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Thursday, December 27, 2007

2007: Fitness Year in Review

Reviewing...
2006 in Review / 2007 Goals (12/27/2006)
2005 in Review / 2006 Goals (12/26/2005)
2005 Goals (12/26/2004)

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

Three years ago, I pledged to get serious about diet and exercise. Since then, I've made it a priority to re-commit myself every December 26. It's been an interesting three years. I first was extremely successful, losing 30 pounds, getting myself geared up to run marathons, and being very consistent with the working out. I fell off the wagon a bit in 2006, between moving out of my house and starting marathon training. In 2007, I had some great goals and failed to meet most of them (yep, let's be honest with that). Working out, losing weight and whatnot were not my top priorities for this year, but I still struggled with it somehow all year long.

So, let's review...

Review of Fitness Goals for 2007 (How I did)...
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.
I did track foods for a while, and I tracked foods on and off all year. I can't say I did it with any consistency beyond February. My diet was horrible, horrible, horrible this year. I can't even be positive at all about it, there is nothing good to say about how I ate this year.
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).
I managed to maintain my weigh this year. This is a success, given how horrible my diet was. My weight as of last week was the exact same as it was the day I ran the Disney Marathon. I've probably gained a pound or two over Christmas, but that will [hopefully] come off quickly. If I can't lose weight, at least I'm not gaining. So, goal not met, but success nonetheless.
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
Nope. I did run the Disney Marathon. I did not run the Cherry Blossom 10 miler. I did run a lot of races (including the Annapolis 10 miler), and completed my third marathon in October. I did not get a 9 minute mile, although we really didn't do miracle miles past July, so I didn't get the chance.

It's hard to stay positive about running when 2007 was just a bad year for it. I ran a lot of races, the exact schedule I ran in 2006, but I had no PRs and in fact some of my worst times ever - Worst 5k time ever (Pikesville), worst marathon time ever (Marine Corps), worst 10k time ever (Race for Our Kids), worst 10 miler time (Annapolis). Granted, a lot of those races were just the second time I'd completed one, but Pikesville was a big disappointment.
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.
I kept up with the Cathe workouts into February, but dropped working out entirely somewhere around the end of February. I picked up running again in May, and added cross-training, but leaving my job and starting a new job, and Todd doing the same, created some serious changes in my schedule and what I was capable of doing. I am still trying to work around this.
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
I tried. I did get some weights in here and there, but I'm still working to get this done consistently.

My lessons for 2007:
  • When weight loss isn't a priority, it doesn't happen.
  • Weight loss during marathon training requires cross-training.
  • Motivation is often hard, and sometimes all you can do is stay on course and not get too off track.
  • Do not schedule a race after your second marathon when your significant other is not intending to run that race with you, and you're used to having him run with you.
Specific Successes for 2007:
  • Cathe lower body workouts in January with no loss of muscle tone from the last time I did them (9 months earlier)
  • Jeff Galloway Marathon training
  • 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
  • Short-lived habit of swimming laps, first time ever!
  • 62 Scuba dives (for calendar year 2007, I completed 8 in 2006)
Kim's Fitness Goals for 2008
  • Diet - Day one of tracking foods is today. Diet is not the number one priority, but tracking foods should be good enough. Hopefully, get the workouts going and the diet will follow.
  • Weight Loss - No specific weight loss goals this year, as I am trying to take the focus off of the number on the scale. If the workouts come, the diet will follow and weight loss is surely to be the result. At a minimum, maintain around 170 pounds.
  • Running - Run the Disney Marathon in January. Run a half marathon in the fall. NO MORE FULL MARATHONS for 2008. Keep up with 2-3 runs per week, and a base of only about 6 miles through the spring. Potentially run the Jacksonville Breast Cancer half marathon in February, although that is partially up in the air.
  • Workouts - Goal of 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week, starting today. Focus on running and upper body weight training through the disney marathon. If we are running the Breast cancer race, keep the focus of running through then. Mix in Cathe rotations post-Disney to add variety. Any workout will do.
  • 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.
There you have it. This was a rough one to write, with little success, but I recognize my failures and I'm moving on appropriately.

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Back at Work...

And I have Christmas details to write in my private blog, and fitness details to write in the public one.  Stay tuned...

Monday, December 24, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Good News for Friday

  1. Japan is not going to hunt whales
  2. I'm in my taper for Disney
  3. I'm ready for Christmas
  4. Tonight from Netflix: Superbad!
  5. Santa brought me an iPod touch and a dive watch! (Santa and I were too excited to wait for Christmas)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Review: Bear Naked Products

So, a friend at work gave me a bag of Bear Naked Trail Mix (Appalachian Trail Flavor).  Tasty, tasty, tasty, with craisins and nuts and a good flavor without being overly sugary.  I hate more processed trail mixes that contain chocolate chips and other not so healthy things.  What a great way to get protein!  He had purchased it at Giant,  but then when I was at Weis recently I found some Bear Naked Granola (Peak Protein flavor).  I was surprised to find it at Weis, who isn't known for having my favorite healthy brands (why don't they carry Luna bars??).  Anyway, the granola was just as tasty.  I've had it all this week for breakfast with a half point of 2% milk purchased out of our vending machine at work.  It keeps me full until lunch time and tastes good too!

Thumbs up!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Next Up...

Turks and Caicos, Spring/Summer 2008. Booked the trip tonight! Huzzah!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Diving: One Year

I'm no longer a guppy!
Yesterday, December 16, was my first anniversary of being a certified Open Water Scuba Diver (I had originally thought it was the 14th, but in fact the 14th was the day I left for Key Largo to get my certification). What a year!! I've taken 4 (yes, FOUR) dive trips, and completed 70 open water dives. That many dives in one year, ESPECIALLY the first year of diving, is unprecidented.

What I've found is that I very much enjoy diving. I knew I wanted to try it, but I really didn't realize how much I would like it until we were in Bonaire in May. Yes, I'd already dove in Key Largo, St. Thomas and Epcot Center before that, but those only accounted for a total of 9 dives, where in Bonaire we were diving 3 times a day. The other thing is - I'm actually GOOD at diving. There's nothing I'm good at. I'm a horrible runner, a horrible singer, terrible dancer, hideous artist, and I generally suck at any and all team sports I've attempted. But diving? I get compliments! For an hour dive, I average about 1200 pounds of air still in my tank when I get on the boat (and I'm getting better... I've nearly surpassed Todd in air consumption, but we're about equal right now).

Todd wants me to start carrying a camera while I dive, but I've never fancied myself a photographer. And, I kind of like just having a photographer along. For now, I just dive and enjoy and watch.

So, 2007 was an unusual year for getting diving (and vacations) in. We're looking at less diving time in 2008, but certainly we should be able to manage at least 50 dives this year if everything goes to plan. Perhaps more, who knows? That's right, we're about ready to book our next trip - spring/summer 2008, which will be in the Caribbean. And, I think we might (it's a big might, and it relies on information I only got today) be able to go to the Pacific in the fall...

Hooray for finally finding something I'm good at!


Todd, Kim & a Turtle in Little Cayman (November)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Bug Says Merry Christmas!!

And he wants to do a little dance for you!!

Here he is!

That's a major time killer. But honestly, I've tried it on several groups of people and there is no way anyone can beat Jim and DaveW for genuine comedy... FABULOUS!

Here we are as well.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Food Miles

Interesting article on the food miles concept, which has been on my mind a lot lately.... (Guilt over California Strawberries eaten in December...)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Following Songs are NOT Christmas Carols...

  1. My Favorite Things - What, they mention snow and presents so it's automatically a Christmas song?
  2. Linus & Lucy - I realize that the Peanuts made a Christmas Movie. The Brady Bunch made a Christmas special, but I don't see anyone playing THEIR theme song on Christmas music stations.
  3. Let it Snow - I let this one slide. However, theoretically, you should be able to play this one in January and no one should say anything.

That is all.

Got It Right This Time

by Keith Urban

I love this song.  I heard it once last week and then I just heard it when I was going out to grab lunch.  Sometimes, you have to listen to something a few times to like it, but this one I fell in love with the first time I heard it.  Now, if I could just remember to get it off of iTunes...

She believes in me like I've been tryin' to do,
I'm seein' things I've never seen before,
Ever since you came into my life I've been a better man.

Run, Run, Run, I was running scared,
Always lookin' for a place to leave,
And I couldn't seem to find where I belonged,
Until she took my hand.

We can make this work out Baby, I know it's true.
I can't picture myself, with no one but you,
And I think I got it right, this time.

All of my life I've been lookin' for someone,
Who believes in love the way I do,
And I know I've make my share of big mistakes,
But Girl I promise you,

We can make this work out Baby, I know it's true.
I can't picture myself, with no one but you,
And I think I got it right, this time.

True belivers always find each other,
And here we are.
Always knew that you were out there just waitin' on me,
For me to find my way,
Find my way to your heart,
Oh Yeah.

We can make this work out Baby, I know it's true.
I can't picture myself, with no one but you,
And I think I got it right, this time.

After all the crazy days,
I made it through.
I can't picture myself with no one but you,
And I think I got it right, this time.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Recipe: Raspberry Poppyseed Salad

This is what I took to the Very Nickish Christmas Party last night...

Raspberry Poppyseed Salad

... plus Boordy Chilled Apple wine.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

My how times change...

Last week....

Kim relaxes in a hammock...


This week...


Todd greets Kim after work...

Blah, snow in the neighborhood...

(
I took a bunch of photos, but they all generally suck because I was also trying to drive. But if you want to see a great picture of Jos A. Bank covered in snow, I have one...)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Little Cayman, November 2007

Kim and Todd took a trip to Little Cayman island, November 23 to December 2, 2007.  We'd been there in June/July 2007 and needed to return for more fun and to see many of the friends that we met before!

Photos

Topside Photos - Courtesy of Kim (and some are by Todd)

Underwater Photos - Courtesy of Todd (underwater photos are Copyright Todd Krebs, 2007.  All rights reserved.)

The Resort

We returned to Southern Cross Club Fish and Dive Resort.  It only has 12 rooms, this time our room was in the "Yellow" new cottage.  We were on the top floor for our first 2 nights, and then moved downstairs for the rest of our stay.  We loved the room and had beautiful views from our room out onto the beach.

When we weren't diving, we were resting in the resort's hammocks or Todd could frequently be found playing ring game in the main building (his record is 6 in a row!!). 

Food was much the same as before... healthy things served by Chef Ron.  We had breakfast, lunch and dinner included in our stay.  Omlettes for breakfast, sandwiches or other snacky things for lunch.  Dinners were fish or pork or chicken.  Sometimes dinner was a buffet, sometimes it was a sit down dinner. 

So, a basic day was...

6:00am - Wake up, get ready
6:30am - Actually get out of bed and get ready
7:00am - Breakfast
8:00am - Dive boat departs for 2 tank dives
12:30pm - Back at the resort, have lunch.
2:00pm - Hammock and resting on the beach
4:00pm - Dusk Dive (or, one night we went on a night dive)
6:00pm or so - Cocktail hour
7:00pm - Dinner
8:30pm - Hanging out on the dock under the [full] moon or stars
10:00pm - Back in the room for relaxation / bedtime

New Friends

We met Matt and Ellen (from Indiana) when we visited in July, and they were back again, arriving on Wednesday.  We also met some new friends - Bill and Gerry (also from Indiana), Ann and Paul and family (from Minneapolis), Valerie and Chris (from Pennsylvania) and Tim and Julie (from Texas).

Diving

We completed 21 dives.  We arrived at the resort on Friday the 23rd at 4:30pm, but did not have the opportunity to dive the first day like we did the last time.  Our first two diving days we did 2 morning dives, then we did either a dusk dive (4 total) or a night dive (only 1) on all of the other days when we could.  Dusk dives are a lot of fun and an opportunity to see the 4 F's: Fighting, Feeding, Fleeing and Fornicating... :)

Our divemasters were Mark (from London, whom we met last time), Mike (from The Netherlands, awesome at picking out small things), Ryan (from New York), and Chris (manager of the resort and a big fan of swim throughs).  Things we saw on our dives included nurse sharks, Hawksbill Turtles (lots of those!), Caribbean Reef Sharks, Shy Hamlet, Nassau Grouper, lots of Lobsters, Squirrelfish, lots of Barracuda, and many other beautiful fishes and corals.


Back From Hiatus...

I was out of town, getting some much needed sun.  But I'm back.  While I was gone, I had no access to television (there were no televisions whatsoever), phones (no phones), and barely any access to the internet (I maybe spent 15 minutes on the internet total, and most of that was devoted to my Fantasy Football team...).  Thoughts...

  1. Where did the leaves go???
  2. There was an earthquake in the Caribbean???  I had no idea.  I was pretty far from Martinique, and at the time it happened I was sound asleep in a hammock.  No one even mentioned it though.
  3. Coming back to cold was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be.
  4. Charlotte is a nice airport.
  5. I guess it's time for Christmas shopping, huh?
  6. My one year anniversary of being a certified scuba diver is 12/14 and in that time (just under a year), I have completed 70 dives, more than many divers complete in a lifetime.  I have more to say on scuba and will be crafting a scuba diving post in the near future.
  7. Back at work with a smile on my face and everything is right in the world... :)

Huzzah!
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