Out With the Old, In With the New

This marks my first 24 hours back using the BodyMedia Core armband. I used it before and then I stopped wearing it with the warm weather since my shirts didn’t cover it on my arm. Back then, it was a lot snugger on my arm as well. My total steps for yesterday was 5,210. That isn’t all that much. We’ll call it a base line. The exciting part is that I forgot how much this thing motivates me to beat my “score” from the previous days. It is 7:22 am, and today’s total thus far is 5,303. I woke up around 5am and decided it was a good time to go jogging. It was also the maiden voyage of my new shoes.

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I would have gone further than a mile and a half, but I freaked myself out. The path is through the woods. As soon as I thought to myself, “why is it that the joggers always find the bodies?” My imagination had me and every acorn dropping through the trees was a potential threat. It would have helped if there were more people out. I’m surprised there weren’t since it is a nice crisp morning. Cool, but the air was moist enough that my throat didn’t dry out as I started panting. I have also discovered that I am afraid to run on the road. I keep seeing myself trip and falling into traffic. Perhaps this will go away once I feel a bit more graceful on my feet.

Guess what I’m doing today… That’s right! Moving more boxes! “But Nicole, how much crap do you have?” Way too much. My yard sale and donation piles are growing with every box I repack. I noticed that I brought in a box of pre-pregnancy clothes this morning. I know some will go into the piles to leave me, but some, I suspect, will become goals.

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No Excuses

I am scheduled to jog today, but I think I may put it off until tomorrow. I slept horribly (even woke up to a spider dangling over my head). My head is stuffy (which reminded me to take my allergy medicine). Overall I feel very blah. I don’t feel like I should postpone though. I’m trying to create a habit here. If I let me make an excuse today, then there is no reason that I wouldn’t make one another day. Ok, I just talked myself back into it. I’ll go after work. Since I left my gym clothes at home, this will be another jaunt on the bike path. Perhaps we’ll try the other direction, just to mix things up. This is good, on the flip side, if I have another day where I’m trying to make excuses for myself, then I’ll be able to reference today and say, “if I could do it that day, I can do it now.”

I have been taking my new iron supplements. They are oh so tiny and give me 100% of my daily requirements. These don’t leave my tummy burning either. I give them a thumbs up. I am glad I was able to find a caplet. I have two days till my appointment to donate blood. I hope these give me the bump I need.

What was that about everything you read?

I just read a blog entry about running that didn’t sound right to me. It was saying that running will not help in weight loss and will even slow my metabolism. I decided to do some research on my own and found this: 6 Benefits of Running from Active.com. They know what they’re talking about over there. The gist of it is that running improves your overall health. Good cholesterol goes up, depression goes down. Less strokes, cancer, diabetes and more weight loss. The hows and whys are in the article and there are more benefits listed.

I am really glad that the other person was misinformed.  I know that I feel better when I’m trying to jog and run. My spirits do lift, even though it isn’t easy. My heart gets pumping and that is a very good thing for me. I sprang for some new sneakers this morning. I noticed that my knee hurts when I wear my New Balance shoes, but not my K Swiss. Therefore, I have another pair of K Swiss Tubes on the way, these ones. They are even cuter than my last ones. I am a big fan of blue.

First wogging day done!

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I’ll call it wogging. I’m not walking. I’m not jogging. I did sweat my butt off and my heart rate was kicking around 140 bpm. I am so happy that I completed W1D1. I was even ready for another running spurt when instructed to start cool down. My knee brace held me happily. As soon as I slipped it on, I could feel the pressure come off. I’m slightly more confident that I can make C25K work for me now.

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