Friday, November 18, 2011
This has been an interesting week for me. I started out with an 8 mile run, which left me feeling proud and strong and awesome.
I was also sore for days after. It made my plyometrics class more about pain endurance than anything else, but I got through it and by the end was glad I had gone.
Wednesday I lifted heavy, which I love. It is my favorite workout by far. I had been having a crappy day at work, and I think my anger and frustration definitely added to my lifting. Plus, my trainer added even more weight, and I wasn't really struggling. I felt incredibly strong, especially when we bounded and lunged and did pushups with a 25# weight. After an hour of that, I went and taught Zumba and had a great class. It's so much fun, and I needed to dance after my crappy day. It made me feel so much better.
Yesterday, the stupid drama at work continued, and I met my trainer for sprint work. It was great. I felt like I was running faster than usual, and again she added more sprints, which made me work hard, but still felt better than they had the week before. I love progress!
I did skip Pilates last night. My hubby took me and the kids to our favorite restaurant, and I got to have sushi - which is my favorite, though we don't get it very often. It was nice to have time with the family and eat yummy food. I also (for the first time) did not go overboard. I usually give myself a free pass when we go there, but I knew that in my emotional state that was a bad idea. I chose one indulgent roll and a California roll, and I stayed in my calories. I felt great about that and less guilty about skipping pilates. I think it was the best choice to have some family time. I needed it.
My program is done until after Thanksgiving, for which I am grateful. Tonight, I have my Zumba class, which I love going to. I love hearing the women talk about their weight loss and the clothes that now fit after 6 weeks of Zumba. It feels great to help others.
I'm really proud of myself for getting through my emotional eating. That has always been my biggest downfall, and I feel like I am finally getting control over it. My next challenge is to get through this weekend. I tend to stay on plan all week only to ditch the plan on the weekends. This coming week will be challenging too with everyone home for vacation, but I am determined to keep eating clean and exercising. I've already made a plan for Thanksgiving, and I know I can stick with it.
Hooray for change and the new me! That's what I am most Thankful for!!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Imagine the happiest of happy dances, and that is what is going on in my head right now. Not my body. I'm too sore and exhausted for that, but exhausted in the good way. My muscles are spent. I love this feeling.
Did I mention I ran 8 miles today?
Before this, I had completed a couple 10ks but never anything longer. The farthest I had ever run without stopping was 5 miles, and it was on a completely flat bike path. Today, my friend/trainer emailed me and asked me to go for a run. I was up for it. We're having an unseasonably warm November up here, and I want to be outside as much as possible. A few weeks before we did the 5 mile run I mentioned before. Other than that my running was only sprint work.
She said I should push myself and do either a 6 or an 8. I had to pick the 8. She's run a couple marathons. No excuse I had would have been a good one, and I kind of wanted to try it. I've got the goal of running a half next year, and I need to start trying some distance.
I'm so glad I did. I had one of the best runs I have ever had. I went into it believing that I could do it and do it well. I felt great. I felt strong, and I was well past the 6 mile mark before I even thought of walking. It was amazing.
Sure, I wasn't fast. I plodded along behind my trainer, watching her get far ahead and stop to wait for me. I didn't stop. Once. We were done an hour and a half later and lying with our feet up against the wall of the school laughing.
I was so proud of myself. I'm not usually the type to talk about my accomplishments, but I have been telling everyone I see. I haven't been this proud in a long time.
This is what it's about. Weight loss is nice. I like seeing the number go down, but I get hung up on it. This is what it's really about. Self-love and pride. Giving our best and working our hardest to accomplish a goal, and the sweet taste of achievement. There are so many, much more worthy goals. I want to run 10 miles, a half, who knows, marathon someday? I never would have considered it before, but now I know nothing is out of reach. Feels fantastic.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Week 2 of my clean eating did not go as well as week 1. I did fine during the week, but once again the weekend set me back in my old ways. I was under a lot of stress and surrounded by candy, and I gave in. It was almost unconscious as first, and I was really mad at myself for falling back into old patterns.
Still, it's a major improvement over what I used to do. I kept my calories under 2000 - which is better than the 3000 or 4000 I used to do when stressed. The candy I ate was a minimal part of those calories. It was mostly healthy foods, and I managed to exercise despite my hectic schedule.
I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I'm back on track today, and I am challenging myself to make it through next weekend. But, I'm preparing this time. I'm going to have a food/exercise plan in place as well as scheduling things to keep me busy instead of eating. I'm also going to visualize a successful, healthy weekend. I know it sounds odd, but it works for me.
I'm still committed to eating clean. This weekend actually strengthened my dedication to it. While I did indulge in some candy this weekend it was more from habit than enjoyment. I found the candy to be way too sweet and almost waxy. I didn't enjoy it, and I'm going to remember that the next time I am tempted.
Tried on the jeans again, and they fit a little better, though tight in the thighs because I've been lifting heavy. It makes my legs bulk up slightly when I lift heavy, so I wasn't surprised to find them snug in the legs. The waist was better. I'm enjoying my break from the scale, and the thought of those jeans is keeping me from going overboard.
My schedule - while still crazy - is back to normal this week, which means I should have a great, healthy week. This next weekend is mine. I'm going to get through it without slipping into old patterns. When I conquered weekends last time, I was successful in losing weight. It may be what I need to lose the last 20 now. Staying focused this week. Once I have one weekend down, I should be good. It's all about breaking the pattern.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
I'm having trouble typing this blog. Why?
Because I just did this: www.bodyrock.tv/2011/11/02/im-sexy-a
nd-i-know-it-workout/ Wow. Intense.
This is only my 3rd Body Rock workout, but I love them! They are short, intense, and I feel like a bada** when I'm done (except for the panting, whining, laying on my floor immediately after). I like that they work my muscles differently from everything else I do. I'm so psyched I added them into my weekly routine! (Thanks again, GIANTMICROBE)
Here are the numbers:
Low jacks - 20, 19, 18 - yeah, I kind of slowed down a bit as these went on, but my legs were burning!
Walking push up/mt. climbers - 5, 6, 7 - Two of my favorites! Went up on these - does that cover my slacking on the low jacks?
Reverse push ups - 16, 18, 17 - love these too! Although, I had to stop a few times to rest.
Reptile Pushups - 22, 25, 27 - Pain! But, accomplishment, too. My first set I did the full exercise. Had to modify slightly for the other two.
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