Wednesday, September 26, 2012
--> Water: 6 cups.
--> Exercise: After reading everyone's comments, I took a rest day. Not sure if this will last because honestly, I need exercise a lot more than I used to think.
--> Weight: 155lbs.
--> Sleep: Honestly, I didn't get much. Between my boyfriend snoring and the foster kitten playing in his cage, I'm exhausted today. Boo. Hopefully, tonight will be better.
--> Food: Breakfast, lunch, and snack were all the same as usual. For dinner, we had a Cheesy Velveta Box. I stuck to my portions. Honestly, I didn't feel like cooking nor spending the money to get take out.
--> Vegetable/Fruit Servings: 8.
After reading a lot of the comments left on my blog yesterday (thank you!), I took some time last night to think about things. Here's what I came up with:
1. My motivation is gone so being committed to my workouts have been tough the past few weeks.
2. My energy level is low which makes working out even tougher.
3. My run days are the ONLY days that I truly commit to. I get out there where I want to or not. I never miss them.
4. If I want to continue running, I'm going to have to do better. No more running on hard surfaces (grass or sand is better). I will have to ice, stretch, and foam roller every morning and afternoon. I may even do it before my runs.
5. My ST has been suffering here lately.
So, I'm going to have to be more focused. I'm going to have to recommit to running. I'm going to have to recommit to healing my shins. I think I might try this for a few days, and if things get better, then I will continue. If not, I will rest up until the week of the 5K.
With this comes the issue of ST. It's time to get back on track with that. So, tomorrow is dedicated to figuring out what needs to be done about that.
I'm not giving up. I can't and I won't. I've come too far to give up or to let lack of motivation and energy derail me. I'm stronger than I think. I can do this.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
--> Water: 10 cups!
--> Exercise: I went for a run. 3.51 miles in 47 minutes. (Continue at the bottom.)
--> Weight: 156.4 lbs. I went up since Sunday's weigh in. I think it's because I went back for seconds at dinner as well as I only had 4 cups of water.
--> Sleep: I got 7.5 hours.
Breakfast: Luna Bar, Breakfast Essentials (1% milk), 1 0z of peanuts, and two servings of watermelon.
Lunch: 1 cup of soup, my salad, and two cuties.
Snack: Three slices of Sara Lee Honey Roasted Turkey, 1 orange bell pepper sliced, and 1/4 cup of Greek Yogurt with 1/4 tsp of Ranch mix.
Dinner: We had Japanese food last night. I got the junior chicken bowl. I ate it without any mayo sauce! Woo hoo!
--> Vegetable / Fruit Servings: 9.
Another good day for the most part.
I don't know if any of you are friends with Coach Nancy, but she's been training for a marathon for a few months. A couple of weeks ago, she had calf/IT band issues. This morning, I read her blog post about deciding to stop her training in order to let her injuries heal. Well, this has me thinking - my shin splints still have not healed. It's been about a month and a half, I believe, since the pain started. I've taken Tylenol, I'm stretching well, and I've used the foam roller (although not religiously). I wake up with the aching in my shins. Usually by mid-morning, I am fine.
Last night, I did run intervals (4 min. run/ 1 min. walk). During two of those intervals, I had a sharp pain, but it quickly went away. Not only that, my ankles hurt too. So, this has me a bit nervous about continuing with my running plan. I'm not really sure what to do. I don't know how long it takes for shin splints to heal. Honestly, I don't think going to the doctor is an option since my insurance doesn't cover much, and I am on a super tight budget.
In my heart, I don't want to stop running. This is the only exercise that I look forward to. I'm excited about this race, and I want to run at least part of it. However, I know my health is more important. So, any suggestions? I have 2.5 weeks until race day.
Monday, September 24, 2012
--> Water: 4 cups. I wasn't really feeling water yesterday, but I managed to get in 4 cups though.
--> Exercise: Identical to the water topic, I wasn't feeling exercise either. I pushed it off until I finally told myself that it needed to happen. I got in ST - Tone it Up Arm Routine, 30 bicycle crunches (with weight), and a combo ( 30 left lifts with reverse crunches). I also took a 2.08 mile walk in 32 minutes.
--> Weight: I woke up to 155.2 lbs! (Loss of 1 pound.)
--> Sleep: I went to bed at 10:30PM and woke up at 7:10 this morning.
--> Food: Breakfast consisted of a Luna Bar, 1 0z of peanuts, and my Breakfast Essentials with milk. Lunch was a cup of soup, two servings of watermelon, and my salad (with beans!). For dinner, we had leftovers of the zucchini, squash, onion, potato, and chicken oven dish. It was good; however, I went back for seconds. It's ok though. I will do better!
--> Vegetable/Fruit Servings: 8!
Finally, my first GOOD weekend in a long time. I drank water. I ate out once; I stuck to my guns when it came to food. I got in exercise both days!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I was going to get on last night to do my check in for Friday, but I decided to spend some time with my love watching football instead.
Here's how Friday went:
--> Water: 8 cups!
--> Exercise: No formal exercise. Instead, my boyfriend and I went to the mall and walked there. We stopped in to Dick's Sporting Goods, and my boyfriend talked about getting back into the gym! Ahh, this made me SO happy. I'm worried about his health as he's very overweight. So, we've made a plan. Since money is tight, we are waiting until I get paid again and then we are going to go check out some of the gyms. Also, later on that night, he talked about eating healthier.
--> Weight: Since I did exercise on Thursday night, I woke up to 157.2lbs which was a .4lb gain.
--> Sleep: I went to bed around midnight and woke up at 9:30 AM.
--> Food: Breakfast and lunch were the same as usual. When snack time rolled around, I wasn't hungry, so I didn't eat it. We ate dinner at the mall. I had Chinese Beef and Vegetables. It was good!
--> Vegetables/Fruit: 8 servings.
Here's Saturday's recap:
--> Water: 8 cups! This is unusual as I struggle to get 4 in on the weekends.
--> Exercise: I got up around 8:30AM to get a run in. It was a tough run. I guess I wasn't feeling it, and my shins were killing me. However, I didn't quit. I finished when I was supposed to. I don't know the details from the run because I paused my Endomondo (running app) to cross the street, and I forgot to turn it back on! I also did a lot of walking when we went for our errands.
--> Weight: I guess the mall exercise worked because I was back down to 156.6 lbs.
--> Sleep: I stayed up to watch the football games, so I didn't get to bed until after mid-night, but I woke up at 9:30 this morning.
Breakfast - I didn't get to eat my fruit as we were rushing to get errands done. However, I drank my milk and ate my peanuts and Luna Bar.
Lunch - I had a salad (minus the beans), 1 cup of soup, and two servings of Mandarin oranges.
Dinner - The boyfriend made a wonderful meal from the oven - squash, zucchini, potatoes, onions, and chicken baked together over rice. So good! The only thing I am a little worried about is sodium, but I did my best. He's used to just seasoning everything, but now, he watches what he uses since I'm trying to watch my sodium. Oh! And I had a half glass of Mango Strawberry Moscato in my Gamecock glass! Go Gamecocks!
--> Vegetables/Fruits: about 7 servings.
So far, I am doing really well this weekend. When my boyfriend wanted to get food out, I chose to make my own food at home. I have stuck to doing what's best for me. I hope that today (Sunday) is another healthy day! Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Here's how Thursday went:
--> Water: 6 cups. (At least I met my goal.)
--> Exercise: I ended up taking a rest day. I just couldn't do it. Not only was I not feeling well, I had to be at my Mom's earlier than usual which didn't leave much time for a walk and shower. Boo.
--> Weight: I weighed in at 156.8 lbs yesterday morning! Seeing this number really made me believe that I can achieve my monthly "weight" goal. I'm to be at 153 by the end of the month. If I don't make it, oh well. I just want to be closer than 160!
--> Sleep: My boyfriend is a HUGE NY Giants fan, so we stayed up until the game ended. Needless to say, it was after midnight that I finally got to sleep. I got about 6.5 hours; I slept good though!
--> Food (Not many pictures here):
Lunch - two servings of watermelon, salad (Iceberg lettuce, kidney beans, onion, bell peppers, 2 tbs of light Ranch, and tomato), Crystal Light, and a microwaveable meal. The meal was good, but a little too high in sodium for me.
Snack - Ranch mix (with Greek yogurt) and 1 red bell pepper.
Dinner - My Mom and I went to a Mexican restaurant. I did eat chips, salsa, and queso dip (darn!), but I did really well when I ordered. Since I knew I would be eating the chips and salsa, I had ONE crunchy beef taco and a side of refried beans. This is very unusual for me because usually, I get a HUGE thing of nachos, and I chow down on the chips. Not this time. I made a much better choice than I usually do, and I walked away full!
--> Vegetables/Fruit: About 10.
Another NSV was that when I joined my boyfriend at the bar to watch the game, I didn't order any soda, alcohol, or food. Part of me really wanted a Sprite (favorite!), but I said no. I was surprised!
I'm a little sad I didn't get exercise in but too much was going on. However, I'm proud of making better choices when I went out to eat.
I'm not sure if I will be posting this weekend. I really think I need to, but sometimes, there's just no time. My intentions are to blog this weekend, but we'll see. I may just do a big blog on Monday. Either way, hope every one has a happy, healthy weekend!
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