Couch to 5K – Week 1 Day 1

I didn’t get to the gym yesterday as I normally would have, but I have an excuse. Sunday night we had a game night at church after the evening service and I played Ultimate Frisbee for at least half an hour. It definitely showed how out of shape I am, because after just a few minutes I was huffing and puffing away like I was going to die. I mentioned the C25K program in my last post. There is information about it at www.c25k.com, and the weekly running plans are at www.coolrunning.com (http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml). Here is how I paced it out on the treadmill: 0.00-5.00 – 3.5-4.0 mph 5.00-6.00 – 6.0 mph 6.00-7.30 – 4.0 mph 7.30-8.30 – 6.0 mph 8.30-10.00 – 4.0 mph 10.00-11.00 – 6.0 mph 11.00-12.30 – 4.0 mph 12.30-13.30 – 6.0 mph 13.30-15.00 – 4.0 mph 15.00-16.00 – 6.0 mph 16.00-17.30 – 4.0 mph 17.30-18.30 – 6.0 mph … Keep reading!

The weekend is here!

After my first full week of working the evening shift, the weekend has finally arrived! With my current schedule, I get home around 12:30 AM and am generally in bed and close to being asleep between 1 and 1:15. Last night was no exception, especially since I’d been up extra early yesterday to make breakfast for my friend who was visiting. Abi and I were both tired, and we didn’t bother setting an alarm. As such, it was after 10 when we woke up, and it felt amazing to be fully rested again!Spiritual health is even more important than physical health, so I spent some time reading the Bible this morning before heading to the gym (that’s part of my normal routine anyway, but I’d neglected to mention it so far on this blog). Abi went with me again, and we had a great time. I ended up on the … Keep reading!

Not necessarily healthy, but definitely tasty

I have no problem admitting I like bacon and eggs. And I have a two-burner cast-iron griddle that brings out extra deliciousness when I use it to fry my bacon. A lot of times I will make my eggs on the griddle after the bacon is done, and a lot of grease gets into the eggs, but it’s bacon-flavored, and I like it.However, I recently discovered another use for the grease. Twice now I’ve made my own kettle chips, and they are fantastic. Here’s what I do. I wash, and sometimes peel, a few potatoes, then slice them thin. Fry up the bacon, and keep the grease. I put the slices on the griddle where the grease is the deepest (whether it’s the burners or the stove itself, the grease always pools on one side of the griddle). I leave the slices in the grease for a while, then flip … Keep reading!

To the gym once more!

It’s funny how being all sweaty in a gym is a great feeling while being all sweaty while sitting at home just stinks. As with most things in life, context is so important. I don’t mind sweating as long as it’s in the proper context, like working out.I had an exercise partner today. Abi went along with me and we both hit the treadmill for 30 minutes. Granted, Abi doesn’t need to lose weight, but we both need to be more active. Going by treadmill numbers, I walked and jogged for a total of 2 miles again. I was a bit stiff and sore from yesterday, but loosened up after just a few minutes. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it tomorrow due to some errands, and Friday I might not make it as we’ll be having company staying over Thursday night, but two days of rest wouldn’t necessarily … Keep reading!

Sweet, sweet exercise

Yesterday I signed up at Planet Fitness, one of several gyms in the area. I’ll freely admit, I picked it because it offers the cheapest rate. The plan I signed up for is $19.99/month with an annual fee of $39.99. The reason I picked this plan over their still-cheaper plan of $10.00/month and annual fee of $29.99 is because I can bring one guest with me every time I go. Abi might not go with me all of the time, but it’s nice to have the option available. Also, if company comes to visit and they want to get some exercise in while they’re here, I’ve got them covered.Today, then, I went for the first time. For now, I’m only planning on using the treadmill, maybe the elliptical and/or bike. I realize that strength training is an important part of overall fitness, but my main goal is simply to reintroduce … Keep reading!

Ups and Downs

It’s hard to believe it’s been over a month since I last posted here. In that time, some things have changed, others haven’t, and in both cases, not everything has been for the better.One thing that hasn’t changed is my sweet tooth. Man oh man, do I like sugar and all things associated with it! My particular weakness is soda (or pop, depending on where you are and how you grew up). Thankfully I haven’t been hassling with Mountain Dew for quite a while, but other varieties still call out to me. No, seriously, they’re speaking to me and are mad when I don’t pick them as my beverage. It’s really quite scary sometimes.On a more positive note, my flexibility is improving, thanks in large part to the work at physical therapy. I can now bend over at the waist and come just a few short inches from touching my … Keep reading!

Beer Cheese Soup

With Abi being sick, I’ve had to do the cooking. Thankfully, it’s something I enjoy. And I’m great at making terrible-for-you food. My staple breakfast menu is bacon and eggs, with either toast or some sort of potato on the side. MMMmmmMMM! There’s nothing wrong with that menu…until you eat half a package of bacon, half a dozen eggs, three potatoes or four slices of toast, and then watch movies for six-twelve solid hours. Of course, breakfasts like that don’t happen every day, or even every week; once a month, at most.Just like last night’s meal, Beer Cheese Soup. This is the fist time I’ve made it in probably three years. Enough to get my fix and move on. Granted, I couldn’t find a single 12 oz can or bottle of beer for purchase at the store, so I bought a single 24 oz can, and since that’s twice what … Keep reading!

Physical Therapy

I had my four-week follow-up appointment at the orthopedist’s office yesterday. In the time between visits, I’ve improved 85-95%, at least in how I feel. No surprise (to me, at least; others with a less optimistic view of traditional medicine might be surprised), he didn’t recommend surgery, the verdict I was wanting. What he did recommend was physical therapy, and I had my first appointment yesterday afternoon.First of all, I didn’t realize that PT was something a doctor could actually prescribe. I guess you learn something new every day. And second, PT is expensive. I’m going to PhysioTherapy Associates, which must be affiliated in some way with Mercy Hospital. It’s $100/session and the therapist wants to meet three times a week for three weeks. Thankfully I can pay half the cost per week and be billed for the rest, which should get us through until our taxes are finished.My lower back … Keep reading!