Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It's All Coming Back to Me

I completed the C25K Week 5 Day 1workout today, and all is going well.

But somehow the math doesn't work. Didn't I finish Week 1 Day 1 just three weeks ago? Hmm....

Yes, after the first few workouts it was decidedly too easy, so I skipped a couple of weeks. I am still taking it easy, with my running sections in the mid to high 11 minute mile territory, but I feel ready to tackle the 20 minute run scheduled for Week 5 Day 3 this weekend. After that, I may just continue the 20 minute runs for a couple of weeks, then move to 25 minutes and then to 30 minutes when ready. That will be my weekday sweet spot for runs during the week until I sign up for an event and need to up my training.

Before my run tonight, I signed up for a consultation with a personal trainer who handles clients with medical limitations. I want to start strength training again, and the surgeon cleared me for it, but I also have to be very careful to start with low weights and to avoid moves that could cause another abdominal hernia, so I am going to get some help to create a workout plan that takes that into consideration.

All in all, things are good on the health and fitness front. No further complications from surgery. Eating very healthy 90% of the time (a girl has to live, LOL). Working out at least 3 times a week. My clothes are looking and fitting me better, and my energy is back. And the gorgeous weather here in Chicagoland has made me feel like getting outside again after a long hibernation.

Sunday, March 4, 2012


I feel like I am getting back to normal again after the surgery, and it feels great. I am praying that I have no additional complications because I need my few vacation days for something else... a trip to Playa del Carmen in May!

My boyfriend and I have booked a 4 night stay at an all inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen in May, shortly after we celebrate our one year anniversary. I am soooooo excited! Althought I fear all things sun and bathing suit related, I am tacking this differently. I have ordered a new swimsuit (I need Tall/Long swimsuits for this almost 6 foot frame), and have also ordered board shorts as I am not comfortable exposing my legs at the pool or on the beach. They are meant to go in the water as they are made for surfers, and I frankly do not car what anyone thinks about me wearing them while I swim. I also bought a shorty wet suit for snorkeling and windsurfing as I am not going to get all burned and ruin the trip by staying in my room with aloe vera. Hurry May!

I am also excited to have finished C25K Week 1. It was not a challenge for me on a cardio level, but my muscles are still healing and I am still pretty sore by the end of my 30 minute workout. It is going to be a bit challenging for me to fit in my runs this week as DD has vocal lessons on Monday night and we have a Parent/Teacher conference on Tuesday night, but the other two runs will be on Thursday and Saturday or Sunday with no conflicts other than sloth.

I may have to change my WW weigh-in day as I am never able to get on the scale on Friday morning since I spend the night at my boyfriend's s house on Thursdays because DD stays with her father that night every week. I might move it to Thursday morning because I do not like to weigh in on Mondays. Friday really is my best weigh in date, so Maybe I have to move the scale to my boyfriend's house!!!

I am considering a consult with a trainer that can help me learn which strength training exercises are safe for me to do with my repeated hernia issues. I'll probably look into that starting in April, for just a few sessions. I want to include strength training, but my surgeon said that I have to change my lifestyle because I am so prone to incisional hernias and have had so many abdominal surgeries. I just don't want to risk this happening again.