Sunday Update: 3/27

First of all, Happy Easter everyone!

Now let’s get to the nitty-gritty of things … my weekly fitness/photo update.

Weight

Last week: 186.8
This week: 198.8
Difference: +3.0

I was expecting a gain last week but lost a bit, so I’m actually okay with this. A little bit disappointed, but I can live with it. I was off of work for the week cause of spring break (a plus for working at a school) so didn’t get as many steps in and thus wasn’t as active, so I guess a gain could be expected. Plus, maybe some of my fat is turning to muscle? Who knows.

Exercise

Last week I got in two bits of exercise.

Wednesday I went to a local park and did a walk/jog for 4 laps (that’s about 46 min and 3.20 mi). This particular park is roughly square shaped. I did parallel sides walk/jog, so everytime I turned onto a new street I changed. I think it worked out to about 0.20 mi walk/0.20 jog lengths.

Friday I went back to the same park and did another walk/jog for 4 laps. This time though, I cut my walk distance in half to about 0.10 mi, which increased my jog distance to about 0.30 mi. After 4 laps, I then decided to do a final lap and jogged until I couldn’t go anymore, or I did 1 lap, whichever came first. For the final lap, I threw in a side spot that brings the total lap to about a mile, and actually jogged the whole length! For those who haven’t read my Friday blog yet, check it out – you can find out about my small injury that occurred during the night also.

In case you didn’t read my Friday blog, let me share my woohoo moment about Friday – I JOGGED A MILE. You read it above but maybe you don’t get it yet – I JOGGED AN ENTIRE FREAKING MILE!!!!!!! Yeah, this is a big deal to me. The farthest I’d ever jogged before Friday without dropping to a walk was about 0.75 mi. And who knows, it could have been 0.50 mi – there wasn’t actually anything to judge the distance at that point (it was during a 5k race, and they only marked the actual miles).

Photos

Photo-a-day shots for the week

Postcrossing

Sent:
Moskya, Russian Federation – 5,796 mi
Middlebury, Indiana – 1,880 mi

Received:

Minsk, Belarus – 5,778 mi
Medford, Oregon – 263 mi

Sunday Update: 3/20

Weight

Last entry: 187
This week: 186.8
Difference: -0.2

I’ve heard certain times are hard for weight loss, especially for women, so yeah, any type of weight loss is amazing in my book during those times.

Exercise

Wednesday: Hubby and I biked to lunch, then biked the long way home.

Saturday: Hubby and I walked to the store from our house. It was a bit of a leisure pace, but my body was a bit sore, so the goal was to just be moving.

So, hubby and I have agreed that this is the last week to prove I’m serious about exercising. The forecast seems to be in my favor for some wogging (walk/jog) and I’ve promised hubby at least one long bike ride (2+ hours).

Photos

Only one photo prompt to share – “people”
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As well, my birthday was celebrated last week (on pi day), so here’s a few shots from that special occasion. The day was pretty typical (work, then spending time on the computer playing games). Hubby did make homemade noodles, but otherwise, a typical nice day.

Postcrossing

Postcards traveling:

Gomel, Belarus (5,925 miles)
Přerov, Czech Republic (5,849 miles)
Kyiv, Ukraine (6,045 miles)
Germring, Germany (5,774 miles)

Postcards received:

 

Sunday Update: 3/13

Sorry its been a few weeks. Guess I have some catching up to do 🙂

Weight

Last entry (2/21): 191.2
2/29: 189.43/6: 188.2
This week (3/13): 187
Total difference: – 4.2

I been pleasantly surprised with the decrease each week. I guess the exercise takes some time to kick in 🙂

Exercise

So I mentioned on a previous entry (check it out here) that I was trying to keep up my workouts so I could sign up for an upcoming race. Well, the good news is I’m still on track 🙂 Here’s what I’ve done each week …

Week of 2/21 –
Sunday – Walk/jog – 38 min, 1.82 miMonday – Walk/jog – 31 min, 2.02 mi
*Rain showed up this week so that meant no cardio outside, and I was without a gym to substitute my cardio. I did a bit of ST during the week (see shower routine below) so it is still considered a “good” week.

Week of 2/28 –
Tuesday – Boot Camp class at 24 Hr Fitness – 60 min
*Not a lot of exercise this week, but I averaged 1,500 to 2,000 steps each day. Also, it was a stressful week at work so this week we considered a “pass”.

Week of 3/6 –
Tuesday – Stationary Bike @ gym – 60 min
Wednesday – ST machines – Stationary Bike @ gym – 45 min
Saturday – Walk/jog – 34 min, 2.38 mi
*Tues and Wed were at the gym. I read while biking which was a nice change of pace. Sat I resumed my walk/jog outside since there was a dry break in the weather.

So, my last walk/jog on Saturday I decided to see where my pace was at without a program. Instead I listened to my music and starting with a walk warm-up, would switch to a walk/jog every time the song changed. This would put me at about a 3:30-4 min jog with a 3:30-4 min walk pace, so I end up jogging half the time. Now to figure out how to shorten the walk time while increasing the jog time.

Oh, another new thing that I’ve been doing for the past several weeks. This is the shower routine I mentioned above. So, our house is a bit old (okay, its the same one hubby lived in when he was born …) and the water heater is on the other side of the house from our shower, which means it takes awhile for our shower water to get warm. So what I’ve started doing is some basic ST while I’m waiting. I’ll turn on the water and do a cycle. Then every time I check the water and its not warm yet I’ll do another cycle until its a perfect temperature. I can usually do about 3 cycles while I’m waiting. My cycle is below … (15 reps each except for the jogging place which is about 30 sec-1 min)

Photos

First of all, a new month means new challenge prompts …
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Here are all my previous photos for the photo a day challenge. Nope, not a lot of challenge photos taken. I just haven’t been inspired or my photos don’t seem good enough for posting.

Postcrossing

Another new update for you all. So in the past I have exchanged postcards via postcrossing.com. Well, I have reactivated my account, so I will share with you each week the images of the postcards I receive. I will also share the destinations I am sending to, but you won’t see those images.

Postcards sent:

  • Dresden, Germany (5,668 miles)
  • Moscow, Russia (5,796 miles)
  • San Diego, CA, USA (475 miles)
  • Chengdu City, Sichuan, China (6,823 miles)
  • Wytgaard, The Netherlands (5,348 miles)
  • Brest, France (5,287 miles)
  • Cabo – Vialonga, Portugal (5,576 miles)
  • Příbram, Czech Republic (5,753 miles)
  • Lokalahti, Finland (5,249 miles)
  • Taoyuan City, Taiwan (6,597 miles)
  • Los Llanos de Aridane, Isla de la Palma, Canarias, Spain (5,661 miles)
  • Madison, WI, USA (1,686 miles

Postcards received:

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from USA – 375 miles

Sunday Update: 2/21

Weight:
Last week: 192.6
This week: 191.2
Difference: – 1.4

Exercise:
So my current program is SparkPeople’s 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Challenge. I will admit I am not quite following it complete, or at least not last week, but I am following their walk/jog days. I’ll share my walk/jog combo each day I complete it, along with cross-train or cardio I do on other days.

Sunday: rest

Monday: Walk 4 minutes, jog 1 minute, repeat 4 times (total 25 minutes)
~ I ended up doing 28 minutes with a cooldown after for a distance of 1.7 miles

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: Walk for minutes, jog 1 minute, repeat 4 times (total 25 minutes)
~ I ended up doing 28 minutes with a cooldown after for a distance of 1.75 miles

Friday: rest

Saturday: Walk 4 minutes, jog 1 minute, repeat 5 times (total 30 minutes)
~ I ended up doing 25 minutes with a cooldown after for a distance of 2.16 miles

Photo a Day:

The photo with the most overwhelming likes (taking first place for the year across all platforms and Facebook alone) is the Yellow & Blue shot in the middle.

Sunday Update: A Day Late

My apologies to you – it seems my mind is elsewhere as I have missed two blog posts this past week. Never fear, it is only a temporary setback.

Weight
Last week: 192
This week: 192.6Difference: +0.6

Workouts
So, do to financial reasons, I am without my gym this month. This means all workouts are done at home or outside, not inside where there are machines, lots of weights, and a pool. As a result, I don’t do as much exercise. I’m not sure why, but without the ability to access a gym, my exercise plans go out the window. Well, that will have to change, as I have found a local race I haven’t entered yet –Capital City Classic.

The race offers three distances – 5K, 10K, and 10-mile, along with a kids race. The race takes place in May, but there is an early discount deadline of April 5th.

In the past (as is evident by this month), I have great ambitions, but then get side-tracked and fall off the wagon. Well, there’s incentive to stay on somehow this race. Due to past tendencies, hubby will not allow me to pay for the race unless I show I can stop this spiral I’m in.

So, this is my commitment to you, the reader, and my husband – starting this week (Feb 14) I pledge to do 3 days of exercise a week, be it weights or cardio. I think if I can do that for the next 6 weeks or so, then I will have earned the race. Wish me luck!

In regards to last week – I only had one day in which hubby and I did some casual biking around the neighborhood.

Photos
Not posting daily (obviously) for two reasons – 1) I’m lazy and have no inspiration for the prompt; 2) I’m trying to make sure my photos are somewhat creative and have thought into them.

The one with the most likes on Facebook and overall is “I ate here” while the one with the most likes on Instagram is “A pet”. Which was your favorite this week?

Sunday Update: Feb 7

First Sunday of the month means there’s a progress picture for you.

Weight
Last week: 191.2This week: 192.0
Difference: up 8 lbs

February

Workouts
Unfortunately, my gym isn’t available for the month (financial issues). However, the weather is getting warmer, so maybe some more time spent outdoors jogging and biking.

Last week I only did one workout on the treadmill.

I promise – I’ll do more!

Photo a Day
Here’s the collage for last week … Me … So Colorful … Car … Texture

The most liked was Texture (the one of the pizza).

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The most liked on Facebook by one was “Landscape” while the one with the most overwhelming likes on Instagram was “Close-up”.

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Sunday Update: 1/31

Weight
Last week: 192This week: 191.2
Total: loss of 0.8

Workouts
Only 2 days this week …

~ Monday: 40 min lap swimming (this could have gone longer, but I didn’t have my watch with me to track time, so had to rely on my phone which was out of reach so it wouldn’t get splashed on)

~ Wednesday: 45 min on stationary bike, then 15 min on treadmill cause they wouldn’t let me change, so might as well burn some more calories while I wait for them to do repairs or something.

Plan for February:

I did pretty good with consistency until the end, but even with that, it was my best month like ever in regards to workouts (21 out of 31 days).

My goal for February is to improve my calorie burn on cardio machines. Swimming I think is pretty good, as long as I can stay at least 1 hr + in the pool. The focus is going to be on elliptical or stationary bike (I avoid the treadmill in the gym – I prefer to run outside – If the treadmill is used, I’m just walking for like a warm-up or something). To achieve this, I’m going to pick an interval for each machine and work on going a further distance and get a higher calorie burn by the end of the month.

My other goal is to do each exercise (swimming, elliptical, stationary bike) once a week. The other days will be for ST, jogging outside, or doubling up on one of the above cardio exercises, if they happen at all. I think 3 days a week is do-able, beyond that is more questionable. I’m just not up to consistent 5 day/week exercises unless I do them at 9pm at my house.

Photo-a-Day
Here are the photos for the past week …

If you would notice, there are not 7 photos. I did not achieve photo-ness every day this past week. There were some attempts, but they weren’t worthy of sharing. Next week I’ll share the collection for the month as a whole.

I will be continuing this into February. The list is below in case you want to join along. There is a group on Facebook I share my photos daily, as well as on my Instagram (@vinotea).
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