2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Too Much To Do - Not Enough Time

Life is having fun with me right now.  I'm in the process of moving so I've been out of touch while I try to get things together for the move.  Hopefully I'll have a little extra time to devote to catching up on race recaps in a few weeks.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Quick Update

Time has gotten away from me again.  I know it has been some time since I've posted, but I am working on race recaps of the races I've completed so far this year.

I am happy to say that I'm still working on me and have started standing and walking while working.  I typically stand for 5 out of 8 hours and during that 5 hours I am trying to walk at least 1.25 hours (15 minutes of each hour I stand).  I am currently walking at a slow 1.7mph, but remember I'm working while doing this so it makes it a little more challenging :)!

I'm certainly not perfect on the diet front, but I am still working on finding the right balance of living and eating well.  I am currently down 40.6 pounds and I hope to keep getting more weight off.

Now that we've hit the summer here in AZ it's getting too hot to run outside during lunch, but I was able to get my treadmill operational again today (not sure why it's working, but I'll take it) so I should at least be able to continue getting miles on my feet even in the heat!

Hopefully, I'll be able to start posting some reviews soon!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Weekly Review: February 29 - March 6, 2016

Here's this week's recap

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +0.3 pounds
Not even sure what to think about this number.  It makes no sense based on calories in versus calories out.  Still, it is what it is and I will move forward.

Run/Walk Miles: 0.0
Bike Miles: 8.4
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 8.4

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  13.79
Bike Miles: 49.9
Elliptical Miles: 5.64
TOTAL MILES: 69.33

Training Notes
This week was a crazy work week and a sick dog week and I only managed to get one workout in.  Sometimes life is what it is.

Health Watch
I was sort of starving all week, but I recognized that it was really just stress making me hungry so I managed to keep my food in check.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Weekly Review: Feb 22 - 28, 2016

Here's this week's recap
Monday
Total Calories:  1402
AM Workout:  Bike - 30mins, 15.3mph avg, 7.8mi, resistance level 3
Notes:  I pushed a bit today, but certainly not as hard as I could have pushed.  Still I felt like it was a positive workout.

Tuesday
Total Calories:  1291
AM Workout:  Run/Walk - .14mi warm up walk, 2mi @ 14:50 per mi (1min walk/30sec run), .24mi cool down walk
Notes:  Everything felt really good during my run/walk today.  I decided to push a little bit more and worked hard to not let my mind tell my body it was tired - a lot of this is mental.  I'm still working on my breathing.

Wednesday
Total Calories:  1420
AM Workout:  Elliptical - 39mins, 1715 revolutions, ramp incline 10%, varying resistance, 1.01mi
Notes:  I really pushed during this workout today and managed to get a few extra minutes in.  I will say that my legs are feeling the extra effort I'm trying to put in this week.

Thursday
Total Calories:  1288
PM Workout:  Bike - 45mins, 11.4mi, 15.3mph avg, resistance level 2
Notes:  I intended to do a run/walk today, but I met a lady that lives in my development and she asked if I minded her walking with me...not my typical style, but I just walked with her.

Friday
Total Calories:  1402
Rest
Notes:  The body was asking for a rest day today and I obliged.

Saturday
Total Calories:  1119
REST 
Notes: Plans changed today so I wasn't able to get my workout in, but that's okay.

Sunday
Total Calories:  1320
PM Workout: Elliptical - 30mins, ramp 10% incline, resistance level 1, 1562 revolutions, .92mi
Notes:  I really struggled with this workout today.  I'm not sure why I'm so worn out, but man I just feel like I've been beaten up this week.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: -4.7 pounds
Yes, finally something I've done has finally started to pay off with a better number on the scale.  I know that I've upped my workout intensity and I'm really trying to keep the calories in and calories out in check.  I plan to continue with this and hopefully it will continue to work.

Run/Walk Miles: 2.38
Bike Miles: 19.2
Elliptical Miles: 1.93
TOTAL MILES: 23.51

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  13.79
Bike Miles: 41.5
Elliptical Miles: 5.64
TOTAL MILES: 60.93

Training Notes
This week I was focusing on not letting my mind defeat my efforts.  I wasn't going to tell myself to stop just because and I didn't.  The effect was that I managed to get some great intense workouts in and push a little more than I have.

Health Watch
I am continuing to watch my calorie intake versus my calories burned each day.  I've been trying really hard to maintain the 1000 calorie deficit that is called for in order to lose two pounds in a week.  Happily, I have done that or better each day this week so hopefully the scale will also show this effort.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Weekly Review: Feb 15 - 20, 2016

Here's this week's recap
Monday
Total Calories:  1368
Rest
Notes:  Tired after work so I decided to take a rest day.

Tuesday
Total Calories:  1468
AM Workout:  Run/Walk - 2.25mi @ 15:28 per mi 
Notes:  No pain to speak of today which is a big improvement.  I did only manage one mile of intervals, but at least my walking is getting quicker.

Wednesday
Total Calories:  1290
PM Workout:  Elliptical - 30 mins, 1586 revolutions, ramp incline 20%, varying resistance, .93 mi
Notes:  I actually fell asleep after work, but I managed to get a workout in after dinner.  The only issue tonight was that my cardio is still so lacking.

Thursday
Total Calories:  1214
AM Workout:  Walk 2.12mi @ 17:54 per mi
Notes:  I intended to do a run/walk today, but I met a lady that lives in my development and she asked if I minded her walking with me...not my typical style, but I just walked with her.

Friday
Total Calories:  1287
Rest
Notes:  Took a rest day today.  Just wasn't feeling up to getting a workout in.

Saturday
Total Calories:  1204
PM Workout: Walk - .12mi warm up, 2mi @ 16:16 per mi, .19mi cool down
Notes: IT was a beautiful day for a walk and I'm glad I was able to get out and get a couple of miles in today.  I kept up a pretty good pace and felt good.

Sunday
Total Calories:  1307
PM Workout: Elliptical - 30 mins, ramp 30%/10% varying resistance, 1606 revolutions, .94mi
Notes:  The theme of the week, tiredness.  This workout just about killed me today, I was really feeling it by the end.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: -2.6 pounds
This was a better number than last week, but I could still use some improvement so I'll have to keep working on it.

Run/Walk Miles: 6.68
Bike Miles: 0.0
Elliptical Miles: 1.87
TOTAL MILES: 8.55

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  11.41
Bike Miles: 22.3
Elliptical Miles: 3.71
TOTAL MILES: 37.42

Training Notes
I'm feeling better in terms of pain in my back and knees.  I still have small twinges here and there, but nothing as bad as it was.  Now I really have to get past the fear I have that if I do a long run/walk I will end up injuring myself and be right back where I started.  It's totally a mental thing right now that I have to work on.

Health Watch
This week I really focused on making sure my calorie deficit was where it should be.  I am really trying to find the right balance of food and working out so that I can continue to lose the weight, but live life and be happy about it.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Weekly Review (Feb 8 -14, 2016)

Here's this week's recap
Monday
Total Calories:  1416
PM Workout: Elliptical - 30 mins, 1562 revolution, varying resistance levels, ramp 10%
Notes:  Workout felt pretty good today.  Nothing was really painful and I didn't have to adjust the program at all.

Tuesday
Total Calories:  1360
PM Workout:  Run/Walk - .14mi warm up walk, 2mi @ 15:55 per mi 1min walk/30 sec run, .22mi cool down
Notes:  Why is it already over 80 degrees?  I was miserable with the heat and my legs are just feeling dead from the past few workouts.  Still, I managed to get some time on my feet.

Wednesday
Total Calories:  1332
PM Workout:  Bike - 7.6 mi, 30 mins, resistance level 3, 15.2 mph avg
Notes:  It's funny, I've been trying to get more steps in, but due to that, I'm feeling worn out for my workouts.  Stupid, I know, but that's what's happening.  I still managed to get a great bike ride in tonight.

Thursday
Total Calories:  1355
Rest
Notes:  Took a rest day to let my legs.

Friday
Total Calories:  1538
Rest
Notes:  Spent some times with the little ones tonight and we played and hung out so I didn't have time to workout.  Although, I feel that playing with the kids is actually a pretty tough workout.

Saturday
Total Calories:  1335
PM Workout: Elliptical - 30 mins, 1555 revolutions, varying resistance, ramp 10%, .91 mi
Notes: Rough day for Belle, but I managed to get a good elliptical workout in.

Sunday
Total Calories:  1250
PM Workout: Bike - 30 mins, 7 mi, 14 mph avg, resistance level 2
Notes:  So very tired today.  I really didn't want to workout, but I managed to get on the bike for a little bit at least.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: -0.7 pounds
I am disappointed with this number.  I didn't feel like the number should have been that low, but at least it wasn't up.

Run/Walk Miles: 2.36
Bike Miles: 14.6
Elliptical Miles: 1.83
TOTAL MILES: 18.79

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  4.73
Bike Miles: 22.3
Elliptical Miles: 1.83
TOTAL MILES: 28.86

Training Notes
My back and knees are starting to feel better, but I'm being super cautious so that I don't make them bad again.  I'm not getting enough run/walk miles in, but I'm working on it.  The bike and elliptical workouts are going pretty well.  Overall, I'm pretty happy where I am after a few weeks of workouts.  Still have a long way to go, but I'll get there.

Health Watch
Eating away from home is still a big stress factor for me.  I've eaten out at a restaurant and at a relatives house the last two weeks and it really forced me to think about what I was having and how much.  They were little victories, but I feel like I did well in each instance.

I ended up getting a Fitbit Charge and I really like it.  Much better than the Flex - it gives me more information immediately and makes it easier to know where I am at any point.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weekly Review: Jan 25 - 31, 2016

I thought it was time that I brought back my weekly recaps.  Hopefully, it will help me stay accountable and it's just good to put it out there.

Here's this week's recap
Monday
Total Calories:  1332
PM Workout: Elliptical - 30 mins, 1540 revolution, resistance level 1, ramp 10%
Notes:  My back held up pretty well on the elliptical and I wasn't expecting that, but I'll take it.  Received a new scale today, had to retire the old one after almost nine years.

Tuesday
Total Calories:  1392
PM Workout:  Run/Walk - .15mi warm up walk, 1.84mi @ 16:13 per mi 1min walk/30 sec run, .24mi cool down
Notes:  Felt pretty good to get outside and do something today.  It was a really beautiful day out and I felt pretty good overall.  I need to rebuild everything including my cardio, but I also have to be smart about not hurting my back.

Wednesday
Total Calories:  1374
PM Workout:  Bike - 7mi, 30 mins, resistance level 2, 14.1mph avg
Notes:  Got a good bike ride in tonight.  I found that it hurt my back a little bit, but certainly not enough to concern me.

Thursday
Total Calories:  1302
PM Workout: Run/Walk - mostly walk 2.11mi @ 18:34 per mi
Notes:  Not a good workout today.  My run walk turned in to a trudge home when my back started seizing up again.  I'm glad I at least got some miles in, but I wish my back wouldn't have started in again.

Friday
Total Calories:  1310
PM Workout: Rest Day
Notes:  My back was still hurting so I put off doing anything.

Saturday
Total Calories:  1366
PM Workout: Rest Day
Notes: Back still sore and allergies were pretty bad so another rest day.

Sunday
Total Calories:  1313
PM Workout: Yard Work
Notes:  Managed to get outside and clean the backyard and get all the weeds sprayed.  Yes, my back still hurt, but not too terribly.  At least I got some movement in.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: -6.2 pounds
I finally started to get back on track.  It was great to see the scale go the right direction for a change.  Of course, most of this was probably water weight since it's only been a week of watching food intake.

Run/Walk Miles: 4.34
Bike Miles: 7.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.91
TOTAL MILES: 12.25

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  34.56
Bike Miles: 7.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.91
TOTAL MILES: 42.47

Training Notes
It has been too long since I've done much in the way of training.  I learned this week just how far I've let myself go, but I've also rediscovered the joy of getting some movement back in my life.  I just have to be very careful right now so that I don't make my back worse than it already is.

Health Watch
I am a stress eater.  I always have been.  I am working on listening to my body to decide if I'm actually hungry or if I'm bored or stressed.  It's pretty amazing when you realize that food isn't necessary and can redirect the thought patterns on to something else.

I still need to get more workouts in, but I feel good that I at least got a start this week.  As you can see I certainly have a long way to go, but at least I feel like I've got a good start.

My Fitbit Flex has stopped charging so I ordered a Garmin Vivofit 2 from Amazon...Unfortunately, they sent me a Vivofit, so I returned and they sent another one - again, a Vivofit instead of a Vivofit 2..so returning that one too.  Now I'm not sure which one I want the Vivofit 2 or the Fitbit Charge.  My main reason for wanting the Vivofit 2 is that you don't have to charge it as it has replaceable batteries...but I am very used to Fitbit and the app, etc...Guess I'll just do a little more research before I take the plunge again.

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