• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 123 (Setting Mini-Goals)

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    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  2.00 miles;  Running Total: 34.05 miles)

    Day 123 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    I’ve been struggling with setting fitness goals now that I’m on a three week cycle of chemo. It’s difficult to set any long term goals right now.

    I can’t, say, start training for a marathon six months from now.  I’ve trained for long distance races before and I know the toll training takes on my body.  I think my body is going through quite enough right now without adding in the stress of a long distance race.

    Instead I’m setting mini-goals.

    If this cycle is any indication of the future I’ll be down for a week each time I receive infusion. The further I get from infusion the better I feel, so that leaves two weeks of feeling pretty good.

    My plan for this cycle of chemo is to run/walk/bike/elliptical twenty miles by the time I go back for infusion again. If I break that up into daily goals, this is totally manageable.

    I’d also like to work on some gentle strength training during this cycle, so I selected three strength training moves. Each day I’ll do three sets (ten repetitions per set) of one move. The next day I’ll select the second move and do three sets of that move. The third day I’ll do the third move. Then I’ll start the cycle over again.

    I’m not a huge fan of strength training. I don’t have the patience to do it for thirty minutes at a time. I prefer cardio work over strength training any day, but I understand how necessary strength training is to maintain or improve fitness levels.

    If I commit to doing one strength training move for five to ten minutes per day and turn it into a daily habit then I’ll follow through on this goal.

    I also gave myself a stretch goal. That is, I set a goal I really have to work for.

    I’m terrible about stretching after working out. So for this cycle my stretch goal is (ha!) to stretch. I’m not doing anything fancy. Just taking five minutes or so after working out to stretch the muscles I’ve worked.

    Today’s silver lining: I’m happy to have found a work around for setting fitness goals.

    This way I still feel like I’m moving forward with making healthy lifestyle choices.

    Today’s silver lining:

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.

    xoxo,
    Meghan

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3 Responsesso far.

  1. Tina Smith says:

    I need to start doing strength exercises. I have no idea where to start. I guess google is a good place….

    • Meghan says:

      I am no expert, but here’s what I know of strength training.

      If you’re looking for a good place to start, identify what areas you want to strengthen (arms, hamstrings, hips, quadriceps) and look for some simple body weight exercises that you can incorporate into your fitness routine.

      I’m a fan of using my own body weight for strength training. I rarely find myself with a set of dumbbells or a kettle ball. Using my own body weight is timely and efficient because everywhere I go, I happen to have my body with me (I bet you do, too).

      It also helps to identify *why* you want to do strength training. I want to do strength training because it helps prevent running injuries (it also helps me fit into a bathing suit, but that’s just a side bonus). Identifying the *why* helps narrow down the types of strength training moves you’ll need to focus on. A body builder is going to have different strength training routine than a runner because they are pursuing different fitness goals.

      Hope that helps!

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