having weird chest pains even with low doses. As I said, we are all different. And even genetics will not predict everything. Too many factors involved.

I am still not sure what is the cause for my hunger. I went for a jog Friday morning and was hungry all day. Today I am fine. We'll see tomorrow after the run. 

So, I did 1hr bike on Thursday, 2.4 miles on Friday, plus just over an hour of fencing in the evening. I actually noticed a difference while fencing. I was much more relaxed and was less tired by the end. On the sad side, I started having slight discomfort in my left foot after Tuesday run, which was almost unnoticeable, but it is in my left foot that I use for propelling my lunges in fencing, and it got worse after fencing. I actually woke up a couple of times last night because of shooting pain there. It's OK today, but I don't like it.  I went and ordered new fencing shoes, as old ones are getting beat up. I do need a good support due to high arches, so might be that, too. I went for a 35 minute walk today as my only exercise (MFP thinks it was "brisk" 🙂 ).

As for goals, I am actually ahead of my 30min x 5 times a week so far. Weight is holding steady.

 

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On 1/18/2019 at 7:05 AM, IvyInFlorida said:

 Everyday exercise really helps keep my emotions regulated!

That’s so true.  I live in the area hardest hit by hurricane Florence. The few weeks where everything was closed and there were too many trees down to go for a walk were so hard to remain in a good mood with out exercise as an outlet. 

The past week was pretty good. I liked the trx class and I was able to get in a 7.2 mile hike Saturday in addition to my planned workouts. 

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9 hours ago, OlgaLA said:

 

Everyone is different. I do not react to melatonin at all as far as sleep is concerned, although I did have some sleep problems when my cycle first started getting weird. I sleep OK now, although not as well as I used to. No more sleeping in till noon for me. Unless I take Nyquil. Then I am out for 20 hours. I also tried magnesium and ended up having weird chest pains even with low doses. As I said, we are all different. And even genetics will not predict everything. Too many factors involved.

I am still not sure what is the cause for my hunger. I went for a jog Friday morning and was hungry all day. Today I am fine. We'll see tomorrow after the run. 

So, I did 1hr bike on Thursday, 2.4 miles on Friday, plus just over an hour of fencing in the evening. I actually noticed a difference while fencing. I was much more relaxed and was less tired by the end. On the sad side, I started having slight discomfort in my left foot after Tuesday run, which was almost unnoticeable, but it is in my left foot that I use for propelling my lunges in fencing, and it got worse after fencing. I actually woke up a couple of times last night because of shooting pain there. It's OK today, but I don't like it.  I went and ordered new fencing shoes, as old ones are getting beat up. I do need a good support due to high arches, so might be that, too. I went for a 35 minute walk today as my only exercise (MFP thinks it was "brisk" 🙂 ).

As for goals, I am actually ahead of my 30min x 5 times a week so far. Weight is holding steady.

 

So, you think the running is too much- causing the hunger and some pain?

WTG on the goals! I made very modest ones and have made them. My step count is up, my goal for the year was to get back to 10k a day so it is ok that I'm not already there every day.  I've had good and bad days but the overall trend is higher relative to last year. Since the beginning of the year I've done strength training 3x a week- some days aren't great but I'm showing up, the last 2 weeks I've been at the gym 3x b/c the kids have had a Sat session of TKD. Weight is down a bit, I'm not sure if I'll hit the tentative goal I had set for the month after the hormonal wonkiness but some is better than none. 

20 minutes ago, hshibley said:

That’s so true.  I live in the area hardest hit by hurricane Florence. The few weeks where everything was closed and there were too many trees down to go for a walk were so hard to remain in a good mood with out exercise as an outlet. 

The past week was pretty good. I liked the trx class and I was able to get in a 7.2 mile hike Saturday in addition to my planned workouts. 

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WTG last week! There is so much connection between the mental and physical!

I did lifting/bodyweight work yesterday. It was a good workout. The pull/chin-up work is still kicking my butt but perhaps a bit less, I'll continue on w/ the week 1 work next week as well. Let's see how many weeks it takes me to accomplish the week 1 goals, maybe by the end of the month I'll be up for week 2 🙂 I like the progression, it is a different approach than I've taken and I think it is working some accessory muscles that have been neglected w/ the crawling and hanging. Every time I'm hanging I think of the fitness show Strong I watched and this guy could just hang minutes on end. I'm doing 1 min deadhang now and 30 sec with chin over the bar. I could probably do a hair more but that much is HARD. 

I scrolled through to see if I'd already talked about this here but couldn't find it so forgive me if I'm repeating myself. I turn 40 in June. In the past, I'd always thought I would be someone to set some massive butt kicking goal for the year, really prove myself physically. BUT here I am and it is approaching and I'm not in that headspace. I'm at a place that is ok with not pushing myself so hard, taking things a bit slower, more accepting and gentler with my body and I'm happy about that, this is where I needed to be although before I would have thought I was giving up, no I'm just playing the long game and realizing that my body now cannot take the pushing and that is ok. I push too hard I end up down and out- I've found a good level that I have been able to sustain and that is worth a whole lot.

 

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Need to join back in the conversation and motivation you wonderful ladies provide!

I did awesome last week - 3 days at the gym lifting weights. Got my steps in every day, to my more than 30 minutes of active time in every day. 

BUT the week before - migraine so nothing. AND I got another migraine or cold or something hit me last night. 

I also developed a new allergic reaction to something in my favorite salad - most likely the shrimp so my body could be reacting to that as well. 

Stay warm everybody!

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6 hours ago, hshibley said:

That’s so true.  I live in the area hardest hit by hurricane Florence. The few weeks where everything was closed and there were too many trees down to go for a walk were so hard to remain in a good mood with out exercise as an outlet. 

The past week was pretty good. I liked the trx class and I was able to get in a 7.2 mile hike Saturday in addition to my planned workouts. 

 Sounds like a great week! WTG!

 

5 hours ago, soror said:

So, you think the running is too much- causing the hunger and some pain?

WTG on the goals! I made very modest ones and have made them. My step count is up, my goal for the year was to get back to 10k a day so it is ok that I'm not already there every day.  I've had good and bad days but the overall trend is higher relative to last year. Since the beginning of the year I've done strength training 3x a week- some days aren't great but I'm showing up, the last 2 weeks I've been at the gym 3x b/c the kids have had a Sat session of TKD. Weight is down a bit, I'm not sure if I'll hit the tentative goal I had set for the month after the hormonal wonkiness but some is better than none. 

WTG last week! There is so much connection between the mental and physical!

I did lifting/bodyweight work yesterday. It was a good workout. The pull/chin-up work is still kicking my butt but perhaps a bit less, I'll continue on w/ the week 1 work next week as well. Let's see how many weeks it takes me to accomplish the week 1 goals, maybe by the end of the month I'll be up for week 2 🙂 I like the progression, it is a different approach than I've taken and I think it is working some accessory muscles that have been neglected w/ the crawling and hanging. Every time I'm hanging I think of the fitness show Strong I watched and this guy could just hang minutes on end. I'm doing 1 min deadhang now and 30 sec with chin over the bar. I could probably do a hair more but that much is HARD. 

I scrolled through to see if I'd already talked about this here but couldn't find it so forgive me if I'm repeating myself. I turn 40 in June. In the past, I'd always thought I would be someone to set some massive butt kicking goal for the year, really prove myself physically. BUT here I am and it is approaching and I'm not in that headspace. I'm at a place that is ok with not pushing myself so hard, taking things a bit slower, more accepting and gentler with my body and I'm happy about that, this is where I needed to be although before I would have thought I was giving up, no I'm just playing the long game and realizing that my body now cannot take the pushing and that is ok. I push too hard I end up down and out- I've found a good level that I have been able to sustain and that is worth a whole lot.

 

Nah, not too much. Just takes some time to adjust 🙂 I am going to stay at this level for at least a couple more weeks, then we'll see.

On the big goals and age... I do need huge goals for motivation, but I am totally paranoid about overdoing it and injuring myself. I do push myself, but I also listen to my body and keep my overachieving brain in check all the time. Slow and steady will take me closer to my goals and faster.

 

4 hours ago, Carrie12345 said:

I got two gym days in this week. I had to do it by going at night once, and on a weekend once.  I am officially not a night or weekend gym-er, lol. I want my weekday mornings back!  But at least it got done.

 You did it, which is what counts!

4 hours ago, lmrich said:

Need to join back in the conversation and motivation you wonderful ladies provide!

I did awesome last week - 3 days at the gym lifting weights. Got my steps in every day, to my more than 30 minutes of active time in every day. 

BUT the week before - migraine so nothing. AND I got another migraine or cold or something hit me last night. 

I also developed a new allergic reaction to something in my favorite salad - most likely the shrimp so my body could be reacting to that as well. 

Stay warm everybody!

Yay on awesome week! And sorry about migraines and allergy 😞 I'll ignore stay warm comment - I went for a run this morning wearing a t-shirt and leggings, and halfway through I was thinking I need to buy shorts 🙂

I did another run this morning. 3.3 miles. Tried to concentrate on not tensing muscles that shouldn't be tense, like my shoulders (I had a bad shoulder cramp on Tuesday). So far nothing hurts. We'll see if I eat everything in the house later.

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I am also feeling very paranoid about getting injured right now.  Well, more injured than I already am since my foot pain hasn't cleared up yet.  My son and I have another martial arts belt test on Saturday, which means that this week our classes will focus on punching bag work and sparring.  Usually those weeks are the toughest on my body.  I'm going to get back to my regular every day exercise routine this week, trying to avoid putting stress on my foot and using some tips on healing plantar fasciitis pain that I've been gleaning from this site.  🙂

Good news, though!  I weighed/measured myself today, and am down 5ish pounds and almost a 1/2" off my hips!  If only I could make my chest measurement stop decreasing along with everything else...

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On 1/21/2019 at 4:31 AM, IvyInFlorida said:

I am also feeling very paranoid about getting injured right now.  Well, more injured than I already am since my foot pain hasn't cleared up yet.  My son and I have another martial arts belt test on Saturday, which means that this week our classes will focus on punching bag work and sparring.  Usually those weeks are the toughest on my body.  I'm going to get back to my regular every day exercise routine this week, trying to avoid putting stress on my foot and using some tips on healing plantar fasciitis pain that I've been gleaning from this site.  🙂

Good news, though!  I weighed/measured myself today, and am down 5ish pounds and almost a 1/2" off my hips!  If only I could make my chest measurement stop decreasing along with everything else...

Hope your foot heals fast! And congrats on losing weight/size!

My weight seems to be relatively stable, fluctuating up and down around the same numbers, but my TDEE table says that it trends down a little, .25-.5 lbs a week. I took some measurements today, and I lost around 0.5 inch off my waist and hips (I didn't measure my chest 🙂)

I did an hour of stationary bike on Monday morning, and felt really tired all day. In the evening I went to fencing, hoping to do 2-3 easy bouts. Well, the class had odd number of people, so the coach had me suit up and jump in.  So, instead of easy 20 minutes I got 50 rather intense ones. Today I did a private lesson, and went for an easy run, concentrating on making it really easy. Still managed to break a couple of personal records 🙂 Tomorrow is hopefully an easy day with just a private lesson.

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11 hours ago, OlgaLA said:

Hope your foot heals fast! And congrats on losing weight/size!

My weight seems to be relatively stable, fluctuating up and down around the same numbers, but my TDEE table says that it trends down a little, .25-.5 lbs a week. I took some measurements today, and I lost around 0.5 inch off my waist and hips (I didn't measure my chest 🙂)

I did an hour of stationary bike on Monday morning, and felt really tired all day. In the evening I went to fencing, hoping to do 2-3 easy bouts. Well, the class had odd number of people, so the coach had me suit up and jump in.  So, instead of easy 20 minutes I got 50 rather intense ones. Today I did a private lesson, and went for an easy run, concentrating on making it really easy. Still managed to break a couple of personal records 🙂 Tomorrow is hopefully an easy day with just a private lesson.

Good for you, inches lost is even better, WTG!!!

On 1/21/2019 at 6:31 AM, IvyInFlorida said:

I am also feeling very paranoid about getting injured right now.  Well, more injured than I already am since my foot pain hasn't cleared up yet.  My son and I have another martial arts belt test on Saturday, which means that this week our classes will focus on punching bag work and sparring.  Usually those weeks are the toughest on my body.  I'm going to get back to my regular every day exercise routine this week, trying to avoid putting stress on my foot and using some tips on healing plantar fasciitis pain that I've been gleaning from this site.  🙂

Good news, though!  I weighed/measured myself today, and am down 5ish pounds and almost a 1/2" off my hips!  If only I could make my chest measurement stop decreasing along with everything else...

Woot! WTG on the weight and inches lost, good luck staying well.

8 hours ago, wintermom said:

It's been extremely cold and snowy here for the last 3 days, but supposed to warm up tomorrow. I'm going to go for a ski everyday for the next 3 days while it's warmish, then the temps are dropping again. Outdoor exercise is harder to plan for in the winter. 😉

It's been cold and snowy here, although our temps are probably warm for you!

Yesterday was a blah day, stupid body. I was *this* close to puking at the gym. I was not going fast at all but I overheated, UGH. It was going well until that. Hangs and crawls a smidge easier, push-ups smoother and lower. Today is a new day!

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On 1/23/2019 at 2:54 AM, soror said:

Yesterday was a blah day, stupid body. I was *this* close to puking at the gym. I was not going fast at all but I overheated, UGH. It was going well until that. Hangs and crawls a smidge easier, push-ups smoother and lower. Today is a new day!

 I hope you are feeling better! And way to go on those push-ups and crawls and hangs. My hands don't like hangs at all. Maybe that's what I should add...

On 1/23/2019 at 8:16 AM, Ravin said:

I narrowly made my step count yesterday. Today will be more challenging.

 You can do it!

23 hours ago, wintermom said:

Yay! I got out skiing this morning with ds. It was snowing quite a bit, and we were the first ones out on the trail, so it took a lot of effort to break trail, but it was great to get out there! It's so nice to have the arctic freeze lift - at least for now. 😉

Sounds beautiful!

I woke up early today, and decided to go for a run before I needed to take DD to CC. Another 2.5 miles. A bit later I had a private lesson, and that is it for today.

I am not feeling hungry anymore, but now I am feeling sleepy . Not sure which is better.

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7 hours ago, Margaret in CO said:

I'm down over 44 lbs. and my A1C is at 5.1! I've not been getting more than 7-8 miles a day in, what with dd's house fire, etc. so I need to amp it up again. 

Margaret that is wonderful! I'm so sorry about the house fire, I had missed that news!

8 hours ago, OlgaLA said:

 I hope you are feeling better! And way to go on those push-ups and crawls and hangs. My hands don't like hangs at all. Maybe that's what I should add...

 

I woke up early today, and decided to go for a run before I needed to take DD to CC. Another 2.5 miles. A bit later I had a private lesson, and that is it for today.

I am not feeling hungry anymore, but now I am feeling sleepy . Not sure which is better.

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I have to give my hands a little massage after the 1 min hang since I had not been doing it as much but it is getting better, my callouses are growing 🙂

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You are kicking butt, hope you got a nap in!

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I think I was fighting off a cold b/c dd was sick Wed and I'm feeling better.

Yesterday was lifting/strength training. I alternate days between sets of 8 and 12, last night was 8 so I did 3 sets except for push-ups I did 5 sets- so 40 total- woot 🙂 Assuming I don't fall ill or such I'm going to move on to week 2 of my pull/chin-up training next week. I feel like my shoulders are growing, I should have measured but I swear they look bigger. This month has been upper body focused so maybe I'm getting some pay-off. And so far no shoulder pain- so I've not pushed it too hard (not yet anyway!). I'm still not doing very well with food tracking, I've told myself I've got 1 week of the month left- focus for 1 week!!!

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27 minutes ago, soror said:


🙂I'm going to move on to week 2 of my pull/chin-up training next week.

 

Would you mind sharing what training plan you're using for this?  Yesterday I convinced my dad to install a bar on my kids' tree fort that I can start working toward pull-ups on.  I'm sure I will need to work up to it big time though.

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3 hours ago, IvyInFlorida said:

 

Would you mind sharing what training plan you're using for this?  Yesterday I convinced my dad to install a bar on my kids' tree fort that I can start working toward pull-ups on.  I'm sure I will need to work up to it big time though.

Let's see I have it written up from the spring- I'll try to attach some links -

Start and end w/ max pull-ups (with or without assistance)

Week 1- 

1 min- hand/foot crawl;

max hang (just dead hang from bar);

5 negatives;

max forearm hang;

1 min push-pull crawl;

hand/foot crawl on 2x4 (I've had to skip this at the gym b/c it is cold to go outside to do this)

Week 2-

 2 min crawling;

max forearm pull-up;

max hang;

10 rack pull-ups

Week 3-

  tabata 4 min- 20 sec on- 10 sec rest alternate- push-ups and push-pull crawl 4 min

 3 x-

5 negatives-

1 min walk w/ weight overhead

10 press-ups

Week 4-

 3x- 1 min plank -

3 pull-up to forearm hang (use band or place foot on a box behind you if assist is needed) -

5 second front hang to side hang 3 transitions -

20 m 2x 4 crawl -

4 foot pinch 

Week 5- 5 explosive rack pull-ups -

3x- 2 min crawling (1 min foot hand/1 min inverted) 

-Max front hang -

 10 scapular pulls-

5 pull-up negatives 

-End with -Max pull-ups - 5 explosive rack pull-ups

I've not added in max pull-ups at the beginning or the end b/c I'm trying to take it easy on the actual pull-ups. I keep injuring myself working on straight progressions so I decided to try this b/c it is a totally different approach, we'll see how it goes and if it gets me further along. 

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I went for my weekly walk in the woods with friends yesterday, and a skate ski this morning. I'll be walking again this afternoon with a friend. Tomorrow is 2 hours of doubles tennis. It's great to be able to get outdoors and move! I was getting cabin fever with the super cold temps and lots of snow. Trying to walk on the road or sidewalks right now is not fun at all.

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1 hour ago, hshibley said:

I ran on the treadmill twice this week and I think running with the incline to replicate road run caused a calf strain 😢I can put some weight on it but I’m basically limping around. I’m hoping it heals quickly. 

That's too bad. I have noticed that on a treadmill it's easy to under-estimate the incline and put extra strain on the back of the legs (i.e., calves, back on knees and hamstrings). It's probably best to stick to no incline on the treadmill, and save the hill work for the outdoors.  With me, I think it's the visual perception on a treadmill that the horizon is flat, and I allow my leg to extend too far. This doesn't happen when running up an actual incline outside.

Also, when you're outside you aren't running uphill for that long a time period typically. But on the treadmill you can over do the length of time running or walking on an incline.

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10 hours ago, hshibley said:

I ran on the treadmill twice this week and I think running with the incline to replicate road run caused a calf strain 😢I can put some weight on it but I’m basically limping around. I’m hoping it heals quickly. 

Hope you're better soon 😞

On 1/25/2019 at 10:40 AM, wintermom said:

I went for my weekly walk in the woods with friends yesterday, and a skate ski this morning. I'll be walking again this afternoon with a friend. Tomorrow is 2 hours of doubles tennis. It's great to be able to get outdoors and move! I was getting cabin fever with the super cold temps and lots of snow. Trying to walk on the road or sidewalks right now is not fun at all.

Hope tennis was fun!

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Strength training today. Did back squats for the first time in awhile, they were rather meh, only went up to 85#. Tried next week of my pull-up program but forgot how to do the one move, most watch the video again. Otherwise I've been too lazy.

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Today I finished day 40/80 day obsession .  I had to pause on some of the core work to get all reps in.  Side plank oblique pulls are tough so I take it slow and when I fall over i get back up to get through it.  It's a work in progress.

Hope everyone has a great week.  

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On 1/26/2019 at 5:12 AM, hshibley said:

I ran on the treadmill twice this week and I think running with the incline to replicate road run caused a calf strain 😢I can put some weight on it but I’m basically limping around. I’m hoping it heals quickly. 

 

Feel better soon!

20 hours ago, soror said:

 

Strength training today. Did back squats for the first time in awhile, they were rather meh, only went up to 85#. Tried next week of my pull-up program but forgot how to do the one move, most watch the video again. Otherwise I've been too lazy. 

 

 

Thanks for sharing your workout plan! And sometimes lazy is good!

17 hours ago, wintermom said:

It was great! I felt really strong. I think the skiing have really helped the strength in my arms. Plus my racquet was restrung recently, and it feels really nice. 

It's great that skiing helps your tennis!

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I may have overdone it last week. After Saturday run instead of the usual high I just felt half-dead, even though I felt normal during the run itself, not really pushing myself. Now, 48 hours later and after very easy two days I am still not sure how I feel. Or it could be the middle of my cycle and my hormones are out of wack again.

 

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15 hours ago, lynn said:

Today I finished day 40/80 day obsession .  I had to pause on some of the core work to get all reps in.  Side plank oblique pulls are tough so I take it slow and when I fall over i get back up to get through it.  It's a work in progress.

Hope everyone has a great week.  

Congrats! It's totally ok to take it slow and in several attempts. Trying to get everything done fast and perfect on the first try usually leads me to just dropping it altogether. 

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I went for a 50 min skate indoors as it's -35C with the windchill today. Brrrr!!! It was a good work-out, and relatively warm. 😉

While I was skating, I was noticing how great this form of exercise is for balance training. If I can keep up with regular skating in my 60s and 70s, it will be good fall prevention training. 

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Due to various reasons, I'm missing fencing till Thursday or even Friday. I ran yesterday, and then took DS for a walk. Ended up with over 20K steps for the day. Today was another walk with DS with some running included. I am trying to get him moving more, as fencing for him is just not enough (since he is younger, he can't really do open fencing, as there is nobody his level there). We started doing C25K-like program through Zombies, run app. So far he likes it, but he is OK with regular walks as well. I might do some bike tonight, but my knees are slightly tender, so I'll try and decide if bike irritates them or not.

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11 hours ago, OlgaLA said:

Due to various reasons, I'm missing fencing till Thursday or even Friday. I ran yesterday, and then took DS for a walk. Ended up with over 20K steps for the day. Today was another walk with DS with some running included. I am trying to get him moving more, as fencing for him is just not enough (since he is younger, he can't really do open fencing, as there is nobody his level there). We started doing C25K-like program through Zombies, run app. So far he likes it, but he is OK with regular walks as well. I might do some bike tonight, but my knees are slightly tender, so I'll try and decide if bike irritates them or not.

Wow, lots of walking, go you! Hopefully you figure out something for your son, it is hard especially this time of year.

Lifting last night, workout was just right, just the right amount of challenge and work.

I have tracked my food since Friday, even though I don't want to!

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This week has been so weird, ugh.  Sinus infection got the better of me and I missed martial arts Monday.  Went Tuesday and today but have felt too puny to expend all that much energy.  No bodyweight training yet, but I should be able to Thursday and Saturday.  My plantar fasciitis seems to be improving, thank God.  I've been doing well with eating, both choices and portions, so it's not all bad.  I'm hoping that my next weigh/measure in a couple weeks will show improvement!

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I got in a really nice skate ski yesterday. 1.5 hours on freshly groomed trails with awesome snow! It was wonderful, and the temps weren't too bad, either. Another bonus was that my arm and leg muscles are toned enough now that I wasn't in pain all night! ;) Always a nice thing!

I'm going snowshoeing this afternoon with some friends for my weekly walk. There is so much snow in the woods that snowshoes are necessary. 

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