Yesterday I forgot to blog. I spent 70 minutes in the treadmill but had to pull back from level 11 to level 9. It was the third day in a row doing intense cardio that is really focused on legs.
Tonight I remove red that I needed to blog but became distracted after doing my yoga/stretching that I again forgot. I also did 30 wall push-ups as part of my physiotherapy.
So I was in bed, light out, eyes closed and it hit me, I forgot to blog again. I sat up and jumped to it now I sit in the dark, blogging on my phone smiling at the fact that there’s only 20 days left. Yes!
The past few weeks I’ve been trying hard to reduce the amount of food I eat, make some healthier choice and ensure I’m drinking plenty of water daily. This past week I was very focused and diligent with this task.
Earlier this year, I set my final quarterly goal to weight less than 170 pounds by the end of this year. I’m not going to achieve this goal. I’m okay with that because this challenge was about being active, not losing weight. The one thing I’m focused on though is to move my BMI number so that I’m ‘overweight’ and no longer ‘obese’. This really should have been my quarterly goal instead of some random number that doesn’t have much meaning.
This past week, I’ve seen the number on the scale drop but more enjoyable has been the changes I’ve noticed in my body. Specifically, I’ve notice my tummy getting smaller.
At the end of this year, I’ll weigh less than I have since 2007. Compared to missing my last quarterly goal, this is way better.
Tonight at the gym I did 6.5 minutes hill walking, 22 minutes running, 15 minutes ArcTrainer and 12 minutes elliptical. My legs are feeling sleepy.
I rocked the elliptical trainer this morning. After 70 minutes at a level 11 following a ‘random’ workout, I burned EXACTLY 800 calories. Even better than the calorie burn was that today was the first time I stayed consistent and felt strong the entire time at level 11.
So it was a great start to the day. You might be wondering why I keep going back to the elliptical. The reason is that I’ve actually developed tendinitis in my right shoulder. I started physiotherapy a couple of weeks ago. I’ve pretty much stopped lifting anything heavy or putting much weight on my shoulder. It’s getting better but I’ve been told to just keep up my cardio.
Last week I was given homework. Wall push-ups! Three sets starting with five reps. What a change from what I’m used to. It’s really back to the basics here.
Around 6:30 this morning I woke up and wondered why does my body wang to get up now. Around 7:30 this morning, a loud cat was making noise demanding to be let out by someone, anyone who was willing to wake up. One voice finally yelled, “Micky!” and he stopped. My husband and I each peered at each other then I laid my head on his chest and we both fell back asleep. At 11:30 this morning, my husband woke me up and said, ” I guess we were both really comfortable.” By the time I was showered, dressed, and leaving the house to head out for a tea and oatmeal at Starbucks, it was 12:45 this afternoon.
Wow! This is very unlike me. I hate to waste a Saturday. And for the rest of the day I felt groggy and blah. I felt like did nothing because I really didn’t do much of anything.
Tonight we went to a really fun Christmas party. I saw people there tonight that I haven’t seen in about ten years. I also met some great new people too. Before we went I said to my husband, “Don’t abandon me.” He didn’t. I typically am very nervous meeting a lot of new people especially at a place I’d never been before. Luckily some people I’ve gotten to know a lot better in the last few months were there and I was good. Phew!
Even though I did nothing all day, that all day grogginess allowed me to put of doing my Yoga for Runners routine. Instead I did it just now (after midnight), tonight after arriving home from the party. I was the designated driver so I only enjoyed one drink tonight but I’m happy with that because we are definitely going to the gym this morning.
Last year at this time, I was hitting a different Christmas Market three weekends in a row. First was Berlin. Second was Poznan. And last but not least was Stockholm. (In Stockholm we actually went to two different markets.).
Christmas markets are a beautiful, wonderful thing to visit in December. It’s a very European tradition of vendors setup selling great little finds in wooden stalls. It’s also mulled wine and open fires to keep you warm.
In the last few years, Toronto has started to host a Christmas market in The Distillery District. I didn’t learn about this until a few months ago and really didn’t have high hopes. I expected something small and simple with a beer tent. Instead we found something quite large with a couple amusement rides, a very large tree, carollers, and food, mulled wine, and open fires.
It was great time. It made me a little sad, missing Europe, but we really enjoyed ourselves. We spent three hours walking around and warming up near fires.
I took a couple of pictures at the Christmas market but they are very, very blurry. Let me assure you the market, like all Christmas markets, are enchanted, wintery, and beautiful.
Aside from walking around the market, I’m going to take some time to stretch before bed. Off to the gym in the morning.
For anyone still reading my blog, you know that I haven’t been blogging daily like I originally committed to doing. Since being back in Canada, I’ve been very lax about this part of the challenge. Not sure why.
Maybe burn out? Maybe busier? Maybe feeling it’s not as important? No matter the reason it’s what I committed to do and with only three and a bit weeks left, there’s no reason I cannot finish this challenge right.
At the gym tonight, I spent 45 minutes on the elliptical trainer (random workout) and 20 minutes walking intensely (hills workout). I’ve really noticed how solid my legs are feeling from all of this cardio. I’ve also noticed how fatigued they are feeling too. Maybe it is burn out or maybe it’s time to change it up.
Day 332 – 20 Minutes TriAngle, 30 Minutes Elliptical
Day 333 – Yoga for Runners (plus a few other stretches)
Day 334 – Yoga & Stretching
Day 335 – 15 Minute Run on Treadmill, 33 Minutes Elliptical – Intervals
Day 336 – 45 Minutes Hill Walking on Treadmill – 3-10% Inclines
Day 337 – 65 Minutes Elliptical – Random
Day 338 – 30 Minutes Walk Through Neighbourhood
As I write this post, SNL Christmas is on the television and just earlier tonight, my husband and I walked around the neighbourhood not only to be active but to also check out the Christmas lights. My shopping is almost done and most of the my Christmas cards will be in the mail by the end of the week. This really means that the only thing left to do is enjoy the season and celebrate. For me, this is the best way to celebrate the holidays. (Okay – So we still need to mail some gifts and hang some Christmas lights in the tree outside but that’s nothing.)
As I logged my activity above, I originally came out to be at Day 336 however, there are only 27 days left in the year so something is off. I suspect that between international travel and the fact that my blog post time is based on Central European Time since I created this blog while in Poland, that these reasons would point to where the count is off. (When this blog posts tonight, it will show tomorrow’s date.) I’m also at fault for not continuing to blog every day as I originally committed to do.
So I’m down to 27 days. Yes, that is less than one month. On the last day of this challenge, I’ll be participating in a 5 KM run on December 31st. It’s the Running Room’s annual event. I’m really focused on just getting through this month and then taking a day off from being active. Recently, I’ve been enjoying the gym a lot but going three days in a row is taking its toll on my mind and body. By the third day I’m dreading it and I am genuinely tired. To top this off, I have tendonitis in my right shoulder and have started to go to physiotherapy. This is limiting what I’m able to do right now. Really it’s just a lot of cardio and some mid to lower body strength work.
Soon it will be 2014 and I have yet to set any goals for next year. I haven’t even had any luck brainstorming potential ideas. Last year, my 2013 goals came to me pretty late in December but they were huge and I’ve been successful with them. If you haven’t started to set some goals for yourself, don’t hesitate to. Try completing the following sentence. Fill in what sounds desirable to you.