Saturday, May 22, 2010
I didn't go to bed particularly early last night. In fact, it was relatively late when I got to sleep - 10:15 pm. Usually it's between 9-9:30 when I fall asleep. The birds started chirping, I didn't feel tired anymore, so I thought "it must be about 5:45ish or so." Oh no. It was 4:50am. WHAT??? I stayed in bed for a while, deciding if I should sleep a little more or just get up. I got up. Had my coffee, my pre-run toast with honey (yum!), and I'm ready to go.
I attribute my really good sleep to the hour of biking I did yesterday afternoon and the 20 minute swim I did in the morning. Yesterday's weather was just BEAUTIFUL and I just had to take advantage of it. I went back to the gorge trail I've been on a few times and had a great ride. It's very shaded with beautiful waterfalls; the trail runs along the river - the view is just amazing. I see myself making frequent trips out there over the summer for some biking lunches!
My running buddy and I are meeting at 7:30 for a run. We didn't go last week, and I'm looking forward to getting back into the Saturday morning run routine. This afternoon is a wedding shower - I LOVE shopping for shower gifts! Got some really beautiful crystal toasting glasses with a little platinum band around the top - something I'd definitely want for myself.
i MUST get some cleaning done this afternoon and tonight. The house is not a terrible mess, but it's not up to my standards. I really don't like coming home from work (or anywhere, for that matter) and seeing a mess.
Today I will:
Drink a ton of water.
Drink only water if we go to breakfast after our run.
Get the house into shape.
Take some time to read.
Hoo-ray for the weekend!
Friday, May 21, 2010
One of the most interesting things that's happened since I've been doing more fun outdoor stuff after school is that Friday, while still a wonderful day, does not have the same feeling as it once did. I used to think "OMG I can do just what I want to - it's the weekend!" But since I discovered a love for biking and running on the Rails to Trails trails, *every* night can be filled with something I like to do. It doesn't get dark very early, so I have lots of time to get some good biking/running in.
Last night I met some colleagues for coffee (I had iced tea) after school; it was almost 5:30 when we left. A few weeks ago, I would have thought "oh, this night is shot. I am just going home." But since I had my bike in the car already, I came up with Plan B. Driving just over 30 minutes to get to a trail wouldn't work, but going up to the local state park and doing a few laps around the top of the mountain *would*. So off I went. And even though I only did a little more than 20 minutes, it was still better than doing 0 minutes. I'm packing my bike again today and my running shoes in case I feel like heading out after school today (which I think I will - it's going to be a beautiful afternoon!).
Today's positives (and it's only 7:30!)
- I went swimming. This is two days in a row! I feel so good.
- My lunch is packed. I'm getting good at using what we have in the house.
- I am drinking a big glass of water. I'm working really hard on getting more water in every day.
- My workout stuff is in a basket in my car - I put my biking gloves, weight gloves, a headband, and stopwatch in there so I have them ready in case the mood strikes me.
Today I will:
Drink lots and lots of water.
Do something outside after school.
Eat a healthy dinner.
Give someone a compliment.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
This is how I feel today. "I'm going to run tonight." "I'm going to do some ST tonight." Well, for the last three days none of this happened. I got really lazy. I often think "just suck it up and do it," but I just couldn't. Last night I crashed on the couch at 6:00, woke up at almost 11:00, went up to bed, and slept until 5:15 this morning. Today, though, I feel much better than I did yesterday.
So because I was up so early today, I thought, "Carrie, you MUST do something at the gym this morning. You are awake and ready to go. No excuses." So the swim suit went on. I had some coffee and a banana, then headed off to do a 20 minute morning swim. WHY oh WHY can I never seem to remember how good it feels to get a workout in first thing in the morning??? Even a 20 minute swim felt SO good. During the winter I was regularly going to the gym in the morning and I had tons of energy. I didn't feel guilty if I didn't make it back in the evening. Bleh.
I smell a challenge brewing... for the rest of May, I will make it to the gym before school three days out of five. Even if it's a short swim or a simple one mile run, I will make it there. It will not kill me. In fact, in the long run, it will probably make me live even longer.
Today I will:
Drink more than 4 Siggs full of water.
Clean up the dining room table.
Stick to the eating plan. (yesterday was full of cranberry bread, an entire bag of chips, and chocolate mousse. Bleh. Tummy is not happy today.)
Positive things *already* this morning:
I sucked it up and packed a lunch. I thought about just stopping at the grocery store on the way to school, but there is plenty of food here and I don't need to be spending extra money on lunch.
I got on the scale at the gym for a mid-month checkup, and it was good. My "official" weigh-in will be at the end of the month, but I wanted to check my progress. This gives me new inspiration to do this 3-day-a-week-morning-gym challenge until the end of the month.
The weather is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!
This afternoon is a bike ride - temp is supposed to be around 80 degrees. I LOVE warm weather. Yahooooooo!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I successfully gave up baked goods and candy for 10 days. I'm going to continue this for another 10 days - this time, though, "baked goods" is changing to "pre-packaged baked goods." This way, if I feel like making a cookie, I can eat it. I also added "no swearing" for 10 days. I don't swear a lot, but it will be a good challenge anyway.
I did not go to First Strides last night. I am still wary about running two days in a row with no rest in between - I don't want my IT band to start acting up again at the start of race season. So tonight I MUST get to the gym (it's going to rain tonight) and do a short TM run and some strength training. I recently read a blog (thanks ONECOOKIE!) about the end of the school year coming up. And I know it sounds like I'm trying to weasel my way out of working out, but the end of the school year is tough. The kids are rammy, the teachers are rammy, and it's draining at the end of the day. Yesterday I came home absolutely exhausted. I know that I probably *should* have worked out, but I just couldn't bear the thought. So after the school year is up, it's time to really kick my workouts into gear.
I want to plug a 10 pound loss by September into Spark and see what kind of calorie counts I get, nutrition-wise and fitness-wise. I'd like to invest in a food scale; I think some of my portion sizes have been slowly and steadily increasing. I think a food scale will be my swear-free streak reward.
Today I will:
Call for that oil change (I got really busy at work yesterday and didn't have time)
Drink more than 4 SIggs full of water (One right now, one on the way to school, at least one *at* school, one on the way to the mall, one at the gym... should be no problem!)
Go to the gym for some strength training
Give someone a compliment
Have a super day!
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