Workout Jam of the Day
What Did I Eat Today
Breakfast – Yoplait Lemon Starburt Yogurt, Fresh Black Cherries
Lunch – Chips & Dip (Pueblo Lindo Tortilla Chips Dipped In Fresh Mild Chunky Salsa Mixed w/ Mashed Avocado), Protein2.o +Energy Pomegranate & Blueberry Flavored Water
Snack – Gardein Homestyle Beefless Tips w/ A1 Sauce, Handful Peanuts
Dinner – Stir Fried Rice w/ Vegetables (Green Beans, Broccoli, Onions, Mushrooms, Bell Pepper)
I didn’t have time for arm day yesterday, so I made time for it today, and I’m SO GLAD I did!!! Since I was able to jog 8 minutes on the treadmill yesterday, I decided it was time to shift into phase 2 of reaching my 10 minute mile goal. I had been alternating between power walking and jogging for 15 minutes each day, going past a one mile distance. Now I needed to be able to run for 10 minutes without stopping – and for the very first time in my entire life, I did! It ended up being 0.72 miles at 4.5mph. Now that I have achieved victory of this micro goal, phase 3 will be to start doing 10 minutes every day and slowly increase the speed over time.
When I was a kid, I had asthma. I was scared of using an inhaler and terrified of breathing too heavy in fear of bringing on an attack. This meant endurance was not in my wheelhouse. Even in gym class or when we went on the track for the mile run, I would start jogging then walk after a couple minutes. My last severe asthma attack was at age 11, but it took many years to know that for sure.
Later in life after giving birth, I developed a sort of sleep paralysis/apnea issue that would strike in my sleep, revisiting that feeling of being unable to breath, so that fear still followed me in my workout efforts. I could sleep on my side without a problem, but it would always happen if I slept on my back or chest. I would wake up in the frozen in place, screaming at myself in my mind to breath, but not being able to move or inhale until the last second when I was about to pass out.
A couple years ago, not long after I accepted Christ, that sleep apnea issue vanished. I never saw a doctor or changed anything. It just stopped happening. I don’t know why. Just consider me grateful! Slowly over time I have felt less fear around the concept of losing my breath. I sort of feel like God lifted the last piece of that fear from me yesterday, and suddenly I was just able to keep going knowing I would be ok. I weigh considerably more now than I did at 16 and am much more worn out than I ever was. By the grace of God, at 33 years old, today for the first time ever, I celebrated running for 10 minutes without stopping!
After that, I had such an adrenaline rush from the joy that I literally used every arm machine they had. My plank dropped at 1:15, but it didn’t get me down to have lost a few seconds today. I was really focusing maintaining good form and not squirming too much when it hurt. Last, before leaving I hit the Infrared bed and tried Program 4 with the Viber Beat which says: “A mixed frequency cycle targets specific muscle groups in the legs, abs, arms, and glutes to help tone and tighten muscles. This program provides an energizing workout.”
All that being said, I have more motivation added to the list recently. I currently have two pairs of blue jeans (also a black pair and a bunch of leggins not winter appropriate) that fit me properly right now, and I have managed to wear unrepairable holes into both of them. They’re hidden enough that I can get away with wearing them a few more times. I also own a slew of pants that have been one size too small for me for awhile now, so the goal here is to be able to fit into them before I’m forced to buy new pants in a size that will soon become too big for me! Lol It’s a thin line to walk, but I’m walking it. Pray for me. 🙂