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!

Workout Recap: Jan Week 4

This week, my climbing buddies are on vacation and I tend to be lazy when they aren’t here…so I pushed myself to boulder without them. Then I could work on my own little problems on the wall.

Since it’s my last week before going off to Hong Kong for vacation, I tried to up my workouts. I’m bringing my running shoes so I can do a little something while I’m away. If I can’t climb, I can still run, no?

This week’s workouts:

  • Monday: top roping for 2 hrs (10 climbs at 5.9- 5.10d levels)
  • Tuesday: P90X Plyometrics (half program – 30 minutes)
  • Wednesday: bouldering for 1 hr (v0,v1)
  • Thursday:
  • Friday:

Next week, I’m hoping to run at least 3-4 times during my vacation. I’ll be walking significantly more than I usually do, but there’s nothing like a good workout to make you feel energized. It’s gonna be exciting!

Why I Run

I was never a good runner.

When I was young, I was decent at sprinting…fast at short distances but I never could get a good mile time. I joined several sports over the years and they always required running at least a mile before practice. I hated it and I would walk half of it…being one of the last to arrive.

Fast forward to college, I started enjoying running when I started playing taiko. We ran a mile before every practice and with this habit for 3 years, I built up my endurance. At one point, I ran 3 miles in one session during one stressful week to release some tension. But like all things, it slowly cycled out.

Recently, I started running again. My boyfriend started training with his friends so that they could run a marathon by the end of the year. He asked me to join and I thought it was impossible. But with some training…maybe it is possible.

So I started jogging.

My starting baseline?

2 miles with 2 walking breaks. At the end of the first day, I felt light headed and achy…running on an empty stomach is not a good decision. But at least I know that I could run a 5K with minimal training. It’s not the best start, but it’s a start.

Current Goal: Run a 10K by beginning of April.

Workout Recap: Jan Week 3

This week, I really wanted to add cardio into my workouts. It’s been a long time since I went jogging but I started it up again and it was so worth it! I’m pretty slow right now but the goal is to get to a comfortable 5 miles in the next few months.

This week’s workouts:

  • Monday: top roping for 2.3 hrs (11 climbs at 5.10b)
  • Tuesday: top roping for 1.5 hrs (10 climbs, 5.10a/5.10b)
  • Wednesday: jogging for 25 mins (2 miles) and 50 squats
  • Thursday: bouldering for 15 mins (V0, v1) and top roping for 1 hr
  • Sunday: jogging for 25 mins (2 miles)

I’m hoping for a similar workout schedule next week but I’ll have to really push myself since my usual climbing buddies are on vacation. So I’ll be bouldering instead of top roping which will give me a chance to break in my new climbing shoes. My heel kept slipping out of the older pair and it’s starting to make my climbs a little sloppy. Hopefully, these new shoes will improve my climbs as much as bouldering should improve my strength and problem-solving skills.

I”ll be on a vacation of my own soon, so I have to increase the intensity next week.

Three Months Until Certain Death

I signed up for Tough Mudder Norcal last night.

For the past couple months, I haven’t been completely idle, but a jog here and some yoga there isn’t exactly the best way to stay in shape. Spurred by my friend’s overzealous participation in the LA Marathon, Century Ride, Tough Mudder, etc. it’s given me a kick in the pants I sorely needed to get back in shape.

So for the next few months, I’ll be “in training.”

Today, was the first solo run in a long time…2.97 miles according to Nike+. It wasn’t my best run and I have a mile long list of excuses but there are several things to keep in  mind for next time as I train for the Tough Mudder.

  • No cotton sweatshirts (too heavy and warm)
  • Need a strap to keep my iPhone from bouncing around
  • Get used to cold showers – the colder the better
  • A glass of chocolate milk after a run is good for the body
Goals by the end of the month:
  • Run 5 miles continuously
  • Get started on swimming – at least two laps
  • Complete 100 push-ups in one session
  • Do P90X sessions to build strength
I’m in it to win it.

Weekly Update I

From now on, I’ll do personal weekly updates about my food and exercise plan.

I went to the dentist and I had no bad news, but a couple words of advice. I got to floss more…but doesn’t everyone?

This week, I went traveling and I decided to put a short hiatus on P90X. I brought the resistance bands and the videos with me hoping to still exercise for the week. It was quite a challenge to fit the workouts in when I wasn’t even sure of my schedule. Twice, I was interrupted in the middle of the hour-long workout…and embarrassed at being caught all sweaty and gross, I decided to let my body take a break.

So for exercise, I took three 20 minute jogs with a friend as they wanted to start working out. I did Ab Ripper X on my own three times this week. And that’s about the extent of my workouts. It was very light and easy so my body didn’t complain.

When it comes to food, I ate whatever everyone else was having. There were a lot of celebrations to be had, so it felt like a week of celebratory dinners. Steak, seafood, and Chinese delicacies were all part of the menu. I enjoyed it all and I probably pigged out more than I should have, but it was so good! Rarely do I get to eat this much “expensive” food in one week. Also, I snacked a lot this week and they weren’t all healthy: almonds, lemon wafers, chips, bananas, etc.

Yes I ate a lot, but everything wasn’t unhealthy. I had a lot of steamed veggies, steamed fish, rice porridge, and homemade clear broth soups. I guess it all balances out in the end…and I feel good.

Here’s a quick recap of some of the food I had this week:

It’s gonna be a bumpy ride for April because I’ll be resuming P90X for about five days and then break for five days while my cousin is visiting. After that, I’ll be back on track and hopefully, I won’t have any more interruptions. I originally wanted to stick to the 90 day plan, but life isn’t always perfect and there are times when you have to change the plan to fit reality. As long as I keep going, I think I’ll see positive results and it’s not like a couple of days will undo several weeks of P90X.

So here’s to the upcoming five day P90X workout session! May it be fun, enjoyable, and effective! =)