I discovered our large pond was plowed today. Who ever did it, made a huge path round the entire lake/pond plus made a big ice rink in two places. I did a little shoveling where they had not re-plowed after the last snow fall. We all got our skates out and had a fun time right out our back door. Great exercise and had fun doing it. Which meant.. no extra cross country skiing today but I did run on the cross ramp today.
This is the last post of 2012... I need to start a new blog.. which I'll post tomorrow.
Changes are coming and part of the blog changes I'm going to try adding more of my own daily photos along with my blogging. I hate photos of myself so it's hard to say if I'll have very many of me.. but they will be my own photos.
Other changes... I'll talk about more then just running. It will include personal training/resistance because I do that every day too. I just don't talk about it or love it like I do with running.
What changes are you making for 2013?
HAPPY NEW YEAR...
What are your plans to ring in the new year?
I'll be spending this one watching BF..on-demand, playing cribbage and having a glass of wine then 2 scoops of rocky road ice cream.. Staying home this year.. and hoping to stay up until at least 11pm to ring in the East coast new year!
It's good to check my first aid, CPR off the Todo list! I finished it up this morning in 1-1/2 hours! Easy, quick and now Done!
I have one BIG thing left on my todo list. The ACE American Counsel of Exercise Test to be a personal trainer. This week will be spent working out, studying, Working, Studying, Skiing, studying and more studying.. I have to figure out what day next week or the following will work best to take the test. The sooner the better. I can then just concentrate on my next and final class starting January 14th.
I'm so close to being done.. 3 short months away and only a few days away from taking the test. I won't know the results for a few weeks so the wait is going to be hard.
I ran today.. not fast 5.5mph, but I did run. My heart rate was around 135 most of my run up to 140 when I was climbing hills. At 5.5mph I was expecting my heart rate to be a lot lower since I normal run at 6.0. I didn't go 6 miles.. made it only to 5.3miles at the slower pace. The time when quickly all due to my running/walking friends on either side of me this morning. It was nice to chat and catch up, plus it really makes time fly by. I've logged over 365 hours this year of working out and everyone of those hours was not a waste of time, nor do I regret all the hours I spent working out. Out of 8.765 hours in a year.. a measly 356 is nothing for time.
Really think about your day in hours. How many do you need for sleep, work and misc.. I bet those too busy people have a lot more misc hours then they think! Those miscellaneous hours can be used to walk on the treadmill while watching TV or surfing the Internet.
Done working out for the day.. now off to ski for fun..
I have 3 days left to write this blog.. It will be a new year and I always start fresh every year. Mostly because Blogger likes to charge for adding photos and I'm cheap. I don't want to pay. It's easier to just start fresh and make a new blog. I'll be sure to leave a connecting link for anyone.. who follows me. Or at least a link for me to find myself. Ha!
I also have 3 more days of poor eating choices. I'm just finishing up the goodies from Christmas and I can't let them go to waste. The last slice of pecan pie I ate for breakfast today. I have been craving Chinese food and I'm thinking lunch would be a good idea to pick up some chicken and broccoli with lots of rice and cream cheese won tons.
3 more days of studying like crazy for my ACE test. No, I haven't signed up.. I'm a little afraid.. it's $300 so not cheap and I have to pass or its another $200 to re-take it. Ugh!!! The pressure!!! I am doing a practice test today that's free. I have been studying every morning while I workout but I need to do more. Plus watch those DVD's.. anything to help!!!
In 3 more days.. I will have completed my First Aid/ CPR training that's good for 2 years. A requirement for personal trainers and to take the ACE test plus it's needed for my certificate at DCTC.
I also have 3 more months left of class.. A new Anatomy class that starts Jan 14th.. And 3 months to complete 96 hours of hands on experience.
The last 3 item.... 3.. Three... 3... A's in all my classes! Its official.. grades are in and I did great! All my hard work paid off and I enjoyed every bit of it.. just like I wanted to! Lets hope I can continue to get my last 2, A's in the last of my classes for the Personal Training Certificate.
I already have 3 existing customers of mine who are interested in having a (me) be their personal trainer. So much to do.. Looking forward to 2013...
The gym was really empty today. We showed up late.. 5:40a.m. and there were only 2 people. No personal trainers, no other regulars... Where did everyone go?
It was kind of nice having the gym mostly to ourselves. After a while more people started to trickle in.. but in all it was a quiet day. It won't be that way for long. The rush of the new year with all those new year resolutions will be in full swing. People will be every where.. for 2 weeks.
Which brings me to a new topic.. ..
I bought Steve some exercise bands for Christmas. I really wanted them to work with my new clients. A great way to do resistance training and easy to transport. Now to work with the bands.. feel comfortable and pass on some of my knowledge or lack of it.. but soon to acquire!
I just liked this post.. Figure I'd pass it along..
Back to another CARB LOADing day! I love my cinnamon breads but they don't love me.. I'm making every meal a cinnamon roll or cinnamon nut bread feast! I'm suppose to be back to eating normal..
It's a good thing I worked out today.. ran 6 miles and now I need to get off the couch and head out to ski.
It kind of feels like going to work every day when you go to the gym. The same people are there, day in and day out. We have our daily meeting of the minds.. We have a quick, but busy work schedule and then we head for home. I like this kind of work! Sometimes I do get sick of seeing the same people (as every job there are a few toads), but for the most part I'm happy to see them and catch up on their life during my workout. I'm not always as productive. Today I actually wanted to study for the ACE test. I even brought new material to memorize so I was all prepared. Instead of studying.. I spent the whole hour talking away.. I call this my daily meeting. Well, come to think of it.. I have a lot of mini meetings too. You just can't go to the gym without having a conversation with everyone you know. It's a good thing too. Those are the people that care if your there and are worried when your not. I truly count on the regulars at the gym to be there.
After holidays there will be a mad rush to get fit. Doesn't everyone seem to be on a diet and fitness kick right after the first of the year? Everyone has great intentions to start the year off right. Exercise, lose some weight and be healthy.. turn over a new leaf and get cracking on that New Years Resolution.. Us regulars at the gym have to chuckle a little. We know the next 2 weeks after the 1st will be busy. We will have to share the equipment with a bunch of new faces. We do know it's short term. After 2 weeks.. the crowds fade and a few new stragglers will hold out for a month, while the rest will never be seen again.
Tomorrow is Christmas.. no gym.. no meetings but you bet I'll be there the day after along with all the familiar faces..
The water Experiment Update:
I lasted all of 2 meals.. B-fast and lunch yesterday. I forgot all about drinking water before dinner. I did drink 2 glasses of wine but it's not the same.. It was harder then I thought to drink water. I didn't really want to fill up. Today,since I forgot my extra water for b-fast.. I'll drink my 20oz now.. (already drank 20oz working out.. does that count?) Isn't it like when you get off track and eat some junk.. the next meal.. eat healthy.. all is not lost! I need a post it note to remind me to drink water!! At least 12 oz.. until it becomes a habit...
Back on track I go.. trying to drink more water! Eat less... Ho hum.....
I tried a new experiment I read about a while back. The study was based on weight loss from 2 groups. One group drank water before eating. I'm going to make an assumption and say at least 12 to 20oz. The other group was told to just drink water, no specific times or any other information.
Outcome of the experiment was the group who drank water before each meal lost an average of 6 pounds more then the other group. I don't recall how long the study went on or if they were told to eat less/diet..I'm just recalling the facts that drinking water before each meal helps to fill you up, and you eat less. Simple right?
I wanted to try this same study. I figured might as well start with breakfast. I already worked out so I drank 20oz.. then I came home.. before eating my b-fast I drank another 20oz. (40 oz of water). I should be full. I ate my normal breakfast toast w/jelly and 2 bananas. I'm a little water logged feeling.. but I am still a bit thirsty and I'm still a little hungry. Not exactly what I was hoping to feel.. Well, this is just one meal. Not sure I'll remember or want to do it for every meal but I'll at least give it a try for one day. You can do anything for one day.. Which leads me to part 2 of this is my life...
Workout clothes.. you need them. I was kind of proud of the fact I never wore tennis shoes and didn't own any for years and years. We all know how that worked for me.. 50 pounds of fat! Plus, I didn't own any type of workout clothes other then what I needed for work. I can tell you from experience. It's better to own too many tennis shoes then none.. it's better to buy yourself workout clothes that are going to make you want to workout in them. Plus, your going to have to wear those clothes, so you'll be ready and want to workout. Workout clothes are not for your belly to expand in, just because they are comfortable. The elastic waist band is only there, for you to be able to move more comfortably while your exercising.
It's almost a new year.. don't wait and start in 2013.. start today.. Get off the couch.. find a activity you like doing that is fun.. Time to brainstorm.. think back, way back to childhood.... what did you enjoy doing?