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Starting Over!

Friday, May 11, 2012

My blog on Monday had me questioning whether to start over with my 5K "training". I signed up for an online intermediate training program back in March to improve my 5K time to under 36 min. I soon found out after a couple of weeks that I was not quite at "intermediate" level. After 3 weeks, it has you running for an hour and a lot of hard "tempo" runs. I do enjoy the different workouts, so I don't want to abandon the training entirely. I really would like to get past Week 3.

It's been almost 2 weeks since I actually ran and over 2 weeks since I've weighed myself. I won't go into all the reason/excuses, except to say May is simply chaotic! My husband has been working a lot of nights (again, not overnight, so we're thankful for that), but he's not home in the evenings, which leaves me to do all the running around. We end our school year in May, so everything is being crammed into 1 month!

Anyway, to get myself "back on track", I weighed yesterday morning and was surprised to see that I actually lost 2 lbs. Granted 2 weeks ago I had recorded a gain, so now I'm not quite back to "square one". I have about 4.6 lbs. to loose instead of 6 to get back to my lowest WW weight (and 2.6 lbs. to get back to my WW goal). Still in the healthy range and still managed to loose .5 inches in my waist.

I know that trying to keep up with this training is the main reason I'm not gaining weight. Again, it's motivating me to get 5 days of 30+ mins. of exercise a week. So, I clicked the little button and started my training back over (it will "ask" you if you mean to start over!) Yesterday was a 30 min. run and after almost 2 weeks, it was hard. This week and next week I really want to work on having a fast mile because I'm running a "Fun Run" next Saturday at church with my Girl Scout troop and I want to be faster than the girls (and other parents)!

This weekend is jammed packed again. Tomorrow my company is hosting a client appreciation event. I have to be at the park @ 10:30 and stay until 2:30. I would have liked for the whole family to go and make a day of it (nice park with lots to do), but DH & DD#1 have to work. DD#1 got her first job at a local pizza place & she loves it! (she's 16, but she can't drive yet, so we have to get her there & pick her up). DD#2 has a softball game, so only DD#3 and a friend are coming. We'll have to leave right after the event so I can go to DD#2's game (a little late) and pick up DD#1 from work.

Sunday (Mother's Day), DH has to work, but he'll be able to help the girls make me breakfast (after sleeping in) and then DD#2 has All Star softball practice. My niece is having a cook-out at the lake, so we'll go to that after practice.

Happy Mother's Day to all!


Do I Start over Again?!

Monday, May 07, 2012

If anyone reads my blogs, they're probably thinking "this chick is wishy washy" and "boy does she have the excuses", but I'm not sure where to go right now with my running. I blogged before about burn-out and how hard the runs have become. But I know the running has been instrumental in keeping the weight off. I'm also proud of how far I've come. 1 year ago I was about half way through with my C25K program and was probably maybe running for 10 mins. Now I can run for 40+ and 3+ miles. I'm not fast and it's not easy, but I'm doing it.

My quandary right now is it's been over a week since I've even run! Last week was a nightmare with kid's activities (I can't even remember what I did, but running wasn't one of it). I spent the weekend at Girl Scout camp with DD#3 and 9 other 11 year olds. I got plenty of exercise - canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, letterboxing (kind of like geo-catching) and a lot of walking. I really did plan to get a run in yesterday, but by the time we got home, emptied out the car and showered, I had to take DD#2 to softball All Star try-outs. I could have run, they were being held at my running park, but it was hot and I was tired! 2 nights of little to no sleep will do that to you.

Now I've had a week of no running and bad eating (won't even get into that!). This week won't be much better. I won't even list what I have going on, but I don't foresee getting a run in until Wednesday, which means I'm 2 weeks off of my "training schedule". This training schedule is a really good guide and it has kept me motivated to run and do cross-training. I also got some good advice before about taking a guilt free week off from running, just keep moving. I've also gotten advice about strength training (which I haven't done).

So, I ate my healthy breakfast this morning, packed my healthy lunch (just finished my carrots) - can't do anything about what I ate last week. And, I'm going to start my training over again - yes again! It just means restarting a date in the computer. I'm not really starting over, because this is a journey and a life style. If I need to try something different or tweak what I'm doing, that's o.k.

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SAVAGEAMY 5/7/2012 1:53PM

    i completely agree with JESSICAMARIE12. That is great advice. Pick it back up, and complete it. You have not lost it, you just took a breather. Now you can continue on! "Success is not about perfection, it is about persistence."

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TRISSIDAAE 5/7/2012 1:52PM

    Nothing wrong with starting over better than quitting for sure, we all slip sometimes, just pick yourself up and brush yourself off and start again emoticon

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JESSICAMARIE12 5/7/2012 1:47PM

    I would say, just pick up where you left off. We all have things in life that overwhelm us from time to time, but the important thing is that you keep going, and don't let it get you down. 2 weeks may sound like you're way off, but it's better than 2 months!!! :) Just pick up where you left off, adjust your end time, and keep treking.

That's the great thing about weight loss, and goals...they aren't absolute!!!! They are always changing, adapting, and tweeking. You're right, you can't change what you did last week, but you can change what you do THIS week. You're obviously not happy with how you weren't running last week - which I give you props for doing anyway cause me + running = disaster!!! So, take that and learn from it. Think about it the next time you think about skipping a workout, or a run. That's where you will grow, and be successful! :)

If you have come this far already - don't give up - You Can Do It!!!! :)

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Running Burn-Out?!

Monday, April 30, 2012

I finally got my 30 min. run in on Wednesday. I had a "tempo run" scheduled for Thursday, but when I got home from work, I just wasn't in to it. DD#2 was going to go with me, but she had Career Day and spent the whole day on her feet with Dad and her left foot was swollen. Unfortunately she has feet just like her Dad (flat, with no arches). She's the athletic one and suffers quite a bit from this. Anyway, since she wasn't going with me, I felt even less like going. At the last minute, I decided to ride my bike instead. I figured this was better than nothing! I haven't ridden my bike in a while, so I dusted it off, pumped up the tires and loaded it into DH work van. I really enjoyed that ride. I took my old 3 speed bike (although I think it's broken and I could only ride in 1 speed - good thing the trail was fairly flat) and rode 6 miles. I peddled the whole time (about 40 mins.), so I was getting a work-out!

Friday was an off day and we had to get DD#1 & #2 ready for their "homeless experience" on Saturday. It's with the church youth group and they had to spend 24 hours in a cardboard box. They had to solicit donations before and during the event (parking lot of a grocery store). DH dropped them (and their huge box) off @ 6:30 a.m. We stopped by later that morning to drop off donations (they get points on how much donations they get and they get to eat based on that) and then DD#3 and I went back for Mass in the parking lot later that evening. The event was held later (usually in March) and it's usually very cold. It was very hot on Saturday, we almost broke a record (85+). Later Saturday afternoon, DD#3 and I took a walk with the dog (cross training day), but as usual, I ate badly on Saturday.

Sunday morning DH picked the girls up @ 7:00 a.m. and we made them a big breakfast (they had very little to eat). The ate, showered and went to bed! Then DH, DD#3 and I went to religious ed. We got home at 10:00 and DH went to work. I decided to run then because it was going to be another hot one. At 10:30, it was already 75+. The trail was already crowded and I saw a few people I knew. It was really another hard run for me. To make this long story short, I think I must be getting burned out on running! I'm barely making 3 miles and it seems like a struggle the whole time. I keep making excuses on why this is getting harder and I'm not improving, but I think part of it is I'm burned out! I really don't want to stop, because I've worked so hard. I want to finish this training, although I have over 4 weeks to go. Next week will start to be real hard and I'm not sure I can keep up. I'm not going to start over again, I'm just going to do the best I can.

I might have to incorporate something else in this summer, but not completely stop running. It was really hard last summer to keep it up with the heat. What do other people do when they feel "burned out"!?

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CANNIE50 4/30/2012 7:23PM

    I have been here, with running. One thing to do is to completely give yourself a week off of running - no guilt!, and focus on other things (like biking, good for you for substituting that bike ride for a run), fast walks, a hike or two, just something to keep you moving. You can let your "running batteries" re-charge a bit. Do you do strength training? I have learned what a big difference strength training makes to running. I still carry an extra 20 lbs but, because of strength training, I am a stronger runner than I used to be. Also, if you normally run by yourself, it can be helpful to run with someone else - a friend who is a little bit faster and will challenge you, or a friend who is interested in starting to run and you can serve as inspiration and coach. Those are some things that have helped me, anyway. One final thought - are you getting enough sleep? Maybe go to bed an hour earlier - you may just be truly tired and a little physically burned out. There is no substitute for rest, of course. Good for your girls, by the way - what a great exercise they did. PS You have probably already done this, but has some great articles about foot issues that your daughter might find helpful.

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End of School Year!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I'm sure all parents can relate to this. Why do the school systems cram everything possible in at the end of the school year?! As soon as Spring Break is over, it's 2 months of chaos. First the CRCT's and it doesn't end until the last day of school - 5th grade trip, 8th grade trip, Field Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, 8th Grade Formal, Jr. Beta Induction - the list goes on! And this doesn't include any "extra curricular activity", school work, and trying to get them to study for all the finals. These people have kids too, don't they get it?

Anyway, I blogged before that DH and I try to "divide & conquer" and get to all the events, but we're going to have to call in for some reinforcements the next couple of weekends. To top it off, DH started a side job and will be working on his days off and some nights. I can't complain, because the money is good, but it does add to the stress. Not to mention making it harder to do my running training. I was supposed to do a 30 min. run on Monday, but DD#2 had a softball game and it was too late (and too cold!) after the game, plus I had to go to the grocery store. Yesterday was an "off" day, so I was going to do it right after work - wrong! I had to run by the craft store and pick up some stuff for the Girl Scout meeting (I forgot I had volunteered to do the SWAP and I didn't have anything for it!) and again, too late after the meeting. DH didn't get home from side job until 9:30 p.m.

I should be able to go tonight. DH will be home and the only thing we need to do is take DD#1 to fill out a job application (she got a lead on a job @ a pizza place) and get DD#3 ready for her 5th Grade trip tomorrow.

DH and I decided to not run in the 5K on Saturday. I really wanted to do this one because it goes through a local quarry, but it would be too much (we have to get DD#1 & #2 to a church thing by 7 a.m. and not sure if we could make it to the race), and not worth the stress of rushing. I think I have a 45 min. run scheduled that day, so I should be able to get it in later in the day. DD#1 & #2 will be at the church thing (a homeless experience) until Sunday morning, so that only leaves me with 1 kid most of Saturday!

I'm trying to not let my full plate get to me. I made the girls chicken nuggets last night. I know, not the most healthy, but it wasn't fast food and they had corn/peas and strawberries (instead of french fries!). I had a quick salad (and a couple of nuggets - the good Tyson ones!)

I watched the Biggest Loser last night and this season is "No Excuses", although these people seem to be full of them! But it is a good reminder that you can find time to exercise and eat right. So I'm trying to "stay the course"!


Don't Run After Eating Doritos!

Monday, April 23, 2012

I'm ashamed that I even typed that. Sad but true! Sunday was another day of eating crap! After a good week of eating right & exercise and a pretty good Friday & Saturday, I blew it on Sunday. My SP blog is my confessional!

The weekend started off well. Friday evening I went with DD#3's Girl Scout troop rock climbing. They went to this neat place that was in a warehouse and had all types of rock climbing - I believe they call it adrenaline climbing. There were some pretty serious climbers there, but they also had things for younger kids to do - a large slanted wall to climb with a slide and a couple of easier walls. Except for the slide and a couple of the "caves" and the treadwall, there had to be an adult "belay" for each girl. We had a quick training on this and it basically entailed holding on to the safety rope and keeping out the slack so the girl could climb and "repel" back down. It was a lot of arm work and my arms and fingers were hurting the next day. I didn't get to climb, but it was an upper arm workout!

Saturday DD#2 had a softball game (they finally won and DD#2 had an awesome game - homerun, triple & double!). I was tired after that - felt like I played the game, but still had a lot of taxing , laundry & housework to do. Took DD#1 & DD#2 to get accessories/shoes for their dresses (DD#1 has confirmation & DD#2 has the 8th grade formal in May) and took DD#3 to spend the night @ a friends.

Sunday we had weird weather (same today & tomorrow). A front came in and it's cold and windy (35-45 mph gusts). I lazed around in the afternoon eating crap and watching movies (hence the Doritos). DD#2 was going run with me and wanted to do it earlier than I planned. Since she's usually not motivated to go, I figured I better go when she was ready. We got to the track and it was crowded with soccer people, but they were using the field, so we did our stretches, 10 min. jog and then the 4 (or 2 laps) of strides/jog, followed by a 10 min. cool down jog. As usual, I thought I was going to die, but this time I also felt sick to my stomach! Usually I run on a pretty empty stomach and definitely not filled with crap! Serves me right though. Hopefully that will teach me a lesson on how I'm fueling my body! I did eat a really good dinner Sunday night and no snacking! Now I'm ready for the week. Tonight's an early softball game, so I'm going to try to do my 30 min. run after. If it's too dark & cold, I'll do it tomorrow (off day)!

Happy Monday ya'll!

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DOLLFACEDX 4/23/2012 12:31PM

    Good to hear I'm not the only one who falls down on their goals - good for you that you 'returned to the fold' 8-)

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