Friday, May 29, 2009

Ups and Downs (literally)

This week has been good (!/?)
I've been doing a 20 minute yoga video each night before I've gone to bed which is good.
Been running the block and campus of where I live once it cools off in the evening - that's been good - taking less walking breaks.
Last night I did interval training (running, core, bleachers) and I thought I would die.
This wknd getting two longer run/walks in.
It is so funny how some days your body can seem really strong and other days you feel like you haven't done anything in the last 5 months.
Lost almost 2 more lbs this week (which is big for me, I usually lose less).
So, all in all - I think I'll stick with it. Some progress is better than none!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Zoo 5k Results and Thoughts

This one was tough. Couple of reasons. Good news: I beat my time from my first 5k by 40 seconds. Finsihed around 38.20 (we didn't have a chip on our shoe).

1. It was cool but amazingly humid for Louisville at 8am in May. We were sticky just getting out of the car. And more humidity made it much harder to run fast.
2. Hills. The zoo is all hills with one really big one. And curves that tons of people are trying to get around at the same time, so you are basically stopping and then starting again. not a great starting line to have to do that so soon when not everyone has spread out yet.
3. No chip. I like having a chip on my shoe so I can know exactly what time I've done. Oh, well. I finished at 39.50, but we didn't cross the start line when the first ones did (we don't even know where the start line really was?).
4. Stomach cramps. For about 1 mile in there my stomach hurt so bad. I have no clue what it was. I drank water before the race, at the same thing I eat before every race, at the same time I eat it before each race. All I could think about what how much my stomach hurt. But, then about mile 2.5 it stopped and didn't hurt again the whole day.
After we ran, we did get to look around at the animals and have a great morning at the Louisville zoo. And enjoy bananas and Calistogas' bagels. Sloan and I split one. Blueberry! And water.
Well, the next one is a little under a month away. Prepare better! And hopefully no stomach cramping!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Binge Eating and grace

Well, last night I was completely exhausted. Both physically and mentally. I had two days in a row of hard work-outs (BL Cardio Max and 30 minutes of walking followed by 45 minutes of walking and a pilates class on Tuesday). My body was sore, my muscles hurt. My upper back is in pain and my chiro appt isn't until next Friday in Raleigh (PTL) so that tires me even more. So, when I got home I just decided to eat.
I ate some sushi and fried rice at a friend's house. I had some rotisserie chicken, some baked chips, some granola, some pecans, a low-fat ice cream sandwich, some popcorn. Why? Was I hungry - NO. Was I going to go exercise so I needed to fuel my body? NO. I was just tired so I ate.
This is how I justified it: I have flex points. I'm doing Weight Watchers and I have 35 points each week to spend however I want. I've often thought that just tends to make us sin more. Well, last night - that is exactly what it did.
Almost finished with the bowl of popcorn - I sat it down far away from me and said, Kim, stop eating. This isn't right and prayed for forgiveness and grace right then.
God is so good to me. I gained a pound this morning. But, that is in my past. I must step forward in grace today. Eating right, eating to fuel, eating to be pleasing to my God in my choices for what goes in my mouth - and how much.
I have to learn why I eat the way I eat and how God is so much bigger than that reason!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Body Assessment

Today has come. Its great that I got everything on one day. Here are the results from my many tests today - most of which I am very pleased!
Cholesterol - total is 156 - very good. My good cholesterol is on the low borderline, so I need to raise that. I need to eat some healthy fats and more seafood (like my Dad does).
Blood sugar was 69 - anything lower than 70 is good. This is good news because diabetes runs in my Dad's side of the family.
Body fat % - 33%. This may seem really high and it is, but it is still in the normal range for women. I would like it to be around 22% so that is my goal. And my scale at home that says i measures body fat is WAY off! Don't believe it. Go get a caliper test - much more accurate!
BMI - 25.551 - so that is still a little high, need to get that down, but that will come off with weight too.
Waist - 30.5 - I was so excited about that! :) Man to think what it was!
Hips - 43 - yikes! I need to keep doing cardio and lunges! :) But, it was a good ratio.
My crunch fitness test was excellent and the return to normal after cardio heart rate was above average. My push up test was ok to poor, but my flexibility is where I really need to work! I need to do more stretching!
I tried on a 10 skirt yesterday and it was too big, a size 8 jeans which were just snug in the waist, and a size 6 dress which was a tad tight at the top. But, I'm heading in the right direction!
Another race is this weekend - 5k Throo the Zoo - many hills, but I am encouraged! I can do this!
Gotta keep going - right now, though, I gotta go eat lunch!