July 13, 2010

Confessions of a 3-Day slacker

So, I have officially NOT fractured any bones in my left foot!! Yeah, I know I never mentioned any problems with my foot-- that day I walked the 8 miles, I did something to it. Don't know what, but it hurts off and on. I can still walk on it, but I wanted to make sure that it wasn't serious. And it wasn't!! (I still don't know what I did to it, but as long as it's not broken, I'm good. Probably just a deep bruise.)

Now I have no excuses.

The 3-Day is only 16 weeks away (eek!! if I counted right), and I'm currently not doing everything I can be to train. There, I've said it-- I'm only walking 2-3 miles a week, and slacking.

It's just my natural tendency for delaying and procrastination kicking in, I know, but this is definitely not something I can procrastinate about, or I will regret it in November, for sure.

Last Saturday, I walked 3 miles outside in the heat and humidity (ick!!). I didn't start until about 9:45 am, and it was already over 90 degrees. My own fault, because I could have gone out at 5:30 when the dogs got their breakfast, but I didn't.

Sunday, I went to the gym and did 4 miles on the treadmill (in the AC!) 1 mile on a cross-country program, and 3 miles at a flat incline, mostly walking with a little jogging thrown in there, too. I never thought I would ever want to jog or run, but I realized halfway thru my 45 minute session that running covers the miles and racks up the calories burned quicker. Kinda elementary, I suppose, but I really never realized just how much quicker, if you know what I mean...

Thanks again to Tom for my pink iPod birthday present!! I listened to a few podcasts, including watching a video of a great TED lecture on creativity. (must find more of those!) The iPod was much better than the inane television program that was playing on the TV in the health club... a new rendition of Robin Hood- it looked more like Men in Tights to me, but not near as funny, and I wasn't sure if the humor was on purpose, or if it was just that bad. (I'm leaning toward the latter.)

(don't get me wrong, I was still watching the seconds tick down on the treadmill program, but the iPod at least made it more enjoyable.)

Last night, I started Weight Watchers again (for the LAST time, this time). I know I need the accountability with measuring and recording my food to keep me on track eating healthy things instead of "snacky empty-calorie" things, the accountability to the scale every week, and the camraderie and inspiration of the weekly meetings. I did it once before, so I know it works if you do it, I just have to DO it.

So, here's some inspiration for me:

the Front Burner blog: an interesting blog I just found, with blog posts about running

the Couch to 5K program, which literally talks you thru starting from the couch, and works you up to running a 5K (which is a little over 3 miles, I think) in 9 weeks.

Cathy Zielske ran her first 5K race 6 months after starting her weight loss and fitness journey! read about it here.

some other blogs for when I have time (I haven't actually read any of these yet, so they may be good or bad; they just looked interesting at first glance):

The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl (written by a Scottish woman)

Get Fit Slowly (weight loss and fitness from a male perspective)

Feed the Soul (nutrition and weight loss)

Yell at Your Fat (audio podcast about losing weight and getting fit)

Being Healthy for Busy People (more podcasts; these look a little like the things that run on the TV in the Dr's office waiting room)

I've never thought of myself as a runner, because to me, runners are Serious Athletes (somehow I hear it with capital letters in my head), but it would be kinda fun to be able to say "oh, it was nothing, just a 4 mile run..."

or at least be able to to walk the 60 miles without keeling over! just kidding- I don't plan on keeling over, but I don't want to be the last one into camp. (not that there's anything wrong with that, I just don't want it to be me.)


fitmacdaddy said...

Hi Crimson--This is Mac from Get Fit Slowly. Thanks for the link. I hope you come to GFS often. Good luck on your 3-day jaunt, it looks like fun!

Jackie said...

Good for you, Jenn!
There are some gals here in town who are doing the "Couch to 5K" program and they love it!

I have found that it's hard to snack on empty calories if they aren't in the house in the first place.

Just heard something about procrastination yesterday. Procrastination = Fear of something. Find out what the fear is and face it head on and poof! Procrastination, gone.

Felicia said...

You can do it! I've been on a health kick this year too and have lost 40 pounds. It's hard work to get up at o'dark thirty in the morning and hop on that treadmill but the rewards are so worth it!