Posted blucypresslily on June 3rd, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I’m leaving town for my work’s annual Planning Conference tomorrow–it’s at a resort on the water up near the Canadian border and the area looks absolutely gorgeous. I still need to do my running day 3 for this week and am hoping to get it in tomorrow morning before we leave.

Still nasty weather up here….supposed to be looking up next week…we’ll see.

Still Raining

Posted blucypresslily on May 28th, 2010 | Filed under fitness | Comment now »

Today’s a run day. AF arrived yesterday and I really didn’t want to get up this morning. I thought to myself, “but I have cramps!” so I shouldn’t run. “I’m bloated” so I shouldn’t run. Then I laid there. And thought some more. “You know, if you run it will help alleviate the cramps. And the bloat.” Then “stop being a lazy ass.”

So I got up and ran. And it did help the cramps and bloating. Still rainy, though–hopefully it’ll clear up a bit over the weekend (it’s supposed to but those weather people lie all the time, especially during spring in the PNW!).

I was so excited to find some podcasts that follow the C25K program. I downloaded them and will try them starting Week 2–they give an auditory cue for the run/walk segments, so I won’t have to worry about keeping an eye on the stopwatch and can focus on form and breath. Way cool!

Running in the Rain

Posted blucypresslily on May 26th, 2010 | Filed under fitness | 1 Comment »

Rainy, nasty, dreary day here in Seattle. But. I still got my run in this morning. I probably looked like a loon in my red rain coat (which is now too big and the hood kept drooping over my eyes), but I didn’t care ๐Ÿ™‚

I finally started weeding out my fitness video collection and am getting rid of some titles that I no longer use and don’t foresee using again in the future. I’ve sold a few on Craigslist and given away the rest on, so I’m feeling good about that. I’m currently doing a Debbie Siebers Slim Series rotation and am gearing up to start Chalean Extreme in July. I’m alternating Slim Series days with no-weight cardio days, rotating between various kickboxing and bootcamp style dvds on the cardio days. I understand that Slim Series is predicated on slightly overtraining muscle groups, but I just can’t bring myself to lift weights on consecutive days–it seems counterproductive to me. Plus I get the added benefit of mixing things up and not getting bored to tears by only doing Slim Series (while it’s very, very effective for sculpting lean muscles, it’s also very, very boring to do it day after day after day).

Of course, I’m combining this with C25K ๐Ÿ™‚

My typical week looks like this:

Monday: C25K in AM/Slim Series in PM

Tuesday: Yoga, Core routine in AM/Cardio of choice in PM

Wednesday: C25K in the AM/Slim Series in the PM

Thursday: Yoga, Core routine in AM/Cardio of choice in PM

Friday: C25k in AM/Slim Series in PM

Saturday: 3 mile hike in AM/3mile hike in PM

Sunday: Rest (do Cool it Off or Cathe’s Stretch Max)

For my Cardio of Choice days, I typically rotate between Insanity-Pure Cardio, 10 Minute Solutions Knockout Body Kicboxing all sets, Cathe Friedrich Kickmax or Punch, Kick and Jam, 10 Minute Solutions Ultimate Bootcamp all sets, and Jillian Michaels’ Burn Fat Boost Metabolism. My yoga mornings consist of either Yoga Meltdown or Biggest Loser Yoga. ย And for core, it’s either Cathe’s Core Max, pilates, or 10 Minute Solutions Tummy Toners.

All in all, I’m digging my current rotation and, at the same time, am stoked to move on to my next rotation and starting CLX.

Fat Girl Running

Posted blucypresslily on May 25th, 2010 | Filed under fitness | 1 Comment »

Spring and Summer in Seattle mean 5am sunrises, dewy grass, the ever-present smell of the water and majestic white-capped peaks in the horizon standing guard over the city. Blue skies (ok, sometimes) bring an added freshness to the air, urging the body to get up and go, see and do. It’s days like these that have always led me to turn an envious eye toward the hoards of runners that take to the various streets, paths and trails that meander throughout town and beyond. They look so energetic, with their earbuds in, nifty runners gear flashing by in dizzying array of colors, swift feet churning up the pavement. It would call to me, hearkening to some primal instinct within me that yearned to rise and join the pack.

Unfortunately, I’m fat.

I’ve been fat since puberty, struggling with every bite that passed my lips and frustrated beyond measure when nothing I did seemed to curb the steady onslaught of fat cells that were claiming victory over my body. It felt hopeless, this war I’ve been waging for as long as I can remember. And, for a long time, I thought it was.

I’ve lost 80 lbs in the last two years. I’ve received treatment for a slew of hormonal imbalances which has helped my slower-than-slow metabolism. And I’ve become a jock. Albeit a roly-poly one, but a jock nonetheless. I work out 6 days a week, usually twice a day. And I love it.

But can a fat girl run? Could I greet the sun with the pack, racing over the hills and valleys of the city, my heart racing the wind?

Pondering, I read again the Couch-to-5K running program for novice runners (the gall of calling myself a runner, novice or otherwise, before even lacing up my sneakers!) and told myself: I don’t know if I can run; but I can damn well try.

And I did.

And I am.