Pretty decent week! Other than having some various issues with my left wrist and knees (I feel like I’m falling apart), I am getting through my workouts. Talked to my trainer Scott about some of the issues and he has been really great at working around them. I really want to kick it but I know I have to watch myself. I’m still keeping up with good cardio and want to do more core work during the week too. We are going to take it really easy on lower body work until after the race due to the knee issues so that nothing worse happens. Sounds like a plan. Here is what I accomplished this week.
Have you ever heard of the Bender Ball? I had always been intrigued when I saw it on TV but never got around to purchasing it. Just recently I was offered the Bender Ball free to review here on the blog and I jumped at the chance to try it out. I love to have a variety of workout options at home and I thought Bender Ball exercises might be a good addition to my home ‘gym’.
“The Bender Ball workout program is a great addition to your workout routine to keep things interesting and/or give you a good kick for the extra calories packed into the holiday season. It is a must-have for the home gym, but is small and convenient enough to be taken anywhere you go; the office, the gym, park or while traveling.”
Thanks Bob Marley<3
This week was good but not great. I am nursing some sort of injury to my left foot (maybe pulled tendon?) so needless to say we didn’t walk Thurs. or Sat. I’m able to spin and do just fine with that but the minute I go to walk on my foot, oh the pain. Anyway, I’m hoping with some Advil and icing plus rest this week in between my other workouts I’ll be able to walk Thurs. and Sat. We shall see. Oh and get this…I had my monthly weigh in and measurements and the scale that I was using at the gym has been off the ENTIRE time since I started personal training. That means that I am 30 lbs heavier than I thought I was LOL I never weighed in at home so I wouldn’t have known except they got a new scale at the gym and said the old one was definitely broken. Lovely! Then after that minor blooper, measurements stunk this month. Basically no change on much at all.
I totally get that I have changed my entire routine to train for this 1/2 marathon walk and cut out some stuff that burned quite a bit of calories so I’m not going to stress over it. I know that once this race is over and we get back from vacation, I can get back to my normal routine and even add more. It was just a bit of a blow. So here were the workouts for the week……
October is Vegetarian Awareness Month!
I’m not sure if you recall but I gave up meat (minus fish) on my birthday April 1st this year. I can’t believe it’s been over 6 months that I haven’t had meat. It’s my understanding I’m considered a Pescatarian but I wanted to talk a bit about being a vegetarian and why I chose to eat this way. My number one reason was to eat healthier for weight loss plus I had been reading horrific stories of how animals are being treated as they prepare to go to slaughter and since I love animals, I really wanted to try to change my lifestyle. I wanted to eat less processed foods which means more vegetables, legumes and fruit. As I said, I am not yet a full vegetarian but I sure feel that I am on my way. People can really be nasty when it comes to the food choices people make and all I have to say about that is don’t listen to them. You will know what is right for you when it’s right for you!
This week was full of good workouts especially my Saturday achievement. I walked over 10 miles with hubby and never imagined I could do that. To know I can accomplish the upcoming 13.1 mile half marathon is exciting. I am going to proudly wear that medal around ALL day long ha ha
I am definitely ready to get back to normal after this ‘training’ and maybe even add an extra fitness class to the list in the new year. At this point, I’m pretty sure long distance anything is not for me but I would ultimately like to walk some 5k’s and 10k races and maybe one day walk the Disney half marathon if it’s an option. I really do enjoy running inside when I don’t have breathing issues but it doesn’t look promising that I’ll ever be able to run outdoors. I’m OK with that because at least I tried. Right?
I just heard about International Fitness Day for the first time. This year it takes place globally on Saturday, October 16th. They have an online expo that started Oct. 12th and ends tomorrow so I’m a bit late for that. And if you’re in VA., there is a live expo this Saturday. But for the global celebration on Saturday everyone can do something to participate in International Fitness Day.
Here are a few ideas from their website.
- Dedicate at least 30 minutes to exercise
- Commit to eating healthy all day
- Make a donation to a charity of your choice (American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, etc)
Here are some of my ideas:
- Start a health and fitness journal
- If you have a gym membership, take one fitness class a week
- Step out of your comfort zone and sign up for a race (5k, 1/2 marathon, etc)
- If you have kids, get outside and be active with them
- Try one new healthy meal
How will you celebrate health and fitness this Saturday?