Category Archives: gym

Summer Gym Boot Camp Plans

My running partner and I have decided that things are really busy right now so we are trying to do our own thing. But, starting in June we are going to the gym in the mornings five days a week then do our running on Saturday mornings. If it is even too hot on Saturday early mornings then we will just head for the gym again. I’m putting myself on a better diet. I am also replacing my favorite staple of mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower to cut down on the carbs. I got to get ready for that half marathon next year in September.

I would also like to apologize for not blogging more frequently like I have. I do not want my blog to be solely about my health journey, but other things like my other hobbies. I want to review films, books I have finished reading, and maybe game reviews. I could also talk about other things as well and maybe get more into cooking so I can update my recipe tab on here. I will be able to write more these coming summer months. 🙂

C25K II: Week 1 – Day 1

So then this happened…

My running partner and I started our second run through the app ( pun intended. XD ) on Saturday morning (4-15-2017) at the crack of dawn. This was done for a couple of reasons and one of those reasons was we could not get our schedules in sync. Our schedules were out of sync because I had to start going to the gym because of the hot weather and she was not a gym person. But, she surprised me and joined my gym so we can do our workouts in the gym. The second reason was I did not know how to restart the app and I kept forgetting where I was at. She showed me Saturday morning and now we can re-do it and keep training for the half marathon in September 2018.

A little lost…

I find myself struggling. I feel my training is what I absolutely need to do and yet I feel worn out, tired, sluggish, and deprived. I say deprived because I know I need to stop eating the bad foods and make better choices. I also feel deprived when I do not train and do the thing that I need to do. Sometimes you have to just make yourself get up and go, or if at all possible do something different. I want to try DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) again and see if I can substitute it for gym time. If I can get at least twenty to thirty minutes of DDR time in today that would be good. At least it’s something different and it is colorful and fun and I really love it. But, on the other hand I miss Ellie at the gym and I call the machine that because it is short for Elliptical. It is my favorite gym machine and I do not know what I would do without it. I need to get out of this funk and I know nothing is instantaneous. I have to keep working at it or I might be forced to use other methods like other medications that was suggested by my doctor. I hate pills, I hate medicine, and if I could get off all my current medication I would be a happy camper.

Music is good therapy for me and so is an hour or two of Minecraft. In Minecraft you have lulling calming music while doing monotonous tasks that either calm you or put you to sleep. It only puts me to sleep if I am tired and I had not gotten sleep previously. There are other ways to cope as well such as writing things down in a diary/journal. If you type personal stuff on a blog it does not have as much meaning/feeling of pouring all the bad/sad/whatever stuff out as physically writing it. Art is the next best thing to express oneself with whatever a person might be going through whether you are good or not. Art can be anything from drawing, sculpting, writing a story/poetry, coloring, cooking (it is in the presentation), and whatever you can make with your own hands and creativity. You can actually combine Minecraft and art by making pixel art with the blocks. I am not very good at pixel art in Minecraft, but a lot of people are and I just sit there in creative mode and play with the blocks and call it “Virtual Legos”. Which, I was not too good at the real thing as a kid. I was the kid that made lopsided houses and weird stuff.

Here’s hope to more positive outlook and thoughts! 🙂

C25K-R2: Week 1 – Day 3

I ran this Saturday despite me having a blister underneath my right pinky toe. When I worked out on last Wednesday I tried to take it easy. It is getting better to say the least and on Saturday one of the “run” intervals I actually RAN for twenty seconds and it felt good. I am getting there I guess and then there was talk with my running partner to go to Cedar City, Utah next fall of 2018. Why is that? For a half marathon and then I questioned how long that was, but I should of known it would be 13.1 miles. I have the marathon miles memorized as 26.2 so if it is half because it is a half marathon…eh you get the picture. Now I am training for that half marathon. This gives me at least a year and half to train even if I end up walking half or all of it…to walk half a marathon would be an accomplishment for me.

Raw Fitness Diet

So my brother did the 21 day Raw Fitness Challenge where you pay a crap load of money and if you lose the weight you get it back. He wanted me to try it, but I tried to tell him I do not have the money. Then he says you will get it back and next to what I say is I do not have the money to fork over now. The problem is…or at least there are two problems here why I can not do this challenge. One, too expensive and two what if I do not drop the weight in the allotted time? Because as a woman your weight can fluctuate and mine does and I do not know…

I am not afraid of trying knew things and I can probably debunk my second reason, but I can not take apart the first one. My brother says the money is mostly for the workouts. Well, I have my own routines and stuff and I think if I tried the workouts in their gyms I would die. If I only had 50-80 pounds to lose then sure I would go for it.

I also really feel all these fancy and/or fad diets, diet products, shakes, and pills are created by people so they can get rich off of people’s pain and suffering.

The Gym or not the Gym?

I hate gyms for a few reasons, but I can over look most of those reasons. I always have to quit a gym because one hand does not know what the other hand is doing when it concerns money and payment issues. I did not think moving was a big deal or when my bank card changed. The computers are having issues and my only options are to cancel or get it switched over to my home gym where I live now. I would have gotten this problem fixed by now, but I am so busy to try and head over to my old gym is a pain. The manager of the place is only there at certain times where either I am working or busy with something else that is either equally important or more important. Also, when I talk to one of the employees and they write a note down for the manager to get back to me they never do. Trying to find the gym manager is like trying to locate the Ark of the Covenant at this point. =/

I’m debating cancelling my gym membership for a couple of reasons.

  1. It is now a hassle to try and get the computer to automatically take my payment
  2. I have been mostly doing my own thing for exercise instead of the gym. i.e. C25K app
  3. Germs (I have been over riding that fear when I was actively going.)
  4. Muscle headed big guys on steroids bullying me with their big truck telling me where to park because apparently they need a lot of space with a red carpet to get in and out of their vehicle and they think they own the whole parking lot. (this happened once)
  5. I would rather not deal with people, but you do what you gotta do.
  6. It is hard to do the C25K app on the treadmill. It is doable, but it is difficult.
  7. DDR (Dance Dance Revolution)
  8. Wii Fit and Wii Fit U

Reasons to keep the gym membership

  1. Ellie (I love the elliptical machines)
  2. I can bring a friend as many times as I want and the gym membership is like a twofer with gym benefits attached.
  3. I can exercise safely without being in the heat.
  4. Ummm….
  5. Yeeeaaaaaah….I dunno…