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Exercise Love

Why, hello Friday afternoon! So nice to see you! Although, at the same time its kind of sad for me. My friend Mandy came into town to visit and now she has to leave tomorrow morning. It went too quickly. 🙁

mandy and tina

I want to say thanks so much for all of your comments on my decision with the scale. And also for the race. I am 100% mentally committed to the race, but I may wait a few more weeks before officially registering. Just in case something happens to show running not suiting me or my body. Although, I have immensely enjoyed the start of C25K!

I completed Week 1, Day 2 last night. I did the 90 second walking intervals at 4.0 and then varied the 60 second running speed, usually around 6.6-6.7 mph. I got up to 7.0 for the last run interval! And it felt easy. Given its only a 60 second increment, but I feel pretty good about it all. I ended with a serious case of runner’s high. I don’t know what it is, but something about working towards a running goal exhilarates me. I guess because I always feared it before?

Although I do have to say that as much fun as I have getting into running, I still don’t think it will ever replace my first exercise love. Strength training! I completed another day of the 3rd level on my old Slim in 6 DVD. It gave me a workout.

after slim in 6

But I’m so ready to move on. I’ve done the same DVD 5 times in a row now and its driving me crazy! I need variety. Next week I plan on switching it up by using some of my full body Cathe weight workouts for strength training days. I’m ready. My body has been feeling SO good lately with my 30-40 mins of activity. Love exercise!

Today, I went ahead and got my at-home workout in during naptime. It feels nice to have it finished before the afternoon! It almost makes me want to try working out more at that time.  I have a feeling as time goes on I will be playing with my workout times a lot more. I prefer getting my workout done during the day so the afternoons and evenings aren’t rushed…but for now I have to workout when I know I can. And a 3-week-old’s naptimes are never guaranteed.

Question of the Afternoon – What types of workouts do you have to regularly switch up to avoid workout boredom/craziness?

Posted by on February 4th, 2011 44 Comments

The Decision – Scale & First Race

I have reached my decision on the scale. At this time, I feel using the scale is worth it to my goals. I think it will provide additional motivation, accountability,  information, and ease of mind for me personally. Before I do so, I want to clear up a few things that go along with this decision:

1. FFF will still not be a “weight loss blog”. I will not share weekly weigh-in stats or anything of that nature. I have no problem with blogs that do so, but FFF was not built on that. It did not become what it is today with that style and I don’t feel comfortable shifting it there now. The use of the scale is for my personal use and tracking. I will share thoughts and emotions I may encounter along my journey, but in a very general way.

2. I will weigh once a week. Absolutely nothing more. It is plenty to track progress and it helps maintain consistency if done the same day, at the same time, under similar conditions. I will do so Saturday mornings.

3. I am still not going to know my weight. I don’t think I would, but this will help ensure I don’t get caught up in a  number and comparing that number to previous weights. For this reason, I decided to have Peter weigh me in each week. I will not look. He will not tell me. The only thing I will know is the shift in weight each week (up 1/2 pound, down 1 pound, etc) to track progress. Kind of like my own version of this scale


4. It will not be the sole factor in how I track my success. The fit of my clothes, regular progress pictures, achieving new things in workouts, etc will still be more important to me.

5. If I find myself facing a negative relationship with the scale or getting frustrated/obsessive with weighing, I will stop. No question about that.

So, that’s that. I appreciate all your faith in my ability to continue being true to myself, despite this change. I felt it was best for me and could have just gone with it…but I wanted to keep things open and honest on FFF. The real deal is what I stand for. And, as my tagline states, life will still be more than diet and workouts. 😉

Although now I must talk about workouts. How can I not? I have found the perfect race for my first 5K!

I branched out my search a bit and found the Run the River 5K. Look at how perfect!!

  • on April 16, just under 2 weeks after finishing the C25K program (great timing)
  • its local (within 30 mins driving distance)
  • the course description = FLAT, fast (ha, not me!), and easy (yes, please!)
  • along a river, so beautiful scenery according to my friend who has raced it
  • an out and back loop, which I was informed is a very good thing so you don’t have to walk back to parking (I can see how that matters!)
  • my blog buddy Lee said she can do it too!!

Now I just need to decide if I should register now to commit to it…or wait to be sure nothing happens with training since I literally JUST started. Decisions, decisions!

Question of the Morning– Do you like signing up for things early or wait?

Posted by on February 4th, 2011 86 Comments


Catch Up With Recent Posts

Announcement Time

Posted: November 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

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Posted: November 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

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Posted: November 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

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Posted: November 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm

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Where The Change Happens

Posted: November 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

It’s kind of funny. I become a certified personal trainer and the first workouts I turn to this week come from someone else. The book came in for me at the library last week and, after flipping through it, I couldn’t wait to give the circuits a go. Making The Cut includes a lot of […]

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From Beginning To End

Posted: November 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

Good morning! First off, thanks for the many congrats yesterday. Love you all bunches for the tons of support you have given me in so many things this year. I hope I can return a little bit of that love through this here blog as well. So yesterday I had my first parent-teacher “conference” for […]

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