Kickin JennyV's Pig

Jumping on the "Kick The Pig" wagon. Mostly it's about losing weight, but really it's about living a healthier lifestyle.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Still At It

Still running. Yesterday we had a date that interfered with my workout routine, but that was fine. I ran today instead, which is good because tomorrow I'm going to be out of town so I won't get my usual exercise.

So today I did stretches then a 5 minute brisk walk warm-up, then a 25 minute run and tried to increase my speed for the last 5 minutes. Then a 5 minute cool down walk followed by more stretching. THEN - I went to milk cows and did about 60+ squats I'd say. I feel pretty good.

So there you have it... I'm still running. Can you believe it?!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


This totally stinks!!!! Since March of this year my cholesterol has increase 10 points!!!! TEN!!!! What the heck!!!! I have switched to whole grain everything, little or no butter, No-Fat cream, trying to stick with lean meats, and increased veggies and fruit. I'm so annoyed. I know what it is... it's the salads that come with french fries and the bleu cheese dressing! DRAT!!! I think I may have to revise again.

I am to see my doctor next week and I HOPE I still have more time to redeem myself. She's been threatening to put me on cholesterol meds for a year now and I've been trying to avoid that. I thought that exercise might in some way give a little boost in my efforts, but I guess not. Double Drat!

On the flip side... my glucose was normal as was my triglycerides. It's just my cholesterol (and notably the bad kind) that is increasing my risk of heart disease.

I'm so annoyed!


Still At It

So I may have been lost, but not forgotten. No worries... I've still been riding the roller coaster of running life. I was doing so well with consistency there for a while and then something sent me sailing in another direction. I was house-sitting for a friend, who (lucky for me) had a treadmill and weights that I could use. I seemed to be side-tracked by my work last week and so I fell off the wagon again. This is not new to me. I've chased the wagon many many times. You know - when you are chasing it, it is hard to find the energy to catch up and the umph to jump on... but alas I did it! I jumped on the wagon tonight. I hit the treadmill running. Well - seriously I did a warm-up walk tonight and then I ran for 25 minutes. I also did a 5 minute brisk walk cool-down followed by some stretches and a few reps with the dumb bells.

Let me say... it was somewhat hard. I prayed 90% of the time because God is my work-out partner and he loves to motivate me. It works people!!! I love it!

Have I told you how much I love my MP3 player? I do. It's just little and holds more than enough songs for my exercise routine. I do need to rearrange the music to be in a better order, but none the less... they are there! I want to find some more good tunes for exercise. Some of the ones I downloaded don't have the right beat so I skip over them until cool-down.

So there you have it - I'm still running. I'd like to be running for 35 minutes by now, but I will be there in no time. Had I kept up a little better, I would be there by now. I'm not in a race though. I'm just glad to be committed to running - PERIOD. I haven't decided on a 5K yet. I was hoping to do one next month. I'd like to try a dry run at the park first - but we shall see. I have some busy weekends ahead, so I best not make too many more plans. I don't want to set myself up for failure.


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Couch to 5K Training Week 7 Day 3

Disclaimer - today was NOT a good day physically speaking.

I stretched. I lifted some weights (squats and some upper body). I ran 25 minutes after a 5 minute warm-up and then had a 5 minute cool down with more stretches. Can I just say... today was hard.

Why was it easy 2 days ago and hard today? I'm thinking it has everything to do with humidity. Can that be right?

Do you eat or drink anything before a workout? How long before? I had some chick-peas and a serving of Triscuits for dinner about 2 hours before I ran. I had heartburn before my feet even hit the treadmill. Hmmmm.... I'm hoping this passes and that my next session is upbeat.

None the less... I have fulfilled the prescribed workout for my training.


Monday, September 03, 2007

Wait a sec... I'm getting lost

I'm losing track of where I'm at on this journey. I THINK I'm on Week 7 Day 1. Is that right? Maybe. That's what I'm going with. How the heck have I made it this far???? I'm AMAZED!!! Even when I used to run years ago, I would only run a mile and call it a day.

So this week I'm supposed to run 25 minutes on days #1, #3, and #5. This is in addition to a 5 minute brisk warm-up walk and a 5 minute cool down. My sources tell me that running at a moderate pace for 25 minutes is about 2 1/2 miles. Can I really run that long/far????

I DID IT!!! I'm in awe!!! Plus lots of stretches and some weights. And the best part is... I felt like I could keep going! I'm so pumped! And I'm sweaty. Off to the shower! I know... TMI... But can I just say... Wahoo!!!