ten in ’10: week 1

by Patricia on January 10, 2010 · 11 comments

Rancho - Farm Bypass

This was my first full week of exercise in a long time, and I’m happy to report I survived. My legs did not fall off, and my head did not explode. Sometimes I worry about these things… I mean, you never know.

I didn’t lose much weight (only half a pound), but I’m focused on getting in shape right now. Sometimes you have to get in shape before you can really burn it off or to say it simply: more muscle = more fat burning power. This week, I did three run/walks and went to two spin classes. And as a bonus, Dan and I went on a 2.5 hour hike yesterday… and now my butt is sore (so many hills). At first, my lungs burned as I ran up the hills, but I did it in intervals of 3 minutes running and 1 minute walking so even though I was huffing and puffing I knew I had a break coming soon. That plus some good music made it easier. And by the third run this week, I wasn’t huffing or puffing as much and my feet felt lighter.

In the upcoming week I plan to repeat the running and spin classes from this week and add a little bit of strength training to start toning up my wobbly arm flaps.

Rancho - Farm Bypass

I had forgotten how good exercise can make improve your mental fitness as well. My mood was much improved all week. I laughed more and smiled more. And my brain fog started to clear. I even felt myself standing taller. And with the extra energy, I decluttered most of my apartment.

How do you feel when you exercise?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brit Hammer January 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

I have to thank you for this. My goal was to go power walking for 30 minutes 5x each week. It felt so good (almost addictive) that I walked 40 minutes 6x this week (in freezing temps; it was flurrying w/occasional strong wind gusts) and actually was so pumped I climbed stairs when I got back. On 2 days I got up to the 7th floor before climbing down…and yesterday to the 9th! I’m starting to understand the runner’s high – I found I got a natural buzz at the 20 minute mark when the endorphins kicked in, as I went charging up the incline of our beautiful Erasmus Bridge. Fantastic!

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2 Patricia January 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Well done! The elusive runner’s high is a great thing if you can find it. And as you’ve seen, it isn’t just for runners. I get it from spinning as well. And sometimes it just takes pushing that extra little bit to find it.
I’m so glad you’re joining me on this. It’s finally sinking in for me how much our body and minds are connected (including creativity)… I find when I get up and move my mind expands and those fuzzy edges around some thoughts get clearer. Anyway… exercise is good :)

3 Veronica January 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Girl, you’re kickin butt! I feel the same way when I excercise, but for some reason I never want to do it, despite how wonderful I feel during it. I joined sparkpeople.com to keep track of my calories and lost 3.4 lbs. last week but haven’t kicked off the excercise much. I need to find out about this 10 in 10–maybe that would help.

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4 Patricia January 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I should look at sparkpeople.com. I’m really bad about tracking things though. I start out strong for a week or two and then I fall back into my normal disorganized life. I like the idea of being organized and scheduled but in practice can’t seem to stick to it . Is sparkpeople easy to use?

5 Veronica January 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm

OK, I just looked up that challenge and joined! Thanks for telling us about it–it’s a wonderful idea. I’m also going to join their group on sparkpeople since I’m already a member. Yea!

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6 Patricia January 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I’m so glad you joined! I look forward to hearing your progress reports as well :)

7 Dan January 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Nice pics – two of my very favorite trails!

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8 Patricia January 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

The iphone photos came out okay, but I still want to go back with a real camera to get some pics of the trails to do them justice :)

9 damaris January 11, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I feel great. today I went to the gym and read a book while I ran (barely walked) on the treadmill. I didn’t even break a sweat but after staying home ALL day with a 3 year old and a 3 month old it felt so good to kindda exercise.

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10 Patricia January 12, 2010 at 8:48 am

I think any kind of movement is good. And getting out of the house… I sometimes have to force myself to go outside but I always feel better when I do.

11 PAPERFASHION February 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog tonight… and this post gave me so much motivation! This past year I’ve completely lost track of my health… I’m only 24, but it’s really catching up to me. Sometimes I forget how much better I can feel if I make time for exercising… so thanks for this post- it’s giving me that push!! I’m starting tomorrow morning :) – p.s. beautiful blog!

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