Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I owe everyone a blog entry or two. I really apologize. For the last week I've had a frustrating depression jag, mostly due to work stress. But... I haven't been tracking my food or visiting the SparkPeople page or message boards really. Which is the opposite of what I should have been doing. But... I'm not going to try to logic this one out. I'm just going to make an effort to get back in my routine of visiting everyday, tracking my food, etc.
I have managed to exercise, although not as much as I was. Last week I did get in all 3 types of strength training. I added a rep to each set. I only got in 2 runs, not 3. My run on Saturday did not go well, so I'm not counting that towards week 3 of OHR. So... tomorrow, I will be out of bed at 6:00 am to start week 3 of OHR. I'm sure that forcing myself to get back on track will help with the stress and related depression.
It just sucks because I don't really have problems with depression, but it is one of the side effects of heavy stress for me. I've spent years trying to find ways to successfully manage stress. I've gotten better the last 4 years, but every now and then my house of cards collapses...
I didn't weigh in this week... I'm terrified to see what the scale tells me on Sunday.
Oh well... No sense crying over spilled milk. I can only move forward from here.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Okay, I've got a lot to babble about this afternoon. First off, yesterday was Week 2, day 2 of One Hour Runner. The flat, 30-minute run again. For some reason, I really struggled with it yesterday. I was just... tired by minute 20. At 25 minutes, my lower back... was tired. It was weird. I haven't had my lower back muscles complain up to this point, but they were whining at me. I barely stumbled into the 30th minute. It was a really rough run. I hope Tuesday's goes better.
I skipped my strength training on Friday but did it yesterday. (If you look at my fitness tracker, they're entered for Friday. I was two lazy to manually enter them on Saturday - I just scrolled back to Friday and checked them off.)
Saturday's strength training:
-Calf raises with wall: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Forward Lunge: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Lateral Lunge: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Lying abduction: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Lying adduction: 2 sets of 10 reps
-Lying leg curls: 2 sets of 10 reps
This week I'm going to try adding 1 rep to each set for all my strength training. Here's hoping that I don't fall on my face when I try to do an extra push-up!
On Friday, I conquered the pitas. I vowed to myself that I would make successful flatbread. Thus, on Friday, I came home from work, marched into my kitchen, and in under an hour I had puffed up pitas. They were fantastic and I'm utterly addicted to homemade flatbread now. This time around it was so easy, and they were fantastic fresh out of the oven. And it was cheaper than storebought. When my roommate and I finish this batch, I'm going to try substituting a cup of the bread flour with a cup of whole wheat, to make some whole wheat pitas. Two days of kneading bread was great on my forearms. There's one argument against using the bread machines dough cycle for bread. Strength training!
Yesterday my roommate organized a marathon cleaning session. Her mom came over while I was getting groceries and by the time I got home, both bathrooms were cleaned and the kitchen floor was mopped. That meant that I got the fun job of cleaning the stove. Yay for even more upper body workout!
Today is supposed to be a rest day. If I get stir crazy, I might go for a walk. We'll see. I have homework and graduate school applications that need finished before bed time.
Oh, and finally, this week I gained 0.6 pounds back. It must have been all the bread I ate with my pita experiment coupled with the homemade cheesecake that my roommate brought home from her mom's. (It was only one slice... but I think that was enough...)
So... here's to next week.
Friday, November 16, 2007
But at least it's Friday. I tried to make pita bread last night, and it really... didn't work. I'm going to try the recipe again tonight with some modifications. (I have a TON of hummus and need something to eat it with.) For the record, dating a professional chef is NOT all fantastic relaxing meals. He's never made pita before, or seen it made (he hates baking), and he hovered over my shoulder the entire time cause he was curious. While I was nervous, because it was a new recipe and I didn't know what to expect. My dough turn out tough, my pitas didn't puff, they were chewy, and I left them in the oven too long willing them to puff - so they were also crispy. Then the boy expected sympathy when he was unhappy with his hummus. Hrmph.
Plus side - 6 minutes of kneading and an hour of trying to roll the uncooperative dough really worked my arms. Does that give me bonus strength training?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Once again, out of bed at 6:10 am and onto the trail at sun-up. No one is on the trail at that hour! It's so... peaceful. I love it. And I can't believe I've managed to do it two runs in a row. And my body is handling it so well. Much better than this summer when I tried running first thing in the morning. It's also weird to be at work and realize that I have my exercise done for the day. Wicked cool.
Anyway, so, starting week 2 of One Hour Runner. This is another week of flat 30 minutes runs (for a weekly total of 90 minutes). Nothing too strenuous. The runs are getting almost relaxing, not really a big deal. I should rephrase that. They're still work - I'm definitely working my body and pushing it, but it's not scary and it's definitely not like it was with my first 30 minute run. I'm definitely forming a habit.
Yesterday was really crazy busy, so I skipped my strength training. But I managed to get it in this morning after my run. I did a repeat of last week's sets - not ready to increase the number of reps yet:
Crunches: 2 sets of 10 reps
Reverse Crunches: 2 sets of 10 reps
Standing side bend with towel: 2 sets of 10 reps
Bridge-ups: 2 sets of 10 reps
Swimming: 2 sets of 10 reps
Additionally, I got myself out the door in time to make the train. So, after my nice morning run, I got in 20 minutes of reading on the train and didn't have the stress of morning traffic. (And I'm saving gas - which is gentler on my wallet and the planet!) I was very pleased. I didn't get my morning pages done, because I left my journal over at my boyfriend's apartment yesterday. I would have missed the train if I'd have taken 15 minutes to journal. Looks like I need to push back that wake-up time by a little bit...
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
It's currently 10:36 Central Standard Time... and I claim victory over this Tuesday. Look, I've even planted a flag in it. Tuesday - I win!!
I dragged my butt out of bed at 6:10 am to get myself to the trail for my run. For those of you who haven't read my blog before, I don't run in the mornings. For one, I'm not a morning person and for two, morning exercise is notorious for making me sick. However, that was before I had built any kind of consistency in exercise. Because of the lack of light when I leave the office, I decided to bite the bullet and get up early to make it to the trail. I got myself a small glass of soy milk for a little protein boost, did some nice leisurely stretches, then headed over to the trail for a 30-min run. There was no one there! The sun had just come up and it was that lovely, new dawn temperature and color - and the leaves are all gold and orange and red now. It was lovely - and I got it all to myself for 30 minutes plus warm up and cool down. Glorious.
I was home by 7:20 am, and I took 10 minutes to journal (aka my Morning Pages). Then I finished getting ready for work and headed out. I left "on time", that's still 10 minutes later than I like to leave, but at a time that I could still be in the office on time. I felt great so I didn't fret it.
Then I hit standstill traffic. My normally 30 minute drive (parking lot to parking lot) took me 50 minutes. I was 20 minutes late for work. Woe is me... my great morning will end in tragedy? Strangely it didn't stress me out. I know that my boss always arrive later than I do, that someone else would be there to open the office, and that I'm consistently on time, so this one time wasn't going to kill me. And sure enough, I beat the boss into the office.
After I got settled, I got a couple small tasks off my desk and got some great cooperation from a couple faculty and by 10 am had more done than I usually get done before noon.
Today - I win! Give me your marbles.
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