Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday JM 30 Day Shred Workout 2 (25 minutes) and Swimming (30 minutes)

With 10 lb free weights. I really mixed it up on the swimming with half lap sprints and different strokes. It just felt good to be back in the water!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thursday Running (55 minutes while pushing a jogging stroller)

T did good on his first ride in the jogging stroller. My mom watched S while I took T out running.

Hello saddle, I'm back again.

20+ a little of biking and 5 minutes of stretching.

My habits are much diminished between lazy, work stress and tired.  Try, try again.

Erik the Tired

(He looks like he is at a concert and saying, "Thanks, Tibet!  You've been a great crowd!")

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday JM 30 day shred workout 1 (25 minutes)

With 10 lb free weights. Going off caffeine and cutting back on sugar this week so I was tired all day. T was also up every 2 hours AGAIN. I also have a bad headache and having some period like bleeding? Just spotting, but it's freaking me out a little since it is way too early for that.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Monday Trail Running (55 minutes)

Memorial Day run! The rain did not hit until the last 5 minutes, so I'm glad I went earlier rather than later even though the usual chaos was happening at my house ;) This was my longest trail run since having the baby. The ground was nice and soft from Saturday's downpour, but not muddy or slippery except for a few places, so it made for a nice long run.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Saturday Running 3ish miles with BIG hills (35 minutes)

I kind of ran all over, in the rain, with big hills, so not sure how many miles exactly. I think maybe a little less than three. I pooped out and had to walk a 1/2 mile in there. We went to a family wedding afterwards and I got to chase after kids for about 2 hours during the reception. Posting Sunday- T finally slept about 7 hour straight last night, but I still feel trashed. I'm hoping to go trail running on Memorial Day.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Whole Week

I've been on my girly time all week, and have been very puny.  So not much to report, but some.
Monday weigh-in was Not Good.  138.  Some of that has Got To Go.
I did 1/2 of swim on Wednesday, 14ish laps.  She had me do flips again, and I actually did it twice without water up my nose!  I did it a total of, I dunno, four times?  And no panic attacks!  I cut things a little short by not swimming after the lesson because it was my last one and we went out for a victory dinner.  My instructor is awesome. :)
Yesterday I did an hour of Zumba.  I came home feeling naseated and dizzy.  I think maybe I didn't eat enough yesterday or something.
Not sure if I'm going to get a workout in today as we are leaving on vacation today!  The kids are going to grandma's for ten days, and John and I are going on a road trip!  I will be working out while I'm gone, and I'll post about it when I'm near a computer.  But that makes today problematical as I have Much To Do. 
Speaking of which....
The Almighty Liz

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thursday Running 4 miles (52 minutes)

Plus, laundry, errands, etc. I slept better last night, but still feeling burnt out.

ETA- Also, 20 minutes of yoga for runners from you tube.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wednesday JM 30 Day Shred Workout 2 (25 minutes)

With 10 lb free weights. 

T has been sleeping horrible for a week and I'm getting some serious mommy burnout! I'm glad he took a 2 hour nap this afternoon so I could workout and get some housework done.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday Running 3 miles (38 minutes)

Plus, 25 minutes of "yoga for runners" from you tube.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday JM 30 day shred workout 2 (25 minutes)

With 10 lb free weights.

The three pounds I gained has not gone away, and I've gained four more! I've tried cutting back on sugar, but I failed this week and re-gained the pound I had lost. So frustrating! I cannot diet while b'fing. I've tried. It was bad.

Also- weeding for an hour.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Saturday Trail Running (50 minutes)

Increased my time. Yay! I  think the long run on Monday helped, but the digging yesterday did not. The back of my thighs were the part that was sore that affected my run, but not too much.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Wednesday, Thursday and Today

Just so it's not forgotten, I have still been walking Bronx several times a week, at least three and more often more than that, anywhere from 1/2 hour to an hour. 
Wednesday I swam about 45 minutes.  17 laps, so almost a half a mile.  The first 1/2 hour was continuous, no breaks whatsoever.  My instructor told me when we started to do 2 of each stroke I knew.  When I would come in from my lap, she would hand signal things I needed to work on, but I would not pause to talk or anything.  I accomplished 14 laps that way.  Then we worked on jumping in the deep end and flip kicks again, only this time it was just flipping in the water.  I jumped in until I didn't get water up my nose, and then I did two flips, and the second time I almost didn't get water up my nose.  Just a little.  And no panic attacks this time!  Take THAT!  Ha!
Yesterday I did 1 hour of Zumba.  It was awesome as usual.  The shoes are still making a big difference, so it wasn't a first-time-shiny-new-toy kind of love.
Today all I did was walk Bronx for an hour.  Started my girly time so I'm a little more tired today.  We'll see how I feel tomorrow, but I plan on getting something in even if it's not a super hardcore workout.
The Almighty Liz

Friday Planting Trees (3 hours)

OW! I am going to be sore tomorrow, and probably several days after that as well. I was using the big shovel for all the digging, plus I had to get out the pick axe to break up the gravel for planting one of the trees. I planted one apple and one pear tree.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday Swimming 35 minutes

5 minutes breast stroke
10 minutes freestyle
5  minutes backstroke
5 minutes freestyle
5 minutes backstroke
5 minutes kick board

Plus, mowing the lawn for 90 minutes (which was the harder of the two workouts!)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Weigh-In and Tuesday

I weighed in yesterday at 135.  I did better on my diet last week, but not awesome still.  I am, however, way overdue for my cycle, so I know I'm retaining and whatnot.  :P
Today I ran my 1.5 mile loop in about 20 minutes.  I went in the morning before it got too hot, even though it was certainly warm enough.  However, it was morning when I am at my weakest, lol!  I was sure I could do more, but by the time I finished the loop, I was done in. 
Timpani, flip kicks are that thing that competitive swimmers do to turn at the end of a length.  You know what I mean?  When they flip in the water and kick off the wall.  It's hard.  I have the theory very clear in my head, and I have all summer to figure it out, but my instructor will probably not revisit it as it kicked off that panic attack.  I got a LOT of water up my nose twice in a row (I only tried it twice), and on that second try I lost track of up and down and considering my water trauma, it was just too much.  I do plan on mastering it, just because it caused me problems and things like that need to die for inconveniencing me like that.  :D
The Almighty Liz

Tuesday JM 30 Day Shred Workout 2 (25 minutes)

With 10 lb free weights. 

I kicked myself back to workout 2 because of stiffness from my long run yesterday. That was my first long run since I was 6 months pregnant? So, I was expecting to be more sore than I am. I'm so happy I was able to run the whole 5 miles too.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday Running 5 miles (65 minutes)


Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Rest of the Week

I had swim lessons on Wednesday, and I think these were the worst yet.  She started teaching me flip kicks, and I had a full-on panic attack in the water.  She was really cool about it, and I still got 15 laps in that day, but definitely more spaced out, a chunk before and chunk after the attack.  It kinda sucked, though.  And then yesterday I was still so rattled from that and the accompanying nightmares that I gave myself a day off.
Today I was going to go for a run, but John brought Trent over and we went for a two hour hike.  I'm going to call that good since I'm pretty wiped out.
Not a bad week, really.  Last week was maybe a bit better, but I'm still happy with my efforts this week.
The Almighty Liz

Saturday Trail Running 35 minutes

Too pooped to do more. No sleep this week for Tired Mom.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wed. Running 3 miles (35 minutes) & Thurs. JM 30 Day Shred Workout 3 (25 minutes)

Woohoo! 3 miles in 35 minutes! Maybe all the strength workouts are helping?

JM today-With 10 lb free weights. I did the punches slower than JM though since I was using bigger weights.

Also- big shovel yard work for 45 minutes. I will be bulging with muscle soon ;)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Yesterday I didn't do anything.  I was sore, and it just didn't feel like the right thing to do.  In short, I wussed out.  Lol!
Today I ran my 1.5 loop, except I took the "short" way which shaves off .05 miles.  It was hot, and I was dying.  I ran the whole way though.  Two observations from my run today:
1. I can't run with Bronx in the summer.  I can't hold the leash and a bottle of water at the same time.  I took him today because I thought, "Eh, it won't be so bad."  And yes, it could be that bad.  It helped a LOT on my last run to have that water. 
2. My route has almost no shade.  None.  I need to get a new route.
The Almighty Liz

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tuesday JM 30 Day Shred Workout 2 (25 minutes)

With 10 lb free weights.

I went back to workout 2 because workout 3 almost killed me last week. Plus, I'm still really sore from the toilet repair (where I had to take the whole back of toilet off and on, and back off, and back on, you get the idea, until I got it right, and those things are heavy!).

Monday, May 6, 2013

Starting the Week Off Right!

I weighed in today at 135.  Obviously, the diet is not going well.  I talked to John though, and he is going to help me.  I am SO going to lose ten pounds!
I did 1 hour of Zumba tonight.  It was a great class!!  Great playlist, and the ladies there brought some awesome energy along with their A game.  It was a blast, and went by so fast!!  I also bought me some Zumba shoes over the weekend, and they made a HUGE difference.  I love my Zumba workouts, they are so fun!
The Almighty Liz

Monday Running 3 miles (38 minutes)

Also- 1 hour medium duty yard work (weed whacking, bush trimming, moving heavy stones, etc.).

Yesterday- I also had a SURPRISE repair I had to do on the downstairs toilet that of course took two hours with it being our old house and all ;).

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Saturday Running 3 miles (38 minutes)

Plus, 45 minutes of big shovel yard work. I was digging up a bush that died in the scourge that was last summer and moving another bush into its place. Hopefully, this bush will live. Gardening season + baby is killing my back!

This Whole Week, Exercise and Some Other Stuff

Again with the being busy!!  I have had a pretty stellar workout week, I just am having trouble finding the extra time to post about it!  Or, when I remember to do it, I'm not around the computer, lol!
Weigh-in on Monday sucked.  I'm up to 135.  I'm stress eating.  I need to get a handle on it.
I went running on Monday.  I did my 1.5 mile loop, without walking, in EIGHT-FIVE DEGREE weather.  Conclusions?  I am not going to be able to run in hot weather without water.  I went out the next day and bought myself a little 12 oz bottle to take with me on my runs.  All my other water bottles are metal, or way big, ie, too heavy for me to carry on a run. 
Tuesday I had swim class.  Since it's just me, Debi and I can shift our schedules around to suit our various events for that week.  I did 1 hour, and we kept super good track of the laps this time, so I know I did 22 laps.  There was a break in there so I could practice jumping in the deep end and stuff, so that first 1/2 hour I did 10 laps, and the second 1/2 hour I did 12 laps with no breaks.  My instructor wasn't there for the second half either (she can't be actually teaching me or anywhere near me after our 1/2 hour sessions or she could get fired), so there really weren't any breaks at all.  I know.  I'm awesome.
Wednesday I did another run, with John on his lunch break.  We went out to Shaw and did some trail running, and we got a little lost, so the way we figure it, we did at least 2 miles, and some walking.  Again, in EIGHT-FIVE DEGREE weather.  With my water bottle this time though.  It helped.  I was smart to buy it.
Thursday I did 1 hour of Zumba.  It flew by.  I've started getting back what I lost when I didn't do much for those two or three weeks.  :D
Yesterday, I did nothing.  I was tired. 
Today I did Jillian's 30 Day Shred.  I remember now why I haven't been doing it lately.  I HATE it.
So, the other stuff.  John's work is doing this health insurance thing where you come in and they take your blood to test for cholesterol and diabetes, and they take measurements and blood pressure and stuff.  They have four tiers and whatever your numbers are determine what tier you're in.  It's incentive to get healthier, and I think it's a great idea.  I am GEEKING OUT about my numbers!!  We haven't gotten the blood work back yet, of course, but all the measurements were awesome!  They are as follows:
Height and weight I'm going to skip because those aren't as important, and we've been keeping track of that on here anyway.
Hip: 38".  When I started losing weight my hips were 48". 
Waist: 32".  They started at 45".
Body Fat %: 28.  Right smack in the middle of normal.
BMI: 23.  Middle of normal again.
Blood Pressure: 114/68  My BP is usually low, so that number was not a surprise, although it is a little lower than normal even for me.  My tech was impressed.
AND NOW for the part I'm still geeking out about.  My pulse!!  Now, pulse doesn't mean that much to most people but for someone like me with heart problems, it says a LOT about how healthy your heart is.  When I was sick, my resting heart rate was 120.  I have gotten it down over the past several years until I got my best number at my visit to my cardiologist last January when it was 78.  Very normal, and my doc and I were both ecstatic.  And now?, you say?  What is it now?
FIFTY-EIGHT.  5!  8!  John's pulse, super healthy athletic John, was 52!!  I'm only 8 beats higher than JOHN?!  Whose heartbeat when I lay on his chest actually lifts my head up a little?  I, who when I was first diagnosed with R. Fever, was told I might need valve replacement right away.  Then they said maybe five years, and then maybe at 60 years old, and then maybe IF I stayed super healthy I might not have to have them replaced at all, and then to have a normal pulse and my doc not be able to hear my murmur at my last appointment and I thought that it just couldn't get any better than that, and NOW?!  Now it's 20 beats lower and I have the pulse of an ATHLETE?!! 
That is a miracle, ladies and gentlemen.  My doctors never thought I would be normal again, and now I've not only exceeded expectations, I've blown them out of the water.  God really is out there after all, and still doing miracles.  I feel hugely blessed and lucky that He decided I was worthy of one.  :)
The Almighty (with God) Liz

Friday, May 3, 2013

Thursday Running 35 minutes (2 3/4 miles)

I pooped out towards the end of the run. 

Friday- scrubbed rims with steel wool for an hour. My back is not happy now!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wednesday Swimming 35 minutes

5 minutes breast stroke
10 minutes freestyle
10 minutes back stroke
5 minutes freestyle
5 minutes back stroke

Plus, over an hour mowing the overgrown lawn. I'm totally counting that as a strength workout because I am feeling it right now!