Ya gotta start somewhere

Tonight at TEAM we did a class evaluation for push ups, sit ups, and planks. I wish I had written down somewhere what my push up numbers were from my initial eval on January 5 – I thought I had them, but I can’t find them, so I can’t tell if I did better or worse.

So, even though it’s embarrassing, I’m posting these so I can refer back to them as I improve.

  • 30 seconds – push ups (knee): 17 (translate to 8.5 toe push ups)
  • 30 seconds – sit ups: 17
  • Plank hold (toe): 56 seconds

Wednesday is measurements and a 30-minute distance test on the treadmill. Looks like I get to pack the smartphone so I can put another audiobook on for the test. I just need to be sure it’s not one of my Relaxation recordings!

I also got an email from a friend asking if I was interested in doing the Foam Fest 5K in Dallas in April. The wall obstacles look a little intimidating, but overall it looks like fun, so we’re going to sign up. That gives me the Firefly Run in March, Foam Fest in April, and Diva Dash in May.

I’m also re-thinking my plan for TEAM. Saturday is the last day of my two-week “free sample”, and I was originally going to wait until March to sign up for a three-month commitment, which would bring me right up to Diva Dash in May. But now I realize I don’t want to lose the momentum that I’ve started, so even though I’m going to be out of town for a few days in February, I’m thinking of starting my three-month commitment in February anyway (or even next week, if they’ll let me).

Now that I think about it, this was a day for numbers all over the place – I had my 30,000 mile checkup this morning, so by Wednesday I should know my blood panel numbers… and what I have to do to get my cholesterol down to something resembling decent numbers. I know they’re going to be bad, I just don’t know¬†how bad.

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Yay TEAM?

On Saturday I had my first “day three of TEAM” experience, since I was at the 5K last week. Mondays is strength training, Wednesdays is cardio, and Saturdays is sort of potluck. This week we paired up and did a mixed circuit of strength and cardio training around the gym.

I learned a few things. One, I get mad at myself way too easily for not knowing things I have never been taught, like technique on some of the exercises. It’s not my fault that I don’t know them, but how I react to it is wholly under my control. Two, my core is nowhere as strong as it should be, or as it has been in the past. I should be able to do planks better than I do. It will get better.

Tonight we are supposedly doing measurements and testing. Yay?

What’s that white stuff?

This morning I woke to a half inch of snow on the ground. Normally when we have snow in the forecast, the weatherpeople in Dallas go ballistic and it’s huge news the night before. To be fair, I don’t know if they covered this morning’s snowfall on the news, because I was too busy with TEAM Strength Training and homework to watch the news.

The strength training was challenging. Obviously they went easy on us last week to sucker us in during “Free Week”… but it was all good, even though I was cursing it out while in the middle of the Wall Sit and the Triceps Dips. Note to self – do NOT save those exercises for the end of the rotation. START on those stations and get them over with before the fatigue starts setting in!

It helped that I got a compliment from the trainer on my Wall Sit. I had never done them before, or at least heard them called that – basically it’s bending your legs to a seated position, with your back up against a wall, and staying there with nothing under your butt. The quads start to burn after a very short period of time! So when he said I was doing great on them and even asked “You haven’t done these before?” because I was holding the form for the full 45 seconds, it was a bit of a boost. And it made up for the fact that my Triceps Dips sucked.

Then again, I know I have good leg strength and poor upper body strength – it’s one of the things that I’m trying to fix before the obstacle race in May!

Jam Packed Day

Yesterday I took it easy, doing laundry and housework and vegging with the dogs. As if to make up for it, today has been crazy-busy with no end in sight.

I drink Diet Coke at work (yeah, I know, but I’m hooked on the caffeine and I don’t do coffee), but today it was 1:30 in the afternoon before I even had time to stop long enough to get one. I’m glad I brought my big water bottle to work so I had SOMETHING to drink all morning. By the time I was ready to go home, I was only partway through my second 20 oz bottle.

I have TEAM tonight, and it should be another night of strength training. I don’t know if they’re going to go “as easy on us as last week… We shall see!

When I get home, I get to pay for my lazy day yesterday by finishing all the homework that’s due tonight. That includes a 2-3 page paper that I hopefully know the topic well enough to be able to breeze through!

That wasn’t so bad

So tonight I finally got to the gym for Day One of TEAM Fitness. Tonight was strength training. After a warm up on the treadmills, we did circuit training on the weight machines for about 45 minutes, followed by a stretching cool down.

I didn’t feel like I was “doing much” because I intentionally kept the weights light – the last thing I wanted to do was screw up and hurt something on the first night! I started feeling it at the end of the circuit, though, and when I went out to my car and tried to break into a short jog to get out of someone’s way, I could¬†really feel it in my thighs and quads.

The hour also went by really really fast, which was surprising, and kind of awesome for this short-attention-span gal!

My shoulders are weak, so I’ll be interested to see how that improves over the next several sessions. I’m going to do this for three weeks, then take a break during “My schedule is insane” February, then commit to three months starting March 1. Have I said that already? Probably. But saying it again reinforces it to me. If I say it often enough, it will become reality.

I can do this!!