Wednesday, May 30, 2012

maybe some improvement...

if not, here's a record to compare to future improvement.

nothing like Miss Hot Pants:
I'm feeling pretty tired...maybe pms'ing. {smh}

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Disgusted. Almost a month and no change at all.  I bought  bunch of clothes at Salvation Army, the Mission & Camille's and nothing fits. Almost nothing. Argh.
What changes have I already made, what more am I willing to make, where am I failing??  What else can I do...
I drink exclusively water now. On May 7 I began running again (shuffling!) and completed 3.31 miles in an hour.  I've worked out amost every day since then, or about 5x per week, and am around 4 miles in an hour in a little under a month.
One thing I can't do is give up.
In a perfect world, I want to get down to 125# and size 5.
In an acceptable world, 160# and size 10 would make me happy and that's my goal, plus the 5 miles in an hour, by the end of August.
Someday! Tummy tuck & breast reduction.
If I can stop eating after 6pm 5 nights a week, that will be an improvement. Maybe I'll go for that for now, and dessert night will be Saturday, like at Kripalu.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Deer Leap completed!

Proof. This morning I rode 10.5 miles on the bike in 50 minutes; allergies were awful and there were two dead chipmunks.
Then I came home, took some allergy meds, and headed out with Kato to hike Deer Leap.  I don't know if I'd call it "easy" was a lot of uphill and mostly rock and because I kept Kato on lead, because it was crowded, he pulled me the whole time. No, no!
It was quite a beautiful hike though and I'm glad I did it.  Wish James had joined me.

Next up: Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail, starting in Castleton.
So pleased that Pippy is here and that she went to the gym with me...I realized pretty quickly that it would be quite ridiculous to compete against her.  I'll never be 23 years younger than I am.  But I can compete against myself, and keep pushing to be my own personal 44-year-old best.  In that vein, I completed 4 miles in an hour (which I think is the recommended speed for WALKING, lol). Nevertheless, there were many sprints in there and incline speed walking. So I felt pretty good.

The best part was thinking about how lucky I am to have Pip for my best friend.  So blessed that she is willing to travel hours to come spend some time with her Momma; and comparing it (ugh! can't help it!) to my relationship with my own mom, which mostly consists of eating and drinking, have to believe that I haven't failed completely. When Erin and I are together, we run, hike, kayak, and snuggle. And she's 21...that age when she's supposed to be done with me.

Friday, May 25, 2012


I went into the gym today feeling really strong, even though I did a bunch of exercise yesterday + didn't sleep well last night.  I wound up walking-jogging-running 3.85 miles in an hour. I enjoyed this blissful sensation of my legs being so strong and light, of feeling like I could run forever. The sweating didn't bother me at all. I'm feeling happy because in just a few weeks I've gone from doing nothing to doing a lot.  I believe I absolutely can and will get to five miles by August 31.  For the month of June, I'm going to focus on four miles in an hour, and making more of it running and less of it walking. :-)

I think I will participate in this.

by the numbers...

I get such a kick out of numbers and maths...,so just for the heck of it...I've completed 13 workouts in 17 days (since I began early in May) (huh, i thought it was more)...and in those 13 workouts I've completed 51.64 miles (that's walking, running & biking)...that's just a little under 4 miles per, on average. I can still do a LOT more. Then maybe I will see some results. :-)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Today I lifted weights for 30 minutes, biked 7.7 miles in 40 minutes, and hiked the New Boston trail as far as the Logan shelter, with the dogs, in 45 minutes.
I want to join the Green Mountain Club with the hope of eventually hiking the entire Long Trail & maybe someday! even working on the LT.
These are the hikes I have done since moving to Vermont in Feb of 2008, besides an assortment of shorter unnamed wanderings...
Griffith Lake (the long hike, 6 miles on way)
Prospect Rock (really beautiful, I went without a camera.)
Freedley Quarry (ah, back in the day!! camped there in the SNOW!)
Lye Brook Waterfall (first major hike to a waterfall after Cam's 2006 fall...I was alarmed the whole time)
White Rocks (never could find the ice caves...)
Whoops, I also hiked the Bald Mountain Trail with Kato (in a poor choice of footwear)...
Hapgood Pond (the loop around the pond itself) &
Rocky Pond, at Pine Hills, with Malaina... :-)
I'd like to do a lot more hiking.
The two hikes I absolutely WILL do, come hell or high water, are Deer Leap & I really want to hike clear over Mt. Aeolus, from East Dorset to Dorset, and then bike back around through Manchester to my truck, which I will have left in East Dorset.  There are a few different trails that lead over Mt. Aeolus, and, given my notoriously poor sense of direction, I will need to have a hand-held GPS before I attempt that hike.
I also want to do Mt Equinox, which I have previously done parts of...

I am a girl on the go...stoked to do EVERYTHING!!!

so happy that Pippy posted! :-)
I'm going to order Eat Clean next time I have some extra cash.
Well. I am posting Meem!

Power walked down Beach Ln, Dune Rd and back up the opposing bridge yesterday.
Feeling frusterated that after a month of running I see no change in my legs.ugh.
Trying this power walking idea instead of giving up, which is what I usually do when I feel like working out isn't paying off.

Oh, and can't stay away from bread-like products lately, since I have also deprived myself of all the foods I love for a month without seeing results.

What am I doing wrong:   : /

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Last night's run was interrupted not once but TWICE by a blown fuse, apparently...aggravating.
Today, a hike with Malaina, trying again to run at the gym, and maybe Boot Camp

Monday, May 21, 2012

well looks like i'm going to be the only one posting here. :-/
This morning, 45 minutes of weights...i LOVE lifting weights. :-) Then off to the gym, 3.5 miles in an hour. Mostly walking but I did run 3/4 of a mile. That's a first worth celebrating.
Today interested in this:
Boot Camp!
We'll need a second vehicle for that to happen.
I would like to link to the Vermont Sun Triathlon Series, but every time I try, the link locks up. So. You can google it if you're interested. MAYBE i could be ready for the August Tri, or else just plan for next year.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


3 miles today in 45 min, I think. Definitely 2 miles in 30 min. Getting faster. :-)
then about 45 min of Nia dance class, which i was about zero interested in...gave it about 10% effort. :-(

Friday, May 18, 2012

Not a great week for working out but next week will be better.

edit: 3.3 miles in 52 minutes. Felt great. :-)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I went to the gym this evening. I'm not normally an evening exerciser but Pippy is inspiring me, despite her lack of posts.
So I was totally jamming, running faster than usual, sweating my ass off, feeling strong, at 2.75 miles/40 minutes and then what? The flipping treadmill cut off. Dang. Not worth it to go to another TM for the last quarter mile.
Came home to some sad new, cried a bit...Gotta pump things up for next week. But I'm psyched to see a bunch of pals this week. :-)

Monday, May 14, 2012

I was pretty tired this morning. Got up, drank coffee, wrote, and then went back to sleep. ?!?
Sooo...then I got up late to take the clients to the gym. :-/
But I got thru 2.5 miles (in 43 minutes, i might as well have been lying down on the treadmill!)
and now back at home. Gonna watch a movie with the old man and then maybe take the dogs for a hike. Maybe.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Plan for the Week:

This is the exercise routine I plan to achieve this week.  No boredom so far since as yet I am still pushing, modifying, increasing, improving.

Sun: one hr Nia dance, 6 mile bike (optional)
Mon: 3 miles run, 6 mile bike (optional)
Tue: one hr yoga, 3 miles run
Wed: 6 mile bike, upper body weights, 3 mile run
Thu: swim (this is new. not sure how far/how long); one hr Nia dance
Fri: 45 min yoga, 3 mile run

Friday, May 11, 2012


woo first blogging experience. (my mother is an expert)

so, yesturday's run was awesome! I almost did not even go out. Standing in my closet looking in the mirror thinking "why the hell not?!"got me out the door. pushed hard and felt great afterwards. Funny thing is that today, the day after, feels better than any other day after. I love to run. Love love. Something about the repetition of my feet on hard ground + panting like a dog + sweat dripping off my face makes me feel totally strong like nothing else ever has.

Summary of the Week

~me after run/walking three miles this morning~

I probably won't be able to work out tomorrow because I "work" from 7am to 4pm.  However maybe I can hike with the dogs in the evening.

So here's what I did this week:
Mon 5.7.12: 3.31 miles/60 min on the treadmill at the gym; bike from home to Stewart's to Washington St and back home...maybe close to a mile.
Tue 5.8.12: 2.3 miles at the gym
Wed 5.9.12: walk Duke 1 mile; hike with Kato & Mesa 40 min; upper body weights 20 min; bike 5.93 miles in 40 min; 2.75 miles/50 min on the treadmill
Thur 5.10.12: Nia dance class 60 min
Fri 5.11.12: 45 min yoga class; 3 miles/50 min treadmill

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I've always set goals for myself that I've failed to achieve. Here is something I'm newly stoked about:
the Spartan Race {an obstacle course, locally 13 miles}...I need to develop a solid training plan for this.
And something I've wanted to complete for oh, about 15 years now:
the Mighty North Fork. Pretty confident that I can do it, if I train all year. I'll have to rent a "real" bike to use, since mine is 25 years old {and well loved}.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Yep, rambunctious, that's us. Welcome to the rabid rumpus of radiant redheads, a mother-n-daughter team, bffs, recording herein our long-distance praxis and progress towards renewal! :-) Silly Momma. 

So today I have done no less than kick my own ass: walk 3 blocks with Duke, 40-minute hike with Kato & Mesa at the Notch, lifting weights for 40 min (primarily arms), and then 2.75 miles on the treadmill (that took a dismal 50 min...I used to run five miles in an hour. Years ago. :-/ )  I'll check the mileage on the Duke walk a little later, maybe. {edited: checked the mileage for Duke's walk: 1 mile!}

Pix & linky-love to come!