Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I've decided to really hone in on my eating habits now that we've finished training for the half. I've been going over my calories more often than I've been under and I've had an insatiable sweet tooth. I've joined the tame your sweet tooth challenge on SP to help me jump start the process.
Reduce/manage cravings for sweets
Break habit of having an after work snack (unless it's post workout) and after dinner snack
Stay within calorie range 5/7 days per week and don't go over 1900 on other 2 days
Get back to pre-Thanksgiving weight (I keep getting there and then going right back up!)
I've gotten to the point where I keep giving myself allowances for no reason. (Watching tv? I'll have some wine! Went to work today? I need candy! Bored? Eat 2 cliff bars!) I would really like to get back to eating when I'm hungry and eating mindfully. I don't want to feel deprived, but I still want to feel like I have control of the situation. Currently, if I want a piece of candy, I have a piece of candy. I want to be able to think "I'm going out with friends tomorrow, so I'd rather have some drinks tomorrow instead of having this candy today."
I have also been treating everything as a special occasion. We don't really have any friends here, so any time we go visit friends or have someone come down to our house, I go all out for some reason. It's not like I'm never going to see my friends again, but I seem to treat the situation that way! This pretty much sums up every weekend, so it's kind of problematic.
My plan to reduce cravings right now is avoidance. I will work on making sweets a part of my life after I stop having theses crazy cravings. I'm doing well so far (2 days womp womp...). For snacking, I just plan to stay busy. We have a lot of spring cleaning I'd like to get done soon, I'm also reading a new book and it's freaking nice out finally! For portion control, I'm going to stop eyeballing everything. I may buy a food scale, but at the very least, I'm going to bust out measuring cups for everything. For meal planning, I've been planning a day or 2 in advance, but haven't done anything exciting enough to post. We've done a few recipe repeats recently, but at least we're cooking!
I'm hoping that these things will help me stay within my calorie range and get back to my November weight. Honestly, the weight isn't a huge deal, but this fluffy stomach has got to go!
Anyone have tips for getting strict with your diet (not the 4-letter word diet, I mean the what you eat diet)?
Sunday, April 14, 2013
I did it! I ran my first half marathon! I say first here, because I am definitely running another one!
The raced started at 7am just over the bridge to the OBX. We started out pretty slow (10 minute miles). My friend and I needed to pee around mile 2 (yes, that early haha), so J kept running while we stopped at the porta potties. We stuck together for the next 7 miles. We talked to someone who had a Garmin around mile 7 and she said we were running 9 minute miles at that point. When running around the Wright Brothers Memorial, we camp up to the 9 mile marker and saw J ahead of us! We tried to catch up for about a mile, and my friend ran ahead to catch up with him. I tried to catch up, but they were going pretty fast.
I turned on my ipod before mile 10 and just kept going. Honestly, I was running pretty fast. Faster than I'd run on any longer training runs. I kept that pace for most of the last 4 miles until I reached the finish line. The last mile was on a trail through the woods. Sweet!! J and I did most of our training runs on trails through the woods (not a lot of safe places to run on roads around here). There were a lot of small hills in the woods and a lot of people started walking. I just kept going, knowing the finish line was close. The song Bodies by Smashing Pumpkins came on my ipod and I just sped up. I ran up a hill and came around the corner to see the finish line at the bottom of the hill. I ran full throttle to the finish line.
Chip time was 2:00:45! Yes, if I hadn't stopped and had to wait for someone else to get out of the porta potty, I would have made it under 2 hours. Definitely a goal for my next race.
I also tried to load a picture and it's too large, so once I figure out how to make it smaller, I'll post it on here.
Monday, April 01, 2013
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak.
*Follow half marathon training plan without missing a run
*Incorporate strength training at least 2x per week
*Eat mindfully. Taste each bite. Slow down. Realized when I'm full.
*Think before you eat.
*dedicate 45 minutes to abs each week (can split up if needed)
* MEAL PLANS!!
I'm still doing my 10 minutes daily exercise streak! For the past 2 weeks, I've been having trouble with getting out to run, and covering my mileage while running. I've missed a few runs and had a really bad run Wednesday and even worse run Saturday. I've been doing well incorporating strength training, although I haven't been in the gym much (doing more videos). I've also been doing some ab videos online and in the gym , so I think I've met my 45 minutes goal (or at least made a huge leap towards it!). Food-wise, I've been all over the place. I haven't been within my calorie range in about 2 weeks. Seriously, that long. I've also had quite a few days in the past 2 weeks where I haven't tracked. Of course, were are my worst days too! I have tracked pretty religiously for the past year, so not tracking is pretty bad for me.
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak.
*Download new music for ipod.
* Find new running routes, videos, workouts etc.
*Dedicate 45 minutes to abs each week
* 15 pushups per day (450 for the month).
* 15 squats per day (450 for the month).
*Dedicate time to eating each meal. Stop multitasking and just eat (no tv, work, computer etc).
*Track all food daily.
* MEAL PLANS!!
My plan for the month is to like exercising again! I do not want it to feel like a chore. I also want to put a larger emphasis on tasting my food, not just scarfing it down. I'd like to eat my lunch outside if it's nice or turn off my monitor at work and concentrate on the my meal. And plan my meals! I honestly eat much less when I plan my meals.
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