Oct 23, 2015

Fitness Friday: Oct 23

I've been quiet on the fitness related posts, mostly due to work but also due to redundancy.  I mean how many ways or times can I share what is mentally driving me to keep going?  It ebbs and flows and right now it is peaking and I'm loving it.  I'm having to force myself off the treadmill to incorporate the lifting sessions and I am often in the evening wondering if I can squeeze a couple more miles in the day.  I'm currently hooked.  That is a good thing.

Before moving into this week, I do have to remark on the final tally from last week when I posted early on Friday.  I realized on Sunday that last week I had a first, or a PR:
This is my Polar summary for last week, you can see the actual dates in the far right.  Check out that overall weekly average for my activity!! Over 200% and with two rest days (weekends are just mom chores and running around.)  My weekly step count is misleading since I run on the treadmill and sometimes it catches the steps and sometimes not, but overall I averaged over 15K (minimum) daily.

Now about this week, I'm pushing along with my miles and feeling good.  My hamstrings are getting tight so I need to try and stretch better this weekend.
  • Monday: (am) 4.25miles + Insanity Max Cardio
  • Tuesday: (am) lifting session + TaeBo
  • Wednesday: (am) 4.75miles + powerwalking
  • Thursday: (am) 5.0miles + REST
  • Friday: (am) 3.75miles + T25 Cardio
  • Weekly Miles: 18
  • Monthly Miles: 51/55  
Truth?  Hubs is out of town this weekend and instead of wasting away with guilty-pleasure television, I'm going to aim for a long evening treadmill run.  I typically get better time when I do them at the end of the day (fueled from the day?) and have always gotten my longest runs when I do them randomly in the evenings.

No big plans here in Austin this weekend due to the rain we are expecting.  Soccer practice and games have already been cancelled so I'll likely go stir crazy in the house alone with the kidlets.

Share your fun plans!!
Make me jealous while I squirrel away in the house afraid to drive in the rain.

Oct 22, 2015

Back to the Future Day and Basketball

Apologies in advance as this post is basketball related!
    In case the rock you lived under didn't move yesterday, let me remind you what it was all about: 
    Yesterday, Oct 21, 2015, was #BackToTheFutureDay!!
    April, what does that have to do with basketball?
    Oh just a random trivia fact you can bust out at your next dinner party with dudes....

    Let me remind you of a player on my beloved SPURS team. 
    Tony Parker #9
    Not only does this man play amazing basketball and is amazingly good looking....but he's also a fellow geek! I wonder if Eva ever noticed? I'm shocked I didn't know this before, but his level of geekness was shown yesterday on his Instagram and then reposted too many times to count!

    Tony Parker, owns his very own Deloreon!!! 
    It was a gift about three years ago but yesterday he decked it and shared it in honor of BackToTheFutureDay!

    So I did alittle more digging research and fell in love even more...he loves ComicCon and other conventions!
    Recognize these folks? Walking Dead!!!
    Back to my loved Spurs:  First home game is next FRIDAY!!

    On the subject of basketball and the news, I wanted to do a followup on my earlier post regarding Lamar Odom since things have changed.  Luckily he's improving and has now been moved to Los Angeles with a specialist team to address his kidneys and to have access to more therapy.  Of course the headlines are simply about Khloe withdrawing their signed divorce. 

    Think about it from a business/logical sense and not that of a gossipmonger:
    Since the finding that their divorce wasn't processed yet, the news explained she was responsible for medical decisions as his legal wife and next of kin.  Her involvement legally speaking may have been his saving grace in this situation.  What if Khloe hadn't dashed off and pushed her weight around (figuratively of course) to get doctors and specialists and what not?  We don't know if he would have been pretty much 'left for dead' had she not stepped up legally.  If reports are true as to the grave situation he originally was in, some professionals without the scrutiny and media blitz would have gone above and beyond.  Withdrawing the divorce to retain the legal relationship for the sake of his medical care was perfect.  There is no legal need to remove her role if he truly has no reliable, legal (his children are minors) and designated responsible party to take care of his legal and financial situation. 

    Oct 16, 2015

    Fitness Friday - Oct 16

    I never got a chance to pop in and share my plans this week, which is good because I changed it up everyday just based on how my body was feeling. Gee, what a concept right?

    • Monday  - I was off work, but got up early like usual and hit a solid 5miles! = 253%
    • Tuesday - (am) 4miles + Jillian Michaels Kickboxing = 316%
    • Wednesday - (am) 4.25miles + REST = 214%
    • Thursday - (am) 3.5miles + walking = 201%
    • Friday -(am) Lifting session + T25 Core Speed + 1.5mile walk =211% so far!
    • Monthly Miles = 33/55 (ahead of schedule!) *not adding in walking mile

    The YMCA program I've been using for the last four months is requiring me to do an updated strength test before it will let me to keep pushing myself.  I was supposed to revisit at 12wks, but schedule and work and life and such I said 'no, I'll do it at 16wks.' Yeah, I'm at like 19wks now, so I will make the appointment. 
    Why have I stalled on that appointment? 
    It will also include the dreaded scale and measurements as well as that body fat machine that makes up random numbers?  I'm feeling good and relatively positive about what I've done the last six months, so I'm worried that those numbers will just be 'eh' and make me angry and I'll throw it all away and say 'screw it!'

    I'm afraid of the old April mentality.

    But I have to do it.

    So if I go in with the plan of low expectations then hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised right?  #wishfulthinking

    Any big plans this weekend for anyone?  
    We are scheduled for our monthly uber-level cleaning fest because of visitors on Sunday. ha!

    Dear Pseudo-"News" agencies: (re Lamar)

    "Kardashian reality star? No, no no. Lamar Odom, unlike those for whom fame is oxygen ... 
    whose fame comes in the absence of accomplishment, his fame was earned.
     As sixth man of the year, as a multiple NBA champion, as a result of his significant role with the 
    Los Angeles Lakers teams and being a beloved NBA teammate and peer."
    "I understand not everyone watches sports, but 'Kardashian reality star'? 

    His name is Lamar Odom. And we knew him, long before he got married on a
     TV show that we don't watch." ~Scott Van Pelt 

    And while most blog-readers are more likely Kardashian fans than basketball or sports in general, I feel that we need to identify the man struggling to survive in a Nevada hospital as the person he is and not the "friend of" or the 'exhusband of'.
    He is Lamar Odom.
    I've blogged before about my love affair with my beloved San Antonio Spurs.  Part of being a loyal and loving fan of the Spurs requires two things: a historical hatred of the Utah Jazz (Carl Malone era), and a loathing of the nemesis that is the "Los Angeles Lakers."  That said?  The rivalry between the Lakers and anyone is warranted. The Lakers are a phenomenal team that one must respect as a team and unit (even if Kobe is there) because of the strength of the team, and Lamar was as others have already said and printed, 'the heart of the Lakers.'  Kobe may be the star, but Lamar was the shine and heart.
    I watched Lamar as he grew up into the NBA from the Clippers to Lakers to Mavs and yes, he coincidentally became known to the non-sports world via his marriage to Khloe Kardashian.  He is a sweetheart of a man, everyone who's met him and been around him agree. I have a friend associated with a few current Lakers players and the rookies as well as the veterans are all distraught and upset about Lamar.  The NBA organization is upset and worried.  
    What upsets many of us sports fans is the complete disrespect and lack of credibility some of the pseudo-news outlets are using regarding this grave situation involving Lamar.  He is his own person and deserves to be discussed and reported as "Lamar Odom" and not that of a 'reality star' or 'burn out' or whatever other Kardashian hating theme you want to call him.  He doesn't deserve that, not in life, near death, or god forbid in death. Don't fault him for choosing to love a Kardashian. At least it was the best one of them, Khloe.  

    These gossip media and sources cling on to his faults.  Lamar has lived a life smiling but with shadows and demons constantly on his shoulders. No other individual has survived this long in his world and able to still have the heart and smile that he shares with us.  TMZ and other sources like them are clinging and profiting on headlines about where and how he was found. Yes, it was a brothel in Nevada. Newsflash people, it is legal there. And why is a legal and regulated brothel any worse than the numerous celebrities who get caught with prostitution associations?  His choice to visit that particular establishment from an STD standpoint is safer than the miscellaneous groupies he could have spent time with.  *however I would have encouraged a non-disclosure statement*
    Yes, he has struggled with drug use.  He has for the last 15years, long before the NBA and long before Khloe. He has lived a life of shadows and death since his mother's passing from cancer when he was 12.  Between his mother, grandmother, aunt, the burying a 6month old son who died of SIDS, to being in the car accident that took a friend's life to the most recent of his best friend, Jamie and another within a month?  

    Lamar needs and deserves a chance to shake those shadows, because frankly he was born with and has been fighting them for over 20 years. 

    He deserves reprieve, so yes, my prayers are to him and his family. 

    Oct 10, 2015

    Confession: Jealousy

    I'm irritable quite a bit lately with a friend, she's not changed or done anything different so I know this is all on me.  But I'm really chapped about it all, and then cranky at myself for being this way. Damn self-awareness. I know we aren't supposed to compare ourselves to others, but sometimes it happens and you don't realize it.  That has been me and this friend.

    I'm jealous and judgy....there I said it, I admit it, I'm judging another woman.

    My friend underwent a gastric sleeve last year, a decision that I helped her come to terms with.  I shared with her what I watched my dad and others go through, the good and the bad and so forth. I encouraged her to do this for herself and she's had amazing results.  It has been almost a full year and she's down almost 90lbs, only 15 or 20 from her goal weight.  Perfect right?  She underwent a significant surgery, recovery, and all the not-so-great things of a weight loss surgery. It is NOT a walk in the park and I am the first to tell people that (from observation, I personally have not had any surgery.)

    So why am I judging and jealous?

    I've watched her shrink in the last year thanks to this surgery.....however
    I've watched her continue to use the elevator
    I've watched her continue to eat out at lunch daily, eating fried foods, having a bite or two of a donut or taco for breakfast.
    I've watched her avoid vegetables.
    I've watched her laugh off my snarky remarks about fake food.
    I've turned down her offerings of food because I can't have them.  Not even that one sample bite.

    I've watched her not make any healthy changes.  I've watched her simply keep her behaviour the same but on a smaller scale (portion size.)  I've watched her reap the benefits of not doing much physically.

    We were out of the office together this week and I was unable to pack and take my lunch, so eating out was my only option.  Despite her and my need to make a good choice, she was 'craving' Dairy Queen.  A greasy burger place. That's okay, I'll figure something out and track it. It is life, I gotta deal. 

    And then I watch her get to eat fried chicken and french fries.

    I sat, nibbled my bad grilled chicken and wilted lettuce and realized how jealous I was.

    I realized that while I've watched this over the last year.... I've done so while working my literal ass off everyday.  While I skip going out and being sociable, I go work out.  I track every morsel that goes into my body.  I cook 98% of all meals at home. I drink a gallon of water. I walk over 10K steps every single day.

    I do all the things that they tell you are the 'right way' and I am not 'shrinking away' or having any evidence of my hard work and lifestyle.

    No, she did not do the easy thing.  She did undergo a surgery, anesthesia, recovery everything. It is not an easy way out.  I'm not jealous of what she did to get here.

    I'm jealous of her ability to act and live like those normal thin people.  She simply gets to eat smaller meals (of crappy food) and not have to exercise and she gets to lose weight and buy cute clothes. And yes, she will soon be the same size as I am currently....I'm jealous that I've worked hard especially this past year and the scale is right in the same place.

    I'm a crankypants judgmental woman.
    flame away.

    ETA: Thank you all for your comments and emails, I've replied privately as always but wanted to thank you all for commiserating with me on this issue.

    Oct 9, 2015

    Fitness Friday - Oct 9

    Giving myself a B for the week but I'm being generous in my opinion.  I'd rather go with a B-, because of the slip on Thursday due to my schedule but then I realized I worked as hard as I could every other day, so a B it is.  It is what it is, right?
    • Monday - 4miles +  Insanity = Total HRM burn of 954calories! 
    • Tuesday - Lifting session + Turbo Jam = burn of 421cals
    • Wednesday - 4miles = 513cals
    • Thursday - REST DAY
    • Friday - 3miles   + T25 Core = 640cals
    • Total calories burned (per heart rate monitor) = 2528
    • October Miles total: 16/55
    (I do plan on a little 2-3miler somewhere this weekend to stay on target)
    So I hit a wall or something on Wednesday and had to listen to my body.  I'm still learning how to balance out how to listen to my body's true needs versus the "old April lazy habits" needs wants.  I don't know if it was a migraine or what, but my entire body wasn't feeling too hot.  I ended up falling asleep on the way home (we carpool so luckily I wasn't driving).  Migraine meds got me back to a functional mommy mode but as soon as I punched the clock on the mommy shift, I tried to crash but had severe back spasms and struggled.

    Thursday I was at a conference so I skipped the lifting session anyway to get a little dolled up and continue resting/recovering from the invisible wall that attacked me on Wednesday.  So limited walking at the conference of course, and I had to skip my lunch time class.

    All in all, I figure its a respectable 'B' grade for the week's efforts.  All I can do is keep on moving along, if my body isn't going to get smaller it might as well be healthier, right?

    Have a great weekend!!
    Its a fun-filled soccer Saturday here and Sunday involves Halloween costume shopping and some new decorations!

    Oct 6, 2015

    THAT weekend, you know

    The one where all logic and restraint is forgotten.
    Like all day long...times two.

    I really don't know what happened last week, well perhaps it was the very pleasant number I saw on the scale Friday morning being in a new smaller decade.  And then perhaps it was my stupid brain that rewarded that magical number by indulging in a friggin donut on Friday morning.

    I blame that donut for the following 48hours.

    Friday was a bust, just a complete bust with snacking on crap and excessive.  I actually lost count of how many candy wrappers were in my trash can.  I was guilt-ridden and disgusted with myself but said 'fine fine April, tomorrow is a new day and you can get back on track.'

    and I didn't listen.
    Saturday was pretty much a repeat of Friday.

    Why do we do that to ourselves?  oooh a shiny pretty scale number?? let me splurge and enjoy food like a normal person? let me ignore the tracking just this once....sigh. 
    I know I'm not the only one.
    And the harsh truth is that it wasn't any physical need (as in not shark week) I said outloud several times while eating 'April, you aren't even hungry!?' nom nom nom.

    I faced the music yesterday morning to feel the slap of the bloated and indulgent number on the scale remind me that it was not worth it at all.
    I'm down two of those craptistical pounds of bloat and regret, and back on track wholeheartedly.  I had a double-cardio day yesterday and ended my Monday at over 340% for the day.  

    But I am sticking to my 'No Chocolate October' (so far)!!

    Oct 2, 2015

    October Goals

    If anyone recalls, back in my hey day of being under 150lbs (still not there again) I joined in Monica's November's annual Pile on the Miles  that was 2yrs ago and my goal was original 50 but I surpassed and hit 62miles for the month of November.  So yeah, I'm inching my way back up to that goal.

    August miles were 45
    September miles  51
    October?  I'm aiming for 55
    Which will put me on target for November's goal of 'anything more than 62'

    The only other goal for myself?

    No chocolate for the month.
    But April, it's October???
    ruh roh..
    I know I know, worst time ever...but I cannot kick this issue right now. Once that first piece it eaten in the day, its a very fast downward spiral and then you are stuck with a trashcan of wrappers that looks like it could have fed an elementary school.

    So yes, you hear right.
    No chocolate.
    No Reeses
    No Kitkat
    No M&Ms
    no no no.

    I'll be over here wearing down my teeth with gum chewing instead while I kick this addiction habit.

    Sept and weekly recap

    First things first....this week didn't turn out the way I hoped.

    Just in a mental funk, that whole busy professional mom trying to do it all kinda week, where nothing goes your way and you are just drowning trying to keep up with it all and smile for the kidlets.   And the weekends aren't any easier, but harder with trying to get even more done to make next week easier.  "This too will pass"

    Copying the very optimistic list from Monday's post:
    • Monday - (am) 4mile run done! no noon cardio due to schedule 262%
    • Tuesday - (am) 3mile run + (noon) Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs just a solo walk: 261%
    • Wednesday - (am) 3mile run/walk + (noon) Jillian Michaels' Shed and Shred antisocial again so I went out for a solo walk = 143%
    • Thursday - (am) lifting session + REST DAY (nothing intense, but more active than Wed) = 208%
    • Friday - (am) lifting session *actually did 3miles of hill work instead + T25 Core Cardio= tbd

    But overall for the month of September, I cannot complain whatsoever.  I deserve a gold star at least?

    I don't recall sharing my goals for September, but it was simply: Keep moving.

    I simply wanted to do better than August.
    I noticed when I was out of town on my trip that I had a respectable amount of miles last month and on a good routine this month so I just half-hazardly said aloud 'cool, I should aim for 48 this month.'

    That was September's little goal..I didn't aim high or burden myself too much. Just keep moving.
    from flow.polar.com = Polar Loop

    But now we aren't in September and its a whole new month to set goals for...

    How did your September turn out? Did you hit any goals?
    what about this week?  For Sept you just had to be good for three workdays.
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