Operation Get Moving: Day 40 Results!

My 40 day Operation Get Moving challenge is finished and what a learning process!

For the last week, I ran 3 times for about 2-2.5 miles each and I went rock climbing once. I’m getting better at running more consistently and building my endurance. As for rock climbing, we’re starting to get more into lead climbing v. top roping, but it’s way more challenging since it feels like we’re starting all over again. For top roping, I can climb about 5.10c/5.10d routes and for lead, I climb5.9/ 5.10a ones. Hopefully, I’ll improve more as the weeks go by.

Overall, I kept up my rock climbing schedule and added a few other events in between like hiking, jogging, and P90X Kenpo. Getting 3 workouts in a week isn’t too difficult since I only require 30 minutes of exercise to count and rock climbing usually takes up 2 of the workouts.

Here’s the workout breakdown:

  • Week 1: 3 workouts
  • Week 2: 4 workouts
  • Week 3: 0 workouts
  • Week 4: 2 workouts
  • Week 5: 4 workouts
  • Week 6: 4 workouts

Total: 17 workouts in 6 weeks

If I average it out,  it’s almost 3 days a week of workouts. I’m short one day, so I didn’t succeed 100% but that’s pretty darn close! Since I went on vacation during Week 3, I think the sightseeing made up for the lack of regular exercise anyway. This first phase of Operation Get Moving is to get by body used to having a regular exercise schedule.

The next round is to pick up the pace and really start getting some results. For the next 40 days , I’ll try to complete 4 workouts a week. I’m hoping to improve my cardiovascular system and build endurance. So far, I can run about 2 miles but I can be better. By the end of the next challenge, I hope I can run a 5K without taking a break to walk it out.

As for body changes, there wasn’t a significant difference but I didn’t expect it to change soon. Perhaps after the next round there might be something more noticeable. Here’s to the start of another round to GET MOVING!

My short term and long term goals

  • Have a regular exercise schedule
  • Finish lead climbing class and climb outdoors
  • Finish this 40 day challenge – 2 times this year (finished once)
  • Be able to run a half marathon by Dec 2013
  • Slim and tone body, reach goal weight (lose 5-10 lbs)

Current Stats

  • Height: 61″
  • Weight: 109.2 lbs (gained 0.5 lbs)
  • BMI: 20.6 (normal-increased 0.1)
  • Blood pressure: 106/63 (low normal)
  • Bust: 31″
  • Waist: 25″ (decreased by 1″)
  • Hips: 34″
  • Arm: 10″
  • Thigh: 18″
  • Calf: 13″
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Operation Get Moving: Day 34

planet granite lead belay rock climbing

It’s been almost 3 weeks since the last update but that doesn’t mean I’ve been slowing down!

The first week, I didn’t workout at all since I was recovering from my travels in San Diego and my friends were out of town. The second week, I spend one day rock climbing and another day, I went jogging for 3 miles. Then last week, I tried to pick up the slack by doing 4 workouts in one week.

I passed my lead climbing certification test so since then, I spent 4 days rock climbing: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

Today, I went jogging for 2 miles instead of rock climbing. I do want to improve my cardio exercises so I’m really trying to go running more often. I’m not that great, but every time I’m out there, I get better. So there’s plenty of room for improvement.

Only 6 more days until the end of the 40 day Operation Get Moving Challenge! The results will come in on June 17!

Operation Get Moving: Day 14

san francisco sutro baths

It has been one hectic week but very successful in terms of the challenge.

My friends and I went rock climbing on Tuesday to prep for our lead class on Thursday. We completed our lead class and had a blast learning how to fall and catch lead climbers. All we need now is to get certified with a lead climbing test which we’ll probably take within the next 2 weeks.

Over the weekend, my boyfriend came to visit so we had a rock climbing double date in San Francisco. I practiced a couple techniques on the bouldering wall and learned to reverse flag, lay back, and mantle. Whenever I get a chance to climb with a more experienced climber, I always try to learn new things so I can get better. A little instruction goes a long way.

On Sunday, to take advantage of the nice weather, I went hiking in SF. We took the trail from the Cliff House Sutro Baths area to the Land’s End labyrinth. It was a pretty short hike but we wandered around the area for about 2 hours looking for wildflowers, bouldering opportunities, and views of the Golden Gate bridge.

That’s 4 workouts this week…gotta keep up the momentum!

Week 2: COMPLETE!

Operation Get Moving: Day 7

Yesterday, my two friends and I took our first lead climbing class.

It was a 3 hour class where we learned about basic gear, maintenance, and how to properly belay and lead climb. Although there wasn’t much climbing involved, it was more strength intensive than I realized. Shoveling rope as a belayer takes more work than you’d think and we learned how to do the “belayer dance” when watching the lead climber clip in. As lead climbers, we spent a lot of time hanging on the wall figuring out neutral and flagging positions which would make clipping in…easier. A lot easier. Plus, when you’re learning, you go down two grades…so if you usually climb 5.10b, you’ll start at 5.9 as a lead climber.

It was really important that we avoided backclipping, z-clipping,and skipping a clip because those things could lead to safety issues and an automatic fail for the lead certification test. So we definitely practiced various ways of clipping in and recognizing what a proper clip in looks like. By the end of the class, not only did I feel more knowledgeable, but a better climber for it.

For week 1 of Operation Get Moving, it looks like success!

3 workouts in 1 week: COMPLETE!

Operation Get Moving: Day 5

On a fairly foggy evening, my friends and I went to the rock gym on a Friday night.

We went through a few tough routes and prepped for our upcoming lead climbing class. When I look back on our experiences, it’s quite amazing how far we’ve come in less than a year! I started doing 5.7 routes with hesitation but now I’m up for 5.11b challenges. Every route is a chance to solve a problem and though we may not get to the top cleanly, we can always try again and improve our technique.

When it comes to exercise, you have to enjoy what you do so you’ll want to keep a regular workout schedule. With rock climbing, I love it and I have a good community of climbers to keep me accountable. If my friends can’t make it, I can bring co-workers or I can always ask for a belay partner at the rock gym. If I wanna work on  my own problems, I can boulder on my own without needing a partner at all. This activity provides enough flexibility to be as intense or as social as I want to be.

Not only does rock climbing provide a valuable social network, but it gives me goals. When I’m there, I can work on improving my skill set, work on harder grade climbs, try new features (like crack climbing, slack lining, and lead climbing). There is always something to try at the rock gym and it keeps me entertained and always pushing me to become a better climber.

Plus, I’m inspired by the people I meet at the rock gym. There are some veteran climbers who can relay their experiences going outdoors. They are so humble and friendly and filled with so much knowledge, I’d love to pick their brains on the really tough climbs they do that I can’t yet.

It all boils down to this…do what you love and exercising won’t feel like a chore.

Operation Get Moving: Day 1

shoes

I always get excited about challenges. It gives me a goal and something to work towards. Even though I am not often successful, as long as I keep going, then it’s a good experience. I’m pretty good about what I eat but when it comes to exercise, I tend to be more lax.

For the past 9 months, I have gotten into rock climbing and I love it. I aim to go twice a week, but I don’t always follow through. Plus, I need to add a little cardio into my routine. So, I gotta bump it up.

For the next 40 days, I’m going to work out 3 days a week (at least). It doesn’t matter what I do as long as I keep moving for 30 minutes of more. I’m keeping track via GymPact and Runkeeper.

My short term and long term goals

  • Have a regular exercise schedule
  • Finish lead climbing class and climb outdoors
  • Finish this 40 day challenge – 2 times this year
  • Be able to run a half marathon by Dec 2013
  • Slim and tone body, reach goal weight (lose 5-10 lbs)

So for the first day of Operation Get Moving, I did finished the hour long P90X Kenpo program. It was fairly easy and it kept my heart rate up. I have no martial arts training so my technique is absolutely horrible but I’m only doing it for the cardio. As long as you’re moving, you’re doing something. Even though it’s not a perfect program, it does the job of getting me off the couch and into the “workout” zone.

Beginning Stats

  • Height: 61″
  • Weight: 108.7 lbs
  • BMI: 20.5 (normal)
  • Blood pressure: 106/63 (low normal)
  • Bust: 31″
  • Waist: 26″
  • Hips: 34″
  • Arm: 10″
  • Thigh: 18″
  • Calf: 13″

If you have your own challenge or workout schedule, let me know what you do to stay fit and let’s motivate, inspire, and encourage each other! 🙂

Excuses, Excuses

There will always come those days when you just don’t feel like working out.

You’re tired, you’re sore, and you’re just not “in” it.

But that’s when the true test comes in…that’s what separates the serious people from the ones who always fail. The ones who cycle every year to keep up with their programs. Right now is the first big test.

Some have barely squeaked by January to fulfill their New Year’s Resolutions. A few kept on because they wanted to look good for Valentine’s Day. But what’s the next goal to keep going for March?

What’s to stop you from sitting on the couch and waste away all your hard earned muscle tone? It’s only the beginning and there’s still miles to go.

So stop making excuses and get out there.