Wednesday, April 09, 2014
April Goals Recap:
**Cut out weekday drinking!
** Go to abs class at the gym on Mondays
** Keep up with intermittent fasting on weekdays
** Exercise outside at least 2 days per week
** Track food and exercise every day
So far, so good. No drinks yesterday or Monday and went to 2 classes at the gym after work Monday. Still sticking with IF, but have yet to incorporate it into my weekend. Iím also having trouble finishing eating by 8pm. A lot of times (especially now that DST has started), we donít start cooking dinner until 7:30, so I end up eating later, but still stopping my fast a little after noon.
I exercised outside Sunday and have plans to run with DH after work today (and hopefully a walk/run with my mom Thursday). I pre-tracked my backpacking food before I left and went back and tweaked it on Sunday.
I'm not sure what happened to me on Sunday, but I ate everything under the sun. We had lunch in Richmond with friends, went home, showered, and then went to meet up with my in-laws for MIL's birthday. I may have been tired from the weekend, but that is still no excuse for the amount of crappy food I ate! I did much better Monday and yesterday, and the scale is down this morning, but I really over-did it!
Thoughts on backpacking (this trip and in general):
The trail notes we found online made the trail sound a bit more strenuous than it was. Day 1 had a lot of rocky trail and a steep descent into the valley toward the end of the evening, but it wasn't bad overall. I actually ate decently and didn't over-do it. Most of the hike out was fine, except the ascent back out of the valley. 1,100 vertical feet in about 1.2 miles of trail. We took a lot of breaks. Thankfully, the views were spectacular with the leaves off of the trees, so it was still nice.
I think we could have curbed a lot of the unnecessary eating from day 2 by drinking a lot more water hiking out. (TMI alert- I think I peed 3x for all of Saturday, which is very infrequent for me). Saturday's hike was more of a walk with a giant backpack for 5ish miles to a river to camp. Not strenuous. Saturday night also involved some drinking, which always lowers my restraint with eating.
I think I need to do a better job of counting calories for my food beforehand and also estimating my calorie burn. Most backpacker websites are geared towards through hikers, and nutrition goals are usually specified in calories per ounce (goal being to have highest calories by weight packed). This mentality works well for multi-day trips, but grossly over-exaggerates my calorie needs for a 1 or 2 night trip. Homemade trail mix is great in theory, but ends up being a calorie bomb on short trips. We're definitely getting better though.
Also, we need new sleeping bags. We've been using our car-camping sleeping bags that pack huge (like, take up half of my 65L bag) and weigh 3x what a backpacking sleeping bag would weigh.
Anyways, hope everyoneís week is going well. Iím trying to blog more often, so feel free to harass me if I donít!
Edit: we suck at packing and couldn't find the camera when we headed out, so no pictures :(
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Remember when I had new goals for every month and reflected on my monthly goals at the end of every month? Yeah, I do too. And it worked well!
I ran the Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond this past Saturday. The day started out misty then changed to rain, but temps were nice (55* early, up to 67* later on). My wave started around 8:45am. I was in a seeded runner wave (8:40something pace) , which was totally new to me. Since I have really be struggling to get out for runs, I'm not sure the seeded wave was good for me. I started out running faster than I had originally planned (8:45 pace), as I was keeping up with everyone around me. I knew it wasn't going to be sustainable and settled in to a 9:15 pace after the first mile. I'm pretty sure I was passed by a few hundred runners. I maybe passed 10 the whole time, which for some reason was discouraging to me.
My plan was to run the entire race without stopping. Mile 3.5-4.5 was the hardest and I slowed down to 9:55 pace for a few minutes. Then I saw a guy with a great motivational quote on the back of his shirt: "There will come a day where you won't be able to do this anymore. Today is not that day." I got through the last 2 miles of the race concentrating on my breathing and just running because I can. I got back to around 9:15 pace and then finished the last .2 miles running pretty fast. My Garmin said 6.27 miles in 58:49. Official race time was 58:50. I ran the entire race without stopping and ran sub-10 minute miles. Goals met!
I need some monthly goals here. I've been doing well with eating, but exercise has been a struggle. I keep gaining 3 pounds over the weekend, lose it all by Friday, then gain it all back again. Very annoying! I started another Groupon month-long gym membership on Monday, so I want to utilize that as much as possible this month.
****Cut out weekday drinking! I keep falling into the "I want a glass of wine on the deck because it's spring" mentality, but it is getting a little too frequent. No mas!
**** Go to abs class at the gym on Mondays
**** Keep up with intermittent fasting on weekdays
**** Exercise outside at least 2 days per week (run/walk/hike/anything!)
**** Track food and exercise every day! (Yes, even on the weekend!)
2 exercise goals, 2 nutrition goals and a tracking goal. Nothing is too big of a stretch. Minus the IF, all are things I used to do regularly, but have gotten lazy with. The time for hibernation is over! I will weigh myself and take measurements this week so I have a real starting point to work from.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Once again, I keep putting off blogging until I have something profound to say, which of course hasn't happened yet lol
So once again, here is my "this is what Christy's been up to" blog...
Last week was a bad week for workouts, but before that, I was working out on a decent schedule and most of the time, DH joined in, or we at least did the same video if we weren't going to see each other that day. Small victory!
I've started easing myself into testing out intermittent fasting. I did one day last week and have done two days this week. If anything, I'm proving to myself that I can easily get past the impulses to eat when I'm bored. I'm a big nighttime snacker and I have a hard time telling myself no, so it has worked out great so far. I'm hoping it is something I can do for the long term, or at least incorporate into my regular routine.
Also, remember when I posted something about the 30 day yoga challenge I found on youtube waaaay back in mid-December? Well, I finally finished it! I actually paused at the beginning of the year to do her 10 day yoga abs challenge, and then it took me the past 3 weeks to do the office yoga video that I had skipped. I pinned my favorite videos from the challenge on pinterest and have already done a few of them again.
In other news, DH turns the big 3-0 this year and we just booked out flights and hotel for Las Vegas! We're planning to have a bunch of friends fly out with us and have a fun-filled long weekend. His birthday also serves as a great future date by which I (and we) would like to see some freaking progress! His birthday is July 4, so we have almost exactly 4 months to work hard and hopefully have some killer abs to show for it :)
I'll be in Missouri next week for work, so I won't have my regular food or exercise plans. I usually use the hotel gym if they have one and do fitnessblender workouts in my room. I'm an afternoon exerciser, so I sometimes end up exercising after dinner since we usually go straight from the base to a restaurant (The day after daylight savings time starts is a bad time to switch to mornings lol). . Food is always a toss up as I am the most junior person on the trip, so I am at the mercy of a middle-aged Texan who does not share my eating habits.
I'm also running a 10k in about 3 weeks. Excited, but kind of scared, as I have not been training for it like I thought I would. I didn't run much getting into winter, so now my lungs feel like they're bleeding when I run outside when it's this cold. Definitely ready for anything warmer than this!
Well, that's my catch-up blog for ya :) Hope everyone has had a productive week. Do your best to resist the girl scout cookies- those little saleswomen are everywhere right now!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Yeah, sing it like Usher lol
Ugh, I guess I'll start a the end of last week when everything was going well. I had commented to DH that all week I hadn't really had an appetite. That may be normal for some people, but I am one of those bottomless pit people. Always hungry. Anyhoo, I was at the very bottom of my calorie range every day for the week and exercised almost every day (thank you new garmin lol). I felt good, I felt in charge and I felt like I was in a good position to make good decisions over the long weekend when we had friends over. I went for a short run Saturday morning, showered, and then my friend came into town.
(cue Jaws music here)
I did so great this week, I can have a mimosa.
And pizza! Freaking delicious gourmet, homemade pizza!
And then some crappy 2am pizza!
And lots of wine!
And no exercise!
And I stopped tracking my food!
And here we are on Wednesday and not a lot has changed! I've blogged about this before, and others have commented they get into this mentality as well. The "oh, I'm doing so well, a little bit of fun won't hurt" mentality. The one that turns into the GET IN MY BELLY mentality.
So there. My confessions. Not the end of the world, but surely not how I want my world to be.
Step 1- Do some much needed yoga
Step 2- Track my food for today
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Stole this from IAMZBEE. Feel free to steal this and fill it out too!
A is for Age: 27
B is for Booze: Red wine (I've been into red blends lately)
C is for Car: Ford Focus (not cool, but gets good gas mileage lol)
D is for Dad's name: Salvatore
E is for Ego: Yeah, it's big. I'm working on that
F is for Favorite song or music: Always changing. (right now, lots of Lotus, Bassnectar, Primus, Beastie Boys)
G is for Goof off thing to do: Turning on lame pop music and dancing around the house when I'm home alone
H is for Hometown: Manassas, VA
I is for IQ: Not sure
J is for Jam or Jelly you like: Strawberry jam (or really, any homemade jam)
K is for Kids: 2 kitties, Samson and Delilah (they're almost 7)
L is for Living arrangement: renting
M is for Mom's name: Lisa
N is for Name of best friend: Jess and Kelli
O is for Observations: I'm pretty observant. DH would say annoyingly so.
P is for Phobias: I have an irrational fear of getting divorced in like 15 years (statistically, people who marry young will get divorced, and both of my parents have been divorced more than once)
Q is for Quote you like: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Seuss
R is for Relationship: married
S is for Siblings: 3 siblings- older brother and 2 younger sisters
T is for Talents: I'd say cooking. I can look in the fridge and throw something together and it usually tastes great.
U is for Unique trait: Never ran before (unless forced to in PE), but started in 2012 and ran a HM in 2013
V is for vegetable you love: carrots
W is for Worst traits: Always thinking that I'm right and being impatient
X- is for X-rays you've had: My finger got shut in the door when I was 1, so that was x-rayed, but not broken. All others were routine dental x-rays.
Y is for Yummy food you make: Chicken tortilla soup (always get requests for this for camping)
Z is for Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
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