Monday, March 30, 2009

Week of March 30th

Monday: Exercise bike. 20 minutes. Hardest setting. Short intervals. 20 minutes basic pilates. Amazing how much more limber I am doing pilates after sweating hard on the exercise bike!

Tuesday: Exercise bike. 30 minutes. Moderate setting. Short intervals.

Wednesday: No exercise - too busy with all the errands!

Thursday: Exercise bike 20 minutes. Hardest setting. Short intervals.

Friday: Exercise bike 30 minutes. Third from hardest setting. Short intervals. Followed by 20 minutes of basic pilates. Fine at the time, but tired now at 2:00 pm...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Week of March 23

Monday: Exercise bike. 30 min. 3rd from hardest setting. Short intervals.

Tuesday: Exercise bike. 20 min. Hardest setting. Short intervals. 6 minutes pilates. Wanted to mimic some of what happens with swimming. Pushed my heart rate up to 140-150 range and worked some core muscles with the pilates.

Wednesday: Walk. 20 minutes on the beach. Had a headache, so kept it simple.

Thursday: Exercise bike. 30 min. 3rd from hardest setting. Short intervals. Was watching a creepy Firefly episode and really got the heart rate going! 130-160 BPM.

Friday: Light day. 20 min walk to beach.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Fresh Start

Well, there has been some exercise here since the great triathlon of 08, but not enough. The usual things came up... change in schedule made it hard to get to the pool, a steady stream of low grade colds... bla, bla, bla. But spring is here and I'm ready for a fresh go at things. Here are some thoughts that I'm working into goals right now...

1. Multi-vitamin every day. I want to eat in a healthy way since I know that is optimal for getting nutrients, but with seasonal availability of fruit and veggies I want to know that I'm getting iron and calcium on a regular basis.

2. Healthy eating goal 1: more whole grains. I'm finding ways to eat whole grains that I LIKE. Popcorn, brown/wild rice, 1/2 whole wheat bread. I think my goal will be making 1/2 of my grain servings a day whole grains (as recommended by the US government).

3. Healthy eating goal 2: understand blood sugar better. I tend to eat frequently because I get hungry and cranky. Probably a sign that blood sugar is fluctuating too much. I want to study up on what foods and combinations of foods will keep me going though the day.

4. More exercise. I want to gradually work up to running again. I think I'm going to follow this 5k training plan and intersperse exercise bike, pilates and swimming (?) in the off days.

5. Preventative medicine. You know, all that stuff about seeing doctors once a year. Its finally sinking in that "I don't eat McDonald's every day and I'm young" is probably not an panacea. (See mom, it did go in... but apparently advice like that is a time bomb that only goes off once the recipient sees large numbers on her birthday cake...)

These goals are going going to be revised somewhat as I get going. Eventually I will put a time on how much I want to exercise per week, and look at how to implement what I learn about blood sugar, but this is a start!