Thursday, October 04, 2012
I know, I still need to put up pics and a blog about our trip to Texas. And I will. Soon. Really.
First though, here's my birthday girl.
Magnificent Moonlight Millicent
If we had registered the girls with the AKC (yes, they both came with papers way back when) that was going to be Millie's fancy name. She has that lovely swirly gray/white/black brindle tiger-striping going on and she looks like she's beautifully lit by moonlight.
Millie's birthday is today. Maggie's birthday is Oct. 8. We have no idea when Bubbie's birthday is, so we're making it officially Oct. 6, so he can join in on the birthday week fun.
Each furbaby will get leave the siblings at home and ride in the car in the front seat to Petsmart so they can pick out a birthday toy all their own. (they usually do not get to travel without the other two)
Yes, they'll forget about the toy likely when they get home and the other kids get ahold of it, but it'll be nice for a brief time.
In other news.. This is going to be a busy weekend.
Tomorrow's my Friday off, so we'll go dog walking in the morning, then hit up packet pick-up downtown that afternoon.
Saturday we'll like do some debris clean-up at the shelter because high winds have brought down quite a lot of limbs and leaves.
Sunday I'll take Max downtown and participate in the Portland Half Marathon. I'm actually kind of excited and looking forward to it. I wore a little 13.1 pendant to work today to kind of keep it as a touchstone reminder of what's coming.
I'll be alternating between walking and intervaling, and I'll finish well and strong and on my own terms.
So, be patient a bit longer, and I'll share some Ms. Poppy time with you.
Monday, September 24, 2012
And I am.
3 hours of kennel kids walking on Friday morning.
3 1/2 hours walking 13.25 miles Saturday morning.
3 1/2 hours heavy weeding and raking and hauling on behalf of the kennel kids on Sunday morning.
Maybe there's nothing actually wrong with being grumpy or a bit off. Maybe it's just part of the regular cycle of (my) life and I should stop berating myself for not feeling like a little ray of sunshine all the time.
This should be a relatively low-impact week for me. A bit of this, a bit of that, a bargain trip to Texas and back between Friday and Monday to celebrate Ms. Poppy turning 1. Hard to argue with that kind of joy coming down the pike.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I'm grumpy. Like super-uber grumpy. I'm chalking it up to residual TOM stuff, waking up in nightmares recently, and all around moodiness. As such, I'm going to keep my nasty tongue to myself and simmer a bit until I'm somewhat more level-headed and not so snippy.
On the positive side, I ~am~ looking forward to walking with the SparkPortland team on Saturday. That will absolutely rub off some of the grumpiness. Hopefully I'll resume communicating with all y'all again sometime shortly after that.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Almost, but no cigar.
Sept. 10 nutrition:
3 cups of coffee
6 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. vanilla protein powder
1 serv. almond cashew butter
3/4 cup fat free cottage cheese
1 med. sweet potato
1 serv. white bean and tomato sauce
1 med. apple
1 Clif Kid Z frosted oatmeal bar
6 oz boneless skinless baked chicken breast
1/2 cup brown rice
1 pat unsalted butter
2 cup steamed veggies
10 Townhouse crackers
2 tbsp tzatziki sauce
6 Dove dark chocolate squares
Calories In: 1897
2 mile run in Saucony Mirage runners, 30 min.
Calories Out: 526
260 (BodyBugg calories above Spark estimate)
Total Burned 2,684
Alright calories out.
Well, except for the discrepancy.
Karen offered a great suggestion of a big healthy smoothy to have available during the day to help ward off the grazing that's been happening on weekends. It is a great idea. Whether or not I would grab that as opposed to a bag of granola, a pear, some lunch meat, some cheese, crackers, dip, etc. etc. is iffy. Nothing seemed to satisfy over the weekend, hence the grazing and trying to different things. It's like my mind goes "period = free-for-all to sooth the mouth craving" since my stomach wasn't really all that hungry.
Ah well. It's an ongoing battle that I'll have to thwart at some point.
Yesterday was goodish, for a while at least. Work and being on a schedule helps keep my mind and my hands busy. Getting home, I laced up new Mirage runners and gave them a try. They were on sale on the Team Estrogen site and well.. I bit. It's a way to give minimalist running a try without going for full blow Vibrams, etc. It was an interesting experience. I recalled other folks going minimalist and the fact that they broke themselves into the process slowly, so I figured a nice slow 2 miles would be about right. I tossed in a few extra walk intervals after my shins started aching yet again. Due to the shoes or due to my not running consistently (this has happened before) it's hard to say, so I'll continue to give them a try and see how things shake out. My ankles are making themselves a bit more known this morning than they ever have before, so I'll take that into consideration as time goes on.
Once I finished off the run (and felt unjustifiably righteous) I had a delish dinner of baked chicken and rice and veggies. I was really satisfied and sated. But.. my mouth, my hormones, my bad attitude, my whatever decided it wanted to munch a bit more. I opted for crackers and tzatziki, which is better than crackers and peanut butter. Then, as if by rights of TOM I am entitled to a serving of chocolate Just Because.. yep, I tossed them in as well.
Not a great eating day, but eaking closer to being within range again. That BodyBugg read-out is problematic as well. It shows a good calorie burn for the day, even with only a 2 mile run, and is higher than Spark's estimate. So then I look at it, and at my calories in and think 'not so bad' but it really is. If I want to see real movement, in the appropriate direction, on the scale then I need to work harder at a better deficit.
Yes yes, a constant work in progress. I'm working it.
Monday, September 10, 2012
The weekend was a bust. Karen, apparently you were closer to the point than I realized when you mentioned perimenopause. Ugh. A shortened cycle is not my idea of fun, let me just say. I must figure out a way to, if dealing with it over the weekend, keep control and not let it get the best of me.
I had good moments.. high calorie burns on Friday and Sunday, so I feel good about that. Saturday I basically grazed on any and everything. I'll wait until the water weight is shed and see where I stand with things.
Here's to resuming normalcy yet again. Walk. Run. Gym. Lather, rinse, repeat.
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