Thursday, February 02, 2012
You know how when you haven't done something for a while, you can forget how much you enjoy it until you're actually in the middle of doing it again?
I did NOT want to get out of bed yesterday. We hadn't gotten to sleep until about 11am (got stuck at work for an extra half hour or so, then needed to eat something before sleep was going to happen, yadda yadda) so when the alarm went off at 3pm, the entire body complained. But no matter what else was going on, I had to pick up my son from work, so I dragged myself out of my comfy bed next to the comfy mate, checked the weather (60 degrees? how is this winter?), donned my walking gear and headed out.
KITTYWULF wasn't quite ready to leave when her brother and I arrived, but that was okay since we were running WAY early. I used their bathroom while she finished getting ready, and we headed to Newport On The Levee in Northern KY. Which was a much faster drive than I'd expected (rush hour traffic apparently heads mostly in the other direction that time of day - good to know). Not that either of us were complaining - it gave us a little time to do some exploring at the mall before getting down to business. Which we did - there's a new toy store where the Hot Topic used to be, which carries a lot of REALLY good quality stuff - mommy-person was impressed (remember, I used to sell Discovery Toys and still keep up on toy trends since I've still got the heartkids to think of, so I KNOW my stuff when it comes to decent toys...and I'm a toy store junkie anyway). Then we discovered there's a new dance studio/fitness studio in the mall right next to the art gallery, so we gathered information about that (they have a new aerial/hooping class starting tonight, which sounds interesting...they also teach break dancing which made me giggle), and then I got a coffee while she had some banana bread at the coffee shop. We popped into the B&N for a few minutes - for me to use the bathroom again and for her to check out the manga (which she didn't find, they've rearranged stuff again). Then it was back to the car to get our gear and we headed out to meet the walkers.
Crowd shot as we were getting route instructions - this is only SOME of the crew. :)
My daughter and her "blinky light" (they bring a bag of safety lights for folks to borrow, we both decided our hair-ties were the best spot to wear ours last night).
From the levee we headed towards the Taylor-Southgate Bridge, crossed the bridge over the river and then turned right on Pete Rose Way, and walked along the river for half an hour...past Sawyer Point and Bicentennial Commons and the Montgomery Inn Boathouse. After 30 minutes, we turned back - I thought we'd just turn around where we were but it just so happened the 30 minute mark happened at a spot where we could loop into the park and walk through the park for a bit to get back to the sidewalk.
It was GLORIOUS! Chatted with some coaches and fellow walkers, and TRIED (epic fail...too much movement) to take some pictures of my beautiful city all lit up for the evening. The weather was glorious (ended up taking off my jacket and tying it around my waist), the river was beautiful...the stars broke through the clouds to dance with the moon. Just awesome.
We pegged 60 minutes almost exactly (KITTYWULF had her stopwatch going and we stopped at 60 minutes 19 seconds), and then stretched (yes both of us...I'm TRYING to get better about that, promise).
There is also pictorial evidence of ME, but it's currently still sitting on my daughter's phone. I'll either share the pics, or a link to her blog if she blogs them, later on.
For now, I can't WAIT until this weekend - 9-10 miles are on the docket for Saturday, and I'm ready! I'm gonna see that wall and leap over it! (I've been nervous about getting to the 9-mile mark again, that's how far I went this summer when I had "The Incident")
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
This is a fun assignment this week!
This week, you will be brewing your own Polyjuice Potions and submitting them for inspection by Proffessor Slughorn, Potions Master. If he approves your completed potion, you will recieve an extra 100 points for your House.
Each ingredient (collected in full) is worth 10 points.
If you would like to collect extra ingredients for the students' cupboard in the Potion room, you may earn up to 5 points extra per day. (The way to earn the extra points will be listed next to the ingredient.)
The ingredient I'm working on today is "Fluxweed":
16 scruples of fluxweed that were picked at the full moon -
A scruple is a very small amount, equal to 1/24 of an ounce. It can also refer to any small amount of something.
To collect your fluxweed, write a blog outlining 16 small things that you allow to get in the way of your fitness, nutrition, and overall health.
To collect extra fluxweed for the Potions stores, list 4 extra scruples in your blog.
This is a good exercise, actually. I think we tend to focus on the BIG things that get in our way, but the little things add up too!
* I don't like apples
For some reason, my organic delivery service always wants to send me apples. I usually remember to customize my order, but if I forget they always send me 4 or more apples. So I have a TON of apples in my crisper, but I'm not a huge apple fan. I could TOTALLY bring one to work to get more freggies in, but I rarely do.
* I don't like pears
Same deal as above
* I haven't done laundry yet
This can be an issue some days, since I only have a couple of sports bras. Happily, I've kept some of my older cotten bras and can wear them on the days I'm cross-training (not running...MUST wear a sports bra when running).
* I'm too comfy
Getting out of bed to go to the gym when there's a warm mate to cuddle up next to can be REALLY hard some days
* I'm running out of time...
This is a biggie on Mondays - I've been having a REAL tough time getting out the door early enough to have time to do both cardio and strength training before I have to rush home to get ready for work. It's really easy to just skip the strength training
* I'm not training for anything right now, so it's no big deal if I skip
This isn't as big an issue right now because I AM training for something specific. But when I'm not, it's easy to slack
* Oh, just one more XYZ won't hurt...
Pick your poison here. It's fine if it really IS just one more and you've got the leeway to indulge a bit, but sometimes just one more becomes just two more, then three, and suddenly you've eaten a TON of whatever you were trying not to eat too much of. Why I had the mate put the candy jar up where I can't reach it easily - I have to REALLY decide I want something before I can easily just keep munching.
* I've been doing cardio for over an hour and I'm tired, I'll just stop...
Right now THIS is a biggie for me, with the marathon training. It's easy to just say "I did enough, forget the stretching or strength training"...even on cross training days when I only do 30 minutes on the elliptical, when I've put in SO much time getting in mileage during the week, I just want to be done already.
* I'm too busy today...
You'd think with 3-4 days off in a row every week, there would be plenty of time for the gym, but between driving my son around, other errands etc, some days it just gets away from me. Why I try to do the gym FIRST, to get rid of the excuses
* We can just let LaRosa's feed us...
OOOOOOOOoooooooo, that can be a huge temptation some days. Especially when I've been running around a bunch, and just don't feel like cooking.
* No time to cook and I'm hungry NOW
I've got to start planning better on my days off. Leftovers are awesome, but really I need to plan meals more days a week than I have been
* Planned on making something in the crockpot but got up too late...
This has gotten ridiculous lately. Again, I've got to start planning ahead better.
Nutella is the debil. Seriously. Do you know, I had never tried it until the mate and I moved in together? It's far too easy to just eat a spoonful...and have that become several spoonfuls.
* Nothing quick to eat, so I'll just skip the vitamins
I can't take my vitamins without something to eat - they just lay on my stomach and I start feeling sick. Usually I'll take them first thing when I get up, and then eat a banana. If we're out of bananas, I'm likely to skip the vitamins altogether. Bad, I know. :(
* Not being at work
No really - on my work days, I've got a pattern that works. Particularly with water - I have a bottle that holds 50+ oz, and another 24 oz bottle - my goal is to drink the big one by the time I leave, and finish the rest between the drive home and getting to bed. Most days I finish the big one early enough I've got the little one half gone before I even leave work. On my days off? If I work out I get closer to the water goals, but if I don't, or I get busy...it just falls out of my head. Same thing with freggies - I take stuff with me to work. At home, I forget to eat regular healthy snacks, get too hungry, and there ya go.
* My co-workers
I've got one mother hen who INSISTS on feeding me. She's gotten a LOT better about bringing in healthy snacks, though - but still, if it's not something I've planned for it's easy for me to forget to track it. Last week there was one night she had a package of Ho Hos and I don't know if she just felt guilty eating them in front of me or what, but she asked me if I wanted one and when I said no thanks, she kept asking and moving them closer to me. It was kind of creepy. Later on in the night, she offered me an orange, and I said sure (mostly to make her feel better that I didn't eat her Ho Hos). LOL
I have to stop there - I was going to go for the 20, but honestly? There's really not a lot standing in my way - I've made GREAT strides and have made a lot of changes, and am pretty happy most of the time that I'm moving towards my goals. But keeping these little things in mind so they don't trip me up is always a good idea.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I took it easy on myself tonight, since I hadn't been to the gym since Thursday. No big exciting 10 minute runs, and in fact I only ran 3 times through the whole thing, but focused more on walking form and speed. Still, not an unrespectable 5K time:
All in all, 3.5 miles in 50 minutes. And my daughter did about that distance in 60 minutes, YAY! Considering she started "Chocolate Week" today (our family's euphemism for that week when our girly-bits go AWOL), I was VERY proud of her!
We chose to call it a day after the treadmill and some stretching (YES, I actually stretched). It was getting close to time for me to get home in order to get ready for work, and she wanted to stop and pick up something to eat on the way home. Plus, I'm still a little at loose ends right now - without needing to rack up LCW (Last Chance Workout) points for a team, the urge to do as much as possible on Monday just isn't there right now. But hey, I GOT there! Back in the saddle, one step at a time.
I also need to pat myself on the back for a second on another score. Last night at work was just as stressful as I'd expected it to be (in some ways far worse actually...the only reason I didn't walk out after I got through my e-mails was because I care too much about my co-workers to throw them under the bus when major mainframe maintenance is scheduled, and it was iffy whether I'd even come back tonight...it's kind of moment by moment right now, we'll see how the rest of the week goes). As I was driving home, I found myself fighting the urge to stop somewhere and buy a bag of donuts, or get a pizza, or something huge and rich and ridiculously caloric and eat my way into a stupor. Which is what the OLD Euphrates used to do after a stressful night at work - there was a Servati's bakery on 6th Street downtown right by our building that had the BEST pasteries, and I'd stop there and get 3-4 donuts that I'd eat in the car on the way home and then bury the evidence in the garbage can outside our house. It's a testament to how far I've come that even with everything we went through with The Split in March, and the time change disaster in the fall, doing something like that never even occurred to me. This was the FIRST time in ages I'd felt that old familiar "Dammit I deserve to indulge in something bad for me" feeling.
You know what I did?
Sang along with Florence and the Machine REALLY loud in the car (honestly, you can't sing along with her without belting it out...it's just not possible), got some really big hugs and snuggles from my mate when I walked in the door (who'd been well aware of my mental state all night) and then made myself a small plate of healthy tasty leftovers (OMG I am soooooo all over the mashed parsnips right now!) and went to bed.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
It's been a busy few days.
On Thursday I had a date with my heart-son Lukey, who turned 12 on Monday. I DID get to the gym early that morning, but I did not win the battle regarding movie popcorn during Sherlock Holmes 2. Or Steak N Shake before the movie. Reminder to self - NEXT time, eat a decent meal before going out with kids, so as not to be tempted to join in on fast food and movie snacks.
Friday was "date night" - a REAL date night including a lovely steak dinner I made before we went out (which got compliments from the mate that they were the best steaks I'd pulled off yet - I suspect it's 'cause the steaks came from my organic delivery service) and seeing one of our favorite bands in concert. Having been gone the ENTIRE day before, and knowing I had marathon training on Saturday, I intentionally chose to skip the gym and just spend the day focusing on time with the mate (other than picking my son up from work). Well, that was part of it. Some stuff went down with one of the spark teams I've been heavily involved with since early last year over Wednesday and Thursday (a lot of which I had to attempt to deal with while I was out, which was less than successful as I HATE typing on my phone, and then had to address in a fairly dramatic and final way Thursday night when I got home) and though I feel I made the right decision and am pretty okay with things, I think mentally I needed a break from anything fitness/health/spark-related. I *particilarly* think this is so considering the rest of the weekend...read on.
So, on Friday night we were out late, got home late, and didn't get to bed until some time between 1-1:30 AM. Which did NOT bode well for getting up at 5am Saturday morning to pick up my daughter by 6:15 am and go walk 6 miles in more wintery mix (DURN this southwestern Ohio weather already). :( When the alarm went off, I felt like I'd been hit by a truck. So I opted out - called my daughter and told her I needed to skip this one, but I'd still be picking her up at 11am so we could meet up with my friend TLEVENTER at Jungle Jim's at noon, and then go hang out with my sister and niece.
Which is what we did. It was a FABULOUS day catching up with T (and introducing her to my daughter - that was fun and they seemed to hit it off pretty well), and then leaving my daughter to babysit the niece while my sister and I had some long-overdue "sister time" - I think we're going to try and schedule that once a month going forward.
My daughter and TLEVENTER - I was surrounded by red-heads! Not like I'm not used to that or anything. LOLZ
Today I have ALSO intentionally decided to skip the gym, mostly because I slept in until almost noon (intentionally, since I have to work tonight) and because knowing what I know that I'm walking into tonight, I don't expect to have ANY time to spark and I decided I really needed to get caught up with things online. So I've been reading e-mails, and attempting to track everything I've avoided tracking in the past few days. Which tells me that I've been avoiding more than just the fall out from the one team (which has actually been ridiculously minimal - I didn't even get a response to the sparkmail I sent to admin explaining my disappointment regarding their handling of recent events and my need to leave the team - NOT that I'm complaining, I didn't really want the stress of going back and forth over that anyway).
So what does all of this have to do with marathon training?
I sat down with 'Yote yesterday and we discussed the fact that if I'm going to do this, I really REALLY need to get serious about getting to bed on time on Friday nights. I'm doing pretty well on the Wednesdays with way I adjusted the schedule for training, but for some reason (I've got a theory) I've been resisting making any changes to our Friday routine. I SUSPECT that even though 'Yote has been incredibly supportive and really has no problem with me taking the time to pursue this, I'm dealing with old baggage regarding the last time I trained for a marathon (which became a HUGE issue with the ex-spice - they blamed our problems on the fact I was never home, totally glossing over the fact I'd spent the entire 3+ years prior hearing "It'll get better once X happens" and having spent 3 years waiting to "get my life back" I FINALLY figured out I needed to get on with LIVING and stop waiting around for things to change). So I had to look that square in the face, remind myself "This is not then" and talk with 'Yote about making some changes. Which he's totally good with (not that I ever really expected otherwise, he's awesome like that).
So tomorrow, I'm climbing back on the horse. Once I get through tonight. Which I'm trying not to think too hard about (just have to muscle through it and survive until morning...wish me luck). I'll come home and crash, get up early, pick up my daughter and we'll head to the gym. Wednesday night, group training. Saturday this week - GROUP TRAINING DAMMIT! We'd been planning a trip to the NEO sometime next month, but I'm thinking I may need a little more time to get this pattern set before shaking the schedule up. Plus if we're going to afford Atlanta in March, we may need to save our pennies a bit longer (still recovering financially from the holidays and various birthdays...sighs). No decisions on that score yet (just brought it up to the mate a few minutes ago, still need to discuss options), so stay tuned NEO friends - I'll let you know if we're coming up next month or postponing as soon as we figure out the plan.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Dude, I just ran for ten minutes.
No seriously, I just ran without stopping for TEN MINUTES! Considering I run at 5.5 mph, that's almost a mile!
Okay, lemme back up for a second...
My daughter texted me while I was sleeping to let me know she's sick with a fever and couldn't make it to the group training tonight. I was going to go anyway, but when the rain turned to sleet as I was driving my son home from work, and considering the combination of any kind of precipitation and rush hour in this town, I figured I wasn't going to make it in time anyway. SO, instead I headed to the gym to knock out my hour.
I really wasn't feeling it (in fact, I was kind of feeling like having wimped out because of the weather I was a "failure as a real runner" sighs), so I decided I was just going to power walk my hour and be done with it. But, well, after 5 minutes my body wanted to run. Okay, fine, we'll run for three minutes. That felt far easier than usual, hmmm. So I was back to walking and when I got to the fifteen minute mark the body wanted to run again, so I cranked it up to 5.5 and was off. Got to three minutes and it had been so easy, I decided to go for five. And was still feeling fine, so I thought "Hey, I did six on Monday, let's try for seven." And STILL felt fine at seven minutes, so I decided to just keep going until I felt like I needed to stop. Eight minutes. NINE minutes! As I approached ten minutes I STILL felt like I could keep going, but I was starting to wear down a little so I decided to call it good, and slowed back down to a walk. And then did the mental calculations that made me realize I'd nearly just run a mile without stopping.
Yeah, blown away doesn't really cover it.
I ran for another three minutes after that, and then power walked - and managed to get pretty close to my 5K time from Monday! Not too shabby for "not feeling it"!
So as I went over to get one of the antibacterial wipes to clean off my treadmill, I spotted the fitness director over by water fountains, talking with several ladies. She spotted me too, and called me over asking "What's up?", so I told her about the 10 minutes (and got a high five), and then she asked me what the total is I've lost now. When I told her 80 pounds she started bragging on me to the ladies she was talking with (at which point I recognized one of my Zumba buddies from back when I was getting to the class regularly). They were super impressed and wanted to know "my secret", so I told them about Sparkpeople! Turns out at least one of them is ALSO on sparkpeople, so I took the opportunity to talk up the heartwalk team, and I think she and my Zumba buddy are going to join!
OH, and speaking of the Heartwalk, I've got another perk for anybody interested in participating (or at least coming to the meet up the day before) - I've just gotten word that Sparkpeople is going to donate a goodie bag for door prizes at the meet up! AND depending on the when and where of the meet up (details still to be determined), we may even have some representation from the corporate office! How cool is THAT?!?
*doing happy dance all over my living room*
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