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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Duck Dynasty and Body Flow

One of my favorite new shows is Duck Dynasty.  I happened to catch the new episode last night while I was getting ready for bed.  Willie is getting ready for his high school reunion and wants to lose some weight.  So, he attends yoga with his wife.  It's really awkward for him and his dad even walks in the class and he gets a little embarrassed.  In the end, he looses some weight and is really proud of himself for trying so hard.  If any of you have taken yoga or pilates you know that from the outside it looks like a piece of cake, but that stuff is NOT easy.  Its very challenging to control your body, hold the poses and be flexible all at the same time.  I felt a lot like Willie in class tonight.  You can see his adventure Here.  Fortunately for me, my class was not taped for national television. 

This might be what I look like at Body Flow
 I've only been to a pilates class once and then tonight I tried a new class by Les Mills called BodyFlow.  Its a combination of Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi.  From their website,  "BODYFLOW™ is the Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates workout that builds flexibility and strength and leaves you feeling centered and calm."  

The first time I took a Pilates class I simply went because I thought it would be good to stretch for a full hour.  I'd been feeling some pain in my left hip and thought that it would help.  I'd heard that Pilates was a good cross-training workout for runners.  It certainly was, but the next day I could feel EVERY SINGLE ONE of the benefits of the class centered into my abdomen.  I was so sore, but it was a great feeling!  I was introduced to Body Flow by another instructor at the gym who teaches some of the other Les Mills classes.  I've been wanting to try it and finally made it there tonight.  At the end of the class I knew that even though I wasn't as flexible or strong as some of the others in the class, I knew I would come back to challenge myself and to see how far I could push my body next time.  I think that is my goal in all of the things that I do, but this time there was a little more emotional benefit too.  

The class ended with about 5 minutes of meditation.  I found myself in tears within 30 seconds.  I'm normally an emotional person and my first reaction to anything is tears.  Whether I'm happy, sad, angry or frustrated, there are always tears.  The instructor talked about letting things go and breathing in "good".   I was able to let a lot of negativity go, I felt a new emotional strength and I know that I really needed that to help refocus myself this week.  If you have a chance to try out Yoga, Pilates or Body Flow, do it!  If you didn't like it the first time, try it again.  




Now for your viewing pleasure, a little Throwback Thursday love.  Fall 2011, not even at my heaviest.  I'm on  the right and my mini-me sister is on the left.  What's really sad to me was right after this was taken, I thought it was a really good picture of me. 

That would be my dad photo bombing in the back...  



2008 
I'm looking more and more like the 2008 Bethany everyday.  Its not always easy, but it will be worth it.

This Saturday is the 5K I've been training for!  Wish me luck!


Happy Running,


Mrs. B.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Wild hairs and Apple Beers

Today was my first run outside since October.  My plan was to run at the gym and use the 5k setting on the treadmill.  I was kinda dreading it even though I know that I need some practice before my official race on Saturday.  I happened to look out side and since it was so sunny that I got a wild hair decided to give it a shot.  I'm so glad that I did.  I dressed appropriately and for the most part the sidewalks were clear.  I chose to run in the neighborhood next to mine since the streets were clear, its fairly even terrain, and there's very little traffic. 

Overall I had a great run.  I was working hard but I also didn't feel like I was struggling.  I ran a little slower than I do on the treadmill but it seemed SO much easier since I was GOING somewhere.  I was also running pretty blindly because I couldn't see my phone and the running app really well.  I was shocked when I stopped for a short walk break and had already gone 1.61 miles.  I felt like I had only gone about a mile.  I went a little further and then decided to head back to my apt.  I stopped right at 3.15 miles.  I wasn't exhausted but still felt that I had worked hard. 

I used the Nike running app (this was the first time for that too) and although I'd really like to post a picture of my route I'm having trouble getting a screen shot.  I liked how it showed the levels of intensity throughout my route.  I could see when I was pushing myself and when I was taking a short walk break. 

My favorite part was the accomplishments that were recorded at the end.  They were: 
  • Farthest Run 3.15 Mi
  • Longest Run 43:27
  • Fastest 1K 7:45 (WOAH!)
  • Fastest Mile 12:37 (WOAH AGAIN!)
  • Fastest 5K 41:37
I'm really proud of the 1K pave and the mile pace.  Even though it was the first long run, I can't wait to continue to improve.  It also gives me a really good idea of my times for Saturday's race.

Now I'm undoing all my hard work enjoying a Shock Top Honey Crisp Apple Ale  and waiting for my husband to come home for dinner.  I wish I would have done more blogging on my vacation but lets face it, I was lazy.   Hopefully I catch up on my photo-a-day before the end of the month.

Happy Running,
Mrs B.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

GYM TIME!

Big stuff is happening for me lately!  First, if you haven’t noticed I’ve been participating in the Fat Mum Slim Photo a day challenge.  I’ve not been super religious about it, but I try to get in each day’s picture.  I’m excited for the potential “album” I could have at the end of the year.  It’s also given me time to appreciate some of the “small things” in my life.  

I’ve also joined another gym.  Yep, ANOTHER one.  I didn’t just switch.  Crazy, No?   For the last year,  I’ve been going to a gym that’s close to work.   I really like that gym because its new and clean.  I get unlimited tanning (I know, I know…sue me),  access to massage chairs, and the cardio cinema.  The gym has all the essentials for a good work out.  One thing I love about is that they use the member’s dues to purchase new equipment.    There’s always something fun and exciting to use.  I worked with a trainer there for a while and she was really fantastic.  I know I’ve mentioned her before,  but since I stopped working with her I’ve really missed the accountability.  I text her every once in a while to tell her how I’m doing.  I still want her to be proud of me.  I also want her to know the courage that she’s given me to do some of the things I’ve done.  The rest of the staff is really friendly too.  It’s a small gym and a small community.  This gym has become my solitude for the last 8 months.  I’ve become emotionally attached.  One thing that it doesn’t offer though is fitness class.  There are some random group sessions that I can’t even seem to attend because they are at really bad times.  I really just wanted to be able to go to a Zumba class.  

There is another gym in town that has the classes. This gym is a little older but It’s really close to home.  As much as I love Gym #1, I hate driving there on my days off.  Sometimes I don’t go after work because I just need to eat dinner first or make sure the dog is let out.  There were also times that I couldn’t go because the hours at Gym #1 aren’t so great on the weekends.   Then I found a FREE ENROLLMENT coupon from gym #2 in the mail.  I HAD to check it out.   Long story short I hemmed and hawed for about a week but once I went for a tour, I was hooked.   This gym isn’t as new, but the options I have are fairly unlimited.   For $37 extra  a month I decided that it would be worth it to have two options of places to go.  I’ve spent most of my time at gym #2 just because I’ve been checking out all the classes but I went to Gym #1 on Tuesday because it fit better into my day.  I was reminded why I love it so much.  So I figured I was willing to pay both memberships.  I see it as an investment into my health.  If I break down each workout into an amount of money, it’s a little motivating too, since I don’t want to lose or waste money. 
So far I’ve tried Body Pump, Zumba, Werq and The Firm.   Body Pump was AWESOME and I can really see this helping me tone up and build more muscle to burn more fat.   Zumba was okay but not what I remembered from my previous experience.  The last time I went to a Zumba class, the instructor took it slow and taught the basics before each song.  I’ve never been extremely coordinated but this helped me.  At the new one, I was completely lost for entire class.  I might give it another chance sometime…but I’ve found the new  love of my life.  WERQ.  It’s also a dance fitness class that’s easy to follow with popular rock, hip hop and pop music.  It was recommended to me by an acquaintance.    We crossed paths a couple times at Gym #2 and she encouraged me to give it a shot.  I went last night and after one class, I am hooked.  A Werq-a-holic if I may.    The firm was also okay, a little boring but I know it would help with my goal of toning up.  Today I’m going to try Pilates.   

I’ve been trying to switch things up a lot because I’m really having a hard time getting out of the 200’s.  I’ve been going between 200 and 210 since I started this blog in October.  I’m not THAT discouraged because I’m still seeing changes in my body.  I just want to break the barrier SO bad.  I know a majority of the problem is me.  I’m really slacking on my diet.  The holidays were fairly rough, but lately I’ll eat well for a couple days, then cheat for 3 or four days.  It’s probably a miracle that I haven’t gained anything.   Obviously though, my goal is to lose.  I’d really like to get off another 15 lbs by my yearly doctor’s appointment in April.  I can’t wait to talk to my doctor about all the progress I’ve made and maybe get some advice from a medical professional.   

With the new gym and classes I didn’t want to become side tracked from my goal of completing the couch to 5K.  Today I will run my last workout of the program.  I don’t want to stop but I haven’t mastered the 5K yet.  I know that I can keep running a half hour or so about three times a week and that would be the same as the scheduled workouts.  I know though that if I don’t have an immediate reason to do it, I probably won’t.
 SOOOOOOOOOOOOO, drum roll please…I’m doing something I NEVER thought I would do.  I found a 5K to run in.  It’s at a local park and the registration fee’s go towards supporting the zoo in town and its operations.  I’m all for supporting local venues and making my town a better place to live.  It’s on March 2.  Eekk! Less than a month away.  I just keep imagining how I’m going to feel when I cross the finish line.  That is enough motivation to keep running for the next month.  I WILL finish that 5K.  I might be that last one to cross the finish line, but I will finish!  Right now I’m running about a 14 minute mile.  I just need to work up my endurance for that last mile and run outside a couple times to get used to the differences.    The best part is that I’m going to do it with my sisters.  They enjoy running and I am finally joining the fun. 
Until next time,
Happy Running!
Mrs. B.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Photo a day 1/27

Sun 1/27-  the sun shining through my blinds

Landscape 1/28-our trip to Gatlinburg in October 2012

Grow 1/29-my growing muscles.  Man, im sore today!

Down 1/30- looking down at everyone while running on the open air deck at the gym

Yourself 1/31-A picture of myself:refreshed after a 2 gym session.

Fork 2/1-  Ready for girls night out. Im so HANGRY!

Pattern 2/2- the pattern on my pj pants.  Relaxing on my couch after work tonight.