Friday, September 28, 2012
Water: 8 cups!
Exercise: I did 38 minutes of videos yesterday. Let's see: 12-minute seated core workout, 9-minute seated arm & shoulder workout, and 11-minute seated cardio workout. I also did half of the 12-minute low-impact cardio; my shins were hurting after this, so I probably won't do this one again.
Weight: So, I've decided to weigh myself whenever. I'm kind of getting tired of weighing myself every day. At first, I like it because it made me accountable, but now, much like tracking food, it can be a pain. So, the only day that I "need" to weigh in is on the last day of the month. If I want to weigh in every morning, I can. If not, then I won't. Very simple. It worked really well early, but honestly, I'm starting to love my body regardless of the number. Plus, something tells me that maybe my body is happy where it's at. I'm not sure. If that's the case, I'm happy to stay at 155lbs. All I want is to be happy, healthy, and toned.
Food: Breakfast, lunch, and snack were the same. Last night, Mom and I went to Moe's. I had two tacos with ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and cheese (seemed like too much cheese). Also, I had one serving of chips and salsa.
Vegetable/Fruit Servings: 10.
My boyfriend and I are going to check out a gym after work today. With the shin splints, I seem to be bored with my workouts at home, so I am hoping that a gym membership will get me excited about new exercises - group classes, ST machines, etc.
Also, last night, I noticed that my calves were pretty tight. I stretched, foam rolled, and iced. However, any suggestions on helping with the tightness? Or what about stretching ideas?
Hope everyone has a happy, healthy weekend!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
--> Water: 8 cups!
--> Exercise: Confession - I went for a run last night. However, instead of my usual route, I ran on the beach.
It was a tough run because my legs weren't used to the sand (I run on asphalt), but I was glad I took it. Why? My shins didn't hurt nearly as bad as they did Monday. In fact, during my run, they felt great! However, once I got to the asphalt to walk back to the car, they started hurting. So, I went home, stretched, foam rolled, and iced really well. I don't have another run scheduled until Saturday morning, so I'm going to find some other exercises to do that don't involve my legs. Plus, I'm going to foam roll, stretch, and ice at least twice a day.
--> Weight: 155.2 lbs.
--> Sleep: I slept so much better last night. 7.5 hours!
--> Food: Breakfast and lunch were the same as usual. For dinner, I had Subway - BLT on wheat and apples.
--> Vegetable/Fruit Servings: 8.
Any suggestions for fitness that doesn't use the legs? I'd really like to workout but give my calves a rest.
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.
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