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Thursday, December 28, 2006

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

2006: Fitness Year in Review

First, let's review...
2005 Goals (12/26/2004)
2005 in Review and 2006 Goals (12/26/2005)

10 Commandments of Kim's Weight Loss (12/26/2004)


It's been two years (well, and one day, but we'll forgive the extra day) since I started getting serious about fitness with diet and exercise. I must admit, 2006 didn't go exactly as I had planned when it started. In a lot of ways, I fell off the wagon, but I'm really not looking at it that way. I focused on some pretty hefty goals this year and managed to not gain too much weight in the process... Weight wasn't my focus this year after all, I was focused on running and my emotional well-being. I'm proud to say that I completed my marathon and managed to not go completely insane emotionally, both of which are terrific accomplishments!!

Review of Fitness Goals for 2006 (How I did)...

Diet - Continue tracking food in CalorieKing. Increase vegetables and whole grains, decrease sugars, junk food, white rice, bread and potatoes.
Well, my diet went downhill the day I decided to move out of my house. I decided to stop worrying about diet at that point, assuming (incorrectly) that I would lose whatever I gained when I started the marathon training. Since then, both my change in lifestyle and my running have prevented me from really getting back into it. This is something to work on.

Weight loss - Get weight to 145 pounds. Try to acheive an Old Navy size 8.
Back in March.... almost. I think my low this year was 147, but before marathon training I was averaging about 154 or so. I am topped off at a whopping 168 right now, between marathons and vacation. Don't worry, some of that is weight that I'll take off this week from being back from vacation (not drinking, reducing sugar) and the rest will slide right off once I start working out to videos again in January. Knowing me, you'd think I'd be totally upset about the scale, but I'm not. Weight loss turned out to not be my focus this year at all. I know how to take it off and I have every confidence that I will, so I still walk into 2007 with a positive mind. It will be a relief to see the 150s again though.

Socially - Be in shape and "thin" for 10 year high school reuinion (!)

I was good enough. This is a relative term, but I think I looked damned good that day.

Running - Join Marathon training group in April. Definitely run a half marathon in 2006. Potentially run a full marathon in 2006. Continue running 3-10 miles per week in while it is still cold out.
Definite success. No half marathon, as you know, I went straight for the full. I had to stop running for a while due to a stress fracture in February, but I've been running 3+ miles the whole year besides that.

Workouts - Start the year with Cathe rotations for January & February (potentially March as well). Substitute running for cardio workouts that I don't own, and work climbing in, if necessary. Do the rotations as printed, instead of adding in an extra rest day per week (like I did last year).
Sadly, I haven't been rock climbing at all in 2006. However, I definitely did the rest of this goal. I wish I had been able to keep up with my workouts during marathon training, but it wasn't possible this year.

Body parts - Focus on fitting in 2-3 abs/core workouts per week - what a weakness this part is for me. Sessions can be as short as 8 minutes long, but no shorter. Work other muscle groups at least twice per week with weights.
Early in the year, I really tried on this one. I hate doing abs. I definitely failed at keeping my weight workouts while I was marathon training, but I don't think I've lost much tone in my lower body at least.

Flexibility - Work in yoga when possible on rest days. Stretch hamstrings after every workout since they are, by FAR, my most inflexible muscles. Settle for being able to touch my toes by the end of the year (scary that I can't do this). Shoot for being able to put my heels down in downward facing dog (in bare feet).
Yuck. I am just not into yoga. I have given it a lot of chances, but the patience for it just isn't there. This needs to be something that I work on. Sadly, runners are inflexible people.

My lessons for 2006:
  • Training for and running a marathon do not help you to lose weight. As a matter of fact, you're more likely to gain. The metabolism rollercoaster that the long runs cause result in a gain of about 10 pounds over 6 months. Now, some of that can also be factored into the fact that I separated from my husband and started a new relationship during that time, but the marathon didn't help me out, that's for sure.
  • Winter marathons suck. I will never run one again after Disney. I hate training in the cold, but I even more hate training alone or in the dark, which is typical of the winter marathons. I would think spring would be more of the same.
  • In general, two marathons right in a row is more than I can handle. One is pushing it.
  • Training with a group is an absolute necessity. I can't imagine not having Kristy, SueG, Caryn, Kathy and Colleen around to run with me. Actually, I can... and it sucks.
  • When I'm away from my videos for a while, I really start to miss them.
Specific Successes for 2006:
  • Tough Cathe rotations January through March (90 minutes per day, 6 days per week in some cases)
  • Jeff Galloway Marathon training
  • 10-minute mile
  • Three 5k races (Gasparilla in February, Shamrock in March and Pikesville in July)
  • One 10k race (Race for Our Kids in June)
  • Annapolis 10 Mile Run
  • Marine Corps Marathon
  • Scuba Diving Certification
And now...

Kim's Fitness Goals for 2007
  1. Diet - Starting January 10 (first available day after the marathon), begin tracking foods again. For this year, just get back into maintaining calories and tracking food. Try to increase fiber and decrease sugar.
  2. Weight Loss - Get weight back to 155. Shoot for a weight of 150 by the end of the year. Size goal is Old Navy size 10 (current size is 12).
  3. Running - Run the Disney Marathon in January and the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in April. Keep a base mileage of 10-13 miles. Run the Annapolis 10 Miler in August and potentially a half or full marathon in the fall. Achieve a 9 minute mile.
  4. Workouts - Obviously continue running. Begin Cathe rotations again starting January 10 (take it easy for a couple weeks post-marathon, but work up to what I was doing early 2006). Goal of 30+ minutes per day, 5-6 days per week. 45 minutes per day, 6 days per week is ideal.
  5. Weights and Muscle Tone - Regain muscle tone in upper body. Work up to equal the weight that I was using for workouts in March 2006. Find a way to work weights into my marathon training, if I choose to run a marathon in the fall.
There we are. The vast majority of my goals will be ignored until after I get back from Disney. Once I am back, I'm getting down to business in a serious way. I can't wait (both for Disney and the aftermath)!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Some Beach

by Blake Shelton

Driving down the interstate,
Running thirty minutes late,
Singing "Margaritaville" and minding my own,
Some foreign car driving dude,
With a road rage attitude,
Pulled up beside me talking on his cell phone.
He starting yelling at me like I did something wrong,
He flipped me the bird,
And then he was gone...

Some beach, somewhere,
There's a big umbrella casting shade over an empty chair.
Palm trees are growing,
And warm breezes blowing.
I picture myself right there.
On some beach, somewhere.

I circled the parking lot,
Trying to find a spot,
Just big enough I could park my old truck.
A man with a big cigar,
Was getting into his car.
I stopped I waited for him to back up.
But from out of nowhere a Mercedes Benz,
Came cruisin' up and whipped right in.

Some beach, somewhere,
There's nowhere to go,
And you've got all day to get there.
There's cold margaritas,
And hot senoritas,
Smiling with long dark hair,
On some beach, somewhere.

I sat in that waiting room,
Seemed like all afternoon.
The nurse finally said,
"Doc's ready for you.
You're not gonna feel a thing,
We'll give you some novocaine,
That tooth'll be fine in a minute or two."
But he stuck that needle down deep in my gum,
And he started drilling,
Before I was numb.

Some beach, somewhere,
There's a beautiful sunset burning up the atmosphere.
There's music and dancing,
And lovers romancing,
In the salty evening air.
On some beach, somewhere.
On some beach, somewhere.
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