Thursday, December 06, 2012
Some good things and some not-so-good things. The not-so-good first:
After a run about a month ago, I weighed in at the lowest weight I have since high school. I was so excited and really though I would get to my goal weight by January 1st. Well, I am up 5 pounds from there (aka 10 pounds from my goal weight). Honestly, with the little effort I have put into exercise and constantly going over my calories, it's no wonder why my weight is up.
I feel like I'm going into hibernation for the winter and I need to conserve my energy and fill myself up for the winter. I am not a bear! Why am I preparing myself for hibernation?
I've done my pushups every day so far for the month (yep, I've got guns now!)
We have been trying new recipes and planning well-rounded meals
My foot feels better!
I signed up for a 1/2 marathon
I also read a story about a guy who had been obese and lost a fair amount of weight. He ran 27 miles on his 27th birthday. And now I want to run 26.2 miles sometime while I'm 26! Richmond Marathon is at the beginning of November, so it is definitely doable if I get myself together and train.
Now that I've listed off so many good things, it sound really stupid that I have no motivation and was being whiny...
I think my 10 days off from running/exercise (still did the pushups!) really sapped the little motivation I had left. My sleep schedule has been kind of wacky and I definitely do not respond well to shorter days and cold weather (this flower needs sunshine!).
Today: upper body at the gym, 3.5 mile run on treadmill
Friday: stationary bike at gym (yeah, it's been over a year since I've been on it...), abs
Saturday: 5ish mile run (Richmond? Or Williamsburg?)
Sunday: rest/ yoga video or some other light exercise
Monday: 4 mile run, upper body
Tuesday: lower body, abs
Wednesday: 4 mile run
Friday, November 30, 2012
***Log 14 miles, not to include walking (up until Thanksgiving, was over 15 each week)
***Do 450 pushups total for the month (30 left to do today to get to 450!)
***Allow myself to have up to four "treats" per week (not 1 per day, or 10 per special occasion)
This worked well. I may continue this. I had almost 1/2 a cheesecake in my
possession from Thursday until last night. I think that is a new PR for me!
***Dedicate at least 1 day per week to a hardcore abs session (workout ideas welcome!)
Did not do hardcore abs. Abs were neglected
Do 2 bodyrock exercises per week (I miss the intensity!)
Do 620 pushups during the month (avg 20 per day)
10 minutes of abs, 3 days per week
4 treats per week. Will continue no candy or brownies until Jan 1.
Stay within calorie limit 6 days per week. Do it. You want to reach your goal weight!
These are all pretty specific, but are only a slight extension of what I'm doing now. I still dislike pushups, but have started to see changes, so I will continue. I'm not making a running mileage goal until my foot feels better. I'm testing it out at the gym today, so we will see how it goes.
In other news, my husband and I sighed up for our first half marathon! It's April 14th in the OBX. I'm glad he plans to run it with me (although I assume we will probably split up at some point).
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I ran 4.3 miles Wednesday afternoon with my sister in Williamsburg and ran 3.5 miles Thursday morning with my sister and my husband at my mom's house (my sister is an awesome running buddy btw!) I ate sensibly, drank in moderation, and only had 1 plate of food for Thanksgiving dinner. We even decided to skip dessert and do it on Friday.
My workout schedule hit a wall on Friday. I'm not sure if it was from the running at my mom's house (country roads and they're sloped from the center to allow for drainage, but makes you run semi-lopsided unless you run in the middle of the road) or from lots of standing and cooking on tile floors. My left heel is achy, like it has a bruise. I skipped my run Friday hoping it would feel better. I was forced into shopping on Saturday and ended up sitting every chance I got. It's feeling slightly better now, but still hurts when I put all of my weight on it.
I also went out for Mexican food Sunday night (aka ungodly amount of chips and salsa and stuffing myself). I'm up a few pounds from the whole weekend. Started out at 109.4 (after a run) Wednesday night and was at 114 last night (after dinner). I forgot to weigh myself this morning, but I'm guessing 111 (I fluctuate 1-6 pounds per day, crazy i know).
I think now is one of those bad timing trifectas, so I'm not going to beat myself op about it. Its TOM, Thanksgiving/birthday, foot issue and I can't exercise until after Wednesday because I had a laser hair removal session (which feels like a hot pan repeatedly touching you btw) . Blah.
This week, I am really going to focus on meal planning, staying within my ranges and making some extra meals/soup so I don't resort to eating junk. I also want to lower my carbs, as I have been above 50% carbs for a few weeks. Need to up my fat % as well.
I'm still on target to reach my goal of 450 pushups for the month. I want to aim for 620 pushups for December (20 per day). I still hate them, but want to reach my goal of 50 consecutive so I can use my massage gift certificate as my reward!
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family/friends!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Today: Running errands, cleaning the house, abs and pushups at home
Wednesday: Running in the park with my sister (2.5 miles)
Thursday: Wake up early for a run?? At least walk at mom's house.
Friday: 5 mile run (with my sister and Jimi??)
Saturday: 3 mile run a the beach (may move it to Sunday)
Sunday: My birthday! Lots of sitting in the car to get home... and probably cake...
We're doing a lot of traveling and I know I could take weights with me, but let's be real- I'm not carrying an extra 20lbs that may not get used. Hence, lots of running planned, and hopefully some calorie burning! I also plan to continue doing my daily pushups and mix in some core work.
1 treat per day (I am counting ice cream, cookies, granola bars etc as a treat). 1 PER DAY. no deprivation, just moderation.
Alternate an alcoholic beverage with seltzer water. No need to drink 500 calories each day
Stay active, stay busy, carry my water bottle with me everywhere.
Eat a sensible, balanced breakfast each morning.
I am making twice baked sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving at my grandma's house (I make them= I control butter/sugar etc.)
I am bringing cut up veggies and hummus to the in-law's house for the weekend.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Well, the title pretty much sums it up.
In the afternoons, I am tired all the time. I am fine during the day at work (counter-intuitive, huh?), but after my afternoon workout, I get tired. Like, want to go to bed until morning tired. I usually just slog through it without a nap so as not to interrupt my sleep schedule (I tend to have a really hard time falling asleep at night). I haven't changed much with my workouts, so I don't think I'm overdoing it.
Is it the weather? Or the time change? And I not eating enough during the day? Or enough after my workout? I've been so lethargic that doing my regular to-do list sometimes gets skipped entirely. Ugh, what a lazy few weeks I've been having! I have been meeting my mileage and calories burned goals though, which is good.
And on to the cravings... SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR!
It started around the beginning of October. I can't get enough brownies, candy, honey in my tea, artificial sweeteners, yogurt etc. I decided to join AMSTERDAMAND125 in resisting candy for the month of November (she is awesome and didn't have candy for all of October either!). I have also given up my single serving microwaveable brownie for November... I won't post the recipe here, but I got it on spark, and they are addictive. So far, so good. No candy or brownies since Tuesday.
Why am I so sleepy? And why canít I get sweets off my brain??
Plan for the weekend:
Today: pushups and abs at home (lot of errands after work)
Saturday: 4 mile run in Williamsburg tomorrow with Jimi. We are grilling out with friends afterward, so need to watch the alcohol intake...
Sunday: another outdoor run?? not sure, but will get out and do something.
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