Monday, December 09, 2013
So who else is surprised to find us already a solid week into December?? I mean, it's the NINTH of December already, peeps!!! Crazy how fast this month is already going.
I have been crazy busy at work lately. This is normally a somewhat busy time for us anyways as we prepare for a short winter break; however, this year my boss is also going out for surgery on his hip so we are really cramming a whole lot of stuff into this period of time to prepare for his extended time away. I love being busy at work, so I'm definitely not complaining, but it definitely puts a crimp on "free time". :-)
I want to do a quick goal check-in, so let's take a look at where I'm at so far.
No candy from the office candy jar
STATUS: I'm on track so far!! There have been a few times where I have definitely WANTED to partake from the candy jar, but haven't. Not that I haven't had my fair share of sweets, but I'm not eating from the jar so I'm proud of myself! Last week I almost busted some money out of my purse to hit the vending machine, but then realized that I had some nuts in my lunch bag and ate those instead. Way better!!! Doing good on this one so far!
1,500 fitness minutes
STATUS: I have 371 minutes so far towards my 1500 goal. I don't work out on Sundays (usually) and haven't counted Christmas either so that leaves me with 19 more workout days this month and 1,129 minutes left - an average of 59.4 minutes/workout. With the long runs I'll be putting in this month towards my half marathon in January I think I am definitely on track to meet this goal. But it will take me not hitting the off button instead of snooze, yo!
Blog at least 1x each week
STATUS: I am hitting the MINIMUM here. Ideally I would like to blog more than just once, but last week was insanely busy and I'm expecting more of the same this week so I may continue to just hit the minimum. But it's better than nothing, right??? :-)
So as you can see, one week in and I am hitting my targets so far! But I don't usually struggle with only one week under my belt, that usually hits in weeks 2 and 3...so I am going to do my best to keep pushing!
So in other news...
We got our tree last Thursday evening and got it up and decorated...it's a beautiful tree but I have to say that the LED lights we got just aren't doing it for me. I just miss the brightness of an actual bulb, but I don't miss the safety hazard of lights that generate heat. So I guess I am going to have to get used to LED and learn to love them, right? We still haven't decorated outside, but will probably get to it sometime this week. I am about halfway done with my shopping but have, thankfully, been very unstressed about it this year. YAY!!!
As far as half marathon training, it is going GREAT!! I did have some knee soreness last week, but that eased up and I was able to do a long run of 9 miles this past Saturday with no issues whatsoever. Several of those miles were at half marathon pace to boot. I split my time between outside and treadmill as I only run outside when I have a running partner with me and my Mom had to get to work and my sister wasn't feeling well, so I was able to squeeze in 5 miles outside and the final 4 on my treadmill. It was awesome!
This coming Saturday I have the Holiday 5k race and I'm really thinking I'm going to go into it with no goal outside of having a great time. I'm looking forward to it and just don't want to put ANY kind of stress on my psyche right now...so why worry about pushing myself to a PR or something? Just go and enjoy the time outside is my thought process...and I'm liking where my brain is going on this one! haha
I did have a nice chat with my hubby this weekend and asked him for his help in reaching my weight loss goals. He is an awesome support and I don't want him necessarily being the food police, but many times he tells me that I "deserve" to not worry about it or to have what I want...so I told him I just want him to tell me good job and stuff when I do have my willpower mojo in full force. I have 37 pounds left to lose, so I broke it in to quarters and am going to just focus on each quarter at a time; which equates to 9.25 pounds at a time. Totally do-able, right??? I'm hoping that focusing on no more than 9.25 pounds at any given time will help keep me focused and pushing forward. Because 9 sounds a lot better than 37! hahaha
I'm not pushing too hard at those goals in December, but come January I am going to be doing some hard pushing on those once I complete my half marathon. :-)
Alright - time to get back at it - hope everyone is having an awesome December so far! Keep pushing towards your goals!!!!
Monday, December 02, 2013
I had good intentions of kicking butt on some November goals, but it just all kind of fell apart. Wait, let me rephrase that because when I say "it just kind of fell apart" it makes it seem like it was nobody's fault, like it just *happened* out of the blue for no reason and that's just not true. I had some good intentions and I didn't follow through with them. *I* just kind of let it fall apart. Alright, now that we have that out of the way, let's take a look:
November Starting Weight: 179.4
December Starting Weight: 177 (we'll talk more about this later)
1. 2,000 Fitness Minutes - It looks like I was able to get 1,169 fitness minutes in November so definitely way short of goal.
2. Track - this was sporadic at best, but I did have some solid days of tracking even the ugly stuff and I realize that the reason the weight won't come off is most likely because I'm eating way too much (crap) food.
3. Increase Fiber - I did have several days where I met this goal with some effort, but I wasn't able to truly gauge my progress because my tracking (see #2 above) was sporadic at best.
So it isn't very pretty, but I'm not going to ignore it and just act like it didn't even happen. Goals = NOT MET. No reward for me...
Just because November was dismal, I'm not going to let myself off the hook in December. I'm going to set some goals and do everything I can to meet them!! But I am going to keep it simple and take into consideration the fact that December is a horribly busy month where life can intervene at the most inconvenient times.
No candy from the office candy jar!! There are plenty of sweets around during this month and I don't want to make my life miserable so I will most likely be partaking of them once in awhile, so I definitely don't need to add to the misery by eating the crud in the jar. So hands off. No excuses!
1,500 Fitness Minutes. I'm not going to get all crazy and shoot for 2,000 again in December because I recognize that during this month it probably wouldn't happen and two months in a row of failing is more of a demoralizer (yeah, not a real word...but who cares?!?) than I need; but 1,500 is still a challenge (especially as evidenced by the fact that November was only 1,100 minutes) and will keep me pushing even when it is a crazy busy month.
Blog at least 1x each week. I have found that I do so much better when I am accountable to myself and Spark by blogging goal updates on a regular basis.
If I meet my goals I am going to get myself the Civil Wars album that I've been wanting since August.
Well, About That...
So you may have noticed that I lost three pounds this week and 2.4 pounds since the start of November and as much as I would love to act like it was because I was so diligent and so on-task, it was actually because I've spent the last 5 days barely able to eat a whole lot of anything because of the stomach flu! I mentioned in my status update last Wednesday that I wasn't feeling too great but was hoping it was just hormones...yeah, not so much. I continued to feel crummy all day Wednesday, started getting sick Wednesday night, purged BEFORE the turkey dinner, and then kept up the nausea and upset stomach all the way until today pretty much. I am feeling better now, but it was a rough several days.
I didn't let it keep me from enjoying the family or festivities and was very thankful that I could keep trucking on for the most part. Where it hurt me the most was on exercise as my stomach was just so completely off and tender that doing exercise was out of the question. I ran about two miles on Thursday morning and then nothing else until today.
So, like I said - I would love to take credit for my weight loss, but can't. The most I can do now is fight like the dickens to keep it off!!!!!
The other "Well, About That..." is remember that RW Run Streak I talked about? Yep, dead before it even began. Like I just mentioned, I ran on Thanksgiving morning and then that was it...the end of the run streak since I was sidelined with the flu. I figure it just wasn't meant to be this year so perhaps next year... :-) We shall see in another 360 something days!
Monday, November 25, 2013
Okay, I'll admit it - this month has not been the November I was hoping it would be! I set some pretty awesome goals at the beginning of the month, but honestly, I have been seriously slacking on them and now I'm to the point where I'm just "Whatever".
That is what I do when I start slacking...I just get the whole I don't care attitude and let me tell ya - I apparently have perfected that attitude and then some!!! Not that I'm proud of that fact, because I'm not.
So confession time:
1. I have eaten my fair share of candy out of the office candy jar over the last couple of days.
2. When I do actually track, I'm not tracking completely honestly all the time (see #1).
3. I have a crappy attitude about being healthy at the moment.
So in spite of the items above, I'm still doing really great fitness-wise. I'm not getting in as much strength training as I would like because of time limits and other limitations, but I've been consistently hitting my workouts even though I haven't managed to get in any Sunday workouts like I said I was going to and even though I'm not going to come anywhere near meeting my 2,000 fitness minutes goal. And I haven't been pushing very hard at getting in extra fitness minutes either. But I have been getting at least the main one down so that is a good thing.
I haven't lost any weight at all this month.
So there you go - November hasn't been the bestest month ever, but I am determined (at least I'm determined about *something*!!) to not let the slide continue into December. So seeing how we are at the end of November pretty much with the next couple of days wrapping us up I am going to just give myself forgiveness on this month's goals and start over again on December 1. And that's okay.
I have also pledged to do the Runner's World Holiday Streak by running at least 1 mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Year's. So that will start on Thursday and will be a big focus for me during the next month. Well, that and this little thing called the holidays. No big deal, right? ;-)
Oh, the other thing I'm going to pledge right now is no more candy from that evil little jar. I can make it through the next two days without eating it. I can, I can.
I'm probably not going to be doing a whole lot of blogging or sparking this week, so if I don't get a chance to come back on here again before Thanksgiving, just know that I am wishing each and every one of you a happy, safe, and healthy holiday! Enjoy!!!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Last Week's Weight: 179.4
This Week's Weight: 179.8 (WTF?!?!?)
2,000 Fitness Minutes
STATUS: Nowhere near where I should be. Oh, you mean that's probably not enough to actually be accountable with? haha Alright - here's the deal, I made up a little bit of lost time with the long run this past weekend, but my total is only at 821 minutes as of 11/18/13 and there are 13 workout days left in the month, so that means I need an average of 91 minutes daily. That's an hour and half EVERY DARN DAY through the rest of the month. And this week is an Active Recovery Week, so that means less mileage to run, etc. I pretty much know without a doubt that I'm not going to meet this goal, but I'm going to keep trying.
STATUS: I'm failing here as I am spotty at best about tracking. I meant to do it this weekend, but just never did and here I am on Monday realizing that if I track now I'm not going to truly capture what I ate and will only be getting what I remember, which is most likely only the "good" stuff. But I'm going to work on it this week and see if I can't right this ship before it sinks.
Increase Daily Fiber
STATUS: I actually did much better at this week than I had previously and I feel like I made some good strides in finding ways to increase my fiber intake. I'll keep working on it, but the reality is that if I'm not meeting the goal above (tracking) then it doesn't really help me see if I'm meeting this goal or not.
Alright - so you can see I'm doing okay, not great, not good, but okay. You may be detecting a little snarky tone, and you'd be right. And I know what is causing it...it's the weight up there at the very top. I absolutely CANNOT believe that I friggin' gained weight this week! I would have sworn that the almost pound I had gained the week prior was because of DOMS, but apparently not seeing how it stuck around and even invited a few friends to join in on the party. I know what I need to do (track), but I just don't want to do it. I don't feel like I'm porking out, but yet the scale is heading in the wrong direction. Now, my fitness tracker says that I burned 3,289 calories last week and I have down that I'm shooting for burning 2,200 weekly. The 3,000+ is more than normal because of the half marathon last Sunday. So I wonder if I'm not eating enough but that is a slippery slope to head down.
I'm tossing around some ideas on how to get back on track and one of them is by shooting for a calorie differential instead of going by a weekly calorie burn total. Since I'm running longer distances I need to fuel that activity, with quality food, of course, and on the weeks I'm not doing as much (like this week) I need to eat less. I don't know...I'm kind of at a loss for what to try next...I'm getting desperate over here. Any idea, SparkFriends???
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