Monday, July 24, 2006

nice workout

I did an open-water swim tonight -- went to the quarry with some people from my Masters' Swim Group (master in this case = post-college age) and swam about 600 yards -- laps back and forth from the diving board to the raft, treading water in between laps. It was nice, the water is a deep blue and very clean and cool. The weather was sunny and hot so it was a relief to jump in.

Earlier today I lifted weights so now I'm in a nice, mellow, tired place. My mind really unkinks itself when I get a good workout in, and I feel what it must be like to be really spiritually evolved, like a Buddha.

Shoulders are a little achy so I might take some ibuprofen.

I'm listening to Energy Anatomy by Caroline Myss (pronounced "mace") on CD when I'm in the car and also reading The Anatomy of the Spirit when I'm not. Both cover similar material -- there are some really interesting ideas about the way we use our spiritual power and how it affects our physical health. I'm really learning a lot from them, though at times I get a little skittish thinking that she's blaming people for getting sick... still trying to figure out how to resolve that.

I'll be curious to see what she has to say about overweight/obesity, though I'm guessing it will turn out to be a 3rd chakra issue -- that's where the belly is, and that chakra also has to do with self-esteem, personal power, and how we relate to people.

P.S. Weigh-in is tomorrow at noon. I feel like I've had a pretty good week:

Points over allowed -- 12 (not great but better than the 28 I had last week)
Set a new goal of eating 3 fruit servings and 4 veggie servings each day and made it most days


  • Tuesday: biked 93 minutes, walked 20
  • Wednesday: ran 20 minutes, lifted weights, walked 25 minutes
  • Thursday: biked 60 minuts, walked 40 minutes
  • Friday: lifted weights
  • Saturday: ran 46 minutes, did 45 minutes of gardening
  • Sunday: biked 60 minutes
  • Monday: lifted weights, swam 60 minutes

We'll have to see what the scale says, but I think I did well.


  1. Jen:
    I hope the scale is in your favor - I don't know why it wouldn't be - based on your activity for the week.

    My favorite time of day: freshly showered after an early evening and very sweaty treadmill walk. I always feel as though I have accomplished something good for me. I like to exercise in the late afternoon (5:30 to 6:00 pm) best, but I think it irriates my husband. He feels I had the whole day to exercise prior to his getting home. Last week I paid my 9 year old son $2.00 per day to watch his 3 year old sister while I worked out in the early afternoon (I have a treadmill at home). He was a big help.

  2. I envy the amount of exercise you are getting yourself to do! I aspire to that but I have yet to get back on the treadmill even though it has been fixed for nearly 2 weeks. I blamed the heat, then Sam (he had an accident), then my period...real events but probably excuses nonetheless.

  3. I am enjoying the exercise right now because the weather is a little cooler and I like getting outside. Other than the weight lifting, all my workouts are outdoors. It will be harder in the winter when there aren't as many options, so I'm hoping to have built up some momentum by then.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07