Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Learning the hard way

A couple months ago, I was ecstatic that I went down to size small in shirts. I cut myself some slack, which has basically ended up with me slacking entirely.
Needless to say, I've definitely filled back out a bit.
It's a little difficult to quantify, remember, I'm not tracking my weight. I'm only keeping track of how I feel about myself and obvious results such as sizing down.
I'm back to mediums and larges in shirts, and my Sevens size 27 don't fit. At all. My favorite pair of jeans ever, don't fit.

My friend Olivia runs as much as she possibly can. She posted a comment to my last post how she's been inactive for 2 weeks and feels like she's added some lbs. While she's probably fine, there is a scary truth about it. I didn't think it actually comes back so fast!

Good news for me is, due to the half-welcomed time change, there is indeed daylight being saved in the evenings! Which means we can have Ulti practices during the week!
I've stepped in a hole last week, and my ankle has been a bit vocal about some tissue damage, but I'm going to walk it off, not run. Mostly because I'd like to be able to run by our second game!

Today's bad habit confession: I've been eating cinnamon rolls every morning at work.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ultimate workout

I had Ultimate frisbee practice for the previous 2 weekends. This last weekend, it was for both Saturday and Sunday. We played from 2-4pm and then a game of scrimmage.

I'm filling out my cardio chart for my work's health program brought to us by The Mayo Clinic. It's pretty cool, very web 2.0. Here's some information I learned from their cardio site:

Q: How much physical activity do the guidelines recommend?
A: Adults should get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity a week or a combination of the two. Activity should be performed in at least 10-minute increments and should be spread throughout the week. Adults should also perform muscle strengthening exercises of all major muscle groups at least two days a week.

To gain additional health benefits, adults should increase their aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity or 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity or a combination of the two.

Q: Why should these guidelines matter to me?
A: The bottom line is this: All adults should avoid inactivity. Some physical activity is better than none, and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.

Research shows that most health benefits occur with at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking.

I counted the practice and scrimmage as vigorous activity because I was almost always out of breath from running so much.

I want to work regularly on my strength training as well. I know after you start a sport you get sore, activating and continually using muscles you never realized exists, but I'd like to be able to have some say in how strong I am! I downloaded and printed a sheet for me to use. I think I'll do free weights in the gym at work, and save cardio for 24 Hr Fitness- unless Jamie is training me.