Helping each other keep on track with the goals we've set for ourselves.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Swimming update

The pool membership is turning out great! Actually, it's a gym located in a local hotel. So there's more to the membership to just the pool. Here's some highlights of my gym/pool use so far:
- The first time we used the childcare room for our kids (my 2 and my friend's 2) they claimed that there was nothing to do and were bored the whole time. The next time we walked them in and pointed out a handful of things that would be fun, and they did have a good time. Phew! We were afraid the childcare thing wasn't going to work out!
- Friday night I swam at the pool with both of the women that are training with me. I actually did an entire 1/2 mile. I was so tired at the beginning, I didn't think I could go that far, but at the end when I started to get close, I just said, "I'm going to bang out these last 4 laps to get to a half mile," and I did. Those were probably my best 4 laps of the evening. (Then we went our for martinis!)
- Tuesday night I went in for a 1/2 hour cycling class to get myself started on the biking part. It was a great class and a great alternative to going out on the road to get the legs doing the right thing.
- I may also look into taking some other classes, like a strength training on the ball, so I can get some good routines under my belt that I can work on at home.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Still Curving

Ok, I've been really faithful going to Curves three times a week. I've lost maybe 5 lbs. since January, but gained back a couple in the last month BUT at my last weigh-in I was down a couple percent on body fat and a couple of inches here and there.

Not a lot, I know, but combined with generally feeling better, it's incentive! And I haven't tackled diet yet. I find that VERY hard.

Of course, the bad news is that the neurologist decided I don't have a hereditary neroupathy, so we don't know what it is. But the MRI, while not showing any issues with my brain, did show that I have "sinus disease" so she recommended going to an ENT. I've been feeling like there was something going on, so I guess it's good to know it actually IS all in my head!

I have to keep reminding myself that I can't wait for all the health issues to be resolved before I work on the rest of my life. It's the "I'll start on Monday" syndrome. Gotta start NOW, even if it is Thursday!

Friday, May 16, 2008

These shoes....

were made for walking... So I made the realization the other night when John and I were doing a longer evening walk then usual, that I've walked over 3100 miles in the last 5 years. That was really staggering to me. That's not counting when we walked 7 days a week versus just 6 days a week in the morning now, or when we walk longer then our average 2 miles a day in the morning (the dog and I do the walking). Plus now we walk in the evenings with the neighbors but not as far, it's more for social time then exercise.

Hmmm... how long till I could have walked from one coast to the other. Guess I should figure that out!

Somehow it just boggled my mind.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sore feet

I'm too old to go running as much as I have been. I've been running 3-4 days a week for about 15-20 minutes, and my feet are sore. The sore legs have gone, but my feet are killing me.

It's harder to get out of the office and go to the pool. To go swimming, it takes at least 90 minutes from the middle of the day whereas I can go for a run by only adding about 30 minutes to my morning before the kids wake up. Sigh.

Maybe I should get new running shoes, but these are fairly new with very low mileage on them. I'm sure if I lost some weight it would help (it always helps my plantar facsitis when I lose weight), but it'd be easier if I could run without my feet hurting for the next 2 days.

It's always the chicken or the egg problem. I'd have more energy if I worked out, but it'd be easier to make time to work out if I had more energy.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Splish splash

Well, I joined the pool. It's a 3 month membership, just to get me to the Tri. My friend, Sara, joined with me yesterday, and we swam a bit and hung out, just to get familiar with the routine. We're hoping to go on Friday and put all of the kids (her two and my two) in their childcare room (we figure it won't be that boring if they're all together entertaining each other) and put in a real workout. The pool is small, but it will do.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


SO I survived the semester. I don't think I gained too much weight (I have been slowly losing on the "distracted" it may be a wash in the end). Last night (way too late) I got my stats final turned in and now I have nothing else course related from this semester. Now I just need to survive my grad assistant duties which are on going....

Happy Mother's Day!

This is hilarious! Enjoy!

Things Mom says in a day.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Road Race Results

I did it! I ran a 5K today. I wasn't sure how I would do -- my training has been slow (in more ways than one.) I've been running about a 15 min. mile. (Yes, I know that doesn't sound like running, but my jogging and walking seems to average out to a fast walk.) And I've probably only been running about 2 miles at a time. Here are my results as posted:
Place No. Name Ag S Div/Tot Div Town St Fin5k Pace
190 2572 JILL ATKINS 40 F 26/29 F4049 WESTFORD MA 38:05 12:17

That's 190th place out of 204 (26th of 29 in my division). I did a 12:17min mile. Awesome! Way better than I expected. Now my friend and I are going to go join the pool and start biking, too. The Danskin's less than 3 months away!