Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Oh...where to begin? My brain is a swirl and it just doesn't seem to want to land on something specific so I'm just going to roll with it and see where it takes me!
I am in the process of writing a blog post on my other blog about how numbers don't lie because I totaled up my miles this past weekend (I was simply looking for how many miles I have on my running shoes) and it was a little eye opening...and not in a good way! I knew I'd been slacking, but seeing it in ink really highlighted just how much. My average miles each week are about 8-10. I went into this year wanting to PR in the 5k, 10k, and half marathon distances (because, I mean, how freaking cool would it be to PR in every single major race distance in a single year?!?!?) so I wanted to spend the first quarter of the year focused on speed and losing weight. Which I have done close to nothing for on either front. *sigh*
Marathon training and my "diet" start on Monday.
The full moon yesterday was pretty freaking awesome, wasn't it?!? Did you get a chance to check it out...it was SO BRIGHT!
How in the world can it possibly be the middle of April already?!? Easter is SUNDAY for crying out loud...I can't seem to slow the pace down at all and am totally and completely unprepared for the holiday.
It's my oldest son's 26th birthday today!! I don't know how I have a 26 year old when I'm only 36 myself...LOL
Speaking of oldest son, he's in the Air Force and has wanted to be stationed in Japan since he first joined back in 2006. It has been at the top of his preferred locations lists every. single. year. Just for the record he was stationed in Germany the first 3 years and then has been in Los Angeles the rest of the time. Well, yesterday he got his wish - he will be leaving for Japan in June of this year!!! I, of course, have mixed emotions about it because I'm going to really miss him and my DIL while they are gone (3 years)!!! But I'm SO THRILLED for them and this new adventure they get to embark on. Additionally, he is training to do medivac stuff (there's a long complicated name for it that I can never remember even though he's told me five hundred and forty-three times) so he is really excited about that. It will be the first he is actually working on a plane or helicopter even though he's in the Air Force! HA!
So much stuff going on...I'm just trying to ride the roller coaster these days! Eating is decent, workouts are decent, I'm just plugging along! :-)
Sorry for the randomness...it's just where I'm at!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ugh...Aunt Flo...how her little visits do vex me!!!!!
When it comes around to being that time of month the first couple of days I am just exhausted...not just tired...EX.HAUS.TED! Like barely able to summon the energy to breathe, dead tired. So last night after dinner I was so thrilled that we had a night off from babysitting duty so I could go to bed early. And that I did - I was upstairs getting ready by 6 something and was watching TV by 7ish. But that darn Aunt Flo...she also makes me run hot so I woke up around 11 just sweaty and gross. Then the alarm went off like it was supposed to, but I hit snooze, and then I hit snooze again, and again when I realized that oh WHOA it is after 4 and today is Thursday so my Mom and Sis are probably standing on the porch!!! Oopsie...turns out they weren't standing on the porch yet (thankfully my Mom was running late too!) but I still kept them waiting while I ran back upstairs to get dressed.
So then we go out to run and I realize that I hit TUESDAY's workout on the Garmin and I didn't really want to repeat it. I stopped that workout and went to put in today's, but lo and behold, I hadn't sent that one to the device yet. So my tired brain just turned on the recovery workout which is a warm-up, 30 minutes easy pace, and a cool-down. And then I proceeded to pretty much walk the whole thing. I just wasn't into it today and I'm okay with it. I like when I push and get all sweaty and exhausted, but I just didn't have that in me today! :-)
So as you can see, my morning didn't get off to the best start...
But today was my first day adding in a Whey Protein Shake per the Jackie Warner diet I'm doing - I'm still in the 2-week Jump Start phase, but this is one of the things she has you add now to prepare your body for the regular program. I will admit that I was a little scared to buy this stuff because I was so afraid that it was just going to taste disgusting and I would have wasted a not insignificant amount of money on it. (The good news is that I got it on sale at CVS, and then had a $5 ExtraCare Rewards, so it wasn't *too* bad of a price...I think a 2 pound bucket ended up being $15 something). So I got the EAS Whey in Chocolate Flavor and mixed it up this morning with a cup of milk and some ice cubes and it was delicious! And so filling!!! I drank it this morning about 8:00 ish and it kept me fairly full until about 11:00. I had to have a small snack to get me through until lunch though (which reminds me...that still needs to be tracked! hahaha)
So I'm just trying to make it through the day the best I can...I've been hungry this afternoon and am just struggling with not wanting to eat anything that isn't planned. I have my apple staring me down so I think it's about time to eat that bad boy!! :-)
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I had a fairly decent day yesterday...It still had a few bumps and a few "oh, I really didn't need to eat that right now" moments, but it was definitely better than what it has been, so that's the victory for yesterday!!
Today I had a pretty good realization that I'm probably not doing myself any favors by not taking in an energy gel before jumping on the treadmill for harder workouts. Last week during a tempo workout I petered out midway through, and again today. I just didn't have the energy (or perhaps it is the mental fortitude...or a combo of both!! HA!) to keep going through the entire interval. Today it was 10 minutes at threshold pace, immediately followed by 3 minutes at 10k pace and then 2 minutes of recovery for two times total. I was able to make it through the first bunch with a little mental pushing, but during the second threshold interval I just sputtered and ended up walking for a few minutes. I did finish strong, but I really would have been happier if I had hit my targets the entire time.
Then I was driving to work and listening to the Another Mother Runner Podcast (I absolutely, love, love, love this podcast!!!!!!! Sarah and Dimity are just amazing...and lest you think you have to be a "mother" to appreciate it, you most certainly do NOT!) and they were interviewing a gal that works for GU Energy Labs. And the light bulb went off...if I'm going to be asking my body to do progressively harder and/or longer workouts in the mornings, if I don't give it something to burn it probably is going to continue to peter out. D'OH!!!
I've been able to get by all this time because, honestly, I was never pushing all that hard. I would have hard(ish) workouts, but even then most of the time I would cop out before it was over or if I did push through it would leave me feeling completely depleted. I'm probably basically spending the little bit of energy that is stored in my muscles within the first interval and then have nothing but fumes left for each consecutive interval...which explains why I keep petering out!!!!
Seriously, I can't believe it took me this long to make that realization.
So I'm going to start making sure I'm taking in some kind of energy gel before starting a hard workout from here on out and see how that goes...I'm hoping that with proper fueling I can push past the mental blocks of wanting to quit!!
So those of you that workout in the morning, do you eat something before you get started? If yes, what do you eat and does it depend on the type of activity/workout you are doing?
Monday, April 07, 2014
Well, hello, Sparklers!! Happy Monday to ya! I had a fantastic time this weekend recharging with my son & DIL in the local mountain community and we even got in a nice little hike of just over 2 miles! And I saw multiple deer on two occasions! It was pretty cool...and let's just leave it at that and not talk about the gluttony of cruddy food that went down my gullet over the weekend, eh? :-D
What I will talk about is the fact that I'm ready to go this week. My weekend, and the last several weeks, have been less than stellar, but I'm turning that ship around and my getting on track now. I'm actually starting a new "diet" that I am confident is going to get me in a better place. Okay, before you get all nervous about the fact that I'm doing a "diet" I really think it is more along the lines of sensible eating, which is something I have NOT been doing in a really, really (REALLY!!) long time.
I just got done reading Jackie Warner's new book: "This is Why You're Fat | And How to Get Thin Forever" that I purchased on my Nook Book.
Source and Purchasing: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/this-is-why
Let me do a little background for just a moment.
#1: I am a HUGE skeptic when it comes to diet books and such. As a child I think my Mom went on every fad diet imaginable and I went on several with her. But over time when they would never actually DO anything (for me OR her) I have lost faith in that entire industry. I will admit, I may read about a diet, but more often than not I am able to pick it apart within moments.
#2: If I saw this book at a bookstore I never - let me emphasize that...NEVER EVER EVER - would have purchased it on the name or the cover image alone. The ONLY reason I even considered purchasing it was because I'd read a review of it on a blog I read and was intrigued by how sound the advice was; and it didn't hurt that it was somewhat in line with information I had also recently heard at our Classified Staff Development Day just the day before. www.coffeecakeandcardio.com/2014/03/
#3 I'm getting to a place of desperation in my healthy journey. I cannot seem to get my act together and I am recognizing that desperate times call for desperate measures. I need to shake up my thinking and I needed someone to just basically lay it out and say do this. This book does that in a sensible way and one that I can live with...I think.
Okay, so now that the background is out of the way I have to say that the book makes a lot of sense to me. She basically breaks it down that the reason we might be working out and never losing any weight is because our hormones are out of whack, primarily because of the amount of sugar in our diets and the amount of processing the food we eat goes through. I actually believe this and she does offer a lot of information to back her claims. I have already been feeling for some time like we have a LOT of problems because of the way food is made these days. At our Staff Development keynote the speaker noted that 30 years ago an orange you would have bought in the store would have 50 mg of Vitamin C in it. Today the oranges you buy have a FRACTION of that! Why? Because they have been so modified over time to withstand temps, produce more juice, yada yada yada that an orange today doesn't even resemble an orange from yester-years. That is just CRAZY to me. We *think* we are eating healthy, but that just might not even be true. (not that this book addresses that, but like I said, what is in our food is changing how our body processes it in a negative fashion and that is what Jackie covers).
So her basic concept is to severely limit sugar outside of Truvia (taken from natural sources) and increase hormone balancing foods like vegetables, fruit, oats, green tea, etc. while eating a good portion of protein daily. So you eat like that for 5 days (M-F) and then you get two treat MEALS on the weekend...not treat DAYS - just two MEALS to pretty much eat what you want up to 1,500 calories. Yeah, I agree - that's a LOT of calories in one meal, but not if you splurge on a burger, fries and a drink, amiright? At any rate, more often than not you probably wouldn't even eat the whole 1,500 calories for each treat meal.
You couple the eating plan with three days higher intensity strength training (circuit based which is what she is known for) for 30 minutes and 5 days a week of 20 minute interval based cardio sessions.
Obviously I am going to have to modify that to some degree since at the same time I'm getting this underway I'll also be in training for the marathon. So I can't get by on only 20 minutes of cardio...but I'm okay with that. Working in the strength training is going to be a challenge, but it will help me with my training too so I just need to buckle down and find a place to schedule it in the plan.
And I really think that the food I'll be eating will be just fine even though I'm training.
So today I started the two-week jump start portion where you basically don't change what you normally eat, but you add in some of her "super foods" like 2 eggs a day, green & herbal tea, 4 servings of veggies, and 2 servings of fruit, etc. (don't quote me because I'm not looking at the specifics right now...just going off of what I remember). Totally manageable...and then on the same day I start marathon training I'll start the actual "diet" portion which she has handily provided VERY reasonable meal plans for. And the other thing I like - most of the foods are foods that my hubby will actually eat too! I'm not making him do it by the "book" (hahaha pun not intended!) but will be incorporating portions of it for him as well.
So here starts a new(ish) part of my journey! I'll keep you updated as I go!!
FYI - today I am HUNGRY!! I think part of it is the mental part of it, but the other part is I don't think I brought a hearty enough lunch and I forgot my oatmeal so all I had was the two eggs for a morning snack and that just wasn't satiating enough. My lunch was about 2 ounces of chicken breast, a lot of salad and two tangerines. The other part is that I ate a LOT of food over the weekend (okay, couple of weeks), so my body needs to settle back down to real portions. I have an apple for a snack and I'll definitely enjoy that as soon as I'm done with my 3:30 PM meeting!
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