Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Secret Wogging Escapade

Tonight after working at school for awhile, I came home and was completely inspired by the weather to go wogging (walking + jogging). I haven't wogged in my adult life, and now that I am feeling a little stronger, I've been wanting to try, but too afraid to do it in front of ANYONE. Tonight, however, after the sun went down, it was still beautiful outside (60 degrees!) and the air was completely saturated from it raining all day. Everything smelt like spring, and I just couldn't help myself. I had to spend some time outside, and since it was dark and no one would be seeing me, I thought I'd try wogging!

Being the weight I am, I know that wogging for any long distance is not going to be good for my joints, nor have I built up the stamina to sustain it for long periods of time, so I just challenged myself to wog in between streetlamps on my outdoor loop, and it worked nicely! My heart rate was definitely elevated, but I didn't feel like I was pushing myself too far, and nothing was hurting, so I think I was careful enough- we'll see if there is any pain tomorrow. I'm not sure if I will begin wogging on a regular basis yet. I'd like to keep working on increasing my speed and distance in walking along with some strength training, but I'll definitely keep trying it from time to time.

I hope that in a few months I can look back fondly on this moment with a sense of "look how far I've come!", but for now I will go to bed satisfied that I tried something new today, and had some fun in the process!

For those of you who are runners/joggers/wogger - what was your first running event like? I love to be inspired by your stories!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My First 5K

I didn't necessarily mean for it to happen. That is, I didn't step out onto the sidewalk this afternoon and think, "It's a great day to walk my first 5k!" As a matter of fact, it had been quite a crummy day, and all I wanted to do was push myself and get some happy endorphins going. Lo and behold, I look at my "Map My Walk" App at the end of my walk and see this:

Now, to be fair, I knew I had walked further than 2.5 miles, as I have done portions of this route before, but I was completely ecstatic to see that I had broken the 5K barrier. No, my time is not stellar, but I am so darn proud to say that I can walk this distance!

Although the overall time is slow, I do have to be proud of my split times as well (sorry, most of this info is cut off, but mile 1 and 2 were a bit over 20:00, and mile three was 23). When I first began "seriously" walking in January, I was walking nearly a 30 minute mile, so to have cut almost 10 minutes/mile off that time is a huge achievement as well.

Being inspired by Katie at Runs for Cookies, I think I am going to try to walk/jog/run/craw my way through a 5K race and invite some of my friends and family to join me (either as a cheerleader or as a racer). Not only could I potentially cross this off the bucket list that started this whole blog in the first place, but also just to celebrate the changes I have been making this year.

Monday, April 7, 2014

FMM: Random Questions

Ok, so maybe I can't postpone FMM's. I love them too much!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section on Sarah's blog so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts.

1. Have you ever had a reoccurring dream? What was it?

This happened a lot more when I was a kid. One I still remember vividly is having to swim across an ocean to get to an island filled with friends, family, and my favorite storybook characters at the time. I went here a lot in my dreams as a kid!

2. What was the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Hmmm, I can't say that I've been TOO adventurous. The weirdest food I actually enjoy is probably pickled herring. It's the Swedish in me, what can I say?

3. Can you comfortably eat in a restaurant by yourself? Go to movie?

Eating in a restaurant is something I find extremely awkward, but I've gone to a movie a couple of times by myself. I can't say I enjoyed it as much as if I were with others, but sometimes there is just something you HAVE to see and no one is available (or wants) to see that particular movie.

4. What would you leave in your will for the person you care about the most?
Pretty much everything, I guess.

5. Would you rather…Go without television or fast food for the rest of your life?

Probably fast food. It would definitely be the healthier choice ;)

6. What was the best thing that happened to you this past week?

I got to spend time with some of my very best friends. There's nothing like hanging out with people who don't expect you to be anyone except exactly YOU. So refreshing!

7. List the food items you take at a salad bar.
Mixed greens, tomatoes, green pepper strips, egg, ham, a little cheese, peas, and sunflower seeds

8. If you were in the “Miss America” talent competition, what would your talent be? 
Singing. I'm a music teacher after all. Maybe that or speed-building small houses of cards?

9. What do you keep in the trunk of your car?
Normally an emergency kit and my folding lawn chair (you never know when you might find yourself in a sunny park reading a good book!)

10. How many rings before you answer the phone?
This really depends on who is calling, and how close the phone is to me. Most of the time, it's as soon as I can get to the phone.

Ok everyone, it's time to play along! :) Have a FANTASTIC Monday!

REALITY CHECK! (or...the day the elliptical kicked my butt)

I am going to temporarily postpone the Friend Makin' Monday post that I love so much (and have been missing for the last couple of weeks) to discuss my recent encounter with an elliptical machine.

Y'know how they say, "Pride comes before the fall,"? Well, today was my serious fall, at least a fall for my ego. I have been walking 2-2.5 miles on a regular basis and, quite honestly, feeling like I am on top of the world when doing it. I haven't been waking up in the morning with severe sore muscles, or cursing each step throughout my walks. It's been challenging but in a great and motivating way.

Today, since it was looking like rain, I decided to try the elliptical machine at the gym. I have tried the elliptical machine many times, and each time have felt very awkward and ultimately unsuccessful. I thought to myself:
   "This time is going to be different though, right?"
   "This time, I am fitter, I am stronger, and so I am going to jump on that elliptical and act like I've done this a bazillion times!"

Yeah, not so much. Still awkward, still exhausted. My leg muscles cried out, and I couldn't seem to keep my eyes off the clock. Darn you second hand! Tick...tick...tick. I willed and begged myself to stay on for five minutes, and I managed that, but BARELY.

After this, I decided I should probably stick to walking for the rest of my workout, and realized that this itty bitty bit of elliptical exercise had caused me to start sweating profusely! Normally, when I walk, I work up a decent sweat, but MY GOSH! This is probably TMI, but I just want to keep honest about my experience.

I ended up walking for only another 20 minutes and calling it quits. Definitely not my most successful workout, but it was a good reminder that I cannot get complacent with my exercise. It's great for my body to be pushed in different ways, and now I know that if I want to start my workout with a bang, I should start with the elliptical machine!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Reflections on the first 50 pounds...

It has been quite a journey so far, and I am so glad that I decided to keep trying...

Today, according to the numerous weight-loss/healthy eating websites I have joined, I have lost anywhere from 40 to 50 pounds in the last couple of months (depending on when I joined the site). Pardon me while I toot my own horn a bit....ok, I think I'm done :D

Things haven't been super smooth or easy, it's been very much a roller coaster journey so far, and I don't know that I have it all figured out yet, but I'm getting there and progress is being made!

Some simple thoughts that have crossed my mind in this last week:

1. I now weigh less than I have in at least seven years - craziness!

2. I have developed a love for walking outdoors. This is absolutely NUTS, as I normally do not like exercise, and don't really care for the wilderness either. Last weekend I ended up legitimately hiking for over two-and-a-half miles (as measured by my wonderful MapMyWalk app - I'm in love with it) The picture of the bridge was almost at the end of my hike. I was super tired and a little sore, but man did it feel good!

3. Along with #2, I am just walking more. Walking a mile or two  in a week used to be a huge deal, and now I am walking around 6-10!

4. I put on my first pair of jeans in I-don't-know-how-long. I forgot how much I love jeans! They weren't super comfy yet, but they zipped pretty easily, so YAY for that!

5. I love when people look at me, and are clearly trying to figure out what has changed. Very few have been brave enough to ask (I can't blame them) but it's so nice to just to have that spark of a recognition - I can't wait to see this increase as I continue to lose weight.

5. Even when I "overdo" it with food, and I do (perfection, I've decided, is just not in my plan, and it seems to be working for me so far), the damage is SO much less. My threshold for unhealthy food is so much lower, so a little goes a long way.

So maybe I'm not done tooting my own horn yet. I think I'm OK with that, because at some point, I'm sure I will experience other lulls and need to reread this as a little extra motivation to stay the course.