Monday, May 20, 2013
Yeah... that's what it looks like. Let's detail:
Monday - Walked 3.15 in 1:00 during lunch. I came in early to take an hour lunch but it is getting too hot to do that until Fall.
Tuesday - Core Work - 30 minutes. A good session. I was home with the kids all day and all evening. That's very unusual for our family. I think it may be the first time ever in fact that I've had both kids for 12+ hours. ChocolateWife had a conference, we met her for dinner, and then she saw clients in the evening. So there was no chance to do any other exercise.
Wednesday/Thursday - I woke up Wednesday feeling crummy with some sort of stomach bug, went work, worked 2 hours and came home. Spent the rest of Wednesday and all Thursday at home eating a lot of starches which were the only thing that sounded/felt ok and hanging out.
Sunday - 4.5 in 1:25 hiking/running. Finally felt back to normal. I went for a hike/run at Walnut Creek Park. It was very humid and I was just enjoying being out and burning some calories. Did 2:00 walking/1:00 running.
167.6. I gained 1.8 pounds this week which doesn't surprise me at all. The carbs/no working out combination is doom to losing weight. I'm ready to get back on target though.
Monday - 13,247
Tuesday - 8,272
Wednesday - 1,530
Thursday - 4,638
Friday - 4,556
Saturday - 7,455
Sunday - 15,786
Also, I bought a used Treadmill on C r a i g s l i s t. It was $100 and the guy actually brought it over in his car because I would have had to go home and take out the car seats from mine. It's in the garage and I bought an extension cord. Basically I want to have more flexibility to fit in a run or even just 20 minutes of walking when leaving the house isn't an option.
Monday, May 13, 2013
I have a very medium week. No big spectacular workouts but no crashes and burns either. Not enough steps...
Monday - 1.6 mile walk at lunch time.
Tuesday - 4.0 mile walk at lunch time. I should have run but my stomach was not of the good from the moment I woke up and I didn't want to chance something ugly. A very nice walk and good pace (17:00 miles).
Tuesday - 30 minute core work. Very good work. All the usual suspects.
Wednesday - Bike ride 13.37 in 59. (13.7 mph). That's fast for me. Now that I've got my mechanical issues resolved (for a few days) I am riding a bit faster.
Thursday - 4.0 walk with running in 1:00. Very slow. Mostly walking with a bit of running. I did not feel well before I set out. Still, I'm amazed at how slowly I'm moving in these run/walks.
Saturday - 5.05 in 1:20. I intended to ride my bike but had a hole in my tire and tube so switched to a walk/run. Felt run down and slow and I was slow. Again, I find it shocking how slow I am. Part of me doesn't care about speed because I'd prefer to walk but want the calories burned from running but another part wonders if I'm actually doing "damage" by doing it this way.
Sunday - I went and volunteered at a race in the morning rather than working out in the morning. And then the family was going to hike but we decided to just not. Instead we celebrated Mother's day by crafting while watching Downton Abbey and then visiting our friends.
4/8 - 170.0
4/14 - 169.5 (-.5)
4/21 - 166.7 (-2.8)
4/27 - 167.6 (+0.9)
5/4 - 166.2 (-1.4)
5/11 - 165.8 (-.4)
So it's moving and in the right direction. I think I need to be more active and also eat less candy to lose more. 15.8 pounds to go!
Monday - 10,614
Tuesday - 14,304
Wednesday - 7,095
Thursday - 12,613
Friday - 3,933
Saturday - 13,641
Sunday - 4,166
Total - 66,366
Monday, May 6, 2013
Not too pressing but it was a nice week for me.
Tuesday - 3.9 miles walking in 1:10. Again I forgot my sports bra and had to walk instead of run. I printed up a list and will attach it to my gear crate so hopefully this will be the last time.
Wednesday - 11.5 bike in 58. Lovely ride in a lot of sunshine but having some mechanical issues. I called my brother and asked him about it. From my description he suggested either user error or bad bearings in the rear wheel. Not to keep any (I don't know if there are any) readers in suspense - I took my bike to the shop Saturday and user error is the answer. The brake thing was not pulled far enough so it was rubbing and causing issues in tightening down the wheel. I'm looking forward to riding without dealing with that.
Thursday - 3.6 miles in 47 (13:03) plus walking warm up/down. I did 2:00/1:00 throughout and felt really good about it. I was able to keep my HR down throughout and keep it up. Not fast but felt good. Oh and it was 53 degrees out with a 14 mph wind. In Texas!
Saturday - 30 minute core work. Then a 4 mile walk to the grocery store and back.
Sunday - I was feeling somewhat lazy and didn't really want to go for a long bike ride or run so it was perfect when a friend texted to say did we want to hike. ChocolateDaughter and I met the friend and her dog for an easy hike before gathering the rest of our families and going to a birthday party. We probably only went about 2 miles but it was lovely.
4/8 - 170.0
4/14 - 169.5 (-.5)
4/21 - 166.7 (-2.8)
4/27 - 167.6 (+0.9)
5/4 - 166.2 (-1.4)
Monday - 8,517
Tuesday - 12,189
Wednesday - 8,110
Thursday - 11,655
Friday - 9,712
Saturday - 16,017
Sunday - 9,734
Total - 75,934
I donated a small triple of platelets on Thursday. Not coincidentally I learned that it is a bad idea to get very cold before donating platelets. The run done in 53 degree weather immediately before and combined with the cold temperature in the center made my donation very difficult. I will not make that mistake again.
Monday, April 29, 2013
I had another good week although I felt like I ate more (and worse) than I should. That probably shows in my weekly weigh-in (I gained 0.9 pounds at weigh in Saturday). Still:
Monday - I feel like I probably walked around at lunch hour but I'm not seeing it on the graph. I also did a 30 minute core workout. I combined exercises from pre-dawn and the box of cards I got.
Tuesday - 4.2 in 50 (11:54) plus walking warm up/down. The phone GPS showed less but it was obviously off so I mapped it and came up with slightly more than this. I sort of split the difference. Ran 1:30/:45 intervals on the hills by the university. Very humid.
Wednesday - 11.5 in 1:00 biking. Easy heading out and then hard coming back. Either I hit the wind or was having trouble with my bike again. Or some combination of the two.
Thursday - 4 miles in 1:00. Mostly just walking with a few minutes of running. Very tired legs.
Saturday - 4.2 miles in 1:20. All walking. Very humid out.
Sunday - 16.28 in 1:20 biking. Very nice ride but the ground was wet. I hit one spot of mud and started to skid out. I kept myself upright and was quite impressed.
Sunday - 30 minutes core work. Very challenging. I mixed the Pre-dawn and the box of fitness cards. I was already feeling too hot in the house and was pretty much drenched by the end of the core work. Later ChocolateWife wanted to try some core exercises and noticed that the box shows a few other core moves mixed in.
As I said my weight was up .9 pounds as of Saturday. But I had worse diet as well as getting my period on Sunday so that probably had some effect.
I'm still using my phone and Noom to count my steps. I find it very motivating but I'm also aware that it is not all that accurate. I went for a walk on Saturday and did a few spot checks. My actual step count was about 120 steps per minute and the phone was logging 70 steps per minute (a very big difference). Still, it's fun to sort of note the steps and strive to reach the (increasing) goal every day.
Monday - 7,808
Tuesday - 15,320
Wednesday - 9,305
Thursday - 11,652
Friday - 9,502
Saturday - 12,013
Sunday - 9,007
As you can see, it is obvious that it's not an accurate count and it awards some steps for bike rides (Wednesday and Sunday) but it's still fun to look at.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Tuesday - 3.7 miles in 1:10 walking. I was going to run but my stomach was very iffy so I walked instead.
Wednesday - 3.6 miles in 45 minutes (12:30) run/walking plus .65 in 15 walking warm up/down. I started at 2:00 run/1:00 walk but ended up dropping to 1:30/1:00 and finally 1:00/1:00 because of the humidity. I've got to acclimatize.
Thursday - 2.5 miles in 45 minutes walk to and from lunch.
Friday - Core work for 30 minutes. I combined the exercises from the Pre-dawn runner routine from the ones in the the cards I ordered last week. It was a nice workout (or as nice as a core workout can reasonably be) and gave me some new exercises.
Saturday - 20.4 cycling in 1:42. Lovely ride. I feel like my legs are getting stronger. I'm riding more in 12th and even 13th than a month ago. I think this was my longest ride ever.
Sunday - 5 miles hiking/running at Walnut Creek part in 1:40. Not fast but it was hiking so that's to be expected. The first hour I did 2:00 walking/1:00 running, then I just walked (hiked). I was going to meet up with a friend and her dog but some days our phones/texting don't play nice together and this was one of those days.
Other notes about the week:
* I'm really enjoying the combination of the meditation bell reminder to move around and the pedometer tracking. It's hard to track at much at home because I don't wear pants with pockets that often and it's strange to carry my phone in my hand to get the laundry or get a drink. Still, my steps according to the phone were:
Monday - 6724
Tuesday - 11,388
Wednesday - 11,199
Thursday - 12,001
Friday - 6,567
Saturday - 7,562 (biking not counted or sort of counted)
Sunday - 14,107
Obviously the goal is to get every day > 10,000.
* I lost 2.6 pounds between my weigh-in 4/14 and 4/21!
* My heel is acting up. It gets tight progressively the more I've run and walked. A day of rest helps tremendously but I don't want to rest my heel. I want to be active every day. I actually suspect the issue is walking in my running shoes which are low (4 mm) drop shoes. They are fine to run but I don't think good for walking. I need to just go buy new/more traditional shoes.
* As a part of the running community and the community of Americans and humans, I'm upset by the Boston Marathon bombings. I think it's particularly scary because it could be anywhere: a race, a little league game, an art show-- any place people are gathered. Nonetheless, I'm impressed and proud of the running community's reaction that the way to go is to be strong and proud and keep running and cheering.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Monday - I took a quick walk at lunchtime. 1.5 miles in 30 minutes and jogged up the stairs to end it.
Tuesday - Walk/Run 3.5 miles in 55 minutes. Again, I mixed in running with walking to do a 1:00/1:00. I ran over at the track and it was just lovely.
Wednesday - 1.7 mile walk in 30 minutes ending with the stairs. It was 40 degrees and had just rained a lot but I walked over to the library to return some books and then to 7-11 for some bananas. Perfect walk for lunch time.
Thursday - 3.5 miles running in 47 minutes plus warm up/down. I went to Pease Park and ran on the trails. Still a 1:00/1:00 so I'm not pushing anything but I'm increasing mileage and calories.
Saturday - 17.5 miles riding in 1:28. A lovely day for a bike ride. I adjusted my read wheel and cleaned the brakes so that it was a really smooth ride.
Sunday - 15.1 miles riding in 1:15. It was windier and sunnier than the day before but I had a nice ride. I usually ride in 10-11th gear depending on hills and occasionally 12th. I noticed that this weekend I was riding primarily in 12th with a few downshifts to 11th for hills. So I have to assume that my legs are getting stronger.
I'm maintaining my calories and calorie count. I think I went over calories one day last week by maybe 100 calories. Most days I'm under by 100-300 calories. I get a baseline allowance of 1500 from the app and then whatever exercise I do, I get 1/2 those calories. My clothes feel a bit more comfortable but the needle on the scale hasn't moved yet.
One of my co-workers came by my desk the week before last. She was one of the people really interested in the stand-up desk and she asked about it. Then we were talking and she said that she read that you really should get up every 15 minutes - that even every hour is not enough. Thinking about that I installed a meditation bell timer on my phone. On silent, it lights up every 15 minutes (approximately) and I try to stand up (at minimum) or walk around a few minutes (at best).
I also started using the Noom app to count my steps daily. That has some limitations including:
- Obviously the app only counts steps if you have the phone with you. If you're going to the bathroom or shower or whatever, no counting.
- The step count does not seem accurate when on a run/walk. One day I calculated that my steps during my lunch time run/walk should have been around 7500. The app counted about 3500. It seems to do better in a walk without any running and seems to do better if the phone is in my pocket than if it is on the armband.
- It adds some number of steps to the count when I ride my bike but it's not a # equal to my cadence. My riding cadence is probably 170-175 per minute (10200 per hour). It probably added 3500 - 4000 steps per hour to my counts.
Tuesday (partial day) - 8689 (only about 3500 steps for the run/walk).
Wednesday - 7927
Thursday - 12,741
Friday - 7,586
Saturday - 8,482
Sunday - 5,029
So obviously you have to take the #s with a grain of salt when considering the bike riding as well but I think it's a nice measure and incentive, particularly when I'm at work. Perhaps my goal should be 4000 steps while at work?
Monday, April 8, 2013
Last week was a better workout week with an unexpected hiccup at the end.
Monday - I walked 1.2 miles at lunch time. Then rode 8+ miles when I got home from work. It was all I could manage in the time I had and I don't feel like my bike is as smooth as before I changed the tire. I need to see if the wheel needs better adjustment.
Tuesday - 3.4 miles walking at lunch time. It was very humid.
Wednesday - 3.15 in 46 minutes. I did mostly walking but with a little bit of running.
Thursday - 3.15 in 1:01. Lovely lunchtime walk.
Saturday - Trail hike/run. 4.5 miles in 1:25. Mostly hiking with a bit of running thrown in. Basically 1 minute run for every 2 minutes hiked when I was doing that. Took some time with just walking in the middle when ChocolateWife called to say that ChocolateDaughter fell and hurt her arm.
I planned the day off on Friday after donating a triple of platelets on Thursday. I'm happy to be able to donate triples the last two visits but it takes longer and I need to account for the extra time. Technically I could workout on the day after but I was ready for a day off anyway.
Sunday I missed after being up part of the night and then the entire family going to the ER with CD who has a broken radius. She got it splinted and we're waiting for a follow up with an orthopedist to get a cast.
My weight is unchanged but I'm optimistic nonetheless. Even without my weight dropping I actually feel slightly more comfortable in my pants so that's always a good thing. I'm tracking my food in Noom and my calories burned and trying to do little things that burn calories. I'm probably nearing the point that I need to change my work schedule and either run/walk in the morning before work or the evenings because it will be too hot and sweaty to go at lunch (even with a shower). Right now I'm mostly doing my lunch time as walks so I don't have to shower but if I want to intersperse any running, I need to bring my pack and shower.