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Friday, August 24, 2012

And it's getting more and more difficult to maintain my focus. I did NOT want to workout this morning. I didn't want to swim or run or walk or lift or do anything. I'm sore. I'm tired. I wanted to sleep. But I went anyhow and got in 40 minutes of swim workout I got from swimplan.com.

I can't believe there's only one week left until September! Crazy, right?! Where did the time go? I have to say I'm getting a bit nervous and antsy because I know September 1st will be the day of truth as far as my weigh-in is concerned. I also want to take measurements, pictures, and a body fat % so I have a more full picture of what my body has been doing. I would also like to schedule a trip to my list of stores I frequent every few months to try on the next size down in pants. We shall see...

So, with a week left, how close am I to hitting my goals? What do I have to do this week to make it happen (maybe this will help me maintain focus because the only thing rolling through my head is, "Please can we take a week off?! PLEASE!?")?



? / 5-6 pounds


682 / 888 minutes
That's 206 minutes left, or almost 7 30 minute workouts.
See, I can't take a week off. There's still work to do.

Plan for the Week:
Saturday - Walk (30m) (I've missed every one this month, I need to do ONE)
Sunday - Yoga (20m)
Monday - Swim Workout (40m)
Tuesday - Lift or Bike Workout (30m)
Wednesday - Swim Workout (40m)
Thursday - Lift or Bike Workout (30m)
Friday - Swim Workout (40m)

That's 230 minutes so I need to shoot for a perfect week or I'll be scrambling there at the end.


Eat more Paleo.

I have been doing that most of the month save for the last few days. Of course I've also had a headache the last few days, and woke up this morning with a horrible headache. Uhm..duh! Time for me to recommit. It's just 7 days, for crying out loud!

As far as my calories are concerned - I have no clue where I'm at. I decided to stop logging for this month because I needed a mental break. It's one thing that will probably need to come back next month, just so I know where I'm at right now. Still, I think I do pretty well with the food/amounts I've been eating.


I'm also going to work on keeping my "Weekend Projects" going around the house.

HA! That didn't happen. Last weekend I spent most of Saturday doing as little as I possibly could because I needed the rest. I've been mentally strained lately, so it's been a little rough going. I would love to get something done this weekend, but with how exhausted I feel right now I can't make any promises other than to do laundry because I know we need it done. I'm sure a big part of this was the fact that not only have my weekends been shortened by football (as I had to go back to a week of 5 8-hour shifts instead of 4 10-hour shifts), but they were shortened even more starting last week as we did our first scrimmage on Sunday. I spent almost the entire day Sunday at the field and being in the sun that long really wears me out. This Sunday they have their first game. We'll see how that goes, but it means another long drive and at least 2 hours sitting in the sun, followed by a long drive home. I'll have to sort out packing food for there/back and at the game. I may make my almost 13-year-old come with me because it's been hell going to these things by myself. I know he hates it, but maybe he could give me just a few freebies this year since Hubs doesn't even know if he'll be able to attend any of the games.

Also, I want to try to keep up my off-site blog.

That I have been doing. It's been a little rough lately because this week has seen some horrible flops in the food department and some lackluster performances/wimp-outs by me. I'm about to write my Friday Food Review and...well, I'm not looking forward to it. I'm almost embarrased by the sad state of our meals this week. :/

So...not too bad. I'll need to work to get there. As much as I want to take the next week off from working out, I really can't afford it right now. This could potentially be a monumental weigh-in for me and if I crap out now I'll have to evaluate again why I seem to sabotage myself each and every time I get this close.

Still no set plans for September, but I am taking all your suggestions under advisement. Today was the first day I wondered if I might like a little time away from the pool or not, but I haven't decided either way. Maybe next week will be more telling. Just like running, swimmers can have an off day and even though I performed well this morning, I felt off all throughout my swim.

Speaking of my swim...I've been struggling with what to do now that I can swim a mile straight. Do I just keep doing that over and over again? Well, I mean, I could. Or I could set myself up with some swim workouts that might help me with form and speed and technique. This morning the thought of swimming 50 minutes without stopping made me want to rip out my insides, so I opted for the second option. It wasn't any easier, but at least it was a little more interesting.

I got the workout when I signed up for swimplan.com. It's a 14-day trial so I need to get as much from them as I can before that period ends. Of course, my work likes to pan "sports" sites so I can't get on it here to get a new workout or anything. *facepalm* I'm on my work's wellness program with the insurance company and, yet, I can't look up exercises online to get...well...WELL! *SMH* Anyhow, here's the workout if anyone is interested. (Let me know if you have a 25yard/meter pool as that is how the original is set up. I had to tweak it for my 20 yard pool, which the site does not recognize. *rolls eyes*)

Warm Up
2 x 100 - Freestyle Swim - steady pace, rest 0:20/100yd

Build Up (repeat 2 times)*
1 x 20 Freestyle Swim, rest 0:10/20yd
1 x 20 Streamline Kicking, rest 0:10/20yd
1 x 20 Freestyle Swim, rest 0:10/20yd
1 x 20 Single Arm (arm out front) 6 x left, 6 x right, 6 x full stroke, rest 0:10/20yd
1 x 20 Freestyle Swim, rest 0:10/20yd

10 x 60 Freestyle Swim, target pace time 01:30/60yd, rest 0:20/60yd

Warm Down
5 x 20 Easy Any Stroke, rest 0:10/20yd

Total Distance: 1100 yards
Time: just under 40 minutes
Calories Burned: 377, 35% from fat
Avg HR: 125
Max HR: 154

It was hard to set a pace for myself for each lap. The swimplan laid out 12 x 50 with a pace of 1:15 per 50, so I thought 1:30 for 60 yards wasn't too bad and I shot for that and made it almost on the nose each time. It really boosted up my HR, but just 20 seconds resting after brought it back down to the 120s before I was off again. Not bad, I think.

Also, the streamline kick, done without a kickboard mind you is super hard and I nearly swallowed the pool during my first attempt at the stroke drill. *lol* But, I caught on and completed it. I was a little upset as they said it would take 45 minutes and I took 40 with an extra pool length tacked on that I didn't count (I practiced my dolphin kick a bit...it still sucks) and a bit of stretching out a cramp at the end before I shut my HRM down (about 30 seconds after I stopped swimming).

Also, "repeat 2 times" does not make as much sense as anyone thinks it does. I mean, you go through it once, and then you 'repeat'...so do you 'repeat' it twice and do it a total of three times?! *lol* English major it me coming out for a fight. Anyhow, you do the build up section twice in a row, in case you were wondering.

Hope everyone is having fun. Going to spend some time trying to put together my food blog at the other site...but right now I'm just trying not to fall asleep. *lol* I'll let you know when it's up, but it likely won't be all that great. *shudders to think of some of the food they had this week*
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    I love swimplan.com. I just use the freebie version though. It's really not that much different except it doesn't tell you what to do with any equipment you might want to use. I just stick that in there where it seems to make sense. When it says "repeat two times" I just take that to mean do it twice total.

    Great goals! You seem pretty committed! Just gotta push through those "I don't wanna!" moments!
    3176 days ago
    Finish strong!! emoticon
    3177 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    You're doing great, just make sure you book in rest time too!
    3177 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    I hate that too! I like workouts that say "repeat for a total of... times" Much clearer!

    And I swam yesterday! LoL, not really. I did some lengths of the little tiny development pool before the lifeguard came out (too embarrassed then!). Apparently he works at the school pool too though so I may see him around because... I really enjoyed swimming! I mean, my stroke needs major help but luckily the school has classes and stuff. I plan on signing up and maybe it will give my ankle the break it needs but keep working my cardio hard core (because I was majorly winded but that's because I don't know how to stroke and breathe). It was nice though!
    3177 days ago
    You are rockin' it girl...even when you're beating yourself up for not doing enough, you're still doing more than some people could even imagine!! Keep pushing!
    3177 days ago
    Sounds like you're doing amazing and I'm hoping the weight and measurements reflect that in a week. It's a slightly different kick, but if when you need to do freestyle kick and are needing more breathing time, I substitute backstrock. It still works most of the same muscles, and you get a better chance to catch your breath.

    Nicely done!
    3177 days ago
    YO(U CAN DO IT!!!!!! Push yourself to do this last weeks work outs and next week will be amazing results!!! Good luck on your weigh in
    3177 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1479887
    Awesome goals--YOU CAN DO IT!!
    3177 days ago
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