Monday, June 17, 2013
I blogged last week that I'm 2.2 lbs. below goal. Good thing, because I think my "off" eating is finally catching up with me. I peeked at the scale over the weekend and it looks like I'm up over a pound (could be more now - we'll see the official weight on Wednesday)!
Last Wednesday was DH's birthday. He was working a side job and said he would try to be home by 6:00. I went to the grocery store right after work and got stuff to grill out and a cake! I chopped and prepared kebabs. We had chicken, steak and plenty of veggies. I also made a pasta salad with whole wheat pasta and we had a fruit salad. It was a lot of work, but quite yummy (so was the cake!). DH didn't get home until almost 7, so by the time he showered, it was late when we ate. I had my "big ole piece of cake" around 9:00. I woke up around midnight feeling yucky and wide awake. You think I would learn my "sugar lesson" by now!
Anyway, I took Thursday off to basically drive kids around. I had to get DD#2 to the gym by 7 am and then pick her up @ 8:30 and take her to the park for outdoor volleyball practice and then take DD#3 to the church for VBS @ 9. I didn't have to get DD#2 until 11 and DD#3 until 1:00, so I went to the greenway to run about 9:15. It was already very hot and humid. Once again, I was surprised how many people were out running/walking/biking on a weekday morning (but hey, I was there too!).
I ran for about 15 mins., walked for 2 and then ran for another 15 mins. It was about 40 mins. of running/walking. By the time I got back to the car, I was drenched, it was so hot & humid! It was a really good run though. I had just enough time to shower and then pick up DD#2. She had 2 hour outdoor volleyball practice, so she was also quite sweaty!
DH wanted to run on Thursday, so I was going to go with him and just walk. We had some major thunderstorms come in (even tornadoes), so that squashed his running on Thursday.
It was a little cooler and less humid on Friday, so DH, DD#2 and I went to the park . By the time we got there, the indoor gym was closed, so she had to run outside and play basketball on the outdoor court. She's definitely an "indoor" sport girl! She was complaining about the heat, sun & bugs!
I ran straight for 2 miles and then walked. I feel pretty good with running 2 miles, so I'm going to stick with that the next couple of runs and then try to increase the distance a little. My goal is to get back to 3.1 miles of straight running.
I had my great nephew all day on Saturday. We played in his little pool and then he was getting fussy, so I walked him up and down our road and through the pasture until he fell asleep (got in about 1/2 mile). He slept for a couple of hours, so I got in some house cleaning. He was spending the night at his Grandma's house (my sister) and she was running late at work, so DH and I took the baby to a park closer to my sister's house and walked him around the trail. The playground had the little bucket swings for babies (he's 6 months old), so we swung him in that. It's really fun having a baby around, but we were glad to drop him off with my sister that night and get back to our teenagers. You forget how much trouble babies are!
DH wanted BBQ for Father's Day, so he picked up some stuff Saturday night. I'm not a big fan of bbq, but I did eat my share! I spent Sunday morning cutting grass and we went to church Sunday evening. After church we got frozen yogurt!
So June is halfway over and I'm pretty pleased with my "goals". If my "off" eating hasn't messed things up, I should still be below goal weight, my running distance is improving and the only thing I need to "work on" is strength training. DD#2 was going over all the stuff they do at weight training (the high school has a Strength & Conditioning coach that works with all the different sports programs - its' great!) and I was jealous that she gets a "personal trainer".
I really have no excuse for not doing this, just no motivation!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I weighed in this morning and I lost another .4 lbs. I saw a number I haven't seen since before I got married (over 20 years ago!).
I'm back in maintenance and not trying to loose weight, but I'm 2.2 lbs. below goal, so that gives me more wiggle room! I was a little afraid I would show a gain. My eating has been a little off. I haven't quite worked out a "summer routine" yet. As I mentioned before, my summer has been crazy so far. I'm doing ok with breakfast & lunch, although it's a pain sometimes to chop & prepare stuff. I was almost going to eat some crappy cereal this morning and just buy something for lunch, but my weight loss motivated me to fix my eggs & veggies and make my lunch!
I ran last night with DH & DD#2. We parked at the gym and DD#2 went inside to run & play basketball and DH and I ran the hilly trail. We did a warm up walk around the parking lot and then hit the trail. He goes the opposite direction of me because he likes to run up the big hill and I can't quite make it. Going my way is hard too because there are a lot of "up & down" hills. One loop is about 1.5 miles so I did a loop and ran back to the car. I'm figuring it was about 1.8 miles. It's a really hard run and it was very hot & humid last night. It was still about 88 degrees at 7:00 pm!
I got my water out of the car and briskly walked to the gym. DD#2 was playing a pickup game and DH wasn't there yet, so I ran another 1/2 mile on the indoor track and did a cool down walk of a couple of laps.
By the time we got back home, it was almost 8 pm, so I had a ham sandwich on a sandwich thin (with lettuce, pickles & cucumbers on the sandwich), a cheese stick and some grapes. Most days I eat 5+ servings of veggies, 1-2 servings of fruit and 1 serving of grain & lots of protein. There are those "off" days too, but that's pretty much what I'm sticking to for maintenance.
Today is DH's birthday. I'm going by the grocery store after lunch to pick up some stuff to grill (and a cake!).
I took a day of vacation tomorrow because I don't have any "back up" to get DD#2 & DD#3 where they need to be tomorrow morning. I should get them dropped off by 9:00 am and don't have to pick up DD#2 until 11, so I think I'll run tomorrow morning. It's supposed to be even hotter on Thursday 90+, so it will be good to get the run out of the way.
Monday, June 10, 2013
North Georgia is getting socked with rain! Not as much as a lot of people, but we are experiencing some flooding and it's pouring right now!
I ran outside on Thursday, but it was very humid! I took DD#1 to work on Friday and DD#2 and I ran in the gym. It starting pouring after we dropped off DD#1 and the entire time we were in the gym. It was raining so hard, it sounded like the roof would cave in (the running track goes around the top of the gym, so it's closer to the roof!). A couple of times there would be bolts of lightening and very loud thunder! It was scary, even inside!
I had a pretty good run Thursday & Friday. I'm slowly working my way back up to running the entire 3 miles. I ran 2 miles straight on Friday (I hate counting those laps!) and then walked a lap and ran another 1/2 mile. My speed is usually pretty fast on the indoor track too!
DH had a rare Saturday off, so we spent most of the day doing yardwork. Even though the grass was still pretty wet, the weather report showed Saturday as being our best bet for a little sunshine. It was actually pretty nice most of the day, so I spent most of the afternoon cutting grass. DH took DD#1 to work and picked her up (I'm still not ready to drive with her yet!), so the only running around I had to do was take DD#2 & friend to the movies.
Sunday morning was still pretty sunny/partly cloudy. I ran to the grocery store and then had to pick up DD#1's boyfriend. When I got home, I had to take DD#2 to a basketball tournament (she was getting paid to keep the books) and pick up DD#3 from friend's house.
When I finally got back home, my sister was there with my great nephew. We were only able to get in a short walk before it started raining again. It rained the rest of Sunday, so I didn't get to run (the indoor gym closes early on Sundays).
It was also raining so hard, we also couldn't grill out like we had planned. I'd like to say my eating was good over the weekend, but it was pretty "off". I was even starting to "crave" veggies on Sunday!
I was just not prepared for summer to be this busy! Our fridge was so empty on Sunday, I was able to clean the shelves and drawers and not move a lot of stuff around! Usually it's loaded with fruits, veggies, etc. I stocked up somewhat yesterday, so I had my healthy breakfast & lunch. We still have the stuff to grill out for tonight, so hopefully the rain will go away!
Friday, June 07, 2013
I don't know what happened to me yesterday. In retrospect, it was definitely one of those days where I can say, "no wonder I was overweight"!.
I started the day out good. I had an egg/veggie omlette for breakfast (made sure to buy eggs Wednesday night), and a healthy lunch that I packed and then I get home!
So far, I have not had the "lazy days of summer"! For whatever reason, just about every activity my girls are participating in this summer - from sports to vacation bible school to driver's ed. etc. - take place in the morning through mid-afternoon. Right when DH and I are at work! There wasn't much going on last week (first week of summer vacation) since we were camping, but this week has been a nightmare and the rest of the summer will be the same.
I'm exhausted from trying to figure out a "driving schedule" to get everyone where they need to be (actually had to type out a schedule). Fortunately I can be flexible with my hours, DH works different hours (but is working a lot of side jobs) and my dad is also available. Still, it's still been a major headache.
Anyway, one good thing is it frees up the evenings. I got home yesterday after work and was really tired, so I resorted to some of my old habits! DD#1 got her braces of Tuesday (for the second time - long story) and the orthodontist office gave her a real nice water bottle with a balloon tied to it. The water bottle was filled with candy - yes candy from an orthodontist! Really good stuff too. So I found myself munching on Snickers & Reeses cups. Granted they were the mini bars, but seriously! I'm not even sure how many I ate. I quickly put them in a little baggie and put them in the back of the freezer! I didn't want to throw them away since I seemed to be the only one with the "eat them all at one time" mentality. They have been sitting on the counter for almost 2 days and no one else had eaten any! Plus, they were DD#1', not mine!
So DH gets home from his side job (after 6:00) and wanted to run. It was over an hour since I had the candyfest, so I went with him. It wasn't really hot, but really, really humid (Tropical Storm Andrea was going through South Georgia at this time). I had a good run, but sweated up a storm.
DH had ordered pizza for the girls (+ 2 friends) and it was on the counter when we got home. By the time I showered, it was after 7:30 and I still hadn't eaten (unless you count the candy and I don't!). So I had 2 pieces of pizza! There were plenty of veggies on it, so it was ok, right?!
Oh well, it was just one of those days. At least I had a healthy breakfast & lunch and got in a run!
I'll probably run with DD#2 tonight since she didn't have any type of workout today. DH is off on a rare Saturday, so we'll probably do some yard work and he'll probably want to run. DD#2 and my niece are not going kayaking on Saturday (my niece is going on Sunday instead and DD#2 has to keep score at a basketball tournament), so I won't be watching great-nephew since his grandmother (my sister) will be watching him. She'll probably come by and we'll take him to the park.
It will be a good weekend of activity, so hopefully I won't find that candy in the back of the freezer (or maybe someone will have eaten it all!).
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
I weighed this morning and I actually lost 1.4 lbs. I didn't think I would gain, but I thought I would pretty much stay the same. I'm thrilled with the loss and am now 1.8 lbs. below my goal weight, so I have a little more room to wiggle!
I didnt really over eat while on vacation, but I did eat "off plan". As I mentioned before, I ate a lot of hot dogs, buns & chips last week. I don't want to start back with that "mindless snacking" of junk, so I'm back to 1-2 servings of fruit & grains per day and eating mostly lean protein & veggies.
I just feel better when I eat this way. I was really bummed this morning to find out we were out of eggs and I had to eat an english muffin (whole wheat - 100 calorie) for breakfast. It's only after 11 and I'm already feeling hungry. When I eat my 2 eggs loaded with veggies, I'm usually not hungry until after 12.
I also measured myself this morning (haven't done this in over a month) and I lost 2 total inches. I lost a whole inch around my waist!
I'm very happy with where I am (can't believe I'm actually saying this!) and now have to get back to the arduous task of maintaining!
I haven't set any June fitness goals yet. I want to keep up with the running. DH is working a lot of side jobs, so he's not able to run as much and so far DD#2 has only run once since school has been out. The first week she was camping and so far this week, she's had volleyball and basketball workouts (and some days both in one day). I need my motivators!
In fact, it was DD#1 who suggested we go hiking at the "mountain" park last night. I was already "talking myself" out of running since it was so hot and I still needed to make something for dinner. She usually isn't too keen on "nature", so I was happy she was motivated to go. Apparently she's been doing a yoga workout her AP Lit. teacher told her about and wanted to also add a "cardio". I was thrilled that she's been doing something and without me having to "nag".
So, DD#1 & 3 and I went hiking. It's a beautiful park and the trails are quite strenuous. A lot of people run the trails. I've tried a few times, but besides the difficulty, I'm always afraid I'll trip over the rocks & roots.
Anyway, we hiked about 45 mins. It's very shady, but still hot! DD#3 mentioned going back to some of the parks we haven't been to in a while and doing more walking/hiking. So I'll try to get in a couple of days running and do some hiking.
Now if I could just get in some strength training. I was going to start back with Coach Nicole's workout a couple of mornings a week. I was looking forward to sleeping in a little and still being able to do a workout before work. DD#2's basketball workouts are at 8:00 am, so I still have to get up about the same time - no sleeping in!
This is my biggest challenge, so I'm going to make it my June goal. 2 days a week I will get up a little early and do that workout!
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